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Buakaw Is "Back" With Yokkao Behind Him

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As a lot of you probably know, Buakaw recently had a very difficult situation. He went off without telling anyone and wasn't heard of for a week. Finally, he resurfaced and told the media that he was just tired, stressed and needed some rest, along with issues at the Por Pramuk Gym like money and living conditions.  There was a lot of speculation as to what Buakaw would do, like leaving Por Pramuk Gym.

For the time being, at least, Buakaw is having a new gym built where he will start training at tomorrow. Yokkao Boxing, his sponsor, is helping with the building of the gym. As of now, Yokkao is just calling the gym temporary.

If you also noticed in this article, I haven't been calling Buakaw by the name he had used for so long, "Buakaw Por. Pramuk." It seems for the time being he isn't going by the Por. Pramuk name anymore. Yokkao referred to him as Buakaw Banchamek. Banchamek is his real last name.

A lot of props should be given to Yokkao for helping Buakaw to get back on track after such a difficult situation. 

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Sam A Gaiyanghadaogym Fighting Penek Sitnumnoi in Big Lumpini Card on April 3rd

Sam-A is rapidly running out of suitable opponents in Thailand as his winning streak shows no sign of coming to an end. On April 3rd he will be headlining a huge card at Lumpini when he takes on Penek Sitnumnoi.

The last time they fought Sam-A won by knock out but he is moving up in weight and will be at a size disadvantage for this fight which has been set at 125 lbs. Penek is coming off a win over Wanchalerm while Sam-A outpointed Petpanomrung in his last outing in a fight which was closer than expected, although he did have to get down to 119 lbs.

Saketdai and Singdam are fighting again, these two seem to fight each other pretty regularly and they are always competitive contests while Wanchalerm takes on Petboonchu who is coming off a win over Jomthong at Rajadamnern in a fight which was reportedly not particularly entertaining.

Detkart is one of the rising starts of Muay Thai and recently beat Thelek and broke his nose with an elbow in the process. He will be taking on Wanchai in a match up which has all the ingredients for a figth of the night. Unless of course the rumoured rematch between Tingtong and Ponsaneh goes ahead on this date, Ponsanah is pretty much unrivalled when it comes to entertainment value.

Lumpini Stadium

April 3rd

Sam-A vs Penek
Saketdao vs Singdam
Petboonchu vs Wanchalerm
Mongkonchai vs Aekmongkon
Wanchai vs Dedkart
Julong vs Nikomlek

(not the complete card)

 

 

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Give Back To The Great Sakmongkol

Sakmongkol Sitchuchoke was not only one of the best Thai boxers who ever put on a pair of gloves, but more importantly to fans, he was one of the most exciting and toughest. From his classic battles with Jongsanan Fairtex which left me, and probably most people agape, to his unforgettable fight with Perry Ubeda, Sakmongkol has given us fans lasting memories. Unfortunately, being a Thai boxer, especially in Thailand, isn't exactly something you can get rich doing. Sakmongkol now resides in Denver Colorado teaching Muay Thai at Zingano BJJ, but he had to leave his family behind in order to come to America. Now fortunately he's in position where he can reunite with his loved ones, but help is needed. A fund has been set up by Mauricio Zingano, and all donations are greatly appreciated. Also, his gloves and shorts from his retirement fight last year against Cosmo Alexandre are up for auction with proceeds going directly to helping his family come to America, to be with there husband and father. 

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Muay Thai at the Mecca Ongoing Coverage Live on the Ground from the Theatre at Madison Square Garden

Bell time is about 15 minutes away, so it's time for my live coverage on the ground of Take On Productions' biggest card to date: "Muay Thai at the Mecca" at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden. I'll check in tomorrow for a full report, in the meantime check out the Internet pay-per-view broadcast at http://www.gofightlive.tv In addition, I'm tweeting photos and miscellaneous between-fight comments: http://www.twitter.com/davidbix Back in a few!

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Por Pramuk Gym, the Tralfamadorians and Buakaw Por Pramuk's Indentured Servitude to You

Self worth is something that is hard to describe, especially in an oppressive environment with no end in sight to the abuse. Even worse is when the world is allowed to look in through a picture window and witness the horror that is a life in chains, only to look on with astonishment, without being able to directly interact. It was the same predicament that Billy Pilgrim found himself on Tralfamadore as a human exhibit in a zoo. Billy Pilgrim had the dignity of being unstuck in time and understanding the non-linear nature of the fourth dimension which is time, much like a Time Lord would.

