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Jo Nattawut Filling in for Fabio Pinca at Lion Fight 19 Tonight

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Last night word came through that Fabio Pinca was ill and would be unable to compete tonight, meaning that Lion Fight had to scramble to find a new opponent for Sean Kerney for tonight's Lion Fight 19 on AXS TV. They announced today that Jo Nattawut has stepped in. Here is the information below.

The headlining main event fighters for LION FIGHT 19 both made weight this morning, and the men’s super middleweight main event is on for the full Muay Thai rules event tonight, Lion Fight CEO Scott Kent announced this morning.

Yesterday, Kent stated that Muay Thai Champion Jo Nattawut is stepping in on short notice to replace Fabio Pinca in the main event of LION FIGHT 19. Pinca had to withdraw from the fight due to illness. Nattawut vs. Kearney will now be a non-championship headliner for LION FIGHT 19 at Foxwoods Resort Casino’s Fox Theatre.

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Five Titles on the Line at Lumpinee Birthday Show on December 9th

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Every December Lumpinee Stadium celebrates its birthday with a big card and while the location might have recently changed the tradition remains with a show featuring no fewer than five title fights booked for next month.

The Krekkrai + Kiatpetch Promotions show on December 9th will see Pakorn PKSaenchaiGym take on Parnphet Kiatjaroenchai in defence of the 135 lbs Lumpinee belt he won by beating Singdam Kiatmoo9 at the grand opening of the stadium’s new location on Ram Intra Road in February.

The challenger is coming off a win over Kongsak PKSaenchaiGym, who trains at the same camp as Pakorn in Bangkok, and Parnphet has also beaten Yodpanomrung Jitmuangnont this year and will be looking to claim a title in one of Muay Thai’s most competitive divisions.

Saketdao Petpayathai, who beat Parnphet earlier this year, was scheduled to take on Kongsak but has been pulled from the card to be replaced by his Kiatpetch team mate Sittisak who faces the former ‘Fighter of the Year’ in a 133 lbs non title bout.

MuangThai Sor Boongium is coming off a fourth round KO win over Tuanpae ThebestUdon and will be back in action to take on another former ‘Fighter of the Year’, Peneak Sitnumnoi, who will be looking to work his way back up the rankings in the lightweight division.

The ten fight card also features reigning ‘Fighter of the Year’ Panpayak Jitmuangnongym who will put his Lumpinee 115 lbs title on the line against Prachanchay PK Saenchaigym while Ongree Sor Decapan and Wanchalong Sitsornong will also be defending stadium titles, against Ronachai Santi-Ubon and Gengkla Por Pekko respectively.

Judging from the flyer the fight between reigning Lumpinee 112 lbs champion Saknarinnoi Or.Auansuwan and Sarawute Phitphakpahadang will be a non title bout although this could easily be an oversight.

Krekkrai + Kiatpetch Promotions show, Lumpinee Stadium, December 9th

1 Ongree Sor Decapan Vs Ronachai Santi-Ubon

(for the Lumpinee 105 lbs title)

2 Prajanban Phor.Suantong vs Ballangngern Phetphanomtuan (107) 

3 Wanchalong Sitsornong vs Gengkla Por Pekko 

(for Lumpinee 115 lbs title)

4 Prachanchay PK Saenchaigym vs Panpayak Jitmuangnongym 

(for the Lumpinee 118 lbs title)

5 MuangThai Sor Boongium vs Penake Sitnumnoi (130)

6 Sittisak Phetphyathai vs Kongsak PK Saenchaigym (133)

7 Superbank Sakchaichode vs Thaksinlek Sitiniwat

(for Lumpinee 126 lbs title)

8 Pakorn PK Saenchaigym vs Parnphet Kiatjaroenchai 

(for Lumpinee 135 lbs title)

9 Saen Pranchaypit vs Sirimongkol PK Saenchaigym (127)

 

10 Saknarinnoi Or.Auansuwan vs Sarawute Phitphakpahadang (112)

 

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Sam-A vs Bangpleenoi Headlines Big Petyindee Promotions Card at Lumpinee on November 25th

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November 25th is the date of Petyindee’s annual show at Lumpinee Stadium to celebrate the birthday of promoter Wirat Wachirarattanawong and this year some of the fights will be televised live in Thailand on Channel 5.   

This follows on from the grand opening of Lumpinee Stadium in February when a 125 lbs four man tournament was broadcast on the same network and once again TV viewers will get a chance to see Petyindee’s golden boy Sam-A Kaiyanghadaogym live in action.   

The broadcast is scheduled to last from 10:10pm to 12:10am with Sam-A’s battle with Bangpleenoi 96Peenang undoubtedly the main attraction, there’s no word on what weight this will be at or whether there will be a title on the line.   

Sam-A’s stablemate Nong-O Kaiyanghadaogym, fresh from his Toyota Marathon win, will also be competing on live television when he takes on Kiatphet Suanaharnpeakmai while Satharnmuanglek Numpontep is going up against Thanaphet Tor Pran49.   

There are three additional fights which could potentially be televised live and they are Ploysiam Petchyindeeacademy vs Tukatatong Por Thairungruang, Satharnmuanglek Numpontep vs Thanaphet Tor Pran49 and Nomdapern STDtransport vs Yimsiam Nakornmuangdet.   

In addition there will be a nine fight card of non televised fights headlined by a super featherweight matchup between the tall, clinch orientated Petmorakot Wor Sangprapai and the notoriously hard hitting veteran Seksun Or.Kwanmuang.   

Petyindee Promotions, Lumpinee Stadium, November 25th 

Televized Fights 

Sam-A Kaiyanghadaogym Vs Bangpleenoi 96Peenang

Kiatphet Suanaharnpeakmai Vs Nong-O Kaiyanghadaogym

Satharnmuanglek Numpontep vs Thanaphet Tor Pran49

Ploysiam Petchyindeeacademy vs Tukatatong Por Thairungruang

Numdabplerng STDtransport vs Yimsiam Nakhonmuangdej

Non Televized Fights 

Petmorakot Wor Sangprapai vs Seksun Or.Kwanmuang (130)

Kwankaw Chor.Rajabhatsadu-Esarn vs Phet-Utong Or.Kwanmuang (129)

Egmonkol Kaiyanghadaogym vs Methee Sor.Jor.Toypedriew (119) 1 million Baht side bet

Gawganwang Kaiyanghadaogym vs Kachasan Wor Wiwatayana (126)

Wanchana Or Boonchuay vs Peteng Kiatphontip (120)

Panomrunglek Kiatmoo9 (118) vs Saksit Tor Piemsappadrew (120)

Kunhan Sitomnsak (112) vs Petlucha Sorupinda (114) for Thailand 115 lbs title

Petcharprap Kaiyanghadaogym vs Watfarmai Lianagym (113)

Petsormpom Sor Chalermsak (104) vs Taban Mike Sitjaysarong (105 lbs)

 

 

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Lion Fight 19 Card for November 21st

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On Friday the 21st of November, American Muay Thai promotion Lion Fights are returning to the East Coast for their seventh event this calendar year. Lion Fights 19 is set to take place from Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.  

Headlining the event will be a Welterweight title fight between current champion Fabio Pinca and contender Sean Kearney. Pinca captured the title just over a year with a five round unanimous decision victory over Muay Thai legend Malaipet back at Lion Fights 12. Canadian Sean Kearney comes into the bout on a five-fight win streak, recently completing a three month stint in Thailand in preparation for this bout. During his time in Thailand Kearney won an eight-man tournament, finishing all three of his opponents.

Chajmaa Bellakhal was originally supposed to be fighting current champion Caley Reece for the Women's Featherweight title. Unfortunately, Reece was forced to pull out due to injury so in her place steps combat sports veteran Jeri Sitzes. Despite entering the contest with only five professional Muay Thai bouts to her name, Sitzes has fight experience elsewhere as she's also competed in professional boxing and mixed martial arts. The bout will be a non-title affair.

Lion Fights 19 will be available to watch live on AXS TV from 9pmET.

  • Fabio Pinca (c) vs. Sean Kearney- Welterweight title bout
  • Chajmaa Bellakhal vs. Jeri Sitzes
  • Rungravee Sasiprapa vs. Ognjen Topic
  • Chris Mauceri vs. Coke Chunhawat
  • Rungrat Sasiprapa vs. Pedro Gonzalez
  • Matt Doherty vs. Julio Pena
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Singapore Based Singmanee Kaewsamrit Set to Return to Action at King’s Cup

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Singmanee Kaewsamrit is one of a handful of Muay Thai fighters to have successfully made the transition from being a stadium champion in Bangkok to becoming a major international icon of the sport. 

In 2012 he won the Thai Fight 67 kgs tournament which saw him fighting in front of a mainstream television audience for the first time in his career and he says this remains a favourite memory, 

“My biggest achievement was receiving a trophy from the King after my fight in Thai Fight. I truly felt honored to be able to meet the King face to face and I really cherish that trophy.”

During his career Singmanee has held the WPMF 147 lbs Title as well as the Siam Omnoi, Rajadamnern and WMC 140 lbs titles winning around 150 fights and facing some of the most famous fighters both from Thailand and abroad. 

One of the most formidable achievements was qualifying for Thai Fight because he had to defeat five separate Thai opponents in an Isuzu Tournament which took place over a series of Saturdays at Siam Omnoi Stadium in Bangkok, outpointing Superbon Lookjaomaesaivaree in the final. 

Singmanee has fought in France, England, Russia and Japan but says when it comes to competing there is no place like home, 

“It's always a great feeling fighting in Lumpinee and Rajadamnern Stadium in front of all my fellow countrymen but I especially like competing inside the Omnoi Stadium because I have had a lot of success there.” 

Although he has primarily been facing foreign fighters for the past few years Singmanee is not afraid to test himself against the top Thais and says he is happy to accept any fight, 

“I don't really have a preference as to who I fight. Fighting Thais I think can be quite predictable as we all train and move a similar way inside the ring whereas Westerners can be very unpredictable at times.” 

The 31 year old recently moved to Singapore to join the renowned team of trainers at Evolve MMA but despite being in demand as a pad holder he says he has no intention of retiring, 

“I don’t want to stop fighting, and I will be fighting again at the King’s Cup in Bangkok in December. There are a lot of ‘Yod Muay’ here at Evolve MMA like Namsaknoi and Orono who are around the same size as me so the training is very good.”

Former Lumpinee champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichok is making a big impression on the MMA scene with three wins out of three so far this year and Singmanee, who is a few years younger, admits he would be interested in following in the footsteps of his Thai team mate, 

“I would definitely like to try MMA in the near future.” 

For the time being he is just happy to be an active Muay Thai world champion who has the opportunity to teach and train overseas, 

“I started Muay Thai when I was around 10 years old at the Sor Siripong Gym in Surin and I think I got 50 Baht for my first fight. Now I am a trainer at the most famous martial arts gym in Asia and a world champion and I can provide well for my children, all thanks to Muay Thai!”

Interview and translation courtesy of Evolve MMA

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Yokkao 10 & 11 Highlights

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Earlier this month, on October 11th, Yokkao returned to the UK with a double header of events; Yokkao 10 and Yokkao 11. They had a lot of hype to live up to after Yokkao's last event in the UK that was one of the most talked about Muay Thai events outside of Thailand in quite a while. Yokkao delivered two big events in the UK to respond, with a champion being crowned on each event. These are the highlights from Yokkao 10 and 11 and for those of us that couldn't be there, this helps to clue us in to what we missed, while those that were there can relive it.

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Yokkao 10 & 11 Fight Card: Two Championships at Stake

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Supershowdown presents Yokkao are combining both their 10th and 11th shows into a super-card this coming Saturday from the Reebox Arena in Bolton, UK. It was announced today that both shows will feature a Yokkao World Champion crowned in the main events in the respective weights. 

Headlining Yokkao 10 will be Bad Company representative Jordan Watson as he makes only his second appearance of 2014 when he battles Frenchman Mickael Piscitello. 

Previous headliner Liam Harrison has unfortunately had to pull out of his scheduled bout with Kongsak Sitboonmee due to a shin injury he sustained in his September victory over Mehdi Zatout (link to image of injury). Veteran Tim Thomas has stepped up to replace him. 

Greg Wootton vs. Pakorn headlines the second show and was due to take place this past March, however Pakorn was unable to make the trip over to the UK due to visa issues. 

The event starts at 13:00 GMT with Junior and Pre-event Muay Thai bouts scheduled to start the evening. All bouts are to be contested under full Muay Thai rules (5x3).  

Here are the official cards.

YOKKAO 10


Jordan Watson vs. Mickael Piscitello (70kg) - Yokkao 70kg World Championship
Tim Thomas vs. Kongsak Sitboonmee (65kg)
Panicos Yusuf vs. Karim Bennoui (62kg)
Ste Long vs. Salah Khalifa (68kg)
Ben Lucas vs. Brian Totty (65kg)
Tim Nutter vs. Ste Foy (61kg)
Leif Taggart vs. Shane Farquarson (60kg)
Kai Laithwaite vs Sammy Baruca (51kg)

YOKKAO 11

Pakorn Sakyothin vs. Greg Wootton (65kg) - Yokkao 65kg World Championship
Dean James vs. Runmai Mo Tammachat (56kg)
Brad Stanton vs. Crice Boussoukou (69kg)
Dan McGowan vs. Nestor Rodriguez (54kg)
Sam Jackson vs. Luca Fonda (70kg)
Chris Whittle vs. Marcus Compton (61kg)
Josh Turnbill vs. Tommi McCormick (68kg)
Myk Estlick vs. Kieron Jessop (63.5kg)

 

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LiverKick Throwback: Germaine de Randamie vs Angela Rivera-Parr

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The world of kickboxing has a rich history to fall back upon so we here at LiverKick figure, why not? Why not give a glimpse into some of the fights from the past that have made up this wonderful sport and tie it all in to the present. The kids on the Instagram and Twitter like to call Thursdays "Throwback Thursdays," I'm just going to say that this is a LiverKick Throwback.

I've decided to share a bit of women's Muay Thai this Thursday, and I don't think we can talk about women's Kickboxing or Muay Thai without mentioning "The Iron Lady" Germaine De Randamie. An undefeated Dutch female Kickboxer with a record of 37-0 with 14 knockouts and easily one of the most violent women I've ever seen in the ring. She is 7 times world champion and even fought a Boxing match against a man, granted he was a Belgian actor (Tom Waes) who trained 3 months to fight but she still knocked him out in the 3rd round. She has recently turned to MMA where her success has not been as great as her kickboxing, but I will always tune in to watch her fight in hope that someone will dare to stand with her.

This fight is a 130 lbs female world title fight in California on Nov 19, 2005. Germaine is taking on Angela Rivera-Parr who is legend John Wayne Parr's wife and also a great female fighter. Her record at the time was 27 wins with 4 losses while De Randamie's record was 23-0. Now keep these records in mind when you watch this fight just to help you realize how strong and skillful "The Iron Lady" really is.

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Yokkao Runs Into Slight Setback for Yokkao 10/11

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It looks like Yokkao have run into a slight hangup when it comes to their upcoming events of Yokkao 10 and 11 at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton on October 11th. As we've seen is prone to happen with international fighters making their way into another country, there are a few visa issues for some of the fighters from Thailand. The good news is that Pakorn has been allowed into the country, while his trainers were not. Along with Pakorn's trainers, both Kongsak and Rumnai and their respective corners were denied entry into the UK. 

There has been some criticism pointed at the promoters for not doing their due diligence with the visa process, but ultimately it falls upon the parties who were denied entry, considering that everyone else's visas were approved. The visa process also takes the UK three weeks to be processed and there is a specific time frame which you must use the visa within. This is also something that tends to happen in combat sports due to how involved the visa process can be for fighters traveling to other countries. 

Pakorn vs. Greg Wootton will go on as scheduled while Yokkao is working on securing new opponents for Tim Thomas and Dean James. It should also be noted that over 70% of the tickets to the event were already sold well in advance of the card being announced after the last Yokkao event in England got some of the craziest rave reviews that I've ever seen for a live fight card. Before anyone straps on their tinfoil hats, Yokkao has paid the fighters who were unable to obtain visas and has a long track record of putting on shows under crazy circumstances with them still happening (like the Reunion show where the promoter pulled out at the last minute but the event was relocated).

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Thai Fight Vietnam Fight Card

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THAI FIGHT Vietnam will be taking place September 20, 2014 live at 17.30 - 20:00 (GMT+7) on CH3. Looks like a great Thailand vs the World type card, with lots of big Thai names.

Fight Card

Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee vs Alka Matewa 

Saiyok Pumphanmuang vs Marco Re 

Antoine Pinto vs Eduart Paci 

Iquezang Kor Rungthanakeat vs Sean Kearney

Saenchai PK SaenchaiMuayThaiGym vs Craig Dickson

Chanajon PK SaenchaiMuayThaiGym vs Naimjon Thutaboev

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Check Out Matt Lucas's Short Story Collection; 'The Boxer's Soliloquy'

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Sometimes it is good to know that there are people out there as crazy as I am. When I say crazy, I mean that in the nicest way, as well. In January of last year I released my first book, The Godslayer, which was a novel about a professional fighter coping with retirement and an ever-changing landscape of his sport passing him by. The truth of the matter is, there isn't a ton of fiction out there that accurately depicts the life of a fighter, which sucks considering there are tons of biographies. 

So I was pretty excited when I found out about Matt Lucas's short story collection, The Boxer's Soliloquy. Here's somebody as crazy as I am (well, maybe not as crazy) putting his stuff out into the wild and letting everyone have at it. It is a collection of fifteen interconnected short stories showing what life is like for fighters in both America and Thailand in one of the most brutal-yet-beloved sports in muay thai. Matt brings his own personal experiences from fighting to the table to add to the authenticity. 

I recommend that you check it out via ebook (here), or if you are still one of those tactile people, buy a hard copy

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Adidas Announces Partnership with Friday Night Fights

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Sports apparel brand adidas has been making a big push into the world of Martial Arts over the past few months with their latest move being an interesting one, to say the least. Today adidas announced that they are teaming up with New York muay thai promotion Friday Night Fights. Adidas seems inspired to look outside of the box in their sponsorships and teaming with Friday Night Fights is a tremendous opportunity for the New York-based promotion that has been making waves for years.

“From our perspective as a brand that so many expect so much from, connecting with the right grass roots fight promotion means everything. Our objective is support the core audience and everyday blue & white collar warriors,”  “The women and men who embrace what it means to face your goals and improve yourself every night you hit the gym are who we care about. This is our company obsession. How do we serve these dedicated people and their beloved sport?  The answer is clear.: We form an alliance with Friday Night Fight’s.”

ACS’s Managing Director Scott Viscomi continues, “when you come to their events, you can feel the energy in the room, it’s electrifying! Justin and his team are long term pro’s who know what it takes to match great athletes, and entertain the people buying seats.  As we work to remind the core market of adidas’ long and rich history in Olympic Judo, Tae Kwon Do, and Boxing to Professional Boxing, MMA, and Kickboxing, we couldn’t have a better strategic partner than FNF to relaunch our Muay Thai programs."

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Lion Fight 18 Weigh-In Results

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Tonight at 10pm Eastern time AXS TV presents Lion Fight 18 live from the Joint in Las Vegas Nevada's Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The card is an action-packed one from top to bottom with there being a lot of hopes for this being the combat sports show of the night in what is a very crowded night on cable television for combat sports. Here is a look at the weigh-ins from yesterday courtesy of Lion Fight.

Don't forget to join us tonight for live results of Lion Fight 18.

LION FIGHT MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MAIN EVENT 

YODSANKLAI FAIRTEX (153 lbs.) vs. SALAH KHALIF (153 lbs.)

CO-MAIN EVENT: JASON ANDRADA (120 lbs.) vs. STAN MANCEBO (120.4 lbs.)

JOSE PALACIOS (145 lbs.) vs. NICK CHASTEEN (145 lbs.)

CHRIS CULLEY (145 lbs.) vs. BRIAN DEL ROSARIO (145 lbs.) 

DAMIEN EARLEY (153 lbs.) vs. EDDIE ABASOLO (154 lbs.)

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Video: Lion Fight 18's Yodsanklai Open Work Out

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Tomorrow night on AXS TV Lion Fight 18 will go down, featuring Yodsanklai Fairtex defending the Lion Fight Middleweight Championship against the UK's Salah Khalifa. Yesterday Lion Fight hosted an open workout featuring the internationally-renowned fighter and Block Boy Media was there filming it for them. Check it out below.

Don't forget that Lion Fight 18 airs tomorrow night at 10pm Eastern time on AXS TV.

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Lion Fight 18 Competes For Your Time on Friday Night

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This Friday night is pretty much unprecedented for Lion Fight. Usually when they are running events they are clear of most competition. There might be a minor Bellator card here and there, but it’s usually nothing of consequence. This time around, well, things are a bit different. On September 5th combat sports fans are treated to an onslaught of programming that means that inevitably, only one event can be watched at a time. You can DVR what you want to watch later, for sure, but three events at the same time? Some DVRs aren’t even capable of such feats. 

This Friday we get to see the first real event from Bellator that will have his fingerprints all over it. Cokertor will finally make its debut with a card featuring King Mo Lawal against GLORY kickboxer Dustin Jacoby. The Bellator Featherweight Champinoship is on the line in a rematch betweeen Patricio Pitbull and Pat Curran, then you have both Cheick Kongo and Bobby Lashley in action. This is probably one of the bigger Bellator events that we’ve ever seen on free TV, at least since they canceled that PPV and moved the show to Spike. 

Then, on the other side of the spectrum, we have the UFC. The UFC goes down the street from Bellator to Foxwoods in Connecticut with what is a really stacked card for hardcore fans on free TV. The main event is Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Gegard Mousasi, a rematch from 2008. Then you have 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix Champion and former Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem against Ben Rothwell, which is an awesome fight. Add in Matt Mitrione and Joe Lauzon into the mix and you have an appealing free card for fight fans.

This is a lot of direct competition for Lion Fight this weekend. A lot. 

The Lion Fight Middleweight Championship is on the line as champion Yodsanklai Fairtex will square off against the game challenger that is Salah Khalifa from the UK. Then you have all-around bad ass Jason Andrada taking on Stan Mancebo in a bout that should feature excitement from beginning to end. Those are just the top two fights. The rest of the card is bound to provide quite a bit of excitement. In fact, to date, Lion Fight has yet to put on an event that would come anywhere close to considered dull. 

Nick Chasteen vs. Jose Palacios is another fight that you might not recognize their names unless you follow American muay thai and kickboxing closely, but this fight has the potential to be one of the better bouts of the night -- that’s across all three events -- and all you gotta do is tune in. Lion Fight has yet to disappoint and on Friday will have a lot of competition, but this fact alone, that Lion Fight has never disappointed, is reason enough to say that the rest can wait.

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Jorina Baars Not Competing at Lion Fight 18 After Contract Dispute

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Now this is kind of a bummer right here. Jorina Baars, holder of the Lion Fight Women's Welterweight Championship was set to defender her championship against Anke Van Gestel at Lion Fight 18 this weekend when things fell through this week. According to reports, Baars and Lion Fight had a last-minute contract negotiation and were unable to come to an agreement in time for the fight this weekend, with both sides probably walking away pretty unhappy about this last-minute change to the card. 

Jorina Baars was last seen annihilating Cris Cyborg Justino in March. 

Lion Fight 18 takes place on Friday at 10pm on AXS TV.

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Cards for Top King World Series 70kg Tournament

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Top King is promoting a huge, 16-man 70kg tournament that will span four big shows, the first of which are a pair of events, the first in Belarus, the second in France. Each night eight competitors squaring off in the first round, then there will be two additional shows for the tournament to play out to an exciting finish. The names are some of the best (available) talent in the world. The September 13th event will be available on Ch. 5 in Thailand or streaming online via EpiCentre.tv

Let's look at both cards.

Minsk, Belarus, Sept 13th

70kg Tournament: 
Buakaw Banchamek
Armen Petrosyan
Andrei Kulebin
Eisa Alamdar
Landon Simmon
Dmytro Konstantinov
Zheng Chunyu
Khayal Dhzaniev

Superfights: 
Rungravee Sasiprapa vs Dmitry Varets 
Phanom TopKingBoxing vs Dmitry Valent
Yokpetch Petchkasem vs Igor Liubchenko

Paris, France, Nov. 1st

70kg Tournament: 
Crice Boussouku
Abraham Roqueni
Vladimir Konsky
Reece Mcallister
Niclas R. Larsen
Marat Grigorian
Arman hambaryan
Hicham Chaibi 

Superfights: 
Buakaw Banchamek vs Steve Moxon
Jomthong Chuwattana vs Dylan Salvador
Pakorn PkSaenchaiMuayThai vs Jimmy Viennot
Thongchai Sitsongpeenong vs Dijmé Couliabaly

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Video: When Muay Thai Gets Ridiculous and Stupid

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So, muay thai. Muay Thai is a sport that is widely respected the world over for demonstrating some of the best fighting technique and skill, as well as being one of the most exciting sports in the world. Muay Thai has spread throughout the entire world and has taken on a life of its own in different nations, gaining popularity in places like the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States.

Of course, not everything muay thai is high level. There are some places in Thailand that like to take advantage of the national sport and lure in tourists with ridiculous spectacles. This video is just that. This video is from the Reggae Bar in Koh Phi Phi that is best known for letting tourists step into the ring for free booze or food. As you can see, this is not what you'd expect at Lumpinee or Rajadamnern. Trash can lids are definitely not a part of your standard muay thai fight.

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Lion Fight Announces Deal with Apparel Brand Kate Swim

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When we talk about kickboxing and muay thai in the United States, we talk about the desire to go "mainstream" and to make big deals happen. Lion Fight has shown a tenacity in growing their brand within the United States and starting on September 5th at Lion Fight 18, they'll be introducing something pretty new to the world of muay thai; fashion. Today they announced a deal with swimwear company Kate Swim, best known for being featured in Sports Illustrated's swimsuit editions in 2012, 2013 and 2014. 

Starting at Lion Fight 18 the promotion will be using Kate Swim models as ring card girls, them decked out in Kate Swim swimsuits. This is some out-of-the-box thinking for Lion Fight, which should definitely be applauded. 

Lion Fight 18 airs on September 5th on AXS TV at 10PM Eastern time.

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Lion Fight Announces Two Title Fights for Lion Fight 18

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On Friday evening (due to AXSTV's Inside MMA) Lion Fight announced two upcoming title fights for Lion Fight 18.

Kent confirmed that United Kingdom’s Salah Khalifa will fight reigning champion and Muay Thai legend Yodsanklai Fairtex for the men’s middleweight belt, and that Belgium’s World Champion Anke Van Gestel will challenge the unbeaten Jorina Baars for the women’s welterweight Lion Fight strap.

Inside MMA was the first to report news of the two contenders scheduled to face Fairtex and Baars, as well as the entire line up of live televised fights for LION FIGHT 18.

So we'll get Yodsanklai vs. Salah Khalifa and Anke Van Gestel vs. Jorina Baars at Lion Fight 18, which should be great. Here's the rest of the card for September 5th's Lion Fight 18.

LION FIGHT 18’s main live card is packed with American Muay Thai talent including Las Vegas local Jason Andrada, fighting out of Fight Capital Gym, vs. Canada’s Stan Mancebo. Rising star Nick Chasteen, fighting out of Phoenix, Arizona makes his return to the Lion Fight ring to take on California’s Jose Palacios. The card also features west coasters Brian Del Rosario, fighting out of Van Nuys, California vs. Victorville, California’s Chris Culley. Kicking off the first fight of the night will be Phoenix, Arizona’s Damien Earley vs. Vallejo, California’s Eddie Abasolo.

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A Breakdown of Yokkao's Return to the UK with Yokkao 10 and 11

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Yokkao are once again returning to the UK only this time with two cards in one night.

On October the 11th 2014 Yokkao will host their tenth and eleventh events from Bolton, England.  Whilst most of the card is yet to be unveiled, the handful of fights already announced make this a card not to be missed, featuring the best the UK Muay Thai scene has to offer against a whole host of talented and highly-regarded international opposition. 

Headlining the first card will be a bout between England’s best at 70kg as Jordan Watson competes for only the second time this calendar year as he faces off against French-Italian journeyman Mickael Piscitello.

Fellow Bad Company Muay Thai representative Liam Harrison will headline the second card against Kongsak Sitboonmee, a man who only a few years ago was regarded as one of the best Muay Thai fighters in all of Thailand. 

The fight between Pakorn and Greg Wootton was originally scheduled for this past March at Yokkao 8, however the bout was unfortunately cancelled due to travel issues with Pakorn and has been rescheduled for this event.

