Muay Thai superstar Lerdsila Phuket Top Team got the better of Cambodian Top Team (CTT) talent Sok “Kaka” Thy, emerging victorious via unanimous decision in their ONE Super Series Muay Thai rematch at ONE: Warrior’s Dream in Jakarta on Saturday.
There was much debate after the first meeting in June, with Lerdsila questionably walking away with a close decision victory at ONE: Pinnacle of Power in Macau.
However, Lerdsila ensured there was no such controversy this time around as the three-division Rajadamnern Muay Thai World Champion used his crisp striking to earn a clear-cut decision victory after three rounds in the mixed martial arts cage.
“Despite losing this time, we will continue to support Sok Thy. We lost to a better man on the night. Lerdsila was faster and smarter, said CTT coach and founder Hun Chan Reach reflecting on defeat.
“I think the main reason for the defeat was the use of a cage rather than a ring. The MMA cage is bigger than a boxing ring, so fighters need more stamina. It was Sok Thy’s first fight in such a cage, so it was a lot of hard work. But I hope Cambodian fans can understand and we promise to keep up our training to improve. He will fight at ONE Championship again,” he added.
Lerdsila had the upper hand in the opening round, as he controlled the range with his left hand and landed effectively with straight punches, short elbows, and leg kicks.
Sok Thy upped the intensity in the second round to match his opponent, and proved he was every bit Lerdsila’s equal with a perfectly-executed sweep that dumped the Thai to the canvas at the end of the round.
Nonetheless, the striking exchanges were mostly won by the Thai, who connected more cleanly and more frequently during the second frame.
Lerdsila kicked off the third and final round with a spectacular leg sweep of his own as he threw the 21-year-old Cambodian to the mat.
Both men loaded up with their most powerful shots in a bid to claim a stoppage victory, and Sok Thy pushed forward, perhaps knowing he needed a finish to earn the win.
It was not to be, however, as the well-matched duo battled all the way to the final bell. When the scores were read, there was no room for doubt as Lerdsila was announced the unanimous decision winner.
Despite defeat, Kaka received high praise from CEO of ONE Championship, Chatri Sityodtong on social media.
“Lerdsila is a legend – a beautiful and technical fighter. Sok Thy can hold his head high for hanging in there. much respect to both Lerdsila and Sok Thy, reads Sityodtong’s post. “Sok Thy has a huge future ahead of him – he’s a world-class fighter who can be a world champion!”