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Buakaw Back At Thai Fight On October 23

We're getting pretty accustomed to seeing Buakaw at Thai Fight these days. He won Thai Fight's 70kg tournament last year and has two wins in the promotion this year. 

Buakaw will be entering this year's Thai Fight 70kg tournament, and it starts on October 23 in Bangkok, Thailand. Once again, he's fighting an opponent that really is nowhere near his caliber in Mauro Serra of Italy. As per usual with Thai Fight, they're a bit of a joke when it comes to pretty basic stuff like letting people know what the fight card is so this fight is obviously subject to change.

What we do know for sure about the card is that it will be the beginning of the Thai Fight 70kg and 67kg tournaments. Singmanee Kaewsamrit will be featuredas the Thai in the 67kg tournament.

Here's a tentative lineup for the 67kg and 70kg tournaments, although when Thai Fight comes around, don't be surprised if there are a lot of changes.

67kg:

Singmanee Kaewsamrit

Adaylton Pareira de Freitas

Andrei Kulebin

Crice Boussoukou

Mehdi Zatout

Shan Cangelosi

Rachid Boumalek

Houcine Bennoui

70kg:

Buakaw Por. Pramuk

Mauro Serra

Shannon King

Antero Hynynen

Woo Yong Choi

Tomoyuki Nishikawa

Warren Stevelmans

Fares Bechar

 

 

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Lion Fight 7: Tiffany Van Soest Ready for Action

Lion Fight 7 is coming up this weekend, headlined by Joe Schilling squaring off against Eddie Walker, but on the undercard there is a whole hell of a lot going on as well. One of the bigger fights on the undercard is Jeri Sitzes vs. Tiffany Van Soest for the WBC 122lbs International Championship. Jeff Dojillo of Can't Stop Crazy caught up with Tiffany to get her thoughts on the upcoming fight and she talks about sacrificing her professional career to chase her dream.

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October's Fight Of The Month: Damien Alamos vs. Diesellek Aoodonmuang II, Oct. 12

Although there's a ton of action going on this month with marquee match-ups all over the place and every week, the fight I'm most excited for probably is a bit under the radar for the casual kickfighting fan or for someone who doesn't follow Muay Thai. It takes place this Friday, October 12 at Lumpinee Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand as Damien Alamos and Diesellek Aoodonmuang rematch from the fight they had last year.

September 23, 2011 was the day when Damien Alamos and Diesellek Aoodonmuang had their first fight. At the time Alamos was still working his way up on the scene in Thailand, although Diesellek wasn't as highly ranked or in the same position that he is today also. Although no video exists of the fight, by all accounts it was a war. Here's an account from ringside, by Rob Cox:

"Damien from France defended his W.P.M.F World title in this fight, which also had a 400,000 baht side bet riding on it. Diesellek matched Damien shot for shot in the first 3 rounds, landing with sharp kicks and some solid punches. Damien was just a little bit too strong and tall though and pulled ahead in the 4th with some huge barrages of knees and solid kicks that saw him successfully defend his title."

Fast forward to the present and things have changed significantly for each fighter, for the better. Damien's now the Lumpinee champion at 140lbs, recently becoming the first non-Thai to ever defend a Lumpinee title and Diesellek has been on fire lately, stopping F16 Rajanont twice in a row, as well as defeating Noppakrit Kor Kampanart in May. Diesellek is currently ranked #2 at 135lbs at Lumpinee.

The primary reason why I like this fight so much is because it has potential fight of the year written all over it both in terms of action and significance/storyline. Damien and Diesellek are never in boring fights. Both have power, Diesellek in his kicks and Damien in his left hand. Although the Lumpinee title isn't on the line this time, Diesellek is going to try and salvage his loss to Damien by all means, with his trainer saying he'd win by stoppage. Diesellek pursues the finish every time and Damien can change a fight in an instant with his counter left hook.

Whether the fight is fought from range or in the clinch, it should be fireworks wherever it goes. Both Damien and Diesellek have been in top form lately and with the way their styles match up, I can't see this being anything else other than a great fight.

