Yesterday, New Zealand based fighter Viet Anh Do knocked out Indian MMA star Govind Ale in the first round at the ONE Championship: Warrior Series in Singapore, thus handing the Indian his first loss in over five years.
The fight started with Govind Ale showing some quick hand speed every time Viet landed a leg kicks and faints. Few seconds into the fight, however, Ale landed an accidental low blow which forced the referee to pause the fight.
Viet Anh Do recovered quickly and then he clipped Govind with a left hook which floored him, Do then followed up with hard punches until the referee had to step in and stop the bout. The fight was over with 2:09 left in Round 1.
This is a disappointing loss for Ale, who went into this fight with a four-fight winning streak. With this loss, his record now stands at 6-2. His previous loss came to Dhruv Chaudhary at Super Fight League event back in 2013.
Following his loss, Govind took to facebook and released an emotional message.
“After the fight I am getting lots of messages, I really appreciate and very thankful for everyone supporting me in my bad time and I want to say sorry to all India….I disappointed all of you guys and it’s really so emotion[al] moment for me guys…all India hoping for me, I also hoping a lot, because I did a lot of hardwork for this
“I put approximately three years for this warrior series….I had a really nice camp, I am thankful to Vaughan Lee [of] Phuket top team for sponsoring me, I am thankful to Neeraj because he puts a lot of effort behind me…he used to go to office [at] 9 o’clock and he used to come by 5’o clock, we used to train from 9 to 12….lot of people putting lot of effort behind me…but still I am not able to make it…I appreciate [it]…Thankyou so much…
“Might be next time I make it, next time I will definitely make it…I will be back in April/May..I am thankful to Bashir and Rich Franklin, they gave me opportunity to fight at ONE Warrior series and I am thankful to Urvasi, she support me a lot and I am thankful to everyone who support me,” Govind Ale said in his emotional message on facebook live.