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GLORY 28 Clash Between Saki and Cavalari in Danger Due to Injury to Saki

In what the world thought would be one of Glory's best match-ups of 2016, the bout between Brazil's heavy hitter, Saulo Cavalari, and Gokhan Saki will most likely not be happening at Glory 28 in Paris.  Yesterday on social media it was reported that Saki is potentially out with an injury.

 

This leaves us with a veritable who's who in the list of opponents who can take Saki's place. Most formidable a among his contenders are Mourad Bouzidi, Danyo Ilunga, Zack Mwekassa and Artem Vakhitov.  Also within the same division are Filip Verlinden,  Brian Collette and Aleksandr  Stetcurenko.  How it will all hash out in Paris is any body's guess, but it will be an exciting ride.

We've reached out to GLORY for further comment.

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WLF Results: Giorgio Petrosyan Gets Things Done

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

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Kunlun Fight 37 Results: Sitthichai Crowned Middleweight Champion

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

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Sam-A and Petboonchu Both Moving to Singapore to Work as Trainers

It’s the end of an era in Muay Thai with Petboonchu FA Group and Sam-A Gaiyanghadaogym becoming the latest in a long line of top Muay Thai fighters to retire from active competition in Thailand and move to Singapore.

Three years ago the likes of Petboonchu, Sam-A, Nong-O Gaiyanghadaogym, Saketdao Phetpayathai, Peneak Sitnumnoi and Ponsaneh Sitmonchai could be found fighting on the biggest cards of the year at Rajadamnern and Lumpinee.

Between them they’ve won just about every title Muay Thai has to offer but now they are all working full time as trainers in Singapore alongside several other big names from the sport like Orono Wor Petchpun and Namsaknoi Yudthagarngamtorn.

Peneak and Petboonchu are still relatively young but both had begun the process of winding down their fighting careers well before moving to Singapore. The rest are veterans of 300+ fights who, while still competing at the pinnacle of the sport when they stopped, are already slightly past their heyday.

In an emotional post on Facebook yesterday Sam-A thanked everyone who had contributed towards his 24 year fighting career. The multiple time Lumpinee champion stated that with his 33rd birthday approaching he felt the time had come to call time on a career which culminated with him winning the Toyota Marathon tournament last Christmas day.

Sam-A won the Lumpinee ‘Fighter of the Year’ award in 2011 but narrowly missed out on winning the prestigious Sports Writer’s ‘Fighter of the Year’ award a few months later when he was beaten by Peneak. The two will soon be colleagues and can reminisce about the part they played in one of the more memorable fights of the decade.

In terms of silverware few collections can compare to that of Petboonchu. He won an incredible 14 different titles in nine different divisions and will be reunited with several of his former opponents at Evolve MMA including Sam-A, Orono, Nong-O and Saketdao.

While Muay Thai fans will be sad that these legendary fighters are no longer going to be competing in the Bangkok stadiums they have all earned the right to make a comfortable living from the sport without putting their bodies on the line by fighting every month.

And as one era ends another is beginning with young fighters like Panpayak Jitmuangnon, Sangmanee Sor Tienpo, Ronachai Sunti-Ubon, Ginsanglek Tor Laksong and Muangthai PKSaenchaigym stepping up to replace the likes of Sam-A and Petboonchu.

Even the very best Thai fighters only receive purses in the region of 100,000-150,000 Baht at the Bangkok stadiums and their managers and camps often take a cut of around 50 per cent. At Evolve MMA they can earn considerably more than this per month so it seems likely that more of Muay Thai’s biggest names will be moving to Singapore once their competitive careers are done.

For more information visit: Evolve MMA.

 

 

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