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Saenchai vs. Diesellek Aoodonmuang At Yokkao Extreme 2013, January 26

Yokkao is holding their now annual Yokkao Extreme event on January 26 in Milan, Italy, and it's headlined by Andy Souwer vs. Dzhabar Askerov. So far, that was the only fight we knew, but today they announced a new one.

Saenchai PKSaenchaiMuayThaiGym (far right) will fight Diesellek Aoodonmuang (far left) in an awesome match-up. Many fans had asked Yokkao to match two Thais up or match Saenchai with a Thai, as we rarely get to see Thai vs. Thai in HD and with multiple camera angles. Yokkao listened to the fans here and as a result, we have an awesome fight. Another great thing about this fight is that it will be five rounds.

Saenchai is probably considered the best Muay Thai fighter in the world, fighting and beating the best in numerous weight classes. Diesellek is on the come up and has been on fire this year, coming off a dominant performance over Damien Alamos last month. Diesellek has a very exciting, crowd pleasing style and will definitely try and give Saenchai a fight.


New Muay Thai in America Promo Video

MTIAMuay Thai is still a growing sport here in the US, but it is picking up steam like some sort of counterculture movement to clash against the "I trane UFC" movement. I get it, I really do, especially after training in Kickboxing and Muay Thai for a number of years when compared to my time training at MMA gyms in New England. MMA gyms meant training with bouncers and guys who were looking to feel justified in their TapouT shirts, while Muay Thai was kind of a nerd's refuge in a lot of ways, of the people who were more thinkers than they were deranged sociopaths. No, I'm not saying that all people who do MMA are sociopaths, just that in 2002 in New England, you try training at a MMA gym.

Anyway, on December 1st, Atma'Sphere Entertainment is presenting Muay Thai in America: In Honor of the King on PPV. The event features a pretty impressive list of names on the card so far (check for yourself here) and will be presented on American PPV (DirecTV and iN DEMAND) for $34.99 for HD or yes, even 3D. Yes, it will be filmed and presented in 3D for those of you who actually decided to plonk down a healthy chunk of change on a 3D TV to watch Avatar and, well, Avatar.


Yusuke Sugawara vs Kaew Fairtex Headlines M-1 Sutt Yod Muay Thai vol.4 on 11/11

In just under 2 weeks, M-1 Muay Thai will be putting on Sutt Yod Muay Thai vol.4, a 2 part show featuring a pair of WPMF Women’s World title fights, a WPMF Japan title fight and other top Japanese fighters like J-Network Super Flyweight champion Yuki, Shunsuke Oishi, Kousuman and J-Girls Flyweight champ Tomoko SP.

In the main event of part 2, former Lumpinee Stadium Featherweight champion Kaew Fairtex takes on J-Network Super Lightweight champion Yusuke Sugawara at 65kg. Although Kaew is no longer at the top of his game, he found success earlier this year, winning the Legend of Heroes 65kg 8-man tournament in Beijing, with wins over Taito, Wei Liu and, in the finals, Yodsanklai. He followed that up with a win in M-1 in September, knocking out Kousuman in the 4th round. Sugawara has been on the verge of breaking through to the upper echelon of the Lightweight/Super Lightweight divisions for the past two years, but he has been unable to put together a string of wins against top competition. He is 3-2 in 2012, starting the year with a win in Shootboxing, but losing 2 straight to MA Kick champ Mohan Dragon and Yukihiro Komiya in RISE before bouncing back with a win over Shohei Asahara. His most recent fight was a win over MMA fighter Kensaku Nakamura in Shootboxing.

The co-main event is a fight for the vacant WPMF Japan Cruiserweight title between #2 ranked Naoki Samukawa and SHOHEI. Samukawa has fought mostly in MMA this past year, but is still primarily a kickboxer and is 5-0-1 in his last 6 fights and has only lost twice since a loss to Chi Bin Lim in February of 2007. SHOHEI had won 2 in a row before losing to Yodsanklai in September.

