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Video: Watch Liam Harrison knock out one of Jordan Watson's teeth

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In preparation of their upcoming title bouts, Bad Company's Jordan Watson and Liam Harrison were sparring in front of the Yokkao cameras, when Harrison landed flush with an uppercut, knocking one of Watson's teeth out. 

Despite the injury, it was all smiles between the two, who both are scheduled to headline Yokkao's double-event next month. Watson will be defending his 70kg Yokkao world title he won last October when he meets the ultra-talented Sanny Dahlbeck. Harrison on the other-hand, will need to claw the 65kg belt away from the grasp of pound-for-pound great Pakorn.

Yokkao's 12 & 13 will commence on March 21st from the Macron Arena in Bolton, Manchester. 

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Top Class Muay Thai Fighters, Top Class Fights At Lion Fight 20

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Foxwoods Casino, 2/20/15: Scott Kent and the Lion Fight crew delivered another great night of fights, showcasing what really makes Muay Thai the Sport of Kings. If you don’t already know, what sets Muay Thai apart from other combat sports is the sportsmanship, honor, respect and friendship amongst the fighters. Even after what was to some a questionable decision the fighters always maintained a smile on their face, and acknowledged the skill and ability of their opponent. By the end of the night there were two after parties. One at Scorpion, the bar across the hall from the Fox Theater, where UFC Veteran and BJJ Gold Medalist Gabriel Gonzaga and many other spectators were partying it up and burning off the adrenaline. The other, smaller party was fighters, coaches and cute medical staff only, and it was in the ambulances and emergency room of the local hospital, where at least half a dozen of the fighters got to bond. The pictures from the taxi’s, buses, ambulances and ER are great. They look like pictures from a kid’s 12th birthday party. But enough of this love in the hospital, let’s get to the war in the ring.

In the main event Jorina Baars was just too fast, too strong, and too accurate for the more experienced Chantal Ughi to handle. Starting with a one-sided first round in which Jorina came forward with a mix of punches, body and low kicks that kept Ughi moving back, defending, and still taking clean hits. Although Chantal posed no danger to Jorina, her own front leg was quickly in danger of collapse from Baars’ kicks. More of the same action followed in the second round. Sensing her imminent demise, Ughi began throwing elbows after clinching Jorina, but couldn’t find the space to make effective contact. She did have a brief flash of life before the end of the round, but it turned out to be naught but a last gasp. Although Chantal made it out of the round, she was unable to get off the stool, and surrendered from her corner before the third round could start.

The co-main event was one of those fights that could have been a disaster on paper, but in either direction. Joe Sittisak has a world of experience, but with that experience comes an older body which can break down in training or a fight. Chris Mauceri has youth, speed, height and reach on his side. Youth brings with it passion and aggression, whereas the elder has composure, patience, power and resilience. Watching this fight was like watching a young fighter training on a heavybag, or even more like a wing chun dummy, heavybags move too much. Mauceri came forward tirelessly, like an incoming high tide, throwing waves of punches, kicks and knees. But like a strong seawall, Sittisak just absorbed them and turned them back. He moved around the ring like tired old elephant, but when he felt his back touch those ropes, he would fire back with a solid combination, or a clean knee or kick to the body, or a sweep so smooth and effortless you’d think he was on ice. The rounds were close, and followed the same pattern for the first four rounds with Sittisak doing just barely enough to keep the Upstate New York product at bay. In the fifth the older Thai looked like he just wanted to get to the end and have a cigarette and a beer. He had put enough rounds in the bank and was now in cruise-control. Mauceri may have sensed he was behind because he hit the gas even harder, coming forward and almost literally swinging for the fences with huge arcing right hands that Sittisak either slipped, faded, or countered. One of those counters punched Chris’ ticket to the ER, opening up a gash over his left eye which was bad enough for the ref to ask the doctor to look at. After the pause, Chris opened up the throttle even more and poured on the pressure. It was a valiant effort, and a great fight, but in the end the heavy bag will always be hanging there ready for more, while we need to rest and ice. So to did Sittisak win by UNANIMOUS DECISION 48-47 x 3 judges.

I wish I could just skip the rest of the card, oh faithful reader, and list the results. But to do so would be an injustice of the highest order to both you and the fighters who had the crowd dazzled. So dazzled that they didn’t really know when to applaud or cheer. Or perhaps they were on Japanese manners that night? It was ironic because the theater was filled, but almost silent for most of the time during the fights. I think not having the traditional Thaiboxing music playing during the rounds opened up the ears to hear the silence from the crowd. The other pro fights were intense, but I’ll try to keep it short.

John Nofer shocked everyone in the Muay Thai world except for him, his trainer Rami Ibrahim, and the Sitan family. After Jason Andrada started fast with some heavy leather and leg kicks, Nofer landed a solid right cross that make Andrada acknowledge it with a smile and nod. The emotionless Nofer just pushed his fists deeper into his gloves and came forward like the Terminator. Andrada’s movement and quick slickness weren’t enough in the second round to prevent a sudden knockdown that he popped up from but had to endure a count for. Then he got his with a solid and well placed left handed crossing elbow that cut Jason just above and behind his right eye. After getting up, smiling and wiping the blood from his face Andrada attacked. But attacking the Terminator never worked in the movies, and it didn’t work that night as the stoic young automaton put together enough punishing combinations that referee Tom Sconzo was forced to step in for a standing 8-count, effectively the 3rd knockdown of the round and thus end of the fight. Nofer wins by TKO at 2:58 of the second round.

In what started out at a slow simmer of a fight in the first soon heated up and boiled over as the rounds wore on between Rich Abraham, out of Chicago, and Jo Nattawut, up from Georgia. They started out with the traditional slow Thai pace, and I figured out quickly, as it appeared Jo did, that Abraham was a slugging boxer, throwing hard punches at every opportunity. Nattawut seemed made for this type of opponent as he figured out that his own kicks were as fast, if not faster from distance than Abraham’s arsenal of punches. The tough and aggressive Abraham continued to press forward and advance through all five rounds, including the fifth in which Nattawut really tried to step it up and put him away. Nattawut had tasted Abraham’s power a few times in the fight, but was not afraid of it, to the point that he would bait Abraham with lowered hands, and if not taunt, then at least toy with him, pulling out any trick he could muster, including a cartwheel kick that looked good until it missed and Jo landed heels over head in the ropes. Aside from that, Nattawut dominated, cutting up Abraham’s head, sending him to the ER Party, UNANIMOUS DECISION, Nattawut.

Dublin, CA sent us Gaston Bolanos and his interesting mix of traditional and exotic techniques to take on New York’s Caleb Archer and his tough Sitan style. A good match up with both fighters showing great skill and stamina, however a close eye could see that Gaston was building momentum and confidence as the fight progressed. He was looking for a spinning back elbow throughout, setting it up from afar with a right cross miss, then stepping through and spinning the left elbow. He missed it about 4 times, but like a good baseball player knows, with enough at-bats he’ll get the homerun, he stayed with it. And it paid off in the 3rd round; when he finally landed the right spinning back elbow flush to Caleb’s head, knocking him out at 1:05 in the round. A quick note here about the great refereeing of this moment in particular. Caleb was unconscious but on his feet. Veteran fighter and referee Coban Lookchaomaesaithong (yes, I had to look up the spelling!) stopped the action, waived off the fight, and caught the fighter in his arms before he could hit the mat and bounce his head off the floor. I can’t stress how important that is, because the concussive force of a limp person’s head hitting the floor compounds and amplifies the damage from the original blow, if not creating its own separate concussion. Kudos to you, Coban!

Julio Pena gave up height and reach, but carried the muscle needed to get inside and pound on Tom Evans. After a clinch had been broken, Tom turned his back momentarily and walked away. Pena seized the opportunity and jumped in front of Evans, unloading a barrage of punches. There is already a Vine of the knockout, title “One-punch KO” but that takes away from the effort that Julio truly exerted. He through punches non-stop for a good ten-seconds before landing that perfect right cross. Ten seconds of non-stop full power punching is no joke. Try it. I’ll wait… 8…9…10. Okay, now catch your breath, wipe the sweat and reassess the one-punch theory. All that work earned Julio a KO at 1:30 of the first, and Tom Evans a VIP ticket to the ER Party.

The first professional fight, which sadly didn’t make it to air on AXS TV was one of the most even match ups and a great contest. Bryce Lawrence showed some fluid movement and great combinations in the first round, scoring both a knock-down 8-count and a cut on Tim Amorim’s face. Tim is normally a slow starter, but picked his pace up quickly from the time of the knock down. Through the second, third and fourth rounds he stayed aggressive until Bryce checked his progress with strong punch combos followed by nice snappy kicks and forced him into the reverse. The very game and tough Amorim continued to fight back, but was moving backwards away from the smooth and confident Lawrence. In the fifth, just when Bryce was looking winded, he snapped a teep to Tim’s face that scored well and followed it with a right cross, spinning back-fist combo that put Tim down for another 8 count and sealed the deal for Bryce Lawrence, giving him a majority decision, 47-47, 48-46, 47-46.

