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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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8 North American Fighters to Keep an Eye On

With Jarrell Miller winning a spot in the K-1 Final 8 tournament bracket, the possibility of more Americans competing at an international level in kickboxing doesn't seem so unbelievable anymore. As K-1 is breaking into mainstream U.S television next year, it's almost guaranteed that they'll be looking to use local talent. Here's a list of 8 promising North American fighters you might be seeing in the future.

1. Matt Embree/Canada

Embree’s had a good year, picking up a win over Nils Widlund and defeating Coke Chanhuwat for the WBC International Interim belt at LionFight 5, although he most recently lost a decision to Lerdsilla Chumpairtour in August. Embree was originally scheduled to face Kevin Ross a few months ago, but Ross was forced to withdraw due to an injury. If this fight happens in the future, it'll almost certainly be fireworks

2. Andy Singh/USA

If you didn't catch Andy Singh at LionFight 7, you missed out. He defeated Anthony Castrejon for the 118 pound WBC National Title, using vicious face-teeps to bloody Castrejon en-route to a decision victory. I expect to see Singh fighting internationally soon, as there aren't too many challengers for him in the States.

3. Ognjen Topic/USA

Topic is a guy to watch for sure. He recently TKO'd Rami Ibrahim to take home the WBC International Super Featherweight title at Warriors Cup XV. Topic is a big featherweight, and I could see him making the move to one of K-1's new, lighter-weight divisions.

4. Eddie Walker/USA

There's been a lot of talk about Eddie "Showtime" Walker lately. After KO'ing Joe Schilling at LionFight 7, many people questioned whether his win was luck or skill, Regardless, Walker's stock has skyrocketed in the past few weeks, and there will be a significant amount of pressure on his shoulders when he enters the K-1 ring for the first time.

5. Gabriel Varga/Canada

Varga made some serious waves in September when he defeated Lerdsilla in a superfight at K-1 Rising. A heavy underdog, Varga pressed Lerdsilla the entire match and prevented the Thai from being his usual elusive self. He is expected to fight on K-1's HW Grand Prix card in New York.

6. Brett Hlavaceck/USA

Hlavaceck currently has a record of 6-0 in Muay Thai, with his last win being over Harry Baker in England. He's been touted as "the next big thing" by more than a few people, and despite being nearly 30 years old, could have a bright future in the sport. He'll be fighting Stephen Richards at The Warriors Cup XVI on November 3rd for a WBC National title.

7. Joseph Valtellini/Canada

With a professional record of 6-1, Bazooka Joe tasted defeat for the first time at LionFight 7, dropping a decision to the experienced Gregory Choplin. Joe's previous 6 fights all ended by way of TKO,  which speaks both to Choplin's skill and Valtellini's knockout power. He plans to fight again in December.

8. Cyrus Washington/USA

If you follow American Muay Thai even a little bit, then you probably know Cyrus Washington. He's been on somewhat of a rough streak lately, losing two in a row to Nieky Holzken and Ky Hollenbeck, before taking time off to train MMA fighters. Washington's next bout is going to be at Muay Thai at the Mecca 2, which goes down November 10th. It'll be good to to see if "Black Dynamite" can return to form after the break.

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Joe Schilling on Eddie Walker: "He won't last a round."

 

 

Lion Fight 7 goes down tonight in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA with the main event pitting one of, if not the most popular American Muay Thai fighter, Joe Schilling against Eddie Walker.

Schilling looks to get another win as he lost two fights this year to Simon Marcus but quickly rebounded with a win over Karapet Karapetyan in June. For Walker, Schilling would most definitely be the biggest win of his career and he'd make a name for himself if he were to win. The fight takes place at 180lbs, a doable weight for both men and you can catch it tonight at www.lionfightpromotions.com for $14.95 USD. For full details, check out the press release below and click "Read More" to see the entire fight card.

LAS VEGAS - Tonight's main event fighter Joe Schilling, WBC Interim World Champion gave a fight prediction to media cameras yesterday following Lion Fight 7's official weigh-ins. "He won't last a round," says Schilling, of his opponent Eddie Walker.
Schilling heads into the ring a fan favorite but Eddie Walker still poses a threat to the highly popular Muay Thai who trains out of the Yard gym and represents the Can't Stop Crazy brand and some of the best stand-up fighters in the game.
"Training went really really well for this fight, I got some great training from the Can't Stop Crazy team at the Yard," said Schilling. "This was the easiest weight cut of my life. I'm smiling and happy and ready to fight."
Although he gives a strong prediction for the main event, he is still not looking past Walker. "Because of Eddie's record and because of his experience he shouldn't beat me...his last fight was not impressive. I trained really hard for this fight. Eddie asked for this, he asked me directly for it...be careful what you ask for."
Schilling takes the ring tonight as the featured main event versus Walker live inside the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. Doors open at 4:00 p.m; first bout is at 5:00 p.m. PT. Tickets are available at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Box Office and through Ticketmaster.com.
The entire card will be streamed through www.LionFightPromotions.com for $14.95, with the much-anticipated WBC International (118-lbs.) title fight between Anthony Castrejon vs. Andy Singh kicking off the main card. The live stream begins at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT and is available atLionFightPromotions.com, mobile devices and through Roku. The first 20-minutes of the event can be viewed at no charge, serving as a free sneak preview of Lion Fight 7. The live stream includes the following lineup of fights, weights are official:
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