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Cat Von C Went to TaKe On in Atlantic City

I've got to admit the idea of hopping on a Greyhound bus and traveling to Atlantic City has never been on my top ten list of things I'm really interested in doing before I die. Actually it has never even been on my list of things to ever contemplate doing in my life. I would have probably thrown going to Atlantic City on my list of things I'll be happy to never do. Fortunately my good buddy Bauzen used some jedi mind trickery and dangled some Catvonc style kryptonite in front of my face and convinced me to cash in some travel vouchers and head to the Jersey shore for the weekend. I say fortunately because had Bauzen not exploited my weakness I might not have gone out of my way to attend what in my opinion was one of the most well run, classiest and amazing combat sports events I've ever attended.

The show that Take On Productions, in association with MSG Sports puts on is a well oiled machine and I can only hope they continue to grow and their show is able to expand throughout the country. From the local favorite talented ring announcer Larry Legend to owner Eric Rivera handling the fight commentary, to the promotors and fighters-this is a professional and entertaining show. I know from personal experience, we've got nothing that even comes close to their level of production quality here in Atlanta. Take On's event truly made me fall deeper in lust with the sport of Muay Thai and if you ever have the opportunity to go to one of their shows I say you had better jump on it. I'm not even mad that I somehow lost an earring, a ring, a phone charger and a flat iron in the post fight celebrations. I'll blame all of that on sharing too many watermelon rock rancher drinks with Bauzen's girlfriend.

The West Coast has always boasted about having the creme de la creme of Muay Thai fighters on American soil but I think the gyms on the East Coast are ready to give them a run for their money. Gyms like Sitan NY, Phil Nurse's The Wat, Cool Hearts from Philly and Boston Muay Thai just to name a few-have trained and assembled crews of skilled and exciting fighters that combat sport junkies need to start paying close attention to. From the ammy fights to the pro debuts and full rules title fights-there was not one moment where I felt the action was lagging. Here's some of the highlights of the night:

Amateur fight Rich Brattole of Weapons 9/Strategic Combat Gym vs Tim Scmeier of Sitan NY

These guys were both obviously not used to wearing headgear, which is a New Jersey athletic commission rule and not a requirement where the fighters normally fight in their home state of NY, but despite that they went to war with each other trading blows back and forth for the entire 3 round contest.

Amateur fight Caitlyn Dempsey of Impact Martial Arts vs Christina Rodriguez of Girl Fight MMA NJ

The ladies brought the first blood of the evening and the first extremely loud crowd response of the night. Caitlyn Dempsey won her debut fight and the crowd erupted in excitement.

Amateur fight Tianna Urman of The Wat vs Prarie Ruglio of Girl Fight MMA

Prarie came at Tianna Urman raging with unrelenting fists for one full minute before her right hand shut Urman down for good. Girl Fight MMA fans in the crowd went absolutely bonkers and let's be honest, Bauzen had a momentary fear of being trampelled by a mass of angry lesbians.

Main event Justin Greskiewicz of Cool Hearts Muay Thai Philly vs Eddie Martinez of Sitan Gym NY

Another really great fight featuring one of the Sitan gym fighters Eddie Martinez versus the always fun to watch purple haired Justin Greskiewicz. Justin took full advantage of the NJ elbow allowance and used those along with some kicks and punching combos to take the very close split decision win over Eddie Martinez.

Pro fight Jay Matias of Sitan Gym NY vs Jake Mainini of Boston Muay Thai

Saving the best for last here-this was the pro debut for both of these fighters and most of the media in attendance agree it was hands down the fight of the night. These two stole the show and put on an amazing display of technical and precise Muay Thai from round one all the way to the end of the fifth round and never once looked fatigued. Jay Matias gave the crowd a show that they will talk about for years afterwards with his arsenal of kicks and unrelenting combinations that ultimately won him the unanimous decision over an also very skilled Mainini. Here's a small video clip from this fan favorite fight to help fill your hungry Muay Thai bellies.

I know right now you are sitting there dying to watch the rest of that fight. As a matter of fact, I'm certain you want to watch the whole event and you are now angrily axe kicking your little sister into your mom's plastic covered couch because you missed out on all the action this weekend. Well calm down and stop being an angry bully. You can go check out the whole event on right now. The full event results on and don't forget to follow TakeOn Muay Thai on Twitter and like them on Facebook for all the information you are going to need about their upcoming shows.


Buakaw Victorious in MPL's Debut Outing

BuakawIt is hard for me to even type out that Buakaw Por. Pramuk, K-1 MAX superstar who made his name in Japan has won a bout on American soil, but it happened last night. Sadly after not one but two reporter situations left us out in left field, we had to catch the event like the rest of the world did, and the event saw a lot of big names on the worldwide scene make a splash, a bang and no real whimpers. That is a godsend for a debut show, especially in a tough United States market for kickfighting.

The event saw not only Buakaw pick up a win, but Nathan "Carnage" Corbett, Artem "The Lion" Levin, Nieky Holzken and Baxter Humby also won in impressive fashion.

Full event results from Muay Thai Authority.

