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Yokkao 7 Highlight Video

  • Published in Muay Thai

Yokkao

Yokkao 7 is in the books now and for those who have been chomping at the bit to get a glimpse at the fights you are in luck as Yokkao has produced an official highlight from the event. The video showcases what was Yokkao 7 in Pattaya! So check out the video below and get yourself further prepared for Yokkao 8 in the UK which is expected to deliver big on the fireworks department with some big fights.

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Video: Lion Fight 18's Yodsanklai Open Work Out

  • Published in Muay Thai

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.

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Lion Fight Goes East Coast on May 23rd

  • Published in Muay Thai

Lion Fight

This one feels like it was a long-time coming, for sure. Lion Fight has primarily been a West coast promotion, not straying far from their Las Vegas roots in the few shows that they've run over the past few years. The added interest from airing on AXS TV has made the Lion Fight brand just that much more accessible to fans across the country and Lion Fight has announced that they'll be hitting the road with their first ever event in the East Coast at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Connecticut.

So Lion Fight 15 will be the promotion's first time on the East coast and they are bringing all of their stars out, with Cosmo Alexandre headlining the card vs. Mark Holst, as well as an undercard featuring Tiffany Van Soest, Kevin Ross and Jason Andrada. As always, this will air on AXS TV at 9pm Eastern with tickets on sale starting March 29th at http://www.foxwoods.com.

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Steven Wright's 2013 Year in Kickfighting

  • Published in Kickboxing

Our good friend Steven "The Warman" Wright has once again put together a highlight for the past year, this time it is a 25-minute epic that shows all of the great action that happened in 2013. So go ahead and relive some of the best moments from Kickboxing and Muay Thai, but be prepared to spend some time on this one, as it's as long as a television show.

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Enfusion Announces Entirety of Their Catalog Being Shown Online

  • Published in Kickboxing

Enfusion

If you've been paying attention to the internet and the fight scene over the past few months you are probably well aware of online networks, as the UFC launched Fight Pass and WWE (not exactly fight related, but still) launched the WWE Network. It's safe to say that putting your content on the internet for fans to view it is the way to go, especially if you are trying to reach a new, bigger audience. In the case of European promotion Enfusion, they have some television deals in Europe but they do not reach as wide as they'd like to, so they've taken to the internet to post their fight library.

Starting on March 13th Enfusion will launch http://www.enfusionlive.com, which will feature all of their shows to date, which means Fighting Rookies, Enfusion Live and Enfusion Reality shows. They will also do daily broadcasts at 22:00 Amsterdam time to discuss the world of Martial Arts. So don't forget to bookmark Enfusionlive.com and check it out when it launches!

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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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Check Out Matt Lucas's Short Story Collection; 'The Boxer's Soliloquy'

  • Published in Muay Thai

Sometimes it is good to know that there are people out there as crazy as I am. When I say crazy, I mean that in the nicest way, as well. In January of last year I released my first book, The Godslayer, which was a novel about a professional fighter coping with retirement and an ever-changing landscape of his sport passing him by. The truth of the matter is, there isn't a ton of fiction out there that accurately depicts the life of a fighter, which sucks considering there are tons of biographies. 

So I was pretty excited when I found out about Matt Lucas's short story collection, The Boxer's Soliloquy. Here's somebody as crazy as I am (well, maybe not as crazy) putting his stuff out into the wild and letting everyone have at it. It is a collection of fifteen interconnected short stories showing what life is like for fighters in both America and Thailand in one of the most brutal-yet-beloved sports in muay thai. Matt brings his own personal experiences from fighting to the table to add to the authenticity. 

I recommend that you check it out via ebook (here), or if you are still one of those tactile people, buy a hard copy

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Weekend Results: Friday Night Fights Feb. 28th

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FNF

Friday Night Fights bid February farewell last night with a card that featured a highly anticipated match between two well known professional female fighters. The main event of the evening, Ashley Nichols versus Angela Hill, highlighted the distinctive fighting styles of both women to full effect, and showed why both have struck such a strong chord within the North American Muay Thai community. For the first three rounds, Hill demonstrated the aggressive punching and clinching style that inspired her fight name of “Overkill.” The beautiful technique of Nichols was more visible in rounds four and five, when she used front push kicks and long knees to keep Hill from closing in as much, but it was too little too late. Hill won a split decision victory over Nichols, maintaining her undefeated record and winning the WKA North American Flyweight title.

The other pro fight of the evening featured another Canadian from MAS Academy, Robert “White Dragon” Thomas, versus Tarek Rached, the Lebanese Tiger. The powerful Rached bullied his much taller opponent until Thomas gained control of the distance in round two and three. Rached was rocked by a knee and saved by the bell in round two, but not before getting an 8-count. Another crisp right knee from Thomas ended the fight 59 seconds into round three, giving him the win by TKO.

You can watch the whole show here:

http://new.livestream.com/fridaynightfights/events/2802041

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Yokkao and Supershowdown Come to Agreement for Multiple UK Events

  • Published in Muay Thai

Yokkao

After the blistering event that was Yokkao 8 it looks like the UK will be in store for more Yokkao events in the near future. It was announced this weekend that Yokkao promoter Stefania Picelli and Supershowdown promoter Brian Calder have come to a multi-year agreement to bring the Yokkao brand back to the UK. This deal will assure two Yokkao events a year in the UK with the next event planned for October at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton.

Stefania Picelli: “The success of March 8 could not go unnoticed. The partnership signed with Brian Calder will give the possibility to UK Yokkao fans to have really unforgettable Muay Thai events. We will involve our best fighters to raise the level of Muay Thai as no one had ever done before. The passion that binds Brian Calder to the Muay Thai has made possible this wonderful agreement with Yokkao Boxing that will surely discover new fighters. To be honest, we have already some of them under observation .. .”

Brian Calder: “I have worked many years to bring Muay Thai to a higher level in England and I’m pleased to be recognized as the best in the UK by an organization such as Yokkao Boxing. The partnership with Stefania Picelli and Yokkao will allow the Muay Thai to reach the highest level in the UK. Fighters deserve it and I’m sure that they will commit much to meet the expectations.”

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Yokkao Opens Yokkao Shop Bangkok

  • Published in Muay Thai

Yokkao announced today that they have opened up Yokkao Shop Bangkok, located on the fourth floor of the RSU Tower in Bangkok, next to the Fight Lab Yokkao Training Center. This kind of creates a Yokkao powerhouse in Bangkok where the Fight Lab Yokkao Training Center offers muay thai, boxing, MMA and BJJ classes weekly and next door is the Yokkao Fight Shop featuring gear and a decked-out juice bar. 

For those in the area or visiting soon, the Yokkao Fight Shop Bangkok is located at; Sukhumvit Soi 31 - RSU Tower 4th floor (Phrom Phong BTS Station). For more information check out Yokkao's Facebook page.

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