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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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Three more bouts added to The Main Event

The promoters at The Main Event have been working tirelessly to ensure this will be one of the best Muay Thai events to have ever graced the UK and have bolstered the line-up with three more excellent match-ups. The Main Event will take place on May 23rd from the Barclaycard Arena, which is capable of holding up to 13,000 spectators. 

Three of the UK's best in Muay Thai have been added to the card with teenage Muay Thai prodigy Daniel McGowan set to take on Italy's Gery Bavetta, former world title contender Greg Wootton will tangle with Rungrat Sasiprapa and ten-year veteran Dean James will meet Wuttichai.

Daniel McGowan (19-2-1) is a man that needs little introduction. The 19-year old Petchyindee-sponsored prospect made headlines in the latter half of last year after his string of victories in Thailand. He suffered a setback in January courtesy of a Kongfark Sor Chairoht head kick and will be looking to bounce back with a strong performance at The Main Event. 

His opponent Gery Bavetta (47-18-1) has built a reputation as being one of the top bantamweights in Europe over the course of his sixty-fight career. Like his opponent, Bavetta has also been training in Thailand recently and will be hoping his significant experience advantage will help him gain the upper hand in this contender for 'Fight of the Night'.

KO Gym's Greg Wootton (29-4) bounced back from from his unsuccessful title challenge against pound-for-pound great Pakorn in October with the biggest victory of his career. The Enfusion world title holder defeated Thai great Petchboonchu FA Group last November and will be looking for another victory come May 23rd in order to continue his ascension up the ranks.

Wootton will be taking on another Thai at The Main Event, as he's been pitted against 19-year old Rungrat Sasiprapa (60-19-2). Despite his young age, Rungrat has already competed in over eighty professional Muay Thai bouts and has been tipped by many to be one of Thailand's next generation of superstars. 

Three-time world Muay Thai champion Dean James (21-3) will be looking to build off of a fantastic 2014 campaign with another big performance at The Main Event. James claimed his third world title last year as well as earning a stoppage victory over Rungravee Sasiprapa.

He'll be facing Wuttichai (87-40), who will have over six times his experience. Wuttichai relocated to Ireland last year and will be looking to stamp his mark on the UK scene with a victory over James.

Current fight card:

75kg: Michael Wakeling vs. Chad Sugden
63.5kg: Greg Wootton vs. Rungrat Sasipara
55kg: Dean James vs. Wuttichai 
54kg: Daniel McGowan vs. Gery Bavetta
61.5kg: Panicos Yusuf vs. Stephen Meleady
61.5kg: Andrew Lofthouse vs. Matt McKeown
57kg: Macauley Coyle vs. Tam McCourt
 

For more information, check out their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MainEventMT or follow them on Twitter @MainEventMT (https://twitter.com/maineventmt).

Tickets are available at www.themainevent.media.

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Video: Watch Liam Harrison knock out one of Jordan Watson's teeth

In preparation of their upcoming title bouts, Bad Company's Jordan Watson and Liam Harrison were sparring in front of the Yokkao cameras, when Harrison landed flush with an uppercut, knocking one of Watson's teeth out. 

Despite the injury, it was all smiles between the two, who both are scheduled to headline Yokkao's double-event next month. Watson will be defending his 70kg Yokkao world title he won last October when he meets the ultra-talented Sanny Dahlbeck. Harrison on the other-hand, will need to claw the 65kg belt away from the grasp of pound-for-pound great Pakorn.

Yokkao's 12 & 13 will commence on March 21st from the Macron Arena in Bolton, Manchester. 

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Top Class Muay Thai Fighters, Top Class Fights At Lion Fight 20

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Foxwoods Casino, 2/20/15: Scott Kent and the Lion Fight crew delivered another great night of fights, showcasing what really makes Muay Thai the Sport of Kings. If you don’t already know, what sets Muay Thai apart from other combat sports is the sportsmanship, honor, respect and friendship amongst the fighters. Even after what was to some a questionable decision the fighters always maintained a smile on their face, and acknowledged the skill and ability of their opponent. By the end of the night there were two after parties. One at Scorpion, the bar across the hall from the Fox Theater, where UFC Veteran and BJJ Gold Medalist Gabriel Gonzaga and many other spectators were partying it up and burning off the adrenaline. The other, smaller party was fighters, coaches and cute medical staff only, and it was in the ambulances and emergency room of the local hospital, where at least half a dozen of the fighters got to bond. The pictures from the taxi’s, buses, ambulances and ER are great. They look like pictures from a kid’s 12th birthday party. But enough of this love in the hospital, let’s get to the war in the ring.

