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Lion Fight 26 Weigh-in Results

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Tomorrow night on AXS TV at 9pm eastern Lion Fight will present Lion Fight 26 with a main event of Turan Hassanov against Nick Chasteen. John Nofer and Victor Saravia are in the co-main and social media superstar Sean Fagan will be fighting Pedro Gonzalez.

Lion Fight 26 Main Card – Begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on AXS TV

Main Event – Welterweight (142 pounds) fight – Turan Hassanov (142) vs. Nick Chasteen (141)

Co-Main Event – Super Bantamweight (122 pounds) fight – John Nofer (122) vs. Victor Saravia (122)

Middleweight (160 pounds) fight – Ben Peak (159) vs. Josh Shepard (159)

Lightweight (135 pounds) – Tim Amorim (136) vs. Julio Pena (133)

Welterweight (142 pounds) – Sean Fagan (141) vs. Pedro Gonzalez (142)

Amateur Undercard

Super Middleweight (165 pounds) fight – Brian Bogue (166) vs. Chris Baker (165)

Super Lightweight (140 pounds) fight – Malcolm Hill (139) vs. Mike Savvas (138)

Middleweight (155 pound fight) – Jermaine Palmer (156) vs. Justin Lozada (153)

Super Lightweight (140 pounds) – Stergos Mikkios (140) vs. Niko Qirjazo (142)

Middleweight (155 pound fight) – Frank Wells (156) vs. Phabion Wilson (154)


Full Card for This Weekend's Muay Thai Grand Prix II Event

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On Sunday, November 22nd in the UK Muay Thai Grand Prix II is set to go down. The first event held after the announced partnership with Lion Fight in the United States, this event will see a four-man 66kg tournament as well as see two titles on the line; the World Super Featherweight Championship and the World Featherweight Championship. 

Muay Thai Grand Prix have also announced that while Michael Wakeling had to pull out of this event, he'll be competing at their next event in March against John Wayne Parr. 

This event will be streamed live on FightLiveTV on Sunday for everyone outside of the UK. 

MUAY THAI GRAND PRIX 2 – Sunday 22nd November 2015

*MTGP 4 Man Tournament – 66KG*

Khun Bank (Tha)

Charlie Peters (UK)

Alex Bublea (Rom)

Ben Lucas (UK)


–Main Event–

*MTGP World Super Featherweight Championship*

Jose Varela (Por) V Hamlaoui Yacine (Fra)

–Co-Main Event–

*MTGP World Featherweight Championship*

Matt Tieu (UK) V Thibaud Duphil (Fra)


*Super K-1 – 60KG*

Jamie Whelan (UK) V Ioannis Papaioannou (Gre)


*Super K-1 – 77KG*

Kev Ward (UK) V Reece Rowell (UK)


*FTR A-Class – 54KG*

Daniel McGowan (UK) V Madiale Samb (Fra)


*FTR A-Class – 48KG*

Evans Jay (UK) V Alexjandro Concepcion (Spa)


*B-Class English Title – 63KG*

Rory Crawford (UK) V Luke Portanier (UK)


*B-Class – 78KG*

Ryan Li (UK) V Mark Robinson (UK)


*B-Class – 70KG*

Michael Pham (UK) V Krystian Ozog (Pol)


*Super K-1 – 75KG*

James Gridley (UK) V Robert Verekyn (Ned)


*Super K-1 – 86KG*

Louis King (UK) V Jack Deacon (UK)


*B-Class – 72KG*

Sevket Karaoglanoglu (UK) V Marcel Dehinde (UK)


*B-Class – 67KG*

Saj Imran (UK) V Enrithan Shofolan (UK)


*FTR A-Class – 64KG*

James Toomey (UK) V Ben Woods (UK)


*K-1 – 76KG*

Marley Zwanenberg (UK) v Ahmed Ben Cheik (Fra)


*K-1 – 85KG*

Elson Evora (UK) V David Zvetolosfsky (UK)


*C-Class – 68KG*

Shaz Nasrin (UK) V Collin Chu (UK)


*C-Class – 75KG*

Yusuf Ali-Thaleb (UK) V Donovan Pignatiello (UK)


*K-1 – 83KG*

Phil Casper (UK) V Mitchell Weidman (UK)


*K-1 – 88KG*

Daryl Mauri (UK) V Eric Lie (UK)


*C-Class – 50KG*

Zuzana Borosova (UK) V Maggie Hajduk (UK)


Lion Fight 26 Fight Card

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Lion Fight 26 will be taking place at the Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, USA on November 20, 2015 and will be Live on AXS TV. Their last event was probably their most exciting card to date and topping it will be a tall order, but with Tetsuya Yamoto vs. Greg Wootton as the main event anything is possible.

