Portugese light welterweight champion Antonio Faria recovered from a vicious first round knockdown to stop Spanish challenger Francisco Vinuelas at WLC: Lethwei Showcase Thursday night.

WLC: Lethwei Showcase was live-streamed on UFC Fight Pass and Canal+ and other partners across 70 countries Thursday night.

An overhead right from Vinuelas floored Faria in the first round and the champion was saved by the bell. But then he recovered in the second round to wear down Vinuelas with elbows in the clinch. The challenger was unable to answer the fourth round bell, producing Faria’s fourth finish in as many fights.

WLC: Lethwei Showcase
Antonio Faria and Francisco Vinuelas. Courtesy WLC.

In other results:

WLC: Lethwei Showcase

Light Welterweight 60 to 63.5kg (Light Welterweight World Lethwei Championship) – Antonio Faria (Portugal) defeats Francisco Vinuelas (Spain) at 3:00 in round 3 via TKO to retain Light Welterweight World Lethwei Championship

Middleweight 71 to 75kg – Nico Mendes (Spain) defeats Saensuek (Thailand) at 1:30 in round 1 via Knockout

Light Middleweight 67 to 71kg – Leehaney Henrique (Brazil) defeats Vladimir Shulyak (Russia) via unanimous decision

Light Welterweight 60 to 63.5kg – Yoel Paique (Argentina) defeats Saw Hla Min (Myanmar) at 0:37 in round 2 via knockout

Bantamweight 51 to 54kg – Pha Kyaw Hae (Myanmar) VS Bandasak (Thailand) ends in a draw

Women’s Bantamweight 51 to 54kg – Miriam Sabot (Italy) defeats Petchnaree (Thailand) at 3:00 in round 2 via TKO

Bantamweight 51 to 54kg – Elamghari Ayoub (Morocco) defeats Jay Chay (Myanmar) via split decision

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WLC: Lethwei Showcase: Light welterweight champion Antonio Faria roars back to fend off Francisco Vinuelas