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Nou Srey Pov dominates at ONE

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Nou Srey Pov (right) made her striking credentials clear. ONE Championship

Nou Srey Pov produced a commanding performance in her ONE Championship debut on Saturday, dominating hometown hero Rika “Tiny Doll” Ishige in their women’s atomweight mixed martial arts bout at ONE: Clash of Legends in Bangkok, Thailand.

At the same event, Cambodia’s Lao Chetra could not find a way past two-time Lumpinee Stadium Muay Thai World Champion Superlek Kiatmoo9 in their ONE Super Series Flyweight Muay Thai contest.

Nou, a Kun Khmer World Champion, made her striking credentials clear in the opening round, as she repeatedly landed her piston-like right hand on “Tiny Doll.” Ishige hit the canvas twice and kept walking into hard punches from the Cambodian.

Lao Chetra (right) could not find a way past Superlek Kiatmoo9.ONE Championship

The Cambodian Top Team representative’s confidence grew the more she landed, and her output increased alongside it. The hook-cross was her best weapon, as she easily shrugged off Ishige’s clinch attempts.

In the second round, the Bangkok native continued to struggle in her attempts to close the distance.

Nou’s boxing made her pay when she entered range, and Ishige could not find a way in. She initiated a double-leg takedown in the final moments of the period, but was countered and found herself on the canvas.

The pressure was on “Tiny Doll” in the third round, as the bout was slipping away from the Thai in front of her compatriots.

She looked for a way to take the contest to the ground, however, her attempts to clinch behind an overhand right were foiled every time.

Nou’s output had slowed slightly, but she remained in control. She continued to frustrate the hometown hero with punches and low kicks.

When the final bell sounded, it was clear that Nou Srey Pov did more than enough for the win.

Nou’s experience in over 100 Kun Khmer bouts helped her en route to her first MMA victory.

Two-time Lumpinee Stadium Muay Thai World Champion Superlek Kiatmoo9 officially announced his arrival to ONE Championship with a commanding performance on Saturday, 16 February.

The 23-year-old Thai handily defeated Cambodia’s Lao Chetra in a ONE Super Series Flyweight Muay Thai contest.

Superlek wasted no time in establishing his Muay Thai striking superiority in a breathless opening round.

His early aggression overwhelmed Lao, as he landed a host of flying knees, straight punches, and a spectacular jumping spin kick. The home crowd gasped at every strike the local hero landed.

Lao attempted to stem the tide by tying up the Thai in the clinch, but the 19-year-old Kun Khmer star only gained brief respite as his rival dominated the stanza.

Superlek came out for the second round and unloaded 10 successive right roundhouse kicks, each of which found their mark on his stunned adversary.

Nou Srey Pov (right) produced a commanding performance in her ONE Championship debut. ONE Championship

A stiff right jab from Lao snapped back Superlek’s head, but it was a rare offensive success for the Bayon Stadium Champion, who found himself on the receiving end of more thumping right roundhouse kicks. The Bangkok native hammered the legs and body of the teenager as the round came to a close.

The kicks kept coming from Superlek in the third and final frame, as the Cambodian Top Team product desperately tried to walk through the barrage of strikes in order to land some offense of his own.

When he managed to establish the clinch, however, he was dumped to the canvas by the hometown hero.

It was one final statement of dominance from the former Lumpinee Stadium superstar, who announced himself on the global stage for martial arts with a landslide unanimous decision victory.

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