Yodsanklai Fairtex, Giorgio Petrosyan out of US $1 Million contest
Famed Muay Thai fighter Yodsanklai Fairtex faced French competitor Samy Sana in the quarter-final bout of ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix. The opening round of US $1 Million contest was featured on the card billed as “Enter the Dragon”. The event took place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium this past Friday (May 17).
The scheduled for three rounds bout went the distance. Yet, Yodsanklai was dropped and received an eight count late in the first. The following two rounds the pair went back and forth. The verdict heard Sana taking the win by a unanimous decision, as well as the ticket to semi-final – closer to the biggest prize money in kickboxing history. In addition, he took the revenge for the defeat suffered six years ago in the semi-final of muaythai tournament “Thai Fight” in Bangkok.
Post-fight Yodsanklai shared in social media his desire to square off against Sana for the third time. Yet, the bout might only be held after the on-going kickboxing eliminator, unless Sana gets beaten in semi-final.
“I’m lose tonight.! I will be back. next time after tournament hope to rematch with Sammy Sana again [sic],” Yodsanklai captioned the photo on Instagram.
Another upset saw Giorgio Petrosyan getting eliminated also as early as in the quarter-final. Widely considered as the favorite in the tournament the Italian kickboxer was pitted against Thai Petchmorakot, who took the win by split decision.
The Yodsanklai vs. Giorgio bout was arguably that battle the most of fans wanted to see in the finale. Nevertheless, the show must go on. Meanwhile, the promotion might feature the two in a separate encounter.
Among other bouts at “ONE: Enter the Dragon” Cosmo Alexandre scored a knockout win against Sage Northcutt with one punch in 29 seconds. In the main event Christian Lee stopped Shinya Aoki in the second round and became a new ONE Lightweight champion. In the co-main event Regian Eersel earned a unanimous decision against Nieky Holzken and took the inaugural ONE Lightweight kickboxing title.
The complete fight results can be found below.