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5. Peter Aerts
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7. Benjamin Adegbuyiup
8. Ismael Londt up
9. Hesdy Gerges up
10. Ben Edwards up

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1. Gokhan Saki up
2. Tyrone Spong down
3. Danyo Ilunga
4. Nathan Corbett down
5. Saulo Cavalari

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1. Wayne Barrett
2. Joe Schilling
3. Artem Levin
4. Steven Wakeling
5. Franci Grajs

Welterweight (per 4/15)
1. Nieky Holzken 
2. Joseph Valtellini 
3. Simon Marcus
4. Marc de Bonte
5. Aussie Ouzgni

 

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2. Andy Ristiedown
3. Robin van Roosmalendown
4. Giorgio Petrosyandown
5. Murthel Groenhart
6. Buakaw Banchamek
7. Dzhabar Askerov
8. Ky Hollenbeckup
9. Aikprachaup
10. Enriko Kehlup

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2. Mosab Amraniup
3. Yuta Kubo down
4. Sagetdao
5. Liam Harrison

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Namsaknoi with a collection of his belts

Historically ambitious stand up fighters have flocked to Thailand to learn at the hands of legends like Namsaknoi Yudthagarngamtorn and Anuwat Kaewsamrit but now an increasing number of renowned Muay Thai fighters are moving to Singapore.

Evolve MMA is putting together a collection of trainers which is unprecedented in the history of Muay Thai and includes Orono Wor Petchpun, Attachai Fairtex, Lamnammoon Sor Sumalee, Kongtoranee Payakaroon and Muangfalek Kitvichian as well as Namsaknoi and Anuwat. These are all names which live on long after their owners have retired because they belong to the very best fighters in the most competitive stand up sport on the planet.

Any fighter who wants to acquire world class stand up skils, be it for K-1, kickboxing, Muay Thai or even MMA would be well advised to come and learn from one of these Thai legends. The fighters currently at Evolve MMA include Shinya Aoki, Leandro Issa and Eddie Ng and with such a decorated team of trainers it is no wonder that their stand up skills are improving rapidly.

You could not find a team of Muay Thai fighters, past or present, anywhere else in the world to match the one currently in place at Evolve MMA and there is not even a camp in Thailand which can boast so many high calibre trainers.

Kru Yodtong Senanan is the grandmaster of the world renowned Sityodtong camp and the only teacher of Muay Thai to be awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Royal Family of Thailand. According to him the number of top Thai trainers moving to Singapore is starting to raise eyebrows in Thailand,

"Evolve MMA has the most number of Muay Thai World Champions in the world, including camps in Thailand. No camp has this many legends and champions and it is the most decorated team that I have seen in my 50 years of teaching Muay Thai."

Namsaknoi was a two time fighter of the year and a Lumpini champion at three different weights. Anuwat Kaewsamrit was a two time fighter of the year, a three time Rajadamnern champion and a Lumpini champion, WBC champion and WMC champion. Orono Wor Petchpun was a WMC champion, Lumpini champion and Thailand champion.

Orono Wor Petchpun shows off his silverware

Lamnammoon Sor Sumalee was a four time Lumpini champion, Kongtoranee Payakaroon was fighter of the year and won a Lumpini title at an incredible five different weight classes while Muangfalek Kitvichian is a two time Rajadamnern champion. Another Evolve MMA instructor, Yodsanan Sityodtong, has also fought Muay Thai at a very high level as well as beng a former WBA Super Featherweight boxing champion.

With so much money in MMA it is surprising that more of the top camps have not invested in bringing in elite Muay Thai trainers. The science of stand up fighting inside the cage is still evolving and there is absolutely no substitute for the experience that a lifetime of fighting in Thaiiland brings, most of the trainers listed in this article have over 300 fights and at least two decades experience of training and competing.

If mixed martial artists want to reach a level of striking which is so far unprecedented in their sport then they need look no further than Muay Thai to find it. There is such a wealth of knowledge inside Thailand that there are still many tricks and techniques that remain undiscovered within the world of MMA. Evolve MMA is the first facility to really focus on extricating some of the most accomplished trainers from Thailand and the likes of Shinya Aoki and Eddie Ng are reaping the benefits. 

For more information about Muay Thai at Evolve MMA visit: http://evolve-mma.com/classes/muay-thai.html

Just the one belt for former WBA Super Featherweigth champion Yodsanan Sityodtong

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The TATNET Cup was this weekend, which featured their +91kg finals, 70kg and 80kg. It featured some of the top names in the world of Kickboxing that aren't the best known fighters in the world, the guys that are ready to get to that next level in the world scene and become stars. We have the videos from two of the finals, 70kg and 80kg, the two with the biggest impact on the world scene.