At 63.5kg, WPMF Japan #1 ranked Super Lightweight Shunsuke Oishi fights Buakaw Weerasakreck. Oishi (14-11-3, 10 KO) is 2-2 in his last 4, scoring stoppages of Yuto Watanabe and Yuki Yamamoto while losing to Saenchai and most recently Hidekazu Tanaka in a fight for the WPMF Japan Super Lightweight title. Buakaw (39-18-5, 5 KO) is 3-1 on the year, with wins over Hayato Hatekayama, Yusaku Fujikura and the aforementioned Tanaka, losing in his most recent fight to WPMF Japan Welterweight champion T-98. With Oishi being ranked #1 and Buakaw holding a recent win over Tanaka, I suspect the winner of this fight will face Tanaka for the title.

Also on part 2 of the card is a 67kg fight between Kousuman and Shinya Hikafuji, as well as a 53.5kg fight between J-Network Super Flyweight champ Yuki and J-Network #1 ranked Bantamweight Kenta.

Part 1 of the card focuses primarily on the female divisions, as this portion is headlined by a WPMF Women’s World Featherweight title fight between reigning champ Sawsing Sor. Sopis and NJKF Bonita Boxeo Featherweight champ AZUMA. This fight is a rematch from March 25th at Sutt Yod Muay Thai vol.1, which Sawsing won via cut in the 4th round to win this title. Since that fight, AZUMA is 3-0, defending her NJKF title in April.

In the co-main event, WPMF Women’s World Pinweight champion Chiharu looks to defend her title against former WPMF Women’s World Mini Flyweight champion Little Tiger. This will mark the 3rd time that these two have fought, with Chiharu winning both fights, the first in 2007 and the second in 2011, which won Chiharu this title. Since their second fight, Chiharu is 0-1-1, fighting Fir both times and drawing her in a 5 round fight, but losing a 3 round decision. Little Tiger is 5-0 since then, picking up a win over Fir, defending her WPMF Japan Atomweight title against Nao Iida, and winning the WPMF Women’s World Mini Flyweight title against Thicher Kor. Adison in June, but vacating it for a third fight against Chiharu.

Also scheduled to fight on the card is J-Girls Flyweight champion Tomoko SP, though she does not have an opponent as of now.


Muay Thai at the Mecca 2: Washington vs. Lindsay

The full line-up for Muay Thai at the Mecca 2 has been released by Take-On Productions, and it's set to be one of the biggest North American Muay Thai cards of the year.

That's no surprise, of course, considering the first Muay Thai at the Mecca was the largest full-Thai rules event ever put on in the state of New York. This year, the card takes place on November 10th at the Theater at Madison Sqaure Garden, New York, and features 14 solid fights topped off with Cryus Washington taking on Chike Lindsay in the main event.

The winner of the Washington/Lindsay fight is set to compete on the Yokkao Extreme 2013 card next January, so there's a lot on the line for both guys. Fighting on what will undoubtedly be one of the biggest Muay Thai shows of 2013 is a major accomplishment in and of itself, and could serve as a platform into future stardom.

Washington is coming off two back-to-back losses, one to Nieky Holzken who most recently scored a KO victory over Murat Direkci in Glory 2 Brussels, and the other to fellow American Ky Hollenbeck, who is competing against Giorgio Petrosyan in the Glory MAX tournament next weekend. Needless to say, Washington doesn't take easy fights. He's been off the radar for a few months training MMA fighters, so it'll be interesting to see how he'll do against a hungry Chike Lindsay who's looking to make an international name for himself.

Atlanta-based Chike Lindsay defeated Malaipet for the WBC strap back in August of last year, and beat him for the second time at Bangkok Fight Night in June. Nicknamed "Vicious Croc," Lindsay is undoubtedly one of the more well known American Thaiboxers, but still hasn't quite reached the same level of stardom as Kevin Ross, Joe Schilling, or Cyrus Washington.

The card also features a rematch between Ryan Madigan, who briefly fought in the UFC and competed on the first Muay at the Mecca card, and Tarek Rached. The original fight ended in a TKO victory for Rached after Madigan injured his knee halfway through the match.

The card will be streaming on for $15 on November 10 at 7 PM ET.

Full card after the break


Thai Fight Tournaments Begin Tomorrow: Buakaw vs. Mauro Serra

Thai Fight is back on October 23 (which is tonight or tomorrow, depending on what timezone you're in), with the start of their 2012 tournaments, again using the same weights of 67kg and 70kg. Last year's winners were Kem Sitsongpeenong at 67kg and Buakaw at 70kg.

