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Yodkhunpon Sitmonchai Makes Successful Comeback With KO Win over Armin Pumpanmuang

Yodkhunpon Sitmonchai was one of the fastest rising stars on the Muay Thai scene but after a run of bad results the 21 year old decided to put his fighting career on the backburner and focus on his studies. On Tuesday night in Bang Saphan he returned to the ring and scored an extremely impressive KO win against veteran light middleweight Armin Pumpanmuang.

It was Yodkhunpon’s first fight under Muay Thai rules since 2013 and his first time fighting at 154 lbs and he looked noticeably slimmer than his opponent. Their matchup was the main event of an outdoor show to celebrate the Songkran festival which also featured Lakhai ‘The Alien' Or Boonchuay on the card.

Yodkhunpon’s last fight was for Glory last June and he dropped a decision to Gabriel Varga but he displayed no signs of ring rust in the opening round. The Sitmonchai star knocked Armin to the ground with a right push kick to the face in the first 30 seconds and seemed to have a clear advantage in terms of speed and skill.

Armin came back strongly in the second stanza and landed a hard head kick which Yodkhunpon to his credit just walked through. The 27 year old from Songkhla suddenly became the aggressor as his younger opponent resorted to attempting wild left hooks which were telegraphed and inevitably missed.

It seemed the tide had turned in Armin’s favour but by round three Yodkhunpon had regained his composure and was starting to control the fight again, albeit in more measured style than the first three minutes. It was developing into an intriguing contest but the end came suddenly after the older fighter leaned back to evade a right body kick.

Armin succeeded in making Yodkhunpon miss completely with the kick, not for the first time in the fight, but he misjudged his proximity to the ropes and ended up bouncing back towards his opponent only to be met with a devastating right uppercut elbow which connected just beneath the left eye.

Armin dropped like a stone and was unconscious for several seconds while there was elation among the contingent in Yodkhunpon’s corner who had travelled down from Kanchanaburi to witness the comeback of the former child prodigy. It was an extremely impressive performance, particularly given the amount of time he has been away from competitive Muay Thai.

Earlier in the evening Lakhai Or Boonchuay went up against a local opponent called Monsawan Tesabanbangsaphannoi who was returning to competitive action after an absence of ten years. Despite the massive disparity in height and reach ‘Alien’ came on strong in the fourth round to win the fight and take the 100,000 Baht side bet.

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Muaythai Mania 8 is coming on April 18th

After it's successful 7th event on Valentine's Day WMC Hungary returns with another show to the location at Szentendre, Hungary well known to the fans. The previous show brough some intense fights in five weight classes and Hungary's first professional female WMC bout!

Muaythai Mania 8 will be the fourth under the WMC umbrella with a more than likely sold out venue. The organizers (Róbert Skrobár of SzVSE) recently managed to sign a contract with one of the leading sports channels of  Hungary the fights will be recorded and a highlight will air soon after the live event.

As we mentioned in an earlier article regarding another show some promotions already started to get a foothold on national sports channels and coverage in general just seems to be increasing in Hungary. A window of opportunity seems to be opening up for bigger and better things. Fight fans might expect a bright future for kickboxing and muay thai in Hungary and we have do have some reasons to be optimistic when looking ahead into the future.

Fight card:
1. Kovács Alexandra (Tong Thai) vs Vaida Masiokaite (Kaunas) 61.24 kg
2. Kisfalvi Milán (SzVSE) vs Ovidijus Jurginas (Kaunas) 82.55 kg
3. Bereczki Dominik (Perfect Fight Club) vs Martynas Jasiunas (Vilnius) 72.58 kg
4. Bakacs Dezső (RFC) vs Ernestas Dapkus (Vilnius) 76.2 kg
5. Lapusnyik László (SzVSE) vs Mantas Rimdeika (Kaunas) 95+ kg
WMC Pro
6. Albrecht Péter (SzVSE) vs Radics Róbert (Simon Gym Fertőszentmiklós) 66.68 kg

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Victory Muay Thai VIII Stream on Friday -- The Road to the Garden

Victory Combat Sports in New York have been promoting fights for a while now and were the first to promote MMA fights in New York City last year. They continue with their Spring series of events titled the "Road to the Garden" that begins on April 10th with Victory Muay Thai VIII. It's a stacked card full of the hottest fighters in the New York muay thai scene including a few exciting title fights.

The event will be broadcast via GFL for $14.99 starting at 6:30 PM Eastern.

105 lb USKA Women's Muay Thai Title- Gianna Cuello-Smith (5 Points Academy) vs Kit Fung (Queens MMA) 
147 lb Victory MT Title - NJ Mac (Blade Fist Muay Thai) vs Amin Almelik (Warrior Muay Thai)
170 lb Victory MMA Title - Champ Robert Ovalle defends against Cire Taylor
Prairie Rugilo (Girl Fight) vs Tiffany Cass (Krudar Muay Thai) 
Codie Payne (ATT Whitestone) vs Jesus Morales (Mantra MMA) 
Valeria Cardozo (Monster Muay Thai Arizona) vs Giovanna Wood (Sitan Gym Long Island) 115 lbs
Jeanette Esposito (CROM Physical Culture) vs Kyla Hachay (Kalsamrit Gym Canada) 115 lbs
Diego Jagessar (Striking 101) vs Josh Santos (Stockade MMA) 
Matt McCullough (Wellington Muay Thai) vs Marlon Wiprud (Class One MMA, Brooklyn, NY) 190 lbs MT
Kyle McShane (Toronto Kickboxing & Muay Thai) vs Rohan Dalton (Renzo Gracie NYC) 170 lbs
Brandon Medina (ECUBJJ) vs Westley Chow (Renzo Gracie NYC) 125 lbs
Arthur Bartosiewicz (C3 Athletics) vs Travis Hassang (ATT Whitestone) 
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Check Out Sanny Dahlbeck vs. Jordan Watson from Yokkao 12

Yokkao's most recent blockbuster double header might have been a few weeks ago but that doesn't mean that it's a distant memory. Yokkao has gone ahead and released the full fight video from Yokkao 12 for the Yokkao 70kg World title bout between Jordan Watson and Sanny Dahlbeck. It was quite a war and now you can watch it and see how exciting the fight really was for yourself.

Of course, the question now is when the rematch will be. It's difficult to watch this fight and not hope to see these two clash again. Agreed?

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Bud Light Presents Lion Fight 22 Scheduled for May 22nd

Lion Fight 21 may be next Friday, featuring Kevin Ross vs. Tetsuya Yamato in a rematch, but that doesn't mean that we can't plan for the future. They've announced that Bud Light Presents Lion Fight 22 will be going down on May 22. The event will happen at Sunset Station Casino in Las Vegas on Friday, May 22nd. The main event is going to be a big one in Khem Sitsongpeenong vs. Jo Nattuwat for the World Super Welterweight Champinoship.

Also featured will be Tiffany Van Soest vs. Bernise Alldis in the co-main event. Jason Andrada and Anthony Castrejon are set to square off in a 122lbs bought, Gaston Bolanos and Damien Early will clash in a Welterweight bout and Tom Morales faces Brian Del Rosario in another Welterweight bout.

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VIDEO: Let's Relive Ross vs. Yamato in Anticipation for Lion Fight 21

Next Friday evening on AXS TV we'll get the much-anticipated rematch between Kevin Ross and Tetsuya Yamato at Lion Fight 21 in Los Angeles. It is a rematch from Lion Fight 11 where both men had a bloody, grueling war under the lights of Fremont Street in Las Vegas. Thankfully AXS TV has us covered by having the first bout up on YouTube for us all to ingest in anticipation for the fight.

So enjoy and get pumped up.

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New Inside the Fight: Kevin Ross vs. Tetsuya Yamato Drops March 25th

At Lion Fight 21 on March 27th Kevin Ross and Tetsuya Yamato will have a rematch of their 2013 Lion Fight 11 classic. It was a star-making performance for both men that saw Yamato walk away with the split decision victory but definitely left room for a rematch between the two. That rematch goes down on March 27th in Los Angeles at Lion Fight 21.

Our bud Jeff Dojillo will be helping to hype up that fight by releasing another in his awesome series of "Inside the Fight" just two days prior to that fight, March 25th. Jeff will be releasing a new poster every few days in anticipation over at CombatReel until March 25th, when the video will be released.

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2011 Fighter of the Year Peneak Sitnumnoi Joins the Evolve MMA Fight Team

Peneak Sitnumnoi who has won titles at Omnoi Stadium, Channel 7 Stadium and Lumpinee Stadium and was named the 2011 ‘Fighter of the Year’ is the latest Muay Thai legend to join Evolve MMA.

Originally from Phattalung, Peneak fought out of the Sing Patong camp in Phuket and is best remembered for beating Sam-A Gaiyanghadaogym in a 2012 bout at Lumpinee Stadium which decided who would win the Sports Writer’s ‘Fighter of the Year’ award, regarded as the single most prestigious honour in Muay Thai (see the fight here ).

That win would pave the way for Peneak to compete in marquee matchups with some of the biggest names in the sport including Saketdao Phetpayathai, Pakorn Sakyotin, Saeksan Or Kwanmuang and Kongsak Sitboonmee.

He was one of three Sing Patong fighters to simultaneously own titles at Lumpinee during a period when Peneak and his team mates Damien Alamos and Pentai Singpatong were all belt holders in their respective divisions at Bangkok’s most prestigious stadium.

Peneak has not been fighting as frequently of late but the 26 year old returned to Lumpinee last December and showed he still has what it takes to compete with the very best in the sport when he narrowly lost out to Muangthai PKSaenchaigym in a bout which won ‘Fight of the Night’ honours at the stadium’s big birthday show.

Peneak will be joining a team of trainers at Evolve MMA that also includes stellar names such as Namsaknoi Yudthagarngamtorn, Orono Wor Petchpun, Pornsaneh Sitmonchai and Saketdao Petpayathai.

Although Peneak is not retiring from competitive fighting it is unlikely he will be competing as regularly in the Bangkok stadiums but there is a possibility that he could follow in the footsteps of fellow former Lumpinee champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke by trying his hand at MMA.

 

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Full Card for Yokkao 12 and 13

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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Phanpayak Jitmuangnont Outsmarts Sam-A Gaiyanghadao in Battle Between Two of Muay Thai’s Top Technicians

The reigning ‘Fighter of the Year’ met one of the best Nak Muay of the decade at Lumpinee Stadium on Friday night when Phanpayak Jitmuangnont faced Sam-A Gaiyanghadao in the main event of a Petyindee Promotions show.

The fight had the vacant Lumpinee super featherweight title on the line and after a quiet start Phanpayak started to push forwards in the third, dragging the fight into the clinch where despite succeeding in unbalancing the teenager a couple of times Sam-A was unable to get him to the ground.

It was a battle between two clever southpaws meaning that whoever could find a home for their right kick would most likely prevail and crucially Phanpayak was able to land his with more power and frequency in the fourth.

It allowed the 19 year old to take a defensive approach in the final round as his veteran opponent attacked with punches, elbows and low kicks but could not land anything effective enough to prevent Phanpayak from taking a decision win and claiming the vacant Lumpinee 126 lbs title.

The biggest shock of the night came in the co main event when Manasak Sor Jor Lekmuangnon stopped Singdam Kiatmoo9 with a flurry of punches in the fourth round which handed the 2002 ‘Fighter of the Year’ a very rare stoppage loss.

Singdam was struggling to cope with his opponent’s superior height and was on the receiving end of some hard knees. In the fourth he tried to land one of his trademark right body kicks but Manasak leaned back to make him miss and then landed three hard right hands which saw ‘The Black Lion’ crumple to the canvass.

While Singdam is coming towards the end of a decorated career 22 year old Phetmorakot Wor Sangprapai is very much in the ascendancy and the Petyindee star defeated Kwankaw Mor.Ratanabandit by decision, avenging a February loss to the same fighter at Rajadamnern.

In another of the evening’s fights to be televised live in Thailand on Channel 5 Wanchai Rambo-Isarn defended his Lumpinee light flyweight title with a hard fought decision win over Satanmuanglek Noomponthep.

The other Lumpinee title at stake went home with Kwanphet Sor Suwanpakdee who beat Methee Sor Jor Toipaetriw by decision to claim the stadium’s vacant super bantamweight belt.

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