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Lion Fight 20 New opponent for Jorina Baars

Lion Fight 20 had Jorina Baars defending her world title against Casey Bohrman but unfortunately Bohrman is out which gave Chantal Ughi (32 wins 14 losses) a chance to step in. Baars and Ughi have fought before back in September of 2009, Jorina won the fight by split decision. Hopefully this will be the last change of opponent for Jorina and we can actually get to see her defend her title this time considering she hasn't fought for Lion Fight since she won it which was almost a year ago. 

So this is how the card is looking now

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Rungnarai, Wanchai and Satarnmuanglek Triumph in End of Year Extravaganza at Siam Omnoi

The New Year is generally a quiet period for Muay Thai as Bangkok empties out and people head home to the provinces for a few days but before the holiday period begins in earnest there was a stellar card at the Siam Omnoi Stadium on Saturday.

Six of the top light flyweights in Thailand were in action on a card which featured Lumpinee champions past and present and the fights were all televized live in Thailand on channel 3. The first saw Rungnarai Kiatmoo9 take on Detkart Por.Pongsawang in a fight matchup was set for 108 lbs.

Detkart was consistently frustrated in his attempts to mount an effective offense against the much taller fighter who picked him off with body kicks throughout the fight. In rounds three Rungnarai landed a series of these strikes which caused his opponent to turn his back, with the referee starting a count and then waving the fight off.

The second fight saw Detkart’s old adversary Wanchai Ramboisan take on Palangpon Petyindeeacademy, who continues to test himself against the top Muay Thai fighters in Thailand despite a successful career in Western boxing which could see him challenge for a world title in 2015.

Wanchai had a 1 lbs weight advantage and it was he who set the pace, pressing forwards and looking to score with knees and kicks as Palangpon stayed on the back foot but succeeded in countering effectively with some kicks of his own and the occasional hard elbow.

It seemed that Palangpon was going to be able to do enough to stay ahead on the scorecards but Wanchai was undeterred and stayed on the front foot throughout round four to take a clear lead into the fifth.

Wanchai is not usually at his best fighting on the back foot but the reigning Lumpinee 108 lbs champion was able to keep Palangpon at bay for the final three minutes despite suffering a serious cut to take the decision win.

The third fight on the card saw two more former Lumpinee champions go head to head as Satarnmuanglek Windysport took on Sam-D Petyindeeacademy, who had a 2 lbs weight advantage, in a matchup which provided some of the best action of the afternoon.

It was a battle between two southpaws who are familiar foes but Sam-D seemed to surge ahead in the second when he visibly hurt his opponent with a series of low kicks which left Satarnmuanglek badly limping and seemingly on the verge of being stopped.

However in the dying second of the round Satarnmuanglek dug deep and landed a late barrage of punches which seemed to take the wind out of Sam-D’s sails because he was on the defensive throughout the third and ate several more hard shots.

Satarnmuanglek seemed to be going for the finish in round four, looking to land power punches to the head and body but while it was not enough to score the stoppage he was far enough ahead on the scorecards to just box defensively for the final three minutes and take the decision win.

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

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 Breaks New Ground with 4K Ultra HD Saenchai Promo

You know, I consider myself pretty up on my PC stuff, considering I game on my PC, but even I don't have a monitor and video card to handle 4k Ultra HD video. That isn't stopping Yokkao from investing in 4K cameras to film their videos, though. Yokkao became the first muay thai apparel brand to launch 4K Ultra HD videos on YouTube this week with their new promo for the PK Saenchaimuaythaigym Yokkao Training center promo video.

If you are like me you can still watch the video in normal, boring HD, but I feel that we might be missing out on something. This is just another in a long line of big things from Yokkao, after opening up one of the biggest manufacturing centers to date for muay thai products, rolling out a multilingual website and having many, many international shops around the world where their products are available.

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Yokkao return to the UK in March 2015

Following on from their highly successful double event this past October, Yokkao have announced their return to the UK for the 21st of March 2015. Once again the event will feature two cards and will be taking place from the same venue at the Macron Stadium in Bolton, Manchester.

