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Buakaw, Sudsakorn, Yodsanklai, Saiyok victorious at Thai Fight, Cannes. Yamamoto with upset!

Thai Fight Extreme was broadcast last night in Thailand on Channel 3 from 11:30 pm to 1:30 am.

Fights were three rounds under Muay Thai rules.

Results in brief:

Saiyok Pumpanmuang def. Ibrahim Njie Jarra, 1st round TKO, cut from left elbow

Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee def. Abdallah Mabel, DEC

Yodsanklai Fairtex def. Jose Barradas, DEC

Buakaw Por Pramuk def. Djime Coulibaly, DEC

Yuya Yamato def. Fabio Pinca, 2nd round TKO, cut from right elbow

Petasaween Seatanferry def. Sofiane Derdega, DEC

Allthebestfights.com has partial footage of Buakaw vs Coulibaly.

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The fights were a bit one-sided.

Saiyok needed all of 10 or so seconds to back Jarra up and cut him.

Sudsakorn's fight was one of the closer ones, but he didn't look to be in trouble anywhere during the fight and Abdallah Mabel was easily the most experienced of the French fighters, barring Pinca. Sudsakorn played in his usual way and hurt Mabel with lowkicks. Mabel came out with elbows to try and win by cut, but Sudsakorn ended up cutting him and they traded some uncommon techniques like spinning elbows. Mabel even threw a Saenchai cartwheel in the third.

Barradas came out gunning in the first round, but Yodsanklai ground him down with power shots and was hurting him against the ropes throughout the second. Yodsanklai cruised through the third and took the decision.

Buakaw dominated his fight with teeps, middle kicks, and dumps, as per usual. Coulibaly gave him a bit of trouble with right crosses in the third, but he got dumped from a low clinch three or four times for his troubles.

I admit I stopped watching Pinca vs Yamato after the first round. Fabio was handling Yuya easily. There was a very evident gap in technique that Yuya couldn't seem to bridge. The pressure game he applied in his upset vs Drago was nowhere to be seen since Pinca had him outmatched in boxing, power, and overall technique. Yuya did partially connect with a right headkick in the first, but it was all Pinca.

Yuya has massive balls, though, and he overcame the gap in experience and technique by rushing in with elbows and cutting Pinca. I didn't see this, and it probably wasn't pretty, but Yuya reminds us that fighters come to fight.

Petasaween was a 130 lb. stadium champion in Thailand, and he took the fight comfortable against Derdega, as he was favored to do. I didn't watch it, but from what I hear, it was about as one-sided as the other Thai vs French bouts.

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The fights were a good showcase of Muay Thai for a different kind of audience but, excepting Pinca vs Yamamoto, the fights weren't very competitive, and even that fight featured a massive difference in skill that Yamamoto overcame by luck and balls. If the Isuzu Tournament, which concludes this May 21st with Kem Sitsongpeenong vs Nopparat Keatkhamtorn, is any sort of gauge, though, the Thai Fight Tournament itself should feature some very competitive bouts, as it did last year.

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It's Showtime Lyon Live Results

ItsshowtimelyonWe'll be updating with live results today from It's Showtime in Lyon, France. on the card are big names such as Badr Hari, Giorgio Petrosyan, Daniel Ghita, Tyrone Spong. There's also two five round title fights to look forward to. For ordering the card, you can go to http://www.showtimefights.com and for just 10 Euros ($14), you can get a stacked card. We encourage everyone to buy and watch and support It's Showtime. If you live in Canada, you can watch live on The Fight Network. The event airs live at 4PM EST/1PM PST.

For full play by play of the event, I'll be providing it on my Twitter, @rianscalia. Also follow @Liverkickdotcom on Twitter for more coverage.

Part 1

Aydin Tuncay vs. Cedric Muller

Cedric Muller wins by Decision over 5 rounds.

Mickael Piscitello vs. Johann Fauveau

Johann Fauveau wins by Decision over 5 rounds.

Wendell Roche vs. Yuksel Ayadin

Wendell Roche wins by Decision in an Extra Round.

Mosab Amrani vs. Houcine Bennoui

Houcine Bennoui wins by TKO (Injury) in the 4th round.

Part 2

Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Chahid Oulad El Hadj

Fight ends in a no contest due to Chahid being unable to continue from a low blow.

Chris Ngimbi vs. Willy Borrel (It's Showtime 70MAX World Title Fight)

Chris Ngimbi wins by KO (Flying Knee) in Round 2.

Fikri Ameziane vs. Daniel Ghita

Daniel Ghita wins by TKO (Leg Kicks) in Round 1.

Yohan Lidon vs. Marat Grigorian (It's Showtime 73MAX World Title Fight)

Yohan Lidon wins by Unanimous Decision over 5 rounds and becomes the new It's Showtime 73MAX World Champion.

