Miao Li Tao, 26, of China was one of the winners at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes.” It was the third victory of the Chinese mixed martial artist in ONE Championship.
Featuring 13 mixed martial arts matches and two Muay Thai matches, “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” took place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. In the third bout of the evening, Miao faced Pongsiri “The Smiling Assassin” Mitsatit, 23, of Thailand in an MMA match in the strawweight division with Yoshinori Umeki as the referee.
Miao was in control from the get-go as he took Mitsatit down and controlled him on the mat for the majority of the three-round contest. The Thai contender had no answer for his Chinese opponent’s aggressive and powerful grappling.
After three five-minute rounds, the strawweight bout was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, Umeki raised the hand of Miao, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.
Winning at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” improved the professional MMA record of Miao to 5 wins and 1 loss. On the other hand, Mitsatit now has 10 wins and 3 losses.
Including Thailand and China, 14 countries were represented at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes.” The other countries were Australia, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam.
Mitsatit was one of the two fighters who represented Thailand. Miao was one of the two representatives of China.
“ONE: Dawn of Heroes” marked Miao’s third ONE Championship outing. He defeated his first two opponents in the promotion namely Sim Bunsrun, 26, of Cambodian and former ONE Strawweight World Champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke, 40, Thailand.
More photos of the bout between Mitsatit and Miao are on Top Sports Asia. Here is a clip from the “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” press conference: