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Lion Fight Announces Deal with Apparel Brand Kate Swim

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When we talk about kickboxing and muay thai in the United States, we talk about the desire to go "mainstream" and to make big deals happen. Lion Fight has shown a tenacity in growing their brand within the United States and starting on September 5th at Lion Fight 18, they'll be introducing something pretty new to the world of muay thai; fashion. Today they announced a deal with swimwear company Kate Swim, best known for being featured in Sports Illustrated's swimsuit editions in 2012, 2013 and 2014. 

Starting at Lion Fight 18 the promotion will be using Kate Swim models as ring card girls, them decked out in Kate Swim swimsuits. This is some out-of-the-box thinking for Lion Fight, which should definitely be applauded. 

Lion Fight 18 airs on September 5th on AXS TV at 10PM Eastern time.

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Lion Fight Announces Two Title Fights for Lion Fight 18

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On Friday evening (due to AXSTV's Inside MMA) Lion Fight announced two upcoming title fights for Lion Fight 18.

Kent confirmed that United Kingdom’s Salah Khalifa will fight reigning champion and Muay Thai legend Yodsanklai Fairtex for the men’s middleweight belt, and that Belgium’s World Champion Anke Van Gestel will challenge the unbeaten Jorina Baars for the women’s welterweight Lion Fight strap.

Inside MMA was the first to report news of the two contenders scheduled to face Fairtex and Baars, as well as the entire line up of live televised fights for LION FIGHT 18.

So we'll get Yodsanklai vs. Salah Khalifa and Anke Van Gestel vs. Jorina Baars at Lion Fight 18, which should be great. Here's the rest of the card for September 5th's Lion Fight 18.

LION FIGHT 18’s main live card is packed with American Muay Thai talent including Las Vegas local Jason Andrada, fighting out of Fight Capital Gym, vs. Canada’s Stan Mancebo. Rising star Nick Chasteen, fighting out of Phoenix, Arizona makes his return to the Lion Fight ring to take on California’s Jose Palacios. The card also features west coasters Brian Del Rosario, fighting out of Van Nuys, California vs. Victorville, California’s Chris Culley. Kicking off the first fight of the night will be Phoenix, Arizona’s Damien Earley vs. Vallejo, California’s Eddie Abasolo.

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Buakaw Issues Apology Over Dog Abuse Video

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Yesterday there was some troubling news about one of the most beloved stars in kickboxing and muay thai when a video surfaced, originally posted on his Instagram account, that showed him "playing" with a dog. The video depicted Banchamek on top of the dog, taking its paw and slapping it in the face before using more force, with the dog increasingly crying out in what was a bit of a disturbing video. Buakaw and his team have today issued a statement in regards to the video.

To anyone who watched this video, I want to apologize if you were offended in anyway. The dog you saw in this video is name Milo. When he and his brothers were little, people tried to poison them to get rid of them. We at. the gym adopted Milo and his brother cafe, and gave them a home and love. I was playing with the dog and it was misinterpreted, I did not mean to hurt the dog. The video was deleted and someone hacked the video. We ask. you to please not share or comment any bad opinions of this misunderstanding. Know that Milo has a great family with us and is well taken care of! Sorry again. Buakaw Banchamek the fans and the people involved.

Definitely more along the lines of what we expect from Buakaw. Hopefully there was some sort of lesson learned here as well.

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A Breakdown of Yokkao's Return to the UK with Yokkao 10 and 11

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Yokkao are once again returning to the UK only this time with two cards in one night.

On October the 11th 2014 Yokkao will host their tenth and eleventh events from Bolton, England.  Whilst most of the card is yet to be unveiled, the handful of fights already announced make this a card not to be missed, featuring the best the UK Muay Thai scene has to offer against a whole host of talented and highly-regarded international opposition. 

Headlining the first card will be a bout between England’s best at 70kg as Jordan Watson competes for only the second time this calendar year as he faces off against French-Italian journeyman Mickael Piscitello.

Fellow Bad Company Muay Thai representative Liam Harrison will headline the second card against Kongsak Sitboonmee, a man who only a few years ago was regarded as one of the best Muay Thai fighters in all of Thailand. 

The fight between Pakorn and Greg Wootton was originally scheduled for this past March at Yokkao 8, however the bout was unfortunately cancelled due to travel issues with Pakorn and has been rescheduled for this event.

Yokkao # 10 2pm GMT:
Jordan Watson (ENG) vs. Mickael Piscitello (FRE)
Pakorn Sakoythin (THA) vs. Greg Wootton (ENG)

Yokkao # 11 6pm GMT:
Liam Harrison (ENG) vs. Kongsak Sitboonmee (THA)
Brad Stanton (ENG) vs. Crice Boussouku (FRE)
Dean James (ENG) vs. Runmai Mo Tammachat (THA)

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Sigh. Here's Buakaw Banchamek Abusing a Puppy

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Sigh. Seriously, there's nothing pretty about this. This is stupid, this is obnoxious, it's kind of awful. Buakaw Banchamek is a guy who has been through a lot of crap and has had fans really pulling for him throughout. I've gone to bat for him a few times when he was claiming to being mistreated by his former camp and right now it's hard to feel bad for him. Abusing an animal of any kind is a really, really awful thing to do. Everything from simply hitting one in excess to the more horrible things like dog fighting and using weapons on them is just flat out wrong.

So you can only imagine the horror at this video that has been passed around the past two days. In this video Buakaw is sitting with a dog and playing with its paw. The problem is how he's playing with the dogs paw. He's taking the dog's paw and slapping it across the dog's face, then starts to get more aggressive as he goes on, jamming the paw into its mouth as the dog audibly cries out in pain. If you've ever owned a dog before, you know the sounds a dog makes when its in pain and it's not playing. Those are the sounds that this dog is making. Near the end of the video the dog is literally screaming out in pain.

It's hard to watch if you are a dog lover, or, hell, if you are just a decent human being. As an owner of two dogs there is never, ever a situation that would arise where a dog should be treated this way. Ever. This is not only in poor taste, but this is downright animal abuse. We live in an age of social media where stuff like this should not go unnoticed, if you follow him on social media tell him that this is not okay. It's hypocritical that he's posting photos on Instagram of him cuddling and playing with the same dog and kind of bothersome to see people defending his actions as "just playing" with the dog.

That wasn't just playing, that was being a shithead. The video is below and it is disturbing.

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Hungry for Vengeance at Lion Fight 17

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Mashantucket Reservation, CT- 8/1/14:  A series of storms rolled up the east coast from the Bahamas up through New England.  Harsh winds and strong rain softened up the surfaces for a big blow from hail much like a series of jabs can set up a strong power punch.  The harsh weather outside reflected what was going on inside the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort in Connecticut.  Lion Fight 17 had brought a thunderstorm of Muay Thai action that few who saw it will forget.  I must say, if you are looking for awesome action, exciting techniques, and awesome aerial displays you don’t need to go to Glory, you can definitely get your fill from the high-class Muay Thai in the Lion Fight Promotions!

This night’s line-up featured some great matches and re-matches, and if you had never seen an actual Lumpini Champion in action live, this was a great opportunity.  Scott Kent and Christine Toledo had brought Malaipet Sasiprapa to the States for a second match-up against Philadelphia’s Justin Greskiewicz.  Also on the card as the co-main event, Brazil’s Cosmo Alexandre was matched-up against Atlanta’s Jo Nattawut.  The professional undercard had great talent in the likes of Brett Hlavacek and Cyrus Washington, Carlos Lopez and Rami Ibrahim, Victor Saravia and Andy Singh, and Tim Amorim versus second time last minute replacement, Pedro Gonzalez.  Even the amateur preliminaries were exciting, entertaining bouts pairing local talent and some tough out-of-towners.  

In the Main Event, a confident and energized Purple People Eater aka Justin Greskiewicz started well, as he came out jabbing, and probing Malaipet’s defense.  Everything was going according to plan until thirty seconds into the fight, when Malaipet countered a probing low kick with a solid overhand right that landed flush on Justin’s temple sending him clattering to the canvas quickly.  Running on auto-pilot at this point, Greskiewicz returned to his feet, wobbled on his rubbery legs, and then pulled himself together in time to beat the count and continue.  The dazed Greskiewicz reverted to his hard-wired programming; advance and attack.  As he came forward, trying to reassert himself and recover the fight if not the round, Malaipet circled and moved around and countered Justin’s punches with hard shin kicks to the ribs and underarms.  Somehow, Justin made it through the first round and back to his corner for a refresher.  The minute rest helped a lot, as Greskiewicz came out back in form for the second.  Although by no means dominant, Justin was more accurate and effective with his boxing.  He landed some hard shots to Malaipet’s head and body, pushing the thickly muscled Thai backwards and into a circling pattern, but not hurting him.  At the same time, Sasiprapa continued to pepper Greskiewicz with hard punches and more kicks to the body.  By the end of the second round, Justin’s latissimus muscles had turned the same dark purple hue of his trunks.  Malaipet had tasted Justin’s power in the first two rounds and seemed to be unimpressed as the third round started.  He began to clown around, sticking out his tongue and shaking his head when hit.  He was baiting Justin to come at him, like holding a fat steak in front of a hungry dog’s eyes.  Undaunted, Greskiewicz advanced, landing a clean 1-2 combination.  Malaipet shrugged it off, again clowning.  Justin pressed forward, closing the distance and trying to land some elbows.  With some smooth footwork, the thick Thai avoided the attack and swept Justin to the ground loudly.  Now behind three rounds and an 8-count, Greskiewicz would have to sell out in the last two stanzas if he was to stake any claim on victory.  He came out of the corner under control but more intense with a more consistent pace.  He had mentioned to me previously that he expected Malaipet’s conditioning to be a weakness in his game, and that he would fade as the rounds went on.  Attacking with good boxing skills and combinations, Greskiewicz managed to cut Malaipet in the corner of his eye.  Malaipet’s reaction to the more oppressive Greskiewicz was stolid, more serious now, with no clowning.  I was briefly reminded of Ivan Drago in Rocky IV when he got cut, or James “the Grim Reaper” Roper in The Great White Hype, taking a good shot as an insult and hitting the switch to really turn his game on.  Going into the final stanza, Justin knew he was behind on the cards, at least 3 rounds to 1 and that pesky early knock-down.  Still under control, knowing that Sasisprapa was looking for that over-aggressive movement to counter hard, Greskiewicz attacked from distance.  He landed a clean high teep to Malaipet’s face, snapping his head back, and giving notice that Justin wasn’t ready to admit defeat just yet.   It seemed as if Justin’s comment about the older Thai’s conditioning was ringing true as Malaipet threw less and less, and defended more and more.  This allowed Justin to rack up points in the round.  However, when Malaipet felt Justin taking too much momentum, he would fire back effectively and not just coast through the round.  The final decision was a Unanimous Decision in favor of the Lumpini Champion, Malaipet Sasiprapa.

