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Saenchai Victorious at Muay Thai Mania Yokkao 5

  • Published in Asia

Saenchai

After the last minute change of not only venues but continents, Muay Thai Mania Yokkao 5 went down without a hitch yesterday in Thailand. The event would have been considered a success even if it wasn't moved on one week's notice, but it really is amazing to look at how they had to move the entire event from Europe to Thailand that quickly and that everything went smoothly. The main event saw a bout between Saenchai and Singdam with both guys trying to win the KO bonus, but Saenchai was just overwhelming and won by points.

  • Saenchai MuayThaiGym won by points vs Singdam Kiatmoo9
  • Sinsamut Sor Klinmee won by points Kom Kop Pechthroungrang
  • Andrea Masini lost by KO ( 2nd round ) Crice Boussoukou
  • Ekapop Sor Klinmee won by KO ( 1st round ) vs Samuel Andoche
  • Iwmiset Pornnarai won by points vs Suedam Kauanjai
  • Namphon PK Muay Thai Gym won by points vs Geofrey Rivière
  • Silvia La Notte lost by points Lommanee Sor Hirun
  • Emmanuel Ulrich lost by points vs Florent Kaouachi
  • Vichanlek Sitpholek won by points vs Loecklong Fhonchaanchonburi

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Yokkao Announces Official US Shop

  • Published in Muay Thai

Yokkao

Yokkao is one of the better-known gear companies within the world of Muay Thai and a lot of the time we end up with questions like; where can I get Yokkao gear in the United States. The answer was, to say the least, kind of frustrating. Yokkao gear was a bit tough to come by here stateside, but it looks like that is all changing as Yokkao announces their official US shop!

That means if you live in the United States you can finally get your own Yokkao gear direct! That means gloves, pads, shorts, t-shirts and more. There is now a Muay Thai Combat San Francisco, which will serve as the base of operations out there, with Stefania Picelli opening up the office just weeks ago now; “The project that I am starting in the US will give each and every US State the opportunity to sell Yokkao Boxing. All of what I am doing with Muay Thai Combat and Yokkao is being copied by the world round, but a copy is ONLY a copy and I am proud to be the original one and only with fresh ideas to keep our fans happy, impressed and wanting more .. so USA, Get Ready!”

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Saenchai's Influence Even Bleeds Over into WWE

  • Published in Kickboxing

The influence of Saenchai is almost impossible to ignore at this point. Like we talked about before, he called out UFC megastar Conor McGregor in a fight that has real fight fans salivating at just the thought, and now? Well, the famous Saenchai one-handed cartwheel kick has made its way to professional wrestling. We've seen American muay thai fighters do the move before, but it definitely was within their lexicon. What fighter wouldn't look at Saenchai as a potential hero? 

But in pro wrestling? That's kinda weird, right? The other night WWE's own Shane McMahon tweeted out some training footage from the Wat in New York with Phil Nurse. What exactly did he tweet? Himself doing the "Saenchai Kick."

Shane McMahon is no stranger to to the world of professional fighting and was even attempting to buy into the UFC at one point. Hell, he tried to convince his father to have the WWE build its own MMA promotion, which never came to fruition because Vince didn't see the point in building stars that he couldn't control the destiny for. Shane McMahon is scheduled to appear at this year's Wrestlemania squaring against WWE legend the Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell match and, uh, Shane will probably do this kick as well as fall from a really, really high place.

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Full Card for Yokkao 12 and 13

  • Published in Muay Thai

On March 21st Yokkao will present Yokkao 12 and 13 in Bolton, UK. Both cards are stacked full of talent and following in the tradition of their last few events in the UK that have garnered a ton of buzz from fans and fighters alike. Yokkao 12 will feature an awesome bout between Jordan Watson and Sanny Dahlbeck in the main event while Yokkao 13 features Pakorn vs. Liam Harrison for the 65kg Yokkao World Title.

** YOKKAO 13 **
YOKKAO 12 – YOKKAO 13 Muay Thai UK
MUAY THAI FULL RULES 5X3
YOKKAO World Title -65kg
Pakorn PKSaenchaimuaythaigym vs Liam Harrison -65kg
Co-main event female fight
Bernise Alldis vs Tanya Merrit -57kg
YOKKAO UK Ranking Fight
Keith McLachlan vs Paul Karpowicz -59kg
YOKKAO UK Ranking Fight
Steven Long vs John Kaufman -67.5kg
YOKKAO UK Ranking Fight
Josh Turbill vs Jack Cooper -69kg
YOKKAO UK Ranking Fight
Chris Whittle vs Ross George -61.5kg
Wojtek Oleksyk vs Charlie Peters -65kg
*** YOKKAO 12 ***
MUAY THAI FULL RULES 5X3
YOKKAO UK vs YOKKAO Sweden
Jordan Watson vs Sanny Dahlbeck -70kg
UK vs France
Darren O’Connor vs Karim Bennoui -61,5kg
YOKKAO UK Ranking Fight
Stephen Meleady vs Chris Shaw -61kg
YOKKAO UK Ranking Fight
Danny Harrison-Little vs Kyle Helleur -64.5kg
YOKKAO UK Ranking Fight
Myk Estlick vs Jack McGuire -63.5kg
Kris Addis vs Jake Barton -72.5kg
Juan Cervantes vs Joe Newton -77kg
Jack Kennedy vs Harry Burton -65kg
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Full Fight: Yokkao 8 Liam Harrison vs. Houcine Bennoui

