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Greg Wootton Injured, Replaced by Massaro Glunder for Yokkao 14 Clash with Saenchai

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Bad news for fight fans in the UK that were looking to support local fighter Greg Wootton at the big Yokkao 14/Yokkao 15 double header happening on October 10th in the UK as Wootton has injured a rib in training and will be unable to compete. The good news, though, is that Yokkao has not only found a solid replacement, but they've found an amazing replacement by the way of current #4 ranked Featherweight here on LiverKick in Massaro Glunder. Glunder has been impressing the world in K-1 WGP in Japan over the past year or so and will now step into the ring with one of the living legends of the muay thai world in Saenchai. 

For a late replacement, Glunder, fighting out of Mike's Gym, is a fantastic choice on such late notice and will hopefully bring that same fire that he's been bringing to his fights in Japan. 

Yokkao 14/15 takes place on October 10th at Macron Stadium in Bolton in the UK and according to most reports is completely sold out.


Singdam Tells Liam Harrison He Has No Chance at Yokkao 15

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Yokkao 15 is quickly approaching, part of the big double header in Bolton in the UK with one of the feature attractions being Singdam Kiatmoo9 squaring off with the UK's own Liam Harrison. In this interview conducted by Yokkao's Stefania Picelli she talks about this being Liam's first fight and Singdam brings the heat. Singdam is of course a veteran of over 330 fights and isn't impressed with Liam's 100 fights, not even a little bit.

Oh yeah, he goes as far as to tell him that he has no chance on October 10th. Watch the interview below.


Main and Co-Main Announced for Muay Thai GP in November

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We recently learned about Muay Thai Grand Prix, the muay thai promotion in the UK that will be teaming up with Lion Fight to try to unite the best of the best from the UK muay thai scene and the US muay thai scene to help grow the sport. That is an admirable task that we look forward to seeing unfold in the future months. The first event since this announcement will be on November 22nd and this week MTGP has announced two blockbuster fights for that card.

The two fights announced are the main and the co-main. The main event of the night will feature Michael Wakeling vs. Regian Eersel for the Super Middleweight Championship. In the co-main event of the evening we'll see another world title decided when Jose Varela battles Wuttichai for the MTGP World Featherweight Championship. More will be announced in the coming weeks, but those two fights serve for a great foundation for a heavily-anticipated show for muay thai fans in the UK.

Make sure to check out their website for more.



Ky Hollenbeck Returning to the Ring at Lion Fight 24

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This Friday evening live from Foxwoods Resort and Casino in lovely Connecticut will be Lion Fight 24. Lion Fight 24 will see the return to the ring from Ky Hollenbeck after a prolonged absence. Hollenbeck competed for Lion Fight back in 2011 during the early days of the promotion and will now return against Chicago's Richard Abraham. 

The card also features two title fights, with Ognjen Topic competing against Stephen Meleady for the vacant 134lbs title and Jo Nattawut looks to defend his 154lbs title against the UK's Charlie Peters. Also on the card are Lion Fight mainstays in Gaston Bolanos and Chris Mauceri.

Lion Fight 24 will air live on AXS TV at 9pm Eastern.

Main Event

160 lbs Ky Hollenbeck (San Francisco, CA) vs Richard Abraham (Chicago, IL)

Co-Main Event – Title

134 lbs Ognjen Topic (Lodi, NJ) vs Stephen Meleady (Leeds, UNITED KINGDOM / IRELAND)

Feature Fight – Title

154 lbs Jo Nattawut (Atlanta, GA) vs Charlie Peters (London, UNITED KINGDOM)

142 lbs Gaston Bolanos (Dublin, CA) vs Ben Yelle (Marquette, MI)

142 lbs Chris Mauceri (Kingston, NY) vs Nicolas Parlanti (Brooklyn, NY / FRANCE)

134 lbs Julio Pena (Boston, MA) vs Yeison Berdugo (Providence, RI / COLOMBIA)

155 lbs Danny Millet (New York, NY) vs PJ Sweda (Philadelphia, PA) NON-TELEVISED PRO BOUT


Lion Fight and Muay Thai Grand Prix Announce Partnership

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Yesterday evening it was announced that Lion Fight is teaming up with British muay thai promotion Muay Thai Grand Prix that will see both promotions share talent, have their champions compete against each other and hold Grand Prix tournaments. This partnership is what both sides believe will be able to help to take international muay thai to the next level, by combining the top talent pools from the United States and United Kingdom.

This agreement includes signing future talents and the aforementioned tournaments, starting with qualification tournaments. The partnership means that world class talents from both sides of the Atlantic working with each other and the potential to put on some amazing fights. Lion Fight plans to host eight events this year while Muay Thai Grand Prix is planning three events in the UK. Scott Kent will be in attendance at Muay Thai Grand Prix's November 22nd event and hopefully we'll see more movement on this front soon.


Nong-O Kaiyanghadaogym Moving to Singapore to Join Evolve MMA

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One of the best Muay Thai fighters of the last year, Nong-O Kaiyanghadaogym, is to become a trainer at Evolve MMA. The reigning Rajadamnern 135 lbs champion and recent Toyota Marathon winner will be moving to Singapore to work with both fighters and students.

In 2005 Nong-O won the Thailand 118 lbs belt, his first major title, and was also awarded the prestigious ‘Sports Writers’ fighter of the year award. The following year he won his first Lumpinee title while competing at 122 lbs.

