Thailand and Portugal were among the 15 countries represented at “ONE: Warriors of Light.” It was the second ONE Championship event in 2019 held in Thailand.
Featuring three kickboxing contests, four Muay Thai matches and five mixed martial arts bouts, “ONE: Warriors of Light” took place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on May 10, 2019. The fourth bout of the evening was between Superlek Kiatmoo9, 23, of Thailand and Rui Botelho, 24, of Mafra, Lisbon, Portugal.
While Superlek was one of the six hometown fighters at “ONE: Warriors of Light,” Botelho solely represented Portugal. Algeria, Australia, Cambodia, China, Chinese Taipei, Cyprus, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and the United States were also represented.
Representing Dinamite Team, Botelho started his Muay Thai training when he was 16 years old and went on to become a WKA European Champion. He lost to Yukinori Ogasawara, 26, of Japan at “ONE: Pinnacle of Power” on June 23, 2018 and Panpayak “The Angel Warrior” Jitmuangnon, 22, of Prakhon Chai, Buriram, Thailand at “ONE: Destiny of Champions” on December 7, 2018.
On March 8, 2019, Botelho defeated Yuta Watanabe, 28, of Japan at “ONE: Reign of Valor.” “ONE: Warriors of Light” marked the Portuguese fighter’s fourth ONE Super Series outing.
Training out of the famed Kiatmoo9 Gym, Superlek is a two-time Lumpinee Stadium Muay Thai World Champion. He also held one World Boxing Council world title and a Nai Khanom Tom Sports Association title.
“ONE: Warriors of Light” marked Superlek’s second ONE Super Series outing. When he made his debut in the league on February 16, 2019 at “ONE: Clash of Legends,” he defeated Lao Chetra, 19, of Cambodia.
Superlek and Botelho competed in a Muay Thai contest in the flyweight division. Olivier Coste served as the referee.
After three three-minute rounds, the flyweight bout was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, Coste raised the hand of Superlek, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.
Winning at “ONE: Warriors of Light” improved the professional Muay Thai record of Superlek to 122 wins, 28 losses and 2 draws. On the other hand, Botelho now has 18 wins, 9 losses and 2 draws.
“ONE: Warriors of Light” Main Events
Petchdam Petchyindee Academy, 20, of Thailand and Elias “The Sniper” Mahmoudi, 21, of Algeria competed for the inaugural ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Championship in the co-main event. The Thai contender won via technical decision after an accidental groin attack in the fourth round.
Hiroaki “Kaibutsukun” Suzuki, 34, of Japan challenged reigning ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion Nong-o Gaiyanghadao, 32, of Thailand in the main event. The Thai defending champion won via unanimous decision.
The official open workout for “ONE: Warriors of Light” took place in Bangkok on April 25, 2019. It featured Nong–O, Petchdam and Superlek along with their fellow Thai ONE Championship athletes “The Iron Man” Rodtang Jitmuangnon, 21, Singtongnoi Por Telakun, 38, and Pongsiri “The Smiling Assassin” Mitsatit, 22.
Check the complete results for “ONE: Warriors of Light” on Conan Daily. Watch the recap here: