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Lion Fight 26 Weigh-in Results

Tomorrow night on AXS TV at 9pm eastern Lion Fight will present Lion Fight 26 with a main event of Turan Hassanov against Nick Chasteen. John Nofer and Victor Saravia are in the co-main and social media superstar Sean Fagan will be fighting Pedro Gonzalez.

Lion Fight 26 Main Card – Begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on AXS TV

Main Event – Welterweight (142 pounds) fight – Turan Hassanov (142) vs. Nick Chasteen (141)

Co-Main Event – Super Bantamweight (122 pounds) fight – John Nofer (122) vs. Victor Saravia (122)

Middleweight (160 pounds) fight – Ben Peak (159) vs. Josh Shepard (159)

Lightweight (135 pounds) – Tim Amorim (136) vs. Julio Pena (133)

Welterweight (142 pounds) – Sean Fagan (141) vs. Pedro Gonzalez (142)

Amateur Undercard

Super Middleweight (165 pounds) fight – Brian Bogue (166) vs. Chris Baker (165)

Super Lightweight (140 pounds) fight – Malcolm Hill (139) vs. Mike Savvas (138)

Middleweight (155 pound fight) – Jermaine Palmer (156) vs. Justin Lozada (153)

Super Lightweight (140 pounds) – Stergos Mikkios (140) vs. Niko Qirjazo (142)

Middleweight (155 pound fight) – Frank Wells (156) vs. Phabion Wilson (154)


Full Card for This Weekend's Muay Thai Grand Prix II Event

On Sunday, November 22nd in the UK Muay Thai Grand Prix II is set to go down. The first event held after the announced partnership with Lion Fight in the United States, this event will see a four-man 66kg tournament as well as see two titles on the line; the World Super Featherweight Championship and the World Featherweight Championship. 

Muay Thai Grand Prix have also announced that while Michael Wakeling had to pull out of this event, he'll be competing at their next event in March against John Wayne Parr. 

This event will be streamed live on FightLiveTV on Sunday for everyone outside of the UK. 

MUAY THAI GRAND PRIX 2 – Sunday 22nd November 2015

*MTGP 4 Man Tournament – 66KG*

Khun Bank (Tha)

Charlie Peters (UK)

Alex Bublea (Rom)

Ben Lucas (UK)


–Main Event–

*MTGP World Super Featherweight Championship*

Jose Varela (Por) V Hamlaoui Yacine (Fra)

–Co-Main Event–

*MTGP World Featherweight Championship*

Matt Tieu (UK) V Thibaud Duphil (Fra)


*Super K-1 – 60KG*

Jamie Whelan (UK) V Ioannis Papaioannou (Gre)


*Super K-1 – 77KG*

Kev Ward (UK) V Reece Rowell (UK)


*FTR A-Class – 54KG*

Daniel McGowan (UK) V Madiale Samb (Fra)


*FTR A-Class – 48KG*

Evans Jay (UK) V Alexjandro Concepcion (Spa)


*B-Class English Title – 63KG*

Rory Crawford (UK) V Luke Portanier (UK)


*B-Class – 78KG*

Ryan Li (UK) V Mark Robinson (UK)


*B-Class – 70KG*

Michael Pham (UK) V Krystian Ozog (Pol)


*Super K-1 – 75KG*

James Gridley (UK) V Robert Verekyn (Ned)


*Super K-1 – 86KG*

Louis King (UK) V Jack Deacon (UK)


*B-Class – 72KG*

Sevket Karaoglanoglu (UK) V Marcel Dehinde (UK)


*B-Class – 67KG*

Saj Imran (UK) V Enrithan Shofolan (UK)


*FTR A-Class – 64KG*

James Toomey (UK) V Ben Woods (UK)


*K-1 – 76KG*

Marley Zwanenberg (UK) v Ahmed Ben Cheik (Fra)


*K-1 – 85KG*

Elson Evora (UK) V David Zvetolosfsky (UK)


*C-Class – 68KG*

Shaz Nasrin (UK) V Collin Chu (UK)


*C-Class – 75KG*

Yusuf Ali-Thaleb (UK) V Donovan Pignatiello (UK)


*K-1 – 83KG*

Phil Casper (UK) V Mitchell Weidman (UK)


*K-1 – 88KG*

Daryl Mauri (UK) V Eric Lie (UK)


*C-Class – 50KG*

Zuzana Borosova (UK) V Maggie Hajduk (UK)


Lion Fight 26 Fight Card

Lion Fight 26 will be taking place at the Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, USA on November 20, 2015 and will be Live on AXS TV. Their last event was probably their most exciting card to date and topping it will be a tall order, but with Tetsuya Yamoto vs. Greg Wootton as the main event anything is possible.

