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The Most Decorated Team of Stand Up Trainers in the World

Namsaknoi with a collection of his belts

Historically ambitious stand up fighters have flocked to Thailand to learn at the hands of legends like Namsaknoi Yudthagarngamtorn and Anuwat Kaewsamrit but now an increasing number of renowned Muay Thai fighters are moving to Singapore.

Evolve MMA is putting together a collection of trainers which is unprecedented in the history of Muay Thai and includes Orono Wor Petchpun, Attachai Fairtex, Lamnammoon Sor Sumalee, Kongtoranee Payakaroon and Muangfalek Kitvichian as well as Namsaknoi and Anuwat. These are all names which live on long after their owners have retired because they belong to the very best fighters in the most competitive stand up sport on the planet.

Any fighter who wants to acquire world class stand up skils, be it for K-1, kickboxing, Muay Thai or even MMA would be well advised to come and learn from one of these Thai legends. The fighters currently at Evolve MMA include Shinya Aoki, Leandro Issa and Eddie Ng and with such a decorated team of trainers it is no wonder that their stand up skills are improving rapidly.

You could not find a team of Muay Thai fighters, past or present, anywhere else in the world to match the one currently in place at Evolve MMA and there is not even a camp in Thailand which can boast so many high calibre trainers.

Kru Yodtong Senanan is the grandmaster of the world renowned Sityodtong camp and the only teacher of Muay Thai to be awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Royal Family of Thailand. According to him the number of top Thai trainers moving to Singapore is starting to raise eyebrows in Thailand,

"Evolve MMA has the most number of Muay Thai World Champions in the world, including camps in Thailand. No camp has this many legends and champions and it is the most decorated team that I have seen in my 50 years of teaching Muay Thai."

Namsaknoi was a two time fighter of the year and a Lumpini champion at three different weights. Anuwat Kaewsamrit was a two time fighter of the year, a three time Rajadamnern champion and a Lumpini champion, WBC champion and WMC champion. Orono Wor Petchpun was a WMC champion, Lumpini champion and Thailand champion.

Orono Wor Petchpun shows off his silverware

Lamnammoon Sor Sumalee was a four time Lumpini champion, Kongtoranee Payakaroon was fighter of the year and won a Lumpini title at an incredible five different weight classes while Muangfalek Kitvichian is a two time Rajadamnern champion. Another Evolve MMA instructor, Yodsanan Sityodtong, has also fought Muay Thai at a very high level as well as beng a former WBA Super Featherweight boxing champion.

With so much money in MMA it is surprising that more of the top camps have not invested in bringing in elite Muay Thai trainers. The science of stand up fighting inside the cage is still evolving and there is absolutely no substitute for the experience that a lifetime of fighting in Thaiiland brings, most of the trainers listed in this article have over 300 fights and at least two decades experience of training and competing.

If mixed martial artists want to reach a level of striking which is so far unprecedented in their sport then they need look no further than Muay Thai to find it. There is such a wealth of knowledge inside Thailand that there are still many tricks and techniques that remain undiscovered within the world of MMA. Evolve MMA is the first facility to really focus on extricating some of the most accomplished trainers from Thailand and the likes of Shinya Aoki and Eddie Ng are reaping the benefits. 

For more information about Muay Thai at Evolve MMA visit: http://evolve-mma.com/classes/muay-thai.html

Just the one belt for former WBA Super Featherweigth champion Yodsanan Sityodtong

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The MuayThai Premier League: Room For Improvement

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I finally got around to watching the MuayThai Premiere League's second event on TV that I had PVR'd from last night. The fights were great and filled with action. I'm going to focus on the actual production  and promotional aspects of the promotion. This was my first time watching the MPL on TV and I came away thinking that there is some room for improvement in their production values and promotion.

The show itself is pretty standard: Introductions, fights, post fight interview, repeat. There's not really any connection made to the fighters, no actual promotion of the fighters themselves on the broadcast. I myself don't mind as I have no problem with just standard fights but I can't help but feel that other people who watched the event feel a real pull towards a fighter. Sure, fighting speaks for itself and the fights were great but many are drawn in by personalities. There was really no showcase of individual personalities aside from a short, somewhat awkward post-fight interview. Most notably, they definitely missed the boat on promoting Ky Hollenbeck who is one of the top American fighters in Muay Thai. Fans can relate to someone from their home country competing on the world stage.

The event was definitely a missed opportunity for promotion. How is anyone supposed to know or care if there are no means of watching? The only place the event was broadcast was in Canada on The Score where I watched. Eurosport just got around to airing the first event. There's virtually no internet buzz.

In terms of the actual setting, it should be altered for a better viewing experience. The dark ring canvas along with the whole crowd seemingly blacked out (probably to hide the poor attendance) isn't very viewer-friendly. The setting needs to be brightened up a bit. It's a bit like Bellator's problem where the cage colours create a dull appearance but in this case, the setting is very contrasted.

As for commentary, Mauro Ranallo is cool and all for MMA but the reality is he just isn't that knowledgable about Muay Thai. He's out of his element. It also seems to me that the commentary is more kickboxing oriented than Muay Thai. This can be attributed to there being a lot of kickboxing stylists in the MPL but not enough attention is given to important aspects of Muay Thai like clinch striking, throws and overall dominance. These were really only highlighted a few times over the whole broadcast. Most of the time it seemed that punches were getting the most attention scoring-wise for the commentary team when they aren't valued as much as the other weapons in the arsenal of a nak muay.The judging seems to lean more towards kickboxing too, but that's a whole other story.

Do I like the MPL? Yes, I do but they have their flaws and this is just what I think they can improve on. Their format is great and the right idea is there. Hopefully they can make improvements to bring their product to the next level.

 

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We Have a Winner in the PTT/LiverKick.com Contest

PTTAfter a deluge of messages, follows and likes we've seen Kickfighting fans come out in droves to support LiverKick.com and Phuket Top Team. This of course means that we have a winner in the Phuket Top Team/LiverKick.com Challenger Muay Thai Contest. There were dozens (and dozens...) of entries in the contest, proving to be our most successful yet so we'd like to take this time to thank you, the read for supporting not only LiverKick.com and Phuket Top Team, but Muay Thai and Kickboxing around the world.

It has been a tough year to be a fan of Kickboxing and the understanding that K-1 is not the end-all, be-all in the world can only lead to a brighter future for the world of Kickfighting.

We are proud to announce that the winner of a metric ton of Challenger Muay Thai gear is Jerome Taylor. Everyone go ahead and congratulate Jerome because it was his lucky day, as the random draw both giveth and taketh away, and in this case, giveth and giveth in plentiful amounts.

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