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Yokkao Fight Team Over the Limit for Yokkao 5 Event

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Yokkao

A few days ago Stefania Picelli and Yokkao provided us with a mission statement of sorts, one where they talked about bringing in fighters from all over the world, from any and all gyms, to give them a shot at greatness and to achieve their dreams. That is what they look to do when it comes to the Yokkao Fight Team and the Yokkao events that they put on. Not only are they looking to put on the big, crowd-pleasing fights like they have in the past, but they are looking to showcase talents who don't usually have a chance at being featured in a big way like that.

So check out this new promo video for the upcoming event in Reunion, France featuring the Yokkao Fight Team training under some rather extraordinary circumstances.

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Pakorn vs. Greg Wootton Set for Yokkao 8

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Yokkao

While Yokkao 7 is quickly approaching on the 19th of February Yokkao is still hard at work on March 8th's Yokkao 8 event, which is scheduled to take place in Manchester, England in cooperation with Supershowdown. The big bout announced so far for Yokkao 8 is Pakorn PKMuaythaigym vs. Greg Wootton. This is a huge fight as Pakorn is well known in Thailand and Greg Wootton has quite a following in the UK, making it an explosive bout for the fight-hungry fans of the UK.

Pakorn has also joined the Yokkao Fight Team along with countless other exciting Thais. Also scheduled to appear at Yokkao 8 is Rungravee Sasiprapa and many more. We'll have more information in the coming weeks.

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Final Preparations in Order for Yokkao 5

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Yokkao

Yokkao 5 is rapidly approaching, which means that it is time for the final preparations for the event that was moved from Europe to Thailand. There is a new episode of Muay Thai Combat TV featuring Saenchai at Lumpinee stadium in Thailand which is a must watch for fans, giving some interesting insights into the fight game in Thailand. Also the weigh-ins for the undercard went down today, with the headline bouts weighing in tomorrow.

  • Emmanuel Ulrich: -94kg
  • Florent Kaouachi: -91,6 kg
  • Silvia La Notte: -48,2 kg
  • Lommanee Sor Hirun: 47,7 kg
  • Namphon PK Muay Thai Gym: 80,2kg
  • Geoffrey Rivière: 80,2kg
  • Ekapop Sor Klinmee: 77,2kg
  • Samuel Andoche: 76,2kg
  • Andrea Masini: 70,7kg
  • Crice Boussoukou 70,7kg
  • Imiset Pornnarai: 67,2kg

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Weekend Results: Yokkao 9 Takes on China

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Yokkao presented Yokkao 9 over the weekend, featuring a China vs. Muay Thai themed event that was headlined by Sudsakorn vs. Yi Long that saw Sudsakorn take the victory after three rounds via decision. There was some mild controversy raised over the decision, but all reports from ringside seem to lean towards Sudsakorn taking the victory no matter what, especially with the fight being contested under K-1 rules to accommodate the Chinese fighters better. 

** YOKKAO 9 RESULTS **

Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee (Thailand) won by points vs Yi Long (China)

-72kg K-1 rules 3x3

N'Diaye Carl (France) lost by points vs Fang Bian (China)

-80kg K-1 rules 3x3

Qiu Jianliang (China) won by points vs Imwiset Pornnarai (Thailand) 

-67kg Muay Thai Full Rules 3x3

Calogero Palmeri (Italy) lost by points vs Yang Zhou (China)

-67kg K-1 rules 3x3

Ekapop Sor Klinmee (Thailand) lost by points vs Nu Er La (China)

-80kg K-1 rules 3x3

Runmai Mo Tammachat (Thailand) won by TKO (corner stoppage) (vs Ji Wenhao (China)

-58kg Muay Thai Full Rules 3x3

Igor Klimovich (Belarus) lost by points vs Li Ning (China)

-60kg K-1 rules 3x3

Kamel Meztani (France) lost by TKO (referee stoppage) Guo Xi Chuang (China)

-74kg K-1 rules 3x3

Philaphaeng Walchart (Thailand) lost by points vs Deng Ze Qi (China) ***Pakorn injured

-65kg Muay Thai Full Rules 3x3

Gustavo Ferreira De Oliveira Mendes (Brazil) lost by points vs Zhou Tao (China)

-70kg K-1 rules 3x3

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Video: Sudsakorn vs. Yi Long from Yokkao 9

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The fight that had everyone talking from Yokkao 9 in China was Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee vs. Yi Long, a match labeled as Muay Thai vs. Shaolin Gung Fu. Sudsakorn ultimately walked away with the victory, but there are still those who have doubted it. So Yokkao has gone ahead and released the footage from the fight and you can decide for yourself. I don't know, it seems pretty cut and dry to me that Sudsakorn won, what do you think?

