Neo League 426 - #445: Ingrid vs Sagat

Description: Ingrid faces down Sagat in Master Stadium's Red Arena at dawn. Will the Muay Thai legend crush her beneath him, or will a new star rise? (Winner: Sagat)

The Red Arena has been opened pretty early this morning. It's one of the stipulations that one of the Neo-League participants made when the League approached him for this bout. That participant is Sagat. Hero of Thailand. Former Emperor of Muay Thai. Recently resurfacing after the war within his nation. Why this stipulation? Early morning cooresponds with his workout. He wants to see who else is physically ready in these early hours. The sun is peaking over the horizon, which means the stadium has light cascading on it from the side... providing long shadows inside. Sagat stands in the ring in full fighting gear. He's simply stretching out his arms and forearms as he awaits the challenger that the Neo-League arranged for him this morning...

Normally Ingrid would show up early for matches like this, but she's found that most of her opponents tend to show up fashionably late, whether intentional or otherwise. As she strides into the arena a few moments late herself she finds a surprise; Sagat is already here, and seemingly has been for quite a while as well. Luckily start times aren't terribly strict things, and she doesn't look like she's just woken up, but rather fully alert. She puts a smile on her face as she walks through the scenery towards the Muay Thai legend, looking briefly at nearly visible sunrise before stopping in front of huge man and giving him a curtsy. "Pleased to see you again, Sagat."

The Muay Thai Tiger is tightening his forearm bands when Ingrid arrives. He raises his gaze up and away from his arm bands. He gives her his single-eyed gaze and he nods to his apparent opponent. The Thai Legend utters, "Good Morning." He greets her in a neutral tone... which is surprisingly more cordial than normal for Sagat. After the last strap is tightened, Sagat looks over towards the fight coordinator. He gives her a single nod and turns his attention towards Ingrid, "Prepare yourself."

The Coordinator picks up a microphone that is apparently connected to the speakers throughout the arena. The two combatants are introduced to the small crowd here at Masters Stadium. After the introductions and brief fight history for the two fighters a bell is rung. That ringing is an indication that the fight has begun.

COMBATSYS: Sagat has started a fight here.

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Sagat            0/-------/-------|

COMBATSYS: Ingrid has joined the fight here.

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Ingrid           0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0            Sagat

"Oh, very direct and to the point, aren't you?" Ingrid smiles once again as she speaks, looking around a bit to the people in the crowd. It's not terribly large, but even a small crowd in a stadium like this can be a large number. She lifts her hand up to her hair and twirls a lock of it about her gloved finger, almost seeming to have ignored his command. "I remember you saying that you were very highly regarded in Muay Thai, and I did a little research. Seems I have my work cut out for me." Her words echo with genuine respect, despite her casual attitude.

Once she's done speaking she lets her arms fall to her sides, and she sways gently from side to side, her fighting stance being very easy and open, likely to aid in mobility. She watches Sagat closely once the bell rings, and then does little else other than speak up once more. "Oh, and good morning to you as well."

COMBATSYS: Ingrid focuses on her next action.

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Ingrid           0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0            Sagat

The Muay Thai Legend nods his head to her. Her comment doesn't drag any other response from him... normally an arrogant retort would have been made. 'Work cut out for her' would probably be repeated with a sneer by Sagat. However something's different about him. He nodded and that's it. It seems the Thai Legend is all business this morning. The mountainous man raises his arms in front of him and slides his feet up underneath him to form his fighting stance. He rests on the balls of his feet and simply scuffles his feet back and forth slowly to find the proper balance right now. After his opponent has shifted into her fighting stance, he begins to focus on his strength and on his chi. He simply stares at her as he focuses on these things.

COMBATSYS: Sagat gathers his will.

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Ingrid           0/-------/-------|====---\-------\0            Sagat

Sagat continues to be watched as he nods, focuses, and stares on forward. Certainly he wouldn't simply give up the advantage, are Ingrid's thoughts. Whatever it is he's doing, it's probably something. It's unlikely that letting him do as he pleases would be a good strategy for her, but at the same time she's somewhat weary of rushing in and putting herself in a position to get punished for making mistakes, or if he's as great as he says he is, getting punished even if she doesn't make one.

