In news sure to disappoint her many fans, Cambodia’s Tharoth Sam will not be making an appearance in the Mixed Martial Arts cage at tomorrow’s Full Metal Dojo 16: Big Trouble in Little Bangkok showpiece.
Tharoth, who goes by the name “Little Frog”, was expected to face the Philippines’ Kristelle Choi, in an exciting four-woman tournament format. However, she is currently in the USA promoting feature-length documentary Surviving Bokator with Filmmaker Mark Bochsler and Sandra Leuba and was forced to pull out from the Bangkok date.
Filling in will be Cambodian Bantamweight Long La (1-0) who will meet Wisava Kaweewarakorn of Khon Khaen-based King MMA, Thailand (2-3).
La, a member of Phnom Penh-based stable Cambodian Top Team (CTT), is no stranger to Thailand or indeed Thai opposition. In his last appearance, he defeated Nattachai Dabransarakham at Thailand’s MX Muay Xtreme in August.
For the first time ever, two FMD Championship Titles will be contested at FMD16, as the contenders fight for the right to lift the winner’s FMD Sword.
Globetrotting prizefighter Glenn Sparv headlined FMD1 and is now ranked the number one Middleweight in Southeast Asia on Tapology. He will fight for the inaugural FMD Middleweight Championship against unbeaten top prospect Mehdi Bagheri who claimed a stunning comeback victory at FMD15.
In the co-main event, Muay Thai veteran Loma Lookboonmee, the first Thai fighter to fight at Invicta FC, the world’s top women’s MMA promotion, will face Suwanan Boonsorn, from the Thailand jiu-jitsu team and winner of the first ever professional Thai women’s MMA fight at FMD2 in 2014, for the inaugural FMD Women’s Atomweight Championship.
The event, held in FMD’s hometown of Bangkok, will this year be a Halloween-themed affair set after the 1986 Kurt Russell cult classic, ‘Big Trouble in Little China’. A live broadcast will stream on Fox Sports Asia’s official Facebook page.