Top Thai prospect Pongsiri Mitsatit demonstrated why he is being touted as a future strawweight champion with a quickfire win over Wisava Kaweewarakorn. The 19-year-old took full advantage of an unsuccessful hip toss attempt by his opponent that left him in full mount.
The fans in attendance at the Insanity Night Club in Bangkok on Saturday night were fully behind the undefeated young prospect, who found himself in full mount early in the opening round. From there, Mitsatit showed no mercy as he rained down a barrage of ground and pound on his overmatched opponent.
Tougher assignments surely await this strawweigth prospect, but Mitsatit’s record now stands at an extremely impressive 6-0 with five of those wins coming inside the distance. Kaweewarakorn drops to 0-1, although he supposedly has at least five wins missing from his official record.
While the night finished with two 115-pound fighters, the penultimate bout saw two much bigger men go head to head. Iranian Aliakbari and South Korean Hyung Chul-Lee tipped the scales at 265 pounds each ahead of what was, quite literally, the biggest MMA fight to ever take place in Bangkok.
The Iranian was making his pro debut, but he’s a former wrestling world champions and it took him just 17 seconds to put away the more experienced Lee. The Korean came into the fight with a 1-1 record, but looked well out of his depth and an unsuccessful early takedown attempt was punished as Aliakbari pushed him on his back and then finished him with ground and pound.
Aliakbari’s AKA Thailand teammate Nikolai Kozyrev was less fortunate. The Russian welterweight saw his record drop to 1-1 after losing a decision to Lebanon’s Yousef Wehbe, who did more damage and came close with a triangle attempt. He improves to 2-2-0-1.
Cambodia’s Thai Ritthy was looking for his second successive win over a Legacy Gym fighter, but the featherweight came up short against Jaroslav Jartim. The Czech fighter ate some hard shots, including a soccer kick, but was able to lock in an armbar from the bottom, which takes him to 4-4, while his opponent drops to 4-1.
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