The undercard is no where near as stacked as Lion Fight 25 but still has some good matches like Nick Chasteen vs. Turan Hasanov and Victor Saravia vs. John Nofer.

Full Card

Super Lightweight Title - Tetsuya Yamoto vs. Greg Wootton

Nick Chasteen vs. Turan Hasanov

Victor Saravia vs. John Nofer

Josh Shepard vs. Ben Peak

Julio Pena vs. Tim Amorim

Pedro Gonzalez vs. Sean Fagan


Top Thai Fighters Are Earning More Money in Retirement Than During Their Competitive Careers

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The top Muay Thai fighters in Thailand are guaranteed glory, trophies and titles but many of them find long term financial security much harder to come by. Tales of former champions ending up destitute are all too common but many of the best Nak Muay among the recent generation are actually able to make more money after they retire, as Orono Wor Petchpun explains.

He was a Thailand Champion, Lumpini Champion, WMC Champion, It's Showtime Champion and WPMF Champion but by his own admission he retired from the sport with less than ten thousand dollars in the bank. However Orono is one of a growing number of top Thai fighters to discover they could actually make more money as a trainer overseas than they had during the peak of their competitive career,

"I used to get around 70,000 to 80,000 Baht per fight, the most I ever got was 90,000 Baht but my manager would take fifty per cent and I would tip my trainer ten per cent so normally I got 35,000 baht a fight and I used to fight at around ten times a year. Now I work as a trainer at Evolve MMA in Singapore and I earn at least 150,000 Baht a month."

Other fighters to have moved to Singapore to work alongside Orono include Namsaknoi Yudthagarngamtorn, Nong-O Kaiyanghadaogym, Sagetdao Petpayathai and Peneak Sitnumnoi. Their services are sought after to train the clientele at Evolve MMA as well as the fight team which includes well known MMA fighters like Shinya Aoki and Ben Askren.

It's not just the top Nak Muay who are heading to Singapore. Former WBC 'fighter of the decade' Pongsaklek Wonjongkam is joining Evolve MMA later this year while another former boxing world champion, Yodsanan Sityodtong, has been there nearly five years and says his plans for retirement were initially much less ambitious,

"After I retired I wanted to either be a referee in boxing but Evolve gave me the opportunity to come and teach in Singapore. So here I am. I like Singapore, it's clean and safe and I get to make a good salary to support my family back home in Thailand. "

Yodsanan fought at Madison Square Garden and won title fights in the US and Japan. In boxing circles he's a big name but the 41 year olds heyday was during the mid 2000s. Much more recently retired is Pornsaneh Sitmonchai who was one of the most popular Muay Thai fighters of his generation due to his fan friendly style and propensity for getting in 'Fight of the Night' contenders.

Porsnaneh dispensed plenty of punishment to opponents but his fearless style saw him take more than his fair share of hard shots in the process. His final Muay Thai fight was in April and the former Lumpinee champion is already earning more money as a trainer than he did during the peak of his fighting career,

"I decided to retire because I was 34 and was starting to slow down and get tired faster. My last fight was at Siam Omnoi and it was for the title, I got 60,000 Baht plus a bonus for winning by knockout and some tips from the gamblers. Working in Singapore I get a salary of 125,000 Baht every month."

Even the very best Muay Thai fighters at the stadiums in Thailand will only earn a fraction of what the top boxers, kickboxers and mixed martial artists can expect to receive. But while they might not get the rewards they deserve during their competitive career the increase in international interest in the sport means they now have the opportunity to forge lucrative careers working overseas as trainers.


Why John Wayne Parr's Lion Fight Debut is so Exciting

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Tonight marks the first appearance of Australian muay thai legend John Wayne Parr in Lion Fight, airing live on AXS TV at 10pm Eastern time. John Wayne Parr, known lovingly all over as simply JWP is a legend within the realm of kickboxing and muay thai, having competed all over the world against some of the very best in the world, from his time fighting in Australia to his time in K-1 to Contender Asia and his own concoction of Caged Muay Thai that saw him opt out of retirement to fight in a MMA cage with 3oz gloves under muay thai rules because it sounded like fun.

