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Lion Fight 28: Cedric Manhoef Replaces Kem Sitsongpeenong

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Cedric Manhoef will be stepping in to fight for the Lion Fight welterweight title against Jo Nattawut on February 26, 2016 at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. 

The reason for Kem Sitsongpeenong being replaced is yet to be released but hopefully he will be ready to fight the winner of this fight later on in the year. Luckily there is still a decent amount of time for Manhoef to prepare as this will be one of his toughest tests to date not to mention Manhoef fought mostly K-1 Rules in 2015 where as this fight will be full Muay Thai. It will be interesting to see how Cedric adapts to the rules and fighting such a crafty Thai in Jo Nattawut.

Lion Fight 28 Full Card

Welterweight Title: "Smokin" Jo Nattawut (Atlanta, GA) vs Cedric Manhoef (Amsterdam, Holland)

Lightweight Title: Ognjen Topic (Lodi, NJ) vs Sergio Wielzen (Amsterdam, Holland)

Ky Hollenbeck (San Francisco, CA) vs Justin Greskiewicz (Philadelphia, PA)

Chris Mauceri (Kingston, NY) vs Nick Chasteen (Phoenix, AZ)

Turan Hasanov (Brooklyn, NY) vs Asa Tenpow (West Palm Beach, FL)

Yeison Berdugo (Providence, RI) vs Bryce Lawrence (Naples, FL) 

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IKF Reverses Decision in Bolanos vs. Kronphet

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In an interesting twist of fate a controversial decision from a recent fight was actually reviewed and reversed. At the most recent Lion Fight Gaston Bolanos and Kronphet battled in a razor-close bout that saw the live judges score the fight for Kronphet, much to the dismay of many fans. All of that has changed now.

The IKF has announced that they reviewed the fight by sending an audio-less version of the bout to twenty one judges around the world only for 19 of those judges to score the fight for Bolanos, one to score it a draw and two scored it for Kronphet. With numbers like that it was easy for them to overturn the decision and score the fight in the favor of Bolanos. [source]

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Wildly Inconsistent Judging Strikes Again, This Time Against Gaston Bolanos

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In what has become a plague of sorts, yet another quality combat sports event happened this weekend under the Lion Fight banner and fans were left scratching their heads over it. The fight in question was at Lion Fight 27 between Gaston Bolanos and Kronphet. It was a competitive five round affair, the first decision for Bolanos and the young fighter learned firsthand why everyone always echoes the now empty sentiment of "never let it go to the judges."

Because he let it go to the judges and the decision rendered was not great. While it was a close fight, the body kicks from Kronphet were what scored him points with the judges. Unsurprising to many, but the two Thai judges scored the bout for the Thai fighter, while the other judge scored the fight for Bolanos. Simply watching the fight you can see in the later rounds how Bolanos grew more comfortable, was cutting off the ring and was scoring points with punches, elbows and the clinch sweeps, all of which he was landing consistently against the Thai. 

The IKF was overseeing Lion Fight 27, from what we understand on somewhat late notice, but the rules going into the fight weren't in doubt. Interestingly enough, the referee didn't seem to grasp the concept of the rules and was quickly breaking up clinches between the two men, to the point where I've seen more clinchwork allowed in kickboxing fights, even recent ones. Confusingly enough, the referee wasn't the only problem, because the judges didn't seem to grasp the scoring, either. If in kickboxing what Sitthichai did against Robin van Roosmalen wasn't enough for a win, under muay thai rules what Kronphet did to Bolanos was essentially zilch. IKF's own rules spell it all out.

In fact, from reports that we've received, the two judges in question had scored Kronphet as the winner in round four for one judge and round five for the other, either one of those being objectively insane calls by most educated eyes. From what we understand the IKF is looking at the decision and may even be considering overturning it, but even if not, this fight will just be tossed onto the pile of evidence that officiating in kickboxing and muay thai needs a complete overhaul. Anyone that is to referee or judge a fight should understand the rules and be properly vetted, much like a jury is in a court case, to ensure that fighters won't have to keep working so hard to face this level of uncertainty and fear when they are fighting a tough opponent that they just can't seem to knock out. 

What's especially tough is that the onus here doesn't fall on the fighters or their coaches for failing in any way, or even the promotions, who aren't directly assigning these officials, but the overseeing bodies that exist in combat sports, all of which tend to feel outdated, insecure and relics from a time long since past. If we want to see the sports of kickboxing and muay thai gain a stronger hold not only in America, but in Europe and other parts of the world as well, there needs to be a unified front and we need to stop having these divisive moments happening every few weeks. 

