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Muay Thai at the Mecca Ongoing Coverage Live on the Ground from the Theatre at Madison Square Garden

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Bell time is about 15 minutes away, so it's time for my live coverage on the ground of Take On Productions' biggest card to date: "Muay Thai at the Mecca" at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden. I'll check in tomorrow for a full report, in the meantime check out the Internet pay-per-view broadcast at In addition, I'm tweeting photos and miscellaneous between-fight comments: Back in a few!


VIDEO: Yokkao 11 Pakorn vs. Greg Wootton

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Yokkao wowed fans in the UK last month with Yokkao 10 and 11 -- a double-headed at the Rebok -- featuring some of the world's top talents competing against each other. Two world titles were decided that night, with Jordan Watson taking home the gold at Yokkao 10 and at Yokkao 11 Pakorn met Greg Wootton for the -65kg World Title.

Thanks to Yokkao, there is now video of the full fight for your enjoyment.


Lion Fight 16 Weigh-in Video

  • Published in Muay Thai

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. 


WLF Results: Giorgio Petrosyan Gets Things Done

  • Published in Asia

Wu Lin Feng returned with a big night of fights, headlined by the Doctor himself, Giorgio Petrosyan, against Jiao Fukai. Petrosyan fought against what seemed like immeasurable odds in China only to knock Jiao Fukai out in the second round. This is a rare knockout from Petrosyan and it's clear that he's still working up to the level that he was before the Ristie knockout. Is Petrosyan's full confidence back now? If so, look out. 

There was a big 67kg tournament that took place featuring eight men that saw Andrei Kulebin look great, but only to be bested by china's Qiu Jiangliang. Jiangliang is perhaps one of the best prospects out of China over the past few years, but of course, 67kg isn't exactly a normal weight class that you'll find in most kickboxing promotions at the moment, so he'd either need to move to 65kg or 70kg to fight some of the best in the world in either weight class.

67kg Tournament: Andrei Kulebin (Ext.R - Decision) Jie Feng

67kg Tournament: Qiu Jiangliang (R3 - Decision) Nathan Robson

67kg Tournament: Lu Jianbo (R2 - KO) Melsik Bagdasarayan

67kg Tournament: Xie Lei (R3 - Decision) Uma

Jomthong Chuwattana (R1 - KO) Zeqi Deng

Yang Zhuo (R1 - KO) Craig Dickson

Yi Long (R3 - Decision) Seyedisa Alamdarnezam

Wei Rui (R3 - Decision) Pakorn PK Saenchaimuaythaigym

67kg Tournament Semi-Final: Andrei Kulebin (R3 - Decision) Xie Lei

67kg Tournament Semi-Final: Qiu Jianglian (R1 - KO) Lu Jianbo

Wang Honxiang (R3 - Decision) King

Fang Bian (Ext.R - Decision) Cedric Doumbe

67kg Tournament Final: Qiu Jiangliang (R1 - KO) Andrei Kulebin

Giorgio Petrosyan (R2 - TKO) Jiao Fukai


Quick Results: Yokkao 6

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Yokkao 6 went down today in Thailand, with Yokkao pushing forward with their sixth numbered event which will hopefully be appearing on their YouTube channel some time soon. Here are the quick results from Pattaya, Thailand courtesy of Yokkao.

  • Sittichai Sitsongpeenong wins by points vs Wanchalerm Udduonmuang
  • Thongchai Sitsongpeenong lost by points vs Toby Smith
  • Apidej Sitsongpeenong wins by points vs Yacine Darkrim
  • Sinsamut Sor Klinmee lost by points vs Suedam Kauanjai
  • Imwiset Pornnarai wins by points vs Behzad Rafigh Doust
  • Ekapop Sor Klinmee wins by KO (2nd round) vs Aussie Sam
  • Mathias Gallo Cassarino wins by KO (2nd round) vs Chokdee Lappet Ubon
  • Eddie Martinez wins by TKO (2nd round) vs Rachid Bantla
  • Kom Kop Pechthroungrang lost by points vs Martin Tomascik Sitpholek


Watch Mosab Amrani Train at Superpro Samui in Thailand

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Mosab "The Jaguar" Amrani is one of the breakout stars in the European kickboxing world after a few great bouts for It's Showtime, including a Fight of the Year Contender against Mootje Khamal at It's Showtime: The Sand in December. He has another fight for It's Showtime coming up on May 14th at It's Showtime Lyon against Houcine Bennoui. So where has he been training for this bout? At Superpro Samui in Thailand, one of the better-known, quality Thai Boxing camps, best known for Pajonsuk Superpro Samui. Many feel that Amrani is one of the fighters to watch over the coming years, so watch Amrani training and follow his path to becoming one of the best.


Hero Legends 2014 Results

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The year 2014 has had a bit of an odd start, as the first scheduled GLORY event for February is no longer scheduled and we won't get our first GLORY fix until March in Croatia. K-1 holds an event on January 11th in Gran Canaria, Spain, although the card has come down in prominence a bit with the loss of the Maximo Suarez vs. Shane Campbell fight. Hero Legends went down on the 3rd of January in Jinan, China, including some big names.