Yokkao # 10 2pm GMT:
Jordan Watson (ENG) vs. Mickael Piscitello (FRE)
Pakorn Sakoythin (THA) vs. Greg Wootton (ENG)

Yokkao # 11 6pm GMT:
Liam Harrison (ENG) vs. Kongsak Sitboonmee (THA)
Brad Stanton (ENG) vs. Crice Boussouku (FRE)
Dean James (ENG) vs. Runmai Mo Tammachat (THA)

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Buakaw Issues Apology Over Dog Abuse Video

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Yesterday there was some troubling news about one of the most beloved stars in kickboxing and muay thai when a video surfaced, originally posted on his Instagram account, that showed him "playing" with a dog. The video depicted Banchamek on top of the dog, taking its paw and slapping it in the face before using more force, with the dog increasingly crying out in what was a bit of a disturbing video. Buakaw and his team have today issued a statement in regards to the video.

To anyone who watched this video, I want to apologize if you were offended in anyway. The dog you saw in this video is name Milo. When he and his brothers were little, people tried to poison them to get rid of them. We at. the gym adopted Milo and his brother cafe, and gave them a home and love. I was playing with the dog and it was misinterpreted, I did not mean to hurt the dog. The video was deleted and someone hacked the video. We ask. you to please not share or comment any bad opinions of this misunderstanding. Know that Milo has a great family with us and is well taken care of! Sorry again. Buakaw Banchamek the fans and the people involved.

Definitely more along the lines of what we expect from Buakaw. Hopefully there was some sort of lesson learned here as well.

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Sigh. Here's Buakaw Banchamek Abusing a Puppy

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Sigh. Seriously, there's nothing pretty about this. This is stupid, this is obnoxious, it's kind of awful. Buakaw Banchamek is a guy who has been through a lot of crap and has had fans really pulling for him throughout. I've gone to bat for him a few times when he was claiming to being mistreated by his former camp and right now it's hard to feel bad for him. Abusing an animal of any kind is a really, really awful thing to do. Everything from simply hitting one in excess to the more horrible things like dog fighting and using weapons on them is just flat out wrong.

So you can only imagine the horror at this video that has been passed around the past two days. In this video Buakaw is sitting with a dog and playing with its paw. The problem is how he's playing with the dogs paw. He's taking the dog's paw and slapping it across the dog's face, then starts to get more aggressive as he goes on, jamming the paw into its mouth as the dog audibly cries out in pain. If you've ever owned a dog before, you know the sounds a dog makes when its in pain and it's not playing. Those are the sounds that this dog is making. Near the end of the video the dog is literally screaming out in pain.

It's hard to watch if you are a dog lover, or, hell, if you are just a decent human being. As an owner of two dogs there is never, ever a situation that would arise where a dog should be treated this way. Ever. This is not only in poor taste, but this is downright animal abuse. We live in an age of social media where stuff like this should not go unnoticed, if you follow him on social media tell him that this is not okay. It's hypocritical that he's posting photos on Instagram of him cuddling and playing with the same dog and kind of bothersome to see people defending his actions as "just playing" with the dog.

That wasn't just playing, that was being a shithead. The video is below and it is disturbing.

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Hungry for Vengeance at Lion Fight 17

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Mashantucket Reservation, CT- 8/1/14:  A series of storms rolled up the east coast from the Bahamas up through New England.  Harsh winds and strong rain softened up the surfaces for a big blow from hail much like a series of jabs can set up a strong power punch.  The harsh weather outside reflected what was going on inside the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort in Connecticut.  Lion Fight 17 had brought a thunderstorm of Muay Thai action that few who saw it will forget.  I must say, if you are looking for awesome action, exciting techniques, and awesome aerial displays you don’t need to go to Glory, you can definitely get your fill from the high-class Muay Thai in the Lion Fight Promotions!

This night’s line-up featured some great matches and re-matches, and if you had never seen an actual Lumpini Champion in action live, this was a great opportunity.  Scott Kent and Christine Toledo had brought Malaipet Sasiprapa to the States for a second match-up against Philadelphia’s Justin Greskiewicz.  Also on the card as the co-main event, Brazil’s Cosmo Alexandre was matched-up against Atlanta’s Jo Nattawut.  The professional undercard had great talent in the likes of Brett Hlavacek and Cyrus Washington, Carlos Lopez and Rami Ibrahim, Victor Saravia and Andy Singh, and Tim Amorim versus second time last minute replacement, Pedro Gonzalez.  Even the amateur preliminaries were exciting, entertaining bouts pairing local talent and some tough out-of-towners.  

In the Main Event, a confident and energized Purple People Eater aka Justin Greskiewicz started well, as he came out jabbing, and probing Malaipet’s defense.  Everything was going according to plan until thirty seconds into the fight, when Malaipet countered a probing low kick with a solid overhand right that landed flush on Justin’s temple sending him clattering to the canvas quickly.  Running on auto-pilot at this point, Greskiewicz returned to his feet, wobbled on his rubbery legs, and then pulled himself together in time to beat the count and continue.  The dazed Greskiewicz reverted to his hard-wired programming; advance and attack.  As he came forward, trying to reassert himself and recover the fight if not the round, Malaipet circled and moved around and countered Justin’s punches with hard shin kicks to the ribs and underarms.  Somehow, Justin made it through the first round and back to his corner for a refresher.  The minute rest helped a lot, as Greskiewicz came out back in form for the second.  Although by no means dominant, Justin was more accurate and effective with his boxing.  He landed some hard shots to Malaipet’s head and body, pushing the thickly muscled Thai backwards and into a circling pattern, but not hurting him.  At the same time, Sasiprapa continued to pepper Greskiewicz with hard punches and more kicks to the body.  By the end of the second round, Justin’s latissimus muscles had turned the same dark purple hue of his trunks.  Malaipet had tasted Justin’s power in the first two rounds and seemed to be unimpressed as the third round started.  He began to clown around, sticking out his tongue and shaking his head when hit.  He was baiting Justin to come at him, like holding a fat steak in front of a hungry dog’s eyes.  Undaunted, Greskiewicz advanced, landing a clean 1-2 combination.  Malaipet shrugged it off, again clowning.  Justin pressed forward, closing the distance and trying to land some elbows.  With some smooth footwork, the thick Thai avoided the attack and swept Justin to the ground loudly.  Now behind three rounds and an 8-count, Greskiewicz would have to sell out in the last two stanzas if he was to stake any claim on victory.  He came out of the corner under control but more intense with a more consistent pace.  He had mentioned to me previously that he expected Malaipet’s conditioning to be a weakness in his game, and that he would fade as the rounds went on.  Attacking with good boxing skills and combinations, Greskiewicz managed to cut Malaipet in the corner of his eye.  Malaipet’s reaction to the more oppressive Greskiewicz was stolid, more serious now, with no clowning.  I was briefly reminded of Ivan Drago in Rocky IV when he got cut, or James “the Grim Reaper” Roper in The Great White Hype, taking a good shot as an insult and hitting the switch to really turn his game on.  Going into the final stanza, Justin knew he was behind on the cards, at least 3 rounds to 1 and that pesky early knock-down.  Still under control, knowing that Sasisprapa was looking for that over-aggressive movement to counter hard, Greskiewicz attacked from distance.  He landed a clean high teep to Malaipet’s face, snapping his head back, and giving notice that Justin wasn’t ready to admit defeat just yet.   It seemed as if Justin’s comment about the older Thai’s conditioning was ringing true as Malaipet threw less and less, and defended more and more.  This allowed Justin to rack up points in the round.  However, when Malaipet felt Justin taking too much momentum, he would fire back effectively and not just coast through the round.  The final decision was a Unanimous Decision in favor of the Lumpini Champion, Malaipet Sasiprapa.

