Thousands turned out at the Grand Arena GrandWest on Thursday 13 May 2010 to watch the final two battles it out for the title. In the end only one man was crowned the Ultimate Warrior.
GrandWest was the perfect setting for the Grand Finale of the Way of the Warrior Seating over 5 000 people and hosting the greatest Muaythai event South Africa has ever seen! Proving ground for the warriors who battled out in this epic grand finale for Mnet actions hit reality series, the Way of the Warrior and the top international fighters who fought for both the world UMF Ultimate Champion title belt and The Muaythai Against Drugs title belt!
Way of the Warrior was a television first! Hosted by Colin Moss, the show promised to be a must for all reality fans.
Way of the Warrior gathered a group of 25 to 35-year-old men giving them the opportunity to train at Dragon Power, South Africa’s premier Muaythai Gym – based in Cape Town.
They were trained by 2 x World Muaythai Champion and their mentor Sifu Kru Quentin “Dragon” Chong and through the transformation power of Martial Arts, become lean, formidable fighting machines.
But there was catch, the only way the men could stay in the gym and take home the amazing prizes were to fight for it. Each contestant had to use their new-found martial arts skills to fight their competitors in the ring, for the right to remain in the gym. Using the Muaythai they have been taught each contestant has to survive weeks of elimination as they fight for the honor of being named the Ultimate Warrior.
Fight #1 – Cee Khuboni from KZN vs. Justin Sham from Dragon Power both fighters prove to be strong but Justin impressed the crowd who proved to have the better Muaythai Technique controlling the grapple and continuing to score more points, thus winning the bought by points.
Fight #2 – Fundiswa Msani from KZN vs. Lisa Burnell from Dragon Power both fighters went the distance but Lisa stepped up her game and won the bought in the forth round by point.
Fight #3 – By the third fight of the evening things had really heated up, and the New Blood Abongile Mketo vs. Ncedo Dayimani both fighters from the Amy Biehl Foundation came out very strong and in control in the first round, moving aside well considering it was there first bought and getting the crowds attention. The fight ended in a draw.
Fight #4 – Ryan “Rauling Faulling” Faull, World IFMA Gold medalist and 2 x South African Muaythai Cruiser weight title belt holder (SAMA) vs. Khulenkani Hlongwa from KZN, both fighters put on an excellent display but the fight was stopped in the 3rd round due to a TKO and Ryan won the fight.
A short break was kept interesting by the Amy Biehl Foundation performing a drum circle playing the marimba with a traditional South African gum boots dance and the South African Break dancers – Ubuntu boys world # 1 doing what they do best.
Fight #5 – Dragon Power and South Africa’s very own African Qualifier for The Contender Asia: Season 2 and the World Martial Arts Games, Bakhulule “Diablo” Baai vs. Petchwang “the Knee Specialist” from Thailand fought for the vacant Muaythai against Drugs title belt in an International bout. It was a rematch Bakhulule prove to be to strong for Petchwang and stopped the fight in the 3rd round Bakhulule winning the fight with a TKO.
Fight # 6 – These epic fights were accompanied with an international Thailand vs. Thailand fight, Augusta vs. Teerapong “Mr. Knockout”. This fight was for the world UMF Ultimate Champion title belt, sanctioned by the World Muaythai Council. It was the 1st time this belt came into contestant and the first Thai vs. Thai fight in South Africa, making history in our country. Augusta facing his opponent Teerapong a close two rounds going back and forth show casing good Muaythai Technique were Augusta proved to be the stronger and fitter fighter of the two and knocking him out and clamming his victory, Augusta winning the fight with a KO.
Fight #7 – The Finale of “The Way of the Warrior” took place between the last two remaining contestants. With the official weigh-ins completed, the Grand Finale was inches closer. Glen looked in shape and Andrew focused but got in a little pre-fight. But hey, what’s a little shoving between friends? Andrew “the Hedgehog” Koshiaros vs. Glen “the Blister” Lyndon battling it out to hold the Way of the Warrior title belt and be the ‘Ultimate Warrior’! The fight went all the rounds could see Andrew had the heart but was unable to score the points to win. Andrew and Glen went the distance and Glen won the fight on points.