Nong-O would go on to become a fixture on the biggest cards at the Bangkok stadiums regularly facing off with the biggest names of the era like Saenchai Sor Kingstar, Petboonchu FaGroup, Singdam Kiatmoo9,  Jomthong Chatmoo9, etboonchu Fafacing off with the biggest names of the era like Saenchai Sor Kingstar, Petboonchu FaGroup, Singdam Kiatmoo9, Jomthong Chuwattana, Saketdao Petpayathai and Kongsak Sitbonmee.

In 2007 he won the Lumpinee 126 lbs title and two years later he claimed the stadium’s 130 lbs title. Nong-O had to wait until 2013 to win a Lumpinee title in a fifth division, beating Singdam to win the 135 lbs belt. 

Nong-O has already won the Thailand 135 lbs belt by beating Petboonchu the previous year and in 2011 he won his first Toyota Marathon, beating three top Thai fighters in the space of a single afternoon.

In 2014 Nong-O enjoyed a vintage year, beating his old rival Singdam to win the Rajadamnern 135 lbs belt, a title which he still holds to this day. He also knocked out three opponents in quick succession to win the Toyota Marathon and qualify for the Toyota Tournament.

The other three finalists were Singdam, Petboonchu and a Japanese fighter called Shoko Sato but  it was Nong-O who prevailed, beating Petboonhcu by decision in the final to win a Toyota Hilux Vigo and 300,000 Baht in prize money.

Nong-O used to fight out of the now defunct Sit-O camp but in 2011 he switched to the famous Petyindee academy which at the time was attached to the old Lumpinee Stadium. It remains to be seen whether he will continue to compete after joining Evolve MMA or will instead focus full time on working as a trainer.

In Singapore Nong-O will be reunited with numerous fighters he faced during his Muay Thai career with the likes of Singthongnoi Por. Telakoon, Orono Wor Petchpun, Pornsaneh Sitmonchai and Saketdao all currently employed as trainers by Evolve MMA.

For more information visit Evolve MMA.


Yokkao Heads to Argentina for Yokkao 16

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South America has long been an interesting incubator for talent in combat sports and Yokkao is looking to bring their unique brand of muay thai to Argentina this year. Yokkao announced that Yokkao 16 will take place in Argentina on November 13th in Rosario, Argentina. 

The focus of the show will be fighters from Brazil and Argentina as well as the inclusion of fighters from the Yokkao's UK team. The card will be announced shortly as well as the full, complete card for the upcoming Yokkao 14 and 15 in the UK that is set to take place on October 10th in Bolton. 


Yokkao Launches Revamped Online Shop

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For those of you out there looking for some new gear for the gym or just for whatever you choose to do at home in your muay thai and kickboxing-filled lives you know how much of a bummer it can be shopping for gear. Yokkao has heard what people want and totally revamped their online store at The new, easy to browse and purchase from store has everything that you are looking for broken down into sections.

So check out the new Yokkao store at


John Wayne Parr vs. Cosmo Alexandre III at Lion Fight 25

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The fight that was supposed to happen in 2013 will finally be happening on October 23rd at Lion Fight 25. That fight? John Wayne Parr vs. Cosmo Alexandre III. Each fighter has a win over the other and Lion Fight is making the rubber match happen live on AXS TV. Inside MMA announced the fight last night, as well as Jorina Baars vs. Martina Jindrova in the co-main event in what is looking to be an entertaining card thus far.

We'll have more on Lion Fight 25 when it's available.


Fight Card for Lion Fight 23

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This Friday evening live on AXS TV we'll see the triumphant return of Lion Fight with Lion Fight 23. This is without a doubt one of the more stacked Lion Fight cards in quite a while featuring an amazing main event between Malaipet and Liam Harrison and the co-main event featuring Tiffany Van Soest against Martyne Krol for the vacant Women's Featherweight Championship. The rest of the card delivers as well with Kevin Ross vs. Rungrat Sasiprapa, Victor Saravia against Stan Mancebo, GLORY vet Mike Lemaire against Andrew Kapel and perhaps the best fight on the show, Romie Adanza vs. Andy Howson.

This is perhaps the can't miss Lion Fight card of the year.


Malaipet vs. Liam Harrison

Lion Fight Women's Featherweight Championship: Tiffany Van Soest vs. Martyne Krol 

Kevin Ross vs. Rungrat Sasiprapa

Victor Saravia vs. Stan Mancebo

Mike Lemaire vs. Andrew Kapel

Romie Adanza vs. Andy Howson


Top King 4 Finals in Hong Kong Featuring Buakaw Banchamek on July 28th

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On this forthcoming Tuesday, Muay Thai promotion Topking World Series will return to the Star Hall in Hong Kong with their fourth event to date, featuring the highly-anticipated conclusion of their 70kg tournament.

The event will host both the semi-finals and finals of the tournament, with only four men left standing from the original sixteen. Buakaw Banchamek will be taking on Reece McAllister in the first semi-final, whilst Khayal Dzhaniev will meet Marat Grigorian in the other bracket.

Buakaw Banchamek is a man that needs little introduction. The two-time K-1 Max World Champion brutalised Steve Moxon en-route to third round elbow-induced finish in the opening round of the tournament, before besting Dmytro Konstantynov via decision to earn his place in the final four. 

