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FundAFighter Launches Campaign For Muay Thai Trainer Peter Sisomphou

Legendary Muay Thai trainer Peter Sisomphou has worked with countless top names in the world of martial arts over the years, including Firas Zahabi, David Loiseau, Ivan Menjivar and more. He's been a name within the world of martial arts for a very long time now and recently had to undergo a quadruple bypass surgery, which has a very long road to recovery. For a guy like Sisomphou, being in the gym and training fighters is how he makes his living and right now he is unable to do that.

FundAFighter has launched a campaign to raise money for Sisomphou while he is recovering to help to pay for his bills while he waits to get back into the gym and working again. Remember, the world of martial arts is not one that includes 401ks, sick pay and other luxuries found in desk jobs. So head over to FundAFighter to read more about Masta Peter Sisomphou and how you can help. 

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Lion Fight 17 Fight Card Changes

Lion Fight 17 has changed quite drastically since we last announced it. It was supposed to be the US debut of Thepnimit "Mr. Knock" Sitmonchai but since he had visa issues he is not able to fight. His opponent Dean James got injured at the same time, so this fight had to be scrapped.

Now the co-main event Malaipet Sasiprapa Vs. Justin Greskiewicz has been bumped up to the main event, which hopefully is going to make both men want it more and fight harder for the fans especially considering Malaipet can sometimes be lazy. As for the new co-main event two fighters have stepped up on short notice Brazil's Cosmo Alexandre and Thai champion Jo Nattawut.

As much as I wanted to see Thepnimit fight I feel Cosmo and Nattawu have saved this card by stepping in last minute and adding some real world class Muay Thai to an event who's main event was cancelled. 

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Lion Fight 18: Yodsanklai Fairtex and Jorina Baars Defending Belts.

Lion Fight 18 will take place on September 5 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. They announced today here that it will include Yodsanklai Fairtex and Jorina Baars defending their Lion Fight World Titles.

Yodsanklai Fairtex won his World Title at Lion Fight 10 a year ago with a unanimous decision over Chike Lindsay. He hasn't lost a fight since November 2011 and has looked like a rejuvenated man since then. Yodsanklai has been showing up in the best shape he has ever been in, and his skills have looked very sharp. I have actually spoke with a few fighters that have fought Yod and they all have the same thing to say, "it's never a good time, and its the hardest left kick I have ever felt." In my opinion Yodsanklai is one of the most exciting and skilled fighters out of Thailand and I'm glad they are finally bringing him back to the US to defend his title, now I wonder who they will match him with. I can't think of anyone on the Lion Fight middleweight roster at the moment that is going to pose a threat to that title.

Jorina Baars shocked the world by beating Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino at Lion Fights 14 on March 28th of this year. Cyborg was the favourite and not only did Baars win, but she dropped her several times with perfect knees and kicks to show who was the better Muay Thai fighter. She fought a great fight against an opponent who was physically a lot stronger by keeping her away with her long kicks and dominating most of the fight for the unanimous decision win. Jorina is confident that no matter who Lion Fights puts in front of her on September 5th she will take care of them as she did Cyborg and retain her Welterweight title.

This is one Lion Fights card I am actually looking forward too, Yodsanklai is one of my favourite Muay Thai fighters, and Baars left a huge impression on me her last fight, I can't imagine a card with both these incredible fighters not being one of their best shows yet.

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Lion Fight 17 Full Fight Card

Lion Fight 17 will take place on August 1st at the Foxwood Resort Casino and Live on AXS TV. The promotions big announcement is the US debut of Thepnit "Mr Knock" Sitmonchai, hes a very aggressive fighter with the typical Sitmonchai style. He is a south-paw with hard, fast punches and low kicks with an amazing right uppercut. He has a total of 98 knock outs on his record and he fights from 118-124lbs that is absolutely unheard of for a fighter that weight, so expect fireworks. 

Malaipet will be re matching Justin Greskiewicz and hope to end his two fight losing streak. Malaipet defeated Greskiewicz at Lion fights 6 (May 2012) but I feel that Justin will be wise to Malaipet's tricks this time and won't be falling for them again. Also the always exciting Rami Ibrahim will be taking on World Welterweight Muay Thai champion Carlos Lopez.

I have included a Mr. Knock highlight video so everyone can realize the power this man has for his weight class, enjoy.

MAIN EVENT: THEPNIMIT "MR KNOCK" SITMONCHAI vs. UK CHAMPION DEAN JAMES

CO-MAIN EVENT REMATCH: MALAIPET vs. JUSTIN GRESKIEWICZ 2

PHILLY’S RAMI IBRAHIM vs. CARLOS LOPEZ

WEST COAST’S VICTOR SARAVIA vs. EAST COAST’S ANDY SINGH

LUDLOW, MASS. LOCAL VICTOR MONFORT vs. NYC’S BRETT HLAVACEK

GLOUCESTER LOCAL PEDRO GONZALEZ vs. PHILLY’S TIM AMORIM

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Lion Fight 16 Weigh-in Video

Tonight at 9pm Eastern time on AXS TV Lion Fight 16 goes down, coming to you live from UFC International Fight Week in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lion Fight 16 will feature Kevin Ross vs. Michael Thompson for the Lion Fight Super Lightweight Championship, with the card also featuring Tiffany Van Soest and Rungravee Sasiprapa.

Check out the Lion Fight 16 weigh-ins first while you prepare for the action tonight. 

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Lion Fight 16: Michael Thompson V. Kevin Ross Potential for Fight of the Year Candidate

As part of the agreement between Lion Fight and UFC, Lion Fight 16 will start their weekend of fights Friday, July 4th, at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. The headlining bout between “the Soul Assassin”, Kevin Ross, and Australian hard hitter, Michael “Tomahawk” Thompson, has the inaugural Super Lightweight Championship on the line as well as the potential for a Fight of the Year candidate.

The possibility lies within their mutual propensity to attack their opponent and smother them with a variety of violence, through step in and clinch knees, elbows, kicks, and hook punches. Thompson has a brutal spinning back elbow he rolls into off his jab and missed crosses, and Ross possesses great uppercut elbows and kick counters. Furthermore, neither of their offenses are negated or even necessarily compromised against their opponents’ flurries, which each will attempt to seek/pursue against the other in this bout.

Thompson side steps well as his opponents move in to issue punches of his own or angle in with an uppercut; whereas, Ross does an excellent job of turning his opponent with his movement, especially against fighters who come forward, and creates and finds openings for his strikes. At Lion Fight 15 Ross showcased the zenith of his abilities opposite fellow American Chris Mauceri, executing this approach flawlessly and using Mauceri’s persistence after Ross opened a nasty cut on his forehead in the first round to his detriment.

The trouble Thompson poses for Ross is the same he poses for everyone, and it is pressure managed by an acute fight intelligence, speed, plus heavy elbows and punches. To defeat Thompson Ross will have to replicate the movement he featured in his previous outing, and not enable Thompson to stay in front of him or stop his movement, either, with his left body to right head combination. He lost to Tetsuya Yamato at Lion Fight 11 in part due to remaining stationary, giving up elbows up the middle, and keeping his right hand down.

If something is working he also needs to stay with it and feint it to set up other offense. Yamato could not stop Ross’ left body kick and he would forget about it. Pinpointing advantages, both before and during the fight, are paramount, and in my opinion Thompson’s greatest leverage aside from his power. Ross wavers. Versus Pornsansae Sitmonchai at Caged Muay Thai 2, Thompson made a quick adjustment from throwing primarily hook punches to upper cuts and knees up the middle.

The change precipitated Thompson taking over the fight, throttling him, and then knocking him down in the second round, before tiring in the middle of the third and Sitmonchai landing a few shots to close it. This is an area Ross has the chance to exploit. Unless he is swept in the first three rounds or gets knocked out, Ross should find opportunities in the fourth and fifth when Thompson fades and maybe take a decision. I don’t see him finishing Thompson.

My expectation is Michael Thompson wins, complimentary of a fourth round KO. Ross has the temerity to endure Thompsons’ onslaught and interchange it with his own, but I don’t anticipate that it is going to be enough tomorrow night in Las Vegas.

Though the actual result might turn out to be irrelevant, for it is not what raised you to your feet. It was everything before, and there will be a lot before, perhaps enough to be subsequently called Fight of the Year.

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Full Card for Lion Fight 16 on July 4th

This Friday, July 4th at 9pm Eastern time on AXS TV the world will be treated to Lion Fight 16. Lion Fight 16 will take place at the Pearl at the Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada and be an official part of UFC's International Fight Week. That means that the UFC will be helping Lion Fight to promote the event throughout the week and it should be an electric atmosphere on Friday. The event is headlined by Kevin Ross taking on Michael Thompson with the Lion Fight Super Lightweight Championship to be decided.

The event will also feature muay thai legend Rungravee Sasiprapa and Tiffany Van Soest in action. Here is a look at the full fight card.

Super Lightweight Title Bout
Kevin Ross vs Michael Thompson
Co-Main Event
Tiffany Van Soest vs Sindy Huyer
Super Fight
Rungravee Sasiprapa vs. Adrian Morilla
Tyler Toner vs. Gaston Bolanos
Josh Shepard vs Casey Parlett

AXS TV has also released the bloody, awesome video from Lion Fight 15 of Kevin Ross vs. Chris Mauceri. Check it out.

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Yokkao Continuing to Push New Training Centers into 2014

The recent announcement of Yokkao's latest training center has stirred up some excitement among fans who have been wondering when and where to expect other official Yokkao training centers across the globe. According to Yokkao they plan to continue pushing out into the world with official training centers, having opened one after Yokkao 9 in Kunshan, China. Their next official training centers are planned for this year, opening up in Bangkok as well as in Bahrain. Both are scheduled to be opened up in August of this year, with Yokkao providing more information on them shortly. 

Yokkao also has a strong lineup of affiliate gyms, including the legendary 13 Coins Gym, Sityodtong in Pattaya, SRG Thai Boxing Gym in Sydney, Muay Thai Combat Gym in San Marino and Bad Company in Leeds. 

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Yokkao Opening Biggest Training Center in Bangkok

On June 27th Yokkao informed us all via Twitter that they will be opening the biggest Muay Thai and MMA gym in Bangkok. 

The partnership contract has been signed by Richard Cohen founder and CEO of "The Lab" gym in Bangkok with this new agreement "Fight Lab Yokkao Training Center" will open in August. "The Lab" is located on the first and second floor of the RSU Tower in Sukhumvit Soi 31, Bangkok and the new gym will be taking over the third floor, this location is only a short walk from the Phrom Phong Skytrain Station. "Fight Lab Yokkao Training Center" will have over 400 sq meters of space consisting of a cage, ring, matted area and all of Yokkao's highest quality equipment for training. A juice bar, massage area, and Yokkao shop where you can relax and buy any Yokkao equipment you might like will also be included.

We wish both Yokkao and "The Lab" the best of luck and success with the new project, and I hope to visit soon.

(below: left: Richard Cohen (“The Lab” founder and CEO) right: Mark Simmerman (manager Fight Lab Yokkao Training Center)

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