The Japanese fighter looked nervous and tense early on but slowly found his rthyhm and managed to control the Thai with some good body shots, and confident movement around the ring. The Thai took the early blows but was unable to ever gain a foot hold with the Japanese fighter controlling the bout, taking the first 5 rounds with no issue.
In round 6 Uehara stepped up the attack and really began to rip the Thai with body shots. The Thai began to feel the weight of the shots and suffered a knockdown. To his credit he did get back to his feet, but was stopped and looked in agony.
On paper the bout did always appear like a horrible mismatch, but credit does need to go to Nongdear for refusing to just lie down when he's been tagged. He's out matched at this level, but has proven to be able to get good fighters a few safe rounds. As for Uehara the win extends his run and will see him looking for a second defense of the title later in the year.
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