  • Xu Yan (R3 - UD) Mike Zambidis
  • Artur Kyshenko (R1 - TKO) Shi Yanzi
  • Simon Marcus (R1 - TKO) Li Bei
  • Wong Chung Kong (R3 - UD) Sheng Pei Kangan
  • Liu Wei (R1 - TKO) Nicholas Lemenche


Watch Pavel Zhuravlev vs. Sebastien Van Thielan from SuperKombat WGP III

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Romania's SuperKombat has decidedly stood out over the year, coming from the Local Kombat shows of years past and building their own World Grand Prix tournament that stretches over multiple qualifying tournaments. While the level of talent within the qualifying tournaments is not great, the winners coming out are without a doubt top notch, including Sergeii Laschenko, Ismael Londt and now Pavel Zhuravlev. Zhuravlev is a guy that you might not know a lot about, outside of his lone K-1 fight which was against Gokhan Saki where he actually defeated Gokhan Saki in a Superfight by Unanimous Decision. Since then he has yet to appear in K-1 again, but the truth is, when he does he will be a force to be dealt with. His specialty over the past few years has been winning tournaments, it seems, not on the big world stage like K-1, but still really solid wins in tournaments, and it was no surprise when he took the SuperKombat WGP III by storm. Don't weigh against him for the loss to Igor Jurkovic at Utlimate Glory in May, that is one of only 6 career losses.

Video is from our good friends at


Kunlun Fight 37 Results: Sitthichai Crowned Middleweight Champion

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Kunlun Fight 37 went down this weekend in yet another event that saw Sitthichai prove himself to be one of the very best, if not the very best, 70kg fighter in the world today. In a one night tournament to decide the Kunlun Middleweight Championship Sitthichai knocked out Superbon in round two while Enriko Gogokhia picked up a decision over Victor Nagbe. The finals saw a tough fight between Sitthichai and Gogokhia, going to an extra round before Sitthichai walked away as champion. 

Other big wins on the card for Dzhabar Askerov knocking out Aikpracha in round two, and both Anatoly Moiseev and Jason Wilnis picking up wins as well.

Results via Kiksie

Kickboxing - 60kg

Wang Wanben (China) def. Celestin Georges Luis (France) by Decision

Kickboxing - 65kg

Jan Samuel Bark (Sweden) def. Bai Lishuai (China) by Decision

Kickboxing - 62kg

Lee Chan-Hyeong (South Korea) def. Jiao Daobo (China) by Decision

Kickboxing - 70kg

Dzhabar Askerov (Russia) def. Aikpracha Meenayothin (Thailand) by KO in Round 2

Middleweight World Championship Tournament Semifinal #1 – 70kg

Sittichai Sitsongpeenong (Thailand) def. Superbon (Thailand) by KO in Round 2

Middleweight World Championship Tournament Semifinal #2 – 70kg

Enriko Gogokhia (Ukraine) def. Victor Nagbe (Australia) by Unanimous Decision

Kickboxing - 59kg

Gao Qian (China) def. Martizandra Hersisia (Netherlands) by Decision

Kickboxing - 95kg

Yang Yu (China) def. Ivan Bartek (Slovakia) by Decision

MMA - 70kg

Wu Haotian (China) def. Ramunas Venslovas (Lithuania) by TKO in Round 1

Kickboxing - 70kg

Anatoly Moiseev (Russia) def. Jonay Risco (Spain) by Decision

Kickboxing - 75kg

Nuerla Mulali (China) def. Xu Yongba (China) by Decision

Kickboxing - 60kg

Wang Kehan (China) def. Marisa Pires (Portugal) by TKO in Round 2

Kickboxing - 90kg

Jason Wilnis (Netherlands) def. Wang Chongyang (China) by Majority Decision

MMA - Title Fight - 72kg

Zhang Lipeng (China) def. Beibit Nazarov (Kazakhstan) by Decision

Middleweight World Championship Tournament Final – 70kg

Sittichai Sitsongpeenong (Thailand) def. Enriko Gogokhia (Ukraine) by Decision after an extra round


K-1 MAX Madrid Show This Weekend

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Here's a show announcement that kind of snuck up out of nowhere - this weekend in Madrid, Spain will be a regional K-1 MAX show.  The show is being put on by K-1 MAX Madrid, and will feature a traditional 8 man tournament.  These kind of regional events are not out of the ordinary for K-1, who brand many smaller, local shows as K-1 shows.  While these shows are affiliated with K-1, they are typically not a part of the official K-1 season - meaning don't expect mention of this event on the K-1 website, or for the tournament winner to automatically enter the GP Final 16.

The biggest name in the tournament is definitely Warren Stevelmans.  A K-1 MAX veteran who won the MAX 2008 Netherlands tournament, Stevelmans has been in there with the division's very best, including Andy Souwer, Giorgio Petrosyan, and Albert Kraus among many others.  He fights often, and almost always against tough competition, so his record only stands at 4-5 in the last 2 years, but those loses all come against tough opposition.  I would consider him the favorite in this field.

Stevelmans's toughest challenger here is likely Rachid Belaini, who comes in off a huge win over the top 25 ranked Khem Sitsonpeenong at It's Showtime in September.  If Belaini can keep that momentum going, he can definitely win this event and use that victory as the start of a big 2011.

Also in the tournament are WBC champion Alex Asumu; Hassan Ait Bassou, a good fighter making the move up to 70kg from his normal 63kg weight; Jonay Risco; Manzy Pauwels, a Muay Thai fighter who won a similar regional tournament in 2009; Rafa Del Toro; and Rafi Zohueir, a Muay Thai fighter who was slated to represent Spain on the ill-fated The Contender Asia Season 2.

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