Buakaw will still be in the 70kg field this year, while Kem is no longer in the 67kg field, as Singmanee Kaewsamrit will be the Thai representative. With Singmanee at 67kg, the field is much more competitive with him already having lost to fellow tournament participant Houcine Bennoui and arguably losing to Andrei Kulebin in June. As for 70kg, Buakaw the field is pretty much made for Buakaw to run right through it. Last year's field at 70kg was much stronger.

Thai Fight as usual will be shown live on Channel 3 in Thailand, and we'll assume you're internet-savvy enough to find a way to watch it for those outside of Thailand. The approximate start time is 2:20 AM ET/11:20 PM PT in North America and 1:20 PM local time in Thailand.

67 kg: 

Rachid Boumalek vs Singmanee Kaewsamrit

Mehdi Zatout vs Shan Cangelosi

Andrei Kulebin vs Crice Boussoukou

Adaylton Pareira De Freitas vs Houcine Bennoui 

70 kg: 

Buakaw Por Pramuk vs Mauro Serra

Choi Woo Yeong vs Nishikawa Tomoyuki

Shannon King vs Antero Hynynen

Vitaly Gurkov vs Fares Bechar


Dylan Salvador Scores Huge Upset With KO Over Saiyok Pumphanmuang

Today in Roschtigrabe, Switzerland, a few major upsets in the world of Muay Thai took place at the Roschtigrabe Derby event. Saiyok Pumphanmuang faced Dylan Salvador and Hongtonglek Chor. Fahpiansi faced Hakim Hamech, both being Thailand vs. France fights. In a shocker, both French fighters won. I didn't think either of them would win but the fact that both of them won is a huge surprise.

The way that Dylan Salvador won was especially a surprise, as he knocked out Saiyok in the first round. Salvador was still seen as an up and comer, having two wins at Thai Fight. He also usually fights around 65-67kg and is smaller than Saiyok. Taking that into account, Saiyok just handily beat Fabio Pinca a month ago. This is a major upset, with Salvador's Team Nasser K teammate Fabio Pinca not even coming close to beating Saiyok.

Speaking of Team Nasser K, they are really on a roll lately with Salvador's win, Houcine Bennoui beating Singmanee and Mickael Piscitello beating Sudsakorn. It's hard to argue that they don't have the most stacked team in Europe.

For Hakim Hamech to beat Hongtonglek is also a shocker, considering Hongtonglek is ranked #7 at Lumpinee at 115lbs/52kg and was the champion of Thailand at 112lbs/50.8kg as well as 115lbs/52kg. Hamech is very young and unknown but is French champion at 118lbs/53.5kg.

UPDATE: While the first news that got out was that Salvador won by KO, now it seems as if Saiyok actually stopped the fight in his corner after the first round due to a ligament injury sustained to one of his knees. Still an upset, yes, but not the same magnitude now that it seems as if Saiyok couldn't fight on due to an injury.


8 North American Fighters to Keep an Eye On

With Jarrell Miller winning a spot in the K-1 Final 8 tournament bracket, the possibility of more Americans competing at an international level in kickboxing doesn't seem so unbelievable anymore. As K-1 is breaking into mainstream U.S television next year, it's almost guaranteed that they'll be looking to use local talent. Here's a list of 8 promising North American fighters you might be seeing in the future.

1. Matt Embree/Canada

Embree’s had a good year, picking up a win over Nils Widlund and defeating Coke Chanhuwat for the WBC International Interim belt at LionFight 5, although he most recently lost a decision to Lerdsilla Chumpairtour in August. Embree was originally scheduled to face Kevin Ross a few months ago, but Ross was forced to withdraw due to an injury. If this fight happens in the future, it'll almost certainly be fireworks

2. Andy Singh/USA

If you didn't catch Andy Singh at LionFight 7, you missed out. He defeated Anthony Castrejon for the 118 pound WBC National Title, using vicious face-teeps to bloody Castrejon en-route to a decision victory. I expect to see Singh fighting internationally soon, as there aren't too many challengers for him in the States.

3. Ognjen Topic/USA

Topic is a guy to watch for sure. He recently TKO'd Rami Ibrahim to take home the WBC International Super Featherweight title at Warriors Cup XV. Topic is a big featherweight, and I could see him making the move to one of K-1's new, lighter-weight divisions.