Amateur Results:

KRIS SILCK def. Brian Gamez by TKO Rd. 2.
GREG MULGREW def. Mike Carbonneau by KO Rd. 1.
STACEY SCAPECCIA def. Colleen Downey by UD
JULIAN NGUYEN def. Chris Malloy by UD
PHIL DaSILVA def. Ben Anton by SD
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Saenchai Drew Capacity Crowds for NYC Seminar

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This past weekend in the snowy New York City Saenchai headed into the heart of the city with Yokkao promoter Stefania Picelli for a stint of three days jam-packed with seminars and private sessions. Saenchai, along with Manop Yuangyai shocked attendants by putting on a blistering three-hour long seminar for the attendees. The seminars were originally intended to be at the York College Arena where they could fit more people in, but due to weather they ended up having more intimate affairs at the Striking 101 Gym where they had to limit each seminar to 50 people.

In attendance were professional fighters and muay thai enthusiasts from all over the country, even attendees from as far as Canada and Brazil. 

Due to the success of these seminars Yokkao are looking to hold more seminars across the country with Saenchai. If your gym is interested in hosting one reach out to them; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Pornsaneh Sitmonchai the Latest Muay Thai Legend to Join Evolve MMA

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Pornsaneh Sitmonchai is one of the most entertaining Muay Thai fighters in the history of the sport and the 33 year old who has been in so many wars over the years this week announced he would be moving to Singapore to become a trainer at Evolve MMA in Singapore.

Pornsaneh hails from the province of Kanchanburi and began training at the Sitmonchai Gym at the age of 13 which is where he developed the fighting style which would make him a fan favourite all over the world.

During his career Pornsaneh has won the Rajadamnern 118 lbs title, the Lumpinee titles at 122 and 126 lbs, the Thailand 130 lbs title, the WMC 126 lbs title and is the reigning Siam Omnoi 126 lbs champion having successfully defended that belt only last week.

However in recent years he has become known more for his all action style than the silverware it has bought him and Pornsaneh has been involved in some of the most memorable fights of the century including a few of the best bouts ever seen at either Rajadamnern or Lumpinee.

His own personal highlight reel is so extensive that a list of the best Muay Thai fights of all time is likely to contain at least three or four involving Pornsaneh. Last year alone he was in wars with Pokaew Fonjanchonburi (see it here ) and ET Por Tor Tongtavi (see it here ) with the latter winning Rajdamnern’s ‘Fight of the Year’ award.

The most famous Pornsaneh battle of all was his 2010 match with Pakorn Sakyotin that won Lumpinee ‘Fight of the Year’ honours that year and is regarded by many as being the best Muay Thai fight of all time with round four providing some of the most amazing action ever captured on camera (see it here ).

The style of Sitmonchai fighters is distinctive in that instead of focusing on clinching and body kicks the Kanchanaburi camp produces Nak Muay who like to walk forwards and overwhelm opponents with punches and low kicks.

It is an approach to Muay Thai which is more conducive to scoring knockouts than winning decisions and no fighter embodies this fearlessly aggressive approach more absolutely than Pornsaneh who will start relentlessly attacking opponents right from the opening bell.

Pornsaneh will be joining a team of Thai trainers at Evolve MMA that already includes Namsaknoi Yudthagarngamtorn, Orono Wor Petchpun and Saketdao Petpayathai and will be sharing his unique knowledge and skillset with fighters like Shinya Aoki, Ben Askren and Tarec Saffiedine.

 

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Stream for Siam Fight Productions on February 20th

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Siam Fight is what is described as Junior Muay Thai, which means not quite adult professionals, but still younger fighters that work hard none-the-less. On February 20th in Tempe, Arizona Siam Fight Productions will kick off their 2015 with five world title fights. If you are interested in seeing the up-and-comers in the world of muay thai this is your place to do it. You can check out the stream on the 20th for $14.99.

Full card and start time details are located here.

Check out the trailer below.

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Full Card for Lion Fight 20 on Feb. 20th

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February 20th on AXS TV Lion Fight returns with Lion Fight 20. The headliner for Lion Fight 20 features Women's Welterweight Champion Jorina Baars taking on the accomplished Chantal Ughi. The co-main of the night features Chris Mauceri against Sittisak and fan favorite Jason Andrada will take on John Nofer as well. 

Lion Fight Welterweight Championship: Jorina Baars(C) vs Chantal Ughi 
Chris Mauceri vs Sittisak
Jason Andrada vs. John Nofer 
Tom Evans vs. Julio Pena 
Tim Amorim vs. Bryce Lawrence 
Gaston Bolanos vs. Caleb Archer
 

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Saenchai Set to Train UFC Fighters in New York Seminar

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Muay Thai legend Saenchai has landed in New York and is all set for his round of seminars that are set to go down on the 13th, 14th and 15th at the Striking 101 Gym in New York City. Pakorn was initially supposed to accompany Saenchai, but due to visa issues Saenchai will be going it alone without Pakorn.

