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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.

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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
WMC Pro
6. Albrecht Péter (SzVSE) vs Radics Róbert (Simon Gym Fertőszentmiklós) 66.68 kg

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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) 
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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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
MUAY THAI FULL RULES 5X3
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 ***
MUAY THAI FULL RULES 5X3
YOKKAO UK vs YOKKAO Sweden
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
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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.

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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
 

For more information, check out their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MainEventMT or follow them on Twitter @MainEventMT (https://twitter.com/maineventmt).

Tickets are available at www.themainevent.media.

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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. 

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

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(C) Bauzen

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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Saenchai Drew Capacity Crowds for NYC Seminar

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This past weekend in the snowy New York City Saenchai headed into the heart of the city with Yokkao promoter Stefania Picelli for a stint of three days jam-packed with seminars and private sessions. Saenchai, along with Manop Yuangyai shocked attendants by putting on a blistering three-hour long seminar for the attendees. The seminars were originally intended to be at the York College Arena where they could fit more people in, but due to weather they ended up having more intimate affairs at the Striking 101 Gym where they had to limit each seminar to 50 people.

In attendance were professional fighters and muay thai enthusiasts from all over the country, even attendees from as far as Canada and Brazil. 

Due to the success of these seminars Yokkao are looking to hold more seminars across the country with Saenchai. If your gym is interested in hosting one reach out to them; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Pornsaneh Sitmonchai the Latest Muay Thai Legend to Join Evolve MMA

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Pornsaneh Sitmonchai is one of the most entertaining Muay Thai fighters in the history of the sport and the 33 year old who has been in so many wars over the years this week announced he would be moving to Singapore to become a trainer at Evolve MMA in Singapore.

Pornsaneh hails from the province of Kanchanburi and began training at the Sitmonchai Gym at the age of 13 which is where he developed the fighting style which would make him a fan favourite all over the world.

During his career Pornsaneh has won the Rajadamnern 118 lbs title, the Lumpinee titles at 122 and 126 lbs, the Thailand 130 lbs title, the WMC 126 lbs title and is the reigning Siam Omnoi 126 lbs champion having successfully defended that belt only last week.

However in recent years he has become known more for his all action style than the silverware it has bought him and Pornsaneh has been involved in some of the most memorable fights of the century including a few of the best bouts ever seen at either Rajadamnern or Lumpinee.

His own personal highlight reel is so extensive that a list of the best Muay Thai fights of all time is likely to contain at least three or four involving Pornsaneh. Last year alone he was in wars with Pokaew Fonjanchonburi (see it here ) and ET Por Tor Tongtavi (see it here ) with the latter winning Rajdamnern’s ‘Fight of the Year’ award.

The most famous Pornsaneh battle of all was his 2010 match with Pakorn Sakyotin that won Lumpinee ‘Fight of the Year’ honours that year and is regarded by many as being the best Muay Thai fight of all time with round four providing some of the most amazing action ever captured on camera (see it here ).

The style of Sitmonchai fighters is distinctive in that instead of focusing on clinching and body kicks the Kanchanaburi camp produces Nak Muay who like to walk forwards and overwhelm opponents with punches and low kicks.

It is an approach to Muay Thai which is more conducive to scoring knockouts than winning decisions and no fighter embodies this fearlessly aggressive approach more absolutely than Pornsaneh who will start relentlessly attacking opponents right from the opening bell.

Pornsaneh will be joining a team of Thai trainers at Evolve MMA that already includes Namsaknoi Yudthagarngamtorn, Orono Wor Petchpun and Saketdao Petpayathai and will be sharing his unique knowledge and skillset with fighters like Shinya Aoki, Ben Askren and Tarec Saffiedine.

 

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Stream for Siam Fight Productions on February 20th

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Siam Fight is what is described as Junior Muay Thai, which means not quite adult professionals, but still younger fighters that work hard none-the-less. On February 20th in Tempe, Arizona Siam Fight Productions will kick off their 2015 with five world title fights. If you are interested in seeing the up-and-comers in the world of muay thai this is your place to do it. You can check out the stream on the 20th for $14.99.

Full card and start time details are located here.

Check out the trailer below.

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Full Card for Lion Fight 20 on Feb. 20th

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February 20th on AXS TV Lion Fight returns with Lion Fight 20. The headliner for Lion Fight 20 features Women's Welterweight Champion Jorina Baars taking on the accomplished Chantal Ughi. The co-main of the night features Chris Mauceri against Sittisak and fan favorite Jason Andrada will take on John Nofer as well. 

Lion Fight Welterweight Championship: Jorina Baars(C) vs Chantal Ughi 
Chris Mauceri vs Sittisak
Jason Andrada vs. John Nofer 
Tom Evans vs. Julio Pena 
Tim Amorim vs. Bryce Lawrence 
Gaston Bolanos vs. Caleb Archer
 

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Saenchai Set to Train UFC Fighters in New York Seminar

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Muay Thai legend Saenchai has landed in New York and is all set for his round of seminars that are set to go down on the 13th, 14th and 15th at the Striking 101 Gym in New York City. Pakorn was initially supposed to accompany Saenchai, but due to visa issues Saenchai will be going it alone without Pakorn.

There are a host of UFC, MMA and Kickboxing stars that are to be in attendance for Saenchai's NYC seminars, with Uriah Hall's name being tossed around as one of the names that has requested some time with the legendary Thai fighter. We'll have an update with what his schedule looks like further in the coming days. Here's a look at some highlights from his seminar in Kuala Lumpur. 

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Vinnie McWilliams Muay Thai reality show

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Promoter Vinnie McWilliams has been doing his best to give Northern UK Muay Thai fighters the exposure and opportunities it takes to be amongst the best in the world. In his latest venture, he is doing a reality show that introduces many young talents in the Northern UK Muay Thai fight scene. For those of you who enjoyed the Dutch produced AFAV videos, this show has a similar feel. I know there are Muay Thai junkies that want more training footage and interviews with coaches and athletes, so this series is for you. Adding to the training footage are the different gyms and coaching style, each working on different aspects of their athletes game. Listen close, because at times the accents are tough to pick up. Yet overall the show talks about each athletes desires to fight in bigger Muay Thai events and move into K-1 rules bouts. 

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Episode 1 

LIAM MCKENDRY

Episode 2

SAM ALLAN

Episode 3

JR MORRISON

Episode 4

STEVEN LOCHHEAD

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Pakorn Talks About Liam Harrison Fight at Yokkao 13

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On Saturday, March 21st Yokkao 13 goes down in the UK where Pakorn will meet Liam Harrison in one of this year's most anticipated bouts thus far. Yokkao promoter Stefania Picelli caught up with Pakorn to talk about the upcoming fight as well as training with Saenchai for the fight. Saenchai, of course, famously fought Harrison before, so it seems like the perfect training partner for Pakorn to prepare for the big world title fight against Harrison at Yokkao 13.

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Muay Thai Legend Jomhod Kiatadisak Set to Compete in MMA at Full Metal Dojo 4

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Jomhod Kiatadisak is a former Lumpinee and Rajadamnern champion and after making a name for himself at the stadiums in Bangkok he moved to Finland and became one of the biggest names on the Muay Thai and kickboxing scene in Europe.

Jomhod was last seen coming out of retirement to face former Olympic gold medalist Somluck Khamsing in two high stakes matches that attracted a lot of attention in the Thai media but the next challenge for the 44 year old will be making his pro MMA debut.

Jomhod will be competing on the card at Full Metal Dojo 4: ‘Once Upon a Time in Bangkok’ at Live House Studios on February 21st and has been training at Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket in preparation for this late foray into MMA .

Originally from Phang Nga, Jomhod has been a trainer in Phuket for the past nine years and still fights occasionally at the stadiums there. He is rapidly approaching the age of retirement but reportedly wants to become an MMA trainer and is looking to get a couple of fights under his belt first.

Although he has only fought sporadically in the last few years Jomhod is always in excellent shape and is known for his diverse striking arsenal, mixing up spinning back kicks with the more traditional Muay Thai strikes.

His two matches with Somluck were both big successes at the box office and Full Metal Dojo, which was founded last year and has already put on cards in both Phuket and Bangkok, will be hoping that the presence of a Muay Thai legend on next month’s show will help bring in the punters.

For more information about Full Metal Dojo visit: http://www.fullmetaldojo.com/

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Yokkao Fighters Saenchai and Pakorn Book Seminar Dates For NYC in February

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This February New Yorkers have another thing to brag about to non-New Yorkers, this time it is three big seminar dates with Yokkao fight team members Saenchai and Pakorn. On February 13th, 14th and 15th at the Striking 101 Gym you'll be able to sit in on a seminar with the two famous Thais as they show the world some of their secrets and years of experience. 

Yokkao promoter Stefania Picelli will also be in New York to help secure a deal with a local gym to form a partnership, but those details will be available later. For now here are the details from the seminars.

LOCATION
York College Sports Arena – 9420 Guy R Brewer BLVD Jamaica – New York
DATES:
Friday 13th February 2015 >> 7:00pm 9:30pm
Saturday 14th February 2015 >> 12:00pm to 2:30pm
Sunday 15th February 2014 >> 12:00pm to 2:30pm
 
Tickets are on sale at: http://www.striking-101.com/seminar use the promo code TEAMYOKKAO to get 15% off ticket price.
 

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Kongsak PKSaenchaigym Stands Strong Against Yodpanomrung Jitmuangnont to Take Decision at Rajadamnern

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After the disappointment of seeing multiple fights cancelled in the last couple of months Kongsak PKSaenchaigym was back in the ring at Rajadamnern last night taking on Yodpanomrung Jitmuangnont.

It was billed as a battle between the technical skills of Kongsak, a former ‘Fighter of the Year’, and the knees of the much taller Yodpanomrung who as the underdog was given a 2 lbs weight advantage.

In the third round Yodpanomrung started to use his superior height to good effect, landing some straight knees from the clinch but Kongsak stood his ground and scored with some solid left kicks which smashed into his opponent’s arms.

Yodpanomrung was on the front foot at the start of the fourth but Kongsak was too clever for him, and consistently landed that left kick, often with a quick follow up punch thrown in for good measure.

It was a dejected looking Yodpanomrung who walked back to the corner at the end of the round and despite determined effort in the final three minutes he couldn’t do enough to prevent Kongsak taking a comfortable decision win.

Earlier in the night Lumpinee mini flyweight champion Ronachai Santi-Ubon cemented his status as the best fighter in the stadium’s smallest division by beating Ongree Sor Dechapan in a non title match which took place at 106 lbs.

Ronachai’s strategy was to let Ongree come forward and pick him off with fast left body kicks from the southpaw stance and he also utilized the teep to good effect, pulling ahead on the scorecards in the third and fourth rounds.

Ongree came out punching in the final round and managed to get a few punches through Ronachai’s high guard but the reigning Lumpinee 105 champion wore them well to see the fight out and take the decision win.

Kengkla Por Pekko holds the Lumpinee Super Flyweight Title and was hoping to become the Rajadamnern champion of the same division when he took on Sprinter Pankonorab in a fight which had the stadium’s vacant 115 lbs strap at stake.

Kengkla looked to pull the fight into the clinch in but Sprinter tied him up well and found a home for his left kick as soon as the referee separated them, but he was bundled to the floor towards the end of the fourth round which sparked a frantic exchange of kicks and knees.

In round five the two fighters exchange body kicks with one of Kengla’s attempts successfully caught by his opponent who counter edwith a knee. It was too close to call and both men stopped fighting and started posturing with about 30 seconds to go but Sprinter got the nod from the judges sparking wild celebrations in his corner.

The co main event turned out to be something of a mismatch with Werachai Wor.Wiwatananont easily controlling the action against Phet Or.Phimonsri and cruising to a decision in their bantamweight match up.

 

 

 

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The Main Event stadium show set for May

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UK-based promotion The Main Event have announced details regarding their forthcoming stadium show. The event will take place May 23rd at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham and will feature the best talent the UK Muay Thai scene has to offer.

 

For those not too familiar with the promotion, The Main Event originally operated under the name Rumble at the Reebok, hosting events at the Reebok stadium in Bolton, Manchester. Unfortunately, as their popularity increased the venue became unsuitable and they were forced to move out and re-brand. The Main Event has the current attendance record for a Muay Thai event in the UK, pulling in over 3100 spectators for their event last summer. 

 

The likes of Liam Harrison, Andrew Tate and Tim Thomas have all competed under The Main Event banner however the promotions focus is not just on already established fighters, with top UK prospects such as Andrew Lofthouse, Myk Estlick and the Sugden brothers having all competed for the promotion on numerous occasions. 

 

Co-promoter Phil Shedden had this to say regarding the upcoming event 'This show will be like nothing ever seen before in the UK. We're pulling out all the stops to try and finally get the sport we love into the wider public eye for everyone's benefit. 2015 will be a pivotal year for The Main Event and Muay Thai in the UK!'

 

Whilst it's still over four months away it's hard to not be excited about an event of this potential. The likes of The Main Event and Yokkao have been working tirelessly to boost the sports popularity in the UK and with fight cards like this and with Yokkao hosting another double-header in March, it's hard not to envision Muay Thai finally gaining the attention it rightly deserves here in the UK.

 

We'll continue to update you with match-ups as they're unveiled. 

 

Current Fight Card

 

Panicos Yusuf (34-6) vs. Stephen Meleady (37-16)
Michael Wakeling (29-1-1) vs. Chad Sugden (12-3)
Dean James (21-2) vs. TBA
Daniel McGowan (18-1-1) vs. TBA
 
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Former Lumpinee, Rajdamnern WBC, and WPMF Champion Saketdao Petphayathai Joins Evolve MMA

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Saketdao Petphayathai is one of the most decorated Muay Thai fighters of his generation and one of very few men to have ever been a Lumpinee Stadium champion at three weights and this week the 28 year old became the latest legend to join the Evolve MMA fight team.

In 2013 Saketdao won two separate Max Muay Thai tournaments as well as successfully defending his WBC 135 lbs belt but before breaking out onto the international scene he established himself as one of the most successful fighters at the main Bangkok stadiums.

Originally from Maha Sarakham he spent the majority of his career fighting out of the Kiatpetch Gym in Bangkok and took on some of the biggest names in the sport, defeating the likes of Peneak Sitnumnoi, Saenchai Sor Kingstar, Petboonchu FA Group, Singdam Kiatmoo9, Nong-O Gaiyagandao, Anuway Kaewsamrit and Jomthong Chuwattana.

A tall southpaw, Saketdao was known for his knees and won Lumpinee titles at 125 lbs, 130 lbs and 135 lbs as well as the 125 lbs title at Rajadamnern. In 2011 he won the the WBC Diamond 140 lbs titles by beating Kevin Ross in the US and the following year he beat reigning ‘Fighter of the Year’ Peneak Sitnumnoi to claim the WPMF 135 lbs title and also won the WBC 135 lbs belt.

Saketdao will be joining the likes of Namsaknoi Yudthagarngamtorn, Attachai Fairtex, Orono Wor Petchpun, Chalee Sor Chaitaminm Singmanee Kaewsamrit and Saenghiran Lookbanyai at Evolve MMA . Given his coaching commitments it’s unlikely he will be fighting regularly in Lumpinee or Rajademnern anymore but he will continue to compete in Muay Thai.

Saketdao said, “After nearly 20 years of Muay Thai and around 300 fights I want to share my knowledge with foreign students and fighters and I am very happy to be joining the best gym in all of Asia.”

Quotes courtesy of Evolve MMA .

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Lion Fight 20 New opponent for Jorina Baars

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Lion Fight 20 had Jorina Baars defending her world title against Casey Bohrman but unfortunately Bohrman is out which gave Chantal Ughi (32 wins 14 losses) a chance to step in. Baars and Ughi have fought before back in September of 2009, Jorina won the fight by split decision. Hopefully this will be the last change of opponent for Jorina and we can actually get to see her defend her title this time considering she hasn't fought for Lion Fight since she won it which was almost a year ago. 

So this is how the card is looking now

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Rungnarai, Wanchai and Satarnmuanglek Triumph in End of Year Extravaganza at Siam Omnoi

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The New Year is generally a quiet period for Muay Thai as Bangkok empties out and people head home to the provinces for a few days but before the holiday period begins in earnest there was a stellar card at the Siam Omnoi Stadium on Saturday.

