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Yokkao Searching For An American Fighter For Yokkao 21 - 22 in Hong Kong

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On Friday, October 28th in Hong Kong Yokkao will present Yokkao 21 and 22, featuring some of the very best in the world of muay thai. Scheduled for Yokkao 22 is Saenchai, although he is still opponent-less. While it isn't a lock, Yokkao is currently searching for an American fighter to step into the ring for Yokkao 21 and 22. So there could be a chance of fighting the great Saenchai or any of the other, top-named Thai fighters at their disposal. The other name that we know is Manachai, who has been training with Saenchai. Another name to add to that list is the ever-impressive Phetmorakot Wor. Sangprapai.

Their next set of events takes place on October 8th in the UK, though, featuring Jordan Watson vs. Ben Hodge, Liam Harrison vs. Fabio Pinca, Manachai vs Panicos Yusuf, Amy Pirnie vs Dakota Ditcheva, Jake Purdy vs Brad Standton, Luke Turner and many more.

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Lion Fight 32 Returns To Las Vegas With Malaipet vs. Hollenbeck

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Lion Fight has announced their return to Las Vegas at the Tropicana for Lion Fight 32 on October 21st. The event, which will air live on AXS TV, is set to feature a showdown between Ky Hollenbeck and Malaipet for the Super Welterweight Championship, as well as Romie Adanza against Ming Freeman and a host of other bouts. Lion Fight has always delivered with their events and this one is shaping up to be no different.

Lion Fight 32

Super Welterweight Championship: Ky Hollenbeck vs. Malaipet

Travis Clay vs. Marvin Madriaga

Josh Shepard vs. Gabriel Mazzetti

Victor Saravia vs. Cody Allen Moberly

Romie Adanza vs. Ming Freeman

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Yokkao in Talks to Bring Popular Brand of Gear and Fight Shows to the US

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Yokkao is one of those brands that started out small, then was able to grow with their products increasing in quality and prominence while they started sponsoring bigger and bigger name fighters and even hosting their fights at Yokkao branded events. After a whirlwind of attention (over 1.7 million Instagram views in ten days), Yokkao is looking to further enter the US market. 

While Yokkao has dipped its toes in the US waters before, they are looking now to find a distributor for Yokkao products to cut costs for those in the US looking to attain said goods, as well as places to host seminars, workshops and fight events. A large volume of their products are shipped internationally to fans and fighters in the US and having a distributor in the US will allow for prices to drop significantly.

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Lion Fight 31 Fight Card

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Lion Fights 31 will be on AXS TV and The Fight Network tonight at 9pm EST or live at the Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, CN. This card features 4 title fights including unbeaten Jorina Baars defending her belt, Antonina Shevchenko (Valentina Shevchenko's sister) will be making her Lion Fight debut to defend her belt she won by default last card, Iman "Pretty Killer" Barlow will be making her Lion Fight debut, and Bolanos will fight Tum Sityodtong for the super lightweight title.

Fight Card

Welterweight title – Angela Whitley (14-0) vs. (C) Jorina Baars (40-0-3)

Super Lightweight Title – Tum Sityodtong (88-6-6) vs. Gaston Bolanos (7-0)

Super Bantamweight Title – Jeri Sitzes (30-11-1) vs. Iman Barlow (85-5-3)

Lightweight Title – Paola Cappucci (46-9-2) vs. (C) Antonina Shevchenko (37-1)

Light Heavyweight – Brad Mountain (3-3) vs. Brett Hlavacek (16-3)

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Yokkao 21 Scheduled For October 28th in Hong Kong Featuring Saenchai

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The ATMA Yokkao Training Center in Hong Kong will be responsible with staging the next, big Yokkao event. The event, scheduled for October 28th promises to be a huge event with Yokkao taking on the burgeoning Chinese kickboxing and muay thai market with an outdoor event headlined by none other than Saenchai himself. Saenchai, who has made the ATMA Yokkao Training Center in Hong Kong the only gym in Hong Kong that he considers his home, has held two previous seminars there alongside Pakorn.

In addition, expect other Yokkao fighters to participate, including Manachai and 16-year-old female phenom Fah Yokkaosaenchaigym and some of the brightest stars from prior Yokkao events in the UK who made a big impression on the world. 

More information will be released soon.

