[PHOTOS] Thailand vs Cambodia: Rika Ishige, Nou Srey Pov fight at ‘ONE: Clash of Legends’ in Bangkok

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Thailand and Cambodia were among the 14 countries represented at “ONE: Clash of Legends.” It was the first ONE Championship event in 2019 to be held in Thailand.

Featuring five Muay Thai contests and seven mixed martial arts bouts, “ONE: Clash of Legends” took place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on February 16, 2019. In the second bout of the evening, Rika “Tiny Doll” Ishige, 29, faced Nou Srey Pov, 24, of Cambodia.

Ishige was one of the seven hometown heroes competing at “ONE: Clash of Legends.” Nou was one of the two fighters representing Cambodia.

Blue Corner

Nou Srey Pov is training out of Cambodian Top Team in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He is a Kun Khmer World Champion with a record of 91 wins, 8 losses and 2 draws in the Cambodian martial art. 

“ONE: Clash of Legends” marked Nou’s ONE Championship debut. It was also her first MMA bout.

Red Corner

Ishige was born in Thailand to a Japanese father and Thai mother. When she was 9 years old, she started her martial arts training with aikido and taekwondo.

Training out of Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket, Thailand and Bangkok Fight Lab in Bangkok, Thailand, the Thai-Japanese MMA fighter has been competing professionally since 2017. “ONE: Clash of Legends” marked her seventh ONE Championship bout.

Fight Result

Ishige and Nou competed in an MMA bout in the women’s atomweight division. Kemp Cheng served as the referee.

After three five-minute rounds, the contest was left in the hands of the judges. Cheng raised the hand of Nou, who was declared the winne via unanimous decision.

Winning at “ONE: Clash of Legends” improved Nou’s professional MMA record of 1 win and 0 loss. On the other hand, Ishige now has 4 wins and 3 losses.

“ONE: Clash of Legends” Main Events

In the co-main event of the evening, Kongsak P.K.Saenchaimuaythaigym, 28, of Thailand faced Alaverdi “Babyface Killer” Ramazanov, 24, of Russia in a Muay Thai bout in the bantamweight division. The Thai contender won via split decision.
In the main event, Nong-o Gaiyanghadao, 32, of Thailand and Han Zi Hao, 23, of China competed for the inaugural ONE Super Series Bantamweight Muay Thai World Championship. The Thai contender won via unanimous decision.

China, France, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Russia, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States were also represented at “ONE: Clash of Legends.” Check all the results here.

“ONE: Clash of Legends” full video

ONE Championship group president Hua Fung Teh: ‘ONE: Clash of Legends’ will showcase Muay Thai, other martial arts in all their glory

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ONE Championship held the official kick-off press conference for “ONE: Clash of Legends” at the W Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand on February 13, 2019. In attendance at the event and part of the head table was ONE Championship group president Hua Fung Teh.

“Thailand has given the world one of the most famous martial arts in human history,” Teh stated. “Muay Thai is an intricately crafted and devastating striking style known for its effectiveness and power.”

The “ONE: Clash of Legends” fight night will take place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok on February 16, 2019. With 14 countries represented, the fight card has 12 matches, which include five Muay Thai contests and seven mixed martial arts bouts.

“It comes as no surprise that Thailand is recognized for having the best strikers in the world,” Teh noted. “That’s why we at ONE Championship love being back here. (It is) because we feel that we are one with the martial arts spirit and the culture of this beautiful country.”

In the main event of “ONE: Clash of Legends,” Nong-o Gaiyanghadao of Thailand and Han Zi Hao of China will compete for the inaugural ONE Super Series Bantamweight Muay Thai World Championship. Teh said, “This Saturday, ‘ONE: Clash of Legends’ will showcase Muay Thai, together with other martial arts, in all their glory, and thrill fans all over the world.”

Nong-o and Han had their official face-off during the “ONE: Clash of Legends” press conference at the W Hotel. The event was also attended by athletes Kongsak P.K.Saenchaimuaythaigym, Alaverdi Ramazanov, Shannon Wiratchai, Amarsanaa Tsogookhu, Rika Ishige and Nou Srey Pov.

Here is a clip from the “ONE: Clash of Legends” press conference:

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[PHOTOS] ‘ONE: Clash of Legends’ workout: Nong-O Gaiyanghadao, Shannon Wiratchai, Rika Ishige

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ONE Championship held the “ONE: Clash of Legends” open workout on January 28, 2019 at the P.K. Saenchai Muay Thai Gym in Bangkok, Thailand. In attendance were the promotion’s Thai athletes namely Nong-O Gaiyanghadao, 32, Chamuaktong Fightermuaythai, 30, Shannon “OneShin” Wiratchai, 30, Rika “Tinydoll” Ishige, 29, Kongsak P.K.Saenchaimuaythaigym, 28, and Superlek Kiatmoo9, 23.

Featuring four Muay Thai bouts on the ONE Super Series card and eight mixed martial arts matches, “ONE: Clash of Legends” will take place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on February 16, 2019. A total of 13 countries will be represented namely Cambodia, China, France, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Russia, South Korea, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

In the main event of the evening, Nong-o will face Han Zi Hao, 23, of China. The winner will be the inaugural ONE Super Series Muay Thai Bantamweight World Champion.

“I am thankful that ONE Championship has given me this opportunity and getting the chance to do it in front of my Thai fans is amazing,” Nong-o stated during the “ONE: Clash of Legends” open workout. “ONE Championship is a global event so I am proud to represent Thailand and show the world the beautiful art of Muay Thai.”

Co-headlining “ONE: Clash of Legends” are Kongsak and Alaverdi “Dagger” Ramazanov, 24, of Russia. They will compete in a Muay Thai bout in the bantamweight division.

Both Kongsak and Superlek are making their ONE Championship debut at “ONE: Clash of Legends.” In the fifth bout of the evening, the latter will face Lao Chetra, 19, of Cambodia in a Muay Thai bout in the flyweight division.

Representing Thailand, “Smokin” Jo Nattawut, 29, is also on the “ONE: Clash of Legends” card. In the seventh bout of the evening, he will face Samy “AK47” Sana, 30, of France in a Muay Thai bout in the featherweight division.

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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: