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Yokkao 17 and 18 Cards are Typically Stacked Heading into Saturday

In what is now becoming an increasingly common occurrence for muay thai fans in Bolton, Yokkao returns this weekend for Yokkao 17 and Yokkao 18. Another double header in Bolton has been sold out for quite some time now and the card promises to deliver big, like past events have. Not many events create the same groundswell from fans like the previous Yokkao events in the UK have, with us being flooded with nothing but positive talk about the previous shows and fans in the UK once again in store for another great night of fights.

Yokkao has released the full card from both shows with the two headline fights being Liam Harrison vs. Tetsuya Yamato and Jordan Watson vs. Sanny Dahlbeck, respectively. 

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Muay Thai Grand Prix 3 All Access and New Fight Added

Muay Thai Grand Prix 3 is quickly approaching, happening on the 26th of March. Just announced was a bout between Ben Lucas and Alex Bublea, which is in addition to the 4-man 72kg tournament, a worl;d title fight between Charlie Peters and Tommi McCormick and a bunch of other big fights.

MUAY THAI GRAND PRIX 3 – Saturday 26th March 2016

4-Man 72KG MTGP–

Luke Whelan (Eng)

Conor Stewart (Eng)

Sevket Cerkez (Tur)

Luca Caputo (Ita)

–FTR A-Class–

Iman Barlow (Eng) V Maria Lobo (Por)

– MTGP World Welterweight Title –

Charlie Peters (Eng) V Tommi McCormick (Eng)

–FTR A-Class–

Dan McGowan (Eng) V Victor Saravia (USA)

–FTR A-Class–

Ben Lucas (Eng) V Alex Bublea (Rom)

–FTR A-Class–

Damien Trainor (Eng) V Adrian Lopez (Spa)

–FTR A-Class–

Dean James (Eng) V Wuttichai (Tha)

–Pro K-1–

Jamie Whelan (Eng) V Paul Karpowicz (Eng)

–FTR A-Class–

Evan Jays (Eng) V Tommy Green (Eng)

–B-Class–

Michael Pham (Eng) V Dominik Matusz (Pol)

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Muaythai Mania 10 in Hungary on March 12

On March 12 Muaythai Mania will open its doors again for the 10th time.

As fans can see on the events FB page it's not a secret that this time, for its jubilee the theme for MTM refers to the legendary soccer game from 1953 where the Hungarian team managed to grab a fantastic 6:3 win against England hoping that Hungarian fighters entering the ring on the night of the show will provide something similar.

Péter Albrecht, Norbert Spéth, Dominik Bereczki, Róbert Radics and Márk Hegedűs will seek to repeat history a bit and surprise the world at the Sport Hall of Mosonszolnok.

Fight card

63.5 kg Albrecht Péter vs Kris Pearson
67 kg Radics Róbert vs TBA
67 kg Spéth Norbert vs Alex Bublea
72.6kg Bereczki Dominik vs Giannis Skordilis
76 kg Hegedűs Márk vs Danny Edwards

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Watch MTGP: Behind the Curtains

Muay Thai GP based out of the UK has made a big splash on the international muay thai scene in a hurry, from a deal with Lion Fight to their two big events that they've put on thus far. They put together a behind-the-scenes documentary from MTGP 2 that is split up into two parts and looks into all sorts of different aspects of how their show happened.

This is some good viewing if you are a fan, future fighter, future promoter or even involved in the sport now. 

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Lion Fight 28: Cedric Manhoef Replaces Kem Sitsongpeenong

Cedric Manhoef will be stepping in to fight for the Lion Fight welterweight title against Jo Nattawut on February 26, 2016 at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. 

The reason for Kem Sitsongpeenong being replaced is yet to be released but hopefully he will be ready to fight the winner of this fight later on in the year. Luckily there is still a decent amount of time for Manhoef to prepare as this will be one of his toughest tests to date not to mention Manhoef fought mostly K-1 Rules in 2015 where as this fight will be full Muay Thai. It will be interesting to see how Cedric adapts to the rules and fighting such a crafty Thai in Jo Nattawut.

Lion Fight 28 Full Card

Welterweight Title: "Smokin" Jo Nattawut (Atlanta, GA) vs Cedric Manhoef (Amsterdam, Holland)

Lightweight Title: Ognjen Topic (Lodi, NJ) vs Sergio Wielzen (Amsterdam, Holland)

Ky Hollenbeck (San Francisco, CA) vs Justin Greskiewicz (Philadelphia, PA)

Chris Mauceri (Kingston, NY) vs Nick Chasteen (Phoenix, AZ)

Turan Hasanov (Brooklyn, NY) vs Asa Tenpow (West Palm Beach, FL)

Yeison Berdugo (Providence, RI) vs Bryce Lawrence (Naples, FL) 

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IKF Reverses Decision in Bolanos vs. Kronphet

In an interesting twist of fate a controversial decision from a recent fight was actually reviewed and reversed. At the most recent Lion Fight Gaston Bolanos and Kronphet battled in a razor-close bout that saw the live judges score the fight for Kronphet, much to the dismay of many fans. All of that has changed now.

The IKF has announced that they reviewed the fight by sending an audio-less version of the bout to twenty one judges around the world only for 19 of those judges to score the fight for Bolanos, one to score it a draw and two scored it for Kronphet. With numbers like that it was easy for them to overturn the decision and score the fight in the favor of Bolanos. [source]

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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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