4. Eddie Walker/USA

There's been a lot of talk about Eddie "Showtime" Walker lately. After KO'ing Joe Schilling at LionFight 7, many people questioned whether his win was luck or skill, Regardless, Walker's stock has skyrocketed in the past few weeks, and there will be a significant amount of pressure on his shoulders when he enters the K-1 ring for the first time.

5. Gabriel Varga/Canada

Varga made some serious waves in September when he defeated Lerdsilla in a superfight at K-1 Rising. A heavy underdog, Varga pressed Lerdsilla the entire match and prevented the Thai from being his usual elusive self. He is expected to fight on K-1's HW Grand Prix card in New York.

6. Brett Hlavaceck/USA

Hlavaceck currently has a record of 6-0 in Muay Thai, with his last win being over Harry Baker in England. He's been touted as "the next big thing" by more than a few people, and despite being nearly 30 years old, could have a bright future in the sport. He'll be fighting Stephen Richards at The Warriors Cup XVI on November 3rd for a WBC National title.

7. Joseph Valtellini/Canada

With a professional record of 6-1, Bazooka Joe tasted defeat for the first time at LionFight 7, dropping a decision to the experienced Gregory Choplin. Joe's previous 6 fights all ended by way of TKO,  which speaks both to Choplin's skill and Valtellini's knockout power. He plans to fight again in December.

8. Cyrus Washington/USA

If you follow American Muay Thai even a little bit, then you probably know Cyrus Washington. He's been on somewhat of a rough streak lately, losing two in a row to Nieky Holzken and Ky Hollenbeck, before taking time off to train MMA fighters. Washington's next bout is going to be at Muay Thai at the Mecca 2, which goes down November 10th. It'll be good to to see if "Black Dynamite" can return to form after the break.


Joe Schilling on Eddie Walker: "He won't last a round."



Lion Fight 7 goes down tonight in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA with the main event pitting one of, if not the most popular American Muay Thai fighter, Joe Schilling against Eddie Walker.

Schilling looks to get another win as he lost two fights this year to Simon Marcus but quickly rebounded with a win over Karapet Karapetyan in June. For Walker, Schilling would most definitely be the biggest win of his career and he'd make a name for himself if he were to win. The fight takes place at 180lbs, a doable weight for both men and you can catch it tonight at for $14.95 USD. For full details, check out the press release below and click "Read More" to see the entire fight card.

LAS VEGAS - Tonight's main event fighter Joe Schilling, WBC Interim World Champion gave a fight prediction to media cameras yesterday following Lion Fight 7's official weigh-ins. "He won't last a round," says Schilling, of his opponent Eddie Walker.
Schilling heads into the ring a fan favorite but Eddie Walker still poses a threat to the highly popular Muay Thai who trains out of the Yard gym and represents the Can't Stop Crazy brand and some of the best stand-up fighters in the game.
"Training went really really well for this fight, I got some great training from the Can't Stop Crazy team at the Yard," said Schilling. "This was the easiest weight cut of my life. I'm smiling and happy and ready to fight."
Although he gives a strong prediction for the main event, he is still not looking past Walker. "Because of Eddie's record and because of his experience he shouldn't beat me...his last fight was not impressive. I trained really hard for this fight. Eddie asked for this, he asked me directly for careful what you ask for."
Schilling takes the ring tonight as the featured main event versus Walker live inside the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. Doors open at 4:00 p.m; first bout is at 5:00 p.m. PT. Tickets are available at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Box Office and through
The entire card will be streamed through for $14.95, with the much-anticipated WBC International (118-lbs.) title fight between Anthony Castrejon vs. Andy Singh kicking off the main card. The live stream begins at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT and is available, mobile devices and through Roku. The first 20-minutes of the event can be viewed at no charge, serving as a free sneak preview of Lion Fight 7. The live stream includes the following lineup of fights, weights are official:

Muay Thai Recap: Diesellek Beats Alamos + Kongsak, Jomthong Win


The last few days have been busy in the realm of Muay Thai over in Thailand. There were some great match-ups featuring top fighters across the board, at Rajadamnern and Lumpinee.

We'll start off with yesterday's event, which was Friday, October 12 and featured a highly anticipated rematch between Diesellek Aoodonmuang and Damien Alamos (in the video above), the current Lumpinee champion at 140lbs. Contrary to their first fight, in result and in fashion, Diesellek dominated throughout, using his teep and round kicks to keep Alamos off of him. Alamos had no answer as Diesellek pounded him whenever he tried to get close. It was definitely one of Diesellek's best performances. Alamos' title wasn't on the line so he still remains Lumpinee champion.

