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Algeria’s Mehdi Zatout earns 2nd ONE Super Series win, beats Leo Pinto in Bangkok, Thailand

Yongsak Na Songkhla, Mehdi Zatout (©ONE Championship)

Yongsak Na Songkhla, Mehdi Zatout (©ONE Championship)

Mehdi “Diamond Heart” Zatout, 37, of Algeria was one of the winners at “ONE: No Surrender 2,” a closed-door, audience-free event in Bangkok, Thailand. The French-Algerian martial artist earned his second victory in ONE Championship‘s striking-only league ONE Super Series.

Featuring one kickboxing, two mixed martial arts and three Muay Thai fights, “ONE: No Surrender 2” took place in Bangkok on August 14, 2020. In the fifth bout of the evening, Zatout fought Leo Pinto, 26, of France in a kickboxing bout in the bantamweight division using 8oz. boxing gloves.

Yongsak Na Songkhla served as the referee. After three three-minute rounds, the bantamweight contest was left in the hands of the judges.

In the end, Songkhla raised the hand of Zatout. The French-Algerian fighter was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

Winning at “ONE: No Surrender 2” improved the professional Muay Thai and kickboxing record of Zatout to 77 wins, 39 losses and 1 draw. On the other hand, Pinto now has a professional Muay Thai and kickboxing record of 76 wins and 32 losses.

It was also in Bangkok where Zatout earned his first ONE Super Series win. On January 10, 2020, he defeated Han Zi Hao, 24, of China in a Muay Thai contest in the bantamweight division at “ONE: A New Tomorrow.”

 

Due to travel restrictions amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, only ONE Championship athletes currently in Thailand were included in the fight card of “ONE: No Surrender 2.” Seven countries were represented namely Algeria, China, France, Japan, Thailand, Tunisia and the United Kingdom.

Zatout solely represented Algeria. He trains at Venum Training Camp Thailand in Pattaya, Thailand.

Pinto was the sol representative of France. He trains at Pinto Fight Studio in Bangkok.

The main event of “ONE: No Surrender 2” was a ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai Tournament Semifinal bout between Thai fighters Saemapetch Fairtex, 25, and Rodlek PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym, 30. The former won via unanimous decision.

Dom Lau was the announcer at “ONE: No Surrender 2” while Michael Schiavello and Mitch “The Dragon” Chilson were the commentators and the judges were Ian Cartwright of Canada and Rob Cox and Alastair McOnie of the U.K. Watch all the bouts here:

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