Thai Fight- Pattaya 2013 happened today in Thailand, and barely a peep was made about it. Despite being a “mysterious” card up until the day of action, it featured several big name nak muays like Sudsakorn, Iquezang, and the always impressive Yodsanklai.
The new face of Thai Fight, Yodsanklai Fairtex, overwhelmed the little-known Naimjon Tuhtobaev in the second round to win by TKO. Tuhtobaev simply couldn’t keep up with such an in-shape, strong, motivated Yod (Video below). In both rounds the Thai pressed the action, moved forward, shrugged off Tuhtpbaev’s attempt to injure him, and landed crushing shots to the head and body. While his opponent may have been a late replacement, hopefully we get to see Yodsanklai face some higher Thai Fight competition in the future.
Sudsakorn returned to the ring in equally dramatic fashion, knocking out Cambodian Ong Phearak in the first round with a spinning elbow. Phearak was also a last minute replacement, and very few people were expecting him to pose a significant threat against one of the most well known 70kg Thai fighters in the world today.
In the most high level match of the evening, Farmongkol took on Iquezang for a spot in the 67kg Thai Fight tournament scheduled for later in the year. It was a rare Thai vs. Thai bout, with the winner scheduled to win a 300,000 baht prize. By all accounts a relatively close and even match throughout, with Famongkol eventually winning a decision on points.
Finally, Thai Fight frequenter Payakdam took on Behzad Rafigh-Doust, whom he knocked out in the first round with a knee to the head.
Yodsanklai def. Naimjon Tuhtobaev by TKO in Rd. 2
Sudsakorn def. Ong Phearak by KO (spinning elbow) in Rd. 1
Farmongkol def. Iquezang by Decision
Payakdam def. Behzad Rafigh-Doust by KO (Knee) in Rd. 1
Permian Jitmuangnon def. Yacine Darkrim by Decision in an Extra Round
Yodsanklai vs. Naimjon Tuhtobaev Fight Video