On September 8, ONE Championship, revisited the iconic Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok for the 32nd instalment of ONE Friday Fights. With an action-packed evening featuring 11 extraordinary bouts across Muay Thai and MMA, the event captivated both local and international fans. This report delves into the key matchups, outcomes, and the broader implications for the sport and fighters involved.
Main Event: The Strategic Ballet of Kompet Fairtex and Kongchai Chanaidonmueang
In the main event, two strawweight Muay Thai fighters with proven track records—Kompet Fairtex, a two-time Lumpinee Stadium Muay Thai World Champion, and Kongchai Chanaidonmueang, a former Rajadamnern Stadium Muay Thai World Champion—collided in a riveting duel.
Each athlete exhibited world-class counter-striking abilities that kept spectators guessing from start to finish. While Kongchai unleashed a torrent of attacks that managed to bloody Kompet above his right eyebrow, the latter responded with decisive strikes, including a right cross that seemingly rattled Kongchai. After three intensely contested rounds, the judges awarded Kompet Fairtex with a unanimous decision.
In his post-match interview, Kompet shared his tactical adjustments: “I’m pretty confident because I gave it my all. The right leg is actually my first plan, but seeing how he fought with me, I had to adjust my style so I could counter back.” This win advanced Kompet’s professional record to an impressive 85-19-3, and his ONE Championship record to 3-1, effectively ending Kongchai’s four-fight winning streak.
Co-Main Event: Mohammed Siasarani Shocks the Muay Thai World
The co-main event featured Mohammed Siasarani, a 21-year-old emerging talent from Iran, and Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong, an eight-time Muay Thai and Kickboxing World Champion. The young Iranian stunned the crowd and likely rewrote his career trajectory when he dropped the seasoned Sitthichai for an eight-count in the second round. This unexpected turn of events led to a frenetic clash for the remainder of the bout, ending in a unanimous decision victory for Siasarani.
The Undercard: A Showcase of Diverse Talents
Aside from the headlining bouts, the night was replete with remarkable talent, including Nabil Anane, a former two-division WBC Muay Thai World Champion, and Prajanban Sor Jor Wichitpadriew, a former Lumpinee Stadium Muay Thai World Champion. These fighters, among others, delivered bouts that were as technically brilliant as they were viscerally thrilling.
Nabil Anane stood out with a knockout victory over Nakrob Fairtex, landed just over a minute into the second round. This bout and others contributed to a night that showcased a broad range of styles and strategies, further validating the depth of talent within the ONE Championship circuit.
The outcomes of ONE Friday Fights 32 serve as more than just ephemeral highlights. For Kompet Fairtex, the win places him in a favourable position within ONE Championship’s increasingly competitive Muay Thai division. With a new record of 85-19-3, his ascension through the ranks appears unstoppable.
For the young Mohammed Siasarani, his surprising win over the legendary Sitthichai serves as a powerful announcement of his arrival on the world stage. The unanimous decision has not only amplified his career but also sent shockwaves through the featherweight Muay Thai division, forcing pundits and fighters alike to take notice.
ONE Friday Fights 32 was a masterclass in martial arts competition. From the electrifying opening bouts to the tactical warfare witnessed in the headline events, the night was a triumphant spectacle. Kompet Fairtex and Mohammed Siasarani, in particular, walked away with not just victories but defining moments in their respective careers.