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John Wayne Parr Retires, In A Cage With Big KO Win

Today in Australia, John Wayne Parr fought his last fight, and he went out with a bang, knocking out his opponent with an uppercut in the fourth round.

Parr faced Jordan Tai, the long time K-1 MAX veteran who's tough as nails. The fight took place at the Boonchu Cup Caged Muay Thai Series, and yes, it was caged Muay Thai. The fight took place in an MMA cage, with MMA gloves, but under full Muay Thai rules.

JWP finished Tai in the fourth round with a vicious uppercut. There's no better way to end a legendary career than that, especially since Jordan Tai, to my knowledge, had never even been stopped before.

JWP goes out on his own terms, having done everything that can be accomplished over his long career. He has a successful gym and it seems like a successful promotion now so we wish him all the best in his retirement from fighting.

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Singdam vs Nong O to Headline Next Big Lumpini Card on July 6th

There have been rumblings about a big Petyindee Promotions card on July 6th for a while and although the card isn't quite as strong at the Kriekrai one earlier this month there will still be plenty of big names on display.

There has been some suggestion that Sam-A Gaiyanghaadao gym would rematch either Petpanomrung Wor Sangprapai or Peneak Sitnumnoi but he is out with a thigh injury so the main event sees Singdam Kiatmuu9 face off with Nong-O Gaiyanghaadao gym again.

This will be the eighth time these two fighters have fought with three wins for Nong O, four for Singdam and one draw. Singdam won the most recent encounter last month but it was a close contentious decision which both sides felt they had done enough to win.

F16's recent run of poor form came to an end when he won the rematch with Yodtuontong Petyindee at Rajadamnern Stadium last month and he will be up against clinch fighting veteran Petboonchu FA Group, who is coming off back to back losses to Saketdao Petpayathai and Nong O.

At just 16 years old Petpanomrung is one of the fastest rising stars in the Muay Thai world and there will be a 2 million Baht side bet on the line when he takes on Pokaew Fonjaengchonburi.

Wanchalerm Ud-donmuang is another teenager making waves and he will be looking back to bounce back from his recent loss to Singdam when he takes on Watcharachai Rachanon.

Pornsaneh Sitmonchai doesn't win as many fights as he used to but he still gets more than his fair share of fight of the night awards and the first bout of the night, between him and Palangtip Nor Sripung, is bound to be entertaining.

There is also a big card in Phattalung the following night which will be headlined by Saketdao vs Peneak.

Petyindee Promotions, Lumpinee Stadium, July 6th

1: Pornsaneh Sitmonchai vs Palangtip Nor Sripung

2: Detsakda Sitsongpeenong vs Rungpet Gaiyanghaadao gym

3: Jaisuu Thor Thepsuthin vs Kwankhao Chor Ratchapatsaduisarn

4: Tingtong Chor Koiyuuhaisuzu vs Yodkunpol Sitmonchai

5: Wanchalerm Ud-donmuang vs Watcharachai Rachanon

6: Petpanomrung Wor Sangprapai vs Pokaew Fonjaengchonburi

7: Petboonchu FA Group vs F16 Rachanon

8: Singdam Kiatmuu9 vs NOng-O Gaiyanghaadao gym

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Photo of the Day: Buakaw to the Rescue

Buakaw Banchamek/Por. Pramuk (also known as Sombat Banchamek) is in a tough spot right now; unsure of when, if ever, he'll fight Muay Thai again due to his contract situation and suspension in Thailand. This being said, the reports coming out of Thailand are interesting, as there has been talk of him working on jiu-jitsu for a while now (not as serious as you might think, though), and recently his sponsor, Yokkao, has been publicly querying fans to see if Buakaw should go to GLORY or K-1 to fight again. Yes, he is suspended from boxing or thai boxing, but the athletic commission in Thailand, interestingly enough, does not cover Kickboxing or MMA. So if Buakaw does decide to stop fighting muay thai, Kickboxing is still an option for him.

He also has yet to keep a low profile amidst all of the mayhem, as he was recently photographed helping out a biker at a crash scene. Isn't he dreamy? When I first moved to Albuquerque about six years ago, I saw a guy on a motorcycle barrel into the bumper of a SUV, his tire getting stuck under it and him flipping over the handlebars. I promptly pulled my car over and along with the family from the SUV that he hit, help put a blanket underneath him and drag him (carefully) out from the middle of a busy I-25, before I ran back and rolled his [incredibly hot and kind of smashed up] bike to the side of the road. Nobody photographed me when this happened, but then again, I'm not Buakaw. Go figure.

Buakaw

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Contender Asia Veteran and Former Lumpinee Champion Naruepol Fairtex Joins Evolve MMA

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Evolve MMA announced yesterday that Naruepol Fairtex had become the latest top class Muay Thai fighter to join its impress stable of instructors. Already home to the largest collection of former Lumpinee and Rajadamnern champions in the world the camp in Singapore is becoming something of a who's who of Muay Thai talent with Lamnamoon Sor Sumalee, Namsaknoi Yudthagarngamtorn, Muangfalek Kiatvichian, Orono Wor Petchpun and Attachai Fairtex amongst the trainers and fighters based there full time.

Former WBA Super Featherweight Champion Yodsanan Sityodtong recently made the move into MMA and Orono is also expected to make his MMA debut later his year. Standing approximately 5'8" tall Naurepol has been competing consistently at around 155 lbs since taking part in the original series of Contender Asia in 2007 when he lost to team mate Yodsaenklai Fairtex in the quarter final.

Naruepol has held the Lumpinee Title and the Thailand title at 140 lbs and also appears to have held a Lumpinee belt at a lighter weight. Although he only fights ocasionally these days he is still in demand on the international scene and has beaten the likes of Marco Pique, Cedric Muller, Soren Mongtonkong and Vuyisile Colossa in recent years.

He was scheduled to fight Andy Souwer in Singapore earlier this year but that bout was cancelled at the last minute due to some concerns over the promoter's ability to pay the purses. Given his age, size and the fact that he is not fighting too regularly a move into MMA would make sense for him at this stage of his career.

One Muay Thai fighter unlikely to be having a change of career anytime soon is Buakaw Por Pramuk. He is very much in demand on the Muay Thai and kickboxing circuits and commands higher purses than any other Thai fighter. If he did want to compete in MMA he would need to spend years studying the other elements of the sport such as wrestling and BJJ and would still be unlikely to earn as much as he does at present.

His dispute with Por Pramuk over the percentage split of his future purses and appearance fees has not been settled but Buakaw is still able to command significant purses for relatively easy fights so there is no reason for him to retire. He is believed to also be considering an offer from Evolve MMA but is highly reluctant to leave Thailand where he recently set up his own camp, called the Banchamek Gym, in his native Surin.

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