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Sam Tharoth sorry for loss

Filipina Jujeath Nagaowa is stopped by the referee as she strikes Cambodia’s Sam Tharoth
Filipina Jujeath Nagaowa is stopped by the referee as she strikes Cambodia’s Sam Tharoth (below) during their atomweight MMA bout at ONE FC: Warrior’s Way on Friday. ONEFC.COM

Sam Tharoth sorry for loss

Cambodia’s Sam Tharoth suffered an agonising defeat, both physically and mentally, in her female mixed martial arts bout against Jujeath Nagaowa of the Philippines on Friday night at ONE Fighting Championships’ “Warrior’s Way” fight card in Manila.

The ‘Little Frog’ from A Fighter Club in Phnom Penh, who had her shoulder dislocated in the first round and barely escaped from two strong submission attempts, showed a fiery determination to withstand her ‘Bad Girl’ Filipina opponent until the second stanza of their atomweight (48kg) contest.

“In the first round I got choked, I don’t remember but I think twice I was about to pass out,” Tharoth told the Post.

“I was about to tap, but I didn’t. I thought about my country and my parents. I wanted to win for them, so I kept trying and fought until the second round. As long as I still survive, I’ll keep fighting,” she added.

Nagaowa quickly took control again, deflecting blows from Tharoth and then dominating an exchange on the ground. She moved to mounted position and reigned down strikes on the Cambodian until the referee dove in to wave off the fight.

“When the referee stopped the fight, I didn’t know that it was the end. I thought it was the end of round, but after I realised I was so sad and angry with myself,” Tharoth said.

The 24-year-old from Banteay Meanchey also noted that she hadn’t implemented much of the advice from her coaches.

“We were talking about the game plan. They told me just to be patient in and around the three-minute mark. Don’t rush, count her punch, pushkick a lot to her face, kick her in the leg.

“Step back and she will come with a punch and then throw an elbow, use a lot of footwork, kick outside her leg.

“But what I did was wrong. Why can’t I do this? I could have won easy if I follow the coach’s plan,” she added.

“I fought stupid. I didn’t follow what the coach told me. It was my mistake. I’m sorry.”

The result sees Nagaowa move to a pro-MMA record of 2-0 while Tharoth drops to 2-1.

In the main event of the evening, Bibiano ‘The Flash’ Fernandes of Brazil submitted South Korea’s Dae Hwan Kim with a Rear Naked Choke to retain his ONE FC bantamweight world championship.

Meanwhile, Filipino-American Brandon Vera knocked out the Ukraine’s Igor Subora in a battle of heavyweights and Timofey Nastyukhin of Russia shocked the crowd with a knockout of hometown MMA hero Eduard Folayang.

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Kevin Belingon defeats Koetsu Okazaki by Unanimous Decision

Herbert Burns defeats Honorio Banario by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:59 minutes of round 1

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