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Wildly Inconsistent Judging Strikes Again, This Time Against Gaston Bolanos

In what has become a plague of sorts, yet another quality combat sports event happened this weekend under the Lion Fight banner and fans were left scratching their heads over it. The fight in question was at Lion Fight 27 between Gaston Bolanos and Kronphet. It was a competitive five round affair, the first decision for Bolanos and the young fighter learned firsthand why everyone always echoes the now empty sentiment of "never let it go to the judges."

Because he let it go to the judges and the decision rendered was not great. While it was a close fight, the body kicks from Kronphet were what scored him points with the judges. Unsurprising to many, but the two Thai judges scored the bout for the Thai fighter, while the other judge scored the fight for Bolanos. Simply watching the fight you can see in the later rounds how Bolanos grew more comfortable, was cutting off the ring and was scoring points with punches, elbows and the clinch sweeps, all of which he was landing consistently against the Thai. 

The IKF was overseeing Lion Fight 27, from what we understand on somewhat late notice, but the rules going into the fight weren't in doubt. Interestingly enough, the referee didn't seem to grasp the concept of the rules and was quickly breaking up clinches between the two men, to the point where I've seen more clinchwork allowed in kickboxing fights, even recent ones. Confusingly enough, the referee wasn't the only problem, because the judges didn't seem to grasp the scoring, either. If in kickboxing what Sitthichai did against Robin van Roosmalen wasn't enough for a win, under muay thai rules what Kronphet did to Bolanos was essentially zilch. IKF's own rules spell it all out.

In fact, from reports that we've received, the two judges in question had scored Kronphet as the winner in round four for one judge and round five for the other, either one of those being objectively insane calls by most educated eyes. From what we understand the IKF is looking at the decision and may even be considering overturning it, but even if not, this fight will just be tossed onto the pile of evidence that officiating in kickboxing and muay thai needs a complete overhaul. Anyone that is to referee or judge a fight should understand the rules and be properly vetted, much like a jury is in a court case, to ensure that fighters won't have to keep working so hard to face this level of uncertainty and fear when they are fighting a tough opponent that they just can't seem to knock out. 

What's especially tough is that the onus here doesn't fall on the fighters or their coaches for failing in any way, or even the promotions, who aren't directly assigning these officials, but the overseeing bodies that exist in combat sports, all of which tend to feel outdated, insecure and relics from a time long since past. If we want to see the sports of kickboxing and muay thai gain a stronger hold not only in America, but in Europe and other parts of the world as well, there needs to be a unified front and we need to stop having these divisive moments happening every few weeks. 

I'm not here to point fingers, to accuse anyone, just at this point a plea for these people to remember that they are helping to frame the careers of all of these fighters and that their decisions carry long shockwaves that don't just stop when the bell rings.

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Weigh-in Results For Tonight's Lion Fight 27

Joe Rogan's favorite stand-up promotion returns to the airwaves tonight on AXS TV with a big, two-title bout fight card that is sure to entertain during these winter doldrums. The main event sees the Welterweight title on the line between Charlie Peters and Fabio Pinca, while the co-main sees Tiffany Van Soest contend for her second championship at Women's Super Bantamweight against Ashley Nichos.

Also on the card is Gaston Bolanos against Kronphet, Brian Del Rosario against Chris Culley and everyone's favorite Coke Chunhawat against Anvar Boynazarov. 

Lion Fight 27 Main Card – Begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on AXS TV

Main Event – Welterweight (147 pound) Title Fight – Charlie Peters (146.4) vs. Fabio Pinca (145.2)

Co-Main Event – Women’s Super Bantamweight (120 pound) Title Fight – Ashley Nichos (119.2) vs. Tiffany Van Soest (119)

Welterweight (143 Pound) Fight – Kronphet Phetrachapat (143.6) vs. Gaston Bolanos (142.4)

Welterweight (147 pound) Fight – Chris Culley (150.2) vs. Brian Del Rosario (146.6)

Super Lightweight (137 pound) Fight – Coke Chunhawat (137.4) vs. Anvar Boynazarov (140.4)

Lightweight (132 pound) Fight – Jared Papazian (133) vs. Travis Clay (131.2)

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Lion Fight 27 Fight Card

Lion Fights 27 is taking place this Friday January 29th at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California.

Fabio Pinca will take on Charlie Peters for the welterweight title and Tiffany Van Soest will defend her super bantamweight title. Lets hope Lion Fight can keep the momentum going from their last great show.

Full Card

WELTERWEIGHT TITLE: FABIO PINCA vs. CHARLIE PETERS

WOMEN'S SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT: TIFFANY VAN SOEST vs. ASHLEY NICHOLS

COKE CHUNHAWAT vs. ANVAR BOYNAZAROV

GASTON BOLANOS vs. KRONPHET PHETRACHAPAT

CHRIS CULLEY vs. BRIAN DEL ROSARIO

TRAVIS CLAY vs. JARED PAPAZIAN

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Sam-A and Petboonchu Both Moving to Singapore to Work as Trainers

It’s the end of an era in Muay Thai with Petboonchu FA Group and Sam-A Gaiyanghadaogym becoming the latest in a long line of top Muay Thai fighters to retire from active competition in Thailand and move to Singapore.

