On Friday, December 15th, Triumphant 2 Muay Thai Series brought an evening of full rules Muay Thai action to the Alameda County fairgrounds in Pleasanton, CA.
There was a lot of buzz in the Muay Thai world after CEO Geoff Quares announced his partnership with UFC Fight Pass. Which meant that this event, Triumphant 2, would be available on UFC Fight Pass via Video On Demand and that future events would be streamed live.
The event was set to feature five pro bouts, but some last minute changes left it with only four pro bouts. Despite the loss of the original main event between Genah Fabian and Charmaine Tweet for a Women’s WMC world title, the event did not disappoint. Tweet arrived in the San Francisco bay area but after failing to make weight came down with an illness and was unable to compete. A lot of fans were looking forward to this fight and hopefully it’ll happen in the future.
The nights pro action kicked off with Ethan Conte and UFC veteran Darren Uyenoyama as they both made their professional Muay Thai debuts. Despite the difference in experience, Conte controlled most of the fight with feints that he mixed with strong knees and crisp kicks. Uyenoyama was game the first round and answered back with looping punches and leg kicks. In the 2nd round, Conte established himself by countering when his opponent came in aggressively and cut Uyenoyama with an elbow. In the last round, Conte continued his dominance as Uyenoyama never seemed to find an answer. Conte won his professional Muay Thai debut via unanimous decision.
Roger Severson stepped up on short notice to fight Samuel Mongonia and gave Muay Thai a go after recently competing in the Bellator MMA cage. Mongonia quickly took over the fight with outside combinations and a strong clinch. Severson did not back down, but was cut in the first round. In the second round, Mongonia continued to work and connected with a solid right cross that knocked Severson down for an eight count. Going into the 3rd it seemed we could expect more dominance Mongonia but Severson wasn’t willing to go away easy, he came out and landed some hard punches and even a spinning elbow that cut open Mongonia’s cheek. It seemed as if Severson had turned the fight around but lacked the gas to take advantage before the final bell. Mongonia was awarded the unanimous decision by the judges.
Every Muay Thai fan expected a war between Travis Clay and Anthony Castrejon and that’s exactly what they got after a slow feeling out first round. In the second round, the fireworks began as Clay dropped Castrejon with a counter body kick. Clay scored a second knockdown with a long knee followed by some punches. Castrejon showed his experience and was composed as he answered both counts. It seemed as if the fight was over but Castrejon caught Clay with a head kick that knocked him down and the crowd went crazy. Clay answered the count and seemed a bit dizzy. Somehow Clay shook the cobwebs off and hit Castrejon with another long knee combo finishing with punches that resulted in a flash knock down and the ref waived off the fight due to it being the third in the round. Castrejon did not seem hurt by the last knock down and there has been some opinions that it might have been a slip. The crowd was shocked and wanted more action. Despite Castrejon not agreeing with the final knockdown, Clay was declared the winner by second round TKO.
The main event featured the return of Gaston Bolanos to the Muay Thai ring after fighting in MMA just 2 weeks prior. He was taking on east coast veteran Turan Hasanov with the WMC MAD (MuayThai against Drugs) world title up for grabs. Bolanos came out confident and aggressive right out of the gate. Hasanov seemed overwhelmed most of the first round, but was able to avoid the barrage of spinning elbows that Bolanos threw at him. Hasanov survived the first round despite Bolanos going for the knockout and highlight finish early and often. In the second round, Bolanos continued his aggressiveness with combinations that quickly led to a left hook to the liver that dropped Hasanov to the mat and he was unable to recover. Bolanos won with a second round knockout via body shot and captured the WMC MAD world title.
Triumphant 2 Results
Gaston Bolanos def. Turan Hasanov via KO in Rd. 2
Travis Clay def. Anthony Castrejon via TKO in Rd. 2
Samuel Mongonia def. Roger Severson via Unanimous Decision
Ethan Conte def. Darren Uyenoyama via Unanimous Decision