5 Things We Learned From This Past Weekend’s Action

Jonathan Haggerty

This past Bank Holiday weekend has been huge for UK Muay Thai. From a headline bout on ONE Championship in Jakarta on Friday, to a huge domestic rematch in Scotland on Saturday, fight fans have been spoiled with top quality action over the weekend.

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Below, we review the results from the weekend and the top 5 things we learned from the results.

(1) Jonathan Haggerty wins ONE Championship Flyweight World title, calls out Rodtang

In his biggest test to date, 22-year-old Jonathan Haggerty put on a clinical display, scoring two knockdowns on his way to a unanimous decision win against former champion Sam-A Gaiyanghadao.

The Englishman, Haggerty, beat the 400+ fight Thai star Sam-A in a five-round bout that has already been dubbed potential “bout of the year” by ONE Championship.

After the bout, Haggerty was quick to call out another Thai superstar, Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon, for his first title defence.

(2) Craig Dickson stops Chris Shaw in 4th round

The highly anticipated rematch between two of Scotland’s biggest stars took place on Saturday night, as Chris Shaw faced Craig Dickson at Power of Scotland 28 in Glasgow.

After the controversial decision in the semi-final of the eight-man tournament back in November 2017, the rematch between these two has been a long time coming.

On Saturday, Dickson put any doubts to bed as he dominated from the first bell, dropping Shaw in the second with an elbow and eventually stopping the fight with a perfectly executed leg kick, straight-left and elbow combination in the fourth round.

(3) Jake Purdy wins Roar European title

In the main event at Roar Combat League 14, Jake Purdy faced Salah Khalifa for the Roar European title.

Coming off losses against Joe Craven and Youssef Boughanem, Purdy bounced back to winning ways against Salah Khalifa on Saturday night to win the Roar Combat League European title after a five round unanimous decision.

(4) Andrew Miller gets back to winning ways on ONE Championship

Scotsman Andrew Miller put in a great performance to outpoint Malaysian Muay Thai star Mohammed Bin Mahmoud over three rounds.

After a first-round stoppage defeat to Russian maestro Alaverdi Ramazanov in his first ONE bout in February, Miller gets back to winning ways with a strong performance in Jakarta.

(5) Sophie Hawkswell wins Golden Belt European title

Current UK 52.5kg #1, Sophie Hawkswell, met the ‘French Cyborg’ Cindy Silvestre, for the Golden Belt European title in Manchester in Saturday night.

After a tough few rounds, Silvestre picked up an injury to the arm from a series of kicks by Sophie and the fight was stopped after the corner team deemed Cindy unsafe to continue.

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