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Malaipet Dominates at Lion Fight 17, Shows Power Still Left In Body Kicks, Right Hands

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Heading to the ring for his main event rematch with Justin Greskiewicz at Lion Fight 17 Friday night, Malaipet Sasiprapa, the decision winner of the first encounter, strode easily and confidently. There was one thing for me to wonder coming in, if he was going to knock him out this time. I am not always clear on expectations.

Perhaps it was obvious.

Malaipet didn’t knock him out, though. He came close, for damn sure. A right hand landed in the first round that crumpled Greskiewicz. The punch did its part. Greskiewicz did not. He got up.

Then the body kicks worked themselves in.

The stakes for the fight were dramatized by “the Voice” Michael Schiavello who relayed Malaipet’s comments that following two consecutive losses if he lost three he would complete the final obligation on his Lion Fight contract and retire.

He won. Number 145.

The conversation then is not about retirement. Thank god! I don’t want to write that shit. The conversation isn’t about title contention, either.

He didn’t have much for Pinca past the second round. Kevin Ross paved over him, even in the earlier rounds when he wasn’t just backing up.

The conversation is about Malaipet, about those punishing kicks, about those right hands that can still put fighters down.

He looked good Friday night. There are still a lot of guys he can beat.

Upper level-elite fighters will put him on his back foot and work his defense. That was true years ago.

Come forward, leave space under your elbows and Greskiewicz did, Malaipet will open shop.

The Victor Saravia-Andy Singh was the high watermark of Lion Fight 17, though the Rami Ibrahim-Carlos Lopez and Cyrus Washington-Brett Hlavacek bouts were entertaining. Pedro Gonzalez could continue to win as long as his opponents don’t even try to counter him up the middle.

Saravia can be a contender.

Malaipet was a contender. Now it’s fun to just watch what he has left.

Sometimes it looks like a lot. 

 

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Muay Thai Combat Cagliari Opens, Exclusive Yokkao Retailer

  • Published in Muay Thai

Yokkao

Through a new video posted on YouTube, Yokkao has announced that Stefania Picelli has opened up a new Muay Thai Combat shop, this time Muay Thai Combat Cagliari in Cagliari, Italy. The shop will be home to Yokkao gear for the area and one of the hubs for Yokkao gear in Europe, as Muay Thai Combat is the exclusive retailer for Yokkao gear throughout Europe. Muay Thai Combat currently has shops in Cagliari, San Marino, Milan and Taranto with offices and distributors in Paris, San Francisco and Sao Paulo as well, helping to make Yokkao one of the biggest brands for muay thai gear in the world right now.

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It's Showtime Athens Results

  • Published in Europe

It's Showtime Athens (44)

Dec. 11, 2010

Athens, Greece

Peace and Friendship Stadium

 

1. Thanasis Michaloudis (R1 - KO) Gianis Balasis

2. Giorgos Kounopidis (R2 - KO) Alexis Siros

3. Alexandros Chatzichronoglou (R3 - TKO/Cut) Vasilis Karagiannidas

4. Meletis Kakoubavas (R3 - KO/High Kick) Nikos Papadimitriou

5. Wendell Roche (R3 - Majority Dec.) Andonis Tzoros

6. Nenad Pagonis (R3 - Unanimous Dec.) Rustemi Kreshnik

7. Chahid Oulad El Hadj (R3 - Majority Dec.) Rafal Dudek

8. Yavuz Kayabasi (R3 - Majority Dec.) Gago Drago

9. It's Showtime 61MAX World Title: Sergio Wielzen (R3 - TKO/Stoppage) Masahiro Yamamoto

10. Tomas Hron (R3 - Majority Dec.) Alexey Ignashov

11. Andy Souwer (R3 - Unanimous Dec.) Pajonsuk

12. It's Showtime 70MAX World Title: Chris Ngimbi (R5 - Unanimous Dec.) Murat Direcki

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WLF Results: Giorgio Petrosyan Gets Things Done

  • Published in Asia

Wu Lin Feng returned with a big night of fights, headlined by the Doctor himself, Giorgio Petrosyan, against Jiao Fukai. Petrosyan fought against what seemed like immeasurable odds in China only to knock Jiao Fukai out in the second round. This is a rare knockout from Petrosyan and it's clear that he's still working up to the level that he was before the Ristie knockout. Is Petrosyan's full confidence back now? If so, look out. 

