Thai Fight is back on October 23 (which is tonight or tomorrow, depending on what timezone you're in), with the start of their 2012 tournaments, again using the same weights of 67kg and 70kg. Last year's winners were Kem Sitsongpeenong at 67kg and Buakaw at 70kg.
Buakaw will still be in the 70kg field this year, while Kem is no longer in the 67kg field, as Singmanee Kaewsamrit will be the Thai representative. With Singmanee at 67kg, the field is much more competitive with him already having lost to fellow tournament participant Houcine Bennoui and arguably losing to Andrei Kulebin in June. As for 70kg, Buakaw the field is pretty much made for Buakaw to run right through it. Last year's field at 70kg was much stronger.
Thai Fight as usual will be shown live on Channel 3 in Thailand, and we'll assume you're internet-savvy enough to find a way to watch it for those outside of Thailand. The approximate start time is 2:20 AM ET/11:20 PM PT in North America and 1:20 PM local time in Thailand.
Today in Roschtigrabe, Switzerland, a few major upsets in the world of Muay Thai took place at the Roschtigrabe Derby event. Saiyok Pumphanmuang faced Dylan Salvador and Hongtonglek Chor. Fahpiansi faced Hakim Hamech, both being Thailand vs. France fights. In a shocker, both French fighters won. I didn't think either of them would win but the fact that both of them won is a huge surprise.
The way that Dylan Salvador won was especially a surprise, as he knocked out Saiyok in the first round. Salvador was still seen as an up and comer, having two wins at Thai Fight. He also usually fights around 65-67kg and is smaller than Saiyok. Taking that into account, Saiyok just handily beat Fabio Pinca a month ago. This is a major upset, with Salvador's Team Nasser K teammate Fabio Pinca not even coming close to beating Saiyok.
Speaking of Team Nasser K, they are really on a roll lately with Salvador's win, Houcine Bennoui beating Singmanee and Mickael Piscitello beating Sudsakorn. It's hard to argue that they don't have the most stacked team in Europe.
For Hakim Hamech to beat Hongtonglek is also a shocker, considering Hongtonglek is ranked #7 at Lumpinee at 115lbs/52kg and was the champion of Thailand at 112lbs/50.8kg as well as 115lbs/52kg. Hamech is very young and unknown but is French champion at 118lbs/53.5kg.
UPDATE: While the first news that got out was that Salvador won by KO, now it seems as if Saiyok actually stopped the fight in his corner after the first round due to a ligament injury sustained to one of his knees. Still an upset, yes, but not the same magnitude now that it seems as if Saiyok couldn't fight on due to an injury.
With Jarrell Miller winning a spot in the K-1 Final 8 tournament bracket, the possibility of more Americans competing at an international level in kickboxing doesn't seem so unbelievable anymore. As K-1 is breaking into mainstream U.S television next year, it's almost guaranteed that they'll be looking to use local talent. Here's a list of 8 promising North American fighters you might be seeing in the future.
1. Matt Embree/Canada
Embree’s had a good year, picking up a win over Nils Widlund and defeating Coke Chanhuwat for the WBC International Interim belt at LionFight 5, although he most recently lost a decision to Lerdsilla Chumpairtour in August. Embree was originally scheduled to face Kevin Ross a few months ago, but Ross was forced to withdraw due to an injury. If this fight happens in the future, it'll almost certainly be fireworks
2. Andy Singh/USA
If you didn't catch Andy Singh at LionFight 7, you missed out. He defeated Anthony Castrejon for the 118 pound WBC National Title, using vicious face-teeps to bloody Castrejon en-route to a decision victory. I expect to see Singh fighting internationally soon, as there aren't too many challengers for him in the States.
3. Ognjen Topic/USA
Topic is a guy to watch for sure. He recently TKO'd Rami Ibrahim to take home the WBC International Super Featherweight title at Warriors Cup XV. Topic is a big featherweight, and I could see him making the move to one of K-1's new, lighter-weight divisions.
