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GLORY 31 Sees Major Changes: Saenchai Debut, Interim Light Heavyweight Title

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Big news today as the upcoming GLORY 31 has had a few changes to the SuperFight Series portion of the card. Mosab Amrani has been forced to pull out of his fight with Eddy Nait-Slimani and in perhaps one of the best late replacements ever announced, Saenchai will be taking his place. Yes, that Saenchai. Eddy Nait-Slimani went from having to face a popular Dutch fighter in the Netherlands to having to fight a living legend in Saenchai PKSaenchaiMuayThaiGym. Ouch.

Another change is that due to Artem Vakhitov suffering an injury, he'll be out for an undisclosed amount of time. That means that Zack Mwekassa vs. Mourad Bouzidi is now for the Interim Light Heavyweight Championship. If that seems like a bit of a sudden decision, remember that Gokhan Saki held the GLORY Light Heavyweight title for 471 days without a single defense and GLORY is looking to keep their titles active. They've promised a bout between Vakhitov and the winner here when Vakhitov is healthy. 

GLORY 31 SuperFight Series

Light Heavyweight Interim Title Headline Bout: Zack Mwekassa vs. Mourad Bouzidi

Featherweight Bout: Saenchai PKSaenchaiMuayThaiGym vs. Eddy Naït-Slimani

Super Bantamweight Bout: Isis Verbeek vs. Irina Mazepa

Lightweight Bout: Josh Jauncey vs. Anatoly Moiseev

Welterweight Bout: Máximo Suarez vs. Eyevan Danenberg


Weekend Results: Zambidis, Saenchai, More

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Mike Zambidis W5 Grand PrixResults from the international kickboxing scene this weekend:

Mike Zambidis took home the title at the W5 Grand Prix event in Moscow, although it wasn’t an easy road. In the semi-finals, Enriko Gogokhia provided a tough challenge, taking the fight into the extension round before Zambo could score the decision win. In semi-final #2, Dzhabar Askerov took a decision against William Diender, setting up Zambidis vs. Askerov 2 for the final. The two men once again went to war, and once again it was Zambidis claiming the win via unanimous decision. With that win, Zambidis has won 7 of his last 8, with the only loss coming against Giorgio Petrosyan. Prior to this run, he was on a 2-4 streak, and looked like his days at the top could be finished; it’s been great to see the veteran fighter make this resurgence. Also at W5: Vladimir Mineev won over Vitaly Shemetov by doctor stopage at the end of round 1, Alexandr Stetsurenko def. Vasily Tershonok by decision in the extension round, and Roman Mailov def. Ramil Novruzov via decision.

Evolution 23 took place in Australia on Saturday. As always, the Australian Muay Thai show delivered, with a number of exciting fights. In the main event, one of the scene’s big names, Bruce “The Preacher” Macfie dropped a unanimous decision to Franki Giorgi. Giorgi had defeated Macfie by stoppage at the last card to set up this rematch, and while the Preacher went the distance this time, reports indicate the result was never in doubt.

Elsewhere in the card there was some controversy in a fight between Eli Madigan and Jason Scerri, which Madigan won. Post-show, Scerri’s corner has been very critical of Madigan and Evolution, claiming that when they agreed to the fight, they requested there be no elbows used, as Scerri no longer fights under full Muay Thai rules. According to Scerri’s camp at Jabout Gym, both Evolution and Madigan’s team agreed to this, however when the fight started, Madigan used numerous elbows to cut open his opponent. Scerri’s corner threw in the towel as they felt they were being cheated. Bit of an ugly situation there.

One final note from the show – much credit is due to Glen Purvis, who came in on very short notice to face the tough and experienced Dane Daddy Kool when Dane’s original opponent had to bow out. Taking a fight against a fighter at that level on just a few days notice is impressive. Even more impressive? Purvis is only 16 years old. Hats off to him for stepping in there.

Full results from Evolution 23 in the complete entry.

And finally, top Muay Thai fighter Saenchai Sinbi (the former Saenchai Sor Kingstar) was in action in England. Saenchai faced top ranked UK Muay Thai fighter Liam Harrison. Reports say this was an excellent fight with Harrisoin giving it his all, but in the end, Saenchai was too much and took the unanimous decision win. He’s now 2-0 against Harrison after a 2009 decision victory. If you’re unfamiliar with Saenchai, get to YouTube and check him out – truly one of the most gifted athletes in the world in any combat sports discipline.



Your Muay Thai Update

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SaenchaiThere have been a number of smaller Muay Thai stories making the rounds lately that we haven't had a chance to mention, so for you fans of the science of eight limbs, here are some of the latest rumblings, all collected together.

