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GLORY Adds Two Big Fights to GLORY 19 SuperFight Series Card

If there was ever really one big thing that depressed me about GLORY events it is that there is no way to see the GLORY SuperFight Series fights live. That really isn't a terrible problem to have, all things considered. It's still a bummer none-the-less, especially in the age of MMA promotions offering streams of prelims. 

GLORY has announced two interesting fights for the GLORY 19 SuperFight Series undercard that will have kickboxing fans even more excited for the upcoming event. The first is 70kg Canadian sensation Josh Jauncey against Germany's Max Baumert in what should be an explosive battle. Jauncey has two wins under the GLORY banner thus far, a decision win over Warren Stevelmans and a knockout over Jae Gil Noh. Baumert has fought once for GLORY, a win over Ismail Uzuner at GLORY 6.

The other fight -- and this is a big one -- is GLORY 12 Lightweight Champion Andy Ristie taking on Australian brawler Steve Moxon. Both men are well-known at this point and one would have to favor Ristie going into this fight, but Moxon is hungry and coming off of a big win over Aikpracha from Kunlun earlier this month.

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Mike Zambidis to Defend SuperKombat Title Plus More SK 2015 Details

Mike Zambidis captured the SuperKombat Middleweight Championship back in August of 2013 against Harun Kina in Romania and now in January he is set to defend that title for the very first time in a return match. At an Iron Challenge 2015 event in Greece Zambidis is set to defend that title against Kina. If you are wondering why it isn't on a SuperKombat card proper, that's because 2015 will be the year that SuperKombat begins licensing out their brand to interested partners.

Previously they would license out tryout events, but starting this year they will also license out Elimination and World Title fights. The SuperKombat season begins on March 7th with their first event of this season, but look for more events held around the world with fights that impact the world of SuperKombat throughout the year. We'll have more on SuperKombat and Mike Zambidis when it's available.

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Superbank Bests Muangthai in Rajadamnern Battle Between Two of Muay Thai’s Brightest Stars

Superbank Sakchaichode cleared up the recent end of year Muay Thai awards and the 20 year old was up against his closest rival for most of them when he faced Muangthai Sor Boongium at Rajadamnern in the first big show of 2014

Superbank appeared to effortlessly control the fight which headlined a One Songchai card, keeping Muangthai at bay with teeps and knees and repeatedly sweeping him to the ground in the third round to soar ahead on the score cards.

Muangthai needed a big comeback in the fourth but found himself being swept yet again when he tried to line up a straight knee with Superbank timing it to perfection to kick away his standing leg and put him on his backside.

Muangthai returned the favour moments later but was unable to mount any effective offence as Superbank frustrated him with a masterful defensive display, cruising through the final three minutes to take a clear cut decision win.

Pakorn PKSaenchaimuaythaigym is the reigning Lumpinee 135 lbs champion and one of the biggest draws in Muay Thai at the moment and was taking on Auisiewpor Sujibamikiew who might not enjoy such a stellar reputation but was given a 5 lbs weight advantage.

Pakorn made light of the size difference to land the harder shots throughout the fight, scoring with kicks and knees more consistently than his opponent who struggled to land anything solid enough to turn the contest around and conceded defeat before the end of the final round.

It was also a good night for Pakorn’s team mates at PKSaenchaimuaythaigym with Prajanchay stopping Lamnampong Noomjeantawanna in the fourth round and Phichitchai finishing Yodsenchuang Chanaidonmuang in the third.

Sangmanee Sor Tienpo was supposed to be returning to Rajadamnern for the first time since getting poisoned last year but the teenager’s proposed fight with Petchlamsin Sorkor Sungaigym fell through.

One Songchai Promotions, Rajadamnern Stadium, January 9th

Phichitchai PKSaenchaimuaythaigym beat Yodsenchuang Chanaidonmuang by TKO
Parkalek Tor Laksong beat Chotchai Por Suwannchot by decision
Panpayak Jitmuangnongym beat Luknimit Singklongsi by decision
Prachanchay PKSaenchaimuaythaigym beat Lamnampong Noomjeantawanna by TKO
Pakorn PKSaenchaimuaythaigym beat Auisiewpor Sujibamikiewby decision
Thaksinlek Sitiniwat beat Thanonchai Tor Sangtiennoi by decision
Superbank Mor.Ratanabandit beat PKSaenchaimuaythaigym   by decision 
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The Main Event stadium show set for May

 

UK-based promotion The Main Event have announced details regarding their forthcoming stadium show. The event will take place May 23rd at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham and will feature the best talent the UK Muay Thai scene has to offer.

 

For those not too familiar with the promotion, The Main Event originally operated under the name Rumble at the Reebok, hosting events at the Reebok stadium in Bolton, Manchester. Unfortunately, as their popularity increased the venue became unsuitable and they were forced to move out and re-brand. The Main Event has the current attendance record for a Muay Thai event in the UK, pulling in over 3100 spectators for their event last summer. 

 

The likes of Liam Harrison, Andrew Tate and Tim Thomas have all competed under The Main Event banner however the promotions focus is not just on already established fighters, with top UK prospects such as Andrew Lofthouse, Myk Estlick and the Sugden brothers having all competed for the promotion on numerous occasions. 

 

Co-promoter Phil Shedden had this to say regarding the upcoming event 'This show will be like nothing ever seen before in the UK. We're pulling out all the stops to try and finally get the sport we love into the wider public eye for everyone's benefit. 2015 will be a pivotal year for The Main Event and Muay Thai in the UK!'

 

Whilst it's still over four months away it's hard to not be excited about an event of this potential. The likes of The Main Event and Yokkao have been working tirelessly to boost the sports popularity in the UK and with fight cards like this and with Yokkao hosting another double-header in March, it's hard not to envision Muay Thai finally gaining the attention it rightly deserves here in the UK.

 

We'll continue to update you with match-ups as they're unveiled. 

 

Current Fight Card

 

Panicos Yusuf (34-6) vs. Stephen Meleady (37-16)
Michael Wakeling (29-1-1) vs. Chad Sugden (12-3)
Dean James (21-2) vs. TBA
Daniel McGowan (18-1-1) vs. TBA
 
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