4. Eddie Walker/USA
There's been a lot of talk about Eddie "Showtime" Walker lately. After KO'ing Joe Schilling at LionFight 7, many people questioned whether his win was luck or skill, Regardless, Walker's stock has skyrocketed in the past few weeks, and there will be a significant amount of pressure on his shoulders when he enters the K-1 ring for the first time.
5. Gabriel Varga/Canada
Varga made some serious waves in September when he defeated Lerdsilla in a superfight at K-1 Rising. A heavy underdog, Varga pressed Lerdsilla the entire match and prevented the Thai from being his usual elusive self. He is expected to fight on K-1's HW Grand Prix card in New York.
6. Brett Hlavaceck/USA
Hlavaceck currently has a record of 6-0 in Muay Thai, with his last win being over Harry Baker in England. He's been touted as "the next big thing" by more than a few people, and despite being nearly 30 years old, could have a bright future in the sport. He'll be fighting Stephen Richards at The Warriors Cup XVI on November 3rd for a WBC National title.
7. Joseph Valtellini/Canada
With a professional record of 6-1, Bazooka Joe tasted defeat for the first time at LionFight 7, dropping a decision to the experienced Gregory Choplin. Joe's previous 6 fights all ended by way of TKO, which speaks both to Choplin's skill and Valtellini's knockout power. He plans to fight again in December.
8. Cyrus Washington/USA
If you follow American Muay Thai even a little bit, then you probably know Cyrus Washington. He's been on somewhat of a rough streak lately, losing two in a row to Nieky Holzken and Ky Hollenbeck, before taking time off to train MMA fighters. Washington's next bout is going to be at Muay Thai at the Mecca 2, which goes down November 10th. It'll be good to to see if "Black Dynamite" can return to form after the break.
Lion Fight 7 goes down tonight in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA with the main event pitting one of, if not the most popular American Muay Thai fighter, Joe Schilling against Eddie Walker.
Schilling looks to get another win as he lost two fights this year to Simon Marcus but quickly rebounded with a win over Karapet Karapetyan in June. For Walker, Schilling would most definitely be the biggest win of his career and he'd make a name for himself if he were to win. The fight takes place at 180lbs, a doable weight for both men and you can catch it tonight at www.lionfightpromotions.com for $14.95 USD. For full details, check out the press release below and click "Read More" to see the entire fight card.
LAS VEGAS - Tonight's main event fighter Joe Schilling, WBC Interim World Champion gave a fight prediction to media cameras yesterday following Lion Fight 7's official weigh-ins. "He won't last a round," says Schilling, of his opponent Eddie Walker.
Schilling heads into the ring a fan favorite but Eddie Walker still poses a threat to the highly popular Muay Thai who trains out of the Yard gym and represents the Can't Stop Crazy brand and some of the best stand-up fighters in the game.
"Training went really really well for this fight, I got some great training from the Can't Stop Crazy team at the Yard," said Schilling. "This was the easiest weight cut of my life. I'm smiling and happy and ready to fight."
Although he gives a strong prediction for the main event, he is still not looking past Walker. "Because of Eddie's record and because of his experience he shouldn't beat me...his last fight was not impressive. I trained really hard for this fight. Eddie asked for this, he asked me directly for it...be careful what you ask for."
Schilling takes the ring tonight as the featured main event versus Walker live inside the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. Doors open at 4:00 p.m; first bout is at 5:00 p.m. PT. Tickets are available at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Box Office and through Ticketmaster.com.
The entire card will be streamed through www.LionFightPromotions.com for $14.95, with the much-anticipated WBC International (118-lbs.) title fight between Anthony Castrejon vs. Andy Singh kicking off the main card. The live stream begins at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT and is available atLionFightPromotions.com, mobile devices and through Roku. The first 20-minutes of the event can be viewed at no charge, serving as a free sneak preview of Lion Fight 7. The live stream includes the following lineup of fights, weights are official:
The last few days have been busy in the realm of Muay Thai over in Thailand. There were some great match-ups featuring top fighters across the board, at Rajadamnern and Lumpinee.