There are a host of UFC, MMA and Kickboxing stars that are to be in attendance for Saenchai's NYC seminars, with Uriah Hall's name being tossed around as one of the names that has requested some time with the legendary Thai fighter. We'll have an update with what his schedule looks like further in the coming days. Here's a look at some highlights from his seminar in Kuala Lumpur. 

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Vinnie McWilliams Muay Thai reality show

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Promoter Vinnie McWilliams has been doing his best to give Northern UK Muay Thai fighters the exposure and opportunities it takes to be amongst the best in the world. In his latest venture, he is doing a reality show that introduces many young talents in the Northern UK Muay Thai fight scene. For those of you who enjoyed the Dutch produced AFAV videos, this show has a similar feel. I know there are Muay Thai junkies that want more training footage and interviews with coaches and athletes, so this series is for you. Adding to the training footage are the different gyms and coaching style, each working on different aspects of their athletes game. Listen close, because at times the accents are tough to pick up. Yet overall the show talks about each athletes desires to fight in bigger Muay Thai events and move into K-1 rules bouts. 

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Episode 1 

LIAM MCKENDRY

Episode 2

SAM ALLAN

Episode 3

JR MORRISON

Episode 4

STEVEN LOCHHEAD

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Pakorn Talks About Liam Harrison Fight at Yokkao 13

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On Saturday, March 21st Yokkao 13 goes down in the UK where Pakorn will meet Liam Harrison in one of this year's most anticipated bouts thus far. Yokkao promoter Stefania Picelli caught up with Pakorn to talk about the upcoming fight as well as training with Saenchai for the fight. Saenchai, of course, famously fought Harrison before, so it seems like the perfect training partner for Pakorn to prepare for the big world title fight against Harrison at Yokkao 13.

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Muay Thai Legend Jomhod Kiatadisak Set to Compete in MMA at Full Metal Dojo 4

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Jomhod Kiatadisak is a former Lumpinee and Rajadamnern champion and after making a name for himself at the stadiums in Bangkok he moved to Finland and became one of the biggest names on the Muay Thai and kickboxing scene in Europe.

Jomhod was last seen coming out of retirement to face former Olympic gold medalist Somluck Khamsing in two high stakes matches that attracted a lot of attention in the Thai media but the next challenge for the 44 year old will be making his pro MMA debut.

Jomhod will be competing on the card at Full Metal Dojo 4: ‘Once Upon a Time in Bangkok’ at Live House Studios on February 21st and has been training at Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket in preparation for this late foray into MMA .

Originally from Phang Nga, Jomhod has been a trainer in Phuket for the past nine years and still fights occasionally at the stadiums there. He is rapidly approaching the age of retirement but reportedly wants to become an MMA trainer and is looking to get a couple of fights under his belt first.

Although he has only fought sporadically in the last few years Jomhod is always in excellent shape and is known for his diverse striking arsenal, mixing up spinning back kicks with the more traditional Muay Thai strikes.

His two matches with Somluck were both big successes at the box office and Full Metal Dojo, which was founded last year and has already put on cards in both Phuket and Bangkok, will be hoping that the presence of a Muay Thai legend on next month’s show will help bring in the punters.

For more information about Full Metal Dojo visit: http://www.fullmetaldojo.com/

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Yokkao Fighters Saenchai and Pakorn Book Seminar Dates For NYC in February

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This February New Yorkers have another thing to brag about to non-New Yorkers, this time it is three big seminar dates with Yokkao fight team members Saenchai and Pakorn. On February 13th, 14th and 15th at the Striking 101 Gym you'll be able to sit in on a seminar with the two famous Thais as they show the world some of their secrets and years of experience. 

Yokkao promoter Stefania Picelli will also be in New York to help secure a deal with a local gym to form a partnership, but those details will be available later. For now here are the details from the seminars.

LOCATION
York College Sports Arena – 9420 Guy R Brewer BLVD Jamaica – New York
DATES:
Friday 13th February 2015 >> 7:00pm 9:30pm
Saturday 14th February 2015 >> 12:00pm to 2:30pm
Sunday 15th February 2014 >> 12:00pm to 2:30pm
 
Tickets are on sale at: http://www.striking-101.com/seminar use the promo code TEAMYOKKAO to get 15% off ticket price.
 

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Kongsak PKSaenchaigym Stands Strong Against Yodpanomrung Jitmuangnont to Take Decision at Rajadamnern

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After the disappointment of seeing multiple fights cancelled in the last couple of months Kongsak PKSaenchaigym was back in the ring at Rajadamnern last night taking on Yodpanomrung Jitmuangnont.

It was billed as a battle between the technical skills of Kongsak, a former ‘Fighter of the Year’, and the knees of the much taller Yodpanomrung who as the underdog was given a 2 lbs weight advantage.

