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Vinnie McWilliams Muay Thai reality show

Promoter Vinnie McWilliams has been doing his best to give Northern UK Muay Thai fighters the exposure and opportunities it takes to be amongst the best in the world. In his latest venture, he is doing a reality show that introduces many young talents in the Northern UK Muay Thai fight scene. For those of you who enjoyed the Dutch produced AFAV videos, this show has a similar feel. I know there are Muay Thai junkies that want more training footage and interviews with coaches and athletes, so this series is for you. Adding to the training footage are the different gyms and coaching style, each working on different aspects of their athletes game. Listen close, because at times the accents are tough to pick up. Yet overall the show talks about each athletes desires to fight in bigger Muay Thai events and move into K-1 rules bouts. 

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Episode 1 

LIAM MCKENDRY

Episode 2

SAM ALLAN

Episode 3

JR MORRISON

Episode 4

STEVEN LOCHHEAD

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Pakorn Talks About Liam Harrison Fight at Yokkao 13

On Saturday, March 21st Yokkao 13 goes down in the UK where Pakorn will meet Liam Harrison in one of this year's most anticipated bouts thus far. Yokkao promoter Stefania Picelli caught up with Pakorn to talk about the upcoming fight as well as training with Saenchai for the fight. Saenchai, of course, famously fought Harrison before, so it seems like the perfect training partner for Pakorn to prepare for the big world title fight against Harrison at Yokkao 13.

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Muay Thai Legend Jomhod Kiatadisak Set to Compete in MMA at Full Metal Dojo 4

Jomhod Kiatadisak is a former Lumpinee and Rajadamnern champion and after making a name for himself at the stadiums in Bangkok he moved to Finland and became one of the biggest names on the Muay Thai and kickboxing scene in Europe.

Jomhod was last seen coming out of retirement to face former Olympic gold medalist Somluck Khamsing in two high stakes matches that attracted a lot of attention in the Thai media but the next challenge for the 44 year old will be making his pro MMA debut.

Jomhod will be competing on the card at Full Metal Dojo 4: ‘Once Upon a Time in Bangkok’ at Live House Studios on February 21st and has been training at Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket in preparation for this late foray into MMA .

Originally from Phang Nga, Jomhod has been a trainer in Phuket for the past nine years and still fights occasionally at the stadiums there. He is rapidly approaching the age of retirement but reportedly wants to become an MMA trainer and is looking to get a couple of fights under his belt first.

Although he has only fought sporadically in the last few years Jomhod is always in excellent shape and is known for his diverse striking arsenal, mixing up spinning back kicks with the more traditional Muay Thai strikes.

His two matches with Somluck were both big successes at the box office and Full Metal Dojo, which was founded last year and has already put on cards in both Phuket and Bangkok, will be hoping that the presence of a Muay Thai legend on next month’s show will help bring in the punters.

For more information about Full Metal Dojo visit: http://www.fullmetaldojo.com/

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Yokkao Fighters Saenchai and Pakorn Book Seminar Dates For NYC in February

This February New Yorkers have another thing to brag about to non-New Yorkers, this time it is three big seminar dates with Yokkao fight team members Saenchai and Pakorn. On February 13th, 14th and 15th at the Striking 101 Gym you'll be able to sit in on a seminar with the two famous Thais as they show the world some of their secrets and years of experience. 

Yokkao promoter Stefania Picelli will also be in New York to help secure a deal with a local gym to form a partnership, but those details will be available later. For now here are the details from the seminars.

LOCATION
York College Sports Arena – 9420 Guy R Brewer BLVD Jamaica – New York
DATES:
Friday 13th February 2015 >> 7:00pm 9:30pm
Saturday 14th February 2015 >> 12:00pm to 2:30pm
Sunday 15th February 2014 >> 12:00pm to 2:30pm
 
Tickets are on sale at: http://www.striking-101.com/seminar use the promo code TEAMYOKKAO to get 15% off ticket price.
 

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Kongsak PKSaenchaigym Stands Strong Against Yodpanomrung Jitmuangnont to Take Decision at Rajadamnern

After the disappointment of seeing multiple fights cancelled in the last couple of months Kongsak PKSaenchaigym was back in the ring at Rajadamnern last night taking on Yodpanomrung Jitmuangnont.

It was billed as a battle between the technical skills of Kongsak, a former ‘Fighter of the Year’, and the knees of the much taller Yodpanomrung who as the underdog was given a 2 lbs weight advantage.

In the third round Yodpanomrung started to use his superior height to good effect, landing some straight knees from the clinch but Kongsak stood his ground and scored with some solid left kicks which smashed into his opponent’s arms.

Yodpanomrung was on the front foot at the start of the fourth but Kongsak was too clever for him, and consistently landed that left kick, often with a quick follow up punch thrown in for good measure.

It was a dejected looking Yodpanomrung who walked back to the corner at the end of the round and despite determined effort in the final three minutes he couldn’t do enough to prevent Kongsak taking a comfortable decision win.

Earlier in the night Lumpinee mini flyweight champion Ronachai Santi-Ubon cemented his status as the best fighter in the stadium’s smallest division by beating Ongree Sor Dechapan in a non title match which took place at 106 lbs.

Ronachai’s strategy was to let Ongree come forward and pick him off with fast left body kicks from the southpaw stance and he also utilized the teep to good effect, pulling ahead on the scorecards in the third and fourth rounds.

Ongree came out punching in the final round and managed to get a few punches through Ronachai’s high guard but the reigning Lumpinee 105 champion wore them well to see the fight out and take the decision win.

Kengkla Por Pekko holds the Lumpinee Super Flyweight Title and was hoping to become the Rajadamnern champion of the same division when he took on Sprinter Pankonorab in a fight which had the stadium’s vacant 115 lbs strap at stake.

Kengkla looked to pull the fight into the clinch in but Sprinter tied him up well and found a home for his left kick as soon as the referee separated them, but he was bundled to the floor towards the end of the fourth round which sparked a frantic exchange of kicks and knees.

In round five the two fighters exchange body kicks with one of Kengla’s attempts successfully caught by his opponent who counter edwith a knee. It was too close to call and both men stopped fighting and started posturing with about 30 seconds to go but Sprinter got the nod from the judges sparking wild celebrations in his corner.

The co main event turned out to be something of a mismatch with Werachai Wor.Wiwatananont easily controlling the action against Phet Or.Phimonsri and cruising to a decision in their bantamweight match up.

 

 

 

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The Main Event stadium show set for May

 

UK-based promotion The Main Event have announced details regarding their forthcoming stadium show. The event will take place May 23rd at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham and will feature the best talent the UK Muay Thai scene has to offer.

 

For those not too familiar with the promotion, The Main Event originally operated under the name Rumble at the Reebok, hosting events at the Reebok stadium in Bolton, Manchester. Unfortunately, as their popularity increased the venue became unsuitable and they were forced to move out and re-brand. The Main Event has the current attendance record for a Muay Thai event in the UK, pulling in over 3100 spectators for their event last summer. 

 

The likes of Liam Harrison, Andrew Tate and Tim Thomas have all competed under The Main Event banner however the promotions focus is not just on already established fighters, with top UK prospects such as Andrew Lofthouse, Myk Estlick and the Sugden brothers having all competed for the promotion on numerous occasions. 

 

Co-promoter Phil Shedden had this to say regarding the upcoming event 'This show will be like nothing ever seen before in the UK. We're pulling out all the stops to try and finally get the sport we love into the wider public eye for everyone's benefit. 2015 will be a pivotal year for The Main Event and Muay Thai in the UK!'

 

Whilst it's still over four months away it's hard to not be excited about an event of this potential. The likes of The Main Event and Yokkao have been working tirelessly to boost the sports popularity in the UK and with fight cards like this and with Yokkao hosting another double-header in March, it's hard not to envision Muay Thai finally gaining the attention it rightly deserves here in the UK.

 

We'll continue to update you with match-ups as they're unveiled. 

 

Current Fight Card

 

Panicos Yusuf (34-6) vs. Stephen Meleady (37-16)
Michael Wakeling (29-1-1) vs. Chad Sugden (12-3)
Dean James (21-2) vs. TBA
Daniel McGowan (18-1-1) vs. TBA
 
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Former Lumpinee, Rajdamnern WBC, and WPMF Champion Saketdao Petphayathai Joins Evolve MMA

Saketdao Petphayathai is one of the most decorated Muay Thai fighters of his generation and one of very few men to have ever been a Lumpinee Stadium champion at three weights and this week the 28 year old became the latest legend to join the Evolve MMA fight team.

In 2013 Saketdao won two separate Max Muay Thai tournaments as well as successfully defending his WBC 135 lbs belt but before breaking out onto the international scene he established himself as one of the most successful fighters at the main Bangkok stadiums.

Originally from Maha Sarakham he spent the majority of his career fighting out of the Kiatpetch Gym in Bangkok and took on some of the biggest names in the sport, defeating the likes of Peneak Sitnumnoi, Saenchai Sor Kingstar, Petboonchu FA Group, Singdam Kiatmoo9, Nong-O Gaiyagandao, Anuway Kaewsamrit and Jomthong Chuwattana.

