Cosmo Alexander defeated by Sakmongkol
Battle in the Desert 3 - Results
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There was controversy in the night’s main event at Lion Fight Promotions “Battle in the Desert 3”. Cosmo Alexandre and Sakmongkol fought for five rounds and it was over it seemed there would be an obvious decision in favor of Cosmo, however, when the verdict was read it was in favor of Sakmongkol to the surprise of everyone. The very passive Cosmo was clearly furious at the result and Sakmongkol himself seemed shocked at decision.
Cosmo was able to score when he decided to engage with Sakmongkol, by the time the fifth round came along Sakmongkol was bloody. It was clear Cosmo was not trying to add any insult to injury, but that might have been his downfall. Instead of going for the finish Cosmo held back in the final rounds rather than trying to finish Sakmongkol, which eventually would go on to cost him the fight. The decision in favor of Sakmongkol was clearly very questionable and Cosmo was not the only person who disagreed with the decision as many fans booed the result when it was announced. It was an unfortunate ending to what had been a great night of fights.
In the night’s co-main event Ky Hollenbeck pushed the pace to retain his WBC Muay Thai middleweight world title. Hollenbeck started the fight by trying to fight on the outside with Simon Chu, but some nicely timed strikes by Chu when Hollenbeck tried to move in changed the pace. Hollenbeck went back to what was expected from him by pressing the action and utilizing his aggressive attacks as well s throwing spinning elbows and flying knees. By the time the fifth round came Hollenbeck was bloodied up be he clearly had tired out Chu. It was clear Chu was a tough opponent for Hollenbeck as he took his best shots and didn’t go down, but when the fight went to the judges it was Hollenbeck took the fight on the score cards with the official ruling being a unanimous decision.
Chaz Mulkey and Remy Bonnel fought a very close fight that saw both fighters fight at a very methodical pace as they each tried to gain the upper hand. It was clear that both fighters respected one another as no one wanted to over commit to anything and they very technical with their strikes. When it was all said and done the judges ruled in favor of Mulkey by split decision. It was clear Bonnel was not happy with the ruling, but the fight was very close. Mulkey wins the WBC Muay Thai international middleweight title in what was a very close fight.
Sakmongkol def. Cosmo Alexandre via Unanimous Decision
Ky Hollenbeck def. Simon Chu via Unanimous Decision
Chaz Mulkey def. Remy Bonnel via Unanimous Decision
Joe Schilling def. Brandon Banda via KO at 2:38 of Rd. 1
Jeri Sitzes def. Misty Sutherland via (T)KO (Cut) at 3:00 of Rd. 3
Anthony Castrejon def. Ryan Ratcliffe via (T)KO (Leg Kicks) at 1:06 of Rd. 4
Source: Muay Thai Authority