[PHOTOS] Thailand vs Portugal: Panpayak Jitmuangnon, Rui Botelho fight at ‘ONE: Destiny of Champions’ in Malaysia

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Thailand and Portugal were among the 16 countries represented at “ONE: Destiny of Champions” on December 7, 2018. The fight card featured seven mixed martial arts matches and four Muay Thai contests.

ONE Championship held “ONE: Destiny of Champions” at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In the fifth bout of the evening, Panpayak “The Angel Warrior” Jitmuangnon, 22, of Bangkok, Thailand faced Rui Botelho, 24, of Lisbon, Portugal.

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Representing Dinamite Team, Botelho is a World Kickboxing Association European Champion and is one of the most decorated Muay Thai practitioners from Portugal. In 2017, he won the gold medal at the European Muaythai Championships in Paris, France.

Botelho made his ONE Super Series debut at “ONE: Pinnacle of Power” at the Studio City Event Center in Macau, China on June 23, 2018, the Lisbon native was knocked out by Yukinori Ogasawara, 26, of Tokyo, Japan.

“ONE: Destiny of Champions” marked Botelho’s second bout in ONE Championship’s striking-only league. He was the only Portuguese fighter on the card.

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Born in Samut Prakarn, Thailand on January 7, 1996, Panpayak is the reigning Lumpinee Stadium Featherweight Champion and is the former Lumpinee Stadium Bantamweight Champion. He previously held the Rajadamnern championship titles in the light flyweight and mini flyweight divisions.

Training out of the Jitmuangnon Gym in Bangkok, Panpayak made his ONE Super Series debut at “ONE: Destiny of Champions.” He is the first fighter to win the Sports Writers of Thailand Fighter of the Year award three consecutive times.

Including Panpayak, there were three Thai fighters on the “ONE: Destiny of Champions” card. The other two were Yodsanklai “The Hero” IWE Fairtex, 32, and Petchmorrakot Petchyindee Academy, 24.

Fight Result

Panpayak and Botelho competed in a Muay Thai bout in the flyweight division. Atsushi Onari served as the referee.

After three three-minute rounds, the Muay Thai flyweight contest between Panpayak and Botelho was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, Onari raised the hand of the Thai contender, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

Making a successful ONE Super Series debut, Panpayak improved his professional Muay Thai record to 244 wins, 40 losses and 3 draws. On the other hand, Botelho now has 17 wins, 8 losses and 2 draws.

“ONE: Destiny of Champions” Main Events

In the co-main event of the evening, Agilan “Alligator” Thani, 23, of Malaysia and Kiamrian Abbasov, 25, of Kyrgyzstan competed in an MMA match in the welterweight division. The Kyrgyzstani contender submitted his Malaysian opponent via rear-naked choke in the first round.

In the main event, Yodsanklai “The Hero” IWE Fairtex, 32, of Thailand took on Luis “Macaco” Regis, 33, of Australia in a ONE Super Series Muay Thai contest. The Thai contender knocked out is Australian opponent in the first round.

Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Chinese Taipei, Greece, Indonesia, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Russia, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States were also represented at “ONE: Destiny of Champions.” Check the complete results on Conan Daily.

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Philippines vs South Korea: Honorio Banario, Dae Sung Park fight at ‘ONE: Conquest of Champions’

*UPDATE: Dae Sung Park was pulled out of the card due to medical concerns. He was replaced by Rahul “The Kerala Krusher” Raju, 27, of India and Singapore. 

The Philippines and South Korea will be among the 14 countries that will be represented at “ONE: Conquest of Champions” on November 23, 2018. Taking place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines, it is the fourth and last ONE Championship event in the Philippines in 2018.

“ONE: Conquest of Champions” will feature eight mixed martial arts matches, two Muay Thai bouts and two kickboxing contests. In the 10th bout of the evening, Honorio “The Rock” Banario, 29, of Manyakan, Benguet, Philippines will face “Crazy Dog” Park Dae Sung, 25, of Seoul, South Korea.

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Park is an alumnus of “Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series” Season 1, in which he knocked out Kimihiro Eto, 29, of Japan. After this, the South Korean fighter fought his first official ONE Championship bout at “ONE: Pursuit of Power” on July 13, 2018 at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

At “ONE: Pursuit of Power,” Park defeated Trestle “Jun Minion” Tan, 32, of Manila, Philippines via unanimous decision. This makes Banario the second Filipino fighter to face Park in ONE Championship.

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Banario is the first ever ONE Featherweight World Champion who reigned from February 2, 2013 to May 21, 2013. He is currently fighting in the lightweight division of ONE Championship.

The Mankayan native is coming out of a loss to Amir Khan, 23, of Singapore. On September 8, 2018, the Singaporean fighter submitted his Filipinio opponent via rear-naked choke at “ONE: Beyond the Horizon.”

Fight Result

Banario and Park will compete in an MMA bout in the lightweight division.