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Saenchai Training BJJ at Yokkao Gym in Bangkok, Possibly Preparing For MMA

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When you've conquered the world of muay thai as thoroughly as Saenchai has, what would be stopping you from branching out more? That's exactly what Saenchai seems to be doing as he approaches his 36th birthday. We recently saw him competing for GLORY under kickboxing rules and now Saenchai is rolling and training BJJ at the Yokkao gym in Bangkok, perhaps preparing for trying his hand at MMA.

Saenchai's name is synonymous with muay thai and his virtuoso-equse skills transcend the sport.

 

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VIDEO: Yokkao's Stefania Picelli Talks Thailand, The Yokkao Fight Team And More

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Yokkao has been one of the bigger names in muay thai gear for the past few years, their brand extending beyond simply just gloves and shorts to all sorts of apparel, gyms, internationally-renowned fight teams and some of the most exciting full rules muay thai events anywhere in the world. Take a look around Thailand with Stefania Picelli while she talks about the history of the sport, the brand and the shows.

Stefania Picelli discussing YOKKAO, Muay Thai and her Thailand...

YOKKAO: why we do what we do!

Posted by Yokkao Boxing on Sunday, July 10, 2016

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Card for Muay Thai Grand Prix 5 Featuring John Wayne Parr

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Muay Thai Grand Prix will hold their 5th event on Saturday, June 11th at the Indigo O2 in London, headlined by an international clash between muay thai legend John Wayne Parr and Pavlos Kaponis. The rest of the card features a string of Muay Thai Grand Prix championship bouts, with the Welterweight, Featherweight and Bantamweight titles all on the line.

Muay Thai Grand Prix 5

Official Full Fight Card and Bout Order (Descending)

Saturday June 11th @ Indigo O2, London, UK

 

-Main Event-

John Wayne Parr (Boonchu Gym) V Pavlos Kaponis (Diamond Gym)

FTR – 74KG – 5×3

International Bout (Aus/Gre)

-MTGP Welterweight Title-

Charlie Peters (Double K) V Nauzet Trujillo (Shoothon Gym)

FTR – 66.6KG – 5×3

International Bout (Eng/Spa)

-MTGP Featherweight Title-

Matt Tieu (Team Tieu) V Kevin Vidal (Shoothon Gym)

FTR – 57KG – 5×3

International Bout (Eng/Spa)

-MTGP Bantamweight Title-

Dan McGowan (Team Tieu) V Samb Madiale (Veera Boxing)

FTR – 54KG – 5×3

International Bout (Eng/Fra)

-Main Card – Live UK TV-

Jamie Whelan (Double K) V Thibaud Duphil (Veera Boxing)

K1 – 58KG – 3×3

International Bout (Eng/Fra)

Bernise Alldis (Keddles/Double K) V Anaelle Angerville (Team Lions Thaïs)

FTR – 57KG – 5×3

International Bout (Eng/Fra)

Carlton Lieu (Team Tieu) V Benito Thamas (Spain)

FTR – 63KG – 5×3

International Bout (Eng/Spa)

Paul Barber (Double K) V Ian Houillebecq (Legions Gym)

FTR – 62KG – 5×3

Domestic Bout

Evan Jays (Double K/Team Tieu) V Jamie Ahern (SMTC)

FTR – 50KG – 5×3

International Bout (Eng/Sco)

Luke Whelan (Double K) V Fabio Barros (KO South)

K1 – 71KG – 3×3

Domestic Bout

Sevket Cerkez (Team Tieu) V Daniel Hardiman (Hertford Combat Academy)

FTR – 72KG – 5×3

Domestic Bout

James Toomey (Double K) V Liam Brough (Legions Gym)

FTR – 63KG – 5×3

Domestic Bout

-ISKA English Title-

Michael Pham (Team Tieu) V Micael Calunga (KO South)

B-Class – 68KG – 5×2

Domestic Bout

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WATCH: Yokkao 17's Liam Harrison vs. Tetsuya Yamato

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Yokkao events in the UK have been some of the much sough-after events from around the world, with live audiences talking about just how amazing they were while the rest of us wait and wait and wait. It's okay, though, because Yokkao has been filming them and releasing them via their YouTube and Facebook. The latest events to be featured are big fights from Yokkao 17. What bigger fight is there than the Yokkao World Title fight between Liam Harrison and Tetsuya Yamato?

