Some of Thailand’s biggest names in MMA were out in force at Full Metal Dojo 11, and boy did they put on a show. Eight out of the nine fights finished inside the distance, giving fans inside Insanity Nightclub something to celebrate.
In the main event, middleweight Marcelo Tenorio (3-1) needed less than a minute to submit Askar Mozharov (4-2). The Ukrainian scored an early takedown but the Brazilian was able to capitalise by locking in an armbar from the bottom while his opponent attacked with ground and pound.
The co-main event pitted Iran against Israel and it was the former country which emerged victorious as Ali Motamed (2-0) submitted Toni Hitmanos (0-1).
This was Toni’s debut and his inexperience on the ground was immediately obvious to Motamed.
The bout was taken to the ground when Hitmanos tripped and Motamed took advantage of it by raining kicks and punches against him. Motamed went on to dominate his opponent on the ground and won the fight in 58 sec via rear naked choke.
Meanwhile up and coming Thai prospect Thanongsaklek Tiger Muay Thai (1-1) beat Sawich Maruang (0-1) by first round TKO with referee Dana Blouin stepping in to save his opponent after a flurry of unanswered blows.
A women’s catchweight saw Audrey Laura Boniface face Sunisa Srisan who made her debut.
Sunisa just turned 17 and chose to celebrate it with her debut fight against Audrey, another debutante. Sunisa, a wrestling champion faced an opponent who had been trained by Borneo Tribal Squad’s acclaimed wrestling coach AJ Pyro.
Audrey was quick to try to get Sunisa into a takedown from the start but Sunisa proved to be resilient and stood her ground until the 4th minute when she had no choice but to hit the canvas with Audrey pinned firmly down against her, until Sunisa almost turned the fight around just before Audrey was saved by the bell.
A bantamweight matchup saw Thanongsaklek “Topnoi” Tiger Muay Thai face fellow countryman Sawich “Phetchsamut” Maruang (2-1 am)
Topnoi was a Muay Thai expert who stepped up his MMA training after watching fellow countrymen, ONE Championship’s Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke and Shannon ‘One Shin’ Wiratchai take the MMA scene by storm on an international stage.
This fight was exciting because of the relentless efforts of both fighters each with their respective strengths. Top was clearly more comfortable on his feet and fought well using his agility and strength. He was quick to get out of Sawich’s dominance on the ground. Sawich was trying to take the fight to the ground throughout the fight but failed to dominate. Top won via referee stoppage, TKO round 1.
Topnoi took the fight via referee stoppage at 4:20 of round 1.