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UPDATE: Opponent Change for Ky Hollenbeck This Saturday

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Chalk this one up in the unfortunate category of bout changes that happen very often in the land of muay thai, as Ky Hollenbeck's eagerly-awaited bout with Ekpracha Meenayotin "The Hitman" has apparently fallen through. Hollenbeck, who was last seen at the Glory World Series event, was prepared to take on the very tough Thai in a bout that enthusiasts have been chomping at the bit over, but The Hitman has pulled out of the fight just days before.

So it looks like Pushkick Promotions' World Stand Off: Thailand vs. Americas event will have a new headliner in Ky Hollenbeck vs. Cooper Gibson. Cooper Gibson is a serviceable opponent, but fans have been awaiting the Hollenbeck showdown with The Hitman for a while now.

UPDATE: Push Kick Promotions has confirmed that there will be a late fill-in for Ekpracha, who had to pull out of the fight, but it will not be Cooper Gibson. According to Muay Thai Authority, Malaipet Sasiprapa will be stepping in instead, creating a much more compelling match up. There was some drama earlier in the day when on Facebook, Cooper Gibson's coach decided to trash talk, proclaiming that any top 100 MMA fight could defeat any top 10 Thai fighter, which, well, is a ridiculous statement.

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Thai Fight On Friday Features Buakaw, Saiyok, Sudsakorn, More

Thai Fight returns on this Friday, August 17 in Leicester, England with a card featuring some of the best international Muay Thai fighters.

Atop the card is Buakaw, who we previously highlighted, taking on Abdoul Toure of France. Not much else to say aside from that there's no way Buakaw loses. Check out the short write up about this fight here.

After a number of opponents being shuffled, Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee fights Issam Reghi at 72kg. Reghi is a good fighter and has fought as high as 80kg at the Tatneft Cup and recently had a draw with Yury Bessmertny, who beat Sudsakorn last year. Saiyok Pumphanmuang fights Craig Jose at 70kg, who was originally supposed to fight Buakaw. Jose is an English fighter who's had some success recently with a win over Jamal Wahib last month. Like Buakaw, expect the Thais to win although these two fights are closer than Buakaw's fight.

In some more Thailand vs. the world action, Armin Matli takes on Abdallah Mabel of France at 70kg. Mabel is a veteran and he's fought pretty much everyone there is to fight. Matli is no stranger to fighting Frenchmen as he's beaten Charles Francois twice, albeit at lower weights so he'll be the smaller man here. Singmanee Kaewsamrit has been getting a few international opportunities lately and it continues as he fights Houcine Bennoui of France at 67kg. 2011 was going great for Bennoui until he was knocked out by Dongsu Kim at Thai Fight last year in September and then lost again near the end of the year. Bennoui took some time off from the ring before fighting for the first time in 2012 in June where he stopped Manuel Umberti.

The next three match-ups are all England vs. France fights, with some of England's best fighters facing some French up and comers. Liam Harrison, one of the best English fighters, takes on Dylan Salvador, an up and coming fighter from Team Nasser K at 67kg who will have quite a height advantage. Also at 67kg Michael Dicks fights Crice Boussoukou, another very tall, lanky fighter who recently fought and lost to Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong. At 70kg, Jordan Watson fights Hamed Hassan.

1. Buakaw Por. Pramuk (THAI) VS Abdoul Toure (France) 70 kg.

2. Sudsakorn Sor. Klinmee (THAI) VS Issam Reghi (France) 72 kg.

3. Saiyok Pumphanmuang (THAI) VS Craig Jose (England) 70 kg.

4. Armin Matli (THAI) VS Abdallah Mabel (France) 70 kg.

5. Singmanee Kaewsamrit (THAI) VS Houcine Bennoui (France) 67 kg.

6. Jordan Watson (ENGLAND) VS Hamed Hassan (France) 70 kg.

7. Liam.Harrison (ENGLAND) VS Dylan Salvador (France) 67kg.

8. Michael Dicks (ENGLAND) VS Crice Boussoukou (France) 67 kg.

Note: Don't be surprised if some of these fights get changed/have been changed. This normally happens with Thai Fight events.

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Buakaw Returns On Friday In England At Thai Fight

After a series of legal battles and question marks surrounding his career, Buakaw is returning to the ring on Friday.

Thai Fight will be holding an event this Friday, August 17 in Leicester, England and atop the card is Buakaw. He'll be facing Abdoul Toure from France. He was originally supposed to fight Craig Jose, but as per usual with Thai Fight cards, things get shuffled around.

Buakaw's last fight was on April 17 in Thailand, where he stopped Rustem Zaripov in the second round at Thai Fight. Buakaw at the time was not even allowed to fight but the fight went through anyway and Buakaw seemingly fought with a flare of motivation that we hadn't seen from him in quite some time. Toure is better than Zaripov but let's face it, this is pretty much another guaranteed win for Buakaw.

It's quite surprising that outside of the UK Muay Thai community that there really isn't any buzz for this event at all, unlike past Thai Fight events. The card features a who's who of international Muay Thai and of course, has Buakaw as the main star. This fight is a pretty big deal, acknowledging the circumstances that Buakaw has been subject to for most of this year and being that he's returning after the whole legal mess that dragged on for months.

Be on the lookout for the full fight card here on LiverKick shortly.

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Full Card for Take On's Battle at Bally's 2

Press release from TaKe-On and MSG Sports

Jay Matias vs. Doug Ahammer, and Sean Hinds vs. Deshawn Robinson rematch, plus two amateur title bouts, to headline “Battle at Bally’s 2” Muay Thai Kickboxing Event in Atlantic City This Saturday, August 11 at Bally’s Grand Ballroom

New York, NY (August 8, 2012) – TaKe On Productions, New York’s premiere Muay Thai promotion, and MSG Sports announced the return of full rules Thai Kickboxing to Atlantic City with “Battle at Bally’s 2,” a professional and amateur Muay Thai event set to take place on Sunday, August 11 in the Grand Ballroom at Bally’s Casino beginning at 6:00pm. Sanctioned by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board, this event will feature a fight card that includes today’s best professional and amateur Muay Thai fighters, competing under full Thai rules which allow for forceful knee and elbow strikes.

Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased via: www.thegarden.com, all Ticketmaster locations, the Bally’s box office, and at Muay Thai and MMA gyms throughout NY, NJ, and PA. Fans can visit www.TakeOnProductions.com for special event VIP packages, along with the full fight card, fighter information and other exciting content. “Battle at Bally’s II” is being produced by TaKe-On Productions in association with MSG Sports.

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