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Saenchai vs. Damien Alamos Tomorrow At Best Of Siam 2

Tomorrow in Paris, France, the second edition of Best of Siam takes place, and it's headlined by a huge fight between Saenchai and Damien Alamos. Along with the main event, there are some other great match-ups on the card as well.

Saenchai is renowned by many, including myself, as the best Muay Thai fighter in the world, fighting all over the place in weight, defeating the best opponents, and much larger opponents. Tomorrow, he'll again be against a larger opponent, as Damien Alamos is the Lumpinee champion at light welterweight. Saenchai comes off a big win against Pakorn in Scotland, and before that he avenged a loss to Singdam Kiatmoo9 in October. Alamos actually lost his last fight, to Diesellek Aoodonmuang last month. Nonetheless, it's still a huge fight with two big names and two great fighters.

Yetkin Ozkul will return to the ring just under two weeks after losing to Masaaki Noiri and he'll fight Saksongkram Poptheeratham. Saksongkram is coming down in weight for the fight, which takes place at 61kg. It'll be a very tough fight for Ozkul against a bigger Thai opponent.

Farid Villaume will also return, but after not having fought for two years. He faces Antuan Siangboxing, aka Antoine Pinto. Villaume is 37 years old and a French legend, while Antuan is just 21, although he already has 141 fights to his name.

Some more Thai vs. French match-ups are also on the card, with French up and comer Bobo Sacko fighting Petasawin Seatransferry at 67kg. Sacko comes off his first career loss to Aziz Hlali, last month. At 70kg, Dejrit Poptheeratham fights Hicham Chaibi.

63kg: Saenchai PKSaenchaiMuayThaiGym vs. Damien Alamos

61kg: Yetkin Ozkul vs. Saksongkram Poptheeratham

70kg: Farid Villaume vs. Antuan Siangboxing

67kg: Bobo Sacko vs. Petasawin Seatransferry

70kg: Dejrit Poptheeratham vs. Hicham Chaibi

72kg: Wendy Annonay vs. Raphael Llodra

67kg: Fabrice Dellanon vs. Baghdad Kharbouchi

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Dzhabar Askerov, Alex Harris Win At Rumble Of The Kings

Rumble of the Kings' annual event took place yesterday in Linkoping, Sweden, with a few notable match-ups.

In the main event, Alex Tobiasson Harris rebounded from his loss to Nieky Holzken at the GLORY First 16 in Stockholm on May 26, with a stoppage win over Madsua. The first round saw Harris get dumped to the canvas repeatedly from the clinch. After the first round, the fight was all Harris, who dropped Madsua numerous times until finally in the third round, a knee to the head sealed the deal and got Harris a KO win. Madsua just couldn't take what Haris was dishing out.

Right before the main event, Dzhabar Askerov made a quick return to the ring after losing to Warren Stevelmans at GLORY 3 Rome on November 3. He took on fellow GLORY First 16 competitor Mohammed El Mir. Askerov was clearly superior over the course of the entire fight, bullying El Mir around the ring and landed big power shots to the head, body and legs. In the third round, El Mir got injured off a checked low kick, securing a TKO win for Askerov.

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Saenchai Beats Pakorn In Scotland

Yesterday in Glasgow, Scotland, a rare occurence of two Thais fighting outside of Thailand happened, as Saenchai PKSaenchaiMuayThaiGym faced Pakorn Baanpiaoom.

From all accounts, they definitely showed up to fight. Many fans in attendance raved about the fight. Saenchai won a decision, but it wasn't easy for him, leaving with a bloody nose. Video should be up soon and we'll be sure to post it.

Next for Saenchai is another big fight outside of Thailand, with Lumpinee light welterweight champion Damien Alamos in Paris, France at Best of Siam on November 22. On December 9, Saenchai will also face Liam Harrisonfor the third time in, Macau. Pakorn was coming off a loss to Mongkolchai Phetsupaphan last month.

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Lidon, Piscitello, and Salvador Headline A1 WCC on November 20

A1 has recently announced the line-up for their A1 WCC show on November 20th.

There are some big names scheduled to compete, including Yohan Lidon, Michael Piscitello, and Dylan Salvador. Notably absent is Fabio Pinca, who was originally scheduled to compete. 

In the main event, Yohan Lidon is looking to rebound from a loss to Aegpracha against Corrando Zanchi. Zanchi has gone the distance against guys like Kaoponlek and Alessandro Campagna, so he has enough experience to make the bout interesting.

Also on the card, Michael Piscitello takes on Yazid Boussaha. Piscitello is the other widely recognized name at the event, with his most recent win coming over a highly ranked Sudsakorn in September. His opponent, Boussaha, is trying to bounce back from a loss earlier in the year at Explosion Fight Night 5.

The two fights I'm most interested in are Dylan Salvador vs. Romdhane Hafed, and Amine Kacem vs. Lucien Gross. Salvador gained a lot of exposure with his massive upset over Saiyok not long ago, although the hype lost some steam when it was revealed that an injury forced Saiyok out of the fight, not a KO. Salvador will be looking to keep the train going against Hafed and establish himself as a name in the weight class. Kacem is a very promising up-and-comer on the French circuits with wins over Albert Chey and Montier Gaylord. It will be interesting to see how they do, and these fights wll let us know if they can hang with the big names in France.

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Yohan Lidon vs Corrado Zanchi

Mickael Piscitello vs Yazid Boussaha

Yuksel Ayadin vs Massinissa Hamaili

Dylan Salvador vs Romdhane Hafed

Issam ReguiI vs Kader el Kaaouchi

Chris Boussoukou vs Rachid Magmadi

Amine Kacem vs Lucien Gross

Samir Lotfi vs Raffaëlli Rosso


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Muay Thai Combat Mania 2012, December 30: Kem Sitsongpeenong vs. Yodsanklai Fairtex

For the past few months there's been word of Kem Sitsongpeenong and Yodsanklai Fairtex fighting on December 30 in Pattaya, Thailand, and just now we've gotten full details of the fight and the event.

Muay Thai Combat, ran by Stefania Picelli and Yokkao will host the event, titled Muay Thai Combat Mania Pattaya. The event will be streamed live on yokkao.com and muaythaicombat.com.

Yodsanklai Fairtex was for a long time one of the most world-renowned Thais fighting internationally and Kem has become one of those Thais over the past few years. For a long time, this fight seemed like it wouldn't happen because of weight but both fighters agreed on 71kg with same day weigh-ins.

Kem and Yod used to be stablemates at Fairtex, and a few years ago, many would've taken Yod to win without a second thought. Things have changed a lot over the past few years with seemingly slowing down, especially this year and last year. Both fighters are 27 years old.

You can read the full press release from Muay Thai Combat here.

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Press Release: TaKe-On Gives Back to the Community

The following is from TaKe-On Productions in NYC.

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PRESS RELEASE – OFFICIAL STATEMENT RE: HURRICANE SANDY AND MTATM2
November 5, 2012 New York,NY: As the Northeast recovers from the devastation left behind by Hurricane Sandy, TaKe-On Productions will use the November 10thMuay Thai at the Mecca 2 event as a way to help those affected by the storm.
“This is our opportunity to step up! We can use Muay Thai as a way to unite the efforts of our fans, and do what we can to help the people who need assistance the most” stated TaKe-On Productions CEO Mike Gasparski earlier today.

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Saenchai vs. Diesellek Aoodonmuang At Yokkao Extreme 2013, January 26

Yokkao is holding their now annual Yokkao Extreme event on January 26 in Milan, Italy, and it's headlined by Andy Souwer vs. Dzhabar Askerov. So far, that was the only fight we knew, but today they announced a new one.