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Can't Stop Crazy's Latest Interview with Joe Schilling

Lion Fight Promotions' next big card is coming up and Joe Schilling is once again headlining, this time against Eddie Walker. Schilling is usually not too keen on doing media stuff, but for the team he's a part of, Can't Stop Crazy, with Jeff Dojillo behind the camera, he opens up quite easily. He talks about getting back to his technique and worrying less about his conditioning.

Watch the interview below and don't forget to check out Can't Stop Crazy's official site for more content.

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Oct. 4: Saenchai vs. Singdam Rematch, Somluck Khamsing Returns With 5.27M Baht On The Line

A huge rematch is going down at Rajadamnern Stadium on Thursday in Bangkok, Thailand, as well as a stacked card and somewhat of a special attraction.

After their fight under a month ago on September 7, Singdam Kiatmoo9 and Saenchai are rematching. Singdam surprised many by winning last month and what was even more impressive is that he beat Saenchai at range. The difference this time is that they'll get to weigh in at the same weight at weigh ins at 133, whereas last month, Singdam had a three pound weight advantage at weigh-ins.

Although Saenchai vs. Singdam is a huge fight, the fight garnering the most attention is between the return of the now 39-year-old Muay Thai legend and former Olympic boxing gold medalist Somluck Khamsing and 51-year-old Yodwanpadet Suwanwichit. The fight has the largest ever side bet on a fight, with 5.27 million baht on the line. You might remember Somluck losing a huge bet earlier this year when his fighter that he was betting on, Jaisoo Thor. Thepsutin got destroyed in the first round by Yodkhunpol Sitmonchai. In the mean time, Somluck also called out Buakaw and Kem Sitsongpeenong leading up to this fight.

Also on the card is the seventh fight between Petboonchu F.A. Group and Nong-O Gaiyanghadaogym, with Nong-O being 5-1 against Petboonchu, stopping him three times in the process. There last fight was fairly close and Petboonchu has been in good form lately, so this one should be interesting to see if Nong-O just had Petboonchu's number or not.

The phenomenal youngster Petpanomrung Wor. Sungprapai tries to avenge a loss to Pokaew Fonjaengchonburi at 124lbs while a man who's fought both of them, Thong Puid9d, faces Tingtong Chor Koyuha-Isuzu in the third fight between them which should be all action. Another battle that should be all action is Sitisak Phetphayathai vs. Thongchai Sitthongsak at 132lbs.

Somluck Thor. Thepsutin vs. Yodwanpadet Gaiyanghadaogym

Saenchai PKSaenchaiMuayThaiGym vs. Singdam Kiatmoo9

Petboonchu F.A. Group vs. Nong-O Gaiyanghadaogym

Petpanomrung Wor. Sungprapai vs. Pokaew Fonjaengchonburi

Thong Puid9d vs. Tingtong Chor. Koyuha-Isuzu

Sitisak Phetphayathai vs. Thongchai Sitthongsak

The-Lek Wor. Sungprapai vs. Saengmorakot Tor. Manothammaraksa

Wanchai Rambo-Esarn vs. Newlookruk Exidicalgym

Petmuangchon Aikbangsai vs. Withayalek Jaroenthammarat

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Kem Sitsongpeenong Wins Toyota Marathon

The Toyota Marathon went down yesterday in Chang Mai, Thailand, with an eight man tournament during the day with four Thai fighters and four Japanese fighters. The four Thais were Kem Sitsongpeenong, Prakaysiang Gaiyanghadaogym, Sirimongkol Sitanuparp and Thepsutin Pumphanmuang. The four Japanese fighters were Kasuya Takeda, Namoto Mashafumi, Chimichi Takeru and "Tsunami Fist," whose real name wasn't provided.

The quarter finals saw two Thai vs. Japanese match-ups and you guessed it, they were both one sided stoppages with Prakaysiang Gaiyanghadaogym stopping Namoto Mashafumi and Sirimongkol Sitanuparp demolishing Tsunami Fist. The other quarter finals saw Kem Sitsongpeenong getting the better of Thepsutin Pumphanmuang to pick up a decision win and Kasuya Takeda beat Chimichi Takeru .