In the main event Jorina Baars was just too fast, too strong, and too accurate for the more experienced Chantal Ughi to handle. Starting with a one-sided first round in which Jorina came forward with a mix of punches, body and low kicks that kept Ughi moving back, defending, and still taking clean hits. Although Chantal posed no danger to Jorina, her own front leg was quickly in danger of collapse from Baars’ kicks. More of the same action followed in the second round. Sensing her imminent demise, Ughi began throwing elbows after clinching Jorina, but couldn’t find the space to make effective contact. She did have a brief flash of life before the end of the round, but it turned out to be naught but a last gasp. Although Chantal made it out of the round, she was unable to get off the stool, and surrendered from her corner before the third round could start.

The co-main event was one of those fights that could have been a disaster on paper, but in either direction. Joe Sittisak has a world of experience, but with that experience comes an older body which can break down in training or a fight. Chris Mauceri has youth, speed, height and reach on his side. Youth brings with it passion and aggression, whereas the elder has composure, patience, power and resilience. Watching this fight was like watching a young fighter training on a heavybag, or even more like a wing chun dummy, heavybags move too much. Mauceri came forward tirelessly, like an incoming high tide, throwing waves of punches, kicks and knees. But like a strong seawall, Sittisak just absorbed them and turned them back. He moved around the ring like tired old elephant, but when he felt his back touch those ropes, he would fire back with a solid combination, or a clean knee or kick to the body, or a sweep so smooth and effortless you’d think he was on ice. The rounds were close, and followed the same pattern for the first four rounds with Sittisak doing just barely enough to keep the Upstate New York product at bay. In the fifth the older Thai looked like he just wanted to get to the end and have a cigarette and a beer. He had put enough rounds in the bank and was now in cruise-control. Mauceri may have sensed he was behind because he hit the gas even harder, coming forward and almost literally swinging for the fences with huge arcing right hands that Sittisak either slipped, faded, or countered. One of those counters punched Chris’ ticket to the ER, opening up a gash over his left eye which was bad enough for the ref to ask the doctor to look at. After the pause, Chris opened up the throttle even more and poured on the pressure. It was a valiant effort, and a great fight, but in the end the heavy bag will always be hanging there ready for more, while we need to rest and ice. So to did Sittisak win by UNANIMOUS DECISION 48-47 x 3 judges.

I wish I could just skip the rest of the card, oh faithful reader, and list the results. But to do so would be an injustice of the highest order to both you and the fighters who had the crowd dazzled. So dazzled that they didn’t really know when to applaud or cheer. Or perhaps they were on Japanese manners that night? It was ironic because the theater was filled, but almost silent for most of the time during the fights. I think not having the traditional Thaiboxing music playing during the rounds opened up the ears to hear the silence from the crowd. The other pro fights were intense, but I’ll try to keep it short.

John Nofer shocked everyone in the Muay Thai world except for him, his trainer Rami Ibrahim, and the Sitan family. After Jason Andrada started fast with some heavy leather and leg kicks, Nofer landed a solid right cross that make Andrada acknowledge it with a smile and nod. The emotionless Nofer just pushed his fists deeper into his gloves and came forward like the Terminator. Andrada’s movement and quick slickness weren’t enough in the second round to prevent a sudden knockdown that he popped up from but had to endure a count for. Then he got his with a solid and well placed left handed crossing elbow that cut Jason just above and behind his right eye. After getting up, smiling and wiping the blood from his face Andrada attacked. But attacking the Terminator never worked in the movies, and it didn’t work that night as the stoic young automaton put together enough punishing combinations that referee Tom Sconzo was forced to step in for a standing 8-count, effectively the 3rd knockdown of the round and thus end of the fight. Nofer wins by TKO at 2:58 of the second round.