Saenchai PKSaenchaiMuayThaiGym (far right) will fight Diesellek Aoodonmuang (far left) in an awesome match-up. Many fans had asked Yokkao to match two Thais up or match Saenchai with a Thai, as we rarely get to see Thai vs. Thai in HD and with multiple camera angles. Yokkao listened to the fans here and as a result, we have an awesome fight. Another great thing about this fight is that it will be five rounds.

Saenchai is probably considered the best Muay Thai fighter in the world, fighting and beating the best in numerous weight classes. Diesellek is on the come up and has been on fire this year, coming off a dominant performance over Damien Alamos last month. Diesellek has a very exciting, crowd pleasing style and will definitely try and give Saenchai a fight.

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New Muay Thai in America Promo Video

MTIAMuay Thai is still a growing sport here in the US, but it is picking up steam like some sort of counterculture movement to clash against the "I trane UFC" movement. I get it, I really do, especially after training in Kickboxing and Muay Thai for a number of years when compared to my time training at MMA gyms in New England. MMA gyms meant training with bouncers and guys who were looking to feel justified in their TapouT shirts, while Muay Thai was kind of a nerd's refuge in a lot of ways, of the people who were more thinkers than they were deranged sociopaths. No, I'm not saying that all people who do MMA are sociopaths, just that in 2002 in New England, you try training at a MMA gym.

Anyway, on December 1st, Atma'Sphere Entertainment is presenting Muay Thai in America: In Honor of the King on PPV. The event features a pretty impressive list of names on the card so far (check for yourself here) and will be presented on American PPV (DirecTV and iN DEMAND) for $34.99 for HD or yes, even 3D. Yes, it will be filmed and presented in 3D for those of you who actually decided to plonk down a healthy chunk of change on a 3D TV to watch Avatar and, well, Avatar.

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Yusuke Sugawara vs Kaew Fairtex Headlines M-1 Sutt Yod Muay Thai vol.4 on 11/11

In just under 2 weeks, M-1 Muay Thai will be putting on Sutt Yod Muay Thai vol.4, a 2 part show featuring a pair of WPMF Women’s World title fights, a WPMF Japan title fight and other top Japanese fighters like J-Network Super Flyweight champion Yuki, Shunsuke Oishi, Kousuman and J-Girls Flyweight champ Tomoko SP.

In the main event of part 2, former Lumpinee Stadium Featherweight champion Kaew Fairtex takes on J-Network Super Lightweight champion Yusuke Sugawara at 65kg. Although Kaew is no longer at the top of his game, he found success earlier this year, winning the Legend of Heroes 65kg 8-man tournament in Beijing, with wins over Taito, Wei Liu and, in the finals, Yodsanklai. He followed that up with a win in M-1 in September, knocking out Kousuman in the 4th round. Sugawara has been on the verge of breaking through to the upper echelon of the Lightweight/Super Lightweight divisions for the past two years, but he has been unable to put together a string of wins against top competition. He is 3-2 in 2012, starting the year with a win in Shootboxing, but losing 2 straight to MA Kick champ Mohan Dragon and Yukihiro Komiya in RISE before bouncing back with a win over Shohei Asahara. His most recent fight was a win over MMA fighter Kensaku Nakamura in Shootboxing.

The co-main event is a fight for the vacant WPMF Japan Cruiserweight title between #2 ranked Naoki Samukawa and SHOHEI. Samukawa has fought mostly in MMA this past year, but is still primarily a kickboxer and is 5-0-1 in his last 6 fights and has only lost twice since a loss to Chi Bin Lim in February of 2007. SHOHEI had won 2 in a row before losing to Yodsanklai in September.