In the Co-Main Event, Jo Nattawut took on Cosmo Alexandre in what looked as much like a professional fight in Thailand as almost any fight I’ve seen in the US.  They both took their stances and bouncing rhythms early and began the slow feeling out first round typical of fight in the big stadiums in Thailand.  Once in a while one of the combatants would land a sharp strike, countered equally by the other.  It was the slow steady build up that the true fans of Muay Thai can appreciate, much like the Ram Muay/Wai Kru.  Unfortunately, not everyone in the crowd was an educated fan of Muay Thai.  It was one drunk asshole, who just wanted to see some violence who repeatedly shouted silliness into the ring, things like “kill ‘im”, “rip his fuckin’ head off”, and other lame standards.  Undaunted, and not acknowledging the idiot, the fighters moved on, and in to the second round.  Cosmo seemed to be testing Jo’s power, taking a couple of shots, in order to land a hard on in return.  The pace had picked up a tick, as both fighters used quick punches to set up leg and body kicks, and both countered well when hit.  As the rounds progressed, so did the action and amount of power shots.  More knees from both fighters, more kicks to the head from each marked the passage of time.  In the third and fourth, Cosmo’s Defense First style allowed Jo to dictate the pace and get off clean shots consistently over the two rounds.  Alexandre did take the opportunity to explode in a few well-placed flurries and aerial attacks.  It seemed to me that Nattawut was, however, starting the exchanges and finishing them.  The fifth round was somewhat less than exciting.  A strong throw by Jo early was equalized by one from Cosmo towards the end, with not too much in the middle.  The Split Decision went to Nattawut, 48-47, 47-48, 48-47.

In a very interesting rematch, Cyrus Washington would take on Brett Hlavacek.  Brett had very recently taken Cyrus’ WBC title in a hard-fought battle at Chris Tran’s great Warrior’s Cup promotion in New Jersey.  Although the belt was not up for grabs, a shot at vengeance was.  This type of rematch is often great motivation for the guy who had lost the first.  They often rededicate and refocus themselves, pushing to another level during training.  However, it appeared that Brett had counted on that and trained harder and more effectively than ever before.  Brett came out in the best shape I have ever seen him in, and looked not only confident, as he usually is, but also focused, and serious.  Cyrus came out toned and ready as ever.  At the bell, Cyrus came out swinging for the fences, trying to punish Brett and possibly hurt him early.  Brett, however, was on his defensive game, blocking or evading most of Cyrus’ shots.  In a short clinch, Brett grazed Cyrus’ eyebrow with a rising elbow.  It didn’t land hard and flush, but just enough to open a cut and start a trickle of blood between Cyrus’ eyes.  The fight progressed with an intense pace, with both fighters flashing elbows and power kicks.  At one point, Brett landed an elbow and went to finish the combo with a jumping knee, Cyrus spotted it coming, and stepped around into a safe position and swept the already airborne Brett, flipping him upside down, landing in a heap on the back of his neck.  Brett smiled, picked himself up, and a moment later landed a straight right hand flush to Cyrus’ chin, sending Washington to the mat for an 8 count.  The rounded ended with Brett pinning Cyrus to the ropes and peeking over his shoulder to watch himself on the big screen.  He landed a few lateral knees to Cyrus’ flank then pushed off and landed a nice elbow at the bell.  This caught Cyrus’ attention.  From then on, Cyrus would try to press and push the pace, desperate to even the score and take the victory.  As Cyrus pressed forward, he was stepping into Brett’s range.  Brett used his quick hands and good movement landing some flashy and effective blows, including a teep to the face, some good elbows, and a nice double round-kick going from Cyrus’ body then quickly up to his head.  The fourth round slowed the output a bit, as each man seemed to be resting up for the final showdown.  In that final round, Cyrus’ used a savvy right feint to set up and land a hard left hook to Brett’s head and followed that trying to take the momentum, round and possibly the fight.  Brett tried to smother Cyrus’ attacks, but didn’t go on the offensive in return.  He seemed to be shutting the engines down and relying on the rounds he had banked as well as that knock down.  The decision was one of the only weird ones of the night, as one judge had it 47-47, one 48-46 and the last 48-45 for a majority decision for Hlavacek.

In other notable pro action, Rami Ibrahim suffered a tough loss to the taller, longer, quicker and stronger Carlos Lopez by Unanimous Decision: 49-46, 49-46, 50-44.  An acrobatic aerial attack from Andy Singh was shot down by the grounded, steady approach of Victor Saravia.  Saravia won by TKO in the fourth round.  In his second pro fight, Tim Amorim learned a valuable lesson; don’t sleep on last minute replacements.  The always game Pedro Gonzalez kept up his usual bull-rushing style, driving Tim to the ropes and dropping him with a right hook.  The game Amorim played matador as well as he could, but the ring was not big enough for him to keep a distance.  He was eventually bullied into a TKO loss in the fourth round.

The amateur bouts were exciting and good match-ups, although I would like to see them lose the head-gear and shin pads.  The pro fights were top notch, and the Main Event did not disappoint.  It was a great night that showed not only great Muay Thai technique, but the heart, discipline and character of Thai-boxers that help build the reputation and mystique of our beloved Art of Eight Limbs.  

-CHOK DEE!

Amateur Results:
Jared Tipton def Jose Rivera by UD
Billy Keenan def Chanon Kuldaree by SD
Bryce Lawrence def Stephane Smarth by UD
Nicole Scimeme def Jessica Palencar by UD
Patrick Rivera def Nate King by UD

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Lion Fight 17 Fight Card Changes

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Lion Fight 17 has changed quite drastically since we last announced it. It was supposed to be the US debut of Thepnimit "Mr. Knock" Sitmonchai but since he had visa issues he is not able to fight. His opponent Dean James got injured at the same time, so this fight had to be scrapped.

Now the co-main event Malaipet Sasiprapa Vs. Justin Greskiewicz has been bumped up to the main event, which hopefully is going to make both men want it more and fight harder for the fans especially considering Malaipet can sometimes be lazy. As for the new co-main event two fighters have stepped up on short notice Brazil's Cosmo Alexandre and Thai champion Jo Nattawut.

As much as I wanted to see Thepnimit fight I feel Cosmo and Nattawu have saved this card by stepping in last minute and adding some real world class Muay Thai to an event who's main event was cancelled. 

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FundAFighter Launches Campaign For Muay Thai Trainer Peter Sisomphou

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Legendary Muay Thai trainer Peter Sisomphou has worked with countless top names in the world of martial arts over the years, including Firas Zahabi, David Loiseau, Ivan Menjivar and more. He's been a name within the world of martial arts for a very long time now and recently had to undergo a quadruple bypass surgery, which has a very long road to recovery. For a guy like Sisomphou, being in the gym and training fighters is how he makes his living and right now he is unable to do that.

FundAFighter has launched a campaign to raise money for Sisomphou while he is recovering to help to pay for his bills while he waits to get back into the gym and working again. Remember, the world of martial arts is not one that includes 401ks, sick pay and other luxuries found in desk jobs. So head over to FundAFighter to read more about Masta Peter Sisomphou and how you can help. 

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Lion Fight 18: Yodsanklai Fairtex and Jorina Baars Defending Belts.

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Lion Fight 18 will take place on September 5 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. They announced today here that it will include Yodsanklai Fairtex and Jorina Baars defending their Lion Fight World Titles.

Yodsanklai Fairtex won his World Title at Lion Fight 10 a year ago with a unanimous decision over Chike Lindsay. He hasn't lost a fight since November 2011 and has looked like a rejuvenated man since then. Yodsanklai has been showing up in the best shape he has ever been in, and his skills have looked very sharp. I have actually spoke with a few fighters that have fought Yod and they all have the same thing to say, "it's never a good time, and its the hardest left kick I have ever felt." In my opinion Yodsanklai is one of the most exciting and skilled fighters out of Thailand and I'm glad they are finally bringing him back to the US to defend his title, now I wonder who they will match him with. I can't think of anyone on the Lion Fight middleweight roster at the moment that is going to pose a threat to that title.

Jorina Baars shocked the world by beating Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino at Lion Fights 14 on March 28th of this year. Cyborg was the favourite and not only did Baars win, but she dropped her several times with perfect knees and kicks to show who was the better Muay Thai fighter. She fought a great fight against an opponent who was physically a lot stronger by keeping her away with her long kicks and dominating most of the fight for the unanimous decision win. Jorina is confident that no matter who Lion Fights puts in front of her on September 5th she will take care of them as she did Cyborg and retain her Welterweight title.

This is one Lion Fights card I am actually looking forward too, Yodsanklai is one of my favourite Muay Thai fighters, and Baars left a huge impression on me her last fight, I can't imagine a card with both these incredible fighters not being one of their best shows yet.

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Lion Fight 17 Full Fight Card

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Lion Fight 17 will take place on August 1st at the Foxwood Resort Casino and Live on AXS TV. The promotions big announcement is the US debut of Thepnit "Mr Knock" Sitmonchai, hes a very aggressive fighter with the typical Sitmonchai style. He is a south-paw with hard, fast punches and low kicks with an amazing right uppercut. He has a total of 98 knock outs on his record and he fights from 118-124lbs that is absolutely unheard of for a fighter that weight, so expect fireworks. 

Malaipet will be re matching Justin Greskiewicz and hope to end his two fight losing streak. Malaipet defeated Greskiewicz at Lion fights 6 (May 2012) but I feel that Justin will be wise to Malaipet's tricks this time and won't be falling for them again. Also the always exciting Rami Ibrahim will be taking on World Welterweight Muay Thai champion Carlos Lopez.

I have included a Mr. Knock highlight video so everyone can realize the power this man has for his weight class, enjoy.

MAIN EVENT: THEPNIMIT "MR KNOCK" SITMONCHAI vs. UK CHAMPION DEAN JAMES

CO-MAIN EVENT REMATCH: MALAIPET vs. JUSTIN GRESKIEWICZ 2

PHILLY’S RAMI IBRAHIM vs. CARLOS LOPEZ

WEST COAST’S VICTOR SARAVIA vs. EAST COAST’S ANDY SINGH

LUDLOW, MASS. LOCAL VICTOR MONFORT vs. NYC’S BRETT HLAVACEK

GLOUCESTER LOCAL PEDRO GONZALEZ vs. PHILLY’S TIM AMORIM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lion Fight 16 Weigh-in Video

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Tonight at 9pm Eastern time on AXS TV Lion Fight 16 goes down, coming to you live from UFC International Fight Week in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lion Fight 16 will feature Kevin Ross vs. Michael Thompson for the Lion Fight Super Lightweight Championship, with the card also featuring Tiffany Van Soest and Rungravee Sasiprapa.

Check out the Lion Fight 16 weigh-ins first while you prepare for the action tonight. 

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Full Card for Lion Fight 16 on July 4th

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This Friday, July 4th at 9pm Eastern time on AXS TV the world will be treated to Lion Fight 16. Lion Fight 16 will take place at the Pearl at the Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada and be an official part of UFC's International Fight Week. That means that the UFC will be helping Lion Fight to promote the event throughout the week and it should be an electric atmosphere on Friday. The event is headlined by Kevin Ross taking on Michael Thompson with the Lion Fight Super Lightweight Championship to be decided.

The event will also feature muay thai legend Rungravee Sasiprapa and Tiffany Van Soest in action. Here is a look at the full fight card.

Super Lightweight Title Bout
Kevin Ross vs Michael Thompson
Co-Main Event
Tiffany Van Soest vs Sindy Huyer
Super Fight
Rungravee Sasiprapa vs. Adrian Morilla
Tyler Toner vs. Gaston Bolanos
Josh Shepard vs Casey Parlett

AXS TV has also released the bloody, awesome video from Lion Fight 15 of Kevin Ross vs. Chris Mauceri. Check it out.

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Yokkao Continuing to Push New Training Centers into 2014

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

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

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Yokkao Opening Biggest Training Center in Bangkok

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On June 27th Yokkao informed us all via Twitter that they will be opening the biggest Muay Thai and MMA gym in Bangkok. 

The partnership contract has been signed by Richard Cohen founder and CEO of "The Lab" gym in Bangkok with this new agreement "Fight Lab Yokkao Training Center" will open in August. "The Lab" is located on the first and second floor of the RSU Tower in Sukhumvit Soi 31, Bangkok and the new gym will be taking over the third floor, this location is only a short walk from the Phrom Phong Skytrain Station. "Fight Lab Yokkao Training Center" will have over 400 sq meters of space consisting of a cage, ring, matted area and all of Yokkao's highest quality equipment for training. A juice bar, massage area, and Yokkao shop where you can relax and buy any Yokkao equipment you might like will also be included.

