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Yusuke Sugawara vs Kaew Fairtex Headlines M-1 Sutt Yod Muay Thai vol.4 on 11/11

In just under 2 weeks, M-1 Muay Thai will be putting on Sutt Yod Muay Thai vol.4, a 2 part show featuring a pair of WPMF Women’s World title fights, a WPMF Japan title fight and other top Japanese fighters like J-Network Super Flyweight champion Yuki, Shunsuke Oishi, Kousuman and J-Girls Flyweight champ Tomoko SP.

In the main event of part 2, former Lumpinee Stadium Featherweight champion Kaew Fairtex takes on J-Network Super Lightweight champion Yusuke Sugawara at 65kg. Although Kaew is no longer at the top of his game, he found success earlier this year, winning the Legend of Heroes 65kg 8-man tournament in Beijing, with wins over Taito, Wei Liu and, in the finals, Yodsanklai. He followed that up with a win in M-1 in September, knocking out Kousuman in the 4th round. Sugawara has been on the verge of breaking through to the upper echelon of the Lightweight/Super Lightweight divisions for the past two years, but he has been unable to put together a string of wins against top competition. He is 3-2 in 2012, starting the year with a win in Shootboxing, but losing 2 straight to MA Kick champ Mohan Dragon and Yukihiro Komiya in RISE before bouncing back with a win over Shohei Asahara. His most recent fight was a win over MMA fighter Kensaku Nakamura in Shootboxing.

The co-main event is a fight for the vacant WPMF Japan Cruiserweight title between #2 ranked Naoki Samukawa and SHOHEI. Samukawa has fought mostly in MMA this past year, but is still primarily a kickboxer and is 5-0-1 in his last 6 fights and has only lost twice since a loss to Chi Bin Lim in February of 2007. SHOHEI had won 2 in a row before losing to Yodsanklai in September.

At 63.5kg, WPMF Japan #1 ranked Super Lightweight Shunsuke Oishi fights Buakaw Weerasakreck. Oishi (14-11-3, 10 KO) is 2-2 in his last 4, scoring stoppages of Yuto Watanabe and Yuki Yamamoto while losing to Saenchai and most recently Hidekazu Tanaka in a fight for the WPMF Japan Super Lightweight title. Buakaw (39-18-5, 5 KO) is 3-1 on the year, with wins over Hayato Hatekayama, Yusaku Fujikura and the aforementioned Tanaka, losing in his most recent fight to WPMF Japan Welterweight champion T-98. With Oishi being ranked #1 and Buakaw holding a recent win over Tanaka, I suspect the winner of this fight will face Tanaka for the title.

Also on part 2 of the card is a 67kg fight between Kousuman and Shinya Hikafuji, as well as a 53.5kg fight between J-Network Super Flyweight champ Yuki and J-Network #1 ranked Bantamweight Kenta.

Part 1 of the card focuses primarily on the female divisions, as this portion is headlined by a WPMF Women’s World Featherweight title fight between reigning champ Sawsing Sor. Sopis and NJKF Bonita Boxeo Featherweight champ AZUMA. This fight is a rematch from March 25th at Sutt Yod Muay Thai vol.1, which Sawsing won via cut in the 4th round to win this title. Since that fight, AZUMA is 3-0, defending her NJKF title in April.

In the co-main event, WPMF Women’s World Pinweight champion Chiharu looks to defend her title against former WPMF Women’s World Mini Flyweight champion Little Tiger. This will mark the 3rd time that these two have fought, with Chiharu winning both fights, the first in 2007 and the second in 2011, which won Chiharu this title. Since their second fight, Chiharu is 0-1-1, fighting Fir both times and drawing her in a 5 round fight, but losing a 3 round decision. Little Tiger is 5-0 since then, picking up a win over Fir, defending her WPMF Japan Atomweight title against Nao Iida, and winning the WPMF Women’s World Mini Flyweight title against Thicher Kor. Adison in June, but vacating it for a third fight against Chiharu.

Also scheduled to fight on the card is J-Girls Flyweight champion Tomoko SP, though she does not have an opponent as of now.

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Muay Thai at the Mecca 2: Washington vs. Lindsay

The full line-up for Muay Thai at the Mecca 2 has been released by Take-On Productions, and it's set to be one of the biggest North American Muay Thai cards of the year.

That's no surprise, of course, considering the first Muay Thai at the Mecca was the largest full-Thai rules event ever put on in the state of New York. This year, the card takes place on November 10th at the Theater at Madison Sqaure Garden, New York, and features 14 solid fights topped off with Cryus Washington taking on Chike Lindsay in the main event.