Indecision, however, will simply cause her to lose, so she makes her choice, and attacks. It's fairly simple, as far as attacks go, but hopefully leaving little room for error. She moves up to Sagat with a quick dash that makes it halfway to him, and then moves forward more slowly the rest of the way and proceeds to raise her hands, which humorously don't manage to reach above his head, and then push them down and forward while releasing a large stream of energy from them and attempting to engulf him in the glittery golden psi. His size alone will prevent him from being completely surrounded, but hopefully it'll have some affect even if that's not the case.

COMBATSYS: Sagat blocks Ingrid's Sunbeam.

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Ingrid           0/-------/--=====|====---\-------\0            Sagat

The former Muay Thai God raises his arms up as Ingrid approaches. They cross in front of his chest and his head and prepares his defense for whatever Ingrid has in store for him. As the energy washes over him, Sagat grits his teeth. Near the completion of the technique, Sagat thrusts his arms down to either side of him and glares towards Ingrid. He utters, "Impressive." just an instant before he moves forward. It takes little time for his long legs to send him close enough to Ingrid to strike. And when that time has elapsed, Sagat plants one leg down on the ground and raises the other one up. He performs a text-book Muay Thai style kick. The kick is a high round-house kick meant to collide with Ingrid's upper arm, shoulder or chest. Depending upon how she's standing. It's also intended to send her sprawling to the floor for her efforts!

COMBATSYS: Ingrid counters Medium Kick from Sagat with Sun Upper.

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Ingrid           0/-------/=======|======-\-------\0            Sagat

Ingrid can only watch on as the brunt of her attack is taken like a foam bat against the impressive figure of Sagat. He did have to defend against it rather than ignore it, but when he did it's obvious that he was able to get past the worst of it. His compliment does bring a smile to her face, however. "Thank you." There's little time to say anything else, however, as the master of Muay Thai comes at her with one of the potent kicks in his arsenal. It's nothing she wants to get struck by, though the speed of even such a simple frontal assault is enough to give her pause. Still, just like before she must act, or fail, and so act she does.

She takes one fast step backwards, giving her the precious moment she needs, and then leans forward, and points, a disk of swirling golden energy forming before her, Sagat's powerful leg smashing into it. The disk almost looks as if it's going to shatter and dissolve from the brute force of it, but in the end it holds, the energy disappearing as it entangles itself about Sagat, Ingrid swinging the arm she pointed with dramatically upward and sending the large man flying up to briefly get a better view of the sunrise before crashing back down to the sandy floor. "I'm equally impressed, that was very close."

The Thai Tiger collides with the ground a bit unexpectedly. Why is this unexpected? Because he fully expected to be looking at Ingrid from above her and not prone on the ground. Sagat rolls sideways and returns to his feet. He takes a moment to collect his thoughts and parse what exactly transpired to put him in this situation. He utters to the girl, "Good move." Sagat lurches forward and bends his legs at his knees, "TI-GER CRUSH!" he shouts a split second before his legs tense up and send him hurdling throguh the air towards Ingrid. Another potent Muay Thai technique, the lunging knee strike.

COMBATSYS: Ingrid fails to counter Tiger Crush from Sagat with Sun Upper.

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Ingrid           1/-======/=======|=======\-------\0            Sagat

Ingrid nods in response to him, fairly glad it worked, as the hit would have probably been severe. Sagat, however, doesn't seem to be giving her any time to collect herself, rushing at her with incredible speed after speaking. Given very little time to make her choice, Ingrid attempts to use what has just worked. However, it will be duly noted in the future that when at such close range, leaning into a knee lunge from someone much taller than you is simply not a good idea. This time the disk doesn't even begin to form, but rather she take a powerful knee right to the chin the moment she leans, the impact enough to send her small form flying backwards and tearing a sharp cry of pain from her. She hits the sandy ground hard, and rolls, regaining enough control to roll back up to her feet.

When Sagat lands, he shifts back into his fighting stance once more. His arms are brought behind him as he stands there looking at his opponent. He's curious to see if she'll do more than just roll backwards and collect herself. Apparently not. So Sagat grunts, "TIGER!" and thrusts his powerful arms ahead of him. As his arms move forward, flames ignite around his forearms and wrists. When his hands touch one another at their furthest extent, a flaming crescent wave of chi energy will leave him and careen through the air. It's target? Ingrid of course.

