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John Wayne Parr Retires, In A Cage With Big KO Win

Today in Australia, John Wayne Parr fought his last fight, and he went out with a bang, knocking out his opponent with an uppercut in the fourth round.

Parr faced Jordan Tai, the long time K-1 MAX veteran who's tough as nails. The fight took place at the Boonchu Cup Caged Muay Thai Series, and yes, it was caged Muay Thai. The fight took place in an MMA cage, with MMA gloves, but under full Muay Thai rules.

JWP finished Tai in the fourth round with a vicious uppercut. There's no better way to end a legendary career than that, especially since Jordan Tai, to my knowledge, had never even been stopped before.

JWP goes out on his own terms, having done everything that can be accomplished over his long career. He has a successful gym and it seems like a successful promotion now so we wish him all the best in his retirement from fighting.

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Singdam vs Nong O to Headline Next Big Lumpini Card on July 6th

There have been rumblings about a big Petyindee Promotions card on July 6th for a while and although the card isn't quite as strong at the Kriekrai one earlier this month there will still be plenty of big names on display.

There has been some suggestion that Sam-A Gaiyanghaadao gym would rematch either Petpanomrung Wor Sangprapai or Peneak Sitnumnoi but he is out with a thigh injury so the main event sees Singdam Kiatmuu9 face off with Nong-O Gaiyanghaadao gym again.

This will be the eighth time these two fighters have fought with three wins for Nong O, four for Singdam and one draw. Singdam won the most recent encounter last month but it was a close contentious decision which both sides felt they had done enough to win.

F16's recent run of poor form came to an end when he won the rematch with Yodtuontong Petyindee at Rajadamnern Stadium last month and he will be up against clinch fighting veteran Petboonchu FA Group, who is coming off back to back losses to Saketdao Petpayathai and Nong O.

At just 16 years old Petpanomrung is one of the fastest rising stars in the Muay Thai world and there will be a 2 million Baht side bet on the line when he takes on Pokaew Fonjaengchonburi.

Wanchalerm Ud-donmuang is another teenager making waves and he will be looking back to bounce back from his recent loss to Singdam when he takes on Watcharachai Rachanon.

Pornsaneh Sitmonchai doesn't win as many fights as he used to but he still gets more than his fair share of fight of the night awards and the first bout of the night, between him and Palangtip Nor Sripung, is bound to be entertaining.

There is also a big card in Phattalung the following night which will be headlined by Saketdao vs Peneak.

Petyindee Promotions, Lumpinee Stadium, July 6th

1: Pornsaneh Sitmonchai vs Palangtip Nor Sripung

2: Detsakda Sitsongpeenong vs Rungpet Gaiyanghaadao gym

3: Jaisuu Thor Thepsuthin vs Kwankhao Chor Ratchapatsaduisarn

4: Tingtong Chor Koiyuuhaisuzu vs Yodkunpol Sitmonchai

5: Wanchalerm Ud-donmuang vs Watcharachai Rachanon

6: Petpanomrung Wor Sangprapai vs Pokaew Fonjaengchonburi

7: Petboonchu FA Group vs F16 Rachanon

8: Singdam Kiatmuu9 vs NOng-O Gaiyanghaadao gym

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Photo of the Day: Buakaw to the Rescue

Buakaw Banchamek/Por. Pramuk (also known as Sombat Banchamek) is in a tough spot right now; unsure of when, if ever, he'll fight Muay Thai again due to his contract situation and suspension in Thailand. This being said, the reports coming out of Thailand are interesting, as there has been talk of him working on jiu-jitsu for a while now (not as serious as you might think, though), and recently his sponsor, Yokkao, has been publicly querying fans to see if Buakaw should go to GLORY or K-1 to fight again. Yes, he is suspended from boxing or thai boxing, but the athletic commission in Thailand, interestingly enough, does not cover Kickboxing or MMA. So if Buakaw does decide to stop fighting muay thai, Kickboxing is still an option for him.

He also has yet to keep a low profile amidst all of the mayhem, as he was recently photographed helping out a biker at a crash scene. Isn't he dreamy? When I first moved to Albuquerque about six years ago, I saw a guy on a motorcycle barrel into the bumper of a SUV, his tire getting stuck under it and him flipping over the handlebars. I promptly pulled my car over and along with the family from the SUV that he hit, help put a blanket underneath him and drag him (carefully) out from the middle of a busy I-25, before I ran back and rolled his [incredibly hot and kind of smashed up] bike to the side of the road. Nobody photographed me when this happened, but then again, I'm not Buakaw. Go figure.