Be it a symptom of post-traumatic stress or a true awakening, Slaughterhouse-Five protagonist Billy Pilgrim's Tralfamadore exhibition exposes how we, as a collective society, view the exceptional figures in the world. We view them as larger-than-life dolls, playthings that live out our fantasies like shadow play on the wall before bed time as a child. The tralfamadorians were hands off in their approach to enslaving Billy Pilgrim and locking him up with Montana Wildhack, where they copulated for their intergalactic onlookers and spawned a child. In a way, the existence of the tralfamadorians did not matter to the narrative Pilgrim spun.

Whether it was escapism, a protest against free will or a way to mentally write off infidelity, Buakaw Por Pramuk is not behind the glass window, us peering into his dysfunctional life with a beautiful porn actress birthing children like Billy Pilgrim was. Buakaw, like Pilgrim, was changed by the battle scars from war and society, with his inability to escape suffocating him into accepting a fate less fitting for someone of his stature. If you watch Kickboxing for Muay Thai, Buakaw Por Pramuk is a hero, a truly exceptional person whose fame and abilities are something to marvel at. Be it you kicking the pads at a gym with a poster of him on the wall or channeling his attitude and style into your mundane daily tasks, if you know Buakaw you know his influence.

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Photo of the Day: Fighters Make Weight for Muay Thai at the Mecca

This serves as a reminder that tomorrow night TaKe On Productions and MSG Sports present Muay Thai at the Mecca, which we'll have a man on the ground for. If you want to witness the action yourself, GFL.tv has you covered for $15, about the cost of an It's Showtime event. The card is being headlined by Ryan Madigan and Rigel Balsamico squaring off. Madigan, best known by MMA fans for his lone UFC performance at UFC 96 is a skilled Kickboxer and Muay Thai practitioner, while Balsamico is incredibly well-known in the Muay Thai community, making this an awesome main event.

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Photo credit to Bauzen.

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TaKe On Productions and MSG Sports Muay Thai at the Mecca TV Spot

This Friday TaKe On Productions and MSG Sports bring to the world Muay Thai at the Mecca, from the Theater at MSG in New York City. The Theater at MSG has a ton of history, from Boxing to Basketball and everything in between, seating up to 5,000 when set up for a Boxing ring. To think about Muay Thai in New York moving into such an amazing spot is hard to believe, but TaKe On and MSG have done some great work together. LiverKick will have a man on the scene this friday, but if you are like me and can't make it, check out a stream on GFL.tv for $15USD, or about the amount of an It's Showtime stream.

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Aikpracha Meenayothin In Position For Breakout Year

Buakaw's current situation, including pulling out of the fight with Fabio Pinca on March 17 at La Nuit Des Titans in Tours, France may have been a blessing in disguise for Aikpracha Meenayothin.

Aikpracha was already scheduled to make an international appearance on March 31 against Michael Dicks in England. He'll get to dabble into the international scene even sooner though, as he replaced Buakaw to take on Fabio Pinca, who is one of the best non Thais in Muay Thai. This fight with Pinca will be his second international fight after he completely obliterated William Sriyapai in July of last year in the United States.

Two international fights in such a short time period against good foreign fighters could do wonders for his career and result in a breakout 2012. It's still uncertain if he'll face Michael Dicks on the 31st, as it's possible he may be fighting on April 3 at Lumpinee Stadium instead. If he were to fight Michael Dicks, Aikpracha would be defending his WMC World Title. Along with his WMC World Title, he's also the current Lumpinee Stadium champion at welterweight, which he won by stopping Prakaysiang Kaiyanghadaogym in the first round last month.

I always love when Thais get international opportunities. It opens the door for bigger paydays and more exposure on an international level that they greatly deserve for being the best strikers in the world. I fully expect Aikpracha to beat Pinca, and also beat Dicks if that fight happens. Not only do I expect him to win, I feel he'll really make a big statement. He's got a great style for fighting internationally, with a lot of aggression and power in his hands.

