ONE chief Sityodyong impressed with Fil-Am Buntan’s debut 

Published February 27, 2021, 4:08 PM

by Carlo Anolin

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ONE Championship founder and CEO Chatri Sityodtong lauded Filipino-American muay thai fighter Jackie Buntan for an impressive debut in the Singapore-based promotion.

In a lengthy Facebook post Saturday, Feb. 27, Sityodtong commended all the fighters who participated in ONE: Fists of Fury at the Singapore Indoor Stadium Friday night, Feb. 26, but spared a huge shoutout and congratulatory message to Buntan.

“For me, I was most impressed with Jackie Buntan,” wrote Sityodtong. “She delivered a highly technical performance with outstanding precision, speed, and power against one of Thailand’s best Muay Thai champions in Wonder Girl.”

The 50-year-old Sityodtong continued by delivering an inspiring message to all the fight fans and athletes.

Buntan, who trains alongside ONE atomweight kickboxing champion Jannet Todd in California-based stable Boxing Works, scored a convincing unanimous decision win over Wondergirl in their women’s muay thai strawweight bout.

The 23-year-old Buntan sent Wondergirl down to the canvas by landing a solid left hook with 22 seconds left in the opening round, leaving the Thai top prospect stunned before getting back at her feet at the mark of the 10-second clapper.

Buntan, of Filipino descent, continued her counter-striking style in the second frame and once again landed crisp punches and precise one-two combos while dodging Wondergirl’s high kick attempts.

The Fil-Am muay thai specialist changed stance in the last round and went aggressive to completely overwhelm the 21-year-old Thai contender en route to the UD victory.

Buntan improved to a 21-6 muay thai record while Wondergirl saw her two-match win streak snap and slid down to 35-17-2 slate.