Kem drew Prakaysiang in the semi finals, once again getting the much tougher opponent but it didn't matter as Kem still outdid Prakaysiang to win a decision, showcasing all facets of his game. Sirimongkol got the easy fight in Kasuya Takeda and once again demolished his Japanese counterpart.

Kem and Sirimongkol met in the final and once again, Kem showcased all facets of his game to just simply get the better of Sirimongkol for the whole fight.

For Kem, this was a huge tournament win after a disappointing performance at the IFMA World Muay Thai Championships where he lost to Vitaly Gurkov and ended up with a bronze medal. These were his first pro fights since June where he stopped Alex Asumu.

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Full Fight Card for Lion Fight Battle in the Desert 7

Lion Fight Promotions in Las Vegas has been going strong with their Las Vegas-based fight cards over the past two years. They've done a good job bringing positive attention to Muay Thai in America and helped build up some stars in the process. The October 13th event will be headlined by a pretty big fight between Joe Schilling and Eddie Walker, a fight that many believed to have been in the works for K-1's LA event, but never happened.

The rest of the card brings a good mix of local talent against other West Coast Muay Thai luminaries.

Main Event

Joe Schilling (Los Angeles, CA) vs. Eddie Walker (Atlanta, GA)

180 lbs

Co-Main Event

Joe Valtellini (Toronto, Ontario, CANADA) vs. Gregory Choplin (St. Denis, Paris, FRANCE)

165 lbs / WBC Superfight

Jeri Sitzes (Springfield, MO) vs. Tiffany Van Soest (San Diego, CA)

122 lbs / WBC International Title

Phanuwat "Coke" Chunhawat (Oakland, CA) vs. Adrian Morilla (San Diego, CA)

135 lbs

Anthony Castrejon (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Andy Singh (New York, NY)

118 lbs / WBC National Title

Amateur Card:

Jason Andrada (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Victor Perez (Van Nuys, CA)

130 lbs / USMTA title / 5x2 rounds

Genesis Bravo (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Miranda Cayabyab (San Jose, CA)

110 lbs / USMTA title / 5x2 rounds

Josh Shepard (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Jose Hernandez (Antelope Valley, CA)

160 lbs / USMTA title / 5x2 rounds

Chris Lazaro (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Johnny Parsons (Las Vegas, NV)

147 lbs / USMTA title / 5x2 rounds

Steve Ault (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Mike Gordon (Las Vegas, NV)

185 lbs / 3x2 rounds

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Fabio Pinca vs. Tayfun Ozcan Added To Time Fight 2 On October 6

The Time Fight 2 card in Tours, France on October 6 has undergone a lot of changes in the past month, but overall the card is still looking solid. Originally the card was supposed to have a big fight between Lumpinee champion Damien Alamos and Houcine Bennoui in a rematch, with Bennoui having won the first fight. That fight, however, got cancelled because of Alamos' commitment to a fight with Diesellek Aoodonmuang next month.

In place of that fight, another one of the best non-Thai Muay Thai fighters, Fabio Pinca was added to the card. Pinca will fight the Dutch up and comer Tayfun Ozcan at 67kg.

Ozcan usually fights at 70kg but Pinca will still be his toughest fight to date, especially being that this fight is under full Muay Thai rules. Ozcan is a Dutch style kickboxer while Pinca is a Muay Thai fighter through and through.

Pinca comes off a loss to Saiyok Pumphanmuang at Thai Fight on September 19 in Lyon, France while Ozcan also just fought, on September 22 where he stopped Hicham Boubkari in the second round.

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A Look Back at Battle of the PRO's From Brooklyn on Sept. 13th

Story by R. Choi

Photos by Bauzen

On Thursday, September 13th, eight professional Muay Thai fighters gathered at the Renzo Gracie Academy in Brooklyn to fight in a one-night “Battle of the PRO’s” tournament.  The event, which took place in the impressive new facility and was elegant enough to require a corporate casual dress code (sorry, no TapouT gear allowed) nevertheless delivered a great night of fights with plenty of action and several knockouts.

