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Play it again Sam: actor’s winning return

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Mern Mea Kea, Chan Samart and Tharoth Sam were all in action in Bangkok. CTT

Cambodian female Mixed Martial Arts talent Tharoth Oum Sam was victorious in her Full Metal Dojo 14 – Bigger, Badder, Blacker, Madder bout in Bangkok a third round win sliding in the tightest of rear naked chokes against Thailand’s Surarak Kamla.

“I’ve won. Thank you again for giving me strength, love, and for the congratulations from my fans. That means love,” said the ONE Championship veteran.

Tharoth, 26-years old, returned to the cage after an 18-month absence shooting movies and looked like she had lost none of the speed and flair that had earned her two ONE Championship wins. She improves her MMA record to 3 wins and 2 defeats.

Chan Samart, fighting out of Phnom Penh’s Cambodian Top Team, was among the first competitors in action on the night and put up a brave showing in an even opening round in his bout with Japan’s Akihiro Fujisawa. However, the decline began in the second round, the Cambodian Bantamweight eventually succumbing via TKO at 3:42 into round three.

The last of the Cambodian Top Team pugilists in action was Mern Mea Kea, eldest son of Cambodian Kun Khmer legend Eh Phutoung, and who fighting for the first time in MMA outside of the kingdom. However, his opponent, Thai Muay Thai champion and rising MMA star Thanongsaklek ‘Top Noi’ Tigermuaythai proved too strong for the Cambodian Top Team prospect.

FMD has already given a platform to numerous Thai prospects, including strawweight Pongsiri Mitsatit and Kritsada Konsrichai – the latter of whom has graduated to the ONE Championship cage.

Since its inception in 2014, it has earned the distinction of being among the most exciting mixed martial arts promotion’s in Asia and has held multiple events in Bangkok and Phuket

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