Today in Roschtigrabe, Switzerland, a few major upsets in the world of Muay Thai took place at the Roschtigrabe Derby event. Saiyok Pumphanmuang faced Dylan Salvador and Hongtonglek Chor. Fahpiansi faced Hakim Hamech, both being Thailand vs. France fights. In a shocker, both French fighters won. I didn't think either of them would win but the fact that both of them won is a huge surprise.
The way that Dylan Salvador won was especially a surprise, as he knocked out Saiyok in the first round. Salvador was still seen as an up and comer, having two wins at Thai Fight. He also usually fights around 65-67kg and is smaller than Saiyok. Taking that into account, Saiyok just handily beat Fabio Pinca a month ago. This is a major upset, with Salvador's Team Nasser K teammate Fabio Pinca not even coming close to beating Saiyok.
Speaking of Team Nasser K, they are really on a roll lately with Salvador's win, Houcine Bennoui beating Singmanee and Mickael Piscitello beating Sudsakorn. It's hard to argue that they don't have the most stacked team in Europe.
For Hakim Hamech to beat Hongtonglek is also a shocker, considering Hongtonglek is ranked #7 at Lumpinee at 115lbs/52kg and was the champion of Thailand at 112lbs/50.8kg as well as 115lbs/52kg. Hamech is very young and unknown but is French champion at 118lbs/53.5kg.
UPDATE: While the first news that got out was that Salvador won by KO, now it seems as if Saiyok actually stopped the fight in his corner after the first round due to a ligament injury sustained to one of his knees. Still an upset, yes, but not the same magnitude now that it seems as if Saiyok couldn't fight on due to an injury.