Michael Dicks def. Leo Monteiro via Unanimous Decision
Valentina Shevchenko def. Angelique Pitiot via Split Decision
Artem Levin def. David Keclik via KO (Knee) at 2:28 of Rd. 3
Filip Verlinden def. Martin Jahn via (T)KO (Doctor Stoppage) at 3:00 of Rd. 1
Baxter Humby def. Zidov Domenik by KO at 1:40 of Rd. 1 (Humby wins WMC Intercontinental Title)
Denis Schniedmiller def. Mehdi Zatout via Split Decision
Julie Kitchen def. Martina Jindrova via Unanimous Decision
Nieky Holzken def. Marco Pique by Majority Decision
Simon Marcus def. Artem Vakhitov via Unanimous Decision
Nathan Corbett def. Tomas Hron by KO at 2:38 of Rd. 1
Buakaw def. Warren Stevelmans via (T)KO at 1:59 of Rd. 4 (wins WMC junior middleweight title)

SLAMM!! "Soema Na Basi" Results: Londt Victorious, Campagna Wins Tournament

Yesterday in Paramaribo, Suriname, the Dutch promotion SLAMM!! held an event featuring an 8-man, one night tournament that included some of the top young, upcoming fighters in the sport. Also featured on the card was rising heavyweight star, Ismael Londt. Many Dutch fighters are originally from or their backgrounds are from Suriname and SLAMM!! has held events their before. As per usual, Team SLAMM!! fighters were featured heavily on the event, with Ajay Balgobind, Anthony Kane and Ismael Londt among others.

The quarter finals of the tournament kicked off with four fights at -70kg, and all went to decision.

Miles Simson vs. Ajay Balgobind

Ajay Balgobind won by decision.

Antoine Mandela vs. Alessandro Campagna

Alessandro Campagna won by decision.

Xavier Benedito vs. Miloud el Geubli

Miloud el Geubli won by decision.

Anthony Kane vs. Cedric Bacuna

Anthony Kane won by decision.

With four men advancing after the quarter finals, it set up the semi finals with Ajay Balgobind vs. Alessandro Campagna and Miloud el Geubli vs. Anthony Kane. Once again, both fights went to decision.

Ajay Balgobind vs. Alessandro Campagna

Alessandro Campagna won by decision.

Anthony Kane vs. Miloud el Geubli

Miloud el Geubli won by decision.

This set up Alessandro Campagna vs. Miloud el Geubli in the finals. This was the only fight to not go to decision in the tournament.

Alessandro Campagna vs. Miloud el Geubli

Alessandro Campagna won by TKO in Round 1 and wins the tournament. Campagna, with this tournament win has shown himself to be an up and coming fighter to keep an eye on. Campagna raised some eyebrows in October of last year when he knocked Houcine Bennoui out in the first round.

Also on the card, Ismael Londt took on fellow Dutch fighter Raemon Welboeren. In an unusual scenario for Londt, he didn't walk away with a knock out win but still managed to get a decision. Londt has been on a tear this year, holding wins over Tomas Hron, Sebastien Ciobanu and Mladen Brestovac. I think it might be time for Londt to take a step up into big time competition soon. Another Dutch heavyweight, Jairzinho Rozenstruik also walked away with a win, this one by TKO over Jahya "Godzilla" Gulay.

The event was supposed to be stream on SLAMM!!'s website, but never did. We don't know what happened, but we expect videos to be up on FightStarTV in the near future.


UFC 128: Jon Jones Ends the "Shogun Era"

We just saw a hype train not get derailed, but fly off of the rails on its own accord and into the realm of hyperbole. Not in a very long time have I seen a fighter get as hyped up so quickly as Jon Jones has in his very brief Mixed Martial Arts career. Jones has all of the potential in the world, has a large, lanky frame and a wrestling pedigree on top of a sense of creativity that most Mixed Martial Artists are afraid to express.

There is a very good chance that tonight Dana White and the Fertitas were finally able to create a new, homegrown star and one that will have wider appeal than a middle aged white man with a beer gut and a mohawk could have. Jon Jones handled Shogun like he was a small child, and while all of his weaknesses were still there, his strengths were enough to make Shogun look like an average fighter to say the least. Jones had a hard time keeping position on the ground due to poor posturing while going for big elbow strikes, on his feet his footwork as as sloppy as ever and the big shots were never set up or followed up on.

That won't matter to most because he won the fight in dominant fashion and landed a few big, cool moves on his feet that will fill a highlight reel up for future fights quite nicely. A lot of those cool moves he throws he actually did't pick up from Jackson or Winklejohn, but former K-1 fighter Mark Miller (whom I urge you to Google, guy has the best story in combat sports) who he used to train with. So the flash of Jon Jones came from one of the few kickboxers in the United States that were able to prove themselves on an international level in the past ten years and added to the wrestling base that Greg Jackson has been able to have a field day with.

Jones moves on to face team mate Rashad Evans and a slew of articles hailing him as the greatest champion prospect to ever live, but he'll need to keep his head on the ground and pick up some of those fundamentals if he wants to stay on top, because eventually someone will be able to exploit them.


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