A tall southpaw, Saketdao was known for his knees and won Lumpinee titles at 125 lbs, 130 lbs and 135 lbs as well as the 125 lbs title at Rajadamnern. In 2011 he won the the WBC Diamond 140 lbs titles by beating Kevin Ross in the US and the following year he beat reigning ‘Fighter of the Year’ Peneak Sitnumnoi to claim the WPMF 135 lbs title and also won the WBC 135 lbs belt.

Saketdao will be joining the likes of Namsaknoi Yudthagarngamtorn, Attachai Fairtex, Orono Wor Petchpun, Chalee Sor Chaitaminm Singmanee Kaewsamrit and Saenghiran Lookbanyai at Evolve MMA . Given his coaching commitments it’s unlikely he will be fighting regularly in Lumpinee or Rajademnern anymore but he will continue to compete in Muay Thai.

Saketdao said, “After nearly 20 years of Muay Thai and around 300 fights I want to share my knowledge with foreign students and fighters and I am very happy to be joining the best gym in all of Asia.”

Quotes courtesy of Evolve MMA .

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Lion Fight 20 New opponent for Jorina Baars

Lion Fight 20 had Jorina Baars defending her world title against Casey Bohrman but unfortunately Bohrman is out which gave Chantal Ughi (32 wins 14 losses) a chance to step in. Baars and Ughi have fought before back in September of 2009, Jorina won the fight by split decision. Hopefully this will be the last change of opponent for Jorina and we can actually get to see her defend her title this time considering she hasn't fought for Lion Fight since she won it which was almost a year ago. 

So this is how the card is looking now

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Rungnarai, Wanchai and Satarnmuanglek Triumph in End of Year Extravaganza at Siam Omnoi

The New Year is generally a quiet period for Muay Thai as Bangkok empties out and people head home to the provinces for a few days but before the holiday period begins in earnest there was a stellar card at the Siam Omnoi Stadium on Saturday.

Six of the top light flyweights in Thailand were in action on a card which featured Lumpinee champions past and present and the fights were all televized live in Thailand on channel 3. The first saw Rungnarai Kiatmoo9 take on Detkart Por.Pongsawang in a fight matchup was set for 108 lbs.

Detkart was consistently frustrated in his attempts to mount an effective offense against the much taller fighter who picked him off with body kicks throughout the fight. In rounds three Rungnarai landed a series of these strikes which caused his opponent to turn his back, with the referee starting a count and then waving the fight off.

The second fight saw Detkart’s old adversary Wanchai Ramboisan take on Palangpon Petyindeeacademy, who continues to test himself against the top Muay Thai fighters in Thailand despite a successful career in Western boxing which could see him challenge for a world title in 2015.

Wanchai had a 1 lbs weight advantage and it was he who set the pace, pressing forwards and looking to score with knees and kicks as Palangpon stayed on the back foot but succeeded in countering effectively with some kicks of his own and the occasional hard elbow.

It seemed that Palangpon was going to be able to do enough to stay ahead on the scorecards but Wanchai was undeterred and stayed on the front foot throughout round four to take a clear lead into the fifth.

Wanchai is not usually at his best fighting on the back foot but the reigning Lumpinee 108 lbs champion was able to keep Palangpon at bay for the final three minutes despite suffering a serious cut to take the decision win.

The third fight on the card saw two more former Lumpinee champions go head to head as Satarnmuanglek Windysport took on Sam-D Petyindeeacademy, who had a 2 lbs weight advantage, in a matchup which provided some of the best action of the afternoon.

It was a battle between two southpaws who are familiar foes but Sam-D seemed to surge ahead in the second when he visibly hurt his opponent with a series of low kicks which left Satarnmuanglek badly limping and seemingly on the verge of being stopped.

However in the dying second of the round Satarnmuanglek dug deep and landed a late barrage of punches which seemed to take the wind out of Sam-D’s sails because he was on the defensive throughout the third and ate several more hard shots.

Satarnmuanglek seemed to be going for the finish in round four, looking to land power punches to the head and body but while it was not enough to score the stoppage he was far enough ahead on the scorecards to just box defensively for the final three minutes and take the decision win.

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Yokkao 13 Headlined by Pakorn vs. Liam Harrison for Yokkao World Title

On March 21st in the UK Yokkao will return with Yokkao 12 and 13, featuring some of the world's best muay thai fighters in what has quickly become one of the most talked-about promotions in muay thai. The event is set to be headlined by a huge world title match between defending champion Pakorn and the UK's own Liam Harrison. Harrison has received universal acclaim over the past few years as one of the UK's top fighters by fighting anyone and everyone all across the world.

He'll have a chance to vie for Yokkao's newly-crowned 65kg World Championship facing off against one of Thailand's most exciting exports in Pakorn PK Saenchai MuayThaiGym. Pakorn won that championship at Yokkao 11 against the very tough Greg Wootton.

 

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