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Buakaw To File Grievance with Por Pramuk, Possibly Off Thai Fight Card

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The artist formerly known as Buakaw Por. Pramuk has had a tough time of late, finding himself finally unable to cope with the purported abuse he was facing from his management and training team, he took off. There was speculation as to what had happened to him, if he was in danger or if he was ducking an upcoming fight. He finally broke his silence, detailing the abuses that he faced at his gym, how little he was paid or appreciated and the world saw one of Thailand's national heroes in a new light. With the help of his sponsor, Yokkao, a new gym was being built for him to train at, at least temporarily, and he had his first fight booked under his new name for April 17th in Thai Fight.

Sadly for Buakaw Banchamek, he has some legal hurdles to jump over before he can go ahead with that fight.

The Sports Authority of Thailand has gone on record with the Bangkok Post that Buakaw will need to register his new camp with the SAT before he can fight under the banner. He will also need to file a complaint against Por Pramuk, which will then be investigated by the SAT. [source]

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SLAMM VII Adds "Best of Holland" Matches To May 27 Card

SLAMM VII had already announced their "Holland vs. Thailand" matches a while ago and now they've added some "Best of Holland" match-ups to the card. It's SLAMM's return to the "Holland vs. Thailand" series of Muay Thai events in the Netherlands. This one will be in Almere on May 27.

Most notably, Ismael Londt will be featured. He doesn't have an opponent yet but it will be Londt's second fight of 2012. He was scheduled to fight Dzevad Poturak on March 10, but the fight was cancelled.

Errol Koning will rematch Omar Amrani at -80kg. They fought at the Tatneft Cup in January and Koning was the winner after Amrani broke his nose. Two fighters who have fought for It's Showtime before, Giga Chikadze and Willian Diender will fight at 70kg. Up and comer Miles Simson takes on Matthias Ibssa at -75kg.

As previously announced, the "Holland vs. Thailand match-ups feature Mohamed Khamal vs. Saiyok Pumphanmuang, Ilias El Hajoui vs. Pornsaneh Sitmonchai, Faldir Chahbari vs. Bovy Sor Udomson and Nieky Holzken vs. Nonsai. Full fight card:

Holland vs. Thailand (5x3):

61kg: Ilias El Hajoui vs. Pornsaneh Sitmonchai

70kg: Mohamed Khamal vs. Saiyok Pumphanmuang

70kg: Faldir Chahbari vs. Bovy Sor Udomson

72.5kg: Nieky Holzken vs. Nonsai

Best of Holland (3x3):

57kg: Denise Kielholtz vs. Katerina Svobodova

70kg: Robbie Hageman vs. Ajay Balgobind

70kg: William Diender vs. Giga Chikadze

75kg: Miles Simson vs. Matthias Ibssa

80kg: Errol Koning vs. Omar Amrani

100+kg: Ismael Londt vs. TBA

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John Wayne Parr returns June 23, in a cage with 4oz gloves

John Wayne Parr has had trouble with a hand injury lately that forced him out of his fight with Ky Hollenbeck in February but now he's got a fight scheduled, and it's not what you'd expect.

He'll be fighting K-1 veteran Jordan Tai. The fight will be under full Muay Thai rules, but here's the catch: It'll be in a cage with MMA gloves. It's a bit different than we're used to seeing, although there have been some kickboxing and Muay Thai fights held in a cage before. 

John Wayne Parr is behind the event, called the Boonchu Cup Caged Muay Thai series. Parr is the main event and it looks like some of his Boonchu Gym stablemates will also be on the card, as Flip Street is on the poster to the right of JWP.

Not everyone will be a fan of this, but it's good to see John Wayne Parr fighting again. He had said he was going to retire after 2011 but that isn't the case and it seems he'll keep going until he feels like retiring. He's also a bit of a promoter so you can also look forward to him putting on events in the future.

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Photo of the Day: SLAMM Holland vs. Thailand VII Poster

SLAMM is finally back with their Holland vs. Thailand series on May 27 in Almere. Among the match-ups on this great return card are Mohamed Khamal vs. Saiyok Pumphanmuang, Nieky Holzken vs. Nonsai and Pornsaneh Sitmonchai vs. Ilias El Hajoui. Today SLAMM released the official poster for the event that is about two months away with all the main attractions front and center.

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Inside the Fight: USA vs. Thailand Episode 4

Filmmaker and Photographer Jeff Dojillo has created a great series in this "Inside the Fight: USA vs. Thailand" documentary that he has worked on over the past few months, chronicling some of America's best Muay Thai fighters as they were set to take on fighters from Thailand. It is a rather unique look into the lives of these underrated athletes who might not get the due they deserve here in the states. The last episode takes a look at Joe Schilling preparing for his fight with Kaoklai. Go ahead and enjoy.

