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Photo of the Day: Yodsanklai Signs on to Main Event Lion Fight in July

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I mean, need I say anymore? Fan favorite Yodsanklai will once again return to America as he'll fight for Lion Fight Promotions on July 26th. Still no opponent named yet, but we are expecting the formal announcement from Lion Fight at just about any moment now. Yodsanklai is coming off of wins over Kem Sitsongpeenong, Gregory Chopin and Yohan Lidon heading into this fight in July. [Source: @Yodsanklai1]

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Gokhan Saki Levels Daniel Ghita, Moves on to Fight Sem Schilt

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Today at Glory 6 Istanbul two of the top Heavyweights in the world, Daniel Ghita and Gokhan Saki, stepped into the ring for the second time in a rematch that we've been waiting for since 2010 and did not disappoint. There was a lot riding on this fight as the winner is promised a shot at Semmy Schilt and his GLORY Heavyweight Championship with both men looking to be top contenders.

The fight started out a little rough, as Gokhan Saki caught a kick from Ghita, backed him up and threw him to the mat with a sweep. Usually a sweep is inconsequential, but in this case, Ghita landed hard, looking to be injured. According to Glory's official rules, leg sweeps and trips are illegal moves and should thusly be counted as such. Instead, referee Joop Ubeda counted it as a down as Ghita took a while to get to his feet and Ghita never looked the same after that.

Round two saw Gokhan Saki swarm Ghita, throwing big shots while Ghita was doing a good job of defending and countering. That all changed when Saki found an opening and hit what might have been the most amazing, impressive combination that you could imagine as he landed twelve huge shots to the sturdy head of Daniel Ghita, finally dropping him on the twelfth shot. Ghita fought back to his feet, but a right and left put him down for the count again. It looked like Ghita would stay down, but he once again beat the count only for Saki to land another barrage and Joop Ubeda stepped in, calling the fight.

It was a huge, impressive win for Saki with a lot on the line. We now get to see the rematch from Glory 4 Tokyo and to see if Sem Schilt can hold onto his GLORY Heavyweight Championship. The fight is rumored to go down this summer, possibly in New York. Check out the GIF of the finish, courtesy of ZombieProphet.

GIF Courtesy of ZombieProphet

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Former Lumpinee, Thailand and Channel 7 Champion Saenghiran Lookbanyai Joins Evolve MMA

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Former Lumpinee, Channel 7 and Thailand champion Saenghiran Lookbanyai will be following in the footsteps of Namsaknoi Yudthagarngamtorn, Orono Wor Petchpun, Attachai Fairtex, Yoddecha Sityodtong, Kongtoranee Payakaroon, and Lamnammoon Sor Sumalee by joining the team of trainers at Evolve MMA in Singapore.

At the age of 32 Saenghiran still fights ocassionaly and has shown he can compete with the younger generation at the Channel 7 and Siam Omnoi Stadiums. During his prime he took on some of the best fighters in Thailand and had a reputation for putting on entertaining fights with the boxing orientated style which the Lookbanyai stable is known for.

He also had a very successful boxing career which saw him claim WBC titles at two weights and remain undefeated for four years, winning his first 20 fights and retiring with a record of 21-2-1. Saenghiran's punching power was evident in both disciplines and he claimed more than his fair share of stoppage wins as a Muay Thai fighter and 15 of his 21 wins as a boxer were by KO or TKO.

He will join former team mate Yodbuangarm Lookbanyai who also moved to Singapore earlier this year to become a trainer at Evolve MMA. For more information visit: http://evolve-mma.com/classes/muay-thai.html

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American Chike Lindsay Set to Take on Saiyok Pumpanmuang in One of the Most Unusual Cards This Year

At first glance, Chike Lindsay vs. Saiyok is not the most intriguing fight on the Muay Thai Superfight Show scheduled for May 13 in Thailand. That honor no doubt belongs to former Heavyweight Boxing World Champion Riddick Bowe, who will be making his Muay Thai debut at 45 years old. To be completely honest, unless Bowe found a mystical reserve of secret energy he is probably not going to be any sort of force in the heavyweight kickfighting world. Other oddities include appearances by Dewey Cooper and Marvin Eastman. 

Your eye might be drawn to the newly crowned LionFight Light Heavyweight Champion, Simon Marcus, who squares off against Kaoklai Kaennorsing. Kaoklai is probably still an exciting name for fans newly acquainted with Muay Thai, but the truth is he's been over the hill for quite some time now. Marcus is at the peak of his career and is fresh off a win over one of the greatest 77 kg Muay thai fighters of all time in Artem Levin. Not only that, but Kaoklai has already lost to Marcus in a lopsided decision back in 2012. Outside of a freak injury, I can't fathom any way Kaoklai could win, or even why this fight was made in the first place.

So now we are arrive at Saiyok vs. Lindsay. This is easily the best match on the card. Chike Lindsay is currently riding a hot-streak of wins, most recently taking out Cyrus Washington at the Yokkao Extreme Qualifiers, followed by a decision win over Somluck at Muay Thai World Stand Off. He's one of the most talented Americans in the game right now, but he's facing an incredibly skilled opponent in Saiyok. 

Saiyok Pumpanmuang is coming off two wins, the latest being a dominating decision over Thiago Texeira at Thai Fight 2012. Although some wind was taken out of Saiyok's sails due to a loss (via injury) to Team Nasser K's Dylan Salvador in October of last year. Saiyok is still one of the best at 70 kg in my opinion, possibly THE best, and putting Chike Lindsay away will be another step towards proving it. This fight will answer a lot fo questions about both Saiyok's longevity, and Lindsay's metal at the top of the sport.

Full Line-Up

Riddick Bowe vs. Levgen Golovin

Chike Lindsay vs. Saiyok Pumpanmuang

Marvin Eastman vs. Ricardo VanDe Bos

Dewey Cooper vs. Fred Sikking

Simon Marcus vs. Kaoklai Kaennorsing

Sean Kearney vs. Armin Windysport

 

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