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Buakaw Back At Thai Fight Semi Finals Tomorrow

Although there's almost no buzz at all surrounding Thai Fight tomorrow, the semi finals of their tournaments at 67kg and 70kg take place, with all eight fighters have won their quarter final match-ups a month ago.

The name that sticks out, of course, is Buakaw Por. Pramuk, who faces Nishikawa Tomoyuki in his semi final fight. Buakaw dominated Mauro Serra en route to a third round stoppage last month to qualify, while Tomoyuki got here by defeating Woo Yeong Choi by decision. This fight is pretty much a guaranteed win for Buakaw, let's be real.

On the other side of the 70kg bracket, Vitaly Gurkov fights Antero Hynynen. A lot of people remember Gurkov from getting completely schooled by Giorgio Petrosyan in K-1 in 2010, but the truth is that he's much better at Muay Thai than kickboxing and has a very strong clinch game which even gave Kem Sitsongpeenong a lot of trouble when Gurkov defeated him at the IFMAs in September. Hynynen was a relative unknown before defeating Shannon King in his quarter final fight, showing a savvy kicking game and good timing to get a decision win. I think the ideal match-up for the finals would be Buakaw vs. Gurkov.

At 67kg, the match-ups are a lot tighter, with the field being more competitive. Mehdi Zatout faces Singmanee Kaewsamrit on one side of the bracket. Zatout made quick work of Shan Cangelosi in the quarter finals, cutting him with an elbow shortly into the first round while Singmanee dominated Valdrin Vatnikaj to a decision win. This fight should be pretty competitive, especially with the way Singmanee fights and based on his two fights with Houcine Bennoui.

On the other side of the 67kg semi finals, Andrei Kulebin fights Adaylton Pereira de Freitas. Adaylton, like Hynynen was also not very well known before his quarter final fight, where he scored an upset of Houcine Bennoui. Kulebin defeated Bennoui's teammate, Crice Boussoukou to advance to this fight. This should be another very close and competitive fight, and I could see it going either way.

The event will be shown live on Channel 3 in Thailand at 3:00 PM local time.

70kg semi final: Buakaw Por. Pramuk vs. Nishikawa Tomoyuki

70kg semi final: Vitaly Gurkov vs. Antero Hynynen

67kg semi final: Singmanee Kaewsamrit vs. Mehdi Zatout

67kg semi final: Andrei Kulebin vs. Adaylton Pereira de Freitas


Best of Siam 2: Saenchai beats Damien Alamos

Best of Siam 2 took place today in Paris, France, with a big fight in Saenchai PKSaenchaiMuayThaiGym taking on Damien Alamos.

Saenchai ended up cruising to a decision over Alamos. Saenchai was from all accounts in control for the whole fight. This win comes just under two weeks after Saenchai's last win, in Scotland on November 10 against Pakorn. Next up for Saenchai is a third fight with Liam Harrison on December 9 in Macau. Alamos has now lost twice in a row.

Unlike Saenchai, Farid Villaume hasn't been fighting that often. Actually, before today, he hadn't fought for two years. He faced Antuan Siangboxing (aka Antoine Pinto) and was unsuccessful in his return fight, losing a decision.

Like Saenchai, Yetkin Ozkul also fought on November 10, but in Japan and against Masaaki Noiri where he lost a decision. Ozkul lost again, this time by cut stoppage in a fight where he was getting dominated, by Saksongkram Poptheeratham. Saksongkram's stablemate, Dejrit Poptheeratham took a decision over Hicham Chaibi.

In another Thai vs. Frenchman match-up, Petasawin Seatransferry won via cut stoppage over Bobo Sacko after the fourth round. Petasawin and Sacko each dropped each other in the third round and it seems to have been a great fight by all accounts.

63kg: Saenchai PKSaenchaiMuayThaiGym def. Damien Alamos by decision.

70kg: Antuan Siangboxing def. Farid Villaume by decision.

61kg: Saksongkram Poptheeratham def. Yetkin Ozkul by TKO (Cut) in Round 4.

67kg: Petasawin Seatransferry def. Bobo Sacko by TKO (Cut) after Round 4.

70kg: Dejrit Poptheeratham def. Hicham Chaibi by decision.

Raphael Llodra def. Wendy Annonay by TKO (Cut) in Round 2.

Fabrice Dellanon def. Baghdad Kharbouchi by decision.

Mohamed Kariche def. Desty Beaubrun by decision.


Muay Thai in America Announces Extended Plans

Press Release

Press Release by Dorian Wright CEO StarBilling and European Ambassador of 'Muay Thai In America' announcement

On Dec the 1st 2012 one of the biggest Muay Thai shows of the year takes place in Los Angeles, California. It will be the first Muay Thai show that will be filmed in 3D.  It features many of the most exciting stand up fighters in the sport, including many from the UK. Filming will also start for a reality TV series which will be broadcasted in Jan 2013This show will be the first of many MTiA shows in the USA, with the next installment being in 16/2/2012 and then 13/04/2012. The long term plan will be to take the brand on tour around the world. . K-1’s very own Vinny Shoreman and Kieran Keddle will be commentators for this show and shows going forward.


Saenchai vs. Damien Alamos Tomorrow At Best Of Siam 2

Tomorrow in Paris, France, the second edition of Best of Siam takes place, and it's headlined by a huge fight between Saenchai and Damien Alamos. Along with the main event, there are some other great match-ups on the card as well.

Saenchai is renowned by many, including myself, as the best Muay Thai fighter in the world, fighting all over the place in weight, defeating the best opponents, and much larger opponents. Tomorrow, he'll again be against a larger opponent, as Damien Alamos is the Lumpinee champion at light welterweight. Saenchai comes off a big win against Pakorn in Scotland, and before that he avenged a loss to Singdam Kiatmoo9 in October. Alamos actually lost his last fight, to Diesellek Aoodonmuang last month. Nonetheless, it's still a huge fight with two big names and two great fighters.

Yetkin Ozkul will return to the ring just under two weeks after losing to Masaaki Noiri and he'll fight Saksongkram Poptheeratham. Saksongkram is coming down in weight for the fight, which takes place at 61kg. It'll be a very tough fight for Ozkul against a bigger Thai opponent.

Farid Villaume will also return, but after not having fought for two years. He faces Antuan Siangboxing, aka Antoine Pinto. Villaume is 37 years old and a French legend, while Antuan is just 21, although he already has 141 fights to his name.

Some more Thai vs. French match-ups are also on the card, with French up and comer Bobo Sacko fighting Petasawin Seatransferry at 67kg. Sacko comes off his first career loss to Aziz Hlali, last month. At 70kg, Dejrit Poptheeratham fights Hicham Chaibi.

63kg: Saenchai PKSaenchaiMuayThaiGym vs. Damien Alamos

61kg: Yetkin Ozkul vs. Saksongkram Poptheeratham

70kg: Farid Villaume vs. Antuan Siangboxing

67kg: Bobo Sacko vs. Petasawin Seatransferry

70kg: Dejrit Poptheeratham vs. Hicham Chaibi

72kg: Wendy Annonay vs. Raphael Llodra

67kg: Fabrice Dellanon vs. Baghdad Kharbouchi


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