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Yokkao Extreme 2013 Fight Card for Saturday, January 26

The biggest international event of the year to date is upon us, as Yokkao returns to put on Yokkao Extreme 2013 in Milan, Italy. The event will be streamed live on for $20 on this Saturday, January 26 at 20:00 GMT +1 or 2:00PM ET/11:00AM PT in North America.

In the main event is a K-1 rules bout between kickboxing legend Andy Souwer and the grizzled veteran Dzhabar Askerov. The style match-up makes for what should be a non stop, action packed fight at 70kg.

The real meat of the event is in Muay Thai, where a number of formidable Thais are featured. In particular, one of the best Muay Thai fighters in the world (and one of the best of all time), Saenchai PKSaenchaimuaythaigym is back and he'll take on Diesellek Aoodonmuang. Saenchai and Diesellek haven't fought before and it's quite an interesting match-up. Saenchai has been so active lately, fighting very often and comes off a loss to Singdam Kiatmoo9 on January 4. Diesellek is young and 2012 was where he really made a name for himself with numerous stoppage wins and a big win in a rematch against Damien Alamos. This fight is the lone five round fight on the card and it certainly deserves to be.

A series of 70kg Muay Thai fights are also taking place, started off by Aikpracha Meenayothin taking on Australia's Frank Giorgi. Giorgi is one of the best possible farang opponents for Aikpracha and is no slouch.

Another 70kg fight is Kem Sitsongpeenong vs. Jordan Watson. They're both coming off losses to very strong fighters, Kem to Yodsanklai Fairtex and Watson to Aikpracha, but this is still a pretty interesting match-up. I like Watson's chances here and he has a chance to get a big win.

Also at 70kg is a rematch between Sudsakorn Sor. Klinmee and Mickael Piscitello. Piscitello defeated Sudsakorn via TKO due to a cut back at Thai Fight in September. Piscitello definitely wasn't out of his depth there and now with Sudsakorn wanting to avenge that loss, this fight could be emphatic.

At 65kg we have two fights. Houcine Bennoui fights Yokkao's Imwiset Pornnarai and Yokkao Selections winner Angelo Campoli fights Tham Sityodtong.

K-1: Andy Souwer vs. Dzhabar Askerov\

MT: Aikpracha Meenayothin

MT: Kem Sitsongpeenong vs. Jordan Watson

MT: Saenchai PKSaenchaimuaythaigym vs. Diesellek Aoodonmuang

MT: Mickael Piscitello vs. Sudsakorn Sor. Klinmee

MT: Imwiset Pornnarai vs. Houcine Bennoui

MT: Angelo Campoli vs. Tham Sityodtong

MT: Cyrus Washington vs. Diego Santuccio

MT: Ekapop Sor. Klinmee vs. Andrea Masini

MT: Silvia La Notte vs. Denise Mellor


This Week in Muay Thai: Up and Comers and Action Fighters

Sunday, January 20
Yodbuangarm Pangyen-Ioderm vs. Yodsiam Sor. Chokamnuay
Saksongkram Poptheeratham vs. Phetmongkol Thor. Thepsutin
Singponchai Sor. Sarinya vs. Sakchainoi M-U-Den
Yodpop Eminentair vs. Phetnamngarn Sor. Me-Udon

Monday, January 21
Khunsueklek Or. Kwanmuang vs. Yodthongtai Por. Telakoon
Lom-Esarn Sitzornong vs. Adam Teded99
Kaimookao Watcharachaigym vs. Kongsiam Tor. Phithakchai

Tuesday, January 22
Kangwanlek Petchyindee vs. Choknumchai Sitjakong
Wanchai Sor. Kitisak vs. Sam-D Petchyindee
Superboy Teemuangloei vs. Peteng Kiatphontip

Wednesday, January 23
Dejnarong Wor. Sungprapai vs. Fahmeechai F.A. Group
Yuthachai Kiatpataraphan vs. Yodtuantong Petchyindeeacademy
Phetnakorn Sor. Latdagym vs. Hongtonglek Chor. Fahpiansi

Friday, January 25
Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong vs. Petchasawin Seatranferry

As you can see, there's a lot of good fights this week, and this isn't even the complete schedule. Fights will be added as more information is made obtainable. Of course there are some big Muay Thai fights happening outside of Thailand at Yokkao Extreme 2013 just to name one event, which will also be talked about in separate posts.