There was a big 67kg tournament that took place featuring eight men that saw Andrei Kulebin look great, but only to be bested by china's Qiu Jiangliang. Jiangliang is perhaps one of the best prospects out of China over the past few years, but of course, 67kg isn't exactly a normal weight class that you'll find in most kickboxing promotions at the moment, so he'd either need to move to 65kg or 70kg to fight some of the best in the world in either weight class.

67kg Tournament: Andrei Kulebin (Ext.R - Decision) Jie Feng

67kg Tournament: Qiu Jiangliang (R3 - Decision) Nathan Robson

67kg Tournament: Lu Jianbo (R2 - KO) Melsik Bagdasarayan

67kg Tournament: Xie Lei (R3 - Decision) Uma

Jomthong Chuwattana (R1 - KO) Zeqi Deng

Yang Zhuo (R1 - KO) Craig Dickson

Yi Long (R3 - Decision) Seyedisa Alamdarnezam

Wei Rui (R3 - Decision) Pakorn PK Saenchaimuaythaigym

67kg Tournament Semi-Final: Andrei Kulebin (R3 - Decision) Xie Lei

67kg Tournament Semi-Final: Qiu Jianglian (R1 - KO) Lu Jianbo

Wang Honxiang (R3 - Decision) King

Fang Bian (Ext.R - Decision) Cedric Doumbe

67kg Tournament Final: Qiu Jiangliang (R1 - KO) Andrei Kulebin

Giorgio Petrosyan (R2 - TKO) Jiao Fukai

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Yasuhiro Kido: "I Received Fight Money From K-1 Global"

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KidoThe rumor mill has been turning about K-1 Global in the past few days, and instead of the rumors coming from upset fighters and managers like it was in the past, this time it was from some of the more powerful titans of the world of kickboxing. K-1 Global forged a partnership with It's Showtime's Simon Rutz, with Rutz and It's Showtime's team helping to promote, produce and essentially handle the entire event in Madrid. According to Rutz, K-1 Global has neglected to pay for the event or the fighters, which has led to a historic event of Glory Sports International and It's Showtime coming to an agreement, with It's Showtime being purchased by GSI and becoming a part of the Glory family.

It appears that this could just be attributed to fighters associated with Simon Rutz and It's Showtime, although we have yet to hear much yet. Yasuhiro Kido aparently spoke out about his situation on his twitter, and he says that he was paid.

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Rick Roufus and Doug Kaplan Talk K-1 in LA

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K-1

Our good friend Camaro Kev runs a pretty awesome podcast and holds on to his roots as a Kickboxing fan for dear life while still covering MMA, which we are always pleased to see. This week on his show, named Kicking in Zubaz, he spoke with K-1's Chief Operating Officer Doug Kaplan as well as rumored K-1 in Los Angeles fighter Rick "The Jet" Roufus. Overall some interesting tidbits came out from this.

Roufus confirmed his participation on the show, discussing working with Doug Kaplan and Maurice Travis for the LA show. He signed a multi-fight contract that extends into January, which would seem to cover him for this year's World Grand Prix season if he were to move on to the Final 16. There was also a moment where Rick seemingly discovered (or re-discovered) that visiting LiverKick.com is a good idea. The next interview was with Doug Kaplan, and it appears that firstly, the Miami show is still not definite for a location for the Final 16. On the Los Angeles show front, it appears that a proper tournament is not in order, but instead, qualifications for the Final 16. We've heard before that four Heavyweights will move on, which means to expect four Heavyweight fights with Final 16 implications.

Listen to the show here.

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VIDEO: Let's Relive Ross vs. Yamato in Anticipation for Lion Fight 21

  • Published in Muay Thai

Next Friday evening on AXS TV we'll get the much-anticipated rematch between Kevin Ross and Tetsuya Yamato at Lion Fight 21 in Los Angeles. It is a rematch from Lion Fight 11 where both men had a bloody, grueling war under the lights of Fremont Street in Las Vegas. Thankfully AXS TV has us covered by having the first bout up on YouTube for us all to ingest in anticipation for the fight.

So enjoy and get pumped up.

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New Yokkao Gym in Bangkok Promises Best Muay Thai Experience in Bangkok

  • Published in Muay Thai

Thailand's muay thai tourism is well known all over the world and while it might not attract the same sheer numbers as attractions such as theme parks do, those that it does attract come from all over the world with a pure passion for the art of eight limbs. To get that full, authentic muay thai in Thailand training experience you'd usually need to travel out to more remote parts of the country, but Yokkao has been looking to change that.

