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Nong-O Kaiyanghadaogym Moving to Singapore to Join Evolve MMA

One of the best Muay Thai fighters of the last year, Nong-O Kaiyanghadaogym, is to become a trainer at Evolve MMA. The reigning Rajadamnern 135 lbs champion and recent Toyota Marathon winner will be moving to Singapore to work with both fighters and students.

In 2005 Nong-O won the Thailand 118 lbs belt, his first major title, and was also awarded the prestigious ‘Sports Writers’ fighter of the year award. The following year he won his first Lumpinee title while competing at 122 lbs.

Nong-O would go on to become a fixture on the biggest cards at the Bangkok stadiums regularly facing off with the biggest names of the era like Saenchai Sor Kingstar, Petboonchu FaGroup, Singdam Kiatmoo9,  Jomthong Chatmoo9, etboonchu Fafacing off with the biggest names of the era like Saenchai Sor Kingstar, Petboonchu FaGroup, Singdam Kiatmoo9, Jomthong Chuwattana, Saketdao Petpayathai and Kongsak Sitbonmee.

In 2007 he won the Lumpinee 126 lbs title and two years later he claimed the stadium’s 130 lbs title. Nong-O had to wait until 2013 to win a Lumpinee title in a fifth division, beating Singdam to win the 135 lbs belt. 

Nong-O has already won the Thailand 135 lbs belt by beating Petboonchu the previous year and in 2011 he won his first Toyota Marathon, beating three top Thai fighters in the space of a single afternoon.

In 2014 Nong-O enjoyed a vintage year, beating his old rival Singdam to win the Rajadamnern 135 lbs belt, a title which he still holds to this day. He also knocked out three opponents in quick succession to win the Toyota Marathon and qualify for the Toyota Tournament.

The other three finalists were Singdam, Petboonchu and a Japanese fighter called Shoko Sato but  it was Nong-O who prevailed, beating Petboonhcu by decision in the final to win a Toyota Hilux Vigo and 300,000 Baht in prize money.

Nong-O used to fight out of the now defunct Sit-O camp but in 2011 he switched to the famous Petyindee academy which at the time was attached to the old Lumpinee Stadium. It remains to be seen whether he will continue to compete after joining Evolve MMA or will instead focus full time on working as a trainer.

In Singapore Nong-O will be reunited with numerous fighters he faced during his Muay Thai career with the likes of Singthongnoi Por. Telakoon, Orono Wor Petchpun, Pornsaneh Sitmonchai and Saketdao all currently employed as trainers by Evolve MMA.

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Lone Undercard Kickboxing Bout for Bellator MMA: Dynamite 1 Announced

Bellator MMA's Dynamite 1 card has shaped up to be quite an event. It'll mostly be an attraction for MMA fans, but there will be kickboxing there for those who are willing to wait for it. The main card will feature three kickboxing bouts, only one of which will feature GLORY contracted talent, that being the Light Heavyweight title fight. The other two fights on the main card are between Bellator-contracted talent, which is Paul Daley vs. Fernando Gonzalez as well as Keri-Anne Melendez vs. Hadley Griffith. 

Bellator announced today that some of the undercard fights will happen simultaneously. This will only be in effect for four bouts (meaning the span of two fights in each ring). One of those bouts will be a kickboxing bout contested in the ring under GLORY rules, but was put together by the Bellator team, it is Jose Palacios vs. TJ Arcengal. Both are Northern California muay thai fighters.


Chris Ngimbi Wins W5 Grand Prix XXX Tournament

Historically the 70kg division in kickboxing has been one of the richest in the sport, one of the two divisions that K-1 sunk time and money into, which meant that it attracted big name talent and gave hope to future stars to train hard and that they had a future. That can't be said for every kickboxing division. When we think about the 70kg division the names that will come to mind will undoubtedly be Masato, Andy Souwer, Buakaw, Mike Zambidis, Albert Kraus, Giorgio Petrosyan, Andy Ristie and Robin van Roosmalen. Sadly, a few of the champions in that division have been a bit lost to time, one of which is Chris Ngimbi. Ngimbi was the It's Showtime 70kg Champion during a one of the boom periods of kickboxing. He never quite made it to K-1 during its heyday, but he was still one of the top stars in the division. His loss to Robin van Roosmalen in the It's Showtime Fast and Furious tournament was van Roosmalen's coming out party to the top of the division and since then Ngimbi has sort of been lost in the shuffle. 

This past weekend in Russia the promotion W5 ran two four-man 71kg tournaments and Chris Ngimbi won one of them. While it doesn't herald him as one of the top in the division again just yet, it's an exciting prospect and we are looking forward to his next fight, most likely against the winner of the other tournament, Evgeny Kurovsky. 

Also on the card we saw Cosmo Alexandre once again prove that he belongs in the conversation in the 71kg area with a win over division mainstay Marco Pique. The main event saw a championship bout for the W5 Intercontinental 71kg Championship that saw Enriko Gogokhia defeat Foad Sadeghi via decision for the title. You can check out the full results over at our friend Kiksie.


Artem Levin Out -- Jason Wilnis in vs. Joe Schilling at GLORY 24

If you've been following GLORY on social media you've probably been wondering why GLORY initially announced Joe Schilling vs. Artem Levin but all of the promotional materials for GLORY 24 over the past week or so has just been of Joe Schilling. Wonder no more because Artem Levin has pulled out of the fight with Joe Schilling due to an undisclosed injury to his elbow while training. An upset Schilling was open about this last week but quickly deleted any evidence of it to give GLORY time to scramble for a new opponent. The new opponent is a very worthy Jason Wilnis in a fight that could shake up GLORY's Middleweight division.

Also announced today is an interesting fight. Pat Barry, after a long absence from the GLORY ring, will be back in Denver again. This time his opponent is someone from out of left field a bit in Karl Roberson. If that name sounds oddly familiar it is because Roberson was the man who fought Jerome Le Banner in his retirement bout and had him handily beaten before the local judges declared Le Banner the winner. Roberson showed a lot of promise there and while some fans might be seeing this as a walk in the park for Pat Barry, they should remember the last time that Pat Barry fought in GLORY that gave birth to a Light Heavyweight contender in Zack Mwekassa. 


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