Yokkao announced via their website that most of the fighters have already been confirmed for the event however no names have been released as of yet.

In addition to the announcement, Yokkao have organised a contest whereby the winner can get their hands on some Yokkao merchandise of their choice. To participate, head over to Yokkao's Facebook page take a guess at who'll be the match-ups in the main events of Yokkao 12 and 13.

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Top King World Series unveil tournament bracket

As previously announced, Top King World Series will be hosting their third and final event of 2014 from the Asia World Expo in Hong Kong on December 20th. The match-ups have now been unveiled for the quarter finals of their 70kg tournament.

Buakaw is a strong favorite to win the tournament and has coincidentally been given the easiest route to the final. Buakaw will take on Dmytro Konstantynov of Ukraine. Buakaw decimated Moxon in the opening round, ruining the Australian with knees to the body before eventually finishing him with an elbow. Konstantynov defeated Giorgio Petrosyan's younger brother Armen via unanimous decision. 

The winner will go on to face the winner Khayal Dzhaniev and Andrei Kulebin who both won their previous contests via decision.

The match-up of the round is without a doubt Niclas Larsen vs. Marat Grigorian. Both are two of the best prospects at 70kg and made it to the quarter finals with very impressive performances. Larsen destroyed Vladimir Konsky with his patented right hand in the first round 

whereas Grigorian defeated karate stylist Abraham Roqueni via unanimous decision. This should play out to be a terrific stylistic clash, as Larsen will likely aim to finish this within the distance with his heavy hands meanwhile Grigorian will look to

utilize his immaculate technique and pinpoint accuracy to out-land Larsen over the course of three rounds.

Providing no one is injured or unable to continue in the tournament the winner of Grigorian/Larsen will meet either Reece McAllister or Marcin Parcheta in the semi-finals. McAllister turned in a career-best performance in the opening round, blitzing hometown favorite Crice Boussoukou with a combination of punches and knees in the opening round. Parcheta also scored an impressive stoppage as he knocked out Azize Hlali in the third round.

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Lion Fight 20 announced for February 20th 2015

Lion Fight Promotions have just announced their first show of 2015. Lion Fight 20 will take place on February 20th at the Foxwoods Resort and Casino starting at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

In the main event Jorina Baars will get to defend her title for the first time since winning it at Lion Fight 14 against Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino. She will face Casey Bohrman who only has a record of 8 wins and 5 losses but has fought big names like Germaine DeRandamie.

The Co-main event will feature Chris Mauceri coming off his win over Coke Chunhawat against another tough test originally from Thailand but now training in Atlanta Sittisak. Maybe a win in this fight will give one of them a chance to take the title from Kevin Ross.

The card will be broadcast on AXS TV which means we will get our dose of Michael “The Voice” Schiavello and he will be joined by UFC hall of famer Pat Miletich to do the commentary.

The card will also include:

  • 123 lbs. Bout: Jason Andrada (Las Vegas, NV) vs. John Nofer (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 140 lbs. Bout: Tom Evans (Central Fall, RI) vs. Julio Pena (Boston, MA)
  • 135lbs. Bout: Tim Amorim (Philadelphia, PA) vs. Bryce Lawrence (Naples, FL)
  • 143 lbs. Bout: Gaston Bolanos (Dublin, CA) vs. TBD 
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Caged Muay Thai Returns This Weekend

Legend John Wayne Parr was supposed to retire a long time ago, but he had this crazy idea to take muay thai and put it inside of a cage while wearing MMA gloves. Of course, he wouldn't ask someone to do something like that if he wasn't prepared to and he did just that. Since then the Caged Muay Thai shows have taken off big time in Australia and this weekend they return for Caged Muay Thai 5: Lidon vs. Badato.

The event will be streamed live via GFL.tv.

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Card for AMTL's King's Birthday Event on December 5th

It's hard to deny that the East Coast has a thriving muay thai scene that can at time rival the West Coast's. It's that kind of rivalry that is good for the sport here in America as it continues to grow and find a new audience. On December 5th AMTL (American Muay Thai League) will hold a King's Birthday event in Annandale, Virginia to honor the King of Thailand's birthday with what is looking to be a very solid muay thai card featuring Justin Greskiewicz, Coke Chunhawat, Jeremy Carper and more. 

