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Sor Klinmee April 5-8

4/14 (Thai Time)

I've been keeping a journal while training at Sor Klinmee. I get infrequent internet access, so I'm going to post multiple days at once. I'm trying to give a general idea of what it's like at the gym. Also, look for a review of Eminent Air, the gym I trained at last time I was in Thailand.

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4/5

So, it's April 5th (4th your time), and I'm in Sor Klinmee in Pattaya. It took 400 baht to get here from the bus stop in South Pattaya, though I could have haggled that down a fair bit. It did take two drivers and two security guards and a receptionist at an airport office 30 minutes to figure out where exactly the camp was, though. The business card I'd printed out had two numbers, the first which no one picked up, the second belonging to a Thai man as confused as his callers.

Most people have a bit of trouble with it, but I love Thai weather. Maybe it's because I'm always, according to friends and family, giving off a lot of heat, but I'm sensitive to cold, and Thailand is the perfect place for those sensitive to cold. Shanghai was 19 degrees centigrade, Thailand was 30. That's 90 degrees. Hot heaven.

I haven't trained yet. The owner, Tappaya, or Neyn, suggested I take the first day off. After 4 airplane rides and 3 bus rides in 12 days, I was inclined to agree. Thankfully, I brought books. To anyone who hasn't heard of him or seen his show, I highly recommend Mike Birbiglia. I saw his solo standup routine “Sleepwalk with Me,” and liked it enough to buy a copy of the book when it came out.

For now, I'm getting settled. The camp seems extremely chill. There are little kids running around, Tappaya and his wife, Pak, are teaching me Thai nouns and verbs every so often.

A word of advice: call your bank to place your cards on travel alert so you don't have to call your bank from another country when your debit card works. This isn't from experience or anything. I just thought it might happen. Right.

Now to figure out the most reliable source of internet around here. (There's no wireless at the camp.)

 

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Aoki's #4 Ranking Is Deserved, Get Over Your Bias.

EVERY forum I visit I see people saying how 1 dimensional and how overrated Shinya Aoki is. 

"Why is he #4." "LMAO he's a 1 dimensional cry baby." "Once again a Japanese fighter is over ranked."

So I pose a question for those who say these type of things.

Who should be #4?

Edgar, Melendez, Maynard are generally 1-3 in everyone's rankings. But when we hit #4 is where the majority of MMA fans get upset. But I don't seem to understand why.

Lets take a look at some names right behind Aoki who people think should be #4.

Eddie Alvarez: Just weeks ago many thought he was the #2 guy in the world. He can wrestle, bang, and is extremely tough, but what merits a ranking ahead of Aoki? First and foremost he was defeated by Aoki a few years ago in under 2 minutes. Great start! His 2 best wins are Tatsuya Kawajiri, and Joachim Hansen. Last I checked Aoki has beaten them too, and in quicker, and in more dominating fashion. Aoki has wins over quality guys like "Shaolin" Ribeiro, JZ Cavalcante, Caol Uno, Mizuto Hirota, Marcus Aurelio, and Lyle Beerbohm. Alvarez has quality wins against Pat Curran, Katsunori Kikuno, Roger Huerta, and Toby Imada. Facts: Aoki has beaten Alvarez's top 2 names. Aoki has better quality wins. And lastly, and most importantly, Aoki defeated Alvarez head-to-head. How can you justify putting Alvarez ahead of Aoki? YOU CAN'T! It's impossible! Stop trying to say he deserves to be ahead of him. 

Jim Miller: A lot of people are high on him right now, and I think he's sheer quality, but what has he done? He beat a guy that Jamie varner beat err took to a draw. Won a close decision over Mark Bocek that is highly debatable. Won a competitive decision over Gleison Tibau, and defeated an unexperienced "prodigy" in Charles Oliveira. How many of these guys have ever sniffed the top 10? ZERO! Oh, he also beat Duane Ludwig, Mac Danzig, and Matt Wiman. Any of these guys top 10 wins, or even top 15 wins? Case closed!

Anthony Pettis: While I think he has great potential, and could be UFC LW champ someday he hasn't accomplished a whole lot. Ben Henderson is a very good win. Shane Roller, and Danny Castillo are also good. After that...... a whole lot of nothing. 

Kenny Florian: He beat the post Pride Gomi, yeah well so did Sergei Golyaev. Clay Guida, the UFC's 155 gate keeper, how nice! Joe "I can't compete at 155 anymore and if I want to have a job I have to go to 45" Stevenson. Wow! Roger Huerta, Joe Lauzon, and Sam Stout, decent names. Can't lie. But how many top 10 wins does Mr Florian have? ZERO!

Melvin Guillard: Evan Dunham is a very good win. However he was also awarded a bogus decision over Gelison Tibau. Anyone who thinks he deserves a top 5 ranking or even top 10 ranking is nuts. 

Sean Sherk: Horse shit decision over Dunahm, and outside of that hasn't won since 2008. 

So these are the main guys who could have a case for #4. None of which have the resume of Aoki, but since so many of you guys absolutely hate the man who deserves the spot over him? The logical and only appropriate answer would be "none of those guys," but since you can't put your bias aside who should it be? 

I WANT ANSWERS!

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It's Showtime Heads to Spain in June; Tyrone Spong Headlining

It's Showtime is nothing short of a juggernaut in 2011. The next It's Showtime event is May 14th in Lyon, France, being headlined by Badr Hari vs. Gregory Tony in Badr's big comeback fight. Then, mere days later on May 21 it is back to Amsterdam in the Sand for another big event headlined by Hesdy Gerges against Chris Knowles. That is it for the month of May, then June happens and they head to Poland on the 11th for Danyo Ilunga's first 95kg title defense.

With a show planned for July in Russia with Hesdy Gerges defending his Heavyweight title, you'd think they'd slow down, but they don't. Today it was announced that It's Showtime will head to Madrid, Spain on June 18 for a big show headlined by the King of the Ring himself, Tyrone Spong.

This is good news for kickboxing fans as It's Showtime is not only picking up the slack left by K-1, but putting on way more shows than we got from K-1 last year with the second half of the year yet to be announced yet. Keep an eye on this space for card updates, as there is still a lot yet to be announced.

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