Buakaw

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Contender Asia Veteran and Former Lumpinee Champion Naruepol Fairtex Joins Evolve MMA

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Evolve MMA announced yesterday that Naruepol Fairtex had become the latest top class Muay Thai fighter to join its impress stable of instructors. Already home to the largest collection of former Lumpinee and Rajadamnern champions in the world the camp in Singapore is becoming something of a who's who of Muay Thai talent with Lamnamoon Sor Sumalee, Namsaknoi Yudthagarngamtorn, Muangfalek Kiatvichian, Orono Wor Petchpun and Attachai Fairtex amongst the trainers and fighters based there full time.

Former WBA Super Featherweight Champion Yodsanan Sityodtong recently made the move into MMA and Orono is also expected to make his MMA debut later his year. Standing approximately 5'8" tall Naurepol has been competing consistently at around 155 lbs since taking part in the original series of Contender Asia in 2007 when he lost to team mate Yodsaenklai Fairtex in the quarter final.

Naruepol has held the Lumpinee Title and the Thailand title at 140 lbs and also appears to have held a Lumpinee belt at a lighter weight. Although he only fights ocasionally these days he is still in demand on the international scene and has beaten the likes of Marco Pique, Cedric Muller, Soren Mongtonkong and Vuyisile Colossa in recent years.

He was scheduled to fight Andy Souwer in Singapore earlier this year but that bout was cancelled at the last minute due to some concerns over the promoter's ability to pay the purses. Given his age, size and the fact that he is not fighting too regularly a move into MMA would make sense for him at this stage of his career.

One Muay Thai fighter unlikely to be having a change of career anytime soon is Buakaw Por Pramuk. He is very much in demand on the Muay Thai and kickboxing circuits and commands higher purses than any other Thai fighter. If he did want to compete in MMA he would need to spend years studying the other elements of the sport such as wrestling and BJJ and would still be unlikely to earn as much as he does at present.

His dispute with Por Pramuk over the percentage split of his future purses and appearance fees has not been settled but Buakaw is still able to command significant purses for relatively easy fights so there is no reason for him to retire. He is believed to also be considering an offer from Evolve MMA but is highly reluctant to leave Thailand where he recently set up his own camp, called the Banchamek Gym, in his native Surin.

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Long Awaited Nathan Corbett vs. Steve McKinnon Rematch Happening On Sept. 1

It's been a long time since Nathan Corbett and Steve McKinnon fought, back in 2006. "Carnage" won via cuts in that fight, and fans, particularly in Australia have been bugging for the rematch for years now. It's finally happening.

Nathan "Carnage" Corbett and Steve McKinnon will fight again on September 1 in Australia for Total Carnage Promotions, which made its debut in April with Corbett in the main event, beating Stephane Susperregui. Corbett and McKinnon are the top two in Australia and both top fighters in the world in Muay Thai at 95kg and that's what weight the fight is at.

There was a lot of controversy over the weight, with Corbett originally wanting to do it at 92.5kg. That received a lot of backlash from the Muay Thai community in Australia, so the weight was moved up to 95kg and the fight was agreed to. Corbett apparently walks around 95kg and is wanting to go a bit lower in weight to fight but he's out to prove everyone that was criticizing him for the choice of original weight wrong, and props to him for it.

Corbett is fighting on June 23 at Kings of Kombat 7 in Australia against Marc Adrian of Romania, while McKinnon fights in a few days on June 9 in Bangkok, Thailand against Frank Munoz.

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Big Card At Lumpinee On Friday, Feat. Saenchai, Penek And More

It's time for another huge show at Lumpinee Stadium with the world's best Muay Thai fighters on the card. This Friday, June 8, there will be a ton of belts on the line in various weight classes featuring the likes of Saenchai, Penek and Singdam, just to name a few.

