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Weekend Results: Kickboxing Empire in Las Vegas

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Kickboxing Empire

This weekend in Las Vegas Kickboxing Empire made their return, promoting an event in the Axis Theater in Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. The event saw multiple IKA Championships on the line, including the IKA World Heavyweight Championship in the main event between Luis Tavares and Hicham Achalhi. The co-main event saw a rematch between Hzianis Hancharonak and Sergiano Cairo, who have had a fabled feud over the years now. Full results are below;

  • IKA World Heavyweight Championship: Luis Tavares (R5 - Split Dec.) Hicham Achalhi
  • Dzianis Hancharonak (R5 - Draw) Sergiano Cairo
  • IKA Intercontinental Light Cruiserweight Championship: Pavel Turuk (R5 - Unanimous Decision) Shawn Yarborough
  • Vital Hurkov (R3 - TKO) Jaseem Al Djilwi
  • Colleen Schneider (R4 - Majority Decision) Jennie Nedell
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Steven Wright: I Know That Cyborg Lost, But Jorina Won!

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Jorina

When I think about my prediction of Jorina (pronounced Yorina as the J's are pronounced like Y's in Holland) over Cyborg, I didn't even have to mull it over long. In truth, I don't even think I picked an upset. Jorina Baars is way better than Chris Cyborg in Muay Thai and kickboxing. Jorina Baars has beaten far better fighters than Cris Cyborg. Jorina throws solid combinations, lands flush low kicks, moves extremely well, has awesome timing on her teeps and step up knees, and most importantly for someone fighting Cyborg, Jorina is big for the weight class. She is 5'11 and has fought over 150 pounds before. So this means that a clinch and pressure game is tough to do on her, even though Jorina isn't particularly strong in the clinch for a tall fighter. The only thing Cyborg had going for her was aggression. Some thought power would be an obstacle, but Jorina has been hit harder by other fighters, including one that used to be a guy. Not to mention, the gauntlet of training in Holland. Cyborg's only chance was to make the fight ugly, throwing Jorina on the ground and landing wild shots. She was only able to do this in spots, and was beaten throughout the five round fight. Yet I couldn't help but be bothered by the fact that on the strength of her name and history in MMA, people thought that she would be able to just show up and dominate in Muay Thai. This is the lost narrative of a fight that people only see value in discussing the loser, not the winner.

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TaKe-On Productions Battle at Ballys II to Air on Comcast SportsNet

  • Published in Muay Thai

TaKe-On Productions is probably the promotion in the US that has their stuff together better than most could ever dream of in the realm of Muay Thai and Kickboxing. They continue to forge ahead and lead the pack with their upcoming event, Battle at Ballys II on August 11th as it will air on Comcast Sports Network in New Jersey and Pennsylvania on October 13th from 8pm - 10pm to a market of over 4.4 million viewers. That means that Muay Thai will be airing in primetime if you are in the area, which is huge.

If you want to watch the event live, as always, you are invited to head over to GFL.tv and purchase the event for $14.99 which begins at 6pm and will air the entire event. As someone who has witnessed past TaKe-On events, I highly recommend catching them as the matchmaking and production are superb. You are in for a good night of fights in the hands of TaKe-On Productions and MSG Sports.

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Chokprecha Kor Sakooncher vs Werachai Wor Wiwatananont 2011

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Brent (Cacti) posted not too long ago a list of top fighters in Thailand. Some names have been mainstays of top level Muay Thai for years (or, in the case of Saenchai, decades). Some are new.

Chokprecha Kor Sakooncher is one of the new ones. His name was building slowly as a knockout artist before he challenged for the title. Since beating Neungthep this year for the 115 lb Lumpini Strap, he’s been attracting a lot more attention.

This bout with Werachai is a good showcase of Chokprecha’s style and a stylistic treat to watch. Their games play right into each other.

Werachai takes a lot of risks when he fights, relying on skill and being more relaxed than his opponents. Remind us of anyone we’ve seen? Distance is his best defense and the movement it generates makes for exciting bouts.

Chokprecha wears red in this bout, Werachai blue. Banana821, a legend, posts this fight for us.

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Bad Company is the UK's Official Yokkao Training Center

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Yokkao

If you know Muay Thai and Kickboxing in the UK then you've heard of the Bad Company Gym. Bad Company is home to fighters like Liam Harrison and Jordan Watson, both fighters who compete for Yokkao and have made names for themselves all across the globe. Richard Smith, the founder and head trainer, has come to a deal with Yokkao for Bad Company to become the official Yokkao Training Center in the UK, with the gym being fully outfitted in Yokkao gear!

For those looking to purchase Yokkao gear in the UK you can do so thanks to a new deal between Stefania Picelli and Jack Bolam at www.thaiboxingstore.co.uk.

Of course, this focus on the UK has to do with the upcoming Yokkao 8 card, which happens on March 8th in the UK! Tickets are still available at Yokkao's website and here is a look at the card.