  • Published in Muay Thai

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 13 Headlined by Pakorn vs. Liam Harrison for Yokkao World Title

  • Published in Muay Thai

On March 21st in the UK Yokkao will return with Yokkao 12 and 13, featuring some of the world's best muay thai fighters in what has quickly become one of the most talked-about promotions in muay thai. The event is set to be headlined by a huge world title match between defending champion Pakorn and the UK's own Liam Harrison. Harrison has received universal acclaim over the past few years as one of the UK's top fighters by fighting anyone and everyone all across the world.

He'll have a chance to vie for Yokkao's newly-crowned 65kg World Championship facing off against one of Thailand's most exciting exports in Pakorn PK Saenchai MuayThaiGym. Pakorn won that championship at Yokkao 11 against the very tough Greg Wootton.

 

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Yokkao-Sponsored Nieky Holzken Successful in Boxing Ring

  • Published in Europe

Nieky Holzken, sporting Yokkao trunks, made his successful return to the boxing ring yesterday after about a year away. Holzken stepped into the ring in the Netherlands at Golden Glory Helmond against Ismael Altintas, whom he made short work of in round two. Holzken was proudly sporting his Yokkao trunks in the ring as he moved on to 5-0 as a professional with Yokkao promoter Stefania Picelli and BeNeLux Yokkao distributor Peter Wetzer at ringside to provide support. 

It looks like Holzken is over that injury from the car accident and might be back in kickboxing action in the very near future as well, with us knowing that he has his eyes on Joseph Valtellini and that GLORY Welterweight Championship. Yokkao's next event is a double-header, Yokkao 10 and 11 on October 11th. Expect to see Liam Harrison, Kongsak, Pakorm, Jordan Watson, Piscitello, Crice and more in action on October 11th.

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Pakorn vs. Greg Wootton Set for Yokkao 8

  • Published in Muay Thai

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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Yokkao Determined to Push Muay Thai Forward Starting with Muay Thai Combat Mania Ile de la Reunion

  • Published in Muay Thai
Yokkao
Stefania Picelli with Mohamed Diaby

We are involved in a very interesting time right now if you are a fan of Kickboxing and Muay Thai. There has been tremendous change within the industry over the past few years, with everything being reshuffled, new promotions rising up, old ones falling and lots of established fighters are aging, leaving room for a new generation of fighters to rise into prominence. In the past few years, Yokkao has not only been making headway in regards to bringing muay thai gear to the world, but they've also done a lot to raise awareness for some of the best talents from Thailand and around the world.

Part of that strategy has involved sponsoring fighters, assembling an all-star fight team and promoting their own Yokkao events as well. Yokkao has a big event coming up in March in England and Stefania Picelli has reached out to us this morning with a statement on Yokkao's mission to bring the best fighters -- from anywhere -- to the attention of the world.

The concept of Yokkao events is to find the best talents and to give them a chance to fight vs Top fighters, not only because they are "recommended" for their affiliations. 
Our staff works to find what no one else is looking for: fighters who deserve to fight in big events not only because their gym is famous. Of course there are gyms that are institutions who provide fighters, but there are many gyms with good trainers and fighters who are still unknown in the world.
What my staff and I do is to find these gyms, trainers and fighters.
Why? Because Yokkao is aimed by the real spirit of Muay Thai and give fighters from every country in the world a chance to transform his dream into reality by being part of the most famous Muay Thai team in the world; the Yokkao Fight Team.
What we evaluate is the hard training, the sacrifice and the determination of each fighter who want to transform his life.
This is Yokkao: the realization of the Dream.

To go along with this, Yokkao is announcing today that Saenchai will square off against Aziz Hlali on November 8th at Muay Thai Combat Mania Ile de la Réunion, or what we'll call #Yokkao5. On top of that, Sudsakorn Sor. Klinmee will square off against Mohamed Diaby and Andrea Masini vs Crice Boussoukou, making it yet another incredible event from Yokkao and Stefania Picelli.

 

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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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