We'll start off with yesterday's event, which was Friday, October 12 and featured a highly anticipated rematch between Diesellek Aoodonmuang and Damien Alamos (in the video above), the current Lumpinee champion at 140lbs. Contrary to their first fight, in result and in fashion, Diesellek dominated throughout, using his teep and round kicks to keep Alamos off of him. Alamos had no answer as Diesellek pounded him whenever he tried to get close. It was definitely one of Diesellek's best performances. Alamos' title wasn't on the line so he still remains Lumpinee champion.
Other results from Friday's card:
Diesellek Aoodonmuang def. Damien Alamos by decision.
Rungpet Wor. Rungnirun def. Kaotam Lookprabaht by decision.
Kaimukdam Aikbangsai def. Rataket Teded99 by DQ in Round 4.
Lookman Fonjangchonburi def. Chaylek Sor. Permsiri by decision.
Yokphet Sonpongmapataput def. Wanchalong Sitzornong by decision.
On Thursday there was also a big card, but at Rajadamnern and it was put on by Onesongchai. In the main event was a highly ranked fight between Kongsak Sitboonme and Yodwicho Por. Boonsit. Yodwicha was coming off a draw with Pakorn Barnpeeumruanpeetong (Sakyothin) but this time he couldn't do enough as Kongsak blasted him with left kicks every time he tried to come in and work his knees. Kongsak was the shorter fighter but his timing and ring smarts were too much for the taller Yodwicha.
Before that fight was a rematch between Pakorn and Mongkolchai Phetsupaphan. I myself thought this would be another win for Pakorn as he defeated Mongkolchai earlier this year, which included him knocking down Mongkolchai with an elbow. Mongkolchai, however, kept his range throughout the fight and was able to consistently pick off Pakorn to get a clear unanimous decision victory.
Also on the card was Jomthong Chuwattana who stepped in at the last minute to fight Panpet Jaotaleythong, and cruised to a unanimous decision win with his sharp boxing and left round kicks. Shingtongnoi Por. Telakun was originally supposed to face Saeksan Or. Kwanmuang but ended up being pitted against Yokvithaya Petseemuan. Yokvithaya put up a fight, and it was heavily contested in the clinch throughout, but ultimately Shingtongnoi got the decision.
Other results from Thursday's card:
Konsak Sitboonme def. Yodwicha Por. Boonsit by decision.
Mongkolchai Phetsupaphan def. Pakorn Barnpeeumruanpeetong by decision.
Singthongnoi Por. Telakun def. Yokvithaya Petseemuan by decision.
Jomthong Chuwattana def. Panpet Jaotaleythong by decision.
Yodthongthai Por. Telakun and PetU-thong Or. Kwanmuang draw.
Saengmanee Tor. Tienpo def. Kusakonnoi Rajanont by decision.
Prajanchai Por Petnamthong def. Densiam Aikbangsai by decision.
Lion Fight 7 is this Saturday, live from the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, and if you were hoping to catch the event but won't be in the Las Vegas area this weekend, don't fret. Lion Fight Promotions will be streaming the event live from their website, LionFightPromotions.com, courtesy of GFL.tv for $14.95. The professional card is jam-packed, headlined by Joe Schilling vs. Eddie Walker at 180 lbs, and featuring two WBC Championship bouts as well as two other great fights. On top of that, there will also be five amateur bouts on the undercard.
