The Yokkao factory in Bangkok had its soft-opening last week for the public, meaning that if you are in the area you can go and check out the Yokkao Shop that has opened up inside of the new factory. To celebrate this Yokkao is pushing out a line of leather and denim Yokkao gloves and released a pretty awesome video highlighting the making of these gloves.
It's pretty cool to see how far Yokkao have come over the past few years and how seriously they are taking their quality control and craftsmanship. Check out more details on Yokkao's site.
I've got to admit the idea of hopping on a Greyhound bus and traveling to Atlantic City has never been on my top ten list of things I'm really interested in doing before I die. Actually it has never even been on my list of things to ever contemplate doing in my life. I would have probably thrown going to Atlantic City on my list of things I'll be happy to never do. Fortunately my good buddy Bauzen used some jedi mind trickery and dangled some Catvonc style kryptonite in front of my face and convinced me to cash in some travel vouchers and head to the Jersey shore for the weekend. I say fortunately because had Bauzen not exploited my weakness I might not have gone out of my way to attend what in my opinion was one of the most well run, classiest and amazing combat sports events I've ever attended.
The show that Take On Productions, in association with MSG Sports puts on is a well oiled machine and I can only hope they continue to grow and their show is able to expand throughout the country. From the local favorite talented ring announcer Larry Legend to MuayThaiislife.com owner Eric Rivera handling the fight commentary, to the promotors and fighters-this is a professional and entertaining show. I know from personal experience, we've got nothing that even comes close to their level of production quality here in Atlanta. Take On's event truly made me fall deeper in lust with the sport of Muay Thai and if you ever have the opportunity to go to one of their shows I say you had better jump on it. I'm not even mad that I somehow lost an earring, a ring, a phone charger and a flat iron in the post fight celebrations. I'll blame all of that on sharing too many watermelon rock rancher drinks with Bauzen's girlfriend.
The West Coast has always boasted about having the creme de la creme of Muay Thai fighters on American soil but I think the gyms on the East Coast are ready to give them a run for their money. Gyms like Sitan NY, Phil Nurse's The Wat, Cool Hearts from Philly and Boston Muay Thai just to name a few-have trained and assembled crews of skilled and exciting fighters that combat sport junkies need to start paying close attention to. From the ammy fights to the pro debuts and full rules title fights-there was not one moment where I felt the action was lagging. Here's some of the highlights of the night:
Amateur fight Rich Brattole of Weapons 9/Strategic Combat Gym vs Tim Scmeier of Sitan NY
These guys were both obviously not used to wearing headgear, which is a New Jersey athletic commission rule and not a requirement where the fighters normally fight in their home state of NY, but despite that they went to war with each other trading blows back and forth for the entire 3 round contest.
Amateur fight Caitlyn Dempsey of Impact Martial Arts vs Christina Rodriguez of Girl Fight MMA NJ
The ladies brought the first blood of the evening and the first extremely loud crowd response of the night. Caitlyn Dempsey won her debut fight and the crowd erupted in excitement.
Amateur fight Tianna Urman of The Wat vs Prarie Ruglio of Girl Fight MMA
Prarie came at Tianna Urman raging with unrelenting fists for one full minute before her right hand shut Urman down for good. Girl Fight MMA fans in the crowd went absolutely bonkers and let's be honest, Bauzen had a momentary fear of being trampelled by a mass of angry lesbians.
Main event Justin Greskiewicz of Cool Hearts Muay Thai Philly vs Eddie Martinez of Sitan Gym NY
Another really great fight featuring one of the Sitan gym fighters Eddie Martinez versus the always fun to watch purple haired Justin Greskiewicz. Justin took full advantage of the NJ elbow allowance and used those along with some kicks and punching combos to take the very close split decision win over Eddie Martinez.
Pro fight Jay Matias of Sitan Gym NY vs Jake Mainini of Boston Muay Thai
Saving the best for last here-this was the pro debut for both of these fighters and most of the media in attendance agree it was hands down the fight of the night. These two stole the show and put on an amazing display of technical and precise Muay Thai from round one all the way to the end of the fifth round and never once looked fatigued. Jay Matias gave the crowd a show that they will talk about for years afterwards with his arsenal of kicks and unrelenting combinations that ultimately won him the unanimous decision over an also very skilled Mainini. Here's a small video clip from this fan favorite fight to help fill your hungry Muay Thai bellies.
