Full Metal Dojo 2: Protect Your Neck
The Southeast Asian MMA scene was put on notice Saturday night (August 23) as Full Metal Dojo’s band of warriors brought the house down at Seduction Nightclub in Phuket, Thailand.
Full Metal Dojo 2: Protect Your Neck saw fighters from around the globe (Thailand, Sweden, France, Canada, Phillippines, Cambodia, Afghanistan, Japan, etc.) enter the cage with blood and triumph the only things on their minds. History was also made as the first professional Thai-against-Thai women’s MMA bout took place inside the country for the first time.
FMD veteran Michael Dubois took care of business in under 30 seconds, pummelling Filipino fighter Trestle Tan with reckless abandon and walking out of the dojo with a victory.
In addition, Dylan “The Muscle” Fussell stepped up in a big way after Glenn Sparv had to pull out of the main event due to an illness. Fussell took on France’s Jason Ponet (10-8), whose fearless striking got the better of the American and the fight was stopped at the end of the first round because of medical reasons.
Japanese fighter Takuro Nishimura’s memorable performance rocked the Seduction crowd as he weathered the storm in the first round. Phetsingkorn’s striking softened up Nishimuro, but he made the ground his home and won the bout via reverse triangle.
In line with Full Metal Dojo’s objective of growing the sport of MMA in the region, four amateur bouts also took place before the main card with fighters from around Southeast Asia battling it out in the cage for experience. Muay Thai fighters dipped their toes into the MMA waters in addition to 16-year-old Singaporean Sim Kai Xiong coming away with a phenomenal victory over an older Thai fighter.
Main Card results:
– Jason Ponet (10-8) defeats Dylan Fussell (2-1) – Round 1, Stoppage
Ponet’s pinpoint striking allowed him to open a large gash on Fussel’s forehead in the middle of the first round. The Frenchman’s spinning back fist caught Fussell cleanly and was the turning point in the fight, which was called off shortly after a doctor inspected the American’s wound.
– Baz Mohammad Mubariz (4-2) defeats Kristoffer Persson (2-4) – Round 3, Unanimous Decision
The Afghan went after Persson in the first round, with the big Swede delivering some tough shots standing up. Both men displayed technical grappling skills as they jockeyed for position. Mubariz took advantage of his opportunities when on top, however, and effectively used his ground and pound for the majority of the fight, resulting in a decision win.
– Michael Dubois (1-1) defeats Trestle Tan (2-3-1 NC) – Round 1, TKO Stoppage
Michael Dubois wasted no time in wow’ing the FMD crowd as he ran through Trestle Tan with striking early. Dubois pummeled Tan once the Filipino was on the ground and the fight was stopped within the first 30 seconds of the first round.
– Chatmongkohn “Noom” Simma defeats Supat Senapol – Round 1, Stoppage
– Kichong Tran defeats Kritsada Kongsrichai – Round 2 submission (Rear naked choke)
– Suwanon “Pocket Rocket” Boonsorn defeats Kaewjai Prachumwong – Round 2 Submission (Armbar)
– Takuro Nishimura defeats Detchadin “Phetsingkorn” Sornsirisupathin – Round 3 Submission
– Jeremy Dichiara defeats Saeed Yousefi Ramandi – Round 1, TKO stoppage
Full Metal Dojo, organiser Jon Nutt:
“We couldnt be happier with how the event went. All 8 fights were superbly entertaining. We had our first Thai versus Thai girl fight. Pocket Rocket won by an armbar and that was somehting that was super unexpected. She pulled it off so cleanly that her opponent’s arm popped and it was let go proving once again that BJJ is making its way into Thailand MMA.”
“The amateur matches blew me away we will again really strike out and try to do more amateur and debut matches. We will really try to work on getting the relevant associations within ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) on board to expand the sport of MMA.”
“We were so happy to have some of the major Muay Thai guys in the world compete in the cage. Kru Toy Sityodtong was in the house. Not only does he come from camp that has more Lumpinee champions, he’s fully on board with MMA. He realises that Muay Thai is Muay Thai and MMA is MMA, it’s all combat sports. This will all help in educating people in combat sports. People in the know realise what the real deal is and in the future they will know the real deal is Full Metal Dojo.”
“Everything about this evening was a success so we will look to do an event in October. Don’t necesarrily plan on keeping it in Phuket. We want to be a touring show. Next show will most likely be in either Bangkok or Pattaya.”