We wish both Yokkao and "The Lab" the best of luck and success with the new project, and I hope to visit soon.

(below: left: Richard Cohen (“The Lab” founder and CEO) right: Mark Simmerman (manager Fight Lab Yokkao Training Center)

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Lion Fight 16 Fight Card

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Lion Fight 16 is taking place on July 4th from the Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort during the UFC international fight week event. This card includes two of Lion Fights favorite and most exciting names Kevin Ross and Tiffany Van Soest and will be shown Live on AXS TV starting at 6:00p.m. PT/ 9:00p.m. ET

Super Lightweight Title: Kevin Ross vs. Michael Thompson

Co-Main Event: Tiffany Van Soest vs. Sindy Huyer (125 lbs.)

Rungravee vs. Adrian Morilla (132 lbs.)

Katel Kubis vs. Michael Corley (155 lbs.)

Tyler Toner vs. Gaston Bolanos (142 lbs.) 

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John Wayne Parr Vs Toby Smith Fight Video

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Powerplay Promotions put John Wayne Parr's WKA world middleweight title up for grabs on June 21st at the Melbourne Pavillion against a young, hungry Toby "The Weapon" Smith.

From the first bell it was shocking to see how strong and sturdy Toby Smith was, its not often that you see a big, strong fighter like JWP get pushed around like that. Parr threw some fast flurries anytime he had the chance but he just couldn't get Smith to move backwards and just always ended up stuck in the corner. In the Third round Toby had JWP pushed up against the ropes again and was moving forward like a man on a mission, clinching, kneeing and elbowing non stop. He landed a left hook that appeared to stagger John Wayne momentarily and then put him in a strange position perfect for Smith to whack him with an upward, left elbow which sent John Wayne Parr to the mat with a look of agony on his face. Turned out that the elbow broke JWP's orbital bone, crushed his sinus, and opened a cut that needed 5 stitches putting Parr at accumulative total of 280 stitches in his face alone.

Amazing performance from the new WKA middleweight world champion Toby Smith and we wish John Wayne Parr a speedy recovery you are an inspiration to many.

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Buakaw Banchamek vs Djime Coulibaly 2 Monte Carlo Results

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Here is the fifth round of Buakaw vs Coulibaly 2, which happened on June 14 in Monaco on the Monte-Carlo Fighting Masters Show. These two fought before in 2011 on a Thai Fight Extreme card and Buakaw won a 3 round decision in a decently competitive fight. Once again we see the new and improved Buakaw Banchamek absolutely dismantling Coulibaly and toying with him in this fifth round. It would be nice to see Buakaw fight some real top level guys this year considering he has looked unstoppable. One more fight with Andy Souwer maybe?

Alex Tobiasson Harris Defeated Yohan Lidon by 5 round decision to retain his WMC World Super Middleweight Title on the same show.

UPDATE: Full results from the event.

Buakaw Banchamek (R5 - Dec.) Djime Coulibaly

Berneung TopKingBoxing (R3 - TKO) Abdallah Mabel

Pakorn PKSaenchaimuaythai (R5 - Dec.) Yetkin Ozkul

Alex Harris (R5 - Dec.) Yohan Lidon

Ekkarit (R5 - Dec.) Dylan Salvador

Paul Slowinski (R5 - Dec.) Tsotne Rogava

Artem Vakhitov (R5 - Dec.) Dzianis Hancharonak

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Yokkao 9 China Highlights

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

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Full Fight: Yokkao 8: Tim Thomas vs Reece McAllister

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

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

 

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Full Fight: Yokkao 8 Liam Harrison vs. Houcine Bennoui

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Yokkao 8 happened on March 8th in the UK and the most frustrating thing about it was seeing a long line of UK fighters, personalities and fans talking about how incredible the event was without being able to watch it. Thankfully Yokkao has uploaded the most-talked about fight from Yokkao 8, Liam Harrison vs. Houcine Bennoui. This fight was nonstop action with both men putting it all on the line against each other, neither man could feel even a bit of shame over their performance.

Of course, fans in the UK felt that Liam won and fans in France have been saying that they thought that Houcine won. Now you get to decide for yourself and watch.

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Lion Fight Continuing Relationship with Foxwoods, Next Event August 1st

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Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Connecticut has been host to lots of MMA and Boxing events over the past few years, but the recent Lion Fight 15 was the first really big Muay Thai event. To say that it went well would be an understatement, I'm pretty sure that no one expected Muay Thai to draw as well as it did or bring as much passion like Lion Fight 15 did. It comes as no shock that Foxwoods looked to deepen the relationship with Lion Fight.

Lion Fight announced today that they have inked a multi-event deal with Foxwoods for 2014 and 2015, with Lion Fight 17 being on August 1st at Foxwoods. This is great news for Lion Fight, who have already made the biggest strides that we've seen from any muay thai organization in American history. Lion Fight 17 will air on AXS TV.