-First up, a result from this past weekend direct from Thailand.  One of the big events this year has been the ongoing Isuzu Thai Fight qualifying tournament at Omnoi Stadium.  That tournament is nearing completion, as the first of the two semi-finals went down this past Saturday.  In semi-final #1, it was Nopparet Keatkhamtorn vs. Dernchonlek Sor. Niyom.  Check the full entry for the complete fight, and if you don't want the result spoiled, stop reading this paragraph now.  The semi-final clash was a good, if slightly odd fight at times, with Nopparet seeming to show some irritation throughout.  As the fight progressed, Dernchonlek looked to control the clinch for the win, but it wasn't enough as Nopparet took the decision win.  He now moves onto the finals to face the winner of Khem Sitsongpeenong vs. Prakaisaeng Sit O on April 16.

-We previously reported on the May 14 Thai Fight Extreme card, and now we have some more details.  Coming from France, this is the event featuring a stacked line-up including Buakaw, Yodsaenklai, Saiyok, and more.  A tentative card has been released, and it looks like they are going with a Thailand vs. France theme.  The current line-up:

Saiyok Pumpanmuang vs. Mohamed Diaby

Sudsakon Sor Klinmee vs. Abdallah Mabel

Yodsaenklai Fairtex vs. Jose Barradas 

Buakaw Por Pramuk vs. Djime Coulibaly

Petasawin Seatransferry vs. Sofian Dergada 

Yuya Yamato vs. Fabio Pinca 

Hiroki Komata vs. Samir Mohamed

Hiroki Yamamoto vs. Ibrahim Chiahou

Not a huge challenge for either Yod or Buakaw, but both Sudsakorn vs. Mabel and Saiyok vs. Diaby should be good fights.

-Another upcoming fight for Buakaw could be his planned appearance in the US at the August 13 Stand Up Promotions event in Anaheim, CA.  Seeing the K-1 MAX legend is reason enough to be excited for this card, but they've now added a huge fight that should draw you in.  On August 13 it will be pound for pound Muay Thai king Saenchai Sinbi (that's the former Saenchai Sor Kingstar, now relocated to Sinbi gym) vs. American Muay Thai stand-out Kevin Ross.  This is an amazing score for the promotion, as this will mark the first time an American challenges Saenchai here in the US.  There's great stuff going on in the west coast Muay Thai scene these days, and this match just shows how alive that scene is.  Also discussed for that card are Kaoklai and Saiyok.

-Speaking of Saenchai, just a reminder that he is in action this weekend, facing Liam Harrison on the 9th at Duel at the Dome in the UK.

-Finally, one more US fight rumor - on May 14 Lion Fight Promotions will host Battle in the Desert 2.  Rumors now indicate that the show may feature former It's Showtime and King's Cup champion Cosmo Alexandre against Cyrus Washington.  Once again, this would be a great chance to see a top international Muay Thai name here in the US.

Watch Nopparet vs. Dernchonlek in the full entry.



Watch K-1 World MAX Quarter Final in Foshan Here

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This weekend the K-1 World MAX Quarter Finals in Foshan will be coming your way live via's PPV if you live outside of China, and if my traffic records indicate anything, you probably do. So you might not want to miss this awesome card from K-1, including Buakaw Banchamek, Saenchai, Shane Campbell and more. The event costs $20 and takes place on December 28th at 6am Eastern time.

UPDATE: The event has started now, much earlier than projected time.



Saenchai's Influence Even Bleeds Over into WWE

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The influence of Saenchai is almost impossible to ignore at this point. Like we talked about before, he called out UFC megastar Conor McGregor in a fight that has real fight fans salivating at just the thought, and now? Well, the famous Saenchai one-handed cartwheel kick has made its way to professional wrestling. We've seen American muay thai fighters do the move before, but it definitely was within their lexicon. What fighter wouldn't look at Saenchai as a potential hero? 

But in pro wrestling? That's kinda weird, right? The other night WWE's own Shane McMahon tweeted out some training footage from the Wat in New York with Phil Nurse. What exactly did he tweet? Himself doing the "Saenchai Kick."

Shane McMahon is no stranger to to the world of professional fighting and was even attempting to buy into the UFC at one point. Hell, he tried to convince his father to have the WWE build its own MMA promotion, which never came to fruition because Vince didn't see the point in building stars that he couldn't control the destiny for. Shane McMahon is scheduled to appear at this year's Wrestlemania squaring against WWE legend the Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell match and, uh, Shane will probably do this kick as well as fall from a really, really high place.


GLORY 31 SuperFight Series and Main Card Results

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GLORY returns to Amsterdam for GLORY 31, featuring the big rematch between Lightweight Champion Robin van Roosmalen and challenger Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong. Also fighting will be Ismael Londt against Hesdy Gerges and a welterweight tournament. The SuperFight Series will see a new Light Heavyweight Champion crowned, another Women's Grand Prix bout as well as the debut of Saenchai and Josh Jauncey against Anatoly Moiseev.


