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Buakaw Back in Court -- This Time Against Thai Fight


Look, at this point there isn't a whole lot that can be said about Buakaw. Buakaw is a former K-1 World MAX Champion and probably the most famous thai fighter to fight outside of Thailand. Over the past few years Buakaw has kind of been taking it easy with his fights in the ring while focusing on fights outside of the ring. This stretches from a parting with his former camp, Por. Pramuk, and claiming that their contracts were that of slaves. Then he worked with Yokkao to establish a temporary training camp before he moved on to create his own, independent of anyone else.

His biggest ally during the parting with Por. Pramuk was easily the promotion Thai Fight, who not only fed him a healthy dose of easier fights to build up his name across the world, but helped to assure that the Por. Pramuk breakup would be beneficial for both Thai Fight and Buakaw. Now that relationship has apparently gone sour as well for both parties, as last month Thai Fight launched a lawsuit against Buakaw for about $1.5 million for breach of contract. Now Buakaw Banchamek is launching his own counter-suit for defamation of character.

I will almost always side with fighters when it comes to stuff like this, but many are beginning to wonder why trouble seems to be following Buakaw. Is it just that he's a whistleblower in the world of Thai fighting, or is he breaching the tradition?

If you are unfamiliar with Buakaw's plights, I urge you to read my piece from last year on the whole saga.


Ognjen Topic the Latest to Sign Exclusive Lion Fight Deal

Lion Fight

Lion Fight is a rising promotion here in the United States that has been doing a lot to move Muay Thai forward in the country. That is a big deal, as Muay Thai and Kickboxing have sort of floundered there in the United States after the momentary rise and fall of Kickboxing in the late 80's/early 90's. Lion Fight have been securing their talent into exclusive fight contracts to ensure that they are on their upcoming shows and to help build their brand. There will always be pros and cons involved with this, but everyone is different and have different needs.

We've already seen Kevin Ross, Malaipet Sasiprapa and Tiffany Van Soest sign exclusive deals and now Ognjen Topic is the latest to do so. This comes a day after Joe Schilling announced via his Facebook that he was effectively "done" with Lion Fight due to them pushing him to sign an exclusive contract with them. While it is not official yet, it looks like this will be the second Lion Fight card in a row that Schilling will be removed from, this time probably not to return due to severing ties with the company.

Ognjen Topic will fight at Lion Fight 10 on July 26th against Coke Chunhawat live on AXS TV.


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