John Wayne Parr is everything about kickboxing and muay thai that fans have loved for years, with his exciting style that saw him a fan favorite win, lose or draw. Tonight he fights Cosmo Alexandre for the third time, each man with a win. This is one of the more anticipated fights in muay thai today and the fact that we'll get it live on American TV is pretty rad, right? So, finally, we get to see a muay thai legend like JWP on American TV in one of the most anticipated fights in his career. That is special.


Yokkao Returns to the UK in March for Watson vs. Dahlbeck II

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The UK loves Yokkao and Yokkao loves the UK, which means that another crazy double header is headed their way on March 19th back in Bolton in the UK. The headline fight slated for Yokkao 17 and 18? Jordan Watson vs. Sanny Dahlbeck for the Yokkao -70kg World Title in a rematch from their bout earlier this year. Watson has been one of the most talked about fighters out of the UK for years now and the knockout loss to Dahlbeck came as a shock to many this year.

Dahlbeck caught everyone's attention when he made his debut at GLORY 1 and competed in the early GLORY events before mysteriously disappearing after looking like a great prospect. Since then he's been all over the world and he has proven himself as one of the better fighters within the weight class. This rematch is a big, big deal for fans in the UK. 



Greg Wootton Injured, Replaced by Massaro Glunder for Yokkao 14 Clash with Saenchai

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Bad news for fight fans in the UK that were looking to support local fighter Greg Wootton at the big Yokkao 14/Yokkao 15 double header happening on October 10th in the UK as Wootton has injured a rib in training and will be unable to compete. The good news, though, is that Yokkao has not only found a solid replacement, but they've found an amazing replacement by the way of current #4 ranked Featherweight here on LiverKick in Massaro Glunder. Glunder has been impressing the world in K-1 WGP in Japan over the past year or so and will now step into the ring with one of the living legends of the muay thai world in Saenchai. 

For a late replacement, Glunder, fighting out of Mike's Gym, is a fantastic choice on such late notice and will hopefully bring that same fire that he's been bringing to his fights in Japan. 

Yokkao 14/15 takes place on October 10th at Macron Stadium in Bolton in the UK and according to most reports is completely sold out.


Singdam Tells Liam Harrison He Has No Chance at Yokkao 15

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Yokkao 15 is quickly approaching, part of the big double header in Bolton in the UK with one of the feature attractions being Singdam Kiatmoo9 squaring off with the UK's own Liam Harrison. In this interview conducted by Yokkao's Stefania Picelli she talks about this being Liam's first fight and Singdam brings the heat. Singdam is of course a veteran of over 330 fights and isn't impressed with Liam's 100 fights, not even a little bit.

Oh yeah, he goes as far as to tell him that he has no chance on October 10th. Watch the interview below.


Main and Co-Main Announced for Muay Thai GP in November

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We recently learned about Muay Thai Grand Prix, the muay thai promotion in the UK that will be teaming up with Lion Fight to try to unite the best of the best from the UK muay thai scene and the US muay thai scene to help grow the sport. That is an admirable task that we look forward to seeing unfold in the future months. The first event since this announcement will be on November 22nd and this week MTGP has announced two blockbuster fights for that card.

The two fights announced are the main and the co-main. The main event of the night will feature Michael Wakeling vs. Regian Eersel for the Super Middleweight Championship. In the co-main event of the evening we'll see another world title decided when Jose Varela battles Wuttichai for the MTGP World Featherweight Championship. More will be announced in the coming weeks, but those two fights serve for a great foundation for a heavily-anticipated show for muay thai fans in the UK.

Make sure to check out their website for more.



Ky Hollenbeck Returning to the Ring at Lion Fight 24

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This Friday evening live from Foxwoods Resort and Casino in lovely Connecticut will be Lion Fight 24. Lion Fight 24 will see the return to the ring from Ky Hollenbeck after a prolonged absence. Hollenbeck competed for Lion Fight back in 2011 during the early days of the promotion and will now return against Chicago's Richard Abraham. 

The card also features two title fights, with Ognjen Topic competing against Stephen Meleady for the vacant 134lbs title and Jo Nattawut looks to defend his 154lbs title against the UK's Charlie Peters. Also on the card are Lion Fight mainstays in Gaston Bolanos and Chris Mauceri.

Lion Fight 24 will air live on AXS TV at 9pm Eastern.

