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Watch Koya Urabe and Son Hyun-Lee from KRUSH Jan. 9

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The -63kgs division in Japan is smoking hot right now, and since K-1 introduced the division last year and ran the K-1 -63kgs tournament, the eyes of the world have slowly turned towards Japan's -63kgs division. Of course, it has always been there, but sometimes it just takes people a while to come around to good things that are a bit hidden.

One of Japan's standouts, Koya Urabe, has been on a bit of a roll in the past year and a half, so enter KRUSH from January 9th, as Koya Urabe squares off with Son Hyun-Lee in the first round of KRUSH's -63kgs tournament. Basically, watch as Urabe and Lee beat the snot out of each other for nearly 15 minutes and be in awe. Check out redrum7171's YouTube channel for a bunch of awesome videos from K-1 and other kickboxing promotions in Japan.

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Video: Lion Fight 18's Yodsanklai Open Work Out

  • Published in Muay Thai

Tomorrow night on AXS TV Lion Fight 18 will go down, featuring Yodsanklai Fairtex defending the Lion Fight Middleweight Championship against the UK's Salah Khalifa. Yesterday Lion Fight hosted an open workout featuring the internationally-renowned fighter and Block Boy Media was there filming it for them. Check it out below.

Don't forget that Lion Fight 18 airs tomorrow night at 10pm Eastern time on AXS TV.

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Catch Up on "Inside the Fight: USA vs. Thailand"

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I'm not sure how I missed the first episode of Jeff Dojillo's awesome "Inside the Fight: USA vs. Thailand," but I did. The second episode dropped today and if you've missed it, go ahead and catch up on the two episodes. It is well worth it as Jeff takes a look at Muay Thai in the United States as well as some of the most well-known fighters in the United States, including Kevin Ross and Joe Schilling, as well as a ton of international Thai talent that you won't want to miss.

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Nieky Holzken Joins Yokkao Fight Team

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GLORY 13 Welterweight Champion Nieky Holzken is without a doubt the best in the world at Welterweight, so it should come as no shock that companies want to work with him. It was announced today that Nieky Holzken has joined the Yokkao Fight Team, meaning that he will represent the brand for the next three years, which includes wearing their gear and possibly even appearing on upcoming Yokkao events!

Nieky will be sporting a special Yokkao collection in the coming weeks, so look out for that. For those in Europe interested in purchasing Yokkao gear, it is available through http://www.allcombatsports.com.

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Rick Roufus and Doug Kaplan Talk K-1 in LA

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Our good friend Camaro Kev runs a pretty awesome podcast and holds on to his roots as a Kickboxing fan for dear life while still covering MMA, which we are always pleased to see. This week on his show, named Kicking in Zubaz, he spoke with K-1's Chief Operating Officer Doug Kaplan as well as rumored K-1 in Los Angeles fighter Rick "The Jet" Roufus. Overall some interesting tidbits came out from this.

Roufus confirmed his participation on the show, discussing working with Doug Kaplan and Maurice Travis for the LA show. He signed a multi-fight contract that extends into January, which would seem to cover him for this year's World Grand Prix season if he were to move on to the Final 16. There was also a moment where Rick seemingly discovered (or re-discovered) that visiting LiverKick.com is a good idea. The next interview was with Doug Kaplan, and it appears that firstly, the Miami show is still not definite for a location for the Final 16. On the Los Angeles show front, it appears that a proper tournament is not in order, but instead, qualifications for the Final 16. We've heard before that four Heavyweights will move on, which means to expect four Heavyweight fights with Final 16 implications.

Listen to the show here.

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Yasuhiro Kido: "I Received Fight Money From K-1 Global"

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KidoThe rumor mill has been turning about K-1 Global in the past few days, and instead of the rumors coming from upset fighters and managers like it was in the past, this time it was from some of the more powerful titans of the world of kickboxing. K-1 Global forged a partnership with It's Showtime's Simon Rutz, with Rutz and It's Showtime's team helping to promote, produce and essentially handle the entire event in Madrid. According to Rutz, K-1 Global has neglected to pay for the event or the fighters, which has led to a historic event of Glory Sports International and It's Showtime coming to an agreement, with It's Showtime being purchased by GSI and becoming a part of the Glory family.

It appears that this could just be attributed to fighters associated with Simon Rutz and It's Showtime, although we have yet to hear much yet. Yasuhiro Kido aparently spoke out about his situation on his twitter, and he says that he was paid.

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Saenchai Set to Train UFC Fighters in New York Seminar

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Muay Thai legend Saenchai has landed in New York and is all set for his round of seminars that are set to go down on the 13th, 14th and 15th at the Striking 101 Gym in New York City. Pakorn was initially supposed to accompany Saenchai, but due to visa issues Saenchai will be going it alone without Pakorn.

There are a host of UFC, MMA and Kickboxing stars that are to be in attendance for Saenchai's NYC seminars, with Uriah Hall's name being tossed around as one of the names that has requested some time with the legendary Thai fighter. We'll have an update with what his schedule looks like further in the coming days. Here's a look at some highlights from his seminar in Kuala Lumpur. 

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Check Out Matt Lucas's Short Story Collection; 'The Boxer's Soliloquy'

  • Published in Muay Thai

Sometimes it is good to know that there are people out there as crazy as I am. When I say crazy, I mean that in the nicest way, as well. In January of last year I released my first book, The Godslayer, which was a novel about a professional fighter coping with retirement and an ever-changing landscape of his sport passing him by. The truth of the matter is, there isn't a ton of fiction out there that accurately depicts the life of a fighter, which sucks considering there are tons of biographies. 

So I was pretty excited when I found out about Matt Lucas's short story collection, The Boxer's Soliloquy. Here's somebody as crazy as I am (well, maybe not as crazy) putting his stuff out into the wild and letting everyone have at it. It is a collection of fifteen interconnected short stories showing what life is like for fighters in both America and Thailand in one of the most brutal-yet-beloved sports in muay thai. Matt brings his own personal experiences from fighting to the table to add to the authenticity. 

I recommend that you check it out via ebook (here), or if you are still one of those tactile people, buy a hard copy

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Saenchai Drew Capacity Crowds for NYC Seminar

  • Published in Muay Thai

This past weekend in the snowy New York City Saenchai headed into the heart of the city with Yokkao promoter Stefania Picelli for a stint of three days jam-packed with seminars and private sessions. Saenchai, along with Manop Yuangyai shocked attendants by putting on a blistering three-hour long seminar for the attendees. The seminars were originally intended to be at the York College Arena where they could fit more people in, but due to weather they ended up having more intimate affairs at the Striking 101 Gym where they had to limit each seminar to 50 people.

In attendance were professional fighters and muay thai enthusiasts from all over the country, even attendees from as far as Canada and Brazil. 

Due to the success of these seminars Yokkao are looking to hold more seminars across the country with Saenchai. If your gym is interested in hosting one reach out to them; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Jordan Watson vs. Mickael Piscitello Fight Video From Yokkao 10

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Yokkao 10 might be in the rear view, but the fight videos are still heavily sought-after by fans who weren't in attendance and luckily for us the biggest fight of the bunch is now online thanks to Yokkao. Jordan Watson vs. Mickael Piscitello from Yokkao 10 for the Yokkao -70kg World Title is online for your enjoyment. So go ahead, sit back and enjoy.

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