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Cambodians enter Bangkok cage

Cambodian mixed martial artist Thai Rithy is declared the winner of his fight against Fabian Peterssen in FMD 4 on February 21. Rithy takes on Jaroslav Jartim from the Czech Republic tomorrow.
Cambodian mixed martial artist Thai Rithy is declared the winner of his fight against Fabian Peterssen in FMD 4 on February 21. Rithy takes on Jaroslav Jartim from the Czech Republic tomorrow. FMD

Cambodians enter Bangkok cage

Thailand’s biggest MMA promotion will once again feature two Cambodians, with Thai Rithy and Do Meng set to compete at Full Metal Dojo 7 from 8pm.

The event is set for the Insanity Nightclub in Bangkok tomorrow and both Khmer fighters have been handed tough assignments.

Rithy is listed as 4-0 but has more MMA experience than his record suggests. He is fighting out of Cambodian Top Team and has been booked for a grudge match against Jaroslav Jartim from the Czech Republic.

Jartim is fighting out of the Legacy Gym in Ubon Ratchathani and the Czech mixed martial artist will be looking for revenge as Rithy is coming off a first round stoppage win over one of his teammates, Fabian Peterssen, at FMD 4 on February 21.

Having already fought for Full Metal Dojo once, the Cambodian knows exactly what to expect and says he is looking forwards to competing in front of the Thai MMA fans again.

“I’m really excited to be fighting for FMD again because the last time I fought there I felt that I gained many supporters. I will give something for the crowd to cheer about because, win or lose it, will be an exciting fight.”

Do Meng has a difficult matchup against Filipino strawweight Jhaymie Gayman
Do Meng has a difficult matchup against Filipino strawweight Jhaymie Gayman. Photo supplied

The other Cambodian on the FMD 7 card is Do Meng, who is listed as a debutant but is believed to have had a handful of MMA fights in Phnom Penh. He’s been handed a difficult looking matchup against tough Filipino strawweight Jhaymie Gayman.

Do Meng is from the Selapk team in Phnom Penh and is trained by the Kingdom’s rising MMA star Chan Rothana.

He has an amateur MMA record of two wins and one loss, and has four wins and one loss in Cambodian kickboxing discipline Kun Khmer.

Growth in the Kingdom

MMA has been growing in popularity in Cambodia with ONE Championship holding a successful event last year and rumours circulating that there will be another big show in Phnom Penh before the end of the year.

There have also been numerous local events with both CTN and Bayon TV organising their own MMA fights in the country’s capital.

A few years ago the sport was virtually unknown in Cambodia but there has been a remarkable surge in interest with many Kun Khmer veterans switching codes in search of a bigger pay day.

Meng and Rithy will be looking to make their mark on the international stage tomorrow on a fight card that features mixed martial artists from all over the world.

Both men will be hoping to show that Cambodian cage fighters have what it takes to hold their own on the international stage.

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