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Thailand vs challenger 26/07/11

Thailand vs Challenger took place at the prestigious River City Shopping Complex in Bangkok on Saturday night. It was one of the most upmarket events in the history of Muay Thai and the no expense spared production was witnessed by a well heeled crowd which included a number of celebrities.

Thailand vs Challenger was set up to take Muay Thai into the mainstream and this event, which will be broadcast to a televised viewership of 600 million people worldwide, was a big step in the right direction.

The first fight of the night saw Armin Muay Thai Plaza take on Hong Guan. After some controversy early in the fight over whether the use of elbows was allowed (Wang Guan walked out the ring because he didn't like being elbowed in the face) the Thai fighter proved just a little bit too sharp for his Chinese opponent outclassing him from start to finish to cruise to a comfortable decision win.

Saiyok Windy Sport then took on Contender Asia veteran Bruce Macfie in one of the most ancitipated contests of the evening. The Thai fighter was substantially smaller than the Australian, who beat John Wayne Parr last year, but Saiyok made light of the size difference using his superior speed to pepper Macfie with some lightning fast combinations

To his credit the Macfie kept coming forward but he would have been relieved to hear the final bell after taking sustained punishment throughout the five rounds. Saiyok demonstrated why he is widely regarded as one of the top fighters in Thailand with an imperious and impressive performance which saw him repeatedly land with sharp elbows and vicious body kicks.

Kaoklai Kaennorsing and Cyrus Washington provided some of the most entertaining exchanges of the evening in an exciting opening round which saw both men showing off some unorthodox and innovative techniques. In the second round Kaoklai looked the stronger man but his American opponent came on strong in round three landing an eye catching spinning back kick which seemed to catch Kaoklai flush.

It appeared the tide might be turning but the Thai fighter responded in style with a vicious elbow which opened up an enormous cut above Washington's left eye leaving the referee no option but to step in and stop the fight. It was an anticlimactic end to an engaging contest but with blood streaming down into his eye the American was simply unable to continue.

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Despite Win Over Hinata, Giorgio Petrosyan Broke His Hand Again

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Last weekend on July 18, Giorgio Petrosyan picked up another win against Hinata Watanabe in the first It's Showtime Japan Countdown event. Petrosyan took a unanimous decision.

What we didn't know until now though, is that Petrosyan walked away with a broken hand. This isn't the first time he's broken his hand. It's happened atleast 4 times in the past 3 years. It's a re-occurring injury for Giorgio. The main problem seems to be that his hand has never gotten enough time to fully heal and thus breaks again. With the it's Showtime Fast & Furious 70MAX tournament exactly two months away, Giorgio will need to make a crucial decision. Let the hand heal properly and drop out of the tournament, or go into the tournament with the risk of making the hand worse and potentially lowering his chances to win. With Giorgio's hand currently in a cast, it's difficult to tell if he'll be able to compete in It's Showtime's tournament as he won't be able to punch anything with it for a while.

Here's an Italian news source, translated:

New win and a new injury to his left hand for Giorgio Petrosyan. In Japan, the two-time world champion K-1 World Max Japan beat the points Watanabe Hinata confirming once again the best fighter in the -70 kg category.

The athletes of Team Satori won all three rounds. The opponent has tried to win groped for all. Heedless of the arbitrator and admonitions, in all of the filming took punches upside prohibited by the regulation. To embarrass Petrosyan were, however, the 8 oz gloves: too light for the strength of his fists. As had already occurred in the past editions of the K-1 World Max, have not been able to absorb shock and a fracture to the hand that seemed to be resolved is reopened.

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Photo of the Day: Rashad Evans Training with Cosmo Alexandre and Tyrone Spong

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In preparation for his August 7 fight against Tito Ortiz at UFC 133, Rashad Evans has stepped his training up a few notches, working on his striking with Tyrone Spong and Cosmo Alexandre. It's been said for a while that Cosmo will eventually make a foray into MMA and training with the "Blackzillians" at Imperial MMA is a great way to get prepared. Cosmo will be fighting Sakmongkol Sitchuchoke on August 20 under Muay Thai rules. As for Tyrone Spong, he's coming off a June 18 It's Showtime win over Loren Javier Jorge and at the moment he doesn't have anything coming up.

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You Need More Japanese Kickboxing in Your Life: No Kick No Life IV

Part of what makes being a fight fan so much fun is that there are a lot of talented fans out there who put together some great video montages, one of which is LiverKick.com's friend Jill, who has made a ton of great videos and continues the trend with No Kick No Life IV, focusing on Japanese kickfighting. So check it out already.

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