Since his last loss back in 2013, England's Reece McAllister has fought like a man possessed. The 23-year old has made it to the semi-finals after tearing through both Crice Boussoukou and Marcin Parcheta inside of a round. The bout with Buakaw will undoubtedly be the biggest fight of the young Englishman's career.

21-year old Khayal Dzhaniev was a relative unknown prior to the tournament, however he has since turned some heads after his upset decision win over Niclas Larsen in the tournament quarter finals. "The Russian Brutal" will once again be looking to spring the upset as he takes on our #7 ranked lightweight Marat Grigorian. 

Marat Grigorian, 24, is one of the most active competitors in kickboxing today. After consecutive points victories over Abraham Roqueni and Eisa Alamda Nezam earned him his place in the semi-finals, Grigorian has gone on to fight another eight times since. A little over three weeks ago Grigorian finished three straight foes en-route to winning the K-1 70kg Championship.

Topking World Series regulars Pakorn, Thongchai Sitsongpeenong and Rungravee Sasiprapa are also set to compete on the card. 

The two-hour fight card will begin at 19:30 local time.

Fight card:
70kg Final: Winner of Bracket A vs. Winner of Bracket B
70kg: Buakaw Banchamek vs. Reece McAllister- Bracket A
70kg: Marat Grigorian vs. Khayal Dhaniev- Bracket B
63kg: Pakorn P.K. Seanchai Muaythai Gym vs. Varats Dzmitry
70kg: Thongchai Sitsongpeenong vs. Colin Law
57kg: Rungravee Sasiprapa vs. Wei Ning Hui
63kg: Sittisak Petchphayathai vs. Matt Embree

Liam Harrison vs. Singdam Kiatmoo9 Scheduled for Yokkao 15

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If you've been following muay thai and kickboxing for a while you definitely know the name Liam Harrison. Harrison, based out of the UK, has been one of the best non-Thai fighters to compete in the muay thai ring over the past few years and has built up quite a name for himself. Over that span of time he has fought a whopping 99 times and his 100th fight will not only be a big deal, it'll be a huge deal. At Yokkao 15 on October 10th he will face multiple-time Lumpinee champion Singdam Kiatmoo9.

Singdam is revered as one of the top fighters in the world at 135lbs, trading wins with the best fighters in the world over the past few years at Lumpinee Stadium, the mecca for muay thai. This headlining bout will be joining the other headlining bout from Yokkao 14 on the same night between Greg Wootton and Saenchai in what should be another crazy double header of a night for the fans in the UK.


The Yokkao Factory in Bangkok is Open for Business

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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.


Saenchai vs. Wootton Scheduled for Yokkao 14 Plus Seminars and More

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If you think that it is easy being Saenchai then think again because he has been quite the busy guy over the past few months thanks to his partnership with Yokkao and it doesn't look to be stopping any time soon. Saenchai is just coming off a series of seminars in the UK and United States who, along with Pakorn and Yokkao promoter Stefania Picelli, visited select locations in both countries and held a number of seminars for both amatuers and professionals alike. 

After much demand Saenchai and Picelli are planning an extensive tour of the United States this fall, which more details will be announced shortly. The big news, of course, is that Saenchai will be headlining Yokkao 14 in Bolton against Greg Wootton in what should be quite a war. More details will be released shortly.

You can also follow all of the news of the Yokkao Games on their official site now, after commencing them late last month. The record for kicks thrown was from Ahmad Ibrahim with a staggering 417 kicks. Seriously.


Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke | In Pursuit of Greatness

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This Friday Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke will have the opportunity to become the first Thai fighter to ever win a title with a major MMA organization.

In this video the 37 year old returns to his roots at the Lookbanyai gym in Bangkok to discuss the journey which took him from the small southern town of Trang to the bright lights of the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke | In Pursuit of Greatness.


For more information about Dejdamrong visit: Evolve MMA


Lion Fight 22 Khalifa replaces Kem Sitsongpeenong

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Sadly the much anticipated bout between Jo Nattawut and Kem Sitsongpeenong is not going to be taking place at Lion Fights 22 on May 22nd. Kem has suffered an unfortunate injury which has forced him to pull out. Luckily Salah "The Beast" Khalifa has stepped up and is taking the fight on couple weeks notice even though he usually fights at 154lbs. I think Khalifa has great heart and is a very brave man to take this fight but in my opinion this fight shouldn't be too difficult for Nattawut. We did see Khalifa at Lion Fight 18 against Yodsanklai and it did not end well for him, now Nattawut is not a KO artist like Yod but I feel he can just dominate every round without much trouble.

Full Card

Jo Nattawut vs. Salah Khalifa (Lion Fight Welterweight Title)

Tiffany Van Soest vs. Bernise Alldis (Lion Fight women’s featherweight title)

Anthony Castrejon vs. Jason Andrada (Battle For Vegas Bragging Rights)

Damien Earley vs. Gaston Bolanos

Brian Del Rosario vs. Tom Morales

Christine Ferea vs. Calie Cutler



Yokkao to Open Factory in Bangkok Plus Saenchai Seminar Information for the UK and US

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It's been interesting to watch the evolution of the Yokkao brand over the past few years. It went from a fledgling gear brand looking to make an impact on a rather crowded marketplace to one of the leaders. In that period of time they have branched out into promoting a successful series of events throughout the world, establishing teams of elite fighters, sponsoring gyms and opening up operations worldwide. The latest step was opening up a new, 1000 square meter factory in the heart of Bangkok.

