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Adidas Announces Partnership with Friday Night Fights

  • Published in Muay Thai

Sports apparel brand adidas has been making a big push into the world of Martial Arts over the past few months with their latest move being an interesting one, to say the least. Today adidas announced that they are teaming up with New York muay thai promotion Friday Night Fights. Adidas seems inspired to look outside of the box in their sponsorships and teaming with Friday Night Fights is a tremendous opportunity for the New York-based promotion that has been making waves for years.

“From our perspective as a brand that so many expect so much from, connecting with the right grass roots fight promotion means everything. Our objective is support the core audience and everyday blue & white collar warriors,”  “The women and men who embrace what it means to face your goals and improve yourself every night you hit the gym are who we care about. This is our company obsession. How do we serve these dedicated people and their beloved sport?  The answer is clear.: We form an alliance with Friday Night Fight’s.”

ACS’s Managing Director Scott Viscomi continues, “when you come to their events, you can feel the energy in the room, it’s electrifying! Justin and his team are long term pro’s who know what it takes to match great athletes, and entertain the people buying seats.  As we work to remind the core market of adidas’ long and rich history in Olympic Judo, Tae Kwon Do, and Boxing to Professional Boxing, MMA, and Kickboxing, we couldn’t have a better strategic partner than FNF to relaunch our Muay Thai programs."

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GLORY's Dustin Jacoby Victorious in MMA Return

  • Published in Glory

Dustin Jacoby made a big splash on the kickboxing world when he entered into GLORY after little notice. He entered a Road 2 GLORY tournament without much notice and was able to steamroll it, earning himself a spot on the main GLORY roster. Since then he's gone 1-5, but that has been against some of the best fighters in the world. He is still really learning to love kickboxing and there is definitely a possible future for him if they maybe scale down his competition to something more of his level.

This past weekend he fought for Titan Fighting Championship in his return to MMA where he made short work of Lucas Lopes with his striking. If you were to ask me if his striking has improved I'd probably give a big 'yes.' Jacoby's next fight is September 5th against King Mo Lawal in Bellator.

GIF via ZombieProphet.

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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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Joe Valtellini to Appear on Combate Americas, New MMA Reality Series

  • Published in Kickboxing

Valtellini

If you follow MMA you know just how difficult it has been to create new stars in the MMA world in the past few years. It looks like someone finally has a new idea and that new idea comes from one of the UFC's co-creators, Campbell McLaren along with reality television show pioneers Bunim/Murray productions for Combate Americas. Combate Americas is a new reality television show to air on mun2 which is aimed at the Hispanic audience. The show will pit eight Hispanic American fighters and various others against each other in a reality show format.

What does this have to do with Kickboxing? Canadian GLORY star Joseph Valtellini will be a guest on the series, along with Royce Gracie and Bellator's Eddie Alvarez, to help guide the fighters along. This is a pretty big deal for Valtellini who is starting to get some name recognition from being a fighter in GLORY, especially after that fight of the year with Nieky Holzken. The show premieres tonight at 10pm Eastern on mun2 and will be broadcast in Spanish with English subtitles.

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Street Fighter 2 Mock Video of Yuichiro Nagashima KO'ing Shinya Aoki

  • Published in K-1

Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later, Shinya Aoki getting knocked out by Yuichiro Nagashima from Dynamite!! will not die, actually, someone has lovingly mocked it up like Street Fighter 2. This isn't the first time we've seen something similar before, and it won't be the last time we see it, either. This comes hot on the heels as reports from Japan revolve around Nagashima's crazy cosplaying fans making Aoki's life a nightmare. We've actually heard that a few days ago Nagashima appeared at Aoki's gym, but we haven't heard if it was for an apology or if Nagashima was just messing around. Yikes. Aoki even has a new, private Twitter account, so the odds are he won't let you read his feed. Sorry. [source]

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Pat Barry Added to Legacy Kickboxing Card in January

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Former UFC fighter and current GLORY fighter Pat Barry was announced as an addition to January's Legacy Kickboxing event promoted by Legacy Fighting. The fight goes down on January 16th in Houston, Texas and Pat Barry will be fighting Demoreo Dennis. Barry is still under contract with GLORY but GLORY has given both Pat and Legacy the go-ahead for the fight. 

The fight will air on AXS TV and will be using a variation of the K-1/GLORY rule set, which means no elbows and limited clinch work. This is already adding to a card including Michael Corley and Cosmo Alexandre, which is great. It's good to see more kickboxing hitting the airwaves soon and bringing the heat. 

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Cro Cop vs. Bonjasky Gave Mirko's Mom Heart Palpatations

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Cro Cop

Apparently some fans were critical of Mirko Cro Cop from GLORY 14, not for his performance, not for his style having changed so drastically in the past few years and the lack of kicks or clean punches -- but because he didn't hang around to do interviews after the event. After the fight with Remy Bonjasky was over Mirko Cro Cop made his way backstage and then promptly left the arena, which led to speculation that he was possibly a bad sport over the controversial decision.

According to Cro Cop, that couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, Cro Cop claims that he received a phone call that his mother was sick in the hospital. She suffered from heart palpitations and out of fear of a possible heart attack she was rushed to the hospital. Of course Mirko was going to make sure that his mother was okay and be by her side as opposed to answer silly questions about fighting. Cro Cop implied that while fighting is important, his family takes precedence over the fight industry, especially dealing with the press. This comes after the press found Cro Cop difficult to deal with leading up to the fight, which brings everything full circle. [source]

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Can Pat Barry Move the Needle For GLORY?

  • Published in News

GLORY

This weekend at GLORY 16 we'll see the GLORY Kickboxing debut of Pat Barry. Pat Barry is perhaps best known from his run in the UFC, where he was involved in some truly memorable fights, some of the most memorable in UFC history. Of course, part of the problem with being a UFC fighter is that the UFC promotes the brand first, Dana White second, their shows third and somewhere along the way the fighters. This creates an atmosphere devoid of individual stars.

Pat Barry's jump to GLORY is a huge win for GLORY, seeing as though Pat Barry is a marketable personality and a talented striker. The question is, will he give them an immediate injection of credibility? The data from Google Trends tends to say "no."

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Weekend Results: Kickboxing Empire in Las Vegas

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Kickboxing Empire

This weekend in Las Vegas Kickboxing Empire made their return, promoting an event in the Axis Theater in Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. The event saw multiple IKA Championships on the line, including the IKA World Heavyweight Championship in the main event between Luis Tavares and Hicham Achalhi. The co-main event saw a rematch between Hzianis Hancharonak and Sergiano Cairo, who have had a fabled feud over the years now. Full results are below;

  • IKA World Heavyweight Championship: Luis Tavares (R5 - Split Dec.) Hicham Achalhi
  • Dzianis Hancharonak (R5 - Draw) Sergiano Cairo
  • IKA Intercontinental Light Cruiserweight Championship: Pavel Turuk (R5 - Unanimous Decision) Shawn Yarborough
  • Vital Hurkov (R3 - TKO) Jaseem Al Djilwi
  • Colleen Schneider (R4 - Majority Decision) Jennie Nedell
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FundAFighter Launches Campaign For Muay Thai Trainer Peter Sisomphou

  • Published in Muay Thai

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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