Lion Fight's next event is Lion Fight 16 which takes place on July 4th from Las Vegas, a part of UFC International Fight Week.

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Lion Fight Announces Lion Fight 16 Main Card

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Lion Fight 16 will be airing live on AXS TV on Friday, July 4th from the Pearl at the Palms. The event will be officially a part of UFC's International Fight week, meaning that fans in attendance for UFC's big, multi-event weekend will have Lion Fight 16 as a part of their official itinerary, meaning Lion Fight might see one of their biggest turnouts yet in their biggest venue yet; the Pearl at the Palms. The event will be headlined by Kevin Ross and Michael Thompson fighting for the Lion Fight Super Lightweight Championship, while the co-main sees Tiffany Van Soest take on Sindy Huyer. 

Lion Fight Super Lightweight Title: Kevin Ross vs. Michael Thompson
Tiffany Van Soest vs. Sindy Huyer (125 lbs.)
Rungravee vs. Adrian Morilla (132 lbs.)
Katel Kubis vs. Michael Corley (155 lbs.)
Tyler Toner vs. Gaston Bolanos (142 lbs.)

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East Coast Muay Thai Goes Big Time

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May 23rd, 2014-Foxwoods Casino, Mashantucket, CT-

The biggest Muay Thai Promotion in North America has finally brought its great product, Lion Fights, to the East Coast.  The event brought some of the biggest established names in North American Muay Thai into the ring as well as some solid up-and-comers and talented amateurs.  In a region of the country that has seen some recent criticisms of its Muay Thai and MMA scene’s refs, judges and sanctioning bodies, Lion Fight rose above, and but for a slip-up by the announcer, had solid reffing, judging, and even the ringside doctors did a great job in monitoring the cuts during the show.

In the Main Event, the much touted Cosmo Alexandre faced off with the Canadian Mark Holst.  Alexandre, the Brazilian ex-patriot, looked physically stronger, moved better, and for the full five rounds looked like a Lumpini champion sparring with a talented but not at his level professional.  Cosmo controlled the pace and action, absorbed what he allowed and then landed hard overhand rights, at will.  Holst was game, and kept attacking, but he saw early that his power had no effect, while Alexandre’s shots knocked him off his spot and bent him like a palm tree in the wind.  All three judges had it for Alexandre: 50-45, 49-45, and 49-47.

The Co-Main Event was really the fight of the night.  Like a gourmet meal, it wasn’t the biggest serving, but you got was absolutely awesome.  The action started before the bell finished tolling, Mauceri came straight out of his corner like cannonfire, as is his usual style.  The veteran, Kevin Ross, had obviously watched tape and game-planned for this.  Ross used Mauceri’s straight forward approach to lure him into traps, letting Mauceri run into his elbows,  use his movement, his ring-savvy and crafty combos effectively.  In the first few minutes Mauceri’s head crashed into Kevin’s right elbow, resulting in a deep, deep gash on his forehead, above the left eye.  The blood began to flow immediately and the referee stopped the fight to let the ringside physicians take a look.  One came and looked deeply into the cut, he then called over the other physician who looked again, they conferred, and as if in response to the crowd calling for it to continue, decided to give him a chance to finish the round and let his corner work on it.  Knowing the immediacy of the situation, Mauceri turned the aggression on, landing punch and kick combos, and pushing Ross to the ropes.  But the always cagey Ross used great lateral movement to circumvent Mauceri’s attacks and set up flashy elbow attacks and punch combinations.  After the Black and Blue team had a minute to work on Mauceri’s cut, he came out hard and fast in round 2, catching Ross with a great sweep that scored well.  But Ross laughed it off confidently and went to work over the rest of the second and beginning of the third round, carving the always advancing Mauceri’s head up with his elbows, causing the doctors to stop the fight and leaving a scar like the Mark of Zorro, in 25 stitches on Mauceri’s head as a souvenir.  Wow!

In other notable action, Tiffany van Soest stepped into Payne’s pocket, in close enough range for van Soest to land effectively, but too close for Payne’s much longer arms and legs to have any power.  The pressure, movement and power of van Soest were too much for the game and fighting back Payne, but in the end, the Unanimous Decision went to Tiffany: 50-45, 50-46, and 49-46.  Mohammed Lemjerdine took on Jason Andrada for the second time.  Again, the longer more technical and traditional Lemjerdine controlled the action, scoring two flash knockdowns in the first, that I thought didn’t need to be counted in either instance, but the referee did, thus giving Mohammed a big advantage on the cards.  Andrada responded very well, and made it a great and entertaining fight, but couldn’t find that knockout button he used to take the victory last time.  The Unanimous Decision went to Lemjerdine: 48-47, 48-45, and 48-46.  As a last minute replacement, Pedro Gonzalez stepped in and took on Nick Chasteen.  Gonzalez was consistent in his attack, driving Chasteen to the ropes, clinching and mushing, and then dropping elbows and knees when he had position.  It was very effective for him, as he scored a standing 8 and a cut over Chasteen’s left eye in the first and then sealing the deal with another series of elbows that cut Chasteen badly enough for the doctors to signal an end to the fight.  In both fighters’ pro debut, Tim Amorim showed what traditional Muay Thai strategy and technique can do against a more kickboxing, TKD style as he chopped down Tom Evans front leg, and evaded the spinning back kicks and fists to land hard punches and elbows, causing Evan’s cornermen to stop the fight between the 2nd and 3rd rounds, giving Amorim a TKO victory in his young record.