In the third round Yodpanomrung started to use his superior height to good effect, landing some straight knees from the clinch but Kongsak stood his ground and scored with some solid left kicks which smashed into his opponent’s arms.

Yodpanomrung was on the front foot at the start of the fourth but Kongsak was too clever for him, and consistently landed that left kick, often with a quick follow up punch thrown in for good measure.

It was a dejected looking Yodpanomrung who walked back to the corner at the end of the round and despite determined effort in the final three minutes he couldn’t do enough to prevent Kongsak taking a comfortable decision win.

Earlier in the night Lumpinee mini flyweight champion Ronachai Santi-Ubon cemented his status as the best fighter in the stadium’s smallest division by beating Ongree Sor Dechapan in a non title match which took place at 106 lbs.

Ronachai’s strategy was to let Ongree come forward and pick him off with fast left body kicks from the southpaw stance and he also utilized the teep to good effect, pulling ahead on the scorecards in the third and fourth rounds.

Ongree came out punching in the final round and managed to get a few punches through Ronachai’s high guard but the reigning Lumpinee 105 champion wore them well to see the fight out and take the decision win.

Kengkla Por Pekko holds the Lumpinee Super Flyweight Title and was hoping to become the Rajadamnern champion of the same division when he took on Sprinter Pankonorab in a fight which had the stadium’s vacant 115 lbs strap at stake.

Kengkla looked to pull the fight into the clinch in but Sprinter tied him up well and found a home for his left kick as soon as the referee separated them, but he was bundled to the floor towards the end of the fourth round which sparked a frantic exchange of kicks and knees.

In round five the two fighters exchange body kicks with one of Kengla’s attempts successfully caught by his opponent who counter edwith a knee. It was too close to call and both men stopped fighting and started posturing with about 30 seconds to go but Sprinter got the nod from the judges sparking wild celebrations in his corner.

The co main event turned out to be something of a mismatch with Werachai Wor.Wiwatananont easily controlling the action against Phet Or.Phimonsri and cruising to a decision in their bantamweight match up.

 

 

 

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The Main Event stadium show set for May

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UK-based promotion The Main Event have announced details regarding their forthcoming stadium show. The event will take place May 23rd at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham and will feature the best talent the UK Muay Thai scene has to offer.

 

For those not too familiar with the promotion, The Main Event originally operated under the name Rumble at the Reebok, hosting events at the Reebok stadium in Bolton, Manchester. Unfortunately, as their popularity increased the venue became unsuitable and they were forced to move out and re-brand. The Main Event has the current attendance record for a Muay Thai event in the UK, pulling in over 3100 spectators for their event last summer. 

 

The likes of Liam Harrison, Andrew Tate and Tim Thomas have all competed under The Main Event banner however the promotions focus is not just on already established fighters, with top UK prospects such as Andrew Lofthouse, Myk Estlick and the Sugden brothers having all competed for the promotion on numerous occasions. 

 

Co-promoter Phil Shedden had this to say regarding the upcoming event 'This show will be like nothing ever seen before in the UK. We're pulling out all the stops to try and finally get the sport we love into the wider public eye for everyone's benefit. 2015 will be a pivotal year for The Main Event and Muay Thai in the UK!'

 

Whilst it's still over four months away it's hard to not be excited about an event of this potential. The likes of The Main Event and Yokkao have been working tirelessly to boost the sports popularity in the UK and with fight cards like this and with Yokkao hosting another double-header in March, it's hard not to envision Muay Thai finally gaining the attention it rightly deserves here in the UK.

 

We'll continue to update you with match-ups as they're unveiled. 

 

Current Fight Card

 

Panicos Yusuf (34-6) vs. Stephen Meleady (37-16)
Michael Wakeling (29-1-1) vs. Chad Sugden (12-3)
Dean James (21-2) vs. TBA
Daniel McGowan (18-1-1) vs. TBA
 
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Former Lumpinee, Rajdamnern WBC, and WPMF Champion Saketdao Petphayathai Joins Evolve MMA

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Saketdao Petphayathai is one of the most decorated Muay Thai fighters of his generation and one of very few men to have ever been a Lumpinee Stadium champion at three weights and this week the 28 year old became the latest legend to join the Evolve MMA fight team.

In 2013 Saketdao won two separate Max Muay Thai tournaments as well as successfully defending his WBC 135 lbs belt but before breaking out onto the international scene he established himself as one of the most successful fighters at the main Bangkok stadiums.

Originally from Maha Sarakham he spent the majority of his career fighting out of the Kiatpetch Gym in Bangkok and took on some of the biggest names in the sport, defeating the likes of Peneak Sitnumnoi, Saenchai Sor Kingstar, Petboonchu FA Group, Singdam Kiatmoo9, Nong-O Gaiyagandao, Anuway Kaewsamrit and Jomthong Chuwattana.