Banario: 13-7

Park: 8-2-1NC

“ONE: Conquest of Champions” Main Events

In the co-main event of the evening, Khan and Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 34, of Baguio City, Philippines will compete for the vacant ONE Lightweight World Championship. [RESULT TO BE ADDED HERE]

In the main event, Brandon “The Truth” Vera, 41, of Manila, Philippines will defend his title as the reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion and his challenger will be Mauro “The Hammer” Cerilli, 35, of Terracina, Latina, Italy. [RESULT TO BE ADDED HERE]

After Rika Ishige, Angelie Sabanal to conquer Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol

Angelie Sabanal, Olivier Coste, Rika Ishige
Angelie Sabanal, Olivier Coste, Rika Ishige

It was in ONE Championship where Angelie “The Explorer” Sabanal, 29, made her debut as a professional mixed martial arts fighter. Fighting out of Cagayan de Oro, Philippines, she earned a unanimous decision victory over Rika “Tiny Doll” Ishige, 29, of Bangkok, Thailand at “ONE: Iron Will” at the Impact Arena in Bangkok on March 24, 2018.

Ishige was heavily favored to win the bout against Sabanal. But the relatively unknown Filipina martial artist entering a high-profile match on a stacked card begged to disagree and educated everyone about who she is and what she is capable of.

A national Muay Thai silver medalist, Sabanal pulled off a major upset in her ONE Championship debut, greatly relying on her savvy Muay Thai background to rout the Thai rising star via unanimous decision. She showcased her pinpoint accurate striking early on, peppering Ishige with stinging kicks and stiff punches.

Although Ishige boldly traded strikes with Sabanal from bell to bell, the latter pulled away in the final round, landing the more telling blows. In the end, the Filipina contender earned the undivided nod from the three judges at cageside.

“I did not know what to do,” Sabanal recalled. “Do I celebrate or do I cry? I was really surprised because I did not expect the outcome. I couldn’t explain the feeling at the exact moment my name was announced as the winner.”

On November 17, 2018, Sabanal will compete in the ONE Championship cage for the second time. She will be one of the three fighters to represent the Philippines at “ONE: Warrior’s Dream” at the Stadium Istora in Jakarta, Indonesia.

At “ONE: Warrior’s Dream,” Sabanal will compete in the women’s atomweight division against Priscilla “Thathi” Hertati Lumban Gaol, 30, of Jakarta. The latter is a SEA Games Wushu bronze medalist.

Sabanal is confident that she will have her hand raised in triumph once more at the expense of a competitive Jakarta native like Gaol, who has won four of her last five matches in 2018. The Cagayan de Oro native said, “I want to win again because I want to give back to my gym and the people who love and support me.”

“I am competing for my country,” Sabanal added. “Everything I do is for all of them and as long as I can do this, I will keep doing this.”

“I don’t mind if they have no idea who I am before the fight. What matters most is that the fans in Jakarta will remember me after the match. Surely, I will do my best in my upcoming bout this Saturday,” she ended.

Get to know a little bit more about Sabanal here:

Pakistani ONE Championship fighter Muhammad Imran thanks Matt Hume, Ric Auty, Bashir Ahmad, Jalil Ahmad, Muhammad Rizvan

Muhammad Imran
Muhammad Imran

Fighting out Gujar Khan, Punjab, Pakistan, Muhammad “The Spider” Imran, 26, is entering the ONE Championship cage again with a grateful heart. Recently, the Pakistani mixed martial artist thanked several people who made his return to the Singapore-based martial arts organization possible.

On November 17, 2018, Imran will represent Pakistan at “ONE: Warrior’s Dream.” He will compete against Elipitua Siregar, 21, of Jakarta, Indonesia.

“I am once again thankful to ONE Championship, especially to matchmakers Matt Hume, Ric Auty and Bashir Ahmad, for this opportunity and InshaAllah,” Imran stated. “I will not disappoint my country.”

In addition, Imran praised the efforts of his coach and his manager. The Pakistani ONE Championship athlete said, “All this would not be possible without Jalil Ahmad and Muhammad Rizvan Ali who are taking care of us as athletes and I won’t disappoint the team.”

Featuring 11 MMA bouts and three ONE Super Series striking contests, “ONE: Warrior’s Dream” will take place at the Stadium Istora in Jakarta. In the eighth bout of the evening, Imran and Siregar will compete in the strawweight division.

“I respect my opponent and I have seen his last two fights in ONE Championship,” Imran said of Siregar. “The opponents he had faced were not much experienced like me. I know he is a great wrestler and I am prepared for him.”

Imran is representing Pakido Gym in Gujar Khan. He has been training with some Afghan fighters for his upcoming fight against Siregar.

“ONE: Warrior’s Dream” marks Imran’s second bout in ONE Championship. He is the only Pakistani fighter on the card.

On January 20, 2018, Imran made his ONE Championship debut. He faced Stefer “The Lion” Rahardian, 31, of Jakarta at “ONE: Kings of Courage” at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta.

In the co-main event of “ONE: Kings of Courage,” Imran and Rahardian competed in the strawweight division. After three five-minute rounds, the Indonesian fighter won via unanimous decision.

Holding a professional MMA record of 5 wins and 2 losses, Imran is known as one of the top MMA prospects from Pakistan. Before joining ONE Championship, he competed in Pak Fight Club, the first MMA promotion in Pakistan where he is a former strawweight champion.

Meanwhile, watch the complete bout between Imran and Rahardian here: