Two Myan­mar fighters win MMA de­but bouts in Bangkok

The Myanmar Times - - Sport - KANG WAN CHERN chern@mm­times.com

TWO un­known Myan­mar mixed mar­tial arts (MMA) fighters won their de­but bouts against the Thais at the Full Me­tal Dojo 16: Big Trou­ble In Lit­tle Bangkok (FMD16) MMA event held at the In­san­ity Night­club in Bangkok on Novem­ber 3.

O Kay Gyi, 23, won his first Ban­tamweight pro de­but fight against Thai­land’s Vis­arut Num­noi, who was also fight­ing for the first time, by way of tech­ni­cal knock­out in round 1, which lasted 2:59 min­utes.

While Num­noi de­liv­ered sev­eral strikes at the be­gin­ning of their fight, O Kay Gyi man­aged to mount and punch out the Thai just be­fore the first 3-minute round ended.

“It’s a re­ally good feel­ing to be able to punch like that,” O Kay Gyi said, re­fer­ring to the se­ries of blows he de­liv­ered to his floored op­po­nent dur­ing the match.

In a sep­a­rate Ban­tamweight pro de­but fight, 21-year-old Aung Kyaw Kyaw beat 36-year-old Jak­tan Tang­jan, who called it quits af­ter two gru­el­ing rounds of grap­pling.

The vis­i­bly ex­hausted Thai sur­ren­dered to his younger op­po­nent de­spite hav­ing five pre­vi­ous fights, two of which he won, to his name.

Prior to the fight, both O Kay Gyi and Aung Kyaw Kyaw re­ceived just a month of train­ing in Brazil­ian ji­u­jitsu, the mar­tial art which fo­cuses on grap­pling and ground fight­ing, said Ja­son Maung, owner of MMA gym Yangon Fight Club, where the pair trains.

The two matches were part of the in­au­gu­ral Asean-based Ku­mite 3000 se­ries, a na­tion ver­sus na­tion tour­na­ment hosted by FMD16 and backed by Fox Sports Asia.

The third bout in the se­ries saw Cambodia’s Long La knock out Thai­land’s Chin­nakit Manolai in just 22 sec­onds.

Myan­mar’s wins at FMD16 come at a time when MMA is ris­ing in pop­u­lar­ity in the coun­try, thanks to MMA cham­pion Aung La N Sang, nick­named Burmese Python, and ris­ing star Phoe “Bushido” Thaw.

Myan­mar’s tra­di­tional mar­tial arts sport is known as leth­wei, which is a full con­tact, bareknuckle box­ing sport us­ing stand-up strik­ing and other clinch­ing tech­niques.

Photo: Yangon FIght Club

O Kay Gyi (L) and op­po­nent Vis­arut Num­noi face-off at FMD16.

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