Main Event

160 lbs Ky Hollenbeck (San Francisco, CA) vs Richard Abraham (Chicago, IL)

Co-Main Event – Title

134 lbs Ognjen Topic (Lodi, NJ) vs Stephen Meleady (Leeds, UNITED KINGDOM / IRELAND)

Feature Fight – Title

154 lbs Jo Nattawut (Atlanta, GA) vs Charlie Peters (London, UNITED KINGDOM)

142 lbs Gaston Bolanos (Dublin, CA) vs Ben Yelle (Marquette, MI)

142 lbs Chris Mauceri (Kingston, NY) vs Nicolas Parlanti (Brooklyn, NY / FRANCE)

134 lbs Julio Pena (Boston, MA) vs Yeison Berdugo (Providence, RI / COLOMBIA)

155 lbs Danny Millet (New York, NY) vs PJ Sweda (Philadelphia, PA) NON-TELEVISED PRO BOUT


Lion Fight and Muay Thai Grand Prix Announce Partnership

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Yesterday evening it was announced that Lion Fight is teaming up with British muay thai promotion Muay Thai Grand Prix that will see both promotions share talent, have their champions compete against each other and hold Grand Prix tournaments. This partnership is what both sides believe will be able to help to take international muay thai to the next level, by combining the top talent pools from the United States and United Kingdom.

This agreement includes signing future talents and the aforementioned tournaments, starting with qualification tournaments. The partnership means that world class talents from both sides of the Atlantic working with each other and the potential to put on some amazing fights. Lion Fight plans to host eight events this year while Muay Thai Grand Prix is planning three events in the UK. Scott Kent will be in attendance at Muay Thai Grand Prix's November 22nd event and hopefully we'll see more movement on this front soon.


Nong-O Kaiyanghadaogym Moving to Singapore to Join Evolve MMA

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One of the best Muay Thai fighters of the last year, Nong-O Kaiyanghadaogym, is to become a trainer at Evolve MMA. The reigning Rajadamnern 135 lbs champion and recent Toyota Marathon winner will be moving to Singapore to work with both fighters and students.

In 2005 Nong-O won the Thailand 118 lbs belt, his first major title, and was also awarded the prestigious ‘Sports Writers’ fighter of the year award. The following year he won his first Lumpinee title while competing at 122 lbs.

Nong-O would go on to become a fixture on the biggest cards at the Bangkok stadiums regularly facing off with the biggest names of the era like Saenchai Sor Kingstar, Petboonchu FaGroup, Singdam Kiatmoo9,  Jomthong Chatmoo9, etboonchu Fafacing off with the biggest names of the era like Saenchai Sor Kingstar, Petboonchu FaGroup, Singdam Kiatmoo9, Jomthong Chuwattana, Saketdao Petpayathai and Kongsak Sitbonmee.

In 2007 he won the Lumpinee 126 lbs title and two years later he claimed the stadium’s 130 lbs title. Nong-O had to wait until 2013 to win a Lumpinee title in a fifth division, beating Singdam to win the 135 lbs belt. 

Nong-O has already won the Thailand 135 lbs belt by beating Petboonchu the previous year and in 2011 he won his first Toyota Marathon, beating three top Thai fighters in the space of a single afternoon.

In 2014 Nong-O enjoyed a vintage year, beating his old rival Singdam to win the Rajadamnern 135 lbs belt, a title which he still holds to this day. He also knocked out three opponents in quick succession to win the Toyota Marathon and qualify for the Toyota Tournament.

The other three finalists were Singdam, Petboonchu and a Japanese fighter called Shoko Sato but  it was Nong-O who prevailed, beating Petboonhcu by decision in the final to win a Toyota Hilux Vigo and 300,000 Baht in prize money.

Nong-O used to fight out of the now defunct Sit-O camp but in 2011 he switched to the famous Petyindee academy which at the time was attached to the old Lumpinee Stadium. It remains to be seen whether he will continue to compete after joining Evolve MMA or will instead focus full time on working as a trainer.

In Singapore Nong-O will be reunited with numerous fighters he faced during his Muay Thai career with the likes of Singthongnoi Por. Telakoon, Orono Wor Petchpun, Pornsaneh Sitmonchai and Saketdao all currently employed as trainers by Evolve MMA.

For more information visit Evolve MMA.


Yokkao Heads to Argentina for Yokkao 16

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South America has long been an interesting incubator for talent in combat sports and Yokkao is looking to bring their unique brand of muay thai to Argentina this year. Yokkao announced that Yokkao 16 will take place in Argentina on November 13th in Rosario, Argentina. 

