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This Week in Muay Thai: Huge Show on March 8

Monday, March 4
Lomtalay Sitzoraueng vs. Phetsinean Phayaksuphan
Fonpet Chuwattana vs. Design Rajanont
Saifah Lupordam vs. Kanokrath Sor. Tienpo
Sakmongkon 96Penang vs. Chotchasarn Wor. Wiwatananont

Tuesday, March 5
Prakaiphet J.S.P. vs. Rung-Ubon Zakami
Prakaiphet Zakami vs. Yothin Sakaetongresort
Jamesak Sakburiram vs. Phetkarat Jitmuangnont

Wednesday, March 6
Yodkhunpon Sitmonchai vs. Dejnarong Wor. Sungprapai
Nueng-Ubon Sitlertchai vs. Jaroensub Sakgreerin
Nuengtrakarn Excidicalgym vs. Nontakit Tor. Morsri

Thursday, March 7
Singdam Kiatmoo9 vs. Sagetdao Phetphayathai
Petboonchu F.A. Group vs. Wanchalerm Aoodonmuang
Damien Alamos vs. Thongchai Sitthongsak
Chokprecha Kor. Sakooncher vs. Mondam Sor. Weraphon
Niwwangjan Pakonponsurin vs Rittidet Wor Wantawee
Yokpet Sompongmarptaput vs. Wanchalong Sitzornong
Kataphet Sor. Suradej vs. Kengkart Sor. Chokkitchai
Ponakrit Kor Kampanart vs. Lamnampong Numjeanstawanna

This week's big show is obviously on Thursday. After a lot of shuffling with the fight card we've arrived with the lineup that we have above and it's still absolutely stacked.

Yodwicha had to pull out of a rematch with Petboonchu unfortunately, but a rematch between Petboonchu and Wanchalerm is still a really good fight. Their first fight was a clinch battle and this one should be more of the same.

Sagetdao will be wanting to turn the fight with Singdam into a clinch battle. They last fought in April of last year with Singdam taking the win. Singdma has been on a huge roll since that fight, which started a six fight win streak that was snapped by Saenchai.

Thongchai vs. Damien Alamos is another interesting fight, and it's at 137. Thongchai is an aggressive clincher and might cause a lot of trouble for Alamos, despite having moved up in weight a little bit. Thongchai's fight against Petboonchu on February 17 was at 137 for him as well. The level of competition at 135 and below is much higher than the weight where Damien fights up and that's why it's not surprise when lighter fighters can move up and defeat good fighters there.

Wanchalong will be looking to avenge a loss last month to Yokpet. Yokpet won the Lumpinee super flyweight title in that fight and that belt is also on the line in this fight. The Lumpinee bantamweight title is also on the line between Wanchalong's former foe Chokprecha, and Mondam. That should be a very good fight and an interesting clash of styles.


American Chike Lindsay defeats Somluck Kamsing at Push Kick Promotions "World Stand Off"

Last night Push Kick Promotions played host to one of the most revered names to fight on American soil, boxing gold medalist Somluck Kamsing. In the main event of the evening Somluck took on rising Atlanta based star Chike "Vicious Croc" Lindsay in a three round muay thai match-up between the old generation and the new. Also on the card, Canadian Matt Embree (One of Liverkick's top 8 North American fighters to watch out for) took on Ben Yelle in a late replacement fight, and former WBC champion Malaipet Sasiprapa fought Sean Kearney. 

In the night's feature attraction, Chike Lindsay started slow against Somluck, before picking up the pace in the second and third rounds. Somluck's defensive skills prevented Lindsay from landing anything major, but the American still came off with a unanimous decision victory. This is easily Chike's biggest win to date, and hopefully marks his official transition into the true global stage of high level muay thai.

Matt Embree wasn't playing games with Ben Yelle. Over the course of three rounds, the training partner of Simon Marcus completely dominated the fight wherever it went. After scoring big in the clinch with solid knees, Embree cut Yelle with an elbow en route to a unanimous decision win. I would like to see Embree match up with Kevin Ross soon, as that's one of the most anticipated match-ups between the best of North America.

Malaipet Sasiprapa won a unanimous decision victory over Sean Kearney, in a fight that was a lot closer than it's 30-27 scorecard reflected. While Sasiprapa landed several sweeps throughout the course of the match and toyed with Kearney in round 1, Sean rallied back in the second and third to put on a good showing in the face of the experienced Thai. I expect we'll be seeing a good deal more of Kearney, considering he only recently began his professional fighting career.

Full Results

Chike Lindsay def. Somluck Kamsing via Unanimous Decision
Moses Sangtiennoi def. Ray Cole via (T)KO at 2:31 of Rd. 1
Matt Embree def. Ben Yelle via Unanimous Decision
Malaipet Sasiprapa def. Sean Kearney via Unanimous Decision
Neungsiam Samphusri def. Michael Perez via KO at 1:47 of Rd. 1
Josh Aragon def. Shawn Yacoubian via Unanimous Decision
Glen Spencer def. Brett Martin via (T)KO at 1:48 of Rd. 2
Chase Green and Daniel Kim fight to a Majority Draw
Sheldon Gaines def. Sam Poulton via KO (Head Kick) at 0:30 of Rd. 1


Muay Thai Weekly Recap: March 3

Quick Results:

Tuesday, February 26
Wanchana Or. Boonchuay def. Bangpleenoi 96Penang by TKO in Round 1.
Sensatarn Sor. Suradej def. Phetsanguan Sor. Yupinda by decision.
Songniyom Pumphanmuang def. Seansak Phetbancha by decision.