In the Co-Main Event, Jo Nattawut took on Cosmo Alexandre in what looked as much like a professional fight in Thailand as almost any fight I’ve seen in the US.  They both took their stances and bouncing rhythms early and began the slow feeling out first round typical of fight in the big stadiums in Thailand.  Once in a while one of the combatants would land a sharp strike, countered equally by the other.  It was the slow steady build up that the true fans of Muay Thai can appreciate, much like the Ram Muay/Wai Kru.  Unfortunately, not everyone in the crowd was an educated fan of Muay Thai.  It was one drunk asshole, who just wanted to see some violence who repeatedly shouted silliness into the ring, things like “kill ‘im”, “rip his fuckin’ head off”, and other lame standards.  Undaunted, and not acknowledging the idiot, the fighters moved on, and in to the second round.  Cosmo seemed to be testing Jo’s power, taking a couple of shots, in order to land a hard on in return.  The pace had picked up a tick, as both fighters used quick punches to set up leg and body kicks, and both countered well when hit.  As the rounds progressed, so did the action and amount of power shots.  More knees from both fighters, more kicks to the head from each marked the passage of time.  In the third and fourth, Cosmo’s Defense First style allowed Jo to dictate the pace and get off clean shots consistently over the two rounds.  Alexandre did take the opportunity to explode in a few well-placed flurries and aerial attacks.  It seemed to me that Nattawut was, however, starting the exchanges and finishing them.  The fifth round was somewhat less than exciting.  A strong throw by Jo early was equalized by one from Cosmo towards the end, with not too much in the middle.  The Split Decision went to Nattawut, 48-47, 47-48, 48-47.

In a very interesting rematch, Cyrus Washington would take on Brett Hlavacek.  Brett had very recently taken Cyrus’ WBC title in a hard-fought battle at Chris Tran’s great Warrior’s Cup promotion in New Jersey.  Although the belt was not up for grabs, a shot at vengeance was.  This type of rematch is often great motivation for the guy who had lost the first.  They often rededicate and refocus themselves, pushing to another level during training.  However, it appeared that Brett had counted on that and trained harder and more effectively than ever before.  Brett came out in the best shape I have ever seen him in, and looked not only confident, as he usually is, but also focused, and serious.  Cyrus came out toned and ready as ever.  At the bell, Cyrus came out swinging for the fences, trying to punish Brett and possibly hurt him early.  Brett, however, was on his defensive game, blocking or evading most of Cyrus’ shots.  In a short clinch, Brett grazed Cyrus’ eyebrow with a rising elbow.  It didn’t land hard and flush, but just enough to open a cut and start a trickle of blood between Cyrus’ eyes.  The fight progressed with an intense pace, with both fighters flashing elbows and power kicks.  At one point, Brett landed an elbow and went to finish the combo with a jumping knee, Cyrus spotted it coming, and stepped around into a safe position and swept the already airborne Brett, flipping him upside down, landing in a heap on the back of his neck.  Brett smiled, picked himself up, and a moment later landed a straight right hand flush to Cyrus’ chin, sending Washington to the mat for an 8 count.  The rounded ended with Brett pinning Cyrus to the ropes and peeking over his shoulder to watch himself on the big screen.  He landed a few lateral knees to Cyrus’ flank then pushed off and landed a nice elbow at the bell.  This caught Cyrus’ attention.  From then on, Cyrus would try to press and push the pace, desperate to even the score and take the victory.  As Cyrus pressed forward, he was stepping into Brett’s range.  Brett used his quick hands and good movement landing some flashy and effective blows, including a teep to the face, some good elbows, and a nice double round-kick going from Cyrus’ body then quickly up to his head.  The fourth round slowed the output a bit, as each man seemed to be resting up for the final showdown.  In that final round, Cyrus’ used a savvy right feint to set up and land a hard left hook to Brett’s head and followed that trying to take the momentum, round and possibly the fight.  Brett tried to smother Cyrus’ attacks, but didn’t go on the offensive in return.  He seemed to be shutting the engines down and relying on the rounds he had banked as well as that knock down.  The decision was one of the only weird ones of the night, as one judge had it 47-47, one 48-46 and the last 48-45 for a majority decision for Hlavacek.

