ONE Myanmar alternate featherweight (65.9 - 70.3kg)
RESULT: Saw Bao Oo wins by unanimous decision
A highly anticipated match for local lethweiwatchers: Kyal Sin Phyo and Saw Ba Oo entered the ONE cage at a three-draw deadlock in their previous meetings. Saw Ba Oo danced into the ONE arena clad in Kayin apparel, a flag wrapped around his shoulders, drawing loud cheers from the crowd. His enthusiasm was quickly tempered after a wild flying kick and attempted grab cost him a shot to the head. The Kayin fighter recovered to get Kyal Sin Phyo into a ground-and-pound and then into a rear choke before the end of the first round saved the Golden Belt Championship runner-up.
Saw Ba Oo drew blood in the second with a well-timed headshot, drawing an animated Kyal Sin Phyo to attempt a headlock before the referee separated the rivals for a medical check that ran out the clock. Judges handed Saw Ba Oo the victory to break a three-match deadlock between the lethwei fighters.
Photo: Zarni Phyo