At 63.5kg, WPMF Japan #1 ranked Super Lightweight Shunsuke Oishi fights Buakaw Weerasakreck. Oishi (14-11-3, 10 KO) is 2-2 in his last 4, scoring stoppages of Yuto Watanabe and Yuki Yamamoto while losing to Saenchai and most recently Hidekazu Tanaka in a fight for the WPMF Japan Super Lightweight title. Buakaw (39-18-5, 5 KO) is 3-1 on the year, with wins over Hayato Hatekayama, Yusaku Fujikura and the aforementioned Tanaka, losing in his most recent fight to WPMF Japan Welterweight champion T-98. With Oishi being ranked #1 and Buakaw holding a recent win over Tanaka, I suspect the winner of this fight will face Tanaka for the title.

Also on part 2 of the card is a 67kg fight between Kousuman and Shinya Hikafuji, as well as a 53.5kg fight between J-Network Super Flyweight champ Yuki and J-Network #1 ranked Bantamweight Kenta.

Part 1 of the card focuses primarily on the female divisions, as this portion is headlined by a WPMF Women’s World Featherweight title fight between reigning champ Sawsing Sor. Sopis and NJKF Bonita Boxeo Featherweight champ AZUMA. This fight is a rematch from March 25th at Sutt Yod Muay Thai vol.1, which Sawsing won via cut in the 4th round to win this title. Since that fight, AZUMA is 3-0, defending her NJKF title in April.

In the co-main event, WPMF Women’s World Pinweight champion Chiharu looks to defend her title against former WPMF Women’s World Mini Flyweight champion Little Tiger. This will mark the 3rd time that these two have fought, with Chiharu winning both fights, the first in 2007 and the second in 2011, which won Chiharu this title. Since their second fight, Chiharu is 0-1-1, fighting Fir both times and drawing her in a 5 round fight, but losing a 3 round decision. Little Tiger is 5-0 since then, picking up a win over Fir, defending her WPMF Japan Atomweight title against Nao Iida, and winning the WPMF Women’s World Mini Flyweight title against Thicher Kor. Adison in June, but vacating it for a third fight against Chiharu.

Also scheduled to fight on the card is J-Girls Flyweight champion Tomoko SP, though she does not have an opponent as of now.

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Muay Thai at the Mecca 2: Washington vs. Lindsay

The full line-up for Muay Thai at the Mecca 2 has been released by Take-On Productions, and it's set to be one of the biggest North American Muay Thai cards of the year.

That's no surprise, of course, considering the first Muay Thai at the Mecca was the largest full-Thai rules event ever put on in the state of New York. This year, the card takes place on November 10th at the Theater at Madison Sqaure Garden, New York, and features 14 solid fights topped off with Cryus Washington taking on Chike Lindsay in the main event.

The winner of the Washington/Lindsay fight is set to compete on the Yokkao Extreme 2013 card next January, so there's a lot on the line for both guys. Fighting on what will undoubtedly be one of the biggest Muay Thai shows of 2013 is a major accomplishment in and of itself, and could serve as a platform into future stardom.

Washington is coming off two back-to-back losses, one to Nieky Holzken who most recently scored a KO victory over Murat Direkci in Glory 2 Brussels, and the other to fellow American Ky Hollenbeck, who is competing against Giorgio Petrosyan in the Glory MAX tournament next weekend. Needless to say, Washington doesn't take easy fights. He's been off the radar for a few months training MMA fighters, so it'll be interesting to see how he'll do against a hungry Chike Lindsay who's looking to make an international name for himself.

Atlanta-based Chike Lindsay defeated Malaipet for the WBC strap back in August of last year, and beat him for the second time at Bangkok Fight Night in June. Nicknamed "Vicious Croc," Lindsay is undoubtedly one of the more well known American Thaiboxers, but still hasn't quite reached the same level of stardom as Kevin Ross, Joe Schilling, or Cyrus Washington.

The card also features a rematch between Ryan Madigan, who briefly fought in the UFC and competed on the first Muay at the Mecca card, and Tarek Rached. The original fight ended in a TKO victory for Rached after Madigan injured his knee halfway through the match.

The card will be streaming on gfl.tv for $15 on November 10 at 7 PM ET.

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