In what started out at a slow simmer of a fight in the first soon heated up and boiled over as the rounds wore on between Rich Abraham, out of Chicago, and Jo Nattawut, up from Georgia. They started out with the traditional slow Thai pace, and I figured out quickly, as it appeared Jo did, that Abraham was a slugging boxer, throwing hard punches at every opportunity. Nattawut seemed made for this type of opponent as he figured out that his own kicks were as fast, if not faster from distance than Abraham’s arsenal of punches. The tough and aggressive Abraham continued to press forward and advance through all five rounds, including the fifth in which Nattawut really tried to step it up and put him away. Nattawut had tasted Abraham’s power a few times in the fight, but was not afraid of it, to the point that he would bait Abraham with lowered hands, and if not taunt, then at least toy with him, pulling out any trick he could muster, including a cartwheel kick that looked good until it missed and Jo landed heels over head in the ropes. Aside from that, Nattawut dominated, cutting up Abraham’s head, sending him to the ER Party, UNANIMOUS DECISION, Nattawut.

Dublin, CA sent us Gaston Bolanos and his interesting mix of traditional and exotic techniques to take on New York’s Caleb Archer and his tough Sitan style. A good match up with both fighters showing great skill and stamina, however a close eye could see that Gaston was building momentum and confidence as the fight progressed. He was looking for a spinning back elbow throughout, setting it up from afar with a right cross miss, then stepping through and spinning the left elbow. He missed it about 4 times, but like a good baseball player knows, with enough at-bats he’ll get the homerun, he stayed with it. And it paid off in the 3rd round; when he finally landed the right spinning back elbow flush to Caleb’s head, knocking him out at 1:05 in the round. A quick note here about the great refereeing of this moment in particular. Caleb was unconscious but on his feet. Veteran fighter and referee Coban Lookchaomaesaithong (yes, I had to look up the spelling!) stopped the action, waived off the fight, and caught the fighter in his arms before he could hit the mat and bounce his head off the floor. I can’t stress how important that is, because the concussive force of a limp person’s head hitting the floor compounds and amplifies the damage from the original blow, if not creating its own separate concussion. Kudos to you, Coban!

Julio Pena gave up height and reach, but carried the muscle needed to get inside and pound on Tom Evans. After a clinch had been broken, Tom turned his back momentarily and walked away. Pena seized the opportunity and jumped in front of Evans, unloading a barrage of punches. There is already a Vine of the knockout, title “One-punch KO” but that takes away from the effort that Julio truly exerted. He through punches non-stop for a good ten-seconds before landing that perfect right cross. Ten seconds of non-stop full power punching is no joke. Try it. I’ll wait… 8…9…10. Okay, now catch your breath, wipe the sweat and reassess the one-punch theory. All that work earned Julio a KO at 1:30 of the first, and Tom Evans a VIP ticket to the ER Party.

The first professional fight, which sadly didn’t make it to air on AXS TV was one of the most even match ups and a great contest. Bryce Lawrence showed some fluid movement and great combinations in the first round, scoring both a knock-down 8-count and a cut on Tim Amorim’s face. Tim is normally a slow starter, but picked his pace up quickly from the time of the knock down. Through the second, third and fourth rounds he stayed aggressive until Bryce checked his progress with strong punch combos followed by nice snappy kicks and forced him into the reverse. The very game and tough Amorim continued to fight back, but was moving backwards away from the smooth and confident Lawrence. In the fifth, just when Bryce was looking winded, he snapped a teep to Tim’s face that scored well and followed it with a right cross, spinning back-fist combo that put Tim down for another 8 count and sealed the deal for Bryce Lawrence, giving him a majority decision, 47-47, 48-46, 47-46.

Amateur Results:

KRIS SILCK def. Brian Gamez by TKO Rd. 2.
GREG MULGREW def. Mike Carbonneau by KO Rd. 1.
STACEY SCAPECCIA def. Colleen Downey by UD
JULIAN NGUYEN def. Chris Malloy by UD
PHIL DaSILVA def. Ben Anton by SD
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Saenchai Drew Capacity Crowds for NYC Seminar

This past weekend in the snowy New York City Saenchai headed into the heart of the city with Yokkao promoter Stefania Picelli for a stint of three days jam-packed with seminars and private sessions. Saenchai, along with Manop Yuangyai shocked attendants by putting on a blistering three-hour long seminar for the attendees. The seminars were originally intended to be at the York College Arena where they could fit more people in, but due to weather they ended up having more intimate affairs at the Striking 101 Gym where they had to limit each seminar to 50 people.

In attendance were professional fighters and muay thai enthusiasts from all over the country, even attendees from as far as Canada and Brazil. 