The new factory will be overseen by none other than Stefania Picelli, who will be moving from Europe to Thailand to oversee the factory, which is slated to open on June 15th and also include a public-facing shop. They will be offering tours and consultations for those interested in becoming a part of the Yokkao family as well.

Of course, Yokkao is still pushing that Saenchai and Manop will be returning to the United States on May 29th through the 31st for a series of seminars and for the beginning of the Yokkao Games. More details on the May US visit can be seen here. Those in the UK will be able to meet up with Saenchai and Pakorn in just a matter of days for similar seminars and information on the Yokkao Games on the 16th through the 24th. More details can be seen here.


Yodkhunpon Sitmonchai Makes Successful Comeback With KO Win over Armin Pumpanmuang

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Yodkhunpon Sitmonchai was one of the fastest rising stars on the Muay Thai scene but after a run of bad results the 21 year old decided to put his fighting career on the backburner and focus on his studies. On Tuesday night in Bang Saphan he returned to the ring and scored an extremely impressive KO win against veteran light middleweight Armin Pumpanmuang.

It was Yodkhunpon’s first fight under Muay Thai rules since 2013 and his first time fighting at 154 lbs and he looked noticeably slimmer than his opponent. Their matchup was the main event of an outdoor show to celebrate the Songkran festival which also featured Lakhai ‘The Alien' Or Boonchuay on the card.

Yodkhunpon’s last fight was for Glory last June and he dropped a decision to Gabriel Varga but he displayed no signs of ring rust in the opening round. The Sitmonchai star knocked Armin to the ground with a right push kick to the face in the first 30 seconds and seemed to have a clear advantage in terms of speed and skill.

Armin came back strongly in the second stanza and landed a hard head kick which Yodkhunpon to his credit just walked through. The 27 year old from Songkhla suddenly became the aggressor as his younger opponent resorted to attempting wild left hooks which were telegraphed and inevitably missed.

It seemed the tide had turned in Armin’s favour but by round three Yodkhunpon had regained his composure and was starting to control the fight again, albeit in more measured style than the first three minutes. It was developing into an intriguing contest but the end came suddenly after the older fighter leaned back to evade a right body kick.

Armin succeeded in making Yodkhunpon miss completely with the kick, not for the first time in the fight, but he misjudged his proximity to the ropes and ended up bouncing back towards his opponent only to be met with a devastating right uppercut elbow which connected just beneath the left eye.

Armin dropped like a stone and was unconscious for several seconds while there was elation among the contingent in Yodkhunpon’s corner who had travelled down from Kanchanaburi to witness the comeback of the former child prodigy. It was an extremely impressive performance, particularly given the amount of time he has been away from competitive Muay Thai.

Earlier in the evening Lakhai Or Boonchuay went up against a local opponent called Monsawan Tesabanbangsaphannoi who was returning to competitive action after an absence of ten years. Despite the massive disparity in height and reach ‘Alien’ came on strong in the fourth round to win the fight and take the 100,000 Baht side bet.


Muaythai Mania 8 is coming on April 18th

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After it's successful 7th event on Valentine's Day WMC Hungary returns with another show to the location at Szentendre, Hungary well known to the fans. The previous show brough some intense fights in five weight classes and Hungary's first professional female WMC bout!

Muaythai Mania 8 will be the fourth under the WMC umbrella with a more than likely sold out venue. The organizers (Róbert Skrobár of SzVSE) recently managed to sign a contract with one of the leading sports channels of  Hungary the fights will be recorded and a highlight will air soon after the live event.

As we mentioned in an earlier article regarding another show some promotions already started to get a foothold on national sports channels and coverage in general just seems to be increasing in Hungary. A window of opportunity seems to be opening up for bigger and better things. Fight fans might expect a bright future for kickboxing and muay thai in Hungary and we have do have some reasons to be optimistic when looking ahead into the future.

Fight card:
1. Kovács Alexandra (Tong Thai) vs Vaida Masiokaite (Kaunas) 61.24 kg
2. Kisfalvi Milán (SzVSE) vs Ovidijus Jurginas (Kaunas) 82.55 kg
3. Bereczki Dominik (Perfect Fight Club) vs Martynas Jasiunas (Vilnius) 72.58 kg
4. Bakacs Dezső (RFC) vs Ernestas Dapkus (Vilnius) 76.2 kg
5. Lapusnyik László (SzVSE) vs Mantas Rimdeika (Kaunas) 95+ kg
6. Albrecht Péter (SzVSE) vs Radics Róbert (Simon Gym Fertőszentmiklós) 66.68 kg


Victory Muay Thai VIII Stream on Friday -- The Road to the Garden

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Victory Combat Sports in New York have been promoting fights for a while now and were the first to promote MMA fights in New York City last year. They continue with their Spring series of events titled the "Road to the Garden" that begins on April 10th with Victory Muay Thai VIII. It's a stacked card full of the hottest fighters in the New York muay thai scene including a few exciting title fights.

The event will be broadcast via GFL for $14.99 starting at 6:30 PM Eastern.