 

  • Liam Harrison vs Houcine Bennoui (65kg)
  • Pakorn PK MuayThaiGym vs Greg Wootton (63.5kg)
  • Dean James vs Rungravee Sasiprapa (57kg)
  • Panicos Yusuf vs Rittuak Kaewsamrit (60,5kg)
  • Tim Thomas vs Reece Mcallister (67kg)
  • Soloman Wickstead vs Nathan Epps (72kg)
  • Dan McGowan vs Jordan Coe (54kg)
  • Steven Long vs Josh Turbill (68kg)
  • Wayne Fidhre vs Brad Stanton (66kg)
  • ---UNDERCARD---
  • Mike Egan vs Pindi Singh Madahar (69kg)
  • Chris Whittle vs Daniel Crompton (61kg)
  • Johnny Miller vs Didzis Musulis (77kg)
  • Laura Baugh vs Jacqui Bogart (55kg)
  • Joe Craven vs Jordan Williams (62kg)

 

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Fighters Make Weight for Lion Fight 14

  • Published in Muay Thai

Lion Fight

Tomorrow night in Las Vegas on AXS TV Lion Fight 14 will be coming at you live. This means some of the best muay thai action to happen stateside on live television yet again, featuring an awesome, awesome main event between Gregory Choplin and Marco Pique. The co-main event is Cris Justino vs. Jorina Baars for the Lion Fight Women's Welterweight Championship and the rest of the card is just full of awesomeness as well. You won't want to miss this starting at 10pm Eastern time.

  • LION FIGHT 14 MAIN EVENT:
  • Gregory Choplin (164 lbs.) vs. Marco Pique (162 lbs.) - Super Middleweight division
  • CO-MAIN EVENT WELTERWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT:
  • Cris “Cyborg” Justino (145 lbs.) vs. Jorina Baars (144 lbs.) – Welterweight division
  • FEATURE FIGHT:
  • Malaipet (143 lbs.) vs. Shane Oblonsky (145 lbs.) – Welterweight division
  • Eddie Abasolo (154 lbs.) vs. Jonathon Wyderko (153 lbs.) – Middleweight division
  • Anthony Castrejon (123 lbs.) vs. Victor Saravia (121 lbs.) – Featherweight division
  • Gaston Bolanos (142.5 lbs) vs. Brian Del Rosario (142.5 lbs.) – Welterweight division

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Free Fight: Davit Kiria vs. Andy Ristie From GLORY 14

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GLORY

Oh man. This weekend GLORY unlocked the entire GLORY 14 event on their website, GloryWorldSeries.com for your viewing pleasure. But if that is too much of a hurdle for you and you have not seen Davit Kiria vs. Andy Ristie for the GLORY Lightweight Championship then you are in for a treat. You can just sit back and watch it here, on LiverKick, thanks to GLORY for uploading it to their YouTube channel. See, they really want you to see this fight and you really should want to see this fight.

Watch it in all of its glory here.

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Lion Fight 16 Highlights

  • Published in Muay Thai

Last night on AXS TV Lion Fight 16 went down, where Kevin Ross took home the Lion Fight Super Lightweight World Championship as well as Tiffany Van Soest picking up a big win. AXS TV has released a highlight reel from last night's event featuring Michael Schiavello and Pat Miletich. 

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FundAFighter Launches Campaign For Muay Thai Trainer Peter Sisomphou

  • Published in Muay Thai

Legendary Muay Thai trainer Peter Sisomphou has worked with countless top names in the world of martial arts over the years, including Firas Zahabi, David Loiseau, Ivan Menjivar and more. He's been a name within the world of martial arts for a very long time now and recently had to undergo a quadruple bypass surgery, which has a very long road to recovery. For a guy like Sisomphou, being in the gym and training fighters is how he makes his living and right now he is unable to do that.

FundAFighter has launched a campaign to raise money for Sisomphou while he is recovering to help to pay for his bills while he waits to get back into the gym and working again. Remember, the world of martial arts is not one that includes 401ks, sick pay and other luxuries found in desk jobs. So head over to FundAFighter to read more about Masta Peter Sisomphou and how you can help. 

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Eddie Martinez Interview Pre-Yokkao 6

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Yokkao

This upcoming Friday in Pattaya, Yokkao will be holding their first event of the new year in the way of their sixth numbered event, Yokkao 6. Yokkao 6 has a pretty stacked lineup coming to you including Eddie Martinez from Sitan Gym vs. Sinsamut Sor. Klinmee. To prepare for the fight Martinez has been putting in the time training at the Sitsongpeenong Yokkao Training Center where Yokkao promoter Stefania Picelli sat down with him to get his thoughts on his upcoming bout.

Muay Thai Combat Mania #Yokkao6 will take place in Pattaya at Pattaya World Boxing Stadium, Friday January 3rd 2014 feat, Sittichai Sitsongpeenong vs Wanchalerm Uddonmuang, Thongchai Sitsongpeenong vs Toby Smith, Apidej Sitsongpeenong vs Yacine Darkrim , Mathias Gallo Cassarino, Ekapop Sor Klinmee, Sinsamut Sor Klinmee vs Eddie Martinez, Imwiset Pornnarai and many others...more info and tickets at http://www.facebook.com/yokkaoboxing http://www.yokkao.com.

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