Chatri Sityodtong Impressed by Smilla Sundell’s Stamina at ONE Fight Night 22

SUMMARY

  • Smilla Sundell defeated Natalia Diachkova at ONE Fight Night 22.
  • ONE CEO Chatri Sityodtong was impressed with Sundell’s gritty performance.

Despite remaining undefeated in ONE Championshipformer ONE Women’s Strawweight Muay Thai World Champion Smilla Sundell had a bittersweet night in the main event of ONE Fight Night 22 last Friday, May 3. But she still has a place in the heart of ONE President and CEO Chatri Sityodtong.

“The Hurricane” missed weight in the lead up to her clash with Natalia Diachkova, forcing her to be stripped of the crown. Even with all the question marks surrounding her, Sundell beat the odds to stop Diachkova, boosting Sityodtong’s admiration for the youthful phenom.

Smilla Sundell beats Natalia Diachkova at ONE Fight Night 22
Smilla Sundell beats Natalia Diachkova at ONE Fight Night 22. (Credit: X)

“I think she was born to be a world champion. I can’t imagine being a 17-year-old on the biggest stage for martial arts in the world. She is now 19 years old, still holding the same weight. She missed weight in front of the whole world and got knocked out in the first round,” Sityodtong told Sportskeeda.

“To come back after the first round and a half and win by vicious KO, to me, that’s the mark of a champion. To do all that at just 19 years old is incredible for me.”

Given that Sundell continues to grow, Sityodtong believes she won’t be stuck around at straws forever. This led him to hint that ONE Championship could install a new weight category in the near future.

Chatri Sityodtong announces Prajanchai vs. Di Bella II in June

A date has been secured for ONE Strawweight Muay Thai World Champion Prajanchai PK Saenchai and former straw kickboxing king Jonathan Di Bella to finally collide, Chatri Sityodtong has confirmed.

The two strikers will now meet in the main event of ONE Friday Fights 68 on June 28. This comes after their last scheduled fight at ONE Friday Fights 58 was canceled when Di Bella got sick, couldn’t pass hydration, and was stripped of his. title

Sityodtong initially planned to book the fight for this past week’s ONE Fight Night 22. But there were a lot of moving parts. However, he says the card is already shaping up to be a monumental night of fights.

“Once a quarter we have a big version of ONE Friday Fights. The next big card will take place on June 28. It’s a sick card break,” Sityodtong said.

“That stadium will be loud. Prajanchai and Jonathan Di Bella will be on that card.”

The rest of ONE Friday Fights 68 has yet to be announced.

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