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Check Out Galen Okazaki's Awesome Lion Fight 8 Photos

Kevin Ross

Our friend and Can't Stop Crazy contributor Galen Okazaki was in attendance at Lion Fight 8 this past weekend and if you paid close attention you probably saw him hanging out around the ring snapping up some photographs. He was there and captured the essence of what was a really important night for American Muay Thai live on AXS TV.

So I urge you to go check out the awesome photoset from the evening.


This Week in Muay Thai: Big Card on Tuesday

Monday, January 28
Lamnampong Noomjeantawana vs. Sonnarai Sor. Sommai
Denkiri Sor. Sommai vs. Kaimookao Wacharachaigym

Tuesday, January 29
Thong Puid9d vs. Phetmorakot Wor Sungprapai
Mondam Sor. Weraphon vs. Superlek Wor Sungprapai
Wanchana Or. Boonchuay vs. Fahsithong Thor. Thepsutin
Maphichit Sitsongpeenong vs. Phettongdee Sinbimuaythai

Wednesday, January 30
Binbon Sitdanai vs. Chotchasarn Wor. Wiwatananont
Yodseanchai Sor. Sophit vs. Jomphet Chuwattana

Thursday, January 31
Ruangsak Sitniwat vs. Detkart Por. Pongsawang

Friday, February 1
Kusaknoi Sor. Joolsen vs. Palangpon Thairungruangkamai
Wisanupon Zujibamikew vs. Luknimit Singklongsi
Jomyuthjew Wor. Rungthavee vs. Kamphollek Or. Bor. Tor. Kampi

More to come as more of this week's schedule is revealed.

A few things from Sunday that I'd like to mention: Seeoui and Lookman Fonjaengchonburi received their awards for Channel 7 2012 Fight of the Year. Channel 7 Fighter of the Year went to Kataphet Sor Suradej, the current Channel 7 112lbs champion.

Obviously the big show this week is on Tuesday at Lumpini Stadium with some huge match-ups. Thong Puid9d vs. Phetmorakot Wor Sungprapai in the main event is at 122lbs. Thong has had a solid run as of late, in addition to just having been around for a long time and staying quite consistent. Superlek and Mondam are two of Muay Thai's most dynamic young fighters, and yet they're still top fighters. They're rematching from November 2, which saw Superlek win at 116lbs. At 112 lbs is another big fight between Wanchana and Fahsithong. Wanchana was able to get a big victory over Wanchai in December, to rebound from a stoppage loss to Ruangsak Sitniwat in November. Wanchana has been gradually moving up in weight so this should be interesting to see how he does at 112.


Yokkao Extreme 2013 Recap: Askerov Upsets Souwer, Thais Showcased

Yokkao's big Yokkao Extreme event went down yesterday in Milan and featured a card that lived up to the anticipation, with a lot of great fights and performances.

The main event saw the lone K-1 rules bout of the evening take palce, with Andy Souwer fighting Dzhabar Askerov. Askerov was actually able to counter Souwer on a number of occasions and shook him a few times, including once in the first round where Souwer momentarily dropped to a knee after a left hook, which could've been a knockdown. Despite his fights against Stevelmans and Kehl being underwhelming, Dzhabar showed why you can never count him out, as he took a close, but in my opinion clear split decision victory. This is most definitely Askerov's biggest career win to date and he now is on a three fight win streak.

Yokkao's lineup of Thai fighters was on full display yesterday, which saw a rare Thai vs. Thai, let alone top Thai vs. top Thai fight taking place outside of Thailand in Saenchai PKSaenchaimuaythai against Diesellek Aoodonmuang. The fight was a bit underwhelming, and you kind of got the sense that they both really didn't go for it, but it was still a great display of skill by both fighters. Diesellek wasn't out of his depth but Saenchai started to pull ahead in the third round and would eventually get the decision win.

Right before the main event, last year's breakout Thai star Aikpracha Meenayothin fought internationally once again, against a strong, formidable opponent in Frank Giorgi. Aikpracha didn't come out of the gate super aggressive but in the second round he really foudn his mark, dropping Giorgi with a straight left and then dropped him once again with a high kick, causing the ref to wave off the fight. It was another impressive performance from Aikpracha, who continues to steamroll anyone in his way.