Six of the top light flyweights in Thailand were in action on a card which featured Lumpinee champions past and present and the fights were all televized live in Thailand on channel 3. The first saw Rungnarai Kiatmoo9 take on Detkart Por.Pongsawang in a fight matchup was set for 108 lbs.

Detkart was consistently frustrated in his attempts to mount an effective offense against the much taller fighter who picked him off with body kicks throughout the fight. In rounds three Rungnarai landed a series of these strikes which caused his opponent to turn his back, with the referee starting a count and then waving the fight off.

The second fight saw Detkart’s old adversary Wanchai Ramboisan take on Palangpon Petyindeeacademy, who continues to test himself against the top Muay Thai fighters in Thailand despite a successful career in Western boxing which could see him challenge for a world title in 2015.

Wanchai had a 1 lbs weight advantage and it was he who set the pace, pressing forwards and looking to score with knees and kicks as Palangpon stayed on the back foot but succeeded in countering effectively with some kicks of his own and the occasional hard elbow.

It seemed that Palangpon was going to be able to do enough to stay ahead on the scorecards but Wanchai was undeterred and stayed on the front foot throughout round four to take a clear lead into the fifth.

Wanchai is not usually at his best fighting on the back foot but the reigning Lumpinee 108 lbs champion was able to keep Palangpon at bay for the final three minutes despite suffering a serious cut to take the decision win.

The third fight on the card saw two more former Lumpinee champions go head to head as Satarnmuanglek Windysport took on Sam-D Petyindeeacademy, who had a 2 lbs weight advantage, in a matchup which provided some of the best action of the afternoon.

It was a battle between two southpaws who are familiar foes but Sam-D seemed to surge ahead in the second when he visibly hurt his opponent with a series of low kicks which left Satarnmuanglek badly limping and seemingly on the verge of being stopped.

However in the dying second of the round Satarnmuanglek dug deep and landed a late barrage of punches which seemed to take the wind out of Sam-D’s sails because he was on the defensive throughout the third and ate several more hard shots.

Satarnmuanglek seemed to be going for the finish in round four, looking to land power punches to the head and body but while it was not enough to score the stoppage he was far enough ahead on the scorecards to just box defensively for the final three minutes and take the decision win.

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Yokkao 13 Headlined by Pakorn vs. Liam Harrison for Yokkao World Title

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On March 21st in the UK Yokkao will return with Yokkao 12 and 13, featuring some of the world's best muay thai fighters in what has quickly become one of the most talked-about promotions in muay thai. The event is set to be headlined by a huge world title match between defending champion Pakorn and the UK's own Liam Harrison. Harrison has received universal acclaim over the past few years as one of the UK's top fighters by fighting anyone and everyone all across the world.

He'll have a chance to vie for Yokkao's newly-crowned 65kg World Championship facing off against one of Thailand's most exciting exports in Pakorn PK Saenchai MuayThaiGym. Pakorn won that championship at Yokkao 11 against the very tough Greg Wootton.

 

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Yokkao Breaks New Ground with 4K Ultra HD Saenchai Promo

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You know, I consider myself pretty up on my PC stuff, considering I game on my PC, but even I don't have a monitor and video card to handle 4k Ultra HD video. That isn't stopping Yokkao from investing in 4K cameras to film their videos, though. Yokkao became the first muay thai apparel brand to launch 4K Ultra HD videos on YouTube this week with their new promo for the PK Saenchaimuaythaigym Yokkao Training center promo video.

If you are like me you can still watch the video in normal, boring HD, but I feel that we might be missing out on something. This is just another in a long line of big things from Yokkao, after opening up one of the biggest manufacturing centers to date for muay thai products, rolling out a multilingual website and having many, many international shops around the world where their products are available.

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Yokkao return to the UK in March 2015

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Following on from their highly successful double event this past October, Yokkao have announced their return to the UK for the 21st of March 2015. Once again the event will feature two cards and will be taking place from the same venue at the Macron Stadium in Bolton, Manchester.

Yokkao announced via their website that most of the fighters have already been confirmed for the event however no names have been released as of yet.

In addition to the announcement, Yokkao have organised a contest whereby the winner can get their hands on some Yokkao merchandise of their choice. To participate, head over to Yokkao's Facebook page take a guess at who'll be the match-ups in the main events of Yokkao 12 and 13.

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