Other results from Friday's card:

Diesellek Aoodonmuang def. Damien Alamos by decision.

Rungpet Wor. Rungnirun def. Kaotam Lookprabaht by decision.

Kaimukdam Aikbangsai def. Rataket Teded99 by DQ in Round 4.

Lookman Fonjangchonburi def. Chaylek Sor. Permsiri by decision.

Yokphet Sonpongmapataput def. Wanchalong Sitzornong by decision.

On Thursday there was also a big card, but at Rajadamnern and it was put on by Onesongchai. In the main event was a highly ranked fight between Kongsak Sitboonme and Yodwicho Por. Boonsit. Yodwicha was coming off a draw with Pakorn Barnpeeumruanpeetong (Sakyothin) but this time he couldn't do enough as Kongsak blasted him with left kicks every time he tried to come in and work his knees. Kongsak was the shorter fighter but his timing and ring smarts were too much for the taller Yodwicha.

Before that fight was a rematch between Pakorn and Mongkolchai Phetsupaphan. I myself thought this would be another win for Pakorn as he defeated Mongkolchai earlier this year, which included him knocking down Mongkolchai with an elbow. Mongkolchai, however, kept his range throughout the fight and was able to consistently pick off Pakorn to get a clear unanimous decision victory.

Also on the card was Jomthong Chuwattana who stepped in at the last minute to fight Panpet Jaotaleythong, and cruised to a unanimous decision win with his sharp boxing and left round kicks. Shingtongnoi Por. Telakun was originally supposed to face Saeksan Or. Kwanmuang but ended up being pitted against Yokvithaya Petseemuan. Yokvithaya put up a fight, and it was heavily contested in the clinch throughout, but ultimately Shingtongnoi got the decision.

Other results from Thursday's card:

Konsak Sitboonme def. Yodwicha Por. Boonsit by decision.

Mongkolchai Phetsupaphan def. Pakorn Barnpeeumruanpeetong by decision.

Singthongnoi Por. Telakun def. Yokvithaya Petseemuan by decision.

Jomthong Chuwattana def. Panpet Jaotaleythong by decision.

Yodthongthai Por. Telakun and PetU-thong Or. Kwanmuang draw.

Saengmanee Tor. Tienpo def. Kusakonnoi Rajanont by decision.

Prajanchai Por Petnamthong def. Densiam Aikbangsai by decision.


Lion Fight 7 Streaming Live This Saturday

Lion Fight 7 is this Saturday, live from the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, and if you were hoping to catch the event but won't be in the Las Vegas area this weekend, don't fret. Lion Fight Promotions will be streaming the event live from their website,, courtesy of for $14.95. The professional card is jam-packed, headlined by Joe Schilling vs. Eddie Walker at 180 lbs, and featuring two WBC Championship bouts as well as two other great fights. On top of that, there will also be five amateur bouts on the undercard.

The card is as follows;

Main Event (180lbs): Joe Schilling (Los Angeles, CA) vs. Eddie Walker (Atlanta, GA)

Co-Main Event 165 lbs./WBC Superfight: Joe Valtellini (Toronto, Ontario, CANADA) vs. Gregory Choplin (St. Denis, Paris, FRANCE)

122 lbs./WBC International Title: Jeri Sitzes (Springfield, MO) vs. Tiffany Van Soest (San Diego, CA)

135 lbs. Bout: Phanuwat "Coke" Chunhawat (Oakland, CA) vs. Adrian Morilla (San Diego, CA)

118 lbs./WBC National Title: Anthony Castrejon (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Andy Singh (New York, NY)



130 lbs./USMTA title /5x2 rounds: Jason Andrada (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Victor Perez (Van Nuys, CA)

110 lbs./USMTA Title/5x2 rounds: Genesis Bravo (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Miranda Cayabyab (San Jose, CA)

160 lbs./USMTA title /5x2 rounds: Josh Shepard (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Jose Hernandez (Antelope Valley, CA)

147 lbs./USMTA title/5x2 rounds: Chris Lazaro (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Johnny Parsons (Las Vegas, NV)

185 lbs./3x2 rounds: Steve Ault (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Mike Gordon (Las Vegas, NV)

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