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Fight Card for Lion Fight 23

This Friday evening live on AXS TV we'll see the triumphant return of Lion Fight with Lion Fight 23. This is without a doubt one of the more stacked Lion Fight cards in quite a while featuring an amazing main event between Malaipet and Liam Harrison and the co-main event featuring Tiffany Van Soest against Martyne Krol for the vacant Women's Featherweight Championship. The rest of the card delivers as well with Kevin Ross vs. Rungrat Sasiprapa, Victor Saravia against Stan Mancebo, GLORY vet Mike Lemaire against Andrew Kapel and perhaps the best fight on the show, Romie Adanza vs. Andy Howson.

This is perhaps the can't miss Lion Fight card of the year.

LION FIGHT 23 FIGHT CARD

Malaipet vs. Liam Harrison

Lion Fight Women's Featherweight Championship: Tiffany Van Soest vs. Martyne Krol 

Kevin Ross vs. Rungrat Sasiprapa

Victor Saravia vs. Stan Mancebo

Mike Lemaire vs. Andrew Kapel

Romie Adanza vs. Andy Howson

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Top King 4 Finals in Hong Kong Featuring Buakaw Banchamek on July 28th

On this forthcoming Tuesday, Muay Thai promotion Topking World Series will return to the Star Hall in Hong Kong with their fourth event to date, featuring the highly-anticipated conclusion of their 70kg tournament.

The event will host both the semi-finals and finals of the tournament, with only four men left standing from the original sixteen. Buakaw Banchamek will be taking on Reece McAllister in the first semi-final, whilst Khayal Dzhaniev will meet Marat Grigorian in the other bracket.

Buakaw Banchamek is a man that needs little introduction. The two-time K-1 Max World Champion brutalised Steve Moxon en-route to third round elbow-induced finish in the opening round of the tournament, before besting Dmytro Konstantynov via decision to earn his place in the final four. 

Since his last loss back in 2013, England's Reece McAllister has fought like a man possessed. The 23-year old has made it to the semi-finals after tearing through both Crice Boussoukou and Marcin Parcheta inside of a round. The bout with Buakaw will undoubtedly be the biggest fight of the young Englishman's career.

21-year old Khayal Dzhaniev was a relative unknown prior to the tournament, however he has since turned some heads after his upset decision win over Niclas Larsen in the tournament quarter finals. "The Russian Brutal" will once again be looking to spring the upset as he takes on our #7 ranked lightweight Marat Grigorian. 

Marat Grigorian, 24, is one of the most active competitors in kickboxing today. After consecutive points victories over Abraham Roqueni and Eisa Alamda Nezam earned him his place in the semi-finals, Grigorian has gone on to fight another eight times since. A little over three weeks ago Grigorian finished three straight foes en-route to winning the K-1 70kg Championship.

Topking World Series regulars Pakorn, Thongchai Sitsongpeenong and Rungravee Sasiprapa are also set to compete on the card. 

The two-hour fight card will begin at 19:30 local time.

Fight card:
70kg Final: Winner of Bracket A vs. Winner of Bracket B
70kg: Buakaw Banchamek vs. Reece McAllister- Bracket A
70kg: Marat Grigorian vs. Khayal Dhaniev- Bracket B
63kg: Pakorn P.K. Seanchai Muaythai Gym vs. Varats Dzmitry
70kg: Thongchai Sitsongpeenong vs. Colin Law
57kg: Rungravee Sasiprapa vs. Wei Ning Hui
63kg: Sittisak Petchphayathai vs. Matt Embree
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Liam Harrison vs. Singdam Kiatmoo9 Scheduled for Yokkao 15

If you've been following muay thai and kickboxing for a while you definitely know the name Liam Harrison. Harrison, based out of the UK, has been one of the best non-Thai fighters to compete in the muay thai ring over the past few years and has built up quite a name for himself. Over that span of time he has fought a whopping 99 times and his 100th fight will not only be a big deal, it'll be a huge deal. At Yokkao 15 on October 10th he will face multiple-time Lumpinee champion Singdam Kiatmoo9.

Singdam is revered as one of the top fighters in the world at 135lbs, trading wins with the best fighters in the world over the past few years at Lumpinee Stadium, the mecca for muay thai. This headlining bout will be joining the other headlining bout from Yokkao 14 on the same night between Greg Wootton and Saenchai in what should be another crazy double header of a night for the fans in the UK.