A tall southpaw, Saketdao was known for his knees and won Lumpinee titles at 125 lbs, 130 lbs and 135 lbs as well as the 125 lbs title at Rajadamnern. In 2011 he won the the WBC Diamond 140 lbs titles by beating Kevin Ross in the US and the following year he beat reigning ‘Fighter of the Year’ Peneak Sitnumnoi to claim the WPMF 135 lbs title and also won the WBC 135 lbs belt.

Saketdao will be joining the likes of Namsaknoi Yudthagarngamtorn, Attachai Fairtex, Orono Wor Petchpun, Chalee Sor Chaitaminm Singmanee Kaewsamrit and Saenghiran Lookbanyai at Evolve MMA . Given his coaching commitments it’s unlikely he will be fighting regularly in Lumpinee or Rajademnern anymore but he will continue to compete in Muay Thai.

Saketdao said, “After nearly 20 years of Muay Thai and around 300 fights I want to share my knowledge with foreign students and fighters and I am very happy to be joining the best gym in all of Asia.”

Quotes courtesy of Evolve MMA .

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Lion Fight 20 New opponent for Jorina Baars

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Lion Fight 20 had Jorina Baars defending her world title against Casey Bohrman but unfortunately Bohrman is out which gave Chantal Ughi (32 wins 14 losses) a chance to step in. Baars and Ughi have fought before back in September of 2009, Jorina won the fight by split decision. Hopefully this will be the last change of opponent for Jorina and we can actually get to see her defend her title this time considering she hasn't fought for Lion Fight since she won it which was almost a year ago. 

So this is how the card is looking now

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Rungnarai, Wanchai and Satarnmuanglek Triumph in End of Year Extravaganza at Siam Omnoi

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The New Year is generally a quiet period for Muay Thai as Bangkok empties out and people head home to the provinces for a few days but before the holiday period begins in earnest there was a stellar card at the Siam Omnoi Stadium on Saturday.

Six of the top light flyweights in Thailand were in action on a card which featured Lumpinee champions past and present and the fights were all televized live in Thailand on channel 3. The first saw Rungnarai Kiatmoo9 take on Detkart Por.Pongsawang in a fight matchup was set for 108 lbs.

Detkart was consistently frustrated in his attempts to mount an effective offense against the much taller fighter who picked him off with body kicks throughout the fight. In rounds three Rungnarai landed a series of these strikes which caused his opponent to turn his back, with the referee starting a count and then waving the fight off.

The second fight saw Detkart’s old adversary Wanchai Ramboisan take on Palangpon Petyindeeacademy, who continues to test himself against the top Muay Thai fighters in Thailand despite a successful career in Western boxing which could see him challenge for a world title in 2015.

Wanchai had a 1 lbs weight advantage and it was he who set the pace, pressing forwards and looking to score with knees and kicks as Palangpon stayed on the back foot but succeeded in countering effectively with some kicks of his own and the occasional hard elbow.

It seemed that Palangpon was going to be able to do enough to stay ahead on the scorecards but Wanchai was undeterred and stayed on the front foot throughout round four to take a clear lead into the fifth.

Wanchai is not usually at his best fighting on the back foot but the reigning Lumpinee 108 lbs champion was able to keep Palangpon at bay for the final three minutes despite suffering a serious cut to take the decision win.

The third fight on the card saw two more former Lumpinee champions go head to head as Satarnmuanglek Windysport took on Sam-D Petyindeeacademy, who had a 2 lbs weight advantage, in a matchup which provided some of the best action of the afternoon.

It was a battle between two southpaws who are familiar foes but Sam-D seemed to surge ahead in the second when he visibly hurt his opponent with a series of low kicks which left Satarnmuanglek badly limping and seemingly on the verge of being stopped.

However in the dying second of the round Satarnmuanglek dug deep and landed a late barrage of punches which seemed to take the wind out of Sam-D’s sails because he was on the defensive throughout the third and ate several more hard shots.

Satarnmuanglek seemed to be going for the finish in round four, looking to land power punches to the head and body but while it was not enough to score the stoppage he was far enough ahead on the scorecards to just box defensively for the final three minutes and take the decision win.

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Yokkao 13 Headlined by Pakorn vs. Liam Harrison for Yokkao World Title

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On March 21st in the UK Yokkao will return with Yokkao 12 and 13, featuring some of the world's best muay thai fighters in what has quickly become one of the most talked-about promotions in muay thai. The event is set to be headlined by a huge world title match between defending champion Pakorn and the UK's own Liam Harrison. Harrison has received universal acclaim over the past few years as one of the UK's top fighters by fighting anyone and everyone all across the world.