The focus of the show will be fighters from Brazil and Argentina as well as the inclusion of fighters from the Yokkao's UK team. The card will be announced shortly as well as the full, complete card for the upcoming Yokkao 14 and 15 in the UK that is set to take place on October 10th in Bolton. 


Yokkao Launches Revamped Online Shop

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For those of you out there looking for some new gear for the gym or just for whatever you choose to do at home in your muay thai and kickboxing-filled lives you know how much of a bummer it can be shopping for gear. Yokkao has heard what people want and totally revamped their online store at The new, easy to browse and purchase from store has everything that you are looking for broken down into sections.

So check out the new Yokkao store at


John Wayne Parr vs. Cosmo Alexandre III at Lion Fight 25

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The fight that was supposed to happen in 2013 will finally be happening on October 23rd at Lion Fight 25. That fight? John Wayne Parr vs. Cosmo Alexandre III. Each fighter has a win over the other and Lion Fight is making the rubber match happen live on AXS TV. Inside MMA announced the fight last night, as well as Jorina Baars vs. Martina Jindrova in the co-main event in what is looking to be an entertaining card thus far.

We'll have more on Lion Fight 25 when it's available.


Fight Card for Lion Fight 23

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This Friday evening live on AXS TV we'll see the triumphant return of Lion Fight with Lion Fight 23. This is without a doubt one of the more stacked Lion Fight cards in quite a while featuring an amazing main event between Malaipet and Liam Harrison and the co-main event featuring Tiffany Van Soest against Martyne Krol for the vacant Women's Featherweight Championship. The rest of the card delivers as well with Kevin Ross vs. Rungrat Sasiprapa, Victor Saravia against Stan Mancebo, GLORY vet Mike Lemaire against Andrew Kapel and perhaps the best fight on the show, Romie Adanza vs. Andy Howson.

This is perhaps the can't miss Lion Fight card of the year.


Malaipet vs. Liam Harrison

Lion Fight Women's Featherweight Championship: Tiffany Van Soest vs. Martyne Krol 

Kevin Ross vs. Rungrat Sasiprapa

Victor Saravia vs. Stan Mancebo

Mike Lemaire vs. Andrew Kapel

Romie Adanza vs. Andy Howson


Top King 4 Finals in Hong Kong Featuring Buakaw Banchamek on July 28th

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On this forthcoming Tuesday, Muay Thai promotion Topking World Series will return to the Star Hall in Hong Kong with their fourth event to date, featuring the highly-anticipated conclusion of their 70kg tournament.

The event will host both the semi-finals and finals of the tournament, with only four men left standing from the original sixteen. Buakaw Banchamek will be taking on Reece McAllister in the first semi-final, whilst Khayal Dzhaniev will meet Marat Grigorian in the other bracket.

Buakaw Banchamek is a man that needs little introduction. The two-time K-1 Max World Champion brutalised Steve Moxon en-route to third round elbow-induced finish in the opening round of the tournament, before besting Dmytro Konstantynov via decision to earn his place in the final four. 

Since his last loss back in 2013, England's Reece McAllister has fought like a man possessed. The 23-year old has made it to the semi-finals after tearing through both Crice Boussoukou and Marcin Parcheta inside of a round. The bout with Buakaw will undoubtedly be the biggest fight of the young Englishman's career.

21-year old Khayal Dzhaniev was a relative unknown prior to the tournament, however he has since turned some heads after his upset decision win over Niclas Larsen in the tournament quarter finals. "The Russian Brutal" will once again be looking to spring the upset as he takes on our #7 ranked lightweight Marat Grigorian. 

Marat Grigorian, 24, is one of the most active competitors in kickboxing today. After consecutive points victories over Abraham Roqueni and Eisa Alamda Nezam earned him his place in the semi-finals, Grigorian has gone on to fight another eight times since. A little over three weeks ago Grigorian finished three straight foes en-route to winning the K-1 70kg Championship.

Topking World Series regulars Pakorn, Thongchai Sitsongpeenong and Rungravee Sasiprapa are also set to compete on the card. 

The two-hour fight card will begin at 19:30 local time.