This is a big one, folks, enjoy.

YOKKAO 17 World Title: Liam Harrison vs Tetsuya Yamato

** YOKKAO 17 FULL FIGHT** YOKKAO World Title -65kg Liam Harrison (England) vs Tetsuya Yamato (Japan) Muay Thai Full Rules -65kg

Posted by Yokkao Boxing on Friday, April 22, 2016

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WATCH: Yokkao 17's Amazing Manachai YOKKAOSaenchaiGym vs. Luke Turner

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Yokkao events in the UK have long-been regarded as some of the best shows around by those who've attended them. The outpouring on social media afterwards is always something to behold and it always bums me out that it doesn't air live anywhere. Yokkao always takes care of everyone, though, by filming the events and putting up the videos later. This fight is from Yokkao 17 between Manachai YOKKAOSaenchaiGym and Luke Turner is just one of the many and Yokkao has shared it via their Facebook.

There will be more to come, we're told, so keep your eyes on Yokkao's Facebook page.

YOKKAO 17: Manachai vs Luke Turner

** YOKKAO 17 FULL FIGHT ** Manachai YOKKAOSaenchaiGym (Thailand) vs Luke Turner (England) Muay Thai Full Rules -65kg

Posted by Yokkao Boxing on Saturday, April 23, 2016

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John Wayne Parr Comes to Muay Thai Grand Prix on June 11th

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International muay thai and kickboxing sensation, internet nice guy and all around swell guy John Wayne Parr will be making his way to the Muay Thai Grand Prix ring on Saturday, June 11th at Muay Thai Grand Prix 5 as the main attraction. The legendary Parr will be taking on Greece's Pavlos Kaponis in the main event in a 74kg battle contested under full thai rules. 

Muay Thai Grand Prix have been making a name for themselves with their high production values and stellar cards at the O2 in London and look to continue with the strong push throughout 2016 by roping in big names like JWP. John Wayne Parr had flirted with the idea of retirement for a while but his concept of Caged Muay Thai helped to re-ignite his passion and he's been competing around the world all over again, proving that he's the iron man of muay thai. 

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Yokkao 20 Headlined Between Title Fight Between Jordan Watson and Reece McAllister

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On Saturday, October 8th in Bolton Yokkao returns with Yokkao 20 and they already have a huge title fight lined up that will surely pack the hall with UK fans. That fight is a Yokkao 70kg World Championship fight between Jordan Watson and Reece McAllister. Both men are well known the whole world over and are obviously favorites within the UK. Yokkao has really carved out a niche for themselves in the UK over the past few years with these big shows in Bolton that have left fans and pundits alike awestruck with the quality of the events.

As the event approaches I'm sure that there will be further big announcements.

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Yokkao Planning to Make Full Use of Live Facebook Streams

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For muay thai aficionados across the world there is no doubt that the place to be for fights and training in Thailand. That goes without saying, but technology has helped to bring the world of muay thai to a wider range of fans and fighters across the world. Yokkao has put together a comprehensive training center in Bangkok that features training regiments assembled by some of the top fighters in the world, including Saenchai, and fighters from Team Yokkao regularly visit and train at this gym.

If you were on the fence about heading off to Thailand or checking out Yokkao's training center Yokkao is planning on giving you an even closer, in depth look at what goes on there by utilizing Facebook's new broadcast feature to show what happens in their training center on a weekly basis. The first stream was yesterday and can be viewed now. 

Live with Singdam and Chanajon!

Posted by Yokkao Boxing on Friday, April 8, 2016

Don't forget to follow Yokkao on Facebook

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Muay Thai Grand Prix Inks Live UK TV Deal Ahead of MTGP3 on Saturday

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In what the promotion is calling the first time that muay thai will be live on UK television, Muay Thai Grand Prix have signed a deal to air Saturday's MTGP #3 live on Sports Tonight. Sports Tonight airs on UK TV on station 244 and has a website with a live stream as well, http://www.sportstonightlive.com/. MTGP #3 will be airing on Saturday, live at 9pm UK time.

The event is being headlined by Damien Trainor vs. Adrian Lopez, Charlie Peters vs. Tommi McCormick, Dan McGowan vs Victor Saravia , Iman Barlow vs Maria Lobo , Jamie Whelan vs Paul Karpowicz, Dean James vs Hackim Harnes and the final of the 4 man GP.

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Tiffany Van Soest and Lion Fight's Crumbling Walls of Perception

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If you were to observe Lion Fight Promotions from the outside, it would look like a healthy promotion that’s on the up-and-up. Lion Fight airs on AXS TV, has aired some tremendous fights over that span of time including some of the biggest names in American muay thai as well as big, international names. Over the last few months they’ve picked up even more steam when UFC and comedy personality Joe Rogan started to get excited about Lion Fight and talking about it on the Joe Rogan Experience.

Suddenly Lion Fight went from this thing that hardcore fight fans maybe kinda sorta knew about to the mecca of “high level striking” in the United States. That’s the kind of pull and influence someone like Rogan has. While I can’t fault him for his own tastes and opinions, nor the pull that he has with a good portion of social media fight fans, the hyperbole has been palpable since then, leaving Lion Fight in the position of untouchable darling of the fight scene.

Cracks started to form on the veneer of Lion Fight in January, though, when word broke that the United States Muay Thai Association, the organization that had provided oversight for a total of three Lion Fight events, declared itself “done” with Lion Fight. The claim? Lack of payment as well as cooperation from the promotion. Lion Fight was quick to declare that the switch to IKF for Lion Fight 27 was decided in advance, but the story sort of tapered off into the ether as stories like this tend to do for promotions that aren’t huge and in the national spotlight.

Word was after the event that there were some outstanding payment issues that were bound to surface, only it took nearly two months for anything to bubble up and pour into the public eye. In a now-redacted tweet and corresponding Instagram post from newly-crowned champion Tiffany Van Soest, she claimed to still be owed money for her Lion Fight 27 performance, which the company hadn’t made good on. So she was auctioning off her Lion Fight championship for $500 to pay some bills -- or so was the implication -- and people seemed shocked. The USMTA/IKF bait-and-switch was quick and happened without much visibility, but non-payment for one of their world champions? That was something that would catch some eyes. And it did.

Along with the recent, quiet departure of longtime posterboy for the promotion in Kevin Ross, things might seem a bit off within the realm of Lion Fight. Joe Schilling has gone on record publicly talking down the home of some of his most notable fights before he signed with GLORY and Bellator, going as far as to dub the promotion “Lion Fart” and within some of the more hardcore muay thai circles there are a lot of “I told you so’s” floating around. Needless to say, while the promotion might be picking up steam and exposure, with that exposure has come an increased focus on every aspect of the promotion. There has been talk of a “uniform deal” that sounds a lot like UFC and Reebok’s much-maligned deal, but there have only been whispers of complaints thus far.

Van Soest’s decision to come forward and call out the promotion was a power play, if anything. A fan-backed GoFundMe was launched almost immediately and far surpassed the goal of $500, with many within the community quick to rally behind her to help cover any costs she needed help with an wanted her to keep the belt. Van Soest is a popular fighter who by all reports seems to be done with Lion Fight and should be heading off to greener pastures in the near future, so there shouldn’t be any doubts as to if she’ll be fighting again any time soon thanks to how marketable she is. If she needed to borrow some money she clearly could have, although that isn’t the point. The point here is that the only way that she saw that money was by going public and taking scrapes at Lion Fight’s public perception, which at this point is one of their most treasured assets.

It worked.

This afternoon they were quick to offer up an official statement claiming that there was an issue when the check was deposited, but that they have wired her the money this afternoon to clear up any sort of outstanding payment. But, the issue here feels more complicated than that. Lion Fight owed Van Soest money and the only way for Van Soest and her team to see that money was to make a statement on social media. The IKF, who sanctioned the event after USMTA dropped off, even has rules in place that are meant to avoid situations like this:

Promoter is required to pay to the IKF Representative or Associate directly after the event weigh-ins and before the Official event Rules meeting in CASH or CERTIFIED Checks ALL PRO Fighter Purses made out to each PRO Fighter.

The Official IKF Event representative shall hold all fight purses and distribute them to all pro fighters AFTER the event.

Lion Fight is, for many young fighters and fans, something to aspire to, the place where muay thai fighters in the United States can strive to fight and earn their fame in. Legends and heroes like Kevin Ross, Tiffany Van Soest, Joe Schilling, John Wayne Parr, Cris Cyborg Santos, Malaipet, Cosmo Alexandre, Artem Levin, Simon Marcus and many more have fought within Lion Fight’s ring and while there have been more options for those inclined towards kickboxing, the same can’t be said for muay thai. Lion Fight is pretty much the only game in town on a quasi-national level when it comes to clinching, elbows and knees, utilizing the full thai rules and this is a major blow to that perception that they are the best stand up striking organization in America.

For now they still are, the only problem is that not all fighters have the same sort of voice or platforms available to them like Van Soest does. For the good of the sport here's to hoping that stuff like this doesn't pop up again any time soon, or if it does that it's taken care of behind closed doors, not in the public view.

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Yokkao 17 and 18 Cards are Typically Stacked Heading into Saturday

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In what is now becoming an increasingly common occurrence for muay thai fans in Bolton, Yokkao returns this weekend for Yokkao 17 and Yokkao 18. Another double header in Bolton has been sold out for quite some time now and the card promises to deliver big, like past events have. Not many events create the same groundswell from fans like the previous Yokkao events in the UK have, with us being flooded with nothing but positive talk about the previous shows and fans in the UK once again in store for another great night of fights.

Yokkao has released the full card from both shows with the two headline fights being Liam Harrison vs. Tetsuya Yamato and Jordan Watson vs. Sanny Dahlbeck, respectively. 

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Muay Thai Grand Prix 3 All Access and New Fight Added

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Muay Thai Grand Prix 3 is quickly approaching, happening on the 26th of March. Just announced was a bout between Ben Lucas and Alex Bublea, which is in addition to the 4-man 72kg tournament, a worl;d title fight between Charlie Peters and Tommi McCormick and a bunch of other big fights.

MUAY THAI GRAND PRIX 3 – Saturday 26th March 2016

4-Man 72KG MTGP–

Luke Whelan (Eng)

Conor Stewart (Eng)

Sevket Cerkez (Tur)

Luca Caputo (Ita)

–FTR A-Class–

Iman Barlow (Eng) V Maria Lobo (Por)

– MTGP World Welterweight Title –

Charlie Peters (Eng) V Tommi McCormick (Eng)

–FTR A-Class–

Dan McGowan (Eng) V Victor Saravia (USA)

–FTR A-Class–

Ben Lucas (Eng) V Alex Bublea (Rom)

–FTR A-Class–

Damien Trainor (Eng) V Adrian Lopez (Spa)

–FTR A-Class–

Dean James (Eng) V Wuttichai (Tha)

–Pro K-1–

Jamie Whelan (Eng) V Paul Karpowicz (Eng)

–FTR A-Class–

Evan Jays (Eng) V Tommy Green (Eng)

–B-Class–

Michael Pham (Eng) V Dominik Matusz (Pol)

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Muaythai Mania 10 in Hungary on March 12

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On March 12 Muaythai Mania will open its doors again for the 10th time.

As fans can see on the events FB page it's not a secret that this time, for its jubilee the theme for MTM refers to the legendary soccer game from 1953 where the Hungarian team managed to grab a fantastic 6:3 win against England hoping that Hungarian fighters entering the ring on the night of the show will provide something similar.

Péter Albrecht, Norbert Spéth, Dominik Bereczki, Róbert Radics and Márk Hegedűs will seek to repeat history a bit and surprise the world at the Sport Hall of Mosonszolnok.

Fight card

63.5 kg Albrecht Péter vs Kris Pearson
67 kg Radics Róbert vs TBA
67 kg Spéth Norbert vs Alex Bublea
72.6kg Bereczki Dominik vs Giannis Skordilis
76 kg Hegedűs Márk vs Danny Edwards

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Watch MTGP: Behind the Curtains

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Muay Thai GP based out of the UK has made a big splash on the international muay thai scene in a hurry, from a deal with Lion Fight to their two big events that they've put on thus far. They put together a behind-the-scenes documentary from MTGP 2 that is split up into two parts and looks into all sorts of different aspects of how their show happened.

This is some good viewing if you are a fan, future fighter, future promoter or even involved in the sport now. 

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Lion Fight 28: Cedric Manhoef Replaces Kem Sitsongpeenong

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Cedric Manhoef will be stepping in to fight for the Lion Fight welterweight title against Jo Nattawut on February 26, 2016 at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. 

The reason for Kem Sitsongpeenong being replaced is yet to be released but hopefully he will be ready to fight the winner of this fight later on in the year. Luckily there is still a decent amount of time for Manhoef to prepare as this will be one of his toughest tests to date not to mention Manhoef fought mostly K-1 Rules in 2015 where as this fight will be full Muay Thai. It will be interesting to see how Cedric adapts to the rules and fighting such a crafty Thai in Jo Nattawut.

Lion Fight 28 Full Card

Welterweight Title: "Smokin" Jo Nattawut (Atlanta, GA) vs Cedric Manhoef (Amsterdam, Holland)

Lightweight Title: Ognjen Topic (Lodi, NJ) vs Sergio Wielzen (Amsterdam, Holland)

Ky Hollenbeck (San Francisco, CA) vs Justin Greskiewicz (Philadelphia, PA)

Chris Mauceri (Kingston, NY) vs Nick Chasteen (Phoenix, AZ)

Turan Hasanov (Brooklyn, NY) vs Asa Tenpow (West Palm Beach, FL)

Yeison Berdugo (Providence, RI) vs Bryce Lawrence (Naples, FL) 

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IKF Reverses Decision in Bolanos vs. Kronphet

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In an interesting twist of fate a controversial decision from a recent fight was actually reviewed and reversed. At the most recent Lion Fight Gaston Bolanos and Kronphet battled in a razor-close bout that saw the live judges score the fight for Kronphet, much to the dismay of many fans. All of that has changed now.

The IKF has announced that they reviewed the fight by sending an audio-less version of the bout to twenty one judges around the world only for 19 of those judges to score the fight for Bolanos, one to score it a draw and two scored it for Kronphet. With numbers like that it was easy for them to overturn the decision and score the fight in the favor of Bolanos. [source]

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Wildly Inconsistent Judging Strikes Again, This Time Against Gaston Bolanos

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In what has become a plague of sorts, yet another quality combat sports event happened this weekend under the Lion Fight banner and fans were left scratching their heads over it. The fight in question was at Lion Fight 27 between Gaston Bolanos and Kronphet. It was a competitive five round affair, the first decision for Bolanos and the young fighter learned firsthand why everyone always echoes the now empty sentiment of "never let it go to the judges."

Because he let it go to the judges and the decision rendered was not great. While it was a close fight, the body kicks from Kronphet were what scored him points with the judges. Unsurprising to many, but the two Thai judges scored the bout for the Thai fighter, while the other judge scored the fight for Bolanos. Simply watching the fight you can see in the later rounds how Bolanos grew more comfortable, was cutting off the ring and was scoring points with punches, elbows and the clinch sweeps, all of which he was landing consistently against the Thai. 

The IKF was overseeing Lion Fight 27, from what we understand on somewhat late notice, but the rules going into the fight weren't in doubt. Interestingly enough, the referee didn't seem to grasp the concept of the rules and was quickly breaking up clinches between the two men, to the point where I've seen more clinchwork allowed in kickboxing fights, even recent ones. Confusingly enough, the referee wasn't the only problem, because the judges didn't seem to grasp the scoring, either. If in kickboxing what Sitthichai did against Robin van Roosmalen wasn't enough for a win, under muay thai rules what Kronphet did to Bolanos was essentially zilch. IKF's own rules spell it all out.

In fact, from reports that we've received, the two judges in question had scored Kronphet as the winner in round four for one judge and round five for the other, either one of those being objectively insane calls by most educated eyes. From what we understand the IKF is looking at the decision and may even be considering overturning it, but even if not, this fight will just be tossed onto the pile of evidence that officiating in kickboxing and muay thai needs a complete overhaul. Anyone that is to referee or judge a fight should understand the rules and be properly vetted, much like a jury is in a court case, to ensure that fighters won't have to keep working so hard to face this level of uncertainty and fear when they are fighting a tough opponent that they just can't seem to knock out. 

What's especially tough is that the onus here doesn't fall on the fighters or their coaches for failing in any way, or even the promotions, who aren't directly assigning these officials, but the overseeing bodies that exist in combat sports, all of which tend to feel outdated, insecure and relics from a time long since past. If we want to see the sports of kickboxing and muay thai gain a stronger hold not only in America, but in Europe and other parts of the world as well, there needs to be a unified front and we need to stop having these divisive moments happening every few weeks. 

I'm not here to point fingers, to accuse anyone, just at this point a plea for these people to remember that they are helping to frame the careers of all of these fighters and that their decisions carry long shockwaves that don't just stop when the bell rings.

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Weigh-in Results For Tonight's Lion Fight 27

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Joe Rogan's favorite stand-up promotion returns to the airwaves tonight on AXS TV with a big, two-title bout fight card that is sure to entertain during these winter doldrums. The main event sees the Welterweight title on the line between Charlie Peters and Fabio Pinca, while the co-main sees Tiffany Van Soest contend for her second championship at Women's Super Bantamweight against Ashley Nichos.

Also on the card is Gaston Bolanos against Kronphet, Brian Del Rosario against Chris Culley and everyone's favorite Coke Chunhawat against Anvar Boynazarov. 

Lion Fight 27 Main Card – Begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on AXS TV

Main Event – Welterweight (147 pound) Title Fight – Charlie Peters (146.4) vs. Fabio Pinca (145.2)

Co-Main Event – Women’s Super Bantamweight (120 pound) Title Fight – Ashley Nichos (119.2) vs. Tiffany Van Soest (119)

Welterweight (143 Pound) Fight – Kronphet Phetrachapat (143.6) vs. Gaston Bolanos (142.4)

Welterweight (147 pound) Fight – Chris Culley (150.2) vs. Brian Del Rosario (146.6)

Super Lightweight (137 pound) Fight – Coke Chunhawat (137.4) vs. Anvar Boynazarov (140.4)

Lightweight (132 pound) Fight – Jared Papazian (133) vs. Travis Clay (131.2)

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Lion Fight 27 Fight Card

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Lion Fights 27 is taking place this Friday January 29th at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California.

Fabio Pinca will take on Charlie Peters for the welterweight title and Tiffany Van Soest will defend her super bantamweight title. Lets hope Lion Fight can keep the momentum going from their last great show.

Full Card

WELTERWEIGHT TITLE: FABIO PINCA vs. CHARLIE PETERS

WOMEN'S SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT: TIFFANY VAN SOEST vs. ASHLEY NICHOLS

COKE CHUNHAWAT vs. ANVAR BOYNAZAROV

GASTON BOLANOS vs. KRONPHET PHETRACHAPAT

CHRIS CULLEY vs. BRIAN DEL ROSARIO

TRAVIS CLAY vs. JARED PAPAZIAN

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Sam-A and Petboonchu Both Moving to Singapore to Work as Trainers

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It’s the end of an era in Muay Thai with Petboonchu FA Group and Sam-A Gaiyanghadaogym becoming the latest in a long line of top Muay Thai fighters to retire from active competition in Thailand and move to Singapore.

Three years ago the likes of Petboonchu, Sam-A, Nong-O Gaiyanghadaogym, Saketdao Phetpayathai, Peneak Sitnumnoi and Ponsaneh Sitmonchai could be found fighting on the biggest cards of the year at Rajadamnern and Lumpinee.

Between them they’ve won just about every title Muay Thai has to offer but now they are all working full time as trainers in Singapore alongside several other big names from the sport like Orono Wor Petchpun and Namsaknoi Yudthagarngamtorn.

Peneak and Petboonchu are still relatively young but both had begun the process of winding down their fighting careers well before moving to Singapore. The rest are veterans of 300+ fights who, while still competing at the pinnacle of the sport when they stopped, are already slightly past their heyday.

In an emotional post on Facebook yesterday Sam-A thanked everyone who had contributed towards his 24 year fighting career. The multiple time Lumpinee champion stated that with his 33rd birthday approaching he felt the time had come to call time on a career which culminated with him winning the Toyota Marathon tournament last Christmas day.

Sam-A won the Lumpinee ‘Fighter of the Year’ award in 2011 but narrowly missed out on winning the prestigious Sports Writer’s ‘Fighter of the Year’ award a few months later when he was beaten by Peneak. The two will soon be colleagues and can reminisce about the part they played in one of the more memorable fights of the decade.

In terms of silverware few collections can compare to that of Petboonchu. He won an incredible 14 different titles in nine different divisions and will be reunited with several of his former opponents at Evolve MMA including Sam-A, Orono, Nong-O and Saketdao.

