Fighting out of Thailand, Petchdam Petchyindee Academy, 20, was crowned as the new ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Champion at “ONE: Warriors of Light.” He is the first ever martial artist to hold the title.
Featuring three kickboxing contests, four Muay Thai matches and five mixed martial arts bouts, “ONE: Warriors of Light” took place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on May 10, 2019. In the co-main event of the evening, Petchdam faced Elias “The Sniper” Mahmoudi, 21, of Algeria for the inaugural ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Championship title.
Atsushi Onari served as the referee. Action was intense throughout the contest with Petchdam unloading his vaunted left leg kicks and Mahmoudi finding success by using his length to his advantage.
However, an illegal blow from Petchdam in the fifth and final round ended matters abruptly as Mahmoudi was deemed unable to continue after the break. The Algerian contender was given 5 minutes to recover but he was not able to continue after the recovery time so the title bout was left in the hands of the judges.
In the end, Onari raised the hand of Petchdam, who was declared the winner via technical decision. ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong crowned the Thai fighter as the first ever ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Champion.
Winning at “ONE: Warriors of Light” improved the professional kickboxing record of Petchdam to 94 wins, 14 losses and 7 draws. On the other hand, Mahmoudi now has 31 wins and 4 losses.
While Petchdam was one of the six hometown fighters at “ONE: Warriors of Light,” Mahmoudi solely represented Algeria. Australia, Cambodia, China, Chinese Taipei, Cyprus, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Portugal and the United States were also represented.
Petchdam is a multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion known for his devastating left kick. He trains out of the famed Petchyindee Academy in Bangkok alongside fellow Muay Thai World Champions Petchmorakot and Sorgraw. Over the course of his stellar career, the Thai hero has claimed several prestigious accolades, including Lumpinee Stadium and WBC World Muay Thai Championships, as well as a Toyota Marathon Tournament Title.
More photos from Petchdam and Mahmoudi’s bout are on Top Sports Asia. Watch the “ONE: Warriors of Light” recap by Stephen Dawson and Mitch Chilson here: