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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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Yokkao 10 & 11 Fight Card: Two Championships at Stake

  • Published in Muay Thai

Supershowdown presents Yokkao are combining both their 10th and 11th shows into a super-card this coming Saturday from the Reebox Arena in Bolton, UK. It was announced today that both shows will feature a Yokkao World Champion crowned in the main events in the respective weights. 

Headlining Yokkao 10 will be Bad Company representative Jordan Watson as he makes only his second appearance of 2014 when he battles Frenchman Mickael Piscitello. 

Previous headliner Liam Harrison has unfortunately had to pull out of his scheduled bout with Kongsak Sitboonmee due to a shin injury he sustained in his September victory over Mehdi Zatout (link to image of injury). Veteran Tim Thomas has stepped up to replace him. 

Greg Wootton vs. Pakorn headlines the second show and was due to take place this past March, however Pakorn was unable to make the trip over to the UK due to visa issues. 

The event starts at 13:00 GMT with Junior and Pre-event Muay Thai bouts scheduled to start the evening. All bouts are to be contested under full Muay Thai rules (5x3).  

Here are the official cards.

YOKKAO 10


Jordan Watson vs. Mickael Piscitello (70kg) - Yokkao 70kg World Championship
Tim Thomas vs. Kongsak Sitboonmee (65kg)
Panicos Yusuf vs. Karim Bennoui (62kg)
Ste Long vs. Salah Khalifa (68kg)
Ben Lucas vs. Brian Totty (65kg)
Tim Nutter vs. Ste Foy (61kg)
Leif Taggart vs. Shane Farquarson (60kg)
Kai Laithwaite vs Sammy Baruca (51kg)

YOKKAO 11

Pakorn Sakyothin vs. Greg Wootton (65kg) - Yokkao 65kg World Championship
Dean James vs. Runmai Mo Tammachat (56kg)
Brad Stanton vs. Crice Boussoukou (69kg)
Dan McGowan vs. Nestor Rodriguez (54kg)
Sam Jackson vs. Luca Fonda (70kg)
Chris Whittle vs. Marcus Compton (61kg)
Josh Turnbill vs. Tommi McCormick (68kg)
Myk Estlick vs. Kieron Jessop (63.5kg)

 

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Lion Fight 19 Live Results

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Even though the main event was changed it should still be a good card and fill everyone's Friday night full of knees and elbows and if you cant watch it at least you can read these results.

Full Card Results

Jo Nattawut vs. Sean Kearney - Jo Nattawut defeats Sean Kearney by Unanimous Decision

Chajmaa Bellakhal vs. Jeri Sitzes - Chajmaa Bellakhal defeats Jeri Sitzes by Split Decision

Rungravee Sasiprapa vs. Ognjen Topic - Ognjen Topic defeats Rungravee Sasiprapa by Unanimous Decision

Rungrat Sasiprapa vs. Pedro Gonzalez - Rungrat Sasiprapa defeats Pedro Gonzalez by KO Rd 4 (body kick and body knees)

Chris Mauceri vs. Coke Chunhawat - Chris Mauceri defeats Coke Chunhawat by Unanimous Decision

Matt Doherty vs. Julio Pena - Julio Pena defeats Matt Doherty by Unanimous Decision

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Full Fight: Yokkao 8: Tim Thomas vs Reece McAllister

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So they released another fight from the highly talked about Yokkao 8 card which took place on March 8th. Just like the Harrison vs Bennoui this fight shows two fighters trying hard to knock each other out till the very end. They matched the heavy handed Tim Thomas with the younger technical Reece McAllister. Basically anyone who knows Thomas, knows that he can end any fight with just one right hand, and he was doing well through the whole first round and most of the second until McAllister landed a huge super man punch and dropped Thomas to turn the momentum in his favor. After that the technical muay thai and intelligence (and one more knock down) by McAllister earned him the unanimous decision victory.

I always enjoy watching Reece McAllister fight and it was nice to see him come back with a win after the hard knockout he faced at the hands of Steve Moxon at Glory 11 in Chicago.

 

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Yokkao Clarifies Contract Status of Saenchai and Pakorn

  • Published in Muay Thai

Saenchai

Muay Thai gear and lifestyle brand, Yokkao, also the masterminds behind the Yokkao Muay Thai events, have reached out to LiverKick today to explain an issue which has caused some confusion for fans. The issue is mainly about Saenchai PKSaenchaimuaythaigym. Saenchai has fought all over the world now, fighting not only in Muay Thai, but Kickboxing as well. This includes a fight for K-1 in December, which has led some to believe that Saenchai is under longterm contract to K-1. Saenchai also appears on GLORY's official rankings in the number seven slot. Yokkao would like to clarify that Saenchai's manager is Yokkao promoter Stefania Picelli and that Saenchai is not under contract to either GLORY or K-1.

Saenchai did indeed fight for K-1, but it was a one-fight contract. Pakorn is also under Stefania Picelli's management and is not signed to either promotion. Yokkao and Stefania Picelli simply wish to clarify this matter and to dispel any of the rumors that have been circulating about both fighters. They can be reached for comment at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Yokkao 9 China Highlights

  • Published in Muay Thai

Yokkao 9 in China took place on May 24th in China, featuring a Muay Thai and K-1 rules card with fighters from China against fighters from all over the world. Yokkao packed 10,000 spectators in to watch the event and the main event had a lot of people talking, which can be considered a success. Here is a highlight video from the event showing not only the action inside of the ring but went on behind-the-scenes leading into the fights.

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Yokkao Continuing to Push New Training Centers into 2014

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The recent announcement of Yokkao's latest training center has stirred up some excitement among fans who have been wondering when and where to expect other official Yokkao training centers across the globe. According to Yokkao they plan to continue pushing out into the world with official training centers, having opened one after Yokkao 9 in Kunshan, China. Their next official training centers are planned for this year, opening up in Bangkok as well as in Bahrain. Both are scheduled to be opened up in August of this year, with Yokkao providing more information on them shortly. 

Yokkao also has a strong lineup of affiliate gyms, including the legendary 13 Coins Gym, Sityodtong in Pattaya, SRG Thai Boxing Gym in Sydney, Muay Thai Combat Gym in San Marino and Bad Company in Leeds. 

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Shin on Shin Series: Europe Final Trailer

  • Published in Kickboxing

Our bud Steven Wright has been keeping himself busy over the last few years. If you aren't familiar with Steven, his podcast, Steven the Warman Wright's Kickfighting Show has been long-running and is always on top of everything in Kickboxing and Muay Thai. Of course, his day job is working as the striking coach at Team Takedown, with some of his work being seen in UFC Welterweight Champion Johny Hendricks of late. Then, to top it off, Steven has written about ten young adult fantasy novels in his free time.

All of that has been going on while he's been working on a documentary about Kickboxing and Muay Thai. Crazy, right? Here's the latest trailer that he just released today, enjoy.

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Singapore Based Singmanee Kaewsamrit Set to Return to Action at King’s Cup

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Singmanee Kaewsamrit is one of a handful of Muay Thai fighters to have successfully made the transition from being a stadium champion in Bangkok to becoming a major international icon of the sport. 

In 2012 he won the Thai Fight 67 kgs tournament which saw him fighting in front of a mainstream television audience for the first time in his career and he says this remains a favourite memory, 

“My biggest achievement was receiving a trophy from the King after my fight in Thai Fight. I truly felt honored to be able to meet the King face to face and I really cherish that trophy.”

During his career Singmanee has held the WPMF 147 lbs Title as well as the Siam Omnoi, Rajadamnern and WMC 140 lbs titles winning around 150 fights and facing some of the most famous fighters both from Thailand and abroad. 

One of the most formidable achievements was qualifying for Thai Fight because he had to defeat five separate Thai opponents in an Isuzu Tournament which took place over a series of Saturdays at Siam Omnoi Stadium in Bangkok, outpointing Superbon Lookjaomaesaivaree in the final. 

Singmanee has fought in France, England, Russia and Japan but says when it comes to competing there is no place like home, 

“It's always a great feeling fighting in Lumpinee and Rajadamnern Stadium in front of all my fellow countrymen but I especially like competing inside the Omnoi Stadium because I have had a lot of success there.” 

Although he has primarily been facing foreign fighters for the past few years Singmanee is not afraid to test himself against the top Thais and says he is happy to accept any fight, 

“I don't really have a preference as to who I fight. Fighting Thais I think can be quite predictable as we all train and move a similar way inside the ring whereas Westerners can be very unpredictable at times.” 

The 31 year old recently moved to Singapore to join the renowned team of trainers at Evolve MMA but despite being in demand as a pad holder he says he has no intention of retiring, 

“I don’t want to stop fighting, and I will be fighting again at the King’s Cup in Bangkok in December. There are a lot of ‘Yod Muay’ here at Evolve MMA like Namsaknoi and Orono who are around the same size as me so the training is very good.”

Former Lumpinee champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichok is making a big impression on the MMA scene with three wins out of three so far this year and Singmanee, who is a few years younger, admits he would be interested in following in the footsteps of his Thai team mate, 

“I would definitely like to try MMA in the near future.” 

For the time being he is just happy to be an active Muay Thai world champion who has the opportunity to teach and train overseas, 

“I started Muay Thai when I was around 10 years old at the Sor Siripong Gym in Surin and I think I got 50 Baht for my first fight. Now I am a trainer at the most famous martial arts gym in Asia and a world champion and I can provide well for my children, all thanks to Muay Thai!”

Interview and translation courtesy of Evolve MMA

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Lion Fight 16: Michael Thompson V. Kevin Ross Potential for Fight of the Year Candidate

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As part of the agreement between Lion Fight and UFC, Lion Fight 16 will start their weekend of fights Friday, July 4th, at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. The headlining bout between “the Soul Assassin”, Kevin Ross, and Australian hard hitter, Michael “Tomahawk” Thompson, has the inaugural Super Lightweight Championship on the line as well as the potential for a Fight of the Year candidate.

The possibility lies within their mutual propensity to attack their opponent and smother them with a variety of violence, through step in and clinch knees, elbows, kicks, and hook punches. Thompson has a brutal spinning back elbow he rolls into off his jab and missed crosses, and Ross possesses great uppercut elbows and kick counters. Furthermore, neither of their offenses are negated or even necessarily compromised against their opponents’ flurries, which each will attempt to seek/pursue against the other in this bout.

Thompson side steps well as his opponents move in to issue punches of his own or angle in with an uppercut; whereas, Ross does an excellent job of turning his opponent with his movement, especially against fighters who come forward, and creates and finds openings for his strikes. At Lion Fight 15 Ross showcased the zenith of his abilities opposite fellow American Chris Mauceri, executing this approach flawlessly and using Mauceri’s persistence after Ross opened a nasty cut on his forehead in the first round to his detriment.

The trouble Thompson poses for Ross is the same he poses for everyone, and it is pressure managed by an acute fight intelligence, speed, plus heavy elbows and punches. To defeat Thompson Ross will have to replicate the movement he featured in his previous outing, and not enable Thompson to stay in front of him or stop his movement, either, with his left body to right head combination. He lost to Tetsuya Yamato at Lion Fight 11 in part due to remaining stationary, giving up elbows up the middle, and keeping his right hand down.

If something is working he also needs to stay with it and feint it to set up other offense. Yamato could not stop Ross’ left body kick and he would forget about it. Pinpointing advantages, both before and during the fight, are paramount, and in my opinion Thompson’s greatest leverage aside from his power. Ross wavers. Versus Pornsansae Sitmonchai at Caged Muay Thai 2, Thompson made a quick adjustment from throwing primarily hook punches to upper cuts and knees up the middle.

The change precipitated Thompson taking over the fight, throttling him, and then knocking him down in the second round, before tiring in the middle of the third and Sitmonchai landing a few shots to close it. This is an area Ross has the chance to exploit. Unless he is swept in the first three rounds or gets knocked out, Ross should find opportunities in the fourth and fifth when Thompson fades and maybe take a decision. I don’t see him finishing Thompson.

My expectation is Michael Thompson wins, complimentary of a fourth round KO. Ross has the temerity to endure Thompsons’ onslaught and interchange it with his own, but I don’t anticipate that it is going to be enough tomorrow night in Las Vegas.

Though the actual result might turn out to be irrelevant, for it is not what raised you to your feet. It was everything before, and there will be a lot before, perhaps enough to be subsequently called Fight of the Year.

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