Three years ago the likes of Petboonchu, Sam-A, Nong-O Gaiyanghadaogym, Saketdao Phetpayathai, Peneak Sitnumnoi and Ponsaneh Sitmonchai could be found fighting on the biggest cards of the year at Rajadamnern and Lumpinee.

Between them they’ve won just about every title Muay Thai has to offer but now they are all working full time as trainers in Singapore alongside several other big names from the sport like Orono Wor Petchpun and Namsaknoi Yudthagarngamtorn.

Peneak and Petboonchu are still relatively young but both had begun the process of winding down their fighting careers well before moving to Singapore. The rest are veterans of 300+ fights who, while still competing at the pinnacle of the sport when they stopped, are already slightly past their heyday.

In an emotional post on Facebook yesterday Sam-A thanked everyone who had contributed towards his 24 year fighting career. The multiple time Lumpinee champion stated that with his 33rd birthday approaching he felt the time had come to call time on a career which culminated with him winning the Toyota Marathon tournament last Christmas day.

Sam-A won the Lumpinee ‘Fighter of the Year’ award in 2011 but narrowly missed out on winning the prestigious Sports Writer’s ‘Fighter of the Year’ award a few months later when he was beaten by Peneak. The two will soon be colleagues and can reminisce about the part they played in one of the more memorable fights of the decade.

In terms of silverware few collections can compare to that of Petboonchu. He won an incredible 14 different titles in nine different divisions and will be reunited with several of his former opponents at Evolve MMA including Sam-A, Orono, Nong-O and Saketdao.

While Muay Thai fans will be sad that these legendary fighters are no longer going to be competing in the Bangkok stadiums they have all earned the right to make a comfortable living from the sport without putting their bodies on the line by fighting every month.

And as one era ends another is beginning with young fighters like Panpayak Jitmuangnon, Sangmanee Sor Tienpo, Ronachai Sunti-Ubon, Ginsanglek Tor Laksong and Muangthai PKSaenchaigym stepping up to replace the likes of Sam-A and Petboonchu.

Even the very best Thai fighters only receive purses in the region of 100,000-150,000 Baht at the Bangkok stadiums and their managers and camps often take a cut of around 50 per cent. At Evolve MMA they can earn considerably more than this per month so it seems likely that more of Muay Thai’s biggest names will be moving to Singapore once their competitive careers are done.

For more information visit: Evolve MMA.

 

 

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New Yokkao Gym in Bangkok Promises Best Muay Thai Experience in Bangkok

Thailand's muay thai tourism is well known all over the world and while it might not attract the same sheer numbers as attractions such as theme parks do, those that it does attract come from all over the world with a pure passion for the art of eight limbs. To get that full, authentic muay thai in Thailand training experience you'd usually need to travel out to more remote parts of the country, but Yokkao has been looking to change that.

Since the uptick in muay thai tourism there have been more and more gyms opening in the Bangkok area, but have the reputation that other "tourist gyms" have, which is to say that tourists can show up, say that they trained muay thai and Thailand and get churned out without learning much, all while still in a major area of the country and getting to soak in the local culture and have some fun. 

Yokkao, like I said, is looking to change all of that. Their plans for a gym in Bangkok aren't anything new and they've run into some roadblocks along the way, but on January 16th the doors finally opened to the Yokkao Training Center in Bangkok. Not only is there an adjoining shop where you can pick up any and all Yokkao gear that has been taking the world by storm, but you can train in their fully-realized training center that features training regiments assembled by Saenchai, Manop and Singdam. If you are lucky they might even be there training. 

The gym promises to bring intense, championship level training to Bangkok and you can check it out right now. 

 

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Ognjen Topic vs. Sergio Wielzan Set for Lion Fight 28

Lion Fight returns in 2016 on January 29th with Lion Fight 27, but that doesn't mean that they aren't thinking to the future. We already knew that Jo Nattawut would be defending the Lion Fight Super Welterweight Championship against Kem Sitsongpeenong at Lion Fight 28, now we know that there is a second title fight being added to the mix. Ognjen Topic is set to defend his Lion Fight Lightweight Championship against none other than Sergio Wielzan at Lion Fight 28. 

Wielzan is the former It's Showtime 61MAX Champion and the current W5 60kg Champion.

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Vote for Muay Thai GP's top KO of 2015

The holidays season is just about coming to a close with New Year's rapidly approaching, which means that it's time to look back on 2015. Muay Thai GP based out of the UK has had one hell of a first year thus far, partnering with Lion Fight in the US and putting on a series of exciting events. These events yielded some great action and, of course, a lot of highlight reel KO's.

They are asking for you, the viewer, to check out some of their top KO's of the year and to head over to their site to vote for which one was the craziest.

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Liam Harrison vs. Tetsuya Yamato on Tap for Yokkao 17

Yokkao are looking to start their 2016 off with a bang with their Yokkao 17 and Yokkao 18 double header in Bolton, UK. Already on tap is Jordan Watson vs. Sanny Dahlbeck for the Yokkao 70kg championship. Now it is official that two of the best at 65kg will be squaring off as Liam Harrison will take on Tetsuya Yamato. Those two fights alone are worth the price of admission and Yokkao is once again giving our friends across the pond some of the best action that you'll see anywhere. 