I'm not here to point fingers, to accuse anyone, just at this point a plea for these people to remember that they are helping to frame the careers of all of these fighters and that their decisions carry long shockwaves that don't just stop when the bell rings.

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Weigh-in Results For Tonight's Lion Fight 27

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Joe Rogan's favorite stand-up promotion returns to the airwaves tonight on AXS TV with a big, two-title bout fight card that is sure to entertain during these winter doldrums. The main event sees the Welterweight title on the line between Charlie Peters and Fabio Pinca, while the co-main sees Tiffany Van Soest contend for her second championship at Women's Super Bantamweight against Ashley Nichos.

Also on the card is Gaston Bolanos against Kronphet, Brian Del Rosario against Chris Culley and everyone's favorite Coke Chunhawat against Anvar Boynazarov. 

Lion Fight 27 Main Card – Begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on AXS TV

Main Event – Welterweight (147 pound) Title Fight – Charlie Peters (146.4) vs. Fabio Pinca (145.2)

Co-Main Event – Women’s Super Bantamweight (120 pound) Title Fight – Ashley Nichos (119.2) vs. Tiffany Van Soest (119)

Welterweight (143 Pound) Fight – Kronphet Phetrachapat (143.6) vs. Gaston Bolanos (142.4)

Welterweight (147 pound) Fight – Chris Culley (150.2) vs. Brian Del Rosario (146.6)

Super Lightweight (137 pound) Fight – Coke Chunhawat (137.4) vs. Anvar Boynazarov (140.4)

Lightweight (132 pound) Fight – Jared Papazian (133) vs. Travis Clay (131.2)

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Lion Fight 27 Fight Card

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Lion Fights 27 is taking place this Friday January 29th at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California.

Fabio Pinca will take on Charlie Peters for the welterweight title and Tiffany Van Soest will defend her super bantamweight title. Lets hope Lion Fight can keep the momentum going from their last great show.

Full Card

WELTERWEIGHT TITLE: FABIO PINCA vs. CHARLIE PETERS

WOMEN'S SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT: TIFFANY VAN SOEST vs. ASHLEY NICHOLS

COKE CHUNHAWAT vs. ANVAR BOYNAZAROV

GASTON BOLANOS vs. KRONPHET PHETRACHAPAT

CHRIS CULLEY vs. BRIAN DEL ROSARIO

TRAVIS CLAY vs. JARED PAPAZIAN

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Sam-A and Petboonchu Both Moving to Singapore to Work as Trainers

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It’s the end of an era in Muay Thai with Petboonchu FA Group and Sam-A Gaiyanghadaogym becoming the latest in a long line of top Muay Thai fighters to retire from active competition in Thailand and move to Singapore.

Three years ago the likes of Petboonchu, Sam-A, Nong-O Gaiyanghadaogym, Saketdao Phetpayathai, Peneak Sitnumnoi and Ponsaneh Sitmonchai could be found fighting on the biggest cards of the year at Rajadamnern and Lumpinee.

Between them they’ve won just about every title Muay Thai has to offer but now they are all working full time as trainers in Singapore alongside several other big names from the sport like Orono Wor Petchpun and Namsaknoi Yudthagarngamtorn.

Peneak and Petboonchu are still relatively young but both had begun the process of winding down their fighting careers well before moving to Singapore. The rest are veterans of 300+ fights who, while still competing at the pinnacle of the sport when they stopped, are already slightly past their heyday.

In an emotional post on Facebook yesterday Sam-A thanked everyone who had contributed towards his 24 year fighting career. The multiple time Lumpinee champion stated that with his 33rd birthday approaching he felt the time had come to call time on a career which culminated with him winning the Toyota Marathon tournament last Christmas day.

Sam-A won the Lumpinee ‘Fighter of the Year’ award in 2011 but narrowly missed out on winning the prestigious Sports Writer’s ‘Fighter of the Year’ award a few months later when he was beaten by Peneak. The two will soon be colleagues and can reminisce about the part they played in one of the more memorable fights of the decade.

In terms of silverware few collections can compare to that of Petboonchu. He won an incredible 14 different titles in nine different divisions and will be reunited with several of his former opponents at Evolve MMA including Sam-A, Orono, Nong-O and Saketdao.