Fight card:
70kg Final: Winner of Bracket A vs. Winner of Bracket B
70kg: Buakaw Banchamek vs. Reece McAllister- Bracket A
70kg: Marat Grigorian vs. Khayal Dhaniev- Bracket B
63kg: Pakorn P.K. Seanchai Muaythai Gym vs. Varats Dzmitry
70kg: Thongchai Sitsongpeenong vs. Colin Law
57kg: Rungravee Sasiprapa vs. Wei Ning Hui
63kg: Sittisak Petchphayathai vs. Matt Embree

Liam Harrison vs. Singdam Kiatmoo9 Scheduled for Yokkao 15

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If you've been following muay thai and kickboxing for a while you definitely know the name Liam Harrison. Harrison, based out of the UK, has been one of the best non-Thai fighters to compete in the muay thai ring over the past few years and has built up quite a name for himself. Over that span of time he has fought a whopping 99 times and his 100th fight will not only be a big deal, it'll be a huge deal. At Yokkao 15 on October 10th he will face multiple-time Lumpinee champion Singdam Kiatmoo9.

Singdam is revered as one of the top fighters in the world at 135lbs, trading wins with the best fighters in the world over the past few years at Lumpinee Stadium, the mecca for muay thai. This headlining bout will be joining the other headlining bout from Yokkao 14 on the same night between Greg Wootton and Saenchai in what should be another crazy double header of a night for the fans in the UK.


The Yokkao Factory in Bangkok is Open for Business

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The Yokkao factory in Bangkok had its soft-opening last week for the public, meaning that if you are in the area you can go and check out the Yokkao Shop that has opened up inside of the new factory. To celebrate this Yokkao is pushing out a line of leather and denim Yokkao gloves and released a pretty awesome video highlighting the making of these gloves. 

It's pretty cool to see how far Yokkao have come over the past few years and how seriously they are taking their quality control and craftsmanship. Check out more details on Yokkao's site.


Saenchai vs. Wootton Scheduled for Yokkao 14 Plus Seminars and More

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If you think that it is easy being Saenchai then think again because he has been quite the busy guy over the past few months thanks to his partnership with Yokkao and it doesn't look to be stopping any time soon. Saenchai is just coming off a series of seminars in the UK and United States who, along with Pakorn and Yokkao promoter Stefania Picelli, visited select locations in both countries and held a number of seminars for both amatuers and professionals alike. 

After much demand Saenchai and Picelli are planning an extensive tour of the United States this fall, which more details will be announced shortly. The big news, of course, is that Saenchai will be headlining Yokkao 14 in Bolton against Greg Wootton in what should be quite a war. More details will be released shortly.

You can also follow all of the news of the Yokkao Games on their official site now, after commencing them late last month. The record for kicks thrown was from Ahmad Ibrahim with a staggering 417 kicks. Seriously.


Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke | In Pursuit of Greatness

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This Friday Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke will have the opportunity to become the first Thai fighter to ever win a title with a major MMA organization.

In this video the 37 year old returns to his roots at the Lookbanyai gym in Bangkok to discuss the journey which took him from the small southern town of Trang to the bright lights of the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke | In Pursuit of Greatness.


For more information about Dejdamrong visit: Evolve MMA


Lion Fight 22 Khalifa replaces Kem Sitsongpeenong

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Sadly the much anticipated bout between Jo Nattawut and Kem Sitsongpeenong is not going to be taking place at Lion Fights 22 on May 22nd. Kem has suffered an unfortunate injury which has forced him to pull out. Luckily Salah "The Beast" Khalifa has stepped up and is taking the fight on couple weeks notice even though he usually fights at 154lbs. I think Khalifa has great heart and is a very brave man to take this fight but in my opinion this fight shouldn't be too difficult for Nattawut. We did see Khalifa at Lion Fight 18 against Yodsanklai and it did not end well for him, now Nattawut is not a KO artist like Yod but I feel he can just dominate every round without much trouble.

Full Card

Jo Nattawut vs. Salah Khalifa (Lion Fight Welterweight Title)

Tiffany Van Soest vs. Bernise Alldis (Lion Fight women’s featherweight title)

Anthony Castrejon vs. Jason Andrada (Battle For Vegas Bragging Rights)

Damien Earley vs. Gaston Bolanos

Brian Del Rosario vs. Tom Morales

Christine Ferea vs. Calie Cutler



Yokkao to Open Factory in Bangkok Plus Saenchai Seminar Information for the UK and US

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It's been interesting to watch the evolution of the Yokkao brand over the past few years. It went from a fledgling gear brand looking to make an impact on a rather crowded marketplace to one of the leaders. In that period of time they have branched out into promoting a successful series of events throughout the world, establishing teams of elite fighters, sponsoring gyms and opening up operations worldwide. The latest step was opening up a new, 1000 square meter factory in the heart of Bangkok.

