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MMA’s card in Phuket set to showcase Thai cage fighting

Cambodia’s Pich Seiha (right) will fight in the cage of Full Metal Dojo in Phuket on Saturday
Cambodia’s Pich Seiha (right) will fight in the cage of Full Metal Dojo in Phuket on Saturday. Sreng Meng Srun

MMA’s card in Phuket set to showcase Thai cage fighting

Saturday’s launch of Thai mixed martial arts promotion Full Metal Dojo at Seduction Disco in Patong, Phuket, will see two Cambodian combatants enter the cage for matches.

A Fighter Gym’s Chhin Heng Peng will take on American bantamweight Alex “Joey Sabai” Schild of the US, who trains out of Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket.

A Fighter featherweight and 2013 national Kun Khmer champion Pich Seiha will face another Tiger Muay Thai member from the US, Emalo “Miami Vice” Urrutia. In the main event, Finnish welterweight Glenn Sparv (8-3) fighting out of Chiang Mai’s Team Quest camp will battle with Tiger Muay Thai’s Joe Ray of the US.

Fearsome striker Sparv, who has clinched all his victories with knockouts or points decisions, will look to put an end to Ray’s five-fight winning streak.

Full Metal Dojo founder and former cage fighter Jon Nutt says that the promotion aims to cater towards the local audience by offering a mixture of international flair and Thai prospects.

“We are about to take this beautiful island and the sport of MMA to another level with our brand new professional mixed martial arts promotion,” Nutt said in a post on the event’s official Facebook page.

“With MMA taking off on the island of Phuket, various camps throughout Thailand will have fighters stepping into the Full Metal Dojo. We expect this to be an eventful night for all MMA fans and enthusiasts alike.”

Pre-sale tickets for the seven-bout card on Saturday are priced at 1,000 baht ($30.60) each.

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