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Thailand’s Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy crowned ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Champion in Indonesia

Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy (©ONE Championship)

Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy (©ONE Championship)

Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy, 26, of Bangkok, Thailand is the first ever ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Champion. He earned the title after winning at “ONE: Warrior’s Code.”

Featuring three Muay Thai contests and eight MMA bouts, ONE Championship held “ONE: Warrior’s Code” at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia on February 7, 2020. In the main event of the evening, Petchmorakot and his countryman Pongisiri PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym, 29, competed for the inaugural ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Championship belt.

Olivier Coste served as the referee. During the title bout, Petchmorakot appeared to be one step ahead of Pongsiri at all times.

Petchmorakot used every tool in his arsenal, including punches, elbows, knees and kicks, to pick Pongsiri apart. The latter remained game all throughout as he tried desperately to find an answer to his opponent’s continuous onslaught.

After five three-minute rounds, the inaugural ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Championship title was left in the hands of the judges namely Ian Cartwright of Canada, Rob Cox of the United Kingdom and Eshton Thomas of Malaysia. In the end, Coste raised the hand of Petchmorakot, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

Including Thailand, 15 countries were represented at “ONE: Warrior’s Code.” The others were Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Cyprus, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Moldova, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea, Timor Leste and the United Kingdom.

Losing to Petchmorakot downgraded the professional Muay Thai record of Pongsiri to 153 wins, 32 losses and 11 draws. He made his ONE Super Series debut at “ONE: Warrior’s Code,” replacing Jamal “Kherow” Yusupov, 36, of Russia who was originally set to face Petchmorakot for the inaugural title.

 

A multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion, Petchmorakot is one of the most prolific strikers in the prestigious ONE Super Series. In a career spanning over 200 professional bouts, he has claimed Lumpinee Stadium World Championships in two divisions as well as a World Muaythai Council Muay Thai title with victories over the biggest names in the sport, including the legendary Saenchai, 39, of Thailand.

Petchmorakot now holds a professional Muay Thai and kickboxing record of 160 wins, 35 losses and 2 draws. Here is a clip from his recent victory:

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