105 lb USKA Women's Muay Thai Title- Gianna Cuello-Smith (5 Points Academy) vs Kit Fung (Queens MMA) 
147 lb Victory MT Title - NJ Mac (Blade Fist Muay Thai) vs Amin Almelik (Warrior Muay Thai)
170 lb Victory MMA Title - Champ Robert Ovalle defends against Cire Taylor
Prairie Rugilo (Girl Fight) vs Tiffany Cass (Krudar Muay Thai) 
Codie Payne (ATT Whitestone) vs Jesus Morales (Mantra MMA) 
Valeria Cardozo (Monster Muay Thai Arizona) vs Giovanna Wood (Sitan Gym Long Island) 115 lbs
Jeanette Esposito (CROM Physical Culture) vs Kyla Hachay (Kalsamrit Gym Canada) 115 lbs
Diego Jagessar (Striking 101) vs Josh Santos (Stockade MMA) 
Matt McCullough (Wellington Muay Thai) vs Marlon Wiprud (Class One MMA, Brooklyn, NY) 190 lbs MT
Kyle McShane (Toronto Kickboxing & Muay Thai) vs Rohan Dalton (Renzo Gracie NYC) 170 lbs
Brandon Medina (ECUBJJ) vs Westley Chow (Renzo Gracie NYC) 125 lbs
Arthur Bartosiewicz (C3 Athletics) vs Travis Hassang (ATT Whitestone) 

Check Out Sanny Dahlbeck vs. Jordan Watson from Yokkao 12

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Yokkao's most recent blockbuster double header might have been a few weeks ago but that doesn't mean that it's a distant memory. Yokkao has gone ahead and released the full fight video from Yokkao 12 for the Yokkao 70kg World title bout between Jordan Watson and Sanny Dahlbeck. It was quite a war and now you can watch it and see how exciting the fight really was for yourself.

Of course, the question now is when the rematch will be. It's difficult to watch this fight and not hope to see these two clash again. Agreed?


Bud Light Presents Lion Fight 22 Scheduled for May 22nd

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Lion Fight 21 may be next Friday, featuring Kevin Ross vs. Tetsuya Yamato in a rematch, but that doesn't mean that we can't plan for the future. They've announced that Bud Light Presents Lion Fight 22 will be going down on May 22. The event will happen at Sunset Station Casino in Las Vegas on Friday, May 22nd. The main event is going to be a big one in Khem Sitsongpeenong vs. Jo Nattuwat for the World Super Welterweight Champinoship.

Also featured will be Tiffany Van Soest vs. Bernise Alldis in the co-main event. Jason Andrada and Anthony Castrejon are set to square off in a 122lbs bought, Gaston Bolanos and Damien Early will clash in a Welterweight bout and Tom Morales faces Brian Del Rosario in another Welterweight bout.


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

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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.


New Inside the Fight: Kevin Ross vs. Tetsuya Yamato Drops March 25th

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At Lion Fight 21 on March 27th Kevin Ross and Tetsuya Yamato will have a rematch of their 2013 Lion Fight 11 classic. It was a star-making performance for both men that saw Yamato walk away with the split decision victory but definitely left room for a rematch between the two. That rematch goes down on March 27th in Los Angeles at Lion Fight 21.

Our bud Jeff Dojillo will be helping to hype up that fight by releasing another in his awesome series of "Inside the Fight" just two days prior to that fight, March 25th. Jeff will be releasing a new poster every few days in anticipation over at CombatReel until March 25th, when the video will be released.


2011 Fighter of the Year Peneak Sitnumnoi Joins the Evolve MMA Fight Team

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Peneak Sitnumnoi who has won titles at Omnoi Stadium, Channel 7 Stadium and Lumpinee Stadium and was named the 2011 ‘Fighter of the Year’ is the latest Muay Thai legend to join Evolve MMA.

Originally from Phattalung, Peneak fought out of the Sing Patong camp in Phuket and is best remembered for beating Sam-A Gaiyanghadaogym in a 2012 bout at Lumpinee Stadium which decided who would win the Sports Writer’s ‘Fighter of the Year’ award, regarded as the single most prestigious honour in Muay Thai (see the fight here ).

That win would pave the way for Peneak to compete in marquee matchups with some of the biggest names in the sport including Saketdao Phetpayathai, Pakorn Sakyotin, Saeksan Or Kwanmuang and Kongsak Sitboonmee.

He was one of three Sing Patong fighters to simultaneously own titles at Lumpinee during a period when Peneak and his team mates Damien Alamos and Pentai Singpatong were all belt holders in their respective divisions at Bangkok’s most prestigious stadium.

Peneak has not been fighting as frequently of late but the 26 year old returned to Lumpinee last December and showed he still has what it takes to compete with the very best in the sport when he narrowly lost out to Muangthai PKSaenchaigym in a bout which won ‘Fight of the Night’ honours at the stadium’s big birthday show.

Peneak will be joining a team of trainers at Evolve MMA that also includes stellar names such as Namsaknoi Yudthagarngamtorn, Orono Wor Petchpun, Pornsaneh Sitmonchai and Saketdao Petpayathai.

Although Peneak is not retiring from competitive fighting it is unlikely he will be competing as regularly in the Bangkok stadiums but there is a possibility that he could follow in the footsteps of fellow former Lumpinee champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke by trying his hand at MMA.



