Today in Manila, ONE Championship hyped up their upcoming event, ONE: Heroes of Honor, which takes place on April 20th, featuring Kevin Belingon vs. Andrew Leone as the main event in MMA, but also the debut of the ONE Super Series, their kickboxing and muay thai fights. The big ONE Super Series feature bout is Giorgio Petrosyan taking on “Smokin” Jo Nattawut in a bout that should be a scorcher. ONE President and CEO Chatri Sityodong talked about the historic event. “It’s an open invitation to the greatest strikers in the world,” said Sityodtong. “Fans will witness the absolute elite in [read more]
As we heard a while ago, ONE Championship is moving into the realm of professional kickboxing and muay thai. The first two foray will be on April 20th, featuring Petrosyan vs. Nattawut and more, with back-to-back events announced in May featuring a few big bouts. The first event is May 12th in Jakarta which features a kickboxing bout and a muay thai bout. The second is May 18th in Singapore, which features two muay thai bouts, one of which is a world title bout, and one kickboxing bout. It’s interesting to note the quality of names on these shows, with [read more]
Yokkao has always been about pushing the sport of muay thai further and growing the sport, be it through their super-popular gear, their live events or their fight team. Their latest crown jewel is the young Thai fighter Manachai. Manachai has been on a roll of late and that roll continued yesterday in Italy where he fought Christian Zahe. You can watch the entire fight below, thanks to Yokkao’s Facebook page. Manachai returns to the ring on April 29th in Southampton in the UK for Yokkao Next Generation, a talent-scouting event that features Manachai against Mo Abdurahman in the main [read more]
There is a LOT of muay thai that happens in Thailand, but there are very few fighters that make a huge splash on the scene there at a time. Right now Manachai, who trains with Yokkao at the Yokkao Training Center in Bangkok, is one of those fighters. On March 24th he headlined a Channel 3 event at Siam Boxing Stadium against Attached Tor Morsi where Manachai just tore through the Lumpini Stadium regular with some sick leg kicks in round one. This brings his winning streak up to nine. Like a Tornado 🌪@manachai1996 dominating low kick TKO victory today [read more]
On Saturday, April 7th Lion Fight returns to the UK to team up with Muay Thai Grand Prix for yet another internationally-packed card of action. There have been questions of late as to where we’ll see Lion Fight end up airing and, at least for this second show with MTGP, it’ll be back on FloCombat’s FloPRO subscription service. The service costs $20 a month and runs the gambit of the wide range of sporting events from combat sports to other, more niche sports. The event airs at 7 PM BST in the UK, 2 PM Eastern, and 11 AM Pacific [read more]
For years now Yokkao, one of the premier muay thai brands, has been promoting events featuring the top names in the mauy thai world for fans across the globe. One of their biggest markets has turned out to be the UK where they have held a number of double-headers including some of the UK’s top talent against some of the very best from Thailand with fans always in agreement that the shows blew them away. Now, with an increased focus on the UK market, Yokkao will be heading there on April 14th and 15th for the inaugural Yokkao UK Open [read more]
Every year our good pal, kickboxing enthusiast and coach to the stars (now also talent ops!) Steven Wright puts together what he calls the Year in Kickfighting video. His video takes a look at all of the biggest, coolest and most noteworthy moments of each year and breaks them down in beautiful fashion. This year the video weighs in at a hefty 19:11 long, but never stops delivering on the action, thrills and awesome moments. Looking back, 2017 was a pretty cool year, huh?
This weekend in Connecticut Lion Fight returned with Lion Fight 40. This show featured two big world title matches, seeing Chip Moraza-Pollard retain his World Cruiserweight championship against Slava Alexeichik while Lerdsilla picked up yet another world title by defeating Alexi Serepisos. Lion Fight established a North American Light Heavyweight Championship, which goes well with their international bonds forged in the UK this past year, seeing long-time fan favorite Brett Hlavacek defeat Elijah Clarke via split decision to take the title. World Cruiserweight Title (c) Chip “The Surgeon” Moraza-Pollard (7-0) def. Slava “Scarface” Alexeichik (30-9) – unanimous decision (50-44, 50-44, [read more]
Training out of the Yokkao Training Center in Bangkok, Manachai has helped to bring himself to the next level when it comes to catching the attention of the world. He had wowed muay thai fans when he was fighting in the Thai stadiums and racking up titles, but now he ventures out into the world, including this fight at the Night of Kick and Punch in Italy on January 20th where he finished off his opponent, Nuriel Glorian Cauli, in round one. Go ahead and watch the fight below and marvel at what Manachai is able to do in the ring.
Back in 2016 Yokkao had a huge coup when top-ranked Lumpinee -65kg fighter Manachai jumped from Kiatmoo9 to the Yokkao team, now known as Manachai YokkaoSaenchaiGym. Training at the Yokkao Training Center Bangkok he has worked with not just Yokkao’s state-of-the-art facility, some of the top trainers in the game and more, but he’s also working with nutritionists, physical trainers, physical therapists and even a media agency to help spread the word about the 20-year-old fighter. In another big move, he’ll make his Italian debut on January 20th at “The Night of Kick and Punch 8” in Milan. His opponent [read more]