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“Respect, that’s all I have for him,” Jo Nattawut offers Luke Lessei, a newbie to the ONE Championship, after the two of them engaged in an incredible Muay Thai firefight.


Jo Nattawut was full of praise for Luke Lessei for the courageous stand he made during their barnburner of a bout at ONE Fight Night 17 on Prime Video, which took place on December 8 in Bangkok, Thailand. The match was broadcast exclusively on Prime Video.

During their featured featherweight Muay Thai fight, the Thai veteran emerged victorious by way of a unanimous decision. However, not before ‘The Chef’ had pushed him to his physical and mental limits.

A fight was fought between Nattawut, who is 34 years old, and Lessei, who was making his debut in ONE Championship. Lessei stood toe-to-toe with Nattawut in their three-round bout. Despite the fact that he pounded the American with a variety of strikes, the native of Nakhon Ratchasima was also on the receiving end of telling blows from elbows and push kicks.

But in the end, Jo Nattawut was the one who received the approval of all of the judges for the triumph that she had worked so hard to earn. The following is what ‘Smokin’ Jo had to say about his opponent during his post-match interview in the ring: “Given the outcome of his fight against Lessei, I have nothing but great respect for him.”

When it comes to him, I only have respect for him. Additionally, he is my pal and his cornerman. Even though we are all friends, we are going to get in here, give him hell, and make sure that the spectators enjoy it. That is all that we require.

The victory brought a stop to Jo Nattawut’s victory streak of three consecutive fights, and he is now hoping to build on the triumph moving ahead.

While this was going on, Lessei surely drew attention with his spirited performance, which included ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong. As a result, it is quite possible that Lessei will return to the promotion’s fight cards in the future.

A full replay of ONE Fight Night 17 is available for free on demand for Prime Video members in North America who are already subscribed to the service.

Jo Nattawut expected to be challenged by Luke Lessei

The events that took place at ONE Fight Night 17 on Prime Video were precisely what Jo Nattawut anticipated from Luke Lessei, and it is fortunate that he arrived prepared for them. Thank goodness.

Following three rounds of intensely tough Muay Thai action versus “The Chef,” the athlete from the Thai Top Team, who is 34 years old, emerged victorious by way of a majority decision after a lot of hard work and competition.

However, from that point on, it was no longer unexpected to him because he was well aware that Lessei had a lot of tricks under his sleeve and that he had a strong foundation for his game.

As a lead-up to the event, Jo Nattawut gave an interview to onefc.com in which she shared:

According to his playing style, he enjoys playing a lot. He tends to play a lot and is a clever character. Okay, that wraps it up. The way we perceive it, that is.”

After experiencing a hard stretch in the past, Nattawut was able to get back into the win column during ONE Fight Night 17, which marked his comeback to the win column.

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