|Heavyweight (Per 10/13)|
|1.||Semmy Schilt (?)|
|7.||Mirko Cro Cop|
|Light HW (per 10/13)|
|Middleweight (per 11/25)|
|Welterweight (per 10/13)|
|70kg (Per 11/25)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 10/6)|
Without a doubt the loss of Ramon Dekkers earlier this year was a big loss for the fight world. Dekkers was really one of the first non-Thai to make waves in Thailand like he did and is still considered by some to be ones of the best foreigners to ever compete in Thailand. That is a pretty big deal considering how huge of a deal Muay Thai is in Thailand and some of the names that have gone through Thailand over the years.
Golden Glory TV is putting together a documentary on Ramon Dekkers, which will include some interviews with his friends and fellow fighters. This clip that was released this weekend shows part of an interview with Bas Rutten who gets rather emotional about his home country of the Netherlands neglecting to respect Ramon Dekkers after his passing, virtually ignoring him.Add a comment
It's kind of funny how a fighter like Buakaw can not be in the news for months and months and then he'll be practically unavoidable. For right now Buakaw's relationship with MAX Muay Thai seems to be benefiting him as they are keeping his name out there, now that he can actually fight for them and not just participate in exhibition bouts. This is probably a pretty good thing, right? Especially at this stage in Buakaw's career.
Buakaw Has an Opponent at MAX Muay Thai 3
Yes, we knew that Buakaw would be fighting at MAX Muay Thai 3 in China on August 10th, but we weren't sure who it would be against. Now, thanks to a Facebook update from MAX, we know that he'll be fighting against Chinese fighter Dong Wenfei. Wenfei is a Sanda fighter who mainly fights in Kickboxing rules, but Buakaw is not a stranger to those rules, either. One of Weifei's biggest fights was a loss against Vuyisile Colossa, who is probably best known for fighting for ONE FC now. He's also fought Albert Kraus, Big Ben, Aikipracha and more, although he hasn't beaten any of those bigger names.
This will be a good tune-up fight for Buakaw, at least. MAX also announced some other fights for the card, including Aikpracha vs. Jordan Watson and Khem vs. Maiki Karatanasis.
New Buakaw Documentary
Because you can't get enough Buakaw, there is a new documentary that has been released on him that has been out for about a month now called Boxer, Legend, Legacy. It can be rented on Vimeo for $7.Add a comment
Consider this some of the most exciting news that we all saw from a mile away to happen in quite a while. After the recent movement in Buakaw's legal status and camp and MAX posting about the "best is back" on their Facebook page it was very clear what was going down. It is now, apparently, official according to their Facebook page.
On August 10th MAX Muay Thai will originate from Zhengzhou, China and feature a four-man tournament. The four men in the 68kg tournament are Liam Harrison, Sagetdao Petchphayathai, Zhang De Zeng and Martin Ahktar. Those four make for a pretty interesting tournament, although you could argue that Segetdao and Harrison are the clear favorites to meet in the Finals, but that's OK with us.
They also have confirmed that Buakaw Banchamek will be making his official return to the ring, meaning actually fighting and not involved in an exhibition, at this event. His opponent has yet to be named and on a month's notice I do not suspect that it will be a huge fight like everyone wants, but be patient.Add a comment
GLORY 10 takes place on September 28 in Los Angeles, USA and already features a four man 85kg tournament with Steve Wakeling, Artem Levin, Joe Schilling and Jason Wilnis. Three more fights have been added to the card.
Of the three fights added, two are in the 70kg division, and they both involve highly ranked fighters in the promotion. Murthel Groenhart will take on Davit Kiria, and Jordan Watson will fight Albert Kraus. These two 70kg fights join the already announced Robin van Roosmalen vs. Shemsi Beqiri fight on the card.
As well, a heavyweight fight between Brice Guidon and the brother of tournament participant Jason Wilnis, Jahfarr Wilnis, was added to the card. It joins the other previously scheduled heavyweight bout between Jerome Le Banner and Sergei Kharitonov.Add a comment
Oh Buakaw. If you've been following his non-progress for the last few years you know how much of a struggle just about anything that he does can be. In many ways, Buakaw has broken the mold of a traditional Thai Fighter; he went and fought Europeans in K-1 MAX and did very well, he came back an international conqueror, left his camp, had a weird relationship with a promoter and a few sponsors before getting on the outs with them and then hooked up with MAX Muay Thai.
His court proceedings continue one, but it is important to note that Buakaw's contract with Thai Fight has ended, according to his Facebook page.
Outcome of today's proceedings in the Civil Court at Ratchadapisek - there will be another session to hear the decision on whether this lawsuit will be handled by the Civil Court or the Central Intellectual Property & International Trade Court. Buakaw also announced through his lawyer that he has officially terminated his contract with Thai Fight...