The new factory will be overseen by none other than Stefania Picelli, who will be moving from Europe to Thailand to oversee the factory, which is slated to open on June 15th and also include a public-facing shop. They will be offering tours and consultations for those interested in becoming a part of the Yokkao family as well.

Of course, Yokkao is still pushing that Saenchai and Manop will be returning to the United States on May 29th through the 31st for a series of seminars and for the beginning of the Yokkao Games. More details on the May US visit can be seen here. Those in the UK will be able to meet up with Saenchai and Pakorn in just a matter of days for similar seminars and information on the Yokkao Games on the 16th through the 24th. More details can be seen here.


Yodkhunpon Sitmonchai Makes Successful Comeback With KO Win over Armin Pumpanmuang

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Yodkhunpon Sitmonchai was one of the fastest rising stars on the Muay Thai scene but after a run of bad results the 21 year old decided to put his fighting career on the backburner and focus on his studies. On Tuesday night in Bang Saphan he returned to the ring and scored an extremely impressive KO win against veteran light middleweight Armin Pumpanmuang.

It was Yodkhunpon’s first fight under Muay Thai rules since 2013 and his first time fighting at 154 lbs and he looked noticeably slimmer than his opponent. Their matchup was the main event of an outdoor show to celebrate the Songkran festival which also featured Lakhai ‘The Alien' Or Boonchuay on the card.

Yodkhunpon’s last fight was for Glory last June and he dropped a decision to Gabriel Varga but he displayed no signs of ring rust in the opening round. The Sitmonchai star knocked Armin to the ground with a right push kick to the face in the first 30 seconds and seemed to have a clear advantage in terms of speed and skill.

Armin came back strongly in the second stanza and landed a hard head kick which Yodkhunpon to his credit just walked through. The 27 year old from Songkhla suddenly became the aggressor as his younger opponent resorted to attempting wild left hooks which were telegraphed and inevitably missed.

It seemed the tide had turned in Armin’s favour but by round three Yodkhunpon had regained his composure and was starting to control the fight again, albeit in more measured style than the first three minutes. It was developing into an intriguing contest but the end came suddenly after the older fighter leaned back to evade a right body kick.

Armin succeeded in making Yodkhunpon miss completely with the kick, not for the first time in the fight, but he misjudged his proximity to the ropes and ended up bouncing back towards his opponent only to be met with a devastating right uppercut elbow which connected just beneath the left eye.

Armin dropped like a stone and was unconscious for several seconds while there was elation among the contingent in Yodkhunpon’s corner who had travelled down from Kanchanaburi to witness the comeback of the former child prodigy. It was an extremely impressive performance, particularly given the amount of time he has been away from competitive Muay Thai.

Earlier in the evening Lakhai Or Boonchuay went up against a local opponent called Monsawan Tesabanbangsaphannoi who was returning to competitive action after an absence of ten years. Despite the massive disparity in height and reach ‘Alien’ came on strong in the fourth round to win the fight and take the 100,000 Baht side bet.


Muaythai Mania 8 is coming on April 18th

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After it's successful 7th event on Valentine's Day WMC Hungary returns with another show to the location at Szentendre, Hungary well known to the fans. The previous show brough some intense fights in five weight classes and Hungary's first professional female WMC bout!

Muaythai Mania 8 will be the fourth under the WMC umbrella with a more than likely sold out venue. The organizers (Róbert Skrobár of SzVSE) recently managed to sign a contract with one of the leading sports channels of  Hungary the fights will be recorded and a highlight will air soon after the live event.

As we mentioned in an earlier article regarding another show some promotions already started to get a foothold on national sports channels and coverage in general just seems to be increasing in Hungary. A window of opportunity seems to be opening up for bigger and better things. Fight fans might expect a bright future for kickboxing and muay thai in Hungary and we have do have some reasons to be optimistic when looking ahead into the future.

Fight card:
1. Kovács Alexandra (Tong Thai) vs Vaida Masiokaite (Kaunas) 61.24 kg
2. Kisfalvi Milán (SzVSE) vs Ovidijus Jurginas (Kaunas) 82.55 kg
3. Bereczki Dominik (Perfect Fight Club) vs Martynas Jasiunas (Vilnius) 72.58 kg
4. Bakacs Dezső (RFC) vs Ernestas Dapkus (Vilnius) 76.2 kg
5. Lapusnyik László (SzVSE) vs Mantas Rimdeika (Kaunas) 95+ kg
6. Albrecht Péter (SzVSE) vs Radics Róbert (Simon Gym Fertőszentmiklós) 66.68 kg


Victory Muay Thai VIII Stream on Friday -- The Road to the Garden

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Victory Combat Sports in New York have been promoting fights for a while now and were the first to promote MMA fights in New York City last year. They continue with their Spring series of events titled the "Road to the Garden" that begins on April 10th with Victory Muay Thai VIII. It's a stacked card full of the hottest fighters in the New York muay thai scene including a few exciting title fights.