The undercard is no where near as stacked as Lion Fight 25 but still has some good matches like Nick Chasteen vs. Turan Hasanov and Victor Saravia vs. John Nofer.

Full Card

Super Lightweight Title - Tetsuya Yamoto vs. Greg Wootton

Nick Chasteen vs. Turan Hasanov

Victor Saravia vs. John Nofer

Josh Shepard vs. Ben Peak

Julio Pena vs. Tim Amorim

Pedro Gonzalez vs. Sean Fagan


Top Thai Fighters Are Earning More Money in Retirement Than During Their Competitive Careers

The top Muay Thai fighters in Thailand are guaranteed glory, trophies and titles but many of them find long term financial security much harder to come by. Tales of former champions ending up destitute are all too common but many of the best Nak Muay among the recent generation are actually able to make more money after they retire, as Orono Wor Petchpun explains.

He was a Thailand Champion, Lumpini Champion, WMC Champion, It's Showtime Champion and WPMF Champion but by his own admission he retired from the sport with less than ten thousand dollars in the bank. However Orono is one of a growing number of top Thai fighters to discover they could actually make more money as a trainer overseas than they had during the peak of their competitive career,

"I used to get around 70,000 to 80,000 Baht per fight, the most I ever got was 90,000 Baht but my manager would take fifty per cent and I would tip my trainer ten per cent so normally I got 35,000 baht a fight and I used to fight at around ten times a year. Now I work as a trainer at Evolve MMA in Singapore and I earn at least 150,000 Baht a month."

Other fighters to have moved to Singapore to work alongside Orono include Namsaknoi Yudthagarngamtorn, Nong-O Kaiyanghadaogym, Sagetdao Petpayathai and Peneak Sitnumnoi. Their services are sought after to train the clientele at Evolve MMA as well as the fight team which includes well known MMA fighters like Shinya Aoki and Ben Askren.

It's not just the top Nak Muay who are heading to Singapore. Former WBC 'fighter of the decade' Pongsaklek Wonjongkam is joining Evolve MMA later this year while another former boxing world champion, Yodsanan Sityodtong, has been there nearly five years and says his plans for retirement were initially much less ambitious,

"After I retired I wanted to either be a referee in boxing but Evolve gave me the opportunity to come and teach in Singapore. So here I am. I like Singapore, it's clean and safe and I get to make a good salary to support my family back home in Thailand. "

Yodsanan fought at Madison Square Garden and won title fights in the US and Japan. In boxing circles he's a big name but the 41 year olds heyday was during the mid 2000s. Much more recently retired is Pornsaneh Sitmonchai who was one of the most popular Muay Thai fighters of his generation due to his fan friendly style and propensity for getting in 'Fight of the Night' contenders.

Porsnaneh dispensed plenty of punishment to opponents but his fearless style saw him take more than his fair share of hard shots in the process. His final Muay Thai fight was in April and the former Lumpinee champion is already earning more money as a trainer than he did during the peak of his fighting career,

"I decided to retire because I was 34 and was starting to slow down and get tired faster. My last fight was at Siam Omnoi and it was for the title, I got 60,000 Baht plus a bonus for winning by knockout and some tips from the gamblers. Working in Singapore I get a salary of 125,000 Baht every month."

Even the very best Muay Thai fighters at the stadiums in Thailand will only earn a fraction of what the top boxers, kickboxers and mixed martial artists can expect to receive. But while they might not get the rewards they deserve during their competitive career the increase in international interest in the sport means they now have the opportunity to forge lucrative careers working overseas as trainers.


Why John Wayne Parr's Lion Fight Debut is so Exciting

Tonight marks the first appearance of Australian muay thai legend John Wayne Parr in Lion Fight, airing live on AXS TV at 10pm Eastern time. John Wayne Parr, known lovingly all over as simply JWP is a legend within the realm of kickboxing and muay thai, having competed all over the world against some of the very best in the world, from his time fighting in Australia to his time in K-1 to Contender Asia and his own concoction of Caged Muay Thai that saw him opt out of retirement to fight in a MMA cage with 3oz gloves under muay thai rules because it sounded like fun.

John Wayne Parr is everything about kickboxing and muay thai that fans have loved for years, with his exciting style that saw him a fan favorite win, lose or draw. Tonight he fights Cosmo Alexandre for the third time, each man with a win. This is one of the more anticipated fights in muay thai today and the fact that we'll get it live on American TV is pretty rad, right? So, finally, we get to see a muay thai legend like JWP on American TV in one of the most anticipated fights in his career. That is special.