Tyrone Spong vs. Igor Mihaljevic

Tyrone Spong wins by KO (Knee/3 Knockdowns) in Round 1

Badr Hari vs. Gregory Tony

Badr Hari wins by TKO (3 Knockdowns) in Round 1

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Weekend Results: Chaibi Tops Bovy, Beljaards Victorious

nickbeljaardsA few notables were in action this weekend. In Villeurbanne, France at Fight Zone 5, French notable Hichem Chaibi topped the experienced Thai Bovy Sor Udomson on points. Also on the card, Abdallah Ezbiri knocked out Filipo Solheid to become the new WKN European K-1 Champion in the 66.7kg division. Also in France, Karim Ghajji and Thomas Adamandopoulos both won on points at Urban Boxing United.

In the Netherlands, Nick Beljaards won on points against Yassin Lahmidi at the Bari Gym Gala. Beljaards will have a quick turn-around and fight at It's Showtime's May 21st event against Mo Ben Nasser. At the event "A Night To Remember," Khalid Chabrani defeated Errol Koning by 5 round decision. Koning will be facing Murthel Groenhart on June 11 for It's Showtime in Warsaw, Poland.

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Howson stopped on cuts; Retirement of the champ ends an otherwise great event in Leeds

By Daniel Fletcher

Every champion falls, every great fighter declines, and every star burns out or fades away. It is the nature of the beast; as inherent and inexorable a fact as that the Earth orbits the Sun, that grass is green and that Michael Schiavello will scream "Goodnight Irene!" during a fight broadcast when a fighter gets sparked. To get proverbial, what goes up must come down, and as a promising young fighter embarks on his career, the ageing warrior must one day reach the point where the journey must end.

Andy Howson lost his ISKA world title last night, and subsequently announced his retirement. He was cheered by a raucous following, and hugged by the friend that had just relieved him of his championship belt. The show was over.

After 13yrs, he admitted that the young had usurped the (comparatively) old, and that his time was done. "After 13yrs, a lot of hard fights and a few world titles" was his own way of putting it, but he neglected to mention the respect of his peers, the support of his friends and his team, and the fact he went out being cheered. Hey, home town or not, even legends get booed at the end... just ask Nigel Benn. Going out to cheers and applause is a pinnacle.

As for the fight itself, it was a counter-striking technician against a shorter, more brawling orientated scrapper in Andy. Dean James used his range well, and though he initially showed Howson a great deal of respect in a cautious opening round, he turned it up a notch in the final minute of the second. A standing elbow landed precisely, arcing down onto Howson's head and cutting him open. The blitzkrieg was expected from the defending champion in the third, but it was this round that the downfall continuted; while Andy pressed, James began to pick him off and avoiding the inside work, landed another elbow from the clinch. Wobbled, Howson was forced back to the ropes, and a short elbow from the clinch dropped him. He survived the round.

(Photo courtesy of http://muaythaiphotos.com)

Howson cut

The fourth round spelled the end. As one fan put it, Howson "went crazy as only he can", and tried flurrying to turn the contest into an all out brawl. James complied to some extent, and should be credited for not playing an overly cautious technical game in his victory; this was an exciting contest. Alas, it had to end, and after allowing the bout to continue following a check up, the referee called another halt as the two head wounds spat blood, some of which was running down into Howson's eyes. An audible groan went round, as Dean James was declared the new ISKA World Bantamweight champion, and Howson's reign was ended.

Ultimate respect to Andy Howson, one of Leeds, Yorkshire and England's best Muay Thai fighters, and a very likeable guy.

Jordan Watson did not compete on the card, as his recent title defence over Cedric Mueller of France was still reminding his body about it. He did, however, speak very candidly with me about the 70kg MAX division he competes in, and there will be more on that in my next upload. Stay tuned.

Howson's retirement and Watson's non-participation didn't entirely cast ill-omen on Bad Company at the event, and they had their moments of triumph too. Lee Mundin outpointed Jo Boffey, thanks to a Herculean comeback in the final two rounds. Boffey had nudged ahead on the scorecards leading into the fourth, but Mundin earned a win for Bad Company in handsomely outlanding and outworking Boffey and taking the decision victory.

Also a victor was "Nice Guy" Eddie Long. The unassuming 78kg fighter has a peculiar hunched stance, his chin tucked and hands held outwards Remy style. It led me to ask his sparring partner, "The Myth" whether or not Long had a glass jaw that needed protecting at all costs. Not only the answer he gave, but the fight in question proved that he certainly didn't - Lee Keegan was unable to hurt him, and struggled to deal with the leg kicks dished out by the Bad Company man. At the end of the first round, his right leg was visibly wilting, with redness showing at the back of his thigh, and the expected finish came soon after. Despite his outward calm, Keegan backed into his corner and was more focused on blocking Long's leg kicks as opposed to dishing out his own offence, and after one too many right lowkicks, he buckled, and was unable to beat the count.

Off to a winning start for Long, who will look to compete at a forthcoming HGH Promotions or Bad Company promoted show. Who says nice guys finish last?

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