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Philippines’ Denice Zamboanga earns 3rd ONE Championship win, submits Watsyapinya Kaewkhong at ‘ONE: A New Breed’ in Thailand

Denice Zamboanga, Nick Chapman (©ONE Championship)

Denice Zamboanga, Nick Chapman (©ONE Championship)

Denice “The Menace Fairtex” Zamboanga, 23, of the Philippines was one of the winners at “ONE: A New Breed” in Bangkok, Thailand. The Filipino mixed martial artist earned his second victory in the Singapore-based martial arts promotion ONE Championship.

Featuring three MMA and four Muay Thai fights, “ONE: A New Breed” took place in Bangkok on August 28, 2020. In the fifth bout of the evening, Zamboanga fought Watsapinya “Dream Girl” Kaewkhong, 25, of Thailand in an MMA bout in the women’s atomweight division.

“My preparations for this fight have gone very well,” Zamboanga said before “ONE: A New Breed” fight night. “I’m on weight, in fact, even a little under. I’m very excited for my next fight.”

According to Zamboanga, she took the fight because she wanted to stay active while national borders are still closed. She said, “I grabbed the opportunity to fight in Thailand since I’m already here.”

“I’m not underestimating my opponent at all,” Zamboanga said of Kaewkhong. “At this level, every opponent is top-notch. Once everything goes back to normal, I know I will meet Angela Lee at some point.”

“We’ve trained very hard,” Zamboanga continued. “Our conditioning is great. We have a great game plan heading into this matchup.”

 

During the “ONE: A New Breed” fight night, Zamboanga authored an exquisite first round submission of Kaewkhong. After dominating the standup exchanges early, the undefeated Filipino MMA fighter took matters to the ground with a successful takedown.

From there, Zamboanga worked her way into side control, executing a textbook Americana shortly after to force the tap. Here are the details:

  • Promotion: ONE Championship
  • Title: “ONE: A New Breed
  • Venue: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Date: August 28, 2020
  • Number of bouts: 7
  • Announcer: Dom Lau
  • Commentators: Michael Schiavello, Mitch Chilson
  • Judges: Ian Cartwright (Canada), Rob Cox (UK), Jonny Betts (UK)

COUNTRIES REPRESENTED

FIGHTERS

1. Brazil
  1. Allycia Hellen Rodrigues
2. Cambodia
  1. Sok Thy
3. China
  1. Huang Ding
4. Philippines
  1. Denice Zamboanga
  2. Drex Zamboanga
  3. KC Carlos
5. Thailand
  1. Detchadin Sornsirisuphathin
  2. Kulabdam Sor. Jor. Piek Uthai
  3. Rodlek PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym
  4. Stamp Fairtex
  5. Watsapinya Kaewkhong
  6. Wondergirl Fairtex
  7. Yodkaikaew Fairtex
6. United States
  1. Alex Schild
  2. KC Carlos

 

 

“ONE: A New Breed” marked the third outing of Zamboanga in ONE Championship. The first two opponents she defeated in the promotion were Jihin “Shadow Cat” Radzuan, 21, of Malaysia and Mei “V.V.” Yamaguchi, 37, of Japan.

Kaewkhong made her ONE Championship debut and professional MMA debut at “ONE: A New Breed.” She is a Thai national judo champion.

RED CORNER

RED CORNER

Fighter Denice Zamboanga Watsapinya Kaewkhong
Fight Name The Menace Dream Girl
Age 23 25
Height 158cm 150cm
Team
  • Sitpriwan, Thailand
  • Wildcard MMA, Bangkok, Thailand
Previous ONE Championship bouts 2 0


Fight result

  • REFEREE: Nick Chapman
  • WINNER: DENICE ZAMBOANGA
  • METHOD: Submission via Americana
  • TIME AND ROUND: 1:28 of Round 1

Professional MMA record after “ONE: A New Breed”

Denice Zamboanga

Watsapinya Kaewkhong

Wins 8 0
Losses 0 1
Draws 0 0
No Contests 0 0

 

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