MMA Is Sometimes Not ABout Fighting But Saving
Pongsiri Mitsatit, an undefeated fighter in ONE Championship, volunteered to become a part of the Pingnakorn Rescue Chiang Mai.
When 12 young members were reportedly trapped inside the Chiang Rai cave complex, Mitsatit did not think twice to spring into actions in helping the team on their way out.
Mitsatit said in an interview:
“We drove to Chiang Rai in the early morning, worried about the children. But I knew our team was very capable, and I knew we would do everything we could to find them,”
With his experience in strenuous training for MMA fights, he brought his skills and endurance to the table.
Mitsatit provided a much-needed assistance to Navy divers who worked 24 hours to pull the young players out of the cave just in time.
Doing Everything He Can
“In my mind, I wanted to find those kids as soon as possible. Then to see them strong and doing well, it motivates me to be as strong as them. I feel incredibly blessed to be able to help find these kids alive.”
Many people around the world extended their hands to save the soccer team from the watery grave. For the 22-year old fighter, it is a great honour to become a part of this cause.
“Many people from all over the world came to help, it was a joint effort and a great sight to see everyone coming together for a common goal.”
The rescue operations ended last Tuesday with the 12 football players and coach came out alive and in good spirit. Unfortunately, one diver was recorded as the lone casualty.
“When we are given the ability to help others who are in dire need, we must do everything we can. It doesn’t matter whether we are rich or poor, we do what we can.”
Watch the dramatic Thai cave rescue in the video below:
Pongsiri Mitsatit carries an unblemished 9-0 win-loss slate in the ONE Championship. The Thai fighter will face Joshua Pacio of the Philippines this July 27 for the ONE: Reign of Kings.