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Take a Closer Look at TaKe On and MSG Sports' Muay Thai at the Mecca

This weekend we saw American Muay Thai reach new heights by selling out the Theater at MSG with a great crowd of 3,203 while putting on a solid card top-to-bottom. If you are a fan of combat sports, it was hard not to enjoy the event. KahL-One put together this awesome look at the event, so check it out.

Muay Thai At The Mecca- Madison Square Garden from Kahleem Poole-Tejada (KahL-One) on Vimeo.

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TaKe-On Productions' Muay Thai at the Mecca Thoughts From Press Row

I had always wanted to be into kickboxing.

I liked K-1.  As I got into K-1 via tape trading years ago, I found myself seeking out ISK/AK-1 USA shows on ESPN(2).  The first fight I saw on ESPN was a semi-famous corker between Kit Cope and the late Alex Gong, which got me even more excited about following this sport.

I tried to catch the shows whenever they were on and record the ones that aired at odd hours.  Soon, I noticed a pattern:

Most of the fights weren't really any good.  Cope vs Gong was an aberration and American-style kickboxing, at least in its most visible form, tended to suck, K-1 branding be damned.

There wasn't a huge selection of K-1 in the communities where I traded tapes and teenaged me didn't really want to spend much to buy them, so I mostly gave up and stuck with MMA.  Nowadays, netween now being older(/having more money that I could buy used K-1 DVDs with at Japanese book stores) and changes in technology, I started to follow things a little bit more.

When I heard about about TaKe-On Muay Thai, I got very interested.  Actual Muay Thai!  In New York City!  How could I pass it up?

And so, Saturday night, I heading to The Theater at Madison Square Garden (formerly the Felt Forum & the Paramount Theater, a "proscenium" (traditional/not in the round) theater in the same building as the main arena that has hosted a number of fight cards in the past.   The setting made it TaKe-On's biggest event to date, with 3,203 passionate fans packing the place.

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Thai Fight's First 2012 Event: Buakaw Returns

In 2011, Thai Fight got their name out in a big way, using wold renowned Muay Thai fighters like Kem Sitsongpeenong, Buakaw Por. Pramuk, Yodsaenklai Fairtex and many more. They ended 2011 with the finals of two tournaments, one at 67kg and one at 70kg, and generated a lot of buzz. 

Thai Fight is coming back on April 7, this time from Pattaya, Thailand at Bali Hai Cape. As usual, they've brought out the Thai stars for this card. Buakaw, yes Buakaw, Kem Sitsongpeenong and Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee all grace the card. What's interesting is that Buakaw is going under the alias of "Buakaw Banchamek Gym," according to k1rules.com who put the fight card out. Banchamek Gym would be the name of the gym that him and Yokkao just built in his home of Surin.

Buakaw's opponent is from France, Mickael Cornubet. I don't know much about him other than that he was KO'd by Mickael Piscitello in 2011 so this shouldn't be a very tough fight for Buakaw.

Saiyok Pumphanmuang will take a fight before his big SLAMM!! fight against Mohammed Khamal. He fights Rustem Zaripov of Russia. Kem Sitsongpeenong, the winner of Thai Fight's 67kg tournament last year, faces Tarek (That's the only name given.). Sudsakorn fights Superbon Lookjaomawaree, who is ranked #3 at Lumpinee Stadium in the 140lb division.

Don't be surprised at all if the card changes and half of these fights end up not going through. This may be the planned card but a lot of things might get in the way.

74kg: Bernueng Topking Boxing (Thailand) vs Youssef Boughanem (Belgium)

70kg: Saiyok Pumpanmuang (Thailand) VS Rustem Zaripov (Russia)

70kg: Khem Sitsongpeenong (Thailand) VS Tarek (Morocco)

67kg: Sudsakorn Sor. Klinmee (Thailand) VS Superbon Lukjaomawaree (Thailand)

70kg: Buakaw Banchamek Gym (Thailand) VS Mickael Cornubet (France)

68kg: Roongroj Phechrungrueang (Thailand) VS TBA

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Photos: Buakaw And Yokkao Build Gym

With Buakaw's recent situation of fleeing his camp, Por. Pramuk gym for the time being, he's building his own temporary gym with the help of Yokkao. It amy not look like much, but Yokkao is helping to get Buakaw back on track after his recent struggles. They've brought heavy bags and the like along with having set up a nice Yokkao ring. Check out the photos and if you want to see more, click "Read More."

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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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