He'll have a chance to vie for Yokkao's newly-crowned 65kg World Championship facing off against one of Thailand's most exciting exports in Pakorn PK Saenchai MuayThaiGym. Pakorn won that championship at Yokkao 11 against the very tough Greg Wootton.

 

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Yokkao Breaks New Ground with 4K Ultra HD Saenchai Promo

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You know, I consider myself pretty up on my PC stuff, considering I game on my PC, but even I don't have a monitor and video card to handle 4k Ultra HD video. That isn't stopping Yokkao from investing in 4K cameras to film their videos, though. Yokkao became the first muay thai apparel brand to launch 4K Ultra HD videos on YouTube this week with their new promo for the PK Saenchaimuaythaigym Yokkao Training center promo video.

If you are like me you can still watch the video in normal, boring HD, but I feel that we might be missing out on something. This is just another in a long line of big things from Yokkao, after opening up one of the biggest manufacturing centers to date for muay thai products, rolling out a multilingual website and having many, many international shops around the world where their products are available.

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Yokkao return to the UK in March 2015

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Following on from their highly successful double event this past October, Yokkao have announced their return to the UK for the 21st of March 2015. Once again the event will feature two cards and will be taking place from the same venue at the Macron Stadium in Bolton, Manchester.

Yokkao announced via their website that most of the fighters have already been confirmed for the event however no names have been released as of yet.

In addition to the announcement, Yokkao have organised a contest whereby the winner can get their hands on some Yokkao merchandise of their choice. To participate, head over to Yokkao's Facebook page take a guess at who'll be the match-ups in the main events of Yokkao 12 and 13.

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Top King World Series unveil tournament bracket

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As previously announced, Top King World Series will be hosting their third and final event of 2014 from the Asia World Expo in Hong Kong on December 20th. The match-ups have now been unveiled for the quarter finals of their 70kg tournament.

Buakaw is a strong favorite to win the tournament and has coincidentally been given the easiest route to the final. Buakaw will take on Dmytro Konstantynov of Ukraine. Buakaw decimated Moxon in the opening round, ruining the Australian with knees to the body before eventually finishing him with an elbow. Konstantynov defeated Giorgio Petrosyan's younger brother Armen via unanimous decision. 

The winner will go on to face the winner Khayal Dzhaniev and Andrei Kulebin who both won their previous contests via decision.

The match-up of the round is without a doubt Niclas Larsen vs. Marat Grigorian. Both are two of the best prospects at 70kg and made it to the quarter finals with very impressive performances. Larsen destroyed Vladimir Konsky with his patented right hand in the first round 

whereas Grigorian defeated karate stylist Abraham Roqueni via unanimous decision. This should play out to be a terrific stylistic clash, as Larsen will likely aim to finish this within the distance with his heavy hands meanwhile Grigorian will look to

utilize his immaculate technique and pinpoint accuracy to out-land Larsen over the course of three rounds.

Providing no one is injured or unable to continue in the tournament the winner of Grigorian/Larsen will meet either Reece McAllister or Marcin Parcheta in the semi-finals. McAllister turned in a career-best performance in the opening round, blitzing hometown favorite Crice Boussoukou with a combination of punches and knees in the opening round. Parcheta also scored an impressive stoppage as he knocked out Azize Hlali in the third round.

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Lion Fight 20 announced for February 20th 2015

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Lion Fight Promotions have just announced their first show of 2015. Lion Fight 20 will take place on February 20th at the Foxwoods Resort and Casino starting at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

In the main event Jorina Baars will get to defend her title for the first time since winning it at Lion Fight 14 against Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino. She will face Casey Bohrman who only has a record of 8 wins and 5 losses but has fought big names like Germaine DeRandamie.

The Co-main event will feature Chris Mauceri coming off his win over Coke Chunhawat against another tough test originally from Thailand but now training in Atlanta Sittisak. Maybe a win in this fight will give one of them a chance to take the title from Kevin Ross.

The card will be broadcast on AXS TV which means we will get our dose of Michael “The Voice” Schiavello and he will be joined by UFC hall of famer Pat Miletich to do the commentary.

The card will also include:

  • 123 lbs. Bout: Jason Andrada (Las Vegas, NV) vs. John Nofer (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 140 lbs. Bout: Tom Evans (Central Fall, RI) vs. Julio Pena (Boston, MA)
  • 135lbs. Bout: Tim Amorim (Philadelphia, PA) vs. Bryce Lawrence (Naples, FL)
  • 143 lbs. Bout: Gaston Bolanos (Dublin, CA) vs. TBD 
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Caged Muay Thai Returns This Weekend

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Legend John Wayne Parr was supposed to retire a long time ago, but he had this crazy idea to take muay thai and put it inside of a cage while wearing MMA gloves. Of course, he wouldn't ask someone to do something like that if he wasn't prepared to and he did just that. Since then the Caged Muay Thai shows have taken off big time in Australia and this weekend they return for Caged Muay Thai 5: Lidon vs. Badato.

