ONE Myanmar featherweight (65.9 - 70.3kg)
RESULT: Saw Yan Paing wins by unanimous decision
The second featherweight tournament semi-final went two full rounds, with both local champs drained and heaving by the end. Saw Yan Paing achieved a successful early takedown in the first round, but was caught in a headlock from below by Ye Yint Aung. Applying pressure to his opponent’s neck, Saw Yan Paing slipped the grab to land a series of head shots with two minutes left in the first, but Ye Ying Aung freed himself by the bell.
Having exhausted themselves in a frantic first round, both fighters spent most of the second trying to outlast the fight or win a submission. Ye Yint Aung tried a tired high kick, giving Saw Yan Paing an opening to drive him into the ground, grappling for a hold before the referee intervened. Saw Yan Paing rushed in for another takedown, but the two were clearly spent, spending the last 30 seconds trading weak shots.
Photo: Nyan Zay Htet