That does indeed mean that he is free to fight for MAX Muay Thai, as opposed to just doing exhibitions. The rumor that has been shooting around over the past few days revolves around a possible agreement between MAX and GLORY which would focus on putting Buakaw in the big fights that we want to see him in, including a possible Petrosyan fight in either Asia or Italy, and then Buakaw involved in the next 70kg GLORY tournament, which is what fans have been begging for now for a while.Add a comment
GLORY 10 Los Angeles is set for September 28th, which for most of us, feels very far away. It will feature a one-night, four-man tournament at 187lbs featuring some of the best in the business and of course, there will be some incredible super fights to top it off. If you've yet to get the fever for Glory 10 you should definitely check out this promo video that they released today, as it should be able to help a little bit.Add a comment
Whenever the name Buakaw comes up people want to know if and when he'll sign with GLORY, when the reality is that his life is far more complicated than just signing a new contract now, and has been for a while. Buakaw Banchamek, formerly Buakaw Por. Pramuk, has had his life become very public over the last year or so, with his struggles against former camp Por. Pramuk and then with former promoter in Thai Fight. Now he is fighting for MAX Muay Thai, although he hasn't been able to "fight" due to a court case against Thai Fight.
Buakaw has instead been fighting demo fights, which means just exhibitions that don't count as legitimate fights towards his record, but still have him involved in the show to put butts in the seats. In a way it is kind of brilliant, if not kind of obnoxious.
Well, according to this photo from MAX Muay Thai's Facebook page, Buakaw can now fight for them, possibly on the August event in China.Add a comment
Enfusion Live is back with another event tomorrow, in Tenerife, Spain. There's been some changes to the original fight card, with Andy Souwer no longer fighting. He was originally scheduled to fight Maximo Suarez.
Suarez will end up facing Duoli Chen. Souwer will be at the event, but for a different reason. His teammate Josh Jauncey will be taking on Enfusion's 70kg champion David Calvo. Also at 70kg will be Abraham Roqueni once again in action, against hometown fighter Elam Ngor.
Enfusion Live is also putting one of their world titles on the line at 90kg, between Wendell Roche and Moises Ruibal.
70kg: David Calvo vs. Josh Jauncey
70kg: Abraham Roqueni vs. Elam Ngor
HW: Moises Baute vs. Luis Morais
54kg: Iman Barlow vs. Eva Naranja
70kg: Maximo Suarez vs. Duoli Chen
90kg: Wendell Roche vs. Moises RuibalAdd a comment
Muay Thai and Kickboxing living legend John Wayne Parr not only picked up an impressive recent win inside of a cage wearing MMA gloves, but he's apparently been tapped to head to Montreal to train with UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre, helping GSP prepare for his upcoming title bout against Johny Hendricks. This also means that we'll see John Wayne Parr cageside at UFC 167 to help corner Georges St. Pierre.
Here is the statement from JWP via his Facebook today.
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"Received another email off Firas, looks like I am going to Tristar in Canada early August for 2 weeks for the sole purpose of training George St Pierre with his striking. The best part is the boys will be flying me to Vegas to be part of the corner in November when GSP takes on Johnny Hendricks.
This is without doubt the biggest opportunity of my life. Thank you Firas & GSP!"
Kickboxing news in the summer is always kind of at a lull. In the past we'd usually see a K-1 MAX show and maybe an It's Showtime event, but it looks like Glory 9 was the last big show for a while before things go back into full swing in September with K-1 putting on the K-1 World MAX Final 16 and GLORY 10 LA going down.
With that being said, Kickboxing never truly sleeps in Europe. On August 4th in France there will be a pretty cool card going down featuring Jerome Le Banner, Arnold Oborotov and Stefan Leko at Fight Night Saint-Tropez.
Fight Night Saint Tropez
+100 kg: Jerome Le Banner (Francja) vs James Smith (USA)
WKN World Championship
100 kg: Vladimir Mineev (Rosja) vs Thiago Beowulf (Brazylia)
95,8 kg: Emmanuel Payet (Francja) vs Arnold Oborotov (Litwa)
Superfight - 4 x 2 min
+100 kg: Stefan Leko (Niemcy) vs Nicolas Wamba (Francja)
59,6 kg: Helene Loewinski (Szwecja) vs Alena Hola (Czechy)
+100 kg: Thomas Vanneste (Belgia) vs Vladymir Toksyatynov (Rosja/Niemcy)
Extrafight - 3 x 2 min
92 kg: Antony Rea (Francja) vs Laurent Atriffi (Belgia)
70 kg: Philippe Salmon (Francja) vs Sansong Moua (Francja)
100 kg: Marc Vliger (Francja) vs Cédric Ameline (Francja)
Turniej - 82 kg
Yoann Koangolo (Szwajcaria)
Mourad Hosni (Francja)
Freddy Marius Bructer (Francja)
Eduard Andronache (Francja)