Yodbuangarm is one of the up and coming fighters to look out for at 130lbs at Channel 7. He's scored a bunch of knockouts in the lead-up to this fight.

Though Saeksan Or. Kwanmuang is off the card on Monday, his stablemate Khunseklek is on the card in what should be a nice fight against Yodthongthai. Adam Teded99 was added to the card after a fight of his fell through last week. Despite the absence of Saeksan and Pettawee to put on some fireworks, there should still be good fights on Monday.

The fight between Wanchai and Sam-D should be fireworks. They're both all action, yet highly skilled fighters. Sam-D is the Lumpini champion at the light flyweight limit of 108lbs, winning the title off Sarawut in December. Sam-D beat Wanchai back in November.

Also on Wednesday is another fighter to keep an eye on in Peteng Kiatphontip. He's really young but highly skilled and now making his way onto the big stadium shows, facing the Lumpini #4 ranked fighter at mini flyweight.

Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong is going to be one of the marquee international Thais, already having fought and defeated a lot of names. He's just 21 and one of the top 67kg Muay Thai fighters in the world. He beat Petchasawin without much trouble back in April, and this fight might be even more of a dominant win for Sitthichai.


Muay Thai Weekly Recap: January 19

Quick Results (Full results here):

January 14
Phetaik Kiatyongyuth def. Phetmai Lukboonmee by decision.
Phetmai Sitdejaw def. Lamlert Sitsorapit
January 15
Jingreedtong Seatranferry def. Aikrit Mor. Krungthepthonburi by decision.
Yothin Sakaetongresort def. Sarawut Pithakpabhadang by decision.
Seankeng KILA Sport def. Dejrit Sor. Prasobchok by decision.
Jamsak Sakburirum def. Nongmai Teded99 by decision.
January 16
Kaimookdum Aikbangsai def. Sakmongkon 96Penang by TKO in Round 4.
Phetthaksin Sor. Sommai def. Surachai Srisuriyanyothin by decision.
January 17
Phanpayak Jitmuangnont def. Yodmanoot Phetpotong by decision.
Phetlamsin Kiatphontip def. Raktemroi Visootjaroenyont by decision.
Saksit Sritheevet def. Dej Sor. Ploenjit by decision.
Pichitchai Or. Bor. Tor. Khampi def. Silaphet Rapiparesort by TKO in Round 1.
January 18
Inzeekao Rajanont def. Dung Sor. Ploenjit by decision.
Phetsiam Jitmuangnont def. Phetbaankek Sor. Sommai by decision.
Khampollek Or. Bor. Tor. Khampi def. Yodyangngarm Sor. Dejrath by TKO in Round 2.
January 19
Ritidej Sor. Me-Udon def. Sakutphet Mor. Rajabhatchombueng by KO in Round 2.
Serbin Kiatcharoenchai def. Kaewkla Kaewsamrit by KO in Round 2.
Phetpatam Bermphudin def. Muansiam Sor Boongium by KO in Round 2.

This week once again featured solid action throughout. Though many of the bigger stadium names weren't in action, as always there were some ranked top ten fighters on hand.

The stoppages began to come later in the week. Last week saw some really nice, highlight reel elbow stoppages. This past week, most of the stoppages came by way of punches. In particular, Pitchichai's second knockdown of Silaphet was a combination of great evasion and quickness. He saw the left hook coming all the way, swiftly evaded it and came right back with a lethal straight right.

I was surprised that Sarawut lost, in his return fight after losing his Lumpini title to Sam-D in December. Yothin just seemed stronger at the weight.

All in all, it was another week filled with good fights and next week will of course be more of the same. Maybe next week will be filled with knee or kick knockouts, following the pattern of elbows and then punches.



John Wayne Parr is Making a Comeback

Last year, Australia's Muay Thai legend John Wayne Parr retired after fighting on his own first Caged Muay Thai event, knocking out Jordan Tai in the fourth round. It wasn't the first time that Parr had retired so naturally we wondered if he would come back again, and that's exactly what is happening.

Today it was announced by Joe Nader, promoter of Powerplay Promotions that John Wayne Parr is coming out of retirement this year, starting with a fight on April 19 for Powerplay Promotions in Australia. Parr signed a three fight deal with Powerplay Promotions, where he fought trilogy matches with Yodsanklai Fairtex and Mike Zambidis.

After that fight in April, Parr might possibly fight on another one of his successful Caged Muay Thai shows. Either way, it's great to have him back.


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