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Sor Sey is stopped in Myanmar

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Cambodia’s Sor Sey (left) was defeated by Phoe Thaw on Friday. Supplied

Cambodian Top Team Mixed Martial Artist Sor Sey lasted little more than two minutes into his return to the MMA cage at Friday’s ONE Championship: Quest for Gold showpiece at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.

Myanmar’s Phoe “Bushido” Thaw, who had Selapak’s Chan Rothana in his corner, took the plaudits and electrified the crowd with a sensational knockout. The undefeated 33-year-old lethwei specialist knocked out his Cambodian opponent with a powerful right push kick to the chin.

Following the bell to open round one, Phoe quickly got to work. His first blow was a right high roundhouse kick, and soon he poured on some fierce strikes in the clinch.

Rather than dump out his entire gas tank in one surge, Phoe reset back to the centre of the cage and waited for his opportunity to come. Sey, a Kun Khmer specialist, already seemed to be overwhelmed by Phoe’s lethwei style.

It was not long before the Yangon hero shaved his head with another roundhouse kick, teasing a potential finish.

Phoe charged forward with a flurry of hands, stunned Sey with a hard left jab, and then unleashed a massive right push kick to Sey’s chin, which crumpled the Cambodian to the mat.

Referee Yuji Shimada immediately waved off the contest, giving the hometown favourite the win at the 1:53 mark of the opening round.

The loss is Sey’s second in the MMA cage. Phoe remains unbeaten, and improves his perfect record to 6W-0L.

In the main event of the evening, “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang scooped up the vacant ONE Light Heavyweight World Championship with a knockout victory over Brazil’s Alexandre Machado.

Aung La N Sang got the job done in just 56 seconds, knocking out Machado with a thunderous high kick. With his remarkable conquest of Machado, Aung La N Sang now has both the ONE Middleweight World Championship and ONE Light Heavyweight World Championship titles in his possession.

Aung La N Sang, newly-minted ONE Light Heavyweight Champion, stated: “Life is short, we have to make it count. One thing is for sure Myanmar, when we’re united, nothing can stop us. That head kick is what we’ve been working on. I want to thank everyone that helped me out to get here. I’m in here by myself, but this is a team sport. If we’re united and we’re together, we can do anything. I want to be the best and I want to defend these two belts. I’m not just going to hold them and leave.”

In the co-main event of the evening, former world title challenger Ev “E.T.” Ting turned in an outstanding performance by routing Costa Rican martial artist Ariel Sexton, solidifying his position once again as a top contender in ONE Championship’s stacked lightweight division.

Opening up the three-round contest by taking the action right to Sexton, Ting connected on a series of fast and powerful strikes, pushing his opponent back up against the cage. In the second round, Ting continued to blast Sexton with serious firepower, featuring his best striking combinations. Sexton tried to change the complexion of the bout in the third round, fishing for a finish with a flying knee and a submission attempt. Ting did just enough to pull away slightly in the third after a gruelling match, and came out victorious via a split decision.

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