Amateur Bouts on the card included:

Brian Bogue def. Jesse Skomial by UD

Brandy Young def. Colleen Downey by UD

Stephane Kenny (ne Smarth) def. Dave Hayrikyan UD

Patrick Rivera def. Pavel Zawistowski by MD

Phil DaSilva def. Stoney Morales by MD

 

 

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Full Yokkao 9 Fight Card

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On May 24th in Xinyang Stadium Yokkao will present Yokkao 9, a card that promises to bring some of the best Kickboxing and Muay Thai to China. Pakorn was forced to pull out due to illness, but has been replaced by Phiaphaeng Walchart and, if you'll notice, there are a lot of K-1 rules bouts on this card. That has to do more with the Thailand vs. China theme and how Chinese fighters perform better under Kickboxing rules.

The main bout is Sudsakorn vs. Yi Long in a bout billed as Muay Thai vs. Gung Fu.

  • *** YOKKAO 9 Fight Card ***
  • Saturday 24th May - Xinyang Stadium (China)
  • Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee (Thailand) vs Yi Long (China)
  • -72kg K-1 rules 3x3
  • N'Diaye Carl (France) vs Fang Bian (China)
  • -80kg K-1 rules 3x3
  • Imwiset Pornnarai (Thailand) vs Qiu Jianliang (China)
  • -67kg Muay Thai Full Rules 3x3
  • Calogero Palmeri (Italy) vs Yang Zhou (China)
  • -67kg K-1 rules 3x3
  • Ekapop Sor Klinmee (Thailand) vs Nu Er La (China)
  • -80kg K-1 rules 3x3
  • Runmai Mo Tammachat (Thailand) vs Ji Wenhao (China)
  • -58kg Muay Thai Full Rules 3x3
  • Igor Klimovich (Belarus) vs Li Ning (China)
  • -60kg K-1 rules 3x3
  • Kamel Meztani (France) Guo Xi Chuang (China)
  • -74kg K-1 rules 3x3
  • Philaphaeng Walchart (Thailand) vs Deng Ze Qi (China) ***Pakorn injured
  • -65kg Muay Thai Full Rules 3x3
  • Gustavo Ferreira De Oliveira Mendes (Brazil) vs Zhou Tao (China)
  • -70kg K-1 rules 3x3
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Lion Fight 16 to Take Part in UFC International Fight Week

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Kevin Ross

UFC's International Fight Week is set for the first week in July, culminating with two, back-to-back events on the weekend. The whole week promises to be full of UFC-related events, but what is interesting is that today Lion Fight announced that Lion Fight 16 would take place on July 4th in Las Vegas as an official part of UFC's International Fight Week. The event will happen at the Pearl at the Palms and have the UFC's official endorsement, meaning that it will be a part of UFC's International Fight Week in a big way.

The event is set to be headlined by Kevin Ross vs. Michael Thompson for Lion Fight's Super Lightweight Championship. Tiffany Van Soest will be the co-main event of the evening with her opponent to be announced in the near future, it will also see Rungravee Sasiprasa make his debut. The event will be broadcast on AXS TV, per usual.

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Yokkao 9 in China: Muay Thai vs. Kung Fu

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Yokkao

Yokkao continues their string of fan-favorite events with an event on May 24th in China, Yokkao 9: Muay Thai vs. Shaolin Kung Fu. The event is set to take place in Xinyang, China and will be headlined by Sudsakorn Sor. Klinmee vs. a Shaolin Monk, Yi Long. Also confirmed for the event are Pakorn and Ekapop, both who have made strong impressions in the last few Yokkao events.

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Highlights From Yokkao 8

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Yokkao

Yokkao 8 in the UK has proven to be a huge hit with fans who were in attendance or watched it in the UK. In fact, it was such a big hit that Yokkao plans to return to the UK with Supershowdown on October 11th at the Reebok yet again. Yokkao released a new highlight video for Yokkao 8 yesterday featuring highlights from all of the great action at Yokkao 8.

More information about the next event can be found at http://www.yokkao.com/.

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