Due to the success of these seminars Yokkao are looking to hold more seminars across the country with Saenchai. If your gym is interested in hosting one reach out to them; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Pornsaneh Sitmonchai the Latest Muay Thai Legend to Join Evolve MMA

Pornsaneh Sitmonchai is one of the most entertaining Muay Thai fighters in the history of the sport and the 33 year old who has been in so many wars over the years this week announced he would be moving to Singapore to become a trainer at Evolve MMA in Singapore.

Pornsaneh hails from the province of Kanchanburi and began training at the Sitmonchai Gym at the age of 13 which is where he developed the fighting style which would make him a fan favourite all over the world.

During his career Pornsaneh has won the Rajadamnern 118 lbs title, the Lumpinee titles at 122 and 126 lbs, the Thailand 130 lbs title, the WMC 126 lbs title and is the reigning Siam Omnoi 126 lbs champion having successfully defended that belt only last week.

However in recent years he has become known more for his all action style than the silverware it has bought him and Pornsaneh has been involved in some of the most memorable fights of the century including a few of the best bouts ever seen at either Rajadamnern or Lumpinee.

His own personal highlight reel is so extensive that a list of the best Muay Thai fights of all time is likely to contain at least three or four involving Pornsaneh. Last year alone he was in wars with Pokaew Fonjanchonburi (see it here ) and ET Por Tor Tongtavi (see it here ) with the latter winning Rajdamnern’s ‘Fight of the Year’ award.

The most famous Pornsaneh battle of all was his 2010 match with Pakorn Sakyotin that won Lumpinee ‘Fight of the Year’ honours that year and is regarded by many as being the best Muay Thai fight of all time with round four providing some of the most amazing action ever captured on camera (see it here ).

The style of Sitmonchai fighters is distinctive in that instead of focusing on clinching and body kicks the Kanchanaburi camp produces Nak Muay who like to walk forwards and overwhelm opponents with punches and low kicks.

It is an approach to Muay Thai which is more conducive to scoring knockouts than winning decisions and no fighter embodies this fearlessly aggressive approach more absolutely than Pornsaneh who will start relentlessly attacking opponents right from the opening bell.

Pornsaneh will be joining a team of Thai trainers at Evolve MMA that already includes Namsaknoi Yudthagarngamtorn, Orono Wor Petchpun and Saketdao Petpayathai and will be sharing his unique knowledge and skillset with fighters like Shinya Aoki, Ben Askren and Tarec Saffiedine.

 

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Stream for Siam Fight Productions on February 20th

Siam Fight is what is described as Junior Muay Thai, which means not quite adult professionals, but still younger fighters that work hard none-the-less. On February 20th in Tempe, Arizona Siam Fight Productions will kick off their 2015 with five world title fights. If you are interested in seeing the up-and-comers in the world of muay thai this is your place to do it. You can check out the stream on the 20th for $14.99.

Full card and start time details are located here.

Check out the trailer below.

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Full Card for Lion Fight 20 on Feb. 20th

February 20th on AXS TV Lion Fight returns with Lion Fight 20. The headliner for Lion Fight 20 features Women's Welterweight Champion Jorina Baars taking on the accomplished Chantal Ughi. The co-main of the night features Chris Mauceri against Sittisak and fan favorite Jason Andrada will take on John Nofer as well. 

Lion Fight Welterweight Championship: Jorina Baars(C) vs Chantal Ughi 
Chris Mauceri vs Sittisak
Jason Andrada vs. John Nofer 
Tom Evans vs. Julio Pena 
Tim Amorim vs. Bryce Lawrence 
Gaston Bolanos vs. Caleb Archer
 

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Saenchai Set to Train UFC Fighters in New York Seminar

Muay Thai legend Saenchai has landed in New York and is all set for his round of seminars that are set to go down on the 13th, 14th and 15th at the Striking 101 Gym in New York City. Pakorn was initially supposed to accompany Saenchai, but due to visa issues Saenchai will be going it alone without Pakorn.

There are a host of UFC, MMA and Kickboxing stars that are to be in attendance for Saenchai's NYC seminars, with Uriah Hall's name being tossed around as one of the names that has requested some time with the legendary Thai fighter. We'll have an update with what his schedule looks like further in the coming days. Here's a look at some highlights from his seminar in Kuala Lumpur. 

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