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A Look Back at Battle of the PRO's From Brooklyn on Sept. 13th

Story by R. Choi

Photos by Bauzen

On Thursday, September 13th, eight professional Muay Thai fighters gathered at the Renzo Gracie Academy in Brooklyn to fight in a one-night “Battle of the PRO’s” tournament.  The event, which took place in the impressive new facility and was elegant enough to require a corporate casual dress code (sorry, no TapouT gear allowed) nevertheless delivered a great night of fights with plenty of action and several knockouts.

The first round of fights featured Rafael Machado of Gold Team (Newark, NJ) defeating Nate Chambers of Hyena Muay Thai (Las Vegas, NV) via unanimous decision, Villi Bello (Ardon’s Sweet Science, NY) advancing after the fight was ruled a no contest in the first round due to a questionable groin shot to Mervin Rodriguez (Pellegrino MMA, Belmar NJ), Troy Sheridan of Team Ultimate (Toronto, Canada) defeating the older and very experienced Peter Kaljevic by unanimous decision, and Deshawn Robinson (America’s Finest Kickboxing, NJ) overcoming a very aggressive Turan Hasanov (Fight Factory, NY) two minutes and 42 seconds into the second round with a devastating knockout by knee that left him unable to continue.


An intermission and the only amateur bout of the night showed why clinch is essential in Muay Thai, as Jason Sheena (Workshop Muay Thai, NY) won a unanimous decision against Daniel Cronin (Renzo Gracie, NY). This also seemed to set the tone for the first fight in the semi-finals, which was also decided in the clinch with Villi Bello winning by TKO 1 minute and 25 seconds into the second round after landing several vicious knees on his opponent, Rafael Machado. Afterwards, Troy Sheridan and Deshawn Robinson faced off in a very exciting bout that had a flurry of back and forth exchanges in the first round.  Troy looked rocked early but he still managed to send Deshawn crashing through the ropes onto the judge’s table and was not only able to make a full recovery, but also scored an impressive KO at 2 minutes and 46 seconds with a right hook that sent Deshawn’s mouthguard flying.

The final fight pitted Troy Sheridan against Villi Bello.  Bello was very aggressive, but had problems with the longer reach of Sheridan. Bello tried changing levels and kept up an aggressive pace, but Sheridan ultimately controlled the distance and and kept Bello from getting close with a nasty jab and low kick combination that had served him well all night.  In rounds two and three, Sheridan also added a high left kick to the mix and won the fight by unanimous decision, as well as the tournament.

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Thai Fight Lyon: Saiyok, Aikpracha, Bennoui Win, Sudsakorn Loses

Thai Fight was back with another show today in Lyon, France and again it featured their usual crew of Thais with the likes of Saiyok Pumphanmuang, Singmanee Kaewsamrit, Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee and now Aikpracha Meenayothin all taking on French opponents.

The French opponents were no slouches however, as Saiyok drew Fabio Pinca, who is often regarded as the best non-Thai Muay Thai fighter. Pinca, as he usually is, was game but Saiyok was the clear winner thanks to his bursts of offense that not many opponents can match. This fight definitely needed five rounds.

Aikpracha Meenayothin once again fought internationally as he took on Yohan Lidon, a man much bigger than he is, with the fight taking place at almost 73kg. Aikpracha won the fight, but not after a tiny moment of trouble in the opening minute where it looked like he might've been wobbled. Unfortunately, the Thai TV signal cut out right after the fight started so we weren't able to see most of it. Accounts from France are saying that Aikpracha was fairly dominant and forced a count on Lidon, winning a decision.

Another fight we didn't get to see was Sudsakorn Sor. Klinmee vs. Mickael Piscitello. Sudsakorn surprisingly lost the fight via stoppage due to a cut. Another cut stoppage on the card was Armin Pumphanmuang defeating Raphael Llodra, after Llodra was clearly ahead but got cut in the third round. We aren't done with the cuts yet, as Abdallah Mabel cut Super X on the right eyebrow and followed up by hurting the Thai with a series of downward elbows against the ropes, much like Armin did to Mabel last month, but this time it was Mabel with the referee stoppage win.

In a rematch of last month's highly contested decision, Houcine Bennoui got the win over Singmanee Kaewsamrit by decision (pictured), after some people had thought Bennoui won last month. Again, this is another decision which could've gone the other way.

Mickael Piscitello def. Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee via TKO (Cut) in Round 2.

Aikpracha Meenayothin def. Yohan Lidon by decision.

Saiyok Pumphanmuang def. Fabio Pinca by decision.

Houcine Bennoui def. Singmanee by decision.

Abdallah Mabel def. Super X by TKO (Referee Stoppage) in Round 2.

Armin Pumphanmuang def. Raphael Llodra by TKO (Cut) in Round 3.

Dylan Salvador def. Sidi Koite by TKO in Round 2.

Yuksel Ayadin def. Zinedine Hameur Lain by decision.

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Thai Fight On Wednesday Features Saiyok vs. Pinca, Sudsakorn, Aikpracha, More

Thai Fight is back on this Wednesday, September 19 in Lyon, France, once again in Europe before they head back to Thailand next month. The card features some marquee match-ups between Thais and French fighters, with the likes of Fabio Pinca, Saiyok Pumphanmuang, Aikpracha Meenayothin, Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee and Yohan Lidon.

At the top of the card we have a very good fight between Fabio Pinca and Saiyok Pumphanmuang. Pinca is one of the best non-Thai fighters in Muay Thai and Saiyok, of course has made his name dominating foreign fighters with his aggressive, high octane fighting style. Saiyok last fought at Thai Fight's show in England where he turned in a dominating performance over a game Craig Jose. Pinca last fought in June in Thailand, defeating another Thai, Big Ben Chor Praram6 by decision.

Also, rising star on the international scene, Aikpracha Meenayothin takes on Yohan Lidon, the former It's Showtime 73MAX Champion. Expect Aikpracha to come out aggressively from the opening bell, especially with the three rounds of three minutes format that Thai Fight uses. Aikpracha beat Lidon's teammate, Fabio Pinca, back in March so there's no doubt that Lidon knows how big of a task he has ahead of himself.

Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee finds himself on a Thai Fight card again, fresh off of beating Issam Reghi at Thai Fight in England a month ago. Sudsakorn fights Mickael Piscitello, another stablemate of Fabio Pinca and Yohan Lidon at Team Nasser K. A former Sudsakorn opponent and Team Nasser K member, Abdallah Mabel, takes on Super X, who defeated Mickael Piscitello back in March.

In a rematch from last month's Thai Fight show, Houcine Bennoui faces Singmanee Kaewsamrit, after Singmanee won a decision over Bennoui that many people thought should've gone the other way (Myself not included). Bennoui's attack centered around punches and low kicks with occasional clinch work while Singmanee stuck to the pure Thai style way of fighting with clean knees and body kicks.

Karim Bennoui vs. Plynoi Por Paoin was supposed to happen but Plynoi was knocked out in Japan just two days ago so the fight is most likely off. Up and coming French prospect Raphael Llodra takes on the biggest test of his career as he fights Armin Pumphanmuang.

Fabio Pinca vs. Saiyok Pumphanmuang

Aikpracha Meenayothin vs. Yohan Lidon

Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee vs. Mickael Piscitello

Abdallah Mabel vs. Super X

Houcine Bennoui vs. Singmanee Kaewsamrit

Armin Pumphanmuang vs. Raphael Llodra

Yuksel Ayadin vs. Zinedine Hameur Lain

Samir Lotfi vs. Jose Barradas

Note: As always with Thai Fight, the card is subject to changes.

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