The card is as follows;
Main Event (180lbs): Joe Schilling (Los Angeles, CA) vs. Eddie Walker (Atlanta, GA)
Co-Main Event 165 lbs./WBC Superfight: Joe Valtellini (Toronto, Ontario, CANADA) vs. Gregory Choplin (St. Denis, Paris, FRANCE)
122 lbs./WBC International Title: Jeri Sitzes (Springfield, MO) vs. Tiffany Van Soest (San Diego, CA)
135 lbs. Bout: Phanuwat "Coke" Chunhawat (Oakland, CA) vs. Adrian Morilla (San Diego, CA)
118 lbs./WBC National Title: Anthony Castrejon (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Andy Singh (New York, NY)
130 lbs./USMTA title /5x2 rounds: Jason Andrada (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Victor Perez (Van Nuys, CA)
110 lbs./USMTA Title/5x2 rounds: Genesis Bravo (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Miranda Cayabyab (San Jose, CA)
160 lbs./USMTA title /5x2 rounds: Josh Shepard (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Jose Hernandez (Antelope Valley, CA)
147 lbs./USMTA title/5x2 rounds: Chris Lazaro (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Johnny Parsons (Las Vegas, NV)
185 lbs./3x2 rounds: Steve Ault (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Mike Gordon (Las Vegas, NV)
The Caged Muay Thai concept that John Wayne Parr came up with a few months ago for him to get to compete in a cage with MMA gloves on before he hung up his trunks for good. The second Caged Muay Thai show is rapidly-approaching on October 13th and JWP has put out this video to help hype those who can watch it up for the event. This is a video of Pornsane Sitmonchai sparring in the CMT ring wearing MMA gloves.
There's been a lot of weird rumors going on lately about Buakaw fighting Manny Pacquiao and also with Somrak Khamsing calling Buakaw out, speculation of a fight between them was ignited. Obviously, they seemed unlikely to happen in the first place, but now there's really some official confirmation regarding this.
Sport Art Co. Ltd., who also happen to be the organizers of Thai Fight, have all rights regarding the matchmaking of Buakaw until December 31 of this year. Anyone that wants to set up a fight outside of Thai Fight with Buakaw still has to go through Sport Art Co. Ltd. Here's an excerpt explaining the matter:
"In addition, Sport Art Co.'s key policy is for Buakaw to act as an ambassador for muay thai to popularise the sport around the world, as he is well-known internationally. Therefore, Buakaw will fight only against foreign opponents & not Thai opponents. As such, a fight with Somrak Kamsing, the 39-year-old former Olympic gold medalist who recently issued Buakaw a challenge in the news, is impossible. Thai Fight also thinks that it is improper for them to fight, as regardless of whether Buakaw wins or loses, it will be not be good for his image.
As for news reports claiming that Buakaw will fight Manny Pacquiao in a Western-style boxing match on 21 December 2012 in Thailand, Sport Art Co., which has the full power to decide who Buakaw fights until the end of 2012, had never known about this proposed fight before. In any case, Sport Art Co. thinks that the chances of it happening are close to nil. This is because Manny is scheduled to fight with Marquez on 8 December 2012, & Buakaw is required to fight in the final round of Thai Fight 2012 on 16 December 2012. Buakaw will violate the Boxing Act if he takes part in a fight less than 15 days after his previous one." [source]
We're getting pretty accustomed to seeing Buakaw at Thai Fight these days. He won Thai Fight's 70kg tournament last year and has two wins in the promotion this year.
Buakaw will be entering this year's Thai Fight 70kg tournament, and it starts on October 23 in Bangkok, Thailand. Once again, he's fighting an opponent that really is nowhere near his caliber in Mauro Serra of Italy. As per usual with Thai Fight, they're a bit of a joke when it comes to pretty basic stuff like letting people know what the fight card is so this fight is obviously subject to change.
What we do know for sure about the card is that it will be the beginning of the Thai Fight 70kg and 67kg tournaments. Singmanee Kaewsamrit will be featuredas the Thai in the 67kg tournament.
Here's a tentative lineup for the 67kg and 70kg tournaments, although when Thai Fight comes around, don't be surprised if there are a lot of changes.
Lion Fight 7 is coming up this weekend, headlined by Joe Schilling squaring off against Eddie Walker, but on the undercard there is a whole hell of a lot going on as well. One of the bigger fights on the undercard is Jeri Sitzes vs. Tiffany Van Soest for the WBC 122lbs International Championship. Jeff Dojillo of Can't Stop Crazy caught up with Tiffany to get her thoughts on the upcoming fight and she talks about sacrificing her professional career to chase her dream.