In the main event, a real mega fight is taking place between Saenchai (known as Saenchai PKMuaythaigym now) and Penek Sitnumnoi. Saenchai is coming off a huge win in March where he dominated Sagetdao Phetphayathai, a top fighter who had given him tons of trouble in the past. Penek recently won the Fighter of the Year award in Thailand after he defeated Sam-A and ended his unbeaten streak with a clear cut unanimous decision victory. Saenchai has to come all the way down to 127.5lbs while Penek will have the weight advantage at 129.

Right under that fight is a fight for the vacant Lumpinee Lightweight title, between Singdam Kiatmoo9 and Wanchalerm Oodonmuang. Wanchalerm seemingly came out of nowhere in December when he defeated Pakorn Sakyothin (now Pakorn Baanpiaoom) and has been on a tear since, beating Sagetdao and Petboonchu with the only blemish being to his opponent on Friday, Singdam. Singdam's last fight saw him defeat Nong-O Gaiyanghadaogym, with vicious kicks. Speaking of Nong-O, he'll be fighting Petboonchu F.A. Group. Petboonchu really struggles with Nong-O, having been stopped three times by him.

One of the best up and comers in Thailand, and even one of the better fighters, Petpanomrung Wor Sangprapai fights Tingtong Chor Koiyuhaisuzu with a one million baht bet wagering on the fight. For the vacant Lumpinee Bantamweight belt, Rattaket Teedet99 fights Nattachai Pran26. Wanchalong Sitzornong holds the Lumpinee belt at Super Flyweight (115lbs) and will be defending it against Choknamchai Sitjaagung. In the first fight it's another lower weight battle, between Superlek Wor Sangprapai and Palangpon Wacharachaigym.

Pentai Singpatong vs Superlek Wor Sangprapai

Wanchalong Sitsonong vs Choknamchai Sitjaagung (Lumpinee Super Flyweight Title)

Rattaket Teedet99 vs Nattachai Pran26 (Lumpinee Bantamweight Title)

Petpanomrung Wor Sangprapai vs Tingtong Chor Koiyuhaisuzu

Sagetdao Petpayathai vs Nong-O Gaiyanghaadao gym

Singdam Kiatmoo9 vs wanchalerm Ud-donmuang (Lumpinee Lightweight Title)

Saenchai PKMuaythaigym vs Penek Sitnumnoi 127.5-129 lbs

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TaKe-On Productions and MSG Sports Team Up with Yokkao for "Muay Thai at the Mecca 2" in November

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Big news from TaKe-On Productions of New York today, as we just spoke with the head of TaKe-On, Eddie Cuello, and after their wildly successful "Muay Thai and the Mecca" event earlier this year, they are going to return to Madison Square Garden's Theater in November for Muay Thai at the Mecca 2! After seeing a high level of success with the first show, it made perfect sense for TaKe-On and MSG Sports to stage another event at the Theater at MSG. On top of that, they have a new partner for this event, which is our good friends at Yokkao.

Yokkao has quickly become one of the bigger name sponsors for muay thai fighters across the world, from Buakaw Banchamek (Sombat Banchamek/Buakaw Por Pramuk), Kem Sitsongpeenong, Dzahbar Askerov and many, many (many) more. On top of that, they have promoted their Yokkao Extreme cards, which have also seen a great deal of success and international acclaim. Them coming to America and teaming up with TaKe-On and MSG Sports just seems natural and like the best possible fit.

New York has long been one of America's hotbeds for stand up fighting, with the sport of Boxing having a long, storied history in New York, with Muay Thai and Kickboxing seeing a lot of recent success there, K-1 looking to make New York one of their new homes and even the UFC fighting tooth and nail to gain acceptance in New York.

TaKe-On is in action next on August 11th for a Full Thai rules show in Atlantic City, NJ at Balley's Hotel & Casino.

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John Wayne Parr's Illustrated Muay Thai Story

JWPIf you are like me, you are upset that John Wayne Parr's storied career is finally coming to an end. We trust him when he says that age is starting to catch up to him and that it has become increasingly difficult for him to properly train for fights and that his reaction time has slowed down. To be fair, we'd rather he retire with his wits and can enjoy his time with his family and continue training other fighters than worry about his mental health and well-being. It is always nice to see a fighter understand when it is time to hang up the gloves.

JWP has released this pretty awesome story of his muay thai life, including photographs, and you can read it here, in PDF form. This e-book is something you can quickly transfer to your mythical "third device" like an iPad or tablet, or even a Kindle.

