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Kem Sitsongpeenong Wins Toyota Marathon

The Toyota Marathon went down yesterday in Chang Mai, Thailand, with an eight man tournament during the day with four Thai fighters and four Japanese fighters. The four Thais were Kem Sitsongpeenong, Prakaysiang Gaiyanghadaogym, Sirimongkol Sitanuparp and Thepsutin Pumphanmuang. The four Japanese fighters were Kasuya Takeda, Namoto Mashafumi, Chimichi Takeru and "Tsunami Fist," whose real name wasn't provided.

The quarter finals saw two Thai vs. Japanese match-ups and you guessed it, they were both one sided stoppages with Prakaysiang Gaiyanghadaogym stopping Namoto Mashafumi and Sirimongkol Sitanuparp demolishing Tsunami Fist. The other quarter finals saw Kem Sitsongpeenong getting the better of Thepsutin Pumphanmuang to pick up a decision win and Kasuya Takeda beat Chimichi Takeru .

Kem drew Prakaysiang in the semi finals, once again getting the much tougher opponent but it didn't matter as Kem still outdid Prakaysiang to win a decision, showcasing all facets of his game. Sirimongkol got the easy fight in Kasuya Takeda and once again demolished his Japanese counterpart.

Kem and Sirimongkol met in the final and once again, Kem showcased all facets of his game to just simply get the better of Sirimongkol for the whole fight.

For Kem, this was a huge tournament win after a disappointing performance at the IFMA World Muay Thai Championships where he lost to Vitaly Gurkov and ended up with a bronze medal. These were his first pro fights since June where he stopped Alex Asumu.

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Full Fight Card for Lion Fight Battle in the Desert 7

Lion Fight Promotions in Las Vegas has been going strong with their Las Vegas-based fight cards over the past two years. They've done a good job bringing positive attention to Muay Thai in America and helped build up some stars in the process. The October 13th event will be headlined by a pretty big fight between Joe Schilling and Eddie Walker, a fight that many believed to have been in the works for K-1's LA event, but never happened.

The rest of the card brings a good mix of local talent against other West Coast Muay Thai luminaries.

Main Event

Joe Schilling (Los Angeles, CA) vs. Eddie Walker (Atlanta, GA)

180 lbs

Co-Main Event

Joe Valtellini (Toronto, Ontario, CANADA) vs. Gregory Choplin (St. Denis, Paris, FRANCE)

165 lbs / WBC Superfight

Jeri Sitzes (Springfield, MO) vs. Tiffany Van Soest (San Diego, CA)

122 lbs / WBC International Title

Phanuwat "Coke" Chunhawat (Oakland, CA) vs. Adrian Morilla (San Diego, CA)

135 lbs

Anthony Castrejon (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Andy Singh (New York, NY)

118 lbs / WBC National Title

Amateur Card:

Jason Andrada (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Victor Perez (Van Nuys, CA)

130 lbs / USMTA title / 5x2 rounds

Genesis Bravo (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Miranda Cayabyab (San Jose, CA)

110 lbs / USMTA title / 5x2 rounds

Josh Shepard (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Jose Hernandez (Antelope Valley, CA)

160 lbs / USMTA title / 5x2 rounds

Chris Lazaro (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Johnny Parsons (Las Vegas, NV)

147 lbs / USMTA title / 5x2 rounds

Steve Ault (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Mike Gordon (Las Vegas, NV)

185 lbs / 3x2 rounds

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Fabio Pinca vs. Tayfun Ozcan Added To Time Fight 2 On October 6

The Time Fight 2 card in Tours, France on October 6 has undergone a lot of changes in the past month, but overall the card is still looking solid. Originally the card was supposed to have a big fight between Lumpinee champion Damien Alamos and Houcine Bennoui in a rematch, with Bennoui having won the first fight. That fight, however, got cancelled because of Alamos' commitment to a fight with Diesellek Aoodonmuang next month.

In place of that fight, another one of the best non-Thai Muay Thai fighters, Fabio Pinca was added to the card. Pinca will fight the Dutch up and comer Tayfun Ozcan at 67kg.

Ozcan usually fights at 70kg but Pinca will still be his toughest fight to date, especially being that this fight is under full Muay Thai rules. Ozcan is a Dutch style kickboxer while Pinca is a Muay Thai fighter through and through.

Pinca comes off a loss to Saiyok Pumphanmuang at Thai Fight on September 19 in Lyon, France while Ozcan also just fought, on September 22 where he stopped Hicham Boubkari in the second round.

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A Look Back at Battle of the PRO's From Brooklyn on Sept. 13th

Story by R. Choi

Photos by Bauzen

On Thursday, September 13th, eight professional Muay Thai fighters gathered at the Renzo Gracie Academy in Brooklyn to fight in a one-night “Battle of the PRO’s” tournament.  The event, which took place in the impressive new facility and was elegant enough to require a corporate casual dress code (sorry, no TapouT gear allowed) nevertheless delivered a great night of fights with plenty of action and several knockouts.

The first round of fights featured Rafael Machado of Gold Team (Newark, NJ) defeating Nate Chambers of Hyena Muay Thai (Las Vegas, NV) via unanimous decision, Villi Bello (Ardon’s Sweet Science, NY) advancing after the fight was ruled a no contest in the first round due to a questionable groin shot to Mervin Rodriguez (Pellegrino MMA, Belmar NJ), Troy Sheridan of Team Ultimate (Toronto, Canada) defeating the older and very experienced Peter Kaljevic by unanimous decision, and Deshawn Robinson (America’s Finest Kickboxing, NJ) overcoming a very aggressive Turan Hasanov (Fight Factory, NY) two minutes and 42 seconds into the second round with a devastating knockout by knee that left him unable to continue.


An intermission and the only amateur bout of the night showed why clinch is essential in Muay Thai, as Jason Sheena (Workshop Muay Thai, NY) won a unanimous decision against Daniel Cronin (Renzo Gracie, NY). This also seemed to set the tone for the first fight in the semi-finals, which was also decided in the clinch with Villi Bello winning by TKO 1 minute and 25 seconds into the second round after landing several vicious knees on his opponent, Rafael Machado. Afterwards, Troy Sheridan and Deshawn Robinson faced off in a very exciting bout that had a flurry of back and forth exchanges in the first round.  Troy looked rocked early but he still managed to send Deshawn crashing through the ropes onto the judge’s table and was not only able to make a full recovery, but also scored an impressive KO at 2 minutes and 46 seconds with a right hook that sent Deshawn’s mouthguard flying.

The final fight pitted Troy Sheridan against Villi Bello.  Bello was very aggressive, but had problems with the longer reach of Sheridan. Bello tried changing levels and kept up an aggressive pace, but Sheridan ultimately controlled the distance and and kept Bello from getting close with a nasty jab and low kick combination that had served him well all night.  In rounds two and three, Sheridan also added a high left kick to the mix and won the fight by unanimous decision, as well as the tournament.

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