Lightweight Title: Sittichai Sitsongpeenong (R5 - Split Decision) Robin van Roosmalen(C) -- Much like the first fight, this one was pretty close and the result left people wondering. Sitthichai very clearly won rounds 1 and 2. Robin clearly won 4 and 5. Round 3 everyone seems split. I'm not upset about this, because it was a closer fight than their last one, although I could have easily seen Robin getting the win here for sheer volume alone. Robin clearly disagreed with the decision and stormed out after the decision was announced. With him already talking about perhaps pursuing MMA full time I wouldn't be shocked if this is what sends me packing from kickboxing, although that would be a shame. 

Welterweight Finals: Murthel Groenhart (R3 - Decision) Yoann Kongolo -- Close first round, close second round and then Murthel connected with a huge flying knee that put Kongolo down. He followed up with a flurry of strikes and continued after the bell, much to everyone's chagrin. Groenhart controlled the rest of the fight and got the win, then took the mic from Todd Grisham, climbed the turnbuckles and called out Nieky Holzken.

Ismael Londt (R3 - Split Decision) Hesdy Gerges -- This was a closely-contested bout, probably should have had an extra round, but Hesdy looked great. Londt was stumbling around a lot. Something about his fighting style is just really ugly and hard to enjoy. Stefano Valenti is a terrible, terrible referee. Every time he's in the ring there is a fear that he'll ruin the fight. In this fight he docked both fighters a point in the third round for clinching. What? Why is this man allowed to ruin fights?

Semifinal: Yoann Kongolo (R3 - Split Decision) Harut Grigorian -- Solid back-and-forth with both guys throwing heavy leather at each other. It really could have gone either way, but Kongolo picked up the victory.

Semifinal: Murthel Groenhart (R3 - TKO) Karim Benmansour -- Benmansour did his best against Murthel and survived some scary stuff, but Murthel threw everything at him before scoring the TKO in the third round.


Interim Light Heavyweight Title: Zack Mwekassa (R1 - TKO) Mourad Bouzidi -- Bouzidi has had problems getting knocked out in the past, but it was usually against heavyweights. At Light Heavyweight and even Middleweight he's shown a lot more resilience. But I doubt many in these weight classes hit like Zack Mwekassa. Zack Mwekassa just steamrolled through him with three big knockdowns.

Saenchai PKSaenchaiMuayThaiGym (R3 - Decision) Eddy Nait-Slimani -- The real story of this fight was Stefano Valenti making crap calls. Saenchai was kind of trolling the ref for a while there, but a crappy point deduction in the second made this closer than it had any right to be. Saenchai is a next level talent, a once-in-a-lifetime talent and he really was having fun out there.

Women’s Grand Prix: Isis Verbeek (R3 - Decision) Irina Mazepa -- If this wasn't a hometown decision, then the judges weren't watching the fight. Verbeek looked okay in the first round, but in the second round Mazepa was finding her chin with ease, had her backing up for the next two rounds and was just winning the fight.

Anatoly Moiseev (R3 - Decision) Josh Jauncey -- This is a fight that you absolutely need to see. This wasn't a crazy bout where guys were getting dropped left and right, this was a taught, technical battle between what is very clearly two of the most skilled Lightweights in the world. It was a round apiece going into the third and Moiseev snuck his right hook through Jauncey's defenses and stunned him, which pretty much won him the round. This was kickboxing at it's best. Both guys have a very high ceiling to their careers.

Eyevan Danenberg (R3 - Decision) Maximo Suarez -- Poor Maximo. He's just really undersized at Welterweight. Eyevan was towering over him, lording over him with his reach. Maximo got knocked down in R2, which more or less sealed the deal for Danenberg's victorious debut.


Saenchai Victorious at Muay Thai Mania Yokkao 5

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After the last minute change of not only venues but continents, Muay Thai Mania Yokkao 5 went down without a hitch yesterday in Thailand. The event would have been considered a success even if it wasn't moved on one week's notice, but it really is amazing to look at how they had to move the entire event from Europe to Thailand that quickly and that everything went smoothly. The main event saw a bout between Saenchai and Singdam with both guys trying to win the KO bonus, but Saenchai was just overwhelming and won by points.