Full Card for Yokkao 12 and 13

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On March 21st Yokkao will present Yokkao 12 and 13 in Bolton, UK. Both cards are stacked full of talent and following in the tradition of their last few events in the UK that have garnered a ton of buzz from fans and fighters alike. Yokkao 12 will feature an awesome bout between Jordan Watson and Sanny Dahlbeck in the main event while Yokkao 13 features Pakorn vs. Liam Harrison for the 65kg Yokkao World Title.

** YOKKAO 13 **
YOKKAO 12 – YOKKAO 13 Muay Thai UK
YOKKAO World Title -65kg
Pakorn PKSaenchaimuaythaigym vs Liam Harrison -65kg
Co-main event female fight
Bernise Alldis vs Tanya Merrit -57kg
YOKKAO UK Ranking Fight
Keith McLachlan vs Paul Karpowicz -59kg
YOKKAO UK Ranking Fight
Steven Long vs John Kaufman -67.5kg
YOKKAO UK Ranking Fight
Josh Turbill vs Jack Cooper -69kg
YOKKAO UK Ranking Fight
Chris Whittle vs Ross George -61.5kg
Wojtek Oleksyk vs Charlie Peters -65kg
*** YOKKAO 12 ***
Jordan Watson vs Sanny Dahlbeck -70kg
UK vs France
Darren O’Connor vs Karim Bennoui -61,5kg
YOKKAO UK Ranking Fight
Stephen Meleady vs Chris Shaw -61kg
YOKKAO UK Ranking Fight
Danny Harrison-Little vs Kyle Helleur -64.5kg
YOKKAO UK Ranking Fight
Myk Estlick vs Jack McGuire -63.5kg
Kris Addis vs Jake Barton -72.5kg
Juan Cervantes vs Joe Newton -77kg
Jack Kennedy vs Harry Burton -65kg

Phanpayak Jitmuangnont Outsmarts Sam-A Gaiyanghadao in Battle Between Two of Muay Thai’s Top Technicians

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The reigning ‘Fighter of the Year’ met one of the best Nak Muay of the decade at Lumpinee Stadium on Friday night when Phanpayak Jitmuangnont faced Sam-A Gaiyanghadao in the main event of a Petyindee Promotions show.

The fight had the vacant Lumpinee super featherweight title on the line and after a quiet start Phanpayak started to push forwards in the third, dragging the fight into the clinch where despite succeeding in unbalancing the teenager a couple of times Sam-A was unable to get him to the ground.

It was a battle between two clever southpaws meaning that whoever could find a home for their right kick would most likely prevail and crucially Phanpayak was able to land his with more power and frequency in the fourth.

It allowed the 19 year old to take a defensive approach in the final round as his veteran opponent attacked with punches, elbows and low kicks but could not land anything effective enough to prevent Phanpayak from taking a decision win and claiming the vacant Lumpinee 126 lbs title.

The biggest shock of the night came in the co main event when Manasak Sor Jor Lekmuangnon stopped Singdam Kiatmoo9 with a flurry of punches in the fourth round which handed the 2002 ‘Fighter of the Year’ a very rare stoppage loss.

Singdam was struggling to cope with his opponent’s superior height and was on the receiving end of some hard knees. In the fourth he tried to land one of his trademark right body kicks but Manasak leaned back to make him miss and then landed three hard right hands which saw ‘The Black Lion’ crumple to the canvass.

While Singdam is coming towards the end of a decorated career 22 year old Phetmorakot Wor Sangprapai is very much in the ascendancy and the Petyindee star defeated Kwankaw Mor.Ratanabandit by decision, avenging a February loss to the same fighter at Rajadamnern.

In another of the evening’s fights to be televised live in Thailand on Channel 5 Wanchai Rambo-Isarn defended his Lumpinee light flyweight title with a hard fought decision win over Satanmuanglek Noomponthep.

The other Lumpinee title at stake went home with Kwanphet Sor Suwanpakdee who beat Methee Sor Jor Toipaetriw by decision to claim the stadium’s vacant super bantamweight belt.


Three more bouts added to The Main Event

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The promoters at The Main Event have been working tirelessly to ensure this will be one of the best Muay Thai events to have ever graced the UK and have bolstered the line-up with three more excellent match-ups. The Main Event will take place on May 23rd from the Barclaycard Arena, which is capable of holding up to 13,000 spectators. 

Three of the UK's best in Muay Thai have been added to the card with teenage Muay Thai prodigy Daniel McGowan set to take on Italy's Gery Bavetta, former world title contender Greg Wootton will tangle with Rungrat Sasiprapa and ten-year veteran Dean James will meet Wuttichai.

Daniel McGowan (19-2-1) is a man that needs little introduction. The 19-year old Petchyindee-sponsored prospect made headlines in the latter half of last year after his string of victories in Thailand. He suffered a setback in January courtesy of a Kongfark Sor Chairoht head kick and will be looking to bounce back with a strong performance at The Main Event. 

His opponent Gery Bavetta (47-18-1) has built a reputation as being one of the top bantamweights in Europe over the course of his sixty-fight career. Like his opponent, Bavetta has also been training in Thailand recently and will be hoping his significant experience advantage will help him gain the upper hand in this contender for 'Fight of the Night'.

KO Gym's Greg Wootton (29-4) bounced back from from his unsuccessful title challenge against pound-for-pound great Pakorn in October with the biggest victory of his career. The Enfusion world title holder defeated Thai great Petchboonchu FA Group last November and will be looking for another victory come May 23rd in order to continue his ascension up the ranks.