WMC Vice President Paulo Tocha will be there to present the world titles, perhaps best known as Paco from Bloodsport. 

The card will be streaming via GFL.tv.

Main"Sugar Cane" Phanuwat "Coke" Chunhawat vs. Carlos Lopez
Co-mainJustin "The Purple People Eater" Greskiewicz vs. Jeremy Carper
Co-mainCaleb Archer vs. Ahmet Kayretli
UndercardAsa Ten Pow vs. Neil Mustafa
UndercardGianna Smith vs. Diana Metzger
UndercardEvan Reed vs. Jonathan George
UndercardKelly Huston vs. Greg Rowe
UndercardRudy Felix vs. Jared "Diamond" Tipton
UndercardJoey "Twinkle Fingers" Hernandez vs. Namron Bibbens
UndercardRolando Valdez vs. Pablo Garcia
UndercardAllen Hargrove vs. Brian Hansen

 

 
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Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke Wants to Become First Lumpinee Champion to Win an MMA Title

Rambaa Somdet saw his UFC dreams dashed recently when an 11 fight win streak which had lasted 14 years was snapped by a split decision defeat but there is another Thai waiting in the wings to take his role as the country’s blue chip MMA prospect.

Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke is already 3-0 and will be looking for a fourth straight win when he takes on Wushu world champion Rene Catalan at ONE FC: Warrior’s Way in Manila next month.

Somdet’s most significant achievement during his Muay Thai career was winning a Channel 7 title but Dejdamrong reached the very pinnacle of the sport by becoming a champion at Lumpinee Stadium.

His Muay Thai days might be over but Dejdamrong is enjoying a new lease of life as an MMA fighter and says his interest in fighting has been rejuvenated,

“At Lookbanyai Gym which was my Muay Thai team the training was very heavy and it was the same every day but MMA is different because there is so much to learn. It’s exciting.”

During his Muay Thai days Dejdamrong competed mainly at 108 lbs, winning the Lumpinee title in this division but he has been making waves in ONE FC’s highly competitive 125 lbs division.

While Dejdamrong has been holding his own so far with three straight stoppage wins he believes he would be better suited to fighting at 115 lbs,

“It’s very easy for me to fight at 125 because I don’t have to lose any weight and I can eat what I want but the fighters are always taller than me. If ONE FC decides to start a 115 division I think I would drop down, in MMA the weigh in is one day earlier than Muay Thai so losing 10 lbs would not be a big problem.”

Perhaps the most surprising thing about Dejdamrong’s recent ascent up the ONE FC flyweight rankings is how many of his wins have come by submission. His last two opponents have both tapped out and he feels he is becoming increasingly comfortable on the ground,

“I started training with the team at Evolve MMA for fun but I enjoyed it and when they asked me if I wanted to try fighting I said ‘yes’. I work every day with Brodinho (Leandro Issa) from Brazil and he is very good at BJJ, he teaches me something different every day.”

Dejdamrong’s success in MMA has brought him some recognition in his native Thailand, where ONE FC is screened live on Fox Sports, and he says the media is beginning to show an interest in the sport,

“There have been some articles about me in some Muay Thai magazines in Thailand, people know that ONE FC is a very important MMA event and they are happy to see a Thai fighter is having success.”

ONE FC: Warrior’s Way is set for the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Manila on December 5th and sees Dejdamrong face an opponent who has won numerous world titles in Wushu in what promises to be an intriguing clash of styles.

The Thai might have complete confidence in his Muay Thai but says he will be prepared for whatever his opponent brings to the table,

“Even if he is very good at the Chinese style of fighting it will be difficult for him to beat me in a Muay Thai match but this is MMA and there are many more ways to win. My coaches at Evolve MMA are preparing me for everything and I am very confident I will win.”

Interview and translation courtesy of Evolve MMA .

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