The fights took place in the conference hall of Pattaya Centre Hotel, in addition to the MMA fights there were also classic Muay Thai fights, including women’s fight, the tournament was organizes with assistance of the Russian branch of the DRAKA organization, and UltraFightGear.com.
MMA fights were held in format – 3 rounds for 3 minutes in a ring.
Special guest of the tournament was a famous Japanese MMA star, powerful Bob Sapp. He attracted the attention of all guests, and all tried to take his autograph or a photo.
Two fighters from Russia were competing in a tournament, so the conference hall was crowded by many Russian people, who came to support their fighters.
First MMA fight clinched together – Krzysztof Hajtalowicz from Europe and Alex Niu, from China, the announcer told that Alex is one of the top prospects, that soon would appear in the UFC.
The battle begins with an active exchange of punches and kicks, Alex looks visibly stronger on his feet and confident, he keep the distance well, then he kicks, and comes closer, Krzysztof with a takedown, then both stands up again, again exchanging punches on the feet, Alex punches Krzysztof, European is on the ground, Alex rushes to finish the fight, but, ties in a ground game, Krzysztof is trying a triangle choke – then tries an armbar, and finally gets it. The winner is Krzysztof Hajtalowicz, in the first round by the submission, armbar.
In the second match, Matt Merria from the United States was fighting against Yuri Sovenko from Russia, the fight was very intense, and no wonder, because all Russians wanted their fighter to win, an American fighter is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blue belt, Russian – is a boxer . First Round Yuri punches Matt with the right, then transition to the ground, Russian fighter tries to finish the fight, but an American feels confident on the ground and reverse Yuri – then tries the triangle choke, and armbar attempt, Yuri escapes well, then he illegally knee’s to the Matt’s head while they are on the ground, one point take off from the Russian, the fight continues on the feet, an exchange of punches, then both men continue on the ground, Matt on the top and tries rear naked choke, then again a transition to armbar attempt, but again, Yuri gets out of a hazardous situation, then exchange of punches and the fighters again back on the ground, where Matt illegally knee on the head of Yuri, one point is take off from American fighter, then the American with a superman punch, and an exchange of punches and kicks. End of first round
Round 2, started with exchange of furious punches and kicks, takedown, Matt is trying to submit Russian, but Yuri again goes out and now he is on the guard of Matt, he is trying to be active on the ground, then both fighters stand up, an American with a superman punch, and an exchange of punches and kicks, Yuri hits harder and precisely until the end of Round 2.
The third round begins with an exchange of punches, the American is on the ground, Yuri rushes to finish the fight, but once again makes same mistake and illegally knee to the head of lying opponent, for which he is disqualified from the fight. Yuri disqualified for illegal knee on the head of his lying opponent, the winner is Matt Meria.
The third match – battle of Thai fighter Mardsing Suriya and Justin Governale from the U.S.A. The Thai fighter has rich experience in Muay Thai, more than 100 fights. Round 1 begins, Thai fighter with a strong body punch, then highkick and knee in Muay Thai style, American is on the ground, Mardsing on top, trying to work hard, but Justin is easily flips him, and now Mardsing is in the guard of Justin, and choked out by the US fighter. The winner is Justin Governale by the submission of his opponent via guillotine choke in the first round.
The last MMA fight. The Australian Eddie Hanna and Russian Kyokushin legend Sergei Plekhanov, the fight starts quickly, Plekhanov with a powerful lowkick, then clinch, the fighters are on the ground, Sergei is in Eddie’s guard, punches several times in the ribs and the Australian fighter taps, the ribs seems broken. The winner Sergei Plekhanov by TKO submission in a first round
That’s how quickly ended the evening of MMA fights in Pattaya, we hope that the organizers will continue doing the fights, and we’ll to see more good fights, the better organization and exciting fighters. Thailand – possibly the future of MMA – here thousands of Muay Thai schools, Thai fighters will improve ground game and submission, and perhaps soon become the force on the MMA scene.
Summary results of the MMA tournament:
KRZYSZTOF Hajtalowicz defeated Alex Niu submission, armbar
MATT Meria defeated Yuri Sovenko by disqualification
Justin Governale won Mardsing Suriya submission, guillotine choke
Sergei Plekhanov defeated Eddy Hanna – submission due to strikes
Russian Karate Champ Sergei Plehanov in Action. A small piece of mixed martial arts history will be made this Saturday when ‘MMA the Beginning’, Thailand’s first ever dedicated mixed martial arts show, takes place in Pattaya.