Wootton will be taking on another Thai at The Main Event, as he's been pitted against 19-year old Rungrat Sasiprapa (60-19-2). Despite his young age, Rungrat has already competed in over eighty professional Muay Thai bouts and has been tipped by many to be one of Thailand's next generation of superstars. 

Three-time world Muay Thai champion Dean James (21-3) will be looking to build off of a fantastic 2014 campaign with another big performance at The Main Event. James claimed his third world title last year as well as earning a stoppage victory over Rungravee Sasiprapa.

He'll be facing Wuttichai (87-40), who will have over six times his experience. Wuttichai relocated to Ireland last year and will be looking to stamp his mark on the UK scene with a victory over James.

Current fight card:

75kg: Michael Wakeling vs. Chad Sugden
63.5kg: Greg Wootton vs. Rungrat Sasipara
55kg: Dean James vs. Wuttichai 
54kg: Daniel McGowan vs. Gery Bavetta
61.5kg: Panicos Yusuf vs. Stephen Meleady
61.5kg: Andrew Lofthouse vs. Matt McKeown
57kg: Macauley Coyle vs. Tam McCourt

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Video: Watch Liam Harrison knock out one of Jordan Watson's teeth

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In preparation of their upcoming title bouts, Bad Company's Jordan Watson and Liam Harrison were sparring in front of the Yokkao cameras, when Harrison landed flush with an uppercut, knocking one of Watson's teeth out. 

Despite the injury, it was all smiles between the two, who both are scheduled to headline Yokkao's double-event next month. Watson will be defending his 70kg Yokkao world title he won last October when he meets the ultra-talented Sanny Dahlbeck. Harrison on the other-hand, will need to claw the 65kg belt away from the grasp of pound-for-pound great Pakorn.

Yokkao's 12 & 13 will commence on March 21st from the Macron Arena in Bolton, Manchester. 


Top Class Muay Thai Fighters, Top Class Fights At Lion Fight 20

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Foxwoods Casino, 2/20/15: Scott Kent and the Lion Fight crew delivered another great night of fights, showcasing what really makes Muay Thai the Sport of Kings. If you don’t already know, what sets Muay Thai apart from other combat sports is the sportsmanship, honor, respect and friendship amongst the fighters. Even after what was to some a questionable decision the fighters always maintained a smile on their face, and acknowledged the skill and ability of their opponent. By the end of the night there were two after parties. One at Scorpion, the bar across the hall from the Fox Theater, where UFC Veteran and BJJ Gold Medalist Gabriel Gonzaga and many other spectators were partying it up and burning off the adrenaline. The other, smaller party was fighters, coaches and cute medical staff only, and it was in the ambulances and emergency room of the local hospital, where at least half a dozen of the fighters got to bond. The pictures from the taxi’s, buses, ambulances and ER are great. They look like pictures from a kid’s 12th birthday party. But enough of this love in the hospital, let’s get to the war in the ring.

In the main event Jorina Baars was just too fast, too strong, and too accurate for the more experienced Chantal Ughi to handle. Starting with a one-sided first round in which Jorina came forward with a mix of punches, body and low kicks that kept Ughi moving back, defending, and still taking clean hits. Although Chantal posed no danger to Jorina, her own front leg was quickly in danger of collapse from Baars’ kicks. More of the same action followed in the second round. Sensing her imminent demise, Ughi began throwing elbows after clinching Jorina, but couldn’t find the space to make effective contact. She did have a brief flash of life before the end of the round, but it turned out to be naught but a last gasp. Although Chantal made it out of the round, she was unable to get off the stool, and surrendered from her corner before the third round could start.

The co-main event was one of those fights that could have been a disaster on paper, but in either direction. Joe Sittisak has a world of experience, but with that experience comes an older body which can break down in training or a fight. Chris Mauceri has youth, speed, height and reach on his side. Youth brings with it passion and aggression, whereas the elder has composure, patience, power and resilience. Watching this fight was like watching a young fighter training on a heavybag, or even more like a wing chun dummy, heavybags move too much. Mauceri came forward tirelessly, like an incoming high tide, throwing waves of punches, kicks and knees. But like a strong seawall, Sittisak just absorbed them and turned them back. He moved around the ring like tired old elephant, but when he felt his back touch those ropes, he would fire back with a solid combination, or a clean knee or kick to the body, or a sweep so smooth and effortless you’d think he was on ice. The rounds were close, and followed the same pattern for the first four rounds with Sittisak doing just barely enough to keep the Upstate New York product at bay. In the fifth the older Thai looked like he just wanted to get to the end and have a cigarette and a beer. He had put enough rounds in the bank and was now in cruise-control. Mauceri may have sensed he was behind because he hit the gas even harder, coming forward and almost literally swinging for the fences with huge arcing right hands that Sittisak either slipped, faded, or countered. One of those counters punched Chris’ ticket to the ER, opening up a gash over his left eye which was bad enough for the ref to ask the doctor to look at. After the pause, Chris opened up the throttle even more and poured on the pressure. It was a valiant effort, and a great fight, but in the end the heavy bag will always be hanging there ready for more, while we need to rest and ice. So to did Sittisak win by UNANIMOUS DECISION 48-47 x 3 judges.