While Muay Thai fans will be sad that these legendary fighters are no longer going to be competing in the Bangkok stadiums they have all earned the right to make a comfortable living from the sport without putting their bodies on the line by fighting every month.

And as one era ends another is beginning with young fighters like Panpayak Jitmuangnon, Sangmanee Sor Tienpo, Ronachai Sunti-Ubon, Ginsanglek Tor Laksong and Muangthai PKSaenchaigym stepping up to replace the likes of Sam-A and Petboonchu.

Even the very best Thai fighters only receive purses in the region of 100,000-150,000 Baht at the Bangkok stadiums and their managers and camps often take a cut of around 50 per cent. At Evolve MMA they can earn considerably more than this per month so it seems likely that more of Muay Thai’s biggest names will be moving to Singapore once their competitive careers are done.

For more information visit: Evolve MMA.

 

 

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New Yokkao Gym in Bangkok Promises Best Muay Thai Experience in Bangkok

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Thailand's muay thai tourism is well known all over the world and while it might not attract the same sheer numbers as attractions such as theme parks do, those that it does attract come from all over the world with a pure passion for the art of eight limbs. To get that full, authentic muay thai in Thailand training experience you'd usually need to travel out to more remote parts of the country, but Yokkao has been looking to change that.

Since the uptick in muay thai tourism there have been more and more gyms opening in the Bangkok area, but have the reputation that other "tourist gyms" have, which is to say that tourists can show up, say that they trained muay thai and Thailand and get churned out without learning much, all while still in a major area of the country and getting to soak in the local culture and have some fun. 

Yokkao, like I said, is looking to change all of that. Their plans for a gym in Bangkok aren't anything new and they've run into some roadblocks along the way, but on January 16th the doors finally opened to the Yokkao Training Center in Bangkok. Not only is there an adjoining shop where you can pick up any and all Yokkao gear that has been taking the world by storm, but you can train in their fully-realized training center that features training regiments assembled by Saenchai, Manop and Singdam. If you are lucky they might even be there training. 

The gym promises to bring intense, championship level training to Bangkok and you can check it out right now. 

 

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Ognjen Topic vs. Sergio Wielzan Set for Lion Fight 28

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Lion Fight returns in 2016 on January 29th with Lion Fight 27, but that doesn't mean that they aren't thinking to the future. We already knew that Jo Nattawut would be defending the Lion Fight Super Welterweight Championship against Kem Sitsongpeenong at Lion Fight 28, now we know that there is a second title fight being added to the mix. Ognjen Topic is set to defend his Lion Fight Lightweight Championship against none other than Sergio Wielzan at Lion Fight 28. 

Wielzan is the former It's Showtime 61MAX Champion and the current W5 60kg Champion.

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Vote for Muay Thai GP's top KO of 2015

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The holidays season is just about coming to a close with New Year's rapidly approaching, which means that it's time to look back on 2015. Muay Thai GP based out of the UK has had one hell of a first year thus far, partnering with Lion Fight in the US and putting on a series of exciting events. These events yielded some great action and, of course, a lot of highlight reel KO's.

They are asking for you, the viewer, to check out some of their top KO's of the year and to head over to their site to vote for which one was the craziest.

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Liam Harrison vs. Tetsuya Yamato on Tap for Yokkao 17

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Yokkao are looking to start their 2016 off with a bang with their Yokkao 17 and Yokkao 18 double header in Bolton, UK. Already on tap is Jordan Watson vs. Sanny Dahlbeck for the Yokkao 70kg championship. Now it is official that two of the best at 65kg will be squaring off as Liam Harrison will take on Tetsuya Yamato. Those two fights alone are worth the price of admission and Yokkao is once again giving our friends across the pond some of the best action that you'll see anywhere. 

Yokkao will also be ringing in the new year by opening up their official training center in Bangkok, Thailand in January. The soft launch is this week for those of you in the area, you can find out more on their website. The facility is located in the famous  Sukhumvit Soi 16 with construction starting just about a month ago now, with everything looking on track for a January opening. Saenchai and Singdam are scheduled to be there when it opens, so if you are in the area this seems like a can't miss for muay thai fans. 

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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)

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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)

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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

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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.

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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.

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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. 

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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 http://www.yokkao.com/shop/. 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 http://www.yokkao.com/shop/.

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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.

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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.

LION FIGHT 23 FIGHT CARD

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

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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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