While Muay Thai fans will be sad that these legendary fighters are no longer going to be competing in the Bangkok stadiums they have all earned the right to make a comfortable living from the sport without putting their bodies on the line by fighting every month.

And as one era ends another is beginning with young fighters like Panpayak Jitmuangnon, Sangmanee Sor Tienpo, Ronachai Sunti-Ubon, Ginsanglek Tor Laksong and Muangthai PKSaenchaigym stepping up to replace the likes of Sam-A and Petboonchu.

Even the very best Thai fighters only receive purses in the region of 100,000-150,000 Baht at the Bangkok stadiums and their managers and camps often take a cut of around 50 per cent. At Evolve MMA they can earn considerably more than this per month so it seems likely that more of Muay Thai’s biggest names will be moving to Singapore once their competitive careers are done.

For more information visit: Evolve MMA.

 

 

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

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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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Ognjen Topic vs. Sergio Wielzan Set for Lion Fight 28

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Lion Fight returns in 2016 on January 29th with Lion Fight 27, but that doesn't mean that they aren't thinking to the future. We already knew that Jo Nattawut would be defending the Lion Fight Super Welterweight Championship against Kem Sitsongpeenong at Lion Fight 28, now we know that there is a second title fight being added to the mix. Ognjen Topic is set to defend his Lion Fight Lightweight Championship against none other than Sergio Wielzan at Lion Fight 28. 

Wielzan is the former It's Showtime 61MAX Champion and the current W5 60kg Champion.

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Vote for Muay Thai GP's top KO of 2015

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The holidays season is just about coming to a close with New Year's rapidly approaching, which means that it's time to look back on 2015. Muay Thai GP based out of the UK has had one hell of a first year thus far, partnering with Lion Fight in the US and putting on a series of exciting events. These events yielded some great action and, of course, a lot of highlight reel KO's.

They are asking for you, the viewer, to check out some of their top KO's of the year and to head over to their site to vote for which one was the craziest.

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Liam Harrison vs. Tetsuya Yamato on Tap for Yokkao 17

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Yokkao are looking to start their 2016 off with a bang with their Yokkao 17 and Yokkao 18 double header in Bolton, UK. Already on tap is Jordan Watson vs. Sanny Dahlbeck for the Yokkao 70kg championship. Now it is official that two of the best at 65kg will be squaring off as Liam Harrison will take on Tetsuya Yamato. Those two fights alone are worth the price of admission and Yokkao is once again giving our friends across the pond some of the best action that you'll see anywhere. 

Yokkao will also be ringing in the new year by opening up their official training center in Bangkok, Thailand in January. The soft launch is this week for those of you in the area, you can find out more on their website. The facility is located in the famous  Sukhumvit Soi 16 with construction starting just about a month ago now, with everything looking on track for a January opening. Saenchai and Singdam are scheduled to be there when it opens, so if you are in the area this seems like a can't miss for muay thai fans. 

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Lion Fight 26 Weigh-in Results

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Tomorrow night on AXS TV at 9pm eastern Lion Fight will present Lion Fight 26 with a main event of Turan Hassanov against Nick Chasteen. John Nofer and Victor Saravia are in the co-main and social media superstar Sean Fagan will be fighting Pedro Gonzalez.

Lion Fight 26 Main Card – Begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on AXS TV

Main Event – Welterweight (142 pounds) fight – Turan Hassanov (142) vs. Nick Chasteen (141)

Co-Main Event – Super Bantamweight (122 pounds) fight – John Nofer (122) vs. Victor Saravia (122)

Middleweight (160 pounds) fight – Ben Peak (159) vs. Josh Shepard (159)

Lightweight (135 pounds) – Tim Amorim (136) vs. Julio Pena (133)

Welterweight (142 pounds) – Sean Fagan (141) vs. Pedro Gonzalez (142)

Amateur Undercard

Super Middleweight (165 pounds) fight – Brian Bogue (166) vs. Chris Baker (165)

Super Lightweight (140 pounds) fight – Malcolm Hill (139) vs. Mike Savvas (138)

Middleweight (155 pound fight) – Jermaine Palmer (156) vs. Justin Lozada (153)

Super Lightweight (140 pounds) – Stergos Mikkios (140) vs. Niko Qirjazo (142)

Middleweight (155 pound fight) – Frank Wells (156) vs. Phabion Wilson (154)

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