  • Saenchai MuayThaiGym won by points vs Singdam Kiatmoo9
  • Sinsamut Sor Klinmee won by points Kom Kop Pechthroungrang
  • Andrea Masini lost by KO ( 2nd round ) Crice Boussoukou
  • Ekapop Sor Klinmee won by KO ( 1st round ) vs Samuel Andoche
  • Iwmiset Pornnarai won by points vs Suedam Kauanjai
  • Namphon PK Muay Thai Gym won by points vs Geofrey Rivière
  • Silvia La Notte lost by points Lommanee Sor Hirun
  • Emmanuel Ulrich lost by points vs Florent Kaouachi
  • Vichanlek Sitpholek won by points vs Loecklong Fhonchaanchonburi


Sagetdao beats Saenchai, Kongsak defeats Nong-O at Lumpini

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Lumpini Kriekrai, June 10, Results, from Petyindee Promotions at Lumpini Stadium

from Muaythaifocus

1: Kangwanlek Petyindee vs Petchpanomrung Sor Tamransee

2: The-lek Wor Sangprapai vs Julong Ekbangsai for vacant Thailand Light-flyweight title

3: Panpet Chor Na Phattalung vs Sittisak Chengsimiew gym for Panpet’s Thailand Super-featherweight title

4: Singdam Kiatmuu9 vs Petboonchu FA Group for vacant WMC Lightweight title

5: Sagetdao Petpayathai 133 vs Saenchai Sinbi Muaythai 131 for Sagetdao’s Lumpini Lightweight title

6: Sam-A Gaiyanghaadao gym vs Thong PuiD9D for Sam-A’s Lumpini Super-bantamweight title

7: Nong-O Gaiyanghaadao gym vs Kongsak Sitboonmee for Nong-O’s Lumpini Super-featherweight title

Brent did a good job profiling this event and outlining how absolutely gigantic a show it is. This event consisted almost entirely of championship fights, and all the names on the card are either established fighters or exciting up and comers, like Thelek. Also note, Sam-A and Nong-O have not changed gyms. Gaiyangadao is the name of a sponsor.

Kangwanlek is a big name and something of an anomaly. He is in his thirties and competing still in the top ranks with some success.

Thelek is a young fighter known for his outstanding workrate. This was a rematch, with him having beaten Julong before.

Singdam's been posting strong performances since before winning the Sports Writer's Fighter of the Year award in 2002. That is amazing longevity for this sport. He has been slowing lately, however.Petboonchu should need no introduction, as he has fought Saenchai in a few high profile bouts. His power-clinching style has brought him a lot of success in the top ranks, and he has been moving up in weight.

Sagetdao and Saenchai have fought before multiple times. Sagetdao and Petboonchu actually fought Saenchai together in 2009, with Sagetdao fighting rounds 1-3 and Petboonchu rounds 4-5. Saenchai took that fight, though he lost to Sagetdao some time afterward. Sagetdao took it again this time, on points.

Sam-A is a consistent, classy performer. Against Tong, he did not have to worry about competing against a larger opponent. Historically, he has struggled with larger opponents because of his patient, technical style, but it served him well recently against the larger, and favored, Kongsak. That fight went to a draw, which was something of an upset decision, considering Kongsak is on a 9 fight win streak.

Nong-O, after posting a very strong 2010, when he won Lumpini's Fighter of the Year, has not had much luck this year. This was an interesting bout, as Nong-O is a large, powerful kicker who fights well in orthodox and southpaw. Kongsak is just proving very hard to beat, however. He has wonderful timing and conservation of motion in his bouts. Even though Nong-O has been on the losing end of some decisions, he has consistently looked good in his bouts. Keep in mind he has been around about as long as Singdam, too.


K-1 Announces World MAX Final 8 Event in Foshan, China

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If you were one of the people who saw the January 11th K-1 event, which serves as one half of the K-1 World MAX Final 8, and were a bit disappointed by it, K-1's announcement today makes up for that tenfold. Today K-1 held a press conference in China to announce the K-1 World MAX 2013 Quarter Final event in Foshan, China which takes place on December 28th. The event will air live on Hunan TV in China as well as across the globe via (like last time).

While the card for the January 11th event might be a bit threadbare to the untrained eye, this event is pretty stacked with some big names on the card. Here is the full card;

  • K-1 World MAX Final 8: Buakaw Banchamek vs. Zhou Zhi Peng
  • K-1 World MAX Final 8: Andy Souwer vs. Enriko Kehl
  • Kong Hong Xing (China) vs. Saenchai (Thailand)
  • Li Ning (China) vs. Sutin (Thailand)
  • Han Kai Hu (China) vs. Chengrob (Thailand)
  • Zhang Kai Yin (China) vs. Rachen (Thailand)
  • Xie Lei (China) vs. Pasol (Philippines)

Saenchai is another huge win for K-1, especially after signing Buakaw Banchamek a few months ago, with this whole China show being a win. It is being viewed as the beginning of a new era for K-1 as they are looking to potentially make China their new home for their big events.

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