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Meul dropped in first round, Sok Thy up next

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Cambodian Top Team mixed martial artist Meas Meul suffered a shock defeat to Anthony “Archangel” Engelen. ONE Championship

Cambodian Top Team mixed martial artist Meas Meul suffered a shock defeat to Anthony “Archangel” Engelen inside the first round of his bout at ONE Championship’s: Heart of the Lion showpiece in Singapore.

After sizing each other up for the first 30 seconds of Friday’s matchup, Meul attempted to uncork a big right hand, but his Indonesian rival timed a right kick to his opponent’s head.

Meul dropped his left hand, and his forward momentum led him right into Engelen’s oncoming shin, which knocked him out after just 39 seconds.

The Dutch-Indonesian picked up the third knockout win of his professional career, and he has won his last three battles in The Home Of Martial Arts inside the distance.

In the main event of the evening, Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon of the Philippines ended the near-five year reign of now former belt holder Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes of Brazil to successfully unify the bantamweight titles.

Belingon employed a terrific game plan, attacking Fernandes’ body with thudding spinning back kicks while connecting on fiery boxing combinations. Fernandes did his best to take the action to the ground, but Belingon showed much improved grappling skills.

After five rounds of action, Belingon took home the victory via split decision and was crowned the undisputed ONE Bantamweight World Champion.

Next up for Cambodia is CTT fighter Sok Thy who is getting a long awaited second crack at Lerdsila Phuket Top Team at ONE: Warrior’s Dream in Jakarta, Indonesia on Saturday.

In June, Thy fought Lerdsila in a ONE Super Series Muay Thai flyweight bout on the main card of ONE: Pinnacle of Power in Macau. After a tremendous back-and-forth battle between two high-level strikers, Lerdsila controversially emerged victorious after three rounds with a split decision verdict.

Reacting to the online outrage at the decision, Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, stated: “Upon careful review of the thrilling ONE Super Series Muay Thai contest between Lerdsila Phuket Top Team and Sok Thy, ONE Championship has determined the bout to be extremely close and competitive in nature. In light of this, the organization feels it is appropriate to honour Sok Thy’s outstanding performance with a $5,000 win bonus due to a close controversial decision and automatic rematch.”

National Kun Khmer Champion Sok Thy, from Banteay Meanchey province, is just 20 years of age. In 2017, he competed for a Muay Thai title in Thailand’s famed Lumpinee Stadium – the first Cambodian to ever do so. Today, Thy trains at CTT under head coach Chan Reach and legendary Kun Khmer competitor San Saoyan.

Multiple Muay Thai world champion Lerdsila first began training in Muay Thai at the age of seven under his father’s tutelage, and had his first bout that same year. Lerdsila has competed countless times at the famed Lumpinee and Rajadamnern Stadiums, and was a Rajadamnern Muay Thai World Champion in three different weight classes. At his peak, he had an incredible streak of 100 consecutive victories.

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