Lumpinee Stadium hosted a Muay Thai fight for the first time ever last night. Headlining the Fairtex Promotions card was a strawweight contest between Jade Ketley and Apidet Fairtex.

Two of the scheduled MMA fights were scrapped but the main event remained intact with female fighters representing the Fairtex gym in Pattaya and Bang Tao MMA in Phuket. Apidet seized the centre of the ring at the start of the fight but Ketley was the more aggressive.

She was looking to land right hands against the Thai southpaw and a right low kick was followed by a right upstairs which found its mark. The shot didn’t seem to do any real damage so Ketley switched things up and fired off a right to the body.

Surprise strategy

The change of strategy seemed to catch Apidet by surprise and she stumbled backwards. The Muay Thai fighter seemed totally unprepared for what happened next.

Ketley charged forwards and threw her to the ground, immediately taking her back. Apidet was too busy trying to regain her balance to even think about defending the takedown and it proved to be a fatal error.

Ketley immediately sunk her right forearm under Apidet’s chin. The Thai attempted to stand up but only succeeded in leaving a space for her opponent to sink both hooks in.

The tap was inevitable and it came at the 46 second mark. The South African improves to 1-1 after scoring the first win of her career while her opponent drops to 0-1.

Best of the rest

The honour of having competed in the first MMA fight at Lumpinee Stadium goes to Jahongir Qurbonazazoda (1-0) and Detchadin Sorsirisuphathin (8-7). They faced off in a catchweight contest with the man from Tajikstan outpointing the Thai.

Fairtex Fights, Lumpinee Stadium, January 15th
Jada Ketley def. Apidet Fairtex via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 0:46 of Round 1
Jahongir Qurbonazazoda def. Detchadin Sorsirisuphathin via Decision (Unanimous)