In other notable pro action, Rami Ibrahim suffered a tough loss to the taller, longer, quicker and stronger Carlos Lopez by Unanimous Decision: 49-46, 49-46, 50-44.  An acrobatic aerial attack from Andy Singh was shot down by the grounded, steady approach of Victor Saravia.  Saravia won by TKO in the fourth round.  In his second pro fight, Tim Amorim learned a valuable lesson; don’t sleep on last minute replacements.  The always game Pedro Gonzalez kept up his usual bull-rushing style, driving Tim to the ropes and dropping him with a right hook.  The game Amorim played matador as well as he could, but the ring was not big enough for him to keep a distance.  He was eventually bullied into a TKO loss in the fourth round.

The amateur bouts were exciting and good match-ups, although I would like to see them lose the head-gear and shin pads.  The pro fights were top notch, and the Main Event did not disappoint.  It was a great night that showed not only great Muay Thai technique, but the heart, discipline and character of Thai-boxers that help build the reputation and mystique of our beloved Art of Eight Limbs.  

-CHOK DEE!

Amateur Results:
Jared Tipton def Jose Rivera by UD
Billy Keenan def Chanon Kuldaree by SD
Bryce Lawrence def Stephane Smarth by UD
Nicole Scimeme def Jessica Palencar by UD
Patrick Rivera def Nate King by UD

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FundAFighter Launches Campaign For Muay Thai Trainer Peter Sisomphou

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Legendary Muay Thai trainer Peter Sisomphou has worked with countless top names in the world of martial arts over the years, including Firas Zahabi, David Loiseau, Ivan Menjivar and more. He's been a name within the world of martial arts for a very long time now and recently had to undergo a quadruple bypass surgery, which has a very long road to recovery. For a guy like Sisomphou, being in the gym and training fighters is how he makes his living and right now he is unable to do that.

FundAFighter has launched a campaign to raise money for Sisomphou while he is recovering to help to pay for his bills while he waits to get back into the gym and working again. Remember, the world of martial arts is not one that includes 401ks, sick pay and other luxuries found in desk jobs. So head over to FundAFighter to read more about Masta Peter Sisomphou and how you can help. 

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Lion Fight 17 Fight Card Changes

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Lion Fight 17 has changed quite drastically since we last announced it. It was supposed to be the US debut of Thepnimit "Mr. Knock" Sitmonchai but since he had visa issues he is not able to fight. His opponent Dean James got injured at the same time, so this fight had to be scrapped.

Now the co-main event Malaipet Sasiprapa Vs. Justin Greskiewicz has been bumped up to the main event, which hopefully is going to make both men want it more and fight harder for the fans especially considering Malaipet can sometimes be lazy. As for the new co-main event two fighters have stepped up on short notice Brazil's Cosmo Alexandre and Thai champion Jo Nattawut.

As much as I wanted to see Thepnimit fight I feel Cosmo and Nattawu have saved this card by stepping in last minute and adding some real world class Muay Thai to an event who's main event was cancelled. 

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Lion Fight 18: Yodsanklai Fairtex and Jorina Baars Defending Belts.

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Lion Fight 18 will take place on September 5 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. They announced today here that it will include Yodsanklai Fairtex and Jorina Baars defending their Lion Fight World Titles.

Yodsanklai Fairtex won his World Title at Lion Fight 10 a year ago with a unanimous decision over Chike Lindsay. He hasn't lost a fight since November 2011 and has looked like a rejuvenated man since then. Yodsanklai has been showing up in the best shape he has ever been in, and his skills have looked very sharp. I have actually spoke with a few fighters that have fought Yod and they all have the same thing to say, "it's never a good time, and its the hardest left kick I have ever felt." In my opinion Yodsanklai is one of the most exciting and skilled fighters out of Thailand and I'm glad they are finally bringing him back to the US to defend his title, now I wonder who they will match him with. I can't think of anyone on the Lion Fight middleweight roster at the moment that is going to pose a threat to that title.

Jorina Baars shocked the world by beating Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino at Lion Fights 14 on March 28th of this year. Cyborg was the favourite and not only did Baars win, but she dropped her several times with perfect knees and kicks to show who was the better Muay Thai fighter. She fought a great fight against an opponent who was physically a lot stronger by keeping her away with her long kicks and dominating most of the fight for the unanimous decision win. Jorina is confident that no matter who Lion Fights puts in front of her on September 5th she will take care of them as she did Cyborg and retain her Welterweight title.

This is one Lion Fights card I am actually looking forward too, Yodsanklai is one of my favourite Muay Thai fighters, and Baars left a huge impression on me her last fight, I can't imagine a card with both these incredible fighters not being one of their best shows yet.

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Lion Fight 17 Full Fight Card

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Lion Fight 17 will take place on August 1st at the Foxwood Resort Casino and Live on AXS TV. The promotions big announcement is the US debut of Thepnit "Mr Knock" Sitmonchai, hes a very aggressive fighter with the typical Sitmonchai style. He is a south-paw with hard, fast punches and low kicks with an amazing right uppercut. He has a total of 98 knock outs on his record and he fights from 118-124lbs that is absolutely unheard of for a fighter that weight, so expect fireworks. 

Malaipet will be re matching Justin Greskiewicz and hope to end his two fight losing streak. Malaipet defeated Greskiewicz at Lion fights 6 (May 2012) but I feel that Justin will be wise to Malaipet's tricks this time and won't be falling for them again. Also the always exciting Rami Ibrahim will be taking on World Welterweight Muay Thai champion Carlos Lopez.

I have included a Mr. Knock highlight video so everyone can realize the power this man has for his weight class, enjoy.

MAIN EVENT: THEPNIMIT "MR KNOCK" SITMONCHAI vs. UK CHAMPION DEAN JAMES

CO-MAIN EVENT REMATCH: MALAIPET vs. JUSTIN GRESKIEWICZ 2

PHILLY’S RAMI IBRAHIM vs. CARLOS LOPEZ

WEST COAST’S VICTOR SARAVIA vs. EAST COAST’S ANDY SINGH

LUDLOW, MASS. LOCAL VICTOR MONFORT vs. NYC’S BRETT HLAVACEK

GLOUCESTER LOCAL PEDRO GONZALEZ vs. PHILLY’S TIM AMORIM

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