Since the uptick in muay thai tourism there have been more and more gyms opening in the Bangkok area, but have the reputation that other "tourist gyms" have, which is to say that tourists can show up, say that they trained muay thai and Thailand and get churned out without learning much, all while still in a major area of the country and getting to soak in the local culture and have some fun. 

Yokkao, like I said, is looking to change all of that. Their plans for a gym in Bangkok aren't anything new and they've run into some roadblocks along the way, but on January 16th the doors finally opened to the Yokkao Training Center in Bangkok. Not only is there an adjoining shop where you can pick up any and all Yokkao gear that has been taking the world by storm, but you can train in their fully-realized training center that features training regiments assembled by Saenchai, Manop and Singdam. If you are lucky they might even be there training. 

The gym promises to bring intense, championship level training to Bangkok and you can check it out right now. 

 

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Kunlun Fight 37 Results: Sitthichai Crowned Middleweight Champion

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Kunlun Fight 37 went down this weekend in yet another event that saw Sitthichai prove himself to be one of the very best, if not the very best, 70kg fighter in the world today. In a one night tournament to decide the Kunlun Middleweight Championship Sitthichai knocked out Superbon in round two while Enriko Gogokhia picked up a decision over Victor Nagbe. The finals saw a tough fight between Sitthichai and Gogokhia, going to an extra round before Sitthichai walked away as champion. 

Other big wins on the card for Dzhabar Askerov knocking out Aikpracha in round two, and both Anatoly Moiseev and Jason Wilnis picking up wins as well.

Results via Kiksie

Kickboxing - 60kg

Wang Wanben (China) def. Celestin Georges Luis (France) by Decision

Kickboxing - 65kg

Jan Samuel Bark (Sweden) def. Bai Lishuai (China) by Decision

Kickboxing - 62kg

Lee Chan-Hyeong (South Korea) def. Jiao Daobo (China) by Decision

Kickboxing - 70kg

Dzhabar Askerov (Russia) def. Aikpracha Meenayothin (Thailand) by KO in Round 2

Middleweight World Championship Tournament Semifinal #1 – 70kg

Sittichai Sitsongpeenong (Thailand) def. Superbon (Thailand) by KO in Round 2

Middleweight World Championship Tournament Semifinal #2 – 70kg

Enriko Gogokhia (Ukraine) def. Victor Nagbe (Australia) by Unanimous Decision

Kickboxing - 59kg

Gao Qian (China) def. Martizandra Hersisia (Netherlands) by Decision

Kickboxing - 95kg

Yang Yu (China) def. Ivan Bartek (Slovakia) by Decision

MMA - 70kg

Wu Haotian (China) def. Ramunas Venslovas (Lithuania) by TKO in Round 1

Kickboxing - 70kg

Anatoly Moiseev (Russia) def. Jonay Risco (Spain) by Decision

Kickboxing - 75kg

Nuerla Mulali (China) def. Xu Yongba (China) by Decision

Kickboxing - 60kg

Wang Kehan (China) def. Marisa Pires (Portugal) by TKO in Round 2

Kickboxing - 90kg

Jason Wilnis (Netherlands) def. Wang Chongyang (China) by Majority Decision

MMA - Title Fight - 72kg

Zhang Lipeng (China) def. Beibit Nazarov (Kazakhstan) by Decision

Middleweight World Championship Tournament Final – 70kg

Sittichai Sitsongpeenong (Thailand) def. Enriko Gogokhia (Ukraine) by Decision after an extra round

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Video: Israel Adesanya vs. Kim Loudon

  • Published in Video

Luckily the Knees of Fury promotion has most of their fights on to Youtube shortly after the event so we were able to watch Adesanya's last fight. Now I personally have not seen a full fight (only clips) of his since he fought Verlinden at Glory 15. I know he's been doing some professional Boxing with the Super 8 tournaments and feel it showed in this fight, his boxing and head movement looked amazing, but I felt he was actually looking too much like a boxer at some points. I'd like to see him back in Kickboxing or Muay Thai fights more often just to get that kicking groove back. Otherwise he demolished Kim Loudon and stopped him in the 3rd with some nasty looking elbows that looked as though they could have been stopped sooner. Israel standing in the middle of the ring instead of going to his corner between the 1st and 2nd round made me laugh pretty hard.

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