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Malaysia’s Mohammed bin Mahmoud earns 2nd ONE Super Series win, beats countryman Saiful Merican at ‘ONE: Masters of Destiny’ in Kuala Lumpur

Saiful Merican, Olivier Coste, Mohammed bin Mahmoud (© ONE Championship)

Saiful Merican, Olivier Coste, Mohammed bin Mahmoud (© ONE Championship)

“Jordan Boy” Mohammed bin Mahmoud, 23, of Malaysia was one of the ONE Super Series winners at “ONE: Masters of Destiny” at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on July 12, 2019. He defeated his countryman Saiful “The Vampire” Merican, 30.

ONE Championship included four kickboxing contests, two Muay Thai matches and 10 mixed martial arts bouts on the “ONE: Masters of Destiny” card. In the fifth bout of the evening, bin Mahmoud and Merican competed in a Muay Thai match in the bantamweight division with Olivier Coste as the referee.

For three back-and-forth rounds, the two warriors exchanged fiery combinations to the delight of their hometown crowd. Bin Mahmoud scored a knockdown a quarter of a minute into the second round, courtesy of a wild right hook but Merican was able to beat the mandatory standing eight count.

For the rest of the contest, Merican, who was coming off a lengthy layoff, looked sharp and powerful. However, it was bin Mahmoud who was the busier, more accurate striker.

After three three-minute rounds, the Muay Thai contest was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, Coste raised the hand of bin Mahmoud, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

Winning at “ONE: Masters of Destiny” improved the professional Muay Thai record of bin Mahmoud to 32 wins and 5 losses. He is training out Sampuri Muay Thai Gym Ampang.

On the other hand, Merican now holds a professional Muay Thai record of 94 wins, 17 losses and 13 draws. He is training out of Merican Muay Thai.

Including Malaysia, 20 countries were represented at “ONE: Masters of Destiny.” The others were Australia, Brazil, China, Finland, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Myanmar, New Zealand, the Philippines, Scotland, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor Leste, Vietnam and the United States.

More photos from the bout between Merican and bin Mahmoud are on Top Sports Asia. Here are some “ONE: Masters of Destiny” highlights:

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