You can watch Aikpracha fight Fabio Pinca on Saturday at muaythaitv.com. The whole event is only $9.90 USD and you can pay with Paypal or credit card. Click "Read More" to check out Aikpracha's last fight where he won the Lumpinee Stadium welterweight title:

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Lumpini Champion Orono Wor Petchpun is Looking to Make his MMA Debut in 2012

Orono Wor Petchpun was one of the best Muay Thai fighters of his generation and was a Lumpini Champion, WMC Champion, It's Showtime Champion and WPMF Champion. He holds wins over Damien Alamos, Singdam Kiatmoo 9, Saenchai Sor Kingstar, Buakaw Por Pramuk and Yodsaenklai Fairtex but has not fought since 2010.

Orono is now at Evolve MMA in Singapore where he is part of a team of Thai trainers which also includes Namsaknoi Yudthagarngamtorn, Anuwat Kaewsamrit, Attachai Fairtex and Yodsanan Sityodtong. He also works as a stand up coach for a number of top mixed martial artists like Shinya Aoki, Zorobabel Moreira and Eddie Ng and recently decided that he too wanted to compete in MMA.

Orono is only 33 years old and has had just 150 Muay Thai fights in his career which is relatively few for a Thai fighter. He believes he still has plenty more to offer as a fighter and could be a force to be reckoned with at 145 lbs,

"I have watched a lot of MMA now and I understand that it is not the same as Muay Thai at all, although some things are the same. I think I can be very dangerous with my elbows in MMA because most fighters don't use elbows very much but I have to be careful because in Muay Thai there are no takedowns so MMA is not the same."

Yodsanan recently made a succesful MMA debut in front of 7,000 fans in Singapore at ONE FC 1 and Orono was also in Jakarta to corner his Evolve MMA team mates for ONE FC 2. The sight of such a big crowd stirred something inside of him and has rekindled his desire to test himself in the competitive arena again,

"Before I came to Singapore last year I did not know too much about MMA but as I started to work with the Evolve fighters and go to the big ONE FC events I started to think that I can be an MMA fighter too. I see them punching and kicking and I think 'I can do that no problem' and I see them doing some other things and I think 'I can learn that no problem'. I have fought in Lumpini Stadium and Rajadamnern Stadium many times and it can be very loud but mainly the fans like to gamble. At MMA the fans just come to cheer for the fighters and I want them to cheer for me one day. I like to help training and working in the corner but the best feeling is when I fight!"

Orono has already started training BJJ and wrestling every day with coaches like US Olympican Heath Sims and BJJ world champions Rafael Correa De Lima and Leandro Issa so the other aspects of his game should be getting up to speed. I suggest to him that in terms of stand up there is not a single MMA fighter at 145 lbs who could compete with him and he does not disagree,

"I don't know, maybe there is someone in MMA with better Muay Thai than me but I think it is impossible. I have fought over 100 times against some very strong fighters like Saenchai, Buakaw, Yodsaenklai, Singdam and Nong O. I don't think any MMA fighters would be good enough to fight against fighters like this at Muay Thai but they are dangerous at other things like BJJ and wrestling. If it was a Muay Thai fight I think I could still beat any MMA fighter in the world who is the same size as me but MMA is not the same as Muay Thai."

Orono's career has already had it's highlights and he has fought in Holland, Italy, Sweden and Japan, However his favourite memory is still winnning the Lumpini title at 130 lbs, which is traditionally one of the most competitive weight classes in Thailand,

"Every time I won a title I was very happy and winning the Lumpini title for the first time was a very good moment for me in my life and for my family as well because after that I knew I would get more money for my fights."

He also has no hesitation in naming the most difficult opponent he has ever been up against,

"I have faced many strong fighters but I believe the toughest was Saenchai Sor Kingstar. I was able to defeat him but it was the most difficult victory of my career and I respect him very much."

Orono is eager to make his MMA debut and says he would be very interested in fighting for DARE Championship, an organization which is currently putting on shows in Bangkok every other month. His coaches are taking a more patient approach but he believes fans won't have to wait long to see him fight again,

"I want to fight today but that is up to my coaches and up to Chatri (Chatri Sityodtong, the Evolve MMA owner) so they can tell me when they think I am ready because I know MMA is dangerous and if you make only a small mistake you can lose the fight.  If it was up to me I would fight today. I would love the opportunity to fight in Bangkok in front of all my friends, family, coaches, and fans. I would be very proud to show everyone back home my MMA skills."

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