Yokkao will also be ringing in the new year by opening up their official training center in Bangkok, Thailand in January. The soft launch is this week for those of you in the area, you can find out more on their website. The facility is located in the famous  Sukhumvit Soi 16 with construction starting just about a month ago now, with everything looking on track for a January opening. Saenchai and Singdam are scheduled to be there when it opens, so if you are in the area this seems like a can't miss for muay thai fans. 

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Lion Fight 26 Weigh-in Results

Tomorrow night on AXS TV at 9pm eastern Lion Fight will present Lion Fight 26 with a main event of Turan Hassanov against Nick Chasteen. John Nofer and Victor Saravia are in the co-main and social media superstar Sean Fagan will be fighting Pedro Gonzalez.

Lion Fight 26 Main Card – Begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on AXS TV

Main Event – Welterweight (142 pounds) fight – Turan Hassanov (142) vs. Nick Chasteen (141)

Co-Main Event – Super Bantamweight (122 pounds) fight – John Nofer (122) vs. Victor Saravia (122)

Middleweight (160 pounds) fight – Ben Peak (159) vs. Josh Shepard (159)

Lightweight (135 pounds) – Tim Amorim (136) vs. Julio Pena (133)

Welterweight (142 pounds) – Sean Fagan (141) vs. Pedro Gonzalez (142)

Amateur Undercard

Super Middleweight (165 pounds) fight – Brian Bogue (166) vs. Chris Baker (165)

Super Lightweight (140 pounds) fight – Malcolm Hill (139) vs. Mike Savvas (138)

Middleweight (155 pound fight) – Jermaine Palmer (156) vs. Justin Lozada (153)

Super Lightweight (140 pounds) – Stergos Mikkios (140) vs. Niko Qirjazo (142)

Middleweight (155 pound fight) – Frank Wells (156) vs. Phabion Wilson (154)

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Full Card for This Weekend's Muay Thai Grand Prix II Event

On Sunday, November 22nd in the UK Muay Thai Grand Prix II is set to go down. The first event held after the announced partnership with Lion Fight in the United States, this event will see a four-man 66kg tournament as well as see two titles on the line; the World Super Featherweight Championship and the World Featherweight Championship. 

Muay Thai Grand Prix have also announced that while Michael Wakeling had to pull out of this event, he'll be competing at their next event in March against John Wayne Parr. 

This event will be streamed live on FightLiveTV on Sunday for everyone outside of the UK. 

MUAY THAI GRAND PRIX 2 – Sunday 22nd November 2015

*MTGP 4 Man Tournament – 66KG*

Khun Bank (Tha)

Charlie Peters (UK)

Alex Bublea (Rom)

Ben Lucas (UK)

 

–Main Event–

*MTGP World Super Featherweight Championship*

Jose Varela (Por) V Hamlaoui Yacine (Fra)

–Co-Main Event–

*MTGP World Featherweight Championship*

Matt Tieu (UK) V Thibaud Duphil (Fra)

 

*Super K-1 – 60KG*

Jamie Whelan (UK) V Ioannis Papaioannou (Gre)

 

*Super K-1 – 77KG*

Kev Ward (UK) V Reece Rowell (UK)

 

*FTR A-Class – 54KG*

Daniel McGowan (UK) V Madiale Samb (Fra)

 

*FTR A-Class – 48KG*

Evans Jay (UK) V Alexjandro Concepcion (Spa)

 

*B-Class English Title – 63KG*

Rory Crawford (UK) V Luke Portanier (UK)

 

*B-Class – 78KG*

Ryan Li (UK) V Mark Robinson (UK)

 

*B-Class – 70KG*

Michael Pham (UK) V Krystian Ozog (Pol)

 

*Super K-1 – 75KG*

James Gridley (UK) V Robert Verekyn (Ned)

 

*Super K-1 – 86KG*

Louis King (UK) V Jack Deacon (UK)

 

*B-Class – 72KG*

Sevket Karaoglanoglu (UK) V Marcel Dehinde (UK)

 

*B-Class – 67KG*

Saj Imran (UK) V Enrithan Shofolan (UK)

 

*FTR A-Class – 64KG*

James Toomey (UK) V Ben Woods (UK)

 

*K-1 – 76KG*

Marley Zwanenberg (UK) v Ahmed Ben Cheik (Fra)

 

*K-1 – 85KG*

Elson Evora (UK) V David Zvetolosfsky (UK)

 

*C-Class – 68KG*

Shaz Nasrin (UK) V Collin Chu (UK)

 

*C-Class – 75KG*

Yusuf Ali-Thaleb (UK) V Donovan Pignatiello (UK)

 

*K-1 – 83KG*

Phil Casper (UK) V Mitchell Weidman (UK)

 

*K-1 – 88KG*

Daryl Mauri (UK) V Eric Lie (UK)

 

*C-Class – 50KG*

Zuzana Borosova (UK) V Maggie Hajduk (UK)

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