COMBATSYS: Sagat successfully hits Ingrid with Tiger Shot.

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Ingrid           2/<<<<<<</<<<<<<<|=======\==-----\1            Sagat

Ingrid doesn't have any fancy tricks for dealing with waves of flaming energy like the one Sagat has in mind for her. She leaps up into the air and attempts to make it over the attack as it flies towards her while moving in closer towards Sagat at the same time, but it just isn't going to happen. The wave catches her dead on as she begins her jump and crashes through her, the energy surging through her as the flame singes her clothing, the whole conflagration putting even more distance between her and the Muay Thai legend, something that's apparently not advantageous to her.

Once again she picks herself up, but this time is much slower than the last, pain wracking her body as she drags herself from the sand. "That was certainly very powerful." She lets out a little breath, having to fight to keep herself at full fighting strength, and knowing that any moment another attack will be coming her way. A brief flash surrounds her, and she lifts her hands palm up to her chin, a small dull little sphere of energy forming in them. This she blows towards Sagat, and it transverses the distance between them slowly.

COMBATSYS: Sagat overcomes Sun Burst from Ingrid with Tiger Cannon.

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Ingrid           1/-------/=======|==-----\-------\0            Sagat

The Muay Thai God stands where he is, his legs beneath him bracing for the technique he previous performed. He stands at the ready to launch yet another flaming crescent but waits to see how his opponent takes getting hit with it. The Mighty Thai man has been honing that skill, practicing it. Ever since his fight with a couple of Shadaloo tanks, he has felt the need to better that part of his arsenal. His arms slowly drop to his side and then fall back behind him as before. This motion cooresponds with Ingrid getting up and preparing her technique. When the spheres of energy are formed and thrown at him by Ingrid, Sagat shouts, "TI-GER CANNON!" And thrusts his arms forward once again. This time a larger crescent of chi-flame is conjured up and thrown towards the incoming spheres. They blow through the spheres thus negating their threat to Sagat.

COMBATSYS: Sagat successfully hits Ingrid with Tiger Cannon.

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Ingrid           2/<<<<<<</<<<<<<<|==-----\-------\0            Sagat

As the ball travels towards the large man, his reciprocating blast seems to just blast through it and keep on going like it was never there in the first place. Once again Ingrid desperately tries to get out of the way, this time simply flinging herself to the side, but by the time she's even begun to move the Cannon blast is already there. She's hit head on by the energy and flung backwards, smashing into the edge of the arena before falling forward onto her face. She struggles to pick herself up, hoping perhaps to get off one last shot, but in the end it's just too much for her, the abuse of so much energy slamming into her overcoming even her considerable willpower, the young woman collapsing back down limply to the ground.

COMBATSYS: Ingrid takes no action.

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COMBATSYS: Ingrid can no longer fight.

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Sagat            0/-------/-----==|

It takes several moments after Ingrid falls to the ground for Sagat to concede that the fight is over. He learned not to relax too soon a long time ago, he'll not make that mistake again. The Muay Thai God crosses his arms over his chest and simply grunts. He turns his head to look towards the announcer and simply nods to her. The announcer gets back onto the microphone and announces the results of the match. As she does this, Sagat strides towards Ingrid. He looks down at her and gives a single nod, "Well fought. Your technique will improve. When it does, I hope to have the pleasure of facing you once more."

COMBATSYS: Sagat has ended the fight here.

To anyone who watches these things, which would be most of the world, this had to be the expected outcome; Sagat smashing Ingrid with his incredible might. At least she proved a bit of a speed bump in the process. A moment of rest after such a bombardment of energy does wonders for her, and though she's not quite able to get back to her feet, she does manage to roll onto her back and then sit up again. "Yes, thank you, I look forward to that day as well." She lifts a hand to rub at her head a bit, willing the pain away and not succeeding very well.

The Thai Legend turns away from Ingrid. he takes a walk to the edge of the fighting arena. He nods to the fight coordinator as he passes by. The Fight Coordinator does an overview of the match for those left within the crowd. Sagat needed a workout this morning. He at least broke a sweat. The legend ducks into a cooridor that leads to a room with showers and lockers. He has to go pick up his things.

Log created on 07:33:55 07/28/2007 by Ingrid, and last modified on 06:07:04 07/31/2007.