Yokkao Returns to the UK in March for Watson vs. Dahlbeck II

The UK loves Yokkao and Yokkao loves the UK, which means that another crazy double header is headed their way on March 19th back in Bolton in the UK. The headline fight slated for Yokkao 17 and 18? Jordan Watson vs. Sanny Dahlbeck for the Yokkao -70kg World Title in a rematch from their bout earlier this year. Watson has been one of the most talked about fighters out of the UK for years now and the knockout loss to Dahlbeck came as a shock to many this year.

Dahlbeck caught everyone's attention when he made his debut at GLORY 1 and competed in the early GLORY events before mysteriously disappearing after looking like a great prospect. Since then he's been all over the world and he has proven himself as one of the better fighters within the weight class. This rematch is a big, big deal for fans in the UK. 



Greg Wootton Injured, Replaced by Massaro Glunder for Yokkao 14 Clash with Saenchai

Bad news for fight fans in the UK that were looking to support local fighter Greg Wootton at the big Yokkao 14/Yokkao 15 double header happening on October 10th in the UK as Wootton has injured a rib in training and will be unable to compete. The good news, though, is that Yokkao has not only found a solid replacement, but they've found an amazing replacement by the way of current #4 ranked Featherweight here on LiverKick in Massaro Glunder. Glunder has been impressing the world in K-1 WGP in Japan over the past year or so and will now step into the ring with one of the living legends of the muay thai world in Saenchai. 

For a late replacement, Glunder, fighting out of Mike's Gym, is a fantastic choice on such late notice and will hopefully bring that same fire that he's been bringing to his fights in Japan. 

Yokkao 14/15 takes place on October 10th at Macron Stadium in Bolton in the UK and according to most reports is completely sold out.


Singdam Tells Liam Harrison He Has No Chance at Yokkao 15

Yokkao 15 is quickly approaching, part of the big double header in Bolton in the UK with one of the feature attractions being Singdam Kiatmoo9 squaring off with the UK's own Liam Harrison. In this interview conducted by Yokkao's Stefania Picelli she talks about this being Liam's first fight and Singdam brings the heat. Singdam is of course a veteran of over 330 fights and isn't impressed with Liam's 100 fights, not even a little bit.

Oh yeah, he goes as far as to tell him that he has no chance on October 10th. Watch the interview below.


Main and Co-Main Announced for Muay Thai GP in November

We recently learned about Muay Thai Grand Prix, the muay thai promotion in the UK that will be teaming up with Lion Fight to try to unite the best of the best from the UK muay thai scene and the US muay thai scene to help grow the sport. That is an admirable task that we look forward to seeing unfold in the future months. The first event since this announcement will be on November 22nd and this week MTGP has announced two blockbuster fights for that card.

The two fights announced are the main and the co-main. The main event of the night will feature Michael Wakeling vs. Regian Eersel for the Super Middleweight Championship. In the co-main event of the evening we'll see another world title decided when Jose Varela battles Wuttichai for the MTGP World Featherweight Championship. More will be announced in the coming weeks, but those two fights serve for a great foundation for a heavily-anticipated show for muay thai fans in the UK.

Make sure to check out their website for more.



Ky Hollenbeck Returning to the Ring at Lion Fight 24

This Friday evening live from Foxwoods Resort and Casino in lovely Connecticut will be Lion Fight 24. Lion Fight 24 will see the return to the ring from Ky Hollenbeck after a prolonged absence. Hollenbeck competed for Lion Fight back in 2011 during the early days of the promotion and will now return against Chicago's Richard Abraham. 

The card also features two title fights, with Ognjen Topic competing against Stephen Meleady for the vacant 134lbs title and Jo Nattawut looks to defend his 154lbs title against the UK's Charlie Peters. Also on the card are Lion Fight mainstays in Gaston Bolanos and Chris Mauceri.

Lion Fight 24 will air live on AXS TV at 9pm Eastern.

Main Event

160 lbs Ky Hollenbeck (San Francisco, CA) vs Richard Abraham (Chicago, IL)

Co-Main Event – Title

134 lbs Ognjen Topic (Lodi, NJ) vs Stephen Meleady (Leeds, UNITED KINGDOM / IRELAND)

Feature Fight – Title

154 lbs Jo Nattawut (Atlanta, GA) vs Charlie Peters (London, UNITED KINGDOM)

142 lbs Gaston Bolanos (Dublin, CA) vs Ben Yelle (Marquette, MI)

142 lbs Chris Mauceri (Kingston, NY) vs Nicolas Parlanti (Brooklyn, NY / FRANCE)

134 lbs Julio Pena (Boston, MA) vs Yeison Berdugo (Providence, RI / COLOMBIA)

155 lbs Danny Millet (New York, NY) vs PJ Sweda (Philadelphia, PA) NON-TELEVISED PRO BOUT

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