Like Askerov vs. Souwer, Jordan Watson vs. Kem Sitsongpeenong was another close fight. I think Watson won the first round slightly, but in the second round Kem opened up a cut with an elbow that would go on to cause a lot of pauses in the fight for the doctor to attend to the cut. What's more if that Watson got cut a second time later in the fight. Watson started to really go for it with punches in the third round while Kem was able to do some good clinchwork. All in all, it was a pretty close fight that was called a draw. The constant pauses in the fight for the cuts really throw a wrench in the scoring of the bout.

Mickael Piscitello beat Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee back at Thai Fight in September, but this time was a lot different. Sudsakorn dropped Piscitello in the first and had the overall edge for the entirety of the fight, controlling the range throughout.

Houcine Bennoui put on a great performance against Imwiset Pornnarai. He really showed how much he's matured as a fighter over the past year, not getting too wild when he would tag Imwiset. The first round was all Bennoui with a knockdown to his credit and after that Imwiset came back into the fight a bit but Bennoui won clearly with a solid showing.

Full results here.


Muay Thai Weekly Recap: January 26

Quick Results below. Full results from Lumpini and Rajadamnern here.

Monday, January 21
Yokmongkol Muangsima def. Methee Sor. Jor. Toipedrew by decision.
Lom-Esarn Sitsorung and Addam Teded99 draw.
Kanongsuek Sor. Sritong def. Aikphet Mor. Krungthepthonburi by decision.

Tuesday, January 22
Choknumchai Sitjakong def. Kangwanlek Petchyindee by decision.
Sam-D Petchyindeeacademy def. Wanchai Rambo-Esarn by TKO in Round 3.

Wednesday, January 23
Detnarong Wor Sungprapai vs. Fahmeechai F.A. Group: Fahmeechai disqualified in Round 4.
Yuthachai Kiatpataraphan def. Yodyuantong Petchyindeeacademy by decision.

Thursday, January 24
Trakoonphet Sor. Sommai def. Chankrit Aikbangsai by decision.
Phet Aikbangsai def. Nikomlek Tor. Thawat by TKO in Round 3.
Kiatphet Suan-Aharnpeakmai def. Aikpikart Mor. Krungthepthonburi by decision.
Thepnimit Sitmonchai def. Kwanpet Sor. Suwanpakdee by TKO in Round 2.

Friday, January 25
Palangtip Nor Sripueng def. Yodkhunpon Sitmonchai by decision.
Saksuriya Gaiyanghadao def. Khunsuklek Or Kwanmuang by decision.
Ponmongkol K.T. Gym def. Saengmorakot Tor. Manothumraksa by TKO in Round 3.
Sensatarn Sor Suradej def. Seansak Phetbancha by decision.
Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong def. Petchasawin Seatranferry

Once again it was an action packed week over in Thailand. Over the course of the next few weeks there are some huge cards to look forward to. It never slows down and that's why Thailand's Muay Thai scene is the best fight scene in the world in my opinion.

My favorite fight this week was Sam-D Petchyindeeacademy vs. Wanchai Rambo-Esarn. Wanchai is an all action fighter that relentlessly comes forward with knees and punches and has some of the most heart in the game. Sam-D's great footwork and ring generalship were on full display in this fight. Wanchai was able to catch up at times and put together some big shots but that would be his undoing. Sam-D was timing counter elbows off Wanchai's punches and eventually found two elbows in a row that send Wanchai face first into the canvas, earning him a huge stoppage win.

Another very impressive stoppage was Pongmongkol K.T. Gym over Saengmorakot Tor. Manothumraksa. Saengmorakot is super tough so it's surprising to see him get stopped. However, it was a really impressive performance form Pongmongkol, who ended things with a vicious right straight to the body followed by a knee to the exact same spot that sealed the deal.

Delving more into this past week's stoppages, Thepnimit Sitmonchai stopped Kwanpet Sor. Suwanpakdee in true Sitmonchai fashion a series of devastating low kicks over the course of the fight, with the finish coming via a vicious uppercut. Definitely watch out for Thepnimit in the future.

Yuthachai Kiatpataraphan and Yodtuantong Petchyindeeacademy put on another great, grueling fight. These two have fought a few times before in similar battles. They're very evenly matched.


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