So go ahead and click here to read it, download it, do what you want with it, and reflect upon the career of a living legend.

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SLAMM!! VII "Holland vs Thailand" Results

Full results from SLAMM!! VII 'Holland vs Thailand' last night:

J 48kg Damian Johansson (Bonjasky Academy) vs Tony Jas Jr (TB Den Haag) DRAW

C MT 63 kg 3x2 Gilliano Olieberg (Days Gym ) WOP vs Marcello Cusimano (MT Palermo Italy)

C MT 76 kg 3x2 Ilona Geluk (Bari Gym) vs Roos Borst (Ben Ali Gym) WOP

B MT 80 kg 3x3 Cedric Simson (Ropi Gym)WOP vs Fernando Goodings (Mejiro Gym Friesland)

N MT 70 kg 3x1,5 Romano Duin (Simson Gym) vs Winston Fernandez (Team Verhaegh) WOP

B MT 95 kg 3x3 Tarik Khbabez (TB Den Haag) WOP vs Yassin Bensellam (Ajuau & Etta Gym)

N MT100kg 3x1.5 Moreno Dorder (Simson Gym) vs Marinho Gordon (Bonjasky Academy) WOP

B MT 68 kg 3x3 Kevin Bromet (Day’s Gym) vs Gino Dixon (Team van de Berg/Hanse) WOP

B MT 70 kg 3x3 Mohammed el Messaoudi (Simson Gym) vs Kevin Hesseling (KB Haarlem) DRAW

MMA B 2x3 80 Kg Michell Adelina (Team Slamm) WTKO 3de RONDE vs Wesley Quint (Dion Staring)

A MT 75 Kg 3x3 Matthias Ibssa (Mousid Gym) vs Alka Matewa (Belgium) WOP

A MT 58 Kg 3x3 Denise Kielholtz (Team Slamm!!) WOP vs Kateřina Svobodová (Czech, Slovak)

A MT 80 kg 3x3 Errol Koning (Ropi Gym) WTKO 2de RONDE vs Omar Amrani (Tempel Fightschool)

A K-1 70 kg 3x3 Robbie Hageman (GG Hel./Siam Gym) vs Romano Morjoner (The Colosseum) WOP

A K-1 72 Kg 3x3 Giga Chikadze (Georgia) WOP vs Otman Allach (Pancration)

MMA pro 2x5 73 Kg Kuku Victor (Team Slamm!!) WTKO 2de RONDE vs Istwan(Germany)

A FMT 5x3 - 61 Kg Ilias el Hajoui (Team Gunyar) vs Pornsane Sitmonchai WOP

A FMT 5x3 -72,5 Kg Miles Simson (Vos Gym/Real Fighters) WOP vs Nonsai Sor Sanyakorn

A FMT 5x3 -70 Kg Faldir Chahbari (Team Beast of the East) WOP vs Bovy Sor Udomsorn

A FMT 5x3 -70 Kg Mohamed Khamal (Vos Gym/Real Fighters) WIN MED INTER 2de RONDE vs Saiyok Pumphangmuang

courtesy of: http://www.mixfight.nl

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Saenchai to Fight Liam Harrison for the Third Time in Bangkok on July 28th

Saenchai Sor Kingstar and Liam Harrison have fought twice already with the Thai fighter winning a decision on both occassions and they are set to meet for the third and possibly final time in Bangkok on July 28th. The venue has yet to be confirmed but the show will be promoted by Thakoon Pongsupha.

Saenchai suffered back to back losses for the first time in his career recently when he was beaten by Saketdao Petpayathai at Lumpini Stadium in December and then found himself on the wrong side of an extremely dubious decision after a three round fight with Fabio Pinca in Italy in January.

He confounded the critics by comfortably defeating Saketdao in a dominant display at Lumpini Stadium in March and his next assignment will be against Peneak Sitnumnoi there on July 8th. Harrison also received a raw deal from Italian judges losing a split decision to Mohamed Khamal in the Muay Thai Premier League last August although be bounced back to stop Andrei Kulebin with leg kicks in the third round of their fight in Manchester in March.

After facing each other twice in England this will be the first time that Saenchai and Harrison have fought in Thailand. The fight is set for 64 kgs which will be a relief for the Thai fighter who needs to get down to 58 kgs for his fight with Peneak.

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