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Thailand’s Yodkaikaew Fairtex earns 3rd ONE Championship win, beats Tatsumitsu Wada at ‘ONE: Collision Course’ in Singapore

Yodkaikaew Fairtex (©ONE Championship)

Yodkaikaew Fairtex (©ONE Championship)

Yodkaikaew “Y2K” Fairtex, 29, of Thailand was one of the winners at the ONE Championship event “ONE: Collision Course.” It marked the Thai mixed martial artist’s third victory in the martial arts organization based in Singapore.

Featuring four MMA fights, one Muay Thai match and one kickboxing contest, “ONE: Collision Course” was held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore on December 18, 2020. The audience in attendance was limited due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

In the second bout of the evening, Yodkaikaew fought Tatsumitsu “The Sweeper” Wada (和田竜光), 32, of Japan in an MMA bout in the flyweight division. Mohamad Sulaiman served as the referee.

After three five-minute rounds, the flyweight contest was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, Sulaiman raised the hand of Yodkaikaew, who was declared the winner via split decision.

Winning at “ONE: Collision Course” improved the professional MMA record of Yodkaikaew to 7 wins, 2 losses and 1 draw. He is now riding a three-bout winning streak.

It was the second time Wada lost via split decision in ONE Champion. The Japanese MMA fighter now has 22 wins, 12 losses, 2 draws and 1 No Contest.

 

Eight countries were represented at “ONE: Collision Course” namely Cambodia, China, Japan, Romania, Russia, Thailand, Ukraine and the United States. Wada solely represented Japan while Yodkaikaew was one of the three fighters who represented Thailand.

Wada stands 170 cm. Yodkaikaew is 1 cm shorter and is training out of Fairtex Gym in Pattaya, Thailand.

“ONE: Collision Course” marked Yodkaikaew’s third outing in ONE Championship. The first two opponents he defeated in the promotion were John Shink and Alex Schild.

It was the second to the last ONE Championship event held in 2020. Dom Lau served as the cage announcer while Steve Dawson and Mitch Chilson were the commentators.

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