Ahead of ONE: Full Blast II, Mongkolpetch warns Elias Mahmoudi: ‘Watch out for my fists’
Although there will be no Filipinos competing on the card, fans will still experience an action-packed ONE Super Series Muay Thai main event as Mongkolpetch Petchyindee Academy takes on #4-ranked flyweight Elias “The Sniper” Mahmoudi.
The clash could serve as a gateway for Filipino fans who may not yet know about ONE’s all-striking league – ONE Super Series.
Mongkolpetch comes in as one of the more technical fighters in ONE Super Series. He’s a Muay Thai athlete in every sense of the word, skilled with both his elbows and knees.
He made a name for himself outside of ONE after winning the Lumpinee Stadium World Title in 2017, and he has yet to taste defeat in The Home Of Martial Arts after facing Alexi “Phet” Serepisos, Joseph “The Hurricane” Lasiri, and Kun Khmer Flyweight World Champion Sok Thy.
An impressive win over fourth-ranked Mahmoudi could certainly tow him closer to a showdown with compatriot and current ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon.
But Mongkolpetch can’t look past Mahmoudi, especially after the Algerian Frenchman pushed the Thai’s teammate and former divisional king Petchdam “The Baby Shark” Petchyindee Academy past his limits.
“I had almost three weeks to prepare for this fight. Me and my trainers worked together to study the tapes of Elias’s previous fights carefully, especially the match between him and Petchdam,” Mongkolpetch said.
“Even though they fought under kickboxing rules, we still can see his Muay Thai technique and his counter gameplan.”
While the Thai is known as the more technical fighter of the two, Mahmoudi comes in with a flashier style, often attacking from angles that are hard to see.
“Elias has experience in both Muay Thai and kickboxing. He is a sharp and heavy hitting striker, especially with his fist and elbows,” Mongkolpetch said.
“His weaknesses, as I can see, are his legs and chin. He is tall like Alaverdi Ramazanov, who fought [my teammate] Capitan [Petchyindee Academy]. So, we decided to use the same plan, aiming for his calf.
“This trick should allow us to withstand him because he is quite tall. I’ve focused on practicing my punch specifically for him too.”
If Mongkolpetch can hurdle Mahmoudi, then it would further strengthen his case for a shot at gold.
“I’m ready, 100 percent. I’ve won three fights in a row, and if I can win this fight, I may get into the rankings and have a chance to challenge for the World Title against Rodtang, which is my ultimate goal,” he said.
“In this fight, I’m going to knock him out, and I want to warn Elias: ‘Watch out for my fist.’”
Tsogookhuu hasn’t competed since his unsuccessful outing against Eduard “Landslide” Folayang in Manila, and he wants nothing more than to get back to winning ways against the 5-0 Wilhelm.
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