Wednesday, February 27
Fahpennueng K.R.S. Gym def. Nikomlek Thor Thiwat by decision.

Thursday, February 28
Khunsueklek Or. Kwanmuang and Toto Sitichaigym draw.
Surachai Srisuriyayothin def. Monchailek Sor. Sommai by decision.
Tonsak Parnsomboon def. Rongroth Kaewsamrit by decision.
Panpayak Sitjatik def. Aikdej Mor. Krongthepthonburi by TKO in Round 3.

Friday, March 1
Sam-D Petchyindeeacademy def. Julong Aikbangsai by decision.
Thepnimit Sitmonchai def. Saengmorakot Tor. Manothammaraksa by TKO in Round 1.

Saturday, March 2
Kriangkrai Tor. Silachai def. Phetmai Sitboonmee by TKO in Round 4.
Lamphet Sitboonmee def. Kaiwanlek Tor. Laksong by decision.
Rungpet Por. Rungsuri def. Apidet Rotbansomkiattrang by TKO in Round 2.

This past week definitely wasn't short on stoppages, with five alone highlighted in the quick results above. Wanchana and Thepnimit's stoppages were vicious, overwhelming barrages of punches and low kicks. Kriangkrai overwhelmed Phetmai in a different way, with knees from the clinch, so many to the point where the referee stopped the fight. A few more stoppages, both from Saturday's March 2 show at Lumpinee:

Tuansamrit Surakriangkrai (Red) vs. Payakdam Lukmakamwan (Blue)

Nontachai Sor. Kajana (Red) vs. Denmusalim Sitporkae (Blue)

Also in action were two of the best at the lower weights, with Wanchana Or. Boonchuay and Sam-D Petchyindeeacademy both earning victories. Wanchana's came a lot quicker as he blew out Bangpleenoi in the first round. Julong was tricky and gave Sam-D a bit of trouble in a fight that went the five round distance.


Orono Wor Petchpun Still Interested in MMA But Says Coaching Commitments Come First


Orono Wor Petchpun was already a world renowned Muay Thai fighter so when he announced plans to make his MMA debut in 2012 there was a lot of interest in the international media. The former WMC, WPMF, Lumpinee, Thailand and It's Showtime! champion is still hoping to make an appearance in the cage but says other priorities have taken precedence,

"Everything that I have I owe to Muay Thai and now a lot of students in Singapore want to learn with me and it is an honour for me to be able to teach them this sport, even if it means I am very busy. I have trained MMA and would like to fight for ONE FC but I am very busy with teaching my classes and giving private lessons, I do not want to let my students down or disappoint them and I have won many belts and titles in my career so now is the time for me to help others instead of looking for glory for myself," he said.

Were he to make his MMA debut Orono would probably be the most decorated Muay Thai fighter to ever take up the sport. He faced the best of the best during his career which began when he was a teenager,

"I did not start Muay Thai until very late, I was 15 when I had my first fight. The reason that I decided to become a fighter was that I wanted to make money for my family. The place I am from, Suphanburi, is not very famous for producing fighters but I was able to be successful and to earn a lot of money by fighting,"he said.

Orono would go up against the best fighters of the era and, more often than not, emerge victorious. During his prime he was thrown in against the best pound for pound fighters in Thailand almost every month but had no hesitation in naming his most fearsome opponent,

"It was Singdam Kiatmoo9. We fought nine times I think and every time it was a very hard fight, he had a very strong kick. I fought with many big names including Saenchai, Buakaw, Nong-O and Yodsaenklai who I knocked out two times."

Buakaw and Yodsaenklai would go on to win international recognition, the former with K-1 and the latter with an appearance on 'The Contender Asia' reality series. Towards the tail end of his career Orono was offered the opportunity to fight outside of Thailand and he says this remains one of his fondest memories,

"To win a title at Lumpinee Stadium is the most difficult thing to do in Muay Thai and winning the belt was a special moment in my career but I was fortunate to get to fight in some other countries, something which many very good Thai fighters never get to do. I fought in Holland, Japan, Italy and Sweden and got paid as much as $10,000 for a fight which is more than I could ever have earned fighting in Thailand," he said.

Orono is a key member of the team of world champion trainers at Evolve MMA which also includes Namsaknoi Yudthagarngamtorn, Lamnanmmoon Sor Sumalee and Yodsanan Sityodtong. As well as teaching Muay Thai he also works every day with the fight team and says being in such an exciting environment has given him a new lease of life,

"Before I came to Singapore I did not know about MMA and I did not know who Shinya Aoki was but now I have been to a lot of live events and I think I understand this sport. Evolve MMA has the best trainers in the world and it was an honour for me to be invited to work here and to coach some very famous fighters, I have been training Muay Thai for 20 years now and I enjoy being able to teach the things that I have learned and to help fighters to win fights," he said.

Orono had a reputation as being an aggressive fighter and his style would be well suited to MMA. He has been studying the sport for several years now and finds helping young fighters to apply Muay Thai techniques inside the cage a very satisfying task,

"There are some differences, for instance you cannot use the clinch in the same way in an MMA fight as you can in a Muay Thai fight. When I teach an MMA fighter how to strike with their elbow or their knee and then they are able to use that to win a fight it gives me a very good feeling, I was lucky to have some good teachers during my career and I hope that I can help other fighters at Evolve MMA in the same way," he said.

Interview is courtesy of Evolve MMA.



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