THE celebrated Badato brothers led the Filipino charge in the Kunlun Fight 4 World Tour on Sunday night held before a jampacked crowd at the grand ballroom of the posh Solaire Resort Hotel and Casino.
Young Michael Badato set the tone for the night by scoring an impressive stoppage of Mokkharat Worawut of Thailand in their 75 kg. muay thai super-fight.
The end came at the 2:45 mark of the second round.
The `Bad Ass’ later offered the victory to his late father.
“The last time I fought here in the Philippines, the following day my father died,” said the Fil-Australian national muay thai champion of the World Boxing Council (WBC), referring to his last fight in the country in 2011 during the World Muay Thai Championship. “I dedicate this win to him.”
Elder brother Reinhardt Badato later had to settle for a split draw against Wang Wanben of China at 60 kg of another muay thai bout.
The match was a tightly-fought one that after three rounds the three judges had it all a draw, necessitating both fighters to go an extra round to decide the outcome, delighting the animated crowd that included former Ilocos Sur governor Chavit Singson.
Still the fight ended up in a split draw by scores of 40-39, 39-38, 39-39, prompting promoter Tony Reyes of Muay Thai Team USA to suggest a possible rematch between the two gallant warriors in the future.
Not as fortunate though was Filipina mixer martial artist Rochelle Lestino, who lost by arm bar submission to Chinese Huang Feir at the 1:05 mark of the opening round of their 56 kg. showdown.
In what was perhaps the most entertaining showdown of the hard-hitting, full-contact martial arts meet featuring 20 fighters from eight countries, Keijiro Miyakoshi of Japan retained his WBC muay thai lightweight title after pulling off a unanimous decision against tough Wei Ninghui of China.
The 61kg. bout needed an extra round to determine the winner, who turned out to the be the 24-year-old Miyakoshi as he dominated his Chinese challenger during the fourth and final round.
In the featured match of the fight card beamed live over China and Thailand – and to be shown over giant network ABS-CBN on May 4 at 11 p.m. – Massinissa Hamalili of France scored a technical knockout over Slovakian Ivan Bartek to win the Kunlun Fight Four-Man kickboxing tournament finals.
The 32-year-old Hamalili sent down Bartek with a roundhouse punch just as the first round was coming to an end. The Slovakian managed to get up but was being hammered haplessly on the ropes when the bell sounded.
But with wobbly legs and glassy eyes, the referee deemed the 26-year-old Bartek unfit to continue fighting, prompting a wild celebration at the corner of Hamalili during the break.
Other results had Canadian Matthew Richardson winning by unanimous decision over Tang Yunxing of China (Mixed Martial Arts 75 kg)., Chinese Wang Kehan scoring a third round technical knockout over Taina of Brazil (kickboxing 60 kg), and veteran Changpuak Jetsada of Thailand dealing American Skylr Penna his first loss in kickboxing (70 kg) following a split decision win, 30-27, 28-29, 30-27.