The event will be broadcast via GFL for $14.99 starting at 6:30 PM Eastern.

105 lb USKA Women's Muay Thai Title- Gianna Cuello-Smith (5 Points Academy) vs Kit Fung (Queens MMA) 
147 lb Victory MT Title - NJ Mac (Blade Fist Muay Thai) vs Amin Almelik (Warrior Muay Thai)
170 lb Victory MMA Title - Champ Robert Ovalle defends against Cire Taylor
Prairie Rugilo (Girl Fight) vs Tiffany Cass (Krudar Muay Thai) 
Codie Payne (ATT Whitestone) vs Jesus Morales (Mantra MMA) 
Valeria Cardozo (Monster Muay Thai Arizona) vs Giovanna Wood (Sitan Gym Long Island) 115 lbs
Jeanette Esposito (CROM Physical Culture) vs Kyla Hachay (Kalsamrit Gym Canada) 115 lbs
Diego Jagessar (Striking 101) vs Josh Santos (Stockade MMA) 
Matt McCullough (Wellington Muay Thai) vs Marlon Wiprud (Class One MMA, Brooklyn, NY) 190 lbs MT
Kyle McShane (Toronto Kickboxing & Muay Thai) vs Rohan Dalton (Renzo Gracie NYC) 170 lbs
Brandon Medina (ECUBJJ) vs Westley Chow (Renzo Gracie NYC) 125 lbs
Arthur Bartosiewicz (C3 Athletics) vs Travis Hassang (ATT Whitestone) 

Check Out Sanny Dahlbeck vs. Jordan Watson from Yokkao 12

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Yokkao's most recent blockbuster double header might have been a few weeks ago but that doesn't mean that it's a distant memory. Yokkao has gone ahead and released the full fight video from Yokkao 12 for the Yokkao 70kg World title bout between Jordan Watson and Sanny Dahlbeck. It was quite a war and now you can watch it and see how exciting the fight really was for yourself.

Of course, the question now is when the rematch will be. It's difficult to watch this fight and not hope to see these two clash again. Agreed?


Bud Light Presents Lion Fight 22 Scheduled for May 22nd

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Lion Fight 21 may be next Friday, featuring Kevin Ross vs. Tetsuya Yamato in a rematch, but that doesn't mean that we can't plan for the future. They've announced that Bud Light Presents Lion Fight 22 will be going down on May 22. The event will happen at Sunset Station Casino in Las Vegas on Friday, May 22nd. The main event is going to be a big one in Khem Sitsongpeenong vs. Jo Nattuwat for the World Super Welterweight Champinoship.

Also featured will be Tiffany Van Soest vs. Bernise Alldis in the co-main event. Jason Andrada and Anthony Castrejon are set to square off in a 122lbs bought, Gaston Bolanos and Damien Early will clash in a Welterweight bout and Tom Morales faces Brian Del Rosario in another Welterweight bout.


VIDEO: Let's Relive Ross vs. Yamato in Anticipation for Lion Fight 21

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Next Friday evening on AXS TV we'll get the much-anticipated rematch between Kevin Ross and Tetsuya Yamato at Lion Fight 21 in Los Angeles. It is a rematch from Lion Fight 11 where both men had a bloody, grueling war under the lights of Fremont Street in Las Vegas. Thankfully AXS TV has us covered by having the first bout up on YouTube for us all to ingest in anticipation for the fight.

So enjoy and get pumped up.


New Inside the Fight: Kevin Ross vs. Tetsuya Yamato Drops March 25th

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At Lion Fight 21 on March 27th Kevin Ross and Tetsuya Yamato will have a rematch of their 2013 Lion Fight 11 classic. It was a star-making performance for both men that saw Yamato walk away with the split decision victory but definitely left room for a rematch between the two. That rematch goes down on March 27th in Los Angeles at Lion Fight 21.

Our bud Jeff Dojillo will be helping to hype up that fight by releasing another in his awesome series of "Inside the Fight" just two days prior to that fight, March 25th. Jeff will be releasing a new poster every few days in anticipation over at CombatReel until March 25th, when the video will be released.


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