Nachin Sat and Carlos Alvarez went to war at ONE Friday Fights 43. Both men were bruised and bloody but it was the Mongolian who somehow found another gear to finish the fight late in the third round.

An accidental low blow from Alvarez caused an early pause in the action. When Sat recovered the Filipino attacked with right kicks and left hooks before dropping for a takedown which he eventually completed by sweeping the standing leg.

Alvarez immediately took the back but couldn’t get his hooks in which allowed Sat to twist out. The Filipino landed a hard body kick but was badly hurt by an uppercut and turned his back before shooting for a desperate takedown.

Alvarez was able to tie Sat up and gratefully took time to recover when a knee from the Mongolian strayed low. When the action resumed he dropped his opponent with a right hand and unleashed ground and pound as the round ended.

Sat’s face was a bloody mess and the momentum seemed to be with Alvarez. But the second round did not play out like that with the Filipino giving up his back attempting to land a spinning back fist.

Sat had a body triangle but Alvarez escaped and went to work from guard.  After initially landing some elbows the Filipino tried to slip on a rear naked choke without securing the position first.

No complaints

It looked tight but without either hook in he couldn’t prevent the Mongolian from slipping out and standing up. They clinched up and Sat landed a series of solid looking knees.

Both missed with spinning back fists before the Mongolian attacked with more knees. Alvarez was backpedaling and Sat started to throw in hooks to the body. The Filipino was clearly hurt but stayed on his feet, swinging with the occasional counter.

It was one way traffic and the referee stepped in to save Alvarez at the 4:27 mark. There were no complaints from the Filipino or his corner and the onslaught had clearly taken its toll.

With the win Sat improves to 5-2. Alvarez drops to 4-1 and sees his run of three straight wins at ONE Championship’s Friday night cards snapped.

Best of the rest

Dave Bangguigui (9-3) didn’t fare much better. The Filipino featherweight dropped a decision to Ryosuke Honda (12-3-1) in their strawweight match.

In the opening fight of the night Faine Mesquita (2-0) beat Baktygul Kurmanbekova (4-3) by decision in their strawweight bout.

ONE Friday Fights 43, Bangkok, December 1st
Pettonglor Sitluangpeenumfon def. Kongsuk Fairtex via Decision (Split)
Kongthoranee Sor Sommai def. Parsa Aminipour via KO (Left elbow) at 1:07 of R3
Sibsan Nokkhao KorMor11 def. Award Kazimba via Decision (Unanimous)
Chokdee Maxjandee def. Yousif Kadir via KO (Punches) at 0:48 of R2
Jomjai NaksuGym def. Kaoklai Chor Hapayak via Decision (Unanimous)
Laos Petchnamkhong Mongkolpetch def. Thailand BMFairtex via KO (right uppercut) at 1:45 of R3
Aslamjon Ortikov def. Chatanan Sor Jor Joyprajin via KO (Head kick) at 2:33 of R1
Mustafa Al Tekreeti def. Chanajon PKSaenchaigym via KO (right uppercut) at 1:43 of R2
Rambong Sor Therapat def. Jiduo Yibu via Decision (Unanimous)
MMA: Nachin Sat def. Carlos Neyheban Alvarez via TKO (Punches) at 4:27 of R2
MMA: Ryosuke Honda def. Dave Bangguigui via Decision (Unanimous)
MMA: Faine Mesquita def. Baktygul Kurmanbekova via Decision (Unanimous)