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The Yokkao Factory in Bangkok is Open for Business

The Yokkao factory in Bangkok had its soft-opening last week for the public, meaning that if you are in the area you can go and check out the Yokkao Shop that has opened up inside of the new factory. To celebrate this Yokkao is pushing out a line of leather and denim Yokkao gloves and released a pretty awesome video highlighting the making of these gloves. 

It's pretty cool to see how far Yokkao have come over the past few years and how seriously they are taking their quality control and craftsmanship. Check out more details on Yokkao's site.

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Saenchai vs. Wootton Scheduled for Yokkao 14 Plus Seminars and More

If you think that it is easy being Saenchai then think again because he has been quite the busy guy over the past few months thanks to his partnership with Yokkao and it doesn't look to be stopping any time soon. Saenchai is just coming off a series of seminars in the UK and United States who, along with Pakorn and Yokkao promoter Stefania Picelli, visited select locations in both countries and held a number of seminars for both amatuers and professionals alike. 

After much demand Saenchai and Picelli are planning an extensive tour of the United States this fall, which more details will be announced shortly. The big news, of course, is that Saenchai will be headlining Yokkao 14 in Bolton against Greg Wootton in what should be quite a war. More details will be released shortly.

You can also follow all of the news of the Yokkao Games on their official site now, after commencing them late last month. The record for kicks thrown was from Ahmad Ibrahim with a staggering 417 kicks. Seriously.

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Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke | In Pursuit of Greatness

This Friday Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke will have the opportunity to become the first Thai fighter to ever win a title with a major MMA organization.

In this video the 37 year old returns to his roots at the Lookbanyai gym in Bangkok to discuss the journey which took him from the small southern town of Trang to the bright lights of the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke | In Pursuit of Greatness.

 

For more information about Dejdamrong visit: Evolve MMA

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Lion Fight 22 Khalifa replaces Kem Sitsongpeenong

Sadly the much anticipated bout between Jo Nattawut and Kem Sitsongpeenong is not going to be taking place at Lion Fights 22 on May 22nd. Kem has suffered an unfortunate injury which has forced him to pull out. Luckily Salah "The Beast" Khalifa has stepped up and is taking the fight on couple weeks notice even though he usually fights at 154lbs. I think Khalifa has great heart and is a very brave man to take this fight but in my opinion this fight shouldn't be too difficult for Nattawut. We did see Khalifa at Lion Fight 18 against Yodsanklai and it did not end well for him, now Nattawut is not a KO artist like Yod but I feel he can just dominate every round without much trouble.

Full Card

Jo Nattawut vs. Salah Khalifa (Lion Fight Welterweight Title)

Tiffany Van Soest vs. Bernise Alldis (Lion Fight women’s featherweight title)

Anthony Castrejon vs. Jason Andrada (Battle For Vegas Bragging Rights)

Damien Earley vs. Gaston Bolanos

Brian Del Rosario vs. Tom Morales

Christine Ferea vs. Calie Cutler

 

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Yokkao to Open Factory in Bangkok Plus Saenchai Seminar Information for the UK and US

It's been interesting to watch the evolution of the Yokkao brand over the past few years. It went from a fledgling gear brand looking to make an impact on a rather crowded marketplace to one of the leaders. In that period of time they have branched out into promoting a successful series of events throughout the world, establishing teams of elite fighters, sponsoring gyms and opening up operations worldwide. The latest step was opening up a new, 1000 square meter factory in the heart of Bangkok.

The new factory will be overseen by none other than Stefania Picelli, who will be moving from Europe to Thailand to oversee the factory, which is slated to open on June 15th and also include a public-facing shop. They will be offering tours and consultations for those interested in becoming a part of the Yokkao family as well.

Of course, Yokkao is still pushing that Saenchai and Manop will be returning to the United States on May 29th through the 31st for a series of seminars and for the beginning of the Yokkao Games. More details on the May US visit can be seen here. Those in the UK will be able to meet up with Saenchai and Pakorn in just a matter of days for similar seminars and information on the Yokkao Games on the 16th through the 24th. More details can be seen here.

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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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