The winner of the Washington/Lindsay fight is set to compete on the Yokkao Extreme 2013 card next January, so there's a lot on the line for both guys. Fighting on what will undoubtedly be one of the biggest Muay Thai shows of 2013 is a major accomplishment in and of itself, and could serve as a platform into future stardom.

Washington is coming off two back-to-back losses, one to Nieky Holzken who most recently scored a KO victory over Murat Direkci in Glory 2 Brussels, and the other to fellow American Ky Hollenbeck, who is competing against Giorgio Petrosyan in the Glory MAX tournament next weekend. Needless to say, Washington doesn't take easy fights. He's been off the radar for a few months training MMA fighters, so it'll be interesting to see how he'll do against a hungry Chike Lindsay who's looking to make an international name for himself.

Atlanta-based Chike Lindsay defeated Malaipet for the WBC strap back in August of last year, and beat him for the second time at Bangkok Fight Night in June. Nicknamed "Vicious Croc," Lindsay is undoubtedly one of the more well known American Thaiboxers, but still hasn't quite reached the same level of stardom as Kevin Ross, Joe Schilling, or Cyrus Washington.

The card also features a rematch between Ryan Madigan, who briefly fought in the UFC and competed on the first Muay at the Mecca card, and Tarek Rached. The original fight ended in a TKO victory for Rached after Madigan injured his knee halfway through the match.

The card will be streaming on gfl.tv for $15 on November 10 at 7 PM ET.

Full card after the break

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Thai Fight Tournaments Begin Tomorrow: Buakaw vs. Mauro Serra

Thai Fight is back on October 23 (which is tonight or tomorrow, depending on what timezone you're in), with the start of their 2012 tournaments, again using the same weights of 67kg and 70kg. Last year's winners were Kem Sitsongpeenong at 67kg and Buakaw at 70kg.

Buakaw will still be in the 70kg field this year, while Kem is no longer in the 67kg field, as Singmanee Kaewsamrit will be the Thai representative. With Singmanee at 67kg, the field is much more competitive with him already having lost to fellow tournament participant Houcine Bennoui and arguably losing to Andrei Kulebin in June. As for 70kg, Buakaw the field is pretty much made for Buakaw to run right through it. Last year's field at 70kg was much stronger.

Thai Fight as usual will be shown live on Channel 3 in Thailand, and we'll assume you're internet-savvy enough to find a way to watch it for those outside of Thailand. The approximate start time is 2:20 AM ET/11:20 PM PT in North America and 1:20 PM local time in Thailand.

67 kg: 

Rachid Boumalek vs Singmanee Kaewsamrit

Mehdi Zatout vs Shan Cangelosi

Andrei Kulebin vs Crice Boussoukou

Adaylton Pareira De Freitas vs Houcine Bennoui 

70 kg: 

Buakaw Por Pramuk vs Mauro Serra

Choi Woo Yeong vs Nishikawa Tomoyuki

Shannon King vs Antero Hynynen

Vitaly Gurkov vs Fares Bechar

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Dylan Salvador Scores Huge Upset With KO Over Saiyok Pumphanmuang

Today in Roschtigrabe, Switzerland, a few major upsets in the world of Muay Thai took place at the Roschtigrabe Derby event. Saiyok Pumphanmuang faced Dylan Salvador and Hongtonglek Chor. Fahpiansi faced Hakim Hamech, both being Thailand vs. France fights. In a shocker, both French fighters won. I didn't think either of them would win but the fact that both of them won is a huge surprise.

The way that Dylan Salvador won was especially a surprise, as he knocked out Saiyok in the first round. Salvador was still seen as an up and comer, having two wins at Thai Fight. He also usually fights around 65-67kg and is smaller than Saiyok. Taking that into account, Saiyok just handily beat Fabio Pinca a month ago. This is a major upset, with Salvador's Team Nasser K teammate Fabio Pinca not even coming close to beating Saiyok.

Speaking of Team Nasser K, they are really on a roll lately with Salvador's win, Houcine Bennoui beating Singmanee and Mickael Piscitello beating Sudsakorn. It's hard to argue that they don't have the most stacked team in Europe.

For Hakim Hamech to beat Hongtonglek is also a shocker, considering Hongtonglek is ranked #7 at Lumpinee at 115lbs/52kg and was the champion of Thailand at 112lbs/50.8kg as well as 115lbs/52kg. Hamech is very young and unknown but is French champion at 118lbs/53.5kg.

UPDATE: While the first news that got out was that Salvador won by KO, now it seems as if Saiyok actually stopped the fight in his corner after the first round due to a ligament injury sustained to one of his knees. Still an upset, yes, but not the same magnitude now that it seems as if Saiyok couldn't fight on due to an injury.

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