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Simon Marcus vs Guo Hang Hang 2010

  • Written by Tlele

Rian Scalia posted an article about upcoming fights, one of which is a "winner takes all" bout between Simon Marcus and Joe Schilling.

Marcus is a top fighter with a solid pedigree. He comes from Siam No. 1, possibly the finest Muay Thai gym in North American. (They have a reputation for putting out very well-prepared fighters). He turned pro not too long ago, after capturing a number of amateur belts, including the IFMA title and the SportAccord Games <81kg gold in Beijing.

This fight, from a San Da vs Muay Thai event in China, showcases Marcus's strong, traditional Muay Thai technique. For those who understand Chinese, the commentating is also fairly (and unintentionally) hilarious for reasons of racism and blatant national bias.

Marcus is in the black and gold, and Guo is in red.

(Edit: This is actually a rematch. Guo and Marcus fought on another San Da vs Muay Thai show in a one-sided, and I mean VERY one sided, beatdown (Guo landed maybe twenty strikes over five rounds.) Why they were matched again, I don't know. Guo had a slight knee injury in their first bout, so maybe the promoters thought he would do significantly better next time. If that was the case, he blew their minds by doing significantly worse.)

新华山superslow was kind enough to upload this fight back when it happened. My apologies to anyone having trouble with video speeds. I'm posting this from China, where Youtube is blocked. Don't make a ruckus, or they'll block Liverkick, too.

The fight is fairly short, as you can see. Marcus ends it in round one, after his opponent seems to have trouble figuring out what to do with him. Normally, San Da fighters have a height and size advantage, as well as an advantage in foot speed. They use this to keep the Thai opponents at distance and win on points by throwing their opponents when they do close.

Marcus is having none of it, and his base, which allows him to power that preposterous knee, also allows him to keep advancing through Guo's attacks.

In this short, four minute video, the Chinese commentators manage to mention the "African feeling" of Marcus's Wai Kru rhythm. Harmless, really, but reminds me of Goldberg's "explosive, athletic" black athletes. A minute after the KO, the first commentator asks if Marcus's knee strike was legal. If ever there were a reason to facepalm....

Anyway, enjoy the knockout. It certainly wasn't a very competitive bout -- though the Chinese fighter did seem to start out cold -- but it shows some of what Marcus can do. There are more clips of him on Youtube, including one in which he clinches with Buakaw.

For what it's worth, I think he outfights Schilling handily at Lion Fights 5 in Vegas.

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