The event will be streamed live via GFL.tv.

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Card for AMTL's King's Birthday Event on December 5th

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It's hard to deny that the East Coast has a thriving muay thai scene that can at time rival the West Coast's. It's that kind of rivalry that is good for the sport here in America as it continues to grow and find a new audience. On December 5th AMTL (American Muay Thai League) will hold a King's Birthday event in Annandale, Virginia to honor the King of Thailand's birthday with what is looking to be a very solid muay thai card featuring Justin Greskiewicz, Coke Chunhawat, Jeremy Carper and more. 

WMC Vice President Paulo Tocha will be there to present the world titles, perhaps best known as Paco from Bloodsport. 

The card will be streaming via GFL.tv.

Main"Sugar Cane" Phanuwat "Coke" Chunhawat vs. Carlos Lopez
Co-mainJustin "The Purple People Eater" Greskiewicz vs. Jeremy Carper
Co-mainCaleb Archer vs. Ahmet Kayretli
UndercardAsa Ten Pow vs. Neil Mustafa
UndercardGianna Smith vs. Diana Metzger
UndercardEvan Reed vs. Jonathan George
UndercardKelly Huston vs. Greg Rowe
UndercardRudy Felix vs. Jared "Diamond" Tipton
UndercardJoey "Twinkle Fingers" Hernandez vs. Namron Bibbens
UndercardRolando Valdez vs. Pablo Garcia
UndercardAllen Hargrove vs. Brian Hansen

 

 
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Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke Wants to Become First Lumpinee Champion to Win an MMA Title

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Rambaa Somdet saw his UFC dreams dashed recently when an 11 fight win streak which had lasted 14 years was snapped by a split decision defeat but there is another Thai waiting in the wings to take his role as the country’s blue chip MMA prospect.

Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke is already 3-0 and will be looking for a fourth straight win when he takes on Wushu world champion Rene Catalan at ONE FC: Warrior’s Way in Manila next month.

Somdet’s most significant achievement during his Muay Thai career was winning a Channel 7 title but Dejdamrong reached the very pinnacle of the sport by becoming a champion at Lumpinee Stadium.

His Muay Thai days might be over but Dejdamrong is enjoying a new lease of life as an MMA fighter and says his interest in fighting has been rejuvenated,

“At Lookbanyai Gym which was my Muay Thai team the training was very heavy and it was the same every day but MMA is different because there is so much to learn. It’s exciting.”

During his Muay Thai days Dejdamrong competed mainly at 108 lbs, winning the Lumpinee title in this division but he has been making waves in ONE FC’s highly competitive 125 lbs division.

While Dejdamrong has been holding his own so far with three straight stoppage wins he believes he would be better suited to fighting at 115 lbs,

“It’s very easy for me to fight at 125 because I don’t have to lose any weight and I can eat what I want but the fighters are always taller than me. If ONE FC decides to start a 115 division I think I would drop down, in MMA the weigh in is one day earlier than Muay Thai so losing 10 lbs would not be a big problem.”

Perhaps the most surprising thing about Dejdamrong’s recent ascent up the ONE FC flyweight rankings is how many of his wins have come by submission. His last two opponents have both tapped out and he feels he is becoming increasingly comfortable on the ground,

“I started training with the team at Evolve MMA for fun but I enjoyed it and when they asked me if I wanted to try fighting I said ‘yes’. I work every day with Brodinho (Leandro Issa) from Brazil and he is very good at BJJ, he teaches me something different every day.”

Dejdamrong’s success in MMA has brought him some recognition in his native Thailand, where ONE FC is screened live on Fox Sports, and he says the media is beginning to show an interest in the sport,

“There have been some articles about me in some Muay Thai magazines in Thailand, people know that ONE FC is a very important MMA event and they are happy to see a Thai fighter is having success.”

ONE FC: Warrior’s Way is set for the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Manila on December 5th and sees Dejdamrong face an opponent who has won numerous world titles in Wushu in what promises to be an intriguing clash of styles.

The Thai might have complete confidence in his Muay Thai but says he will be prepared for whatever his opponent brings to the table,

“Even if he is very good at the Chinese style of fighting it will be difficult for him to beat me in a Muay Thai match but this is MMA and there are many more ways to win. My coaches at Evolve MMA are preparing me for everything and I am very confident I will win.”

Interview and translation courtesy of Evolve MMA .

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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.

Good stuff.

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