I know right now you are sitting there dying to watch the rest of that fight. As a matter of fact, I'm certain you want to watch the whole event and you are now angrily axe kicking your little sister into your mom's plastic covered couch because you missed out on all the action this weekend. Well calm down and stop being an angry bully. You can go check out the whole event on GFL.tv right now. The full event results on TakeOnProductions.com and don't forget to follow TakeOn Muay Thai on Twitter and like them on Facebook for all the information you are going to need about their upcoming shows.
GLORY 13 Welterweight Champion Nieky Holzken is without a doubt the best in the world at Welterweight, so it should come as no shock that companies want to work with him. It was announced today that Nieky Holzken has joined the Yokkao Fight Team, meaning that he will represent the brand for the next three years, which includes wearing their gear and possibly even appearing on upcoming Yokkao events!
Nieky will be sporting a special Yokkao collection in the coming weeks, so look out for that. For those in Europe interested in purchasing Yokkao gear, it is available through http://www.allcombatsports.com.
Tomorrow night on AXS TV Lion Fight 18 will go down, featuring Yodsanklai Fairtex defending the Lion Fight Middleweight Championship against the UK's Salah Khalifa. Yesterday Lion Fight hosted an open workout featuring the internationally-renowned fighter and Block Boy Media was there filming it for them. Check it out below.
Don't forget that Lion Fight 18 airs tomorrow night at 10pm Eastern time on AXS TV.
Lion Fight 26 will be taking place at the Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, USA on November 20, 2015 and will be Live on AXS TV. Their last event was probably their most exciting card to date and topping it will be a tall order, but with Tetsuya Yamoto vs. Greg Wootton as the main event anything is possible.
The undercard is no where near as stacked as Lion Fight 25 but still has some good matches like Nick Chasteen vs. Turan Hasanov and Victor Saravia vs. John Nofer.
Super Lightweight Title - Tetsuya Yamoto vs. Greg Wootton
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.
America continues to be a focus for Kickboxing and Muay Thai as Lion Fight and AXS TV will be bringing another great live muay thai event to us all on November 1st from Las Vegas. Lion Fight 12 will feature another big, full rules muay thai event headlined by Malaipet vs. Fabio Pinca for the Lion Fight Welterweight Championship. Today they have also announced the rest of the card, which will also feature Tiffany Van Soest and Jason Andrada in action.
Here is the full card;
Lion Fight 12
November 1st, 2013 - AXS TV 10:00 PM Eastern
Lion Fight Welterweight Championship: MALAIPET vs. FABIO PINCA
Bell time is about 15 minutes away, so it's time for my live coverage on the ground of Take On Productions' biggest card to date: "Muay Thai at the Mecca" at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden. I'll check in tomorrow for a full report, in the meantime check out the Internet pay-per-view broadcast at http://www.gofightlive.tv In addition, I'm tweeting photos and miscellaneous between-fight comments: http://www.twitter.com/davidbix Back in a few!
Muay Thai legend Saenchai has landed in New York and is all set for his round of seminars that are set to go down on the 13th, 14th and 15th at the Striking 101 Gym in New York City. Pakorn was initially supposed to accompany Saenchai, but due to visa issues Saenchai will be going it alone without Pakorn.
There are a host of UFC, MMA and Kickboxing stars that are to be in attendance for Saenchai's NYC seminars, with Uriah Hall's name being tossed around as one of the names that has requested some time with the legendary Thai fighter. We'll have an update with what his schedule looks like further in the coming days. Here's a look at some highlights from his seminar in Kuala Lumpur.
This past weekend in the snowy New York City Saenchai headed into the heart of the city with Yokkao promoter Stefania Picelli for a stint of three days jam-packed with seminars and private sessions. Saenchai, along with Manop Yuangyai shocked attendants by putting on a blistering three-hour long seminar for the attendees. The seminars were originally intended to be at the York College Arena where they could fit more people in, but due to weather they ended up having more intimate affairs at the Striking 101 Gym where they had to limit each seminar to 50 people.
In attendance were professional fighters and muay thai enthusiasts from all over the country, even attendees from as far as Canada and Brazil.