Local broadcaster CTN wrapped up its five-month long mixed martial arts tournament Khmer Warriors Championship at its TV arena on Sunday, with all three finalists emerging victorious with second round stoppages.
However, the event continued to receive criticism from the public, who complained of a poor standard of combat and officiating compared with other similar events held internationally.
In the 57kg division, Khun Sychan from No 3 Brigade Club, grounded his Police Club rival Ti Ponlet and pounded him with strikes from above to cause the referee to end it at 4:56.
At 60kg, Yos Samal of Khleang Moeung Sports Club beat Ministry of National Defence Association fighter Soung Sovantha via a rear naked choke submission at 3:59 of the second round.
Lastly, the 65kg battle between Khleang Moeung’s Von Savy and Police Club’s Prak Chansoeun had the latter come out of top at 3:25. Chansoeun bloodied the face of Savy with punches before taking him down and executing a choke to force a tap out.
The three champions received six million riel ($1,500) and a motorbike each while runners up took home four million riel. Third place finishers collected 2.2 million riel.