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Thailand’s Muangthai PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym earns 2nd ONE Super Series win, decisions Kenta Yamada at ‘ONE: Dreams of Gold’ in Bangkok, Thailand

Muangthai PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym (©ONE Championship)

Muangthai PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym (©ONE Championship)

“Elbow Zombie” Muangthai PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym, 25, of Thailand was one of the winners at “ONE: Dreams of Gold.” It was the Thai martial artist’s second bout and second victory in ONE Championship’s striking-only league ONE Super Series.

Featuring mixed martial arts, kickboxing and Muay Thai, “ONE: Dreams of Gold” took place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on August 16, 2019. In the ninth bout of the evening, Muangthai fought Kenta Yamada, 32, of Japan in a Muay Thai contest in the bantamweight division.

Elias Dolaptsis served as the referee. Dom Lau was the cage announcer while Michael Schiavello and Mitch Chilson were the commentators.

A three-time Muay Thai world champion, Muangthai put on a show in front of his home country of Thailand. He was the aggressor as he battered Yamada with his signature elbow strikes throughout the three-round contest.

Yamada had his moments and kept the bout competitive. After three three-minute rounds, the Muay Thai contest was left in the hands of the judges.

In the end, Dolaptsis raised the hand of Muangthai. The Thai fighter was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

Winning at “ONE: Dreams of Gold” improved the professional Muay Thai record of Muangthai to 35 wins and 3 losses. On the other hand, Yamada now has 199 wins, 42 losses and 4 draws.

Including Japan and Thailand, 19 countries were represented at “ONE: Dreams of Gold.” The others were Brazil, Cambodia, China, Cuba, Cyprus, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Russia, Serbia, South Korea, Vietnam, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Muangthai was one of the six fighters who represented Thailand. A World Boxing Council Japan Muay Thai Champion, Yamada was one of the three fighters who represented Japan.

On November 9, 2018, Muangthai made his ONE Super Series debut at “ONE: Heart of the Lion” at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. He defeated Panicos Yusuf, 33, of Cyprus via unanimous decision.

More photos of the Muay Thai bout between Muangthai and Kenta are on Top Sports Asia. Watch the “ONE: Dreams of Gold” recap here:

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