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A Look at Take-On's Huge February 22nd Event

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Muay Thai in the United States is really starting to get some steam behind it over the past year or so, something that I wasn't sure we'd ever see like we are seeing now. Thanks in part to promotions like Lion Fight in Las Vegas and TaKe-On in New York we are seeing more and more muay thai cards getting a lot of media coverage and pulling in some bigger names for fights. TaKe-On's partnership with MSG Sports is a big deal, probably a bigger deal than most people can imagine as it shows a serious sports entity and their serious interest in combat sports beyond Boxing and MMA.

TaKe-On XIX takes place on February 22nd at Resorts World Casino in New York City, marking the first ever muay thai event held in the first ever casino in New York City.

The event sees the usual mix of professional and amateur fights that we know and love from muay thai cards with a few big title fights as well.

Check TaKe-On's site for more information as well as the full card.

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Best of Siam 3 Tomorrow: Pinca vs. Sitthichai Rematch

Best of Siam is back with its third edition tomorrow in Paris, France and once again features a card with a number of Thais being brought over to fight French competition in Muay Thai.

The main event sees a big rematch from 2010, with Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong fighting Fabio Pinca. Sitthichai won their first encounter in a tournament, so they didn't fight five full rounds. Since then, Pinca has upped his reputation by facing a number of well known Thais and hanging with them. When it comes to Muay Thai around 67-70kg, Sitthichai is probably the next big thing, although he's most definitely already one of the best there.

Right under the main event is Sitthichai's stablemate Kem Sitsongpeenong, who Pinca's teammate Mickael Piscitello. Both Kem and Piscitello fought at Yokkao Extreme on January 26, with Kem comign away with a draw and Piscitello losing a decision to Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee.

Medhi Zatout will fight Kaoponlek. Kaoponlek has been around for a very long time, since the 90s, but is still only about 34 or 35. He has lived in Italy for quite some time now after being a Lumpini champion in the 90s. He's still a tough test and a strong fighter after all these years and should make for an interesting fight with the solid Zatout.

Petchasawin Seatransferry also returns to Best of Siam, this time taking on Charles Francois. Francois has come up short in the past against Thais and this fight will be one of the bigger ones of his career.

Ayoub El Khaidar and Soufian Bougossa are two of France's brightest up and comers in the lighter weight divisions and are set to face off after some shuffling with the fight card.

Another fight sees French up and comer Raphael Llodra fighting the grizzled veteran from Holland, Marco Pique. In the lone women's bout on the card, England's Lucy Payne fights France's Sandra Sevilla.

Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong vs. Fabio Pinca

Kem Sitsongpeenong vs. Mickael Piscitello

Medhi Zatout vs. Kaoponlek

Charles Francois vs. Petchasawin Seatransferry

Raphael Llodra vs. Marco Pique

Ayoub El Khaidar vs. Soufian Bougossa

Sandra Sevilla vs. Lucy Payne

Fabrice Delannon vs. Joval

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Check Out Muay Thai Combat Episode 7 Featuring Saenchai

Muay Thai Combat

When you think about Muay Thai and some of the best over the past few years, without a doubt the name of Saenchai should come to mind as he has fought all over the world while still staying close to his home base in Thailand fighting in the top stadiums. His style is really second-to-none and against non-Thais he has been known to fight as high as 147lbs, over 15lbs above his natural 140lbs weight class.

In the latest episode of Muay Thai Combat, episode 7, Stefania Picelli, the mastermind behind Muay Thai Combat as well as Yokkao Extreme, takes us inside of the Saenchai seminar in Italy, following the wild, breakthrough success of the latest Yokkao Extreme event. Stefania finds a way to not only stay busy, but to keep bringing some of the best muay thai content around the world, which is hard not to applaud. Go ahead and check this out here.

So after watching that, what are the chances that you'd like to attend a seminar from Saenchai? Yokkao are looking at the possibility of getting Saenchai back out to the United States to fight again and maybe even hold a seminar. They want to hear who you would want Saenchai to fight in the United States and where you'd like to see a seminar from him. I know for me, personally, I'd love to see Kevin Ross get another shot at Saenchai.

So send a tweet to @YokkaoBoxing as well as @LiverKickdotcom with who you'd like Saenchai to fight and if you'd like to see a seminar!

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This Week in Muay Thai

Monday, February 11
Saksit Srithivet vs. Raktemroi Visootjaroenyont
Pitchichai Or. Bor. Tor. Khampi vs. Phetlamsin Kiatphontip

Tuesday, February 12
Lookman Fonjaengchonburi vs. Rungphet Wor. Rungniran

Wednesday, February 13
Jakchai Thor. Pran49 vs. Sailomnoi Teded99
Lamlert Sitsorapit vs. Binbon Sitdanai

Thursday, February 14
Kengsiam Nor. Sripueng vs. Choknumchai Sitjakong

Friday, February 15
Mondam Sor. Weraphon vs. Superlek Wor. Sungprapai
Yuthachai Kiatpataraphan vs. Dejnarong Wor. Sungprapai
Yodmanoot Phetpothong vs. Peteng Kiatphontip

Sunday, February 17
Orono Eminentair vs. Daoangkarn Kiatpetch

Obviously this week is nowhere near as big as last week but there are still some quality match-ups to go around.

Monday's event is a Onesongchai show and features some important fighters in the lighter divisions. At 103 lbs, #4 Lumpini ranked mini flyweight Saksit Srithivet fights Raktemroi Visootjaroenyont. #7 Lumpini ranked light flyweight Pitchichai Or. Bor. Tor. Khampi comes off a stoppage win and fights Phetlamsin Kiatphontip.

The fight between Lookman and Rungphet on Tuesday has the potential to be a great one. Lookman was in the Channel 7 Fight of the Year last year, with Seeoui.

Friday's show is probably the "big" one of the week, with Mondam and Superlek in the main event. These two are some of the most dynamic young fighters on the scene right now. They fought back in November, with Superlek winning a decision. Yuthachai is also back after a war with Yodtuantong last month and fights Dejnarong, who just made his return not too long ago. Yodmanoot vs. Peteng is an important fight as well. Peteng is one of the hottest up and comers on the scene. With Satarnmuanglek having just won the Thailand title at 105lbs and Peteng having beaten him before that, this could set up a rematch and a chance for Peteng to fight for that title.

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