I wish I could just skip the rest of the card, oh faithful reader, and list the results. But to do so would be an injustice of the highest order to both you and the fighters who had the crowd dazzled. So dazzled that they didn’t really know when to applaud or cheer. Or perhaps they were on Japanese manners that night? It was ironic because the theater was filled, but almost silent for most of the time during the fights. I think not having the traditional Thaiboxing music playing during the rounds opened up the ears to hear the silence from the crowd. The other pro fights were intense, but I’ll try to keep it short.

John Nofer shocked everyone in the Muay Thai world except for him, his trainer Rami Ibrahim, and the Sitan family. After Jason Andrada started fast with some heavy leather and leg kicks, Nofer landed a solid right cross that make Andrada acknowledge it with a smile and nod. The emotionless Nofer just pushed his fists deeper into his gloves and came forward like the Terminator. Andrada’s movement and quick slickness weren’t enough in the second round to prevent a sudden knockdown that he popped up from but had to endure a count for. Then he got his with a solid and well placed left handed crossing elbow that cut Jason just above and behind his right eye. After getting up, smiling and wiping the blood from his face Andrada attacked. But attacking the Terminator never worked in the movies, and it didn’t work that night as the stoic young automaton put together enough punishing combinations that referee Tom Sconzo was forced to step in for a standing 8-count, effectively the 3rd knockdown of the round and thus end of the fight. Nofer wins by TKO at 2:58 of the second round.

In what started out at a slow simmer of a fight in the first soon heated up and boiled over as the rounds wore on between Rich Abraham, out of Chicago, and Jo Nattawut, up from Georgia. They started out with the traditional slow Thai pace, and I figured out quickly, as it appeared Jo did, that Abraham was a slugging boxer, throwing hard punches at every opportunity. Nattawut seemed made for this type of opponent as he figured out that his own kicks were as fast, if not faster from distance than Abraham’s arsenal of punches. The tough and aggressive Abraham continued to press forward and advance through all five rounds, including the fifth in which Nattawut really tried to step it up and put him away. Nattawut had tasted Abraham’s power a few times in the fight, but was not afraid of it, to the point that he would bait Abraham with lowered hands, and if not taunt, then at least toy with him, pulling out any trick he could muster, including a cartwheel kick that looked good until it missed and Jo landed heels over head in the ropes. Aside from that, Nattawut dominated, cutting up Abraham’s head, sending him to the ER Party, UNANIMOUS DECISION, Nattawut.

Dublin, CA sent us Gaston Bolanos and his interesting mix of traditional and exotic techniques to take on New York’s Caleb Archer and his tough Sitan style. A good match up with both fighters showing great skill and stamina, however a close eye could see that Gaston was building momentum and confidence as the fight progressed. He was looking for a spinning back elbow throughout, setting it up from afar with a right cross miss, then stepping through and spinning the left elbow. He missed it about 4 times, but like a good baseball player knows, with enough at-bats he’ll get the homerun, he stayed with it. And it paid off in the 3rd round; when he finally landed the right spinning back elbow flush to Caleb’s head, knocking him out at 1:05 in the round. A quick note here about the great refereeing of this moment in particular. Caleb was unconscious but on his feet. Veteran fighter and referee Coban Lookchaomaesaithong (yes, I had to look up the spelling!) stopped the action, waived off the fight, and caught the fighter in his arms before he could hit the mat and bounce his head off the floor. I can’t stress how important that is, because the concussive force of a limp person’s head hitting the floor compounds and amplifies the damage from the original blow, if not creating its own separate concussion. Kudos to you, Coban!

Julio Pena gave up height and reach, but carried the muscle needed to get inside and pound on Tom Evans. After a clinch had been broken, Tom turned his back momentarily and walked away. Pena seized the opportunity and jumped in front of Evans, unloading a barrage of punches. There is already a Vine of the knockout, title “One-punch KO” but that takes away from the effort that Julio truly exerted. He through punches non-stop for a good ten-seconds before landing that perfect right cross. Ten seconds of non-stop full power punching is no joke. Try it. I’ll wait… 8…9…10. Okay, now catch your breath, wipe the sweat and reassess the one-punch theory. All that work earned Julio a KO at 1:30 of the first, and Tom Evans a VIP ticket to the ER Party.

The first professional fight, which sadly didn’t make it to air on AXS TV was one of the most even match ups and a great contest. Bryce Lawrence showed some fluid movement and great combinations in the first round, scoring both a knock-down 8-count and a cut on Tim Amorim’s face. Tim is normally a slow starter, but picked his pace up quickly from the time of the knock down. Through the second, third and fourth rounds he stayed aggressive until Bryce checked his progress with strong punch combos followed by nice snappy kicks and forced him into the reverse. The very game and tough Amorim continued to fight back, but was moving backwards away from the smooth and confident Lawrence. In the fifth, just when Bryce was looking winded, he snapped a teep to Tim’s face that scored well and followed it with a right cross, spinning back-fist combo that put Tim down for another 8 count and sealed the deal for Bryce Lawrence, giving him a majority decision, 47-47, 48-46, 47-46.

Amateur Results:

KRIS SILCK def. Brian Gamez by TKO Rd. 2.
GREG MULGREW def. Mike Carbonneau by KO Rd. 1.
STACEY SCAPECCIA def. Colleen Downey by UD
JULIAN NGUYEN def. Chris Malloy by UD
PHIL DaSILVA def. Ben Anton by SD

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