The first round of fights featured Rafael Machado of Gold Team (Newark, NJ) defeating Nate Chambers of Hyena Muay Thai (Las Vegas, NV) via unanimous decision, Villi Bello (Ardon’s Sweet Science, NY) advancing after the fight was ruled a no contest in the first round due to a questionable groin shot to Mervin Rodriguez (Pellegrino MMA, Belmar NJ), Troy Sheridan of Team Ultimate (Toronto, Canada) defeating the older and very experienced Peter Kaljevic by unanimous decision, and Deshawn Robinson (America’s Finest Kickboxing, NJ) overcoming a very aggressive Turan Hasanov (Fight Factory, NY) two minutes and 42 seconds into the second round with a devastating knockout by knee that left him unable to continue.


An intermission and the only amateur bout of the night showed why clinch is essential in Muay Thai, as Jason Sheena (Workshop Muay Thai, NY) won a unanimous decision against Daniel Cronin (Renzo Gracie, NY). This also seemed to set the tone for the first fight in the semi-finals, which was also decided in the clinch with Villi Bello winning by TKO 1 minute and 25 seconds into the second round after landing several vicious knees on his opponent, Rafael Machado. Afterwards, Troy Sheridan and Deshawn Robinson faced off in a very exciting bout that had a flurry of back and forth exchanges in the first round.  Troy looked rocked early but he still managed to send Deshawn crashing through the ropes onto the judge’s table and was not only able to make a full recovery, but also scored an impressive KO at 2 minutes and 46 seconds with a right hook that sent Deshawn’s mouthguard flying.

The final fight pitted Troy Sheridan against Villi Bello.  Bello was very aggressive, but had problems with the longer reach of Sheridan. Bello tried changing levels and kept up an aggressive pace, but Sheridan ultimately controlled the distance and and kept Bello from getting close with a nasty jab and low kick combination that had served him well all night.  In rounds two and three, Sheridan also added a high left kick to the mix and won the fight by unanimous decision, as well as the tournament.

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Thai Fight Lyon: Saiyok, Aikpracha, Bennoui Win, Sudsakorn Loses

Thai Fight was back with another show today in Lyon, France and again it featured their usual crew of Thais with the likes of Saiyok Pumphanmuang, Singmanee Kaewsamrit, Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee and now Aikpracha Meenayothin all taking on French opponents.

The French opponents were no slouches however, as Saiyok drew Fabio Pinca, who is often regarded as the best non-Thai Muay Thai fighter. Pinca, as he usually is, was game but Saiyok was the clear winner thanks to his bursts of offense that not many opponents can match. This fight definitely needed five rounds.

Aikpracha Meenayothin once again fought internationally as he took on Yohan Lidon, a man much bigger than he is, with the fight taking place at almost 73kg. Aikpracha won the fight, but not after a tiny moment of trouble in the opening minute where it looked like he might've been wobbled. Unfortunately, the Thai TV signal cut out right after the fight started so we weren't able to see most of it. Accounts from France are saying that Aikpracha was fairly dominant and forced a count on Lidon, winning a decision.

Another fight we didn't get to see was Sudsakorn Sor. Klinmee vs. Mickael Piscitello. Sudsakorn surprisingly lost the fight via stoppage due to a cut. Another cut stoppage on the card was Armin Pumphanmuang defeating Raphael Llodra, after Llodra was clearly ahead but got cut in the third round. We aren't done with the cuts yet, as Abdallah Mabel cut Super X on the right eyebrow and followed up by hurting the Thai with a series of downward elbows against the ropes, much like Armin did to Mabel last month, but this time it was Mabel with the referee stoppage win.

In a rematch of last month's highly contested decision, Houcine Bennoui got the win over Singmanee Kaewsamrit by decision (pictured), after some people had thought Bennoui won last month. Again, this is another decision which could've gone the other way.

Mickael Piscitello def. Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee via TKO (Cut) in Round 2.

Aikpracha Meenayothin def. Yohan Lidon by decision.

Saiyok Pumphanmuang def. Fabio Pinca by decision.

Houcine Bennoui def. Singmanee by decision.

Abdallah Mabel def. Super X by TKO (Referee Stoppage) in Round 2.

Armin Pumphanmuang def. Raphael Llodra by TKO (Cut) in Round 3.

Dylan Salvador def. Sidi Koite by TKO in Round 2.

Yuksel Ayadin def. Zinedine Hameur Lain by decision.

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