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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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Lion Fight 16 Fight Card

Lion Fight 16 is taking place on July 4th from the Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort during the UFC international fight week event. This card includes two of Lion Fights favorite and most exciting names Kevin Ross and Tiffany Van Soest and will be shown Live on AXS TV starting at 6:00p.m. PT/ 9:00p.m. ET

Super Lightweight Title: Kevin Ross vs. Michael Thompson

Co-Main Event: Tiffany Van Soest vs. Sindy Huyer (125 lbs.)

Rungravee vs. Adrian Morilla (132 lbs.)

Katel Kubis vs. Michael Corley (155 lbs.)

Tyler Toner vs. Gaston Bolanos (142 lbs.) 

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John Wayne Parr Vs Toby Smith Fight Video

Powerplay Promotions put John Wayne Parr's WKA world middleweight title up for grabs on June 21st at the Melbourne Pavillion against a young, hungry Toby "The Weapon" Smith.

From the first bell it was shocking to see how strong and sturdy Toby Smith was, its not often that you see a big, strong fighter like JWP get pushed around like that. Parr threw some fast flurries anytime he had the chance but he just couldn't get Smith to move backwards and just always ended up stuck in the corner. In the Third round Toby had JWP pushed up against the ropes again and was moving forward like a man on a mission, clinching, kneeing and elbowing non stop. He landed a left hook that appeared to stagger John Wayne momentarily and then put him in a strange position perfect for Smith to whack him with an upward, left elbow which sent John Wayne Parr to the mat with a look of agony on his face. Turned out that the elbow broke JWP's orbital bone, crushed his sinus, and opened a cut that needed 5 stitches putting Parr at accumulative total of 280 stitches in his face alone.

Amazing performance from the new WKA middleweight world champion Toby Smith and we wish John Wayne Parr a speedy recovery you are an inspiration to many.

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Buakaw Banchamek vs Djime Coulibaly 2 Monte Carlo Results

Here is the fifth round of Buakaw vs Coulibaly 2, which happened on June 14 in Monaco on the Monte-Carlo Fighting Masters Show. These two fought before in 2011 on a Thai Fight Extreme card and Buakaw won a 3 round decision in a decently competitive fight. Once again we see the new and improved Buakaw Banchamek absolutely dismantling Coulibaly and toying with him in this fifth round. It would be nice to see Buakaw fight some real top level guys this year considering he has looked unstoppable. One more fight with Andy Souwer maybe?

Alex Tobiasson Harris Defeated Yohan Lidon by 5 round decision to retain his WMC World Super Middleweight Title on the same show.

UPDATE: Full results from the event.

Buakaw Banchamek (R5 - Dec.) Djime Coulibaly

Berneung TopKingBoxing (R3 - TKO) Abdallah Mabel

Pakorn PKSaenchaimuaythai (R5 - Dec.) Yetkin Ozkul

Alex Harris (R5 - Dec.) Yohan Lidon

Ekkarit (R5 - Dec.) Dylan Salvador

Paul Slowinski (R5 - Dec.) Tsotne Rogava

Artem Vakhitov (R5 - Dec.) Dzianis Hancharonak

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Yokkao 9 China Highlights

Yokkao 9 in China took place on May 24th in China, featuring a Muay Thai and K-1 rules card with fighters from China against fighters from all over the world. Yokkao packed 10,000 spectators in to watch the event and the main event had a lot of people talking, which can be considered a success. Here is a highlight video from the event showing not only the action inside of the ring but went on behind-the-scenes leading into the fights.

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Full Fight: Yokkao 8: Tim Thomas vs Reece McAllister

So they released another fight from the highly talked about Yokkao 8 card which took place on March 8th. Just like the Harrison vs Bennoui this fight shows two fighters trying hard to knock each other out till the very end. They matched the heavy handed Tim Thomas with the younger technical Reece McAllister. Basically anyone who knows Thomas, knows that he can end any fight with just one right hand, and he was doing well through the whole first round and most of the second until McAllister landed a huge super man punch and dropped Thomas to turn the momentum in his favor. After that the technical muay thai and intelligence (and one more knock down) by McAllister earned him the unanimous decision victory.

I always enjoy watching Reece McAllister fight and it was nice to see him come back with a win after the hard knockout he faced at the hands of Steve Moxon at Glory 11 in Chicago.

 

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Full Fight: Yokkao 8 Liam Harrison vs. Houcine Bennoui

Yokkao 8 happened on March 8th in the UK and the most frustrating thing about it was seeing a long line of UK fighters, personalities and fans talking about how incredible the event was without being able to watch it. Thankfully Yokkao has uploaded the most-talked about fight from Yokkao 8, Liam Harrison vs. Houcine Bennoui. This fight was nonstop action with both men putting it all on the line against each other, neither man could feel even a bit of shame over their performance.

Of course, fans in the UK felt that Liam won and fans in France have been saying that they thought that Houcine won. Now you get to decide for yourself and watch.

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Lion Fight Continuing Relationship with Foxwoods, Next Event August 1st

Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Connecticut has been host to lots of MMA and Boxing events over the past few years, but the recent Lion Fight 15 was the first really big Muay Thai event. To say that it went well would be an understatement, I'm pretty sure that no one expected Muay Thai to draw as well as it did or bring as much passion like Lion Fight 15 did. It comes as no shock that Foxwoods looked to deepen the relationship with Lion Fight.

Lion Fight announced today that they have inked a multi-event deal with Foxwoods for 2014 and 2015, with Lion Fight 17 being on August 1st at Foxwoods. This is great news for Lion Fight, who have already made the biggest strides that we've seen from any muay thai organization in American history. Lion Fight 17 will air on AXS TV.

Lion Fight's next event is Lion Fight 16 which takes place on July 4th from Las Vegas, a part of UFC International Fight Week.

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Lion Fight Announces Lion Fight 16 Main Card

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Lion Fight 16 will be airing live on AXS TV on Friday, July 4th from the Pearl at the Palms. The event will be officially a part of UFC's International Fight week, meaning that fans in attendance for UFC's big, multi-event weekend will have Lion Fight 16 as a part of their official itinerary, meaning Lion Fight might see one of their biggest turnouts yet in their biggest venue yet; the Pearl at the Palms. The event will be headlined by Kevin Ross and Michael Thompson fighting for the Lion Fight Super Lightweight Championship, while the co-main sees Tiffany Van Soest take on Sindy Huyer. 

Lion Fight Super Lightweight Title: Kevin Ross vs. Michael Thompson
Tiffany Van Soest vs. Sindy Huyer (125 lbs.)
Rungravee vs. Adrian Morilla (132 lbs.)
Katel Kubis vs. Michael Corley (155 lbs.)
Tyler Toner vs. Gaston Bolanos (142 lbs.)

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East Coast Muay Thai Goes Big Time

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May 23rd, 2014-Foxwoods Casino, Mashantucket, CT-

The biggest Muay Thai Promotion in North America has finally brought its great product, Lion Fights, to the East Coast.  The event brought some of the biggest established names in North American Muay Thai into the ring as well as some solid up-and-comers and talented amateurs.  In a region of the country that has seen some recent criticisms of its Muay Thai and MMA scene’s refs, judges and sanctioning bodies, Lion Fight rose above, and but for a slip-up by the announcer, had solid reffing, judging, and even the ringside doctors did a great job in monitoring the cuts during the show.

In the Main Event, the much touted Cosmo Alexandre faced off with the Canadian Mark Holst.  Alexandre, the Brazilian ex-patriot, looked physically stronger, moved better, and for the full five rounds looked like a Lumpini champion sparring with a talented but not at his level professional.  Cosmo controlled the pace and action, absorbed what he allowed and then landed hard overhand rights, at will.  Holst was game, and kept attacking, but he saw early that his power had no effect, while Alexandre’s shots knocked him off his spot and bent him like a palm tree in the wind.  All three judges had it for Alexandre: 50-45, 49-45, and 49-47.

The Co-Main Event was really the fight of the night.  Like a gourmet meal, it wasn’t the biggest serving, but you got was absolutely awesome.  The action started before the bell finished tolling, Mauceri came straight out of his corner like cannonfire, as is his usual style.  The veteran, Kevin Ross, had obviously watched tape and game-planned for this.  Ross used Mauceri’s straight forward approach to lure him into traps, letting Mauceri run into his elbows,  use his movement, his ring-savvy and crafty combos effectively.  In the first few minutes Mauceri’s head crashed into Kevin’s right elbow, resulting in a deep, deep gash on his forehead, above the left eye.  The blood began to flow immediately and the referee stopped the fight to let the ringside physicians take a look.  One came and looked deeply into the cut, he then called over the other physician who looked again, they conferred, and as if in response to the crowd calling for it to continue, decided to give him a chance to finish the round and let his corner work on it.  Knowing the immediacy of the situation, Mauceri turned the aggression on, landing punch and kick combos, and pushing Ross to the ropes.  But the always cagey Ross used great lateral movement to circumvent Mauceri’s attacks and set up flashy elbow attacks and punch combinations.  After the Black and Blue team had a minute to work on Mauceri’s cut, he came out hard and fast in round 2, catching Ross with a great sweep that scored well.  But Ross laughed it off confidently and went to work over the rest of the second and beginning of the third round, carving the always advancing Mauceri’s head up with his elbows, causing the doctors to stop the fight and leaving a scar like the Mark of Zorro, in 25 stitches on Mauceri’s head as a souvenir.  Wow!

In other notable action, Tiffany van Soest stepped into Payne’s pocket, in close enough range for van Soest to land effectively, but too close for Payne’s much longer arms and legs to have any power.  The pressure, movement and power of van Soest were too much for the game and fighting back Payne, but in the end, the Unanimous Decision went to Tiffany: 50-45, 50-46, and 49-46.  Mohammed Lemjerdine took on Jason Andrada for the second time.  Again, the longer more technical and traditional Lemjerdine controlled the action, scoring two flash knockdowns in the first, that I thought didn’t need to be counted in either instance, but the referee did, thus giving Mohammed a big advantage on the cards.  Andrada responded very well, and made it a great and entertaining fight, but couldn’t find that knockout button he used to take the victory last time.  The Unanimous Decision went to Lemjerdine: 48-47, 48-45, and 48-46.  As a last minute replacement, Pedro Gonzalez stepped in and took on Nick Chasteen.  Gonzalez was consistent in his attack, driving Chasteen to the ropes, clinching and mushing, and then dropping elbows and knees when he had position.  It was very effective for him, as he scored a standing 8 and a cut over Chasteen’s left eye in the first and then sealing the deal with another series of elbows that cut Chasteen badly enough for the doctors to signal an end to the fight.  In both fighters’ pro debut, Tim Amorim showed what traditional Muay Thai strategy and technique can do against a more kickboxing, TKD style as he chopped down Tom Evans front leg, and evaded the spinning back kicks and fists to land hard punches and elbows, causing Evan’s cornermen to stop the fight between the 2nd and 3rd rounds, giving Amorim a TKO victory in his young record.

Amateur Bouts on the card included:

Brian Bogue def. Jesse Skomial by UD

Brandy Young def. Colleen Downey by UD

Stephane Kenny (ne Smarth) def. Dave Hayrikyan UD

Patrick Rivera def. Pavel Zawistowski by MD

Phil DaSilva def. Stoney Morales by MD

 

 

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