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Full Fight: Yokkao 8 Liam Harrison vs. Houcine Bennoui

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Yokkao 8 happened on March 8th in the UK and the most frustrating thing about it was seeing a long line of UK fighters, personalities and fans talking about how incredible the event was without being able to watch it. Thankfully Yokkao has uploaded the most-talked about fight from Yokkao 8, Liam Harrison vs. Houcine Bennoui. This fight was nonstop action with both men putting it all on the line against each other, neither man could feel even a bit of shame over their performance.

Of course, fans in the UK felt that Liam won and fans in France have been saying that they thought that Houcine won. Now you get to decide for yourself and watch.

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Yokkao 5 Event Moved to Nov. 15th in Pattaya

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Yokkao

For those that were eagerly awaiting the Yokkao 5 event in Reunion, France it looks like the wait will be just about a week longer and instead of taking place in Reunion it'll be moved to Pattaya, Thailand. The card remains the same, though, even with this kind of late notice, which is good. The Yokkao Team feels that they'll be able to put on a better show without problems in Thailand, which seems to be the best for the fighters right now.

Here is their official statement.

Due to several problems in Reunion Island with Maximin Lafuteur president of Associationne Culturelle Muay Thai, we decided to move #Yokkao5 event in Pattaya (Thailand) on 15th November 2013 (Pattaya World Boxing Stadium). The tickets bought at www.monticket.re will be refunded. Out of respect for fighters and in knowing what it means to train for a fight, all fighters contacted by our promoter Stefania Picelli will be remain on the fight card. Stay tuned for a spectacular event feat. Saenchai, Imwiset Pornnarai, Ekapop Sor Klinmee, Silvia La Notte, Andrea Masini and many others..

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Kickboxing Needs to Bring Their Content to the Fans

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Enfusion

Kickboxing is a frustrating sport sometimes. There, I said it.

Kickboxing has been struggling to find its identity over the past few years. That might seem like a bit of an ominous statement, but when you look at how many different organizations we’ve seen in different mediums, how many star Kickboxers we’ve seen retire or rise to prominence, or how many we’ve seen languish in smaller promotions you’ll see what I’m talking about. Right now is an interesting transition period for the sport of Kickboxing and a vital time for the sport where it could either grow to be huge or it could fail and return to obscurity. How that product gets to the fans is probably the most vital part of the sport right now, even more important than the quality of the fights themselves.

The landscape right now is like this; GLORY airs on Spike TV in the United States and then has various, smaller television deals throughout Europe and Asia. K-1 is currently attempting to negotiate television deals while providing free streams via their website. SuperKombat airs on EuroSport and a few smaller networks in different spots in the world. Enfusion is in a similar spot to SuperKombat. Then there are various, regional Kickboxing events that get solid coverage locally but not much anywhere else.

Like I’ve been saying, it’s a very strange and fragmented sport for the time being. There are talks of GLORY considering moving some select, bigger events to PPV here in the United States, starting with GLORY 17. It would probably be in the vein of the UFC model, where the prelims would be on Spike TV and the main card on PPV, which is fine, the only issue is that PPV as a medium is a dying one. The concept of Pay-Per-View in the United States began in the 50’s but came to prominence in the 70’s and 80’s when Boxing took a shine to the concept of selling live broadcasts of big fights through cable systems.

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Yokkao 5 Fights to Be Released in Late December

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Seeing as though Yokkao 5 has come and gone, there have been questions from fans as to when we can expect to actually see the fights and the answer has come to us directly from the source, with a rather satisfying answer at that. According to Yokkao there will soon be a bunch of post-fight interviews up on YouTube as well as some highlights, but the best is yet to come as by the end of December all of the fights will be up on their YouTube channel for free.

Yes, that means that you'll be able to catch up on the latest from Yokkao for free. In the meantime, watch this video documenting the leadup into the event.

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Yokkao 6: Thongchai Sitsongpeenong vs Toby Smith Video

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Yokkao has just released this fight between Thongchai Sitsongpeenong and Toby Smith from January 3rd of this year. I personally had not seen much of the Australian Toby Smith before I watched him look unstoppable against John Wayne Parr in June. He is a strong fighter that likes to walk his opponents down and land huge elbows, clinch up and smother while he knees them. Against Thongchai this strategy did not work quite as planned. Thongchai is only 17 years old in this fight and he already fights like a crafty Thai veteran by making Smith miss and keeping him off balance for most of the first two rounds. When Toby fought JWP he looked so strong that he couldn't even be moved backwards, but Thongchai had him moving back easily, I can't help but be very impressed with this 17 year old Thai.

The last round of this fight is just crazy, let us know what you think of the outcome of the fight, I found it a little surprising.

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