70kg: Dzhabar Askerov vs. Maxim Smirnov

80kg: Alexander Oleinik vs. Dmitry Shakuta


+91kg: Hicham Achalhi vs. Dmitri Bezus.

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There is something about the youth system in Japan that cultivates talent in a very public way and creates stars that is unrivaled. K-1 ran their KOSHIEN series for a long time and it looks like Japanese promotion KRUSH, who was affiliated with FEG and K-1, have been on the same path. There is a good chance if FEG is completely cut out of K-1 that KRUSH will continue on in the legacy as their Youth GP has been a success so far. This image shows the next round of match-ups, HIROYA vs. Masaaki Noiri and Koya Urabe vs. Yukimitsu Takahashi. If you haven't seen these guys fight before, check our Fight Videos section and be in awe.

KRUSH

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The Tatneft Cup has had a great season this year and it all came down to yesterday for the competitors in the final round. Each fighter in the finals had won three fights to get there. The final match-ups were Dzhabar Askerov vs. Maxim Smirnov at 70kg, Alexander Oleinik vs. Dmitry Shakuta at 80kg and Hicham Achalhi vs. Dmitri Bezus at +91kg. Also, all three final match-ups were six rounds of three minutes. Along with the finals, there were three single fights.

In the 70kg final, Dzhabar Askerov showed a much more controlled side of his game. He wore down Smirnov with low kicks, significantly hurting him to the legs in the second round. In the third, Askerov landed a right knee to Smirnov's face, sending him down. Smirnov got up but the fight was waved off by the referee.

In the 80kg final, two of the world's top fighters at the weight in Alexander Oleinik and Dmitry Shakuta engaged in a very measured contest. Both fighters were very tentative to commit to effective strikes. To me, Shakuta seemed to just land more with Oleinik not doing much for a large portion of the fight. Oleinik was effective when he did commit, but that was rare. Oleinik took a unanimous decision in a fight that could've gone to Shakuta.

In the +91kg final, Hicham Achalhi looked to be significantly outweighed by Dmitri Bezus. Bezus moved and stayed on the outside, landing shots for the first three rounds and Achalhi started to find a spot for his punches in the second half of the fight. Achalhi walked away with the unanimous decision in another fight that I thought could've gone the other way. If anything, Hicham could really do with dropping in weight. I could see him even fighting at 77kg (170lbs).

There was a single fight for each weight of the finals. In the 70kg match, Enriko Gogokhia got a unanimous decision over Philippe Salmon who he dropped in the second round. In the 80kg match, Hicham El Gaoui took a unanimous decision over Alexander Stetsurenko. El Gaoui has had a coming out party of sorts lately, scoring wins over Aussie and now Alexander Stetsurenko. Stetsurenko has dropped his last three fights, albeit against top competition. In the +91kg fight, Dzevad Poturak took a unanimous decision over Ricardo Soneca. The fight was a slugfest and Poturak was able to impose his power on the Brazillian opponent.

Quick Results:

70kg: Enriko Gogokhia def. Philippe Salmon by unanimous decision.

80kg: Hicham El Gaoui def. Alexander Stetsurenko by unanimous decision.

+91kg: Dzevad Poturak def. Ricardo Soneca by unanimous decision.

Finals (6 rounds):

70kg: Dzhabar Askerov def. Maxim Smirnov by KO (Knee) in Round 3.

80kg: Alexander Oleinik def. Dmitry Shakuta by unanimous decision.

+91kg: Hicham Achalhi def. Dmitri Bezus by unanimous decision.


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French promotion Nuit Des Challenges returned with an event in Marseilles yesterday. The card featured bouts with K-1, Muay Thai and Full Contact Rules. Among the fighters featured on the card were Karim Bennoui, Thomas Adamandopoulos, Abdallah Mabel and Gregory Choplin.

Karim Bennoui faced off with Thomas Adamandopoulos in a clash of two of the top 61-63kg kickboxers in the world. Bennoui had won the It's Showtime 61MAX title in March over Sergio Wielzen before losing it to Javier Hernandez in June. Adamandopoulos had been on a roll this year, winning all six of his fights this year. The fight was scheduled for five rounds for the ISKA World CHampionship at 62.5kg. From what I've heard, it sounds like it was a really good fight. Karim Bennoui took the decision.

Abdallah Mabel met Gregory Choplin, another clash with two of France's best. They met at 72.5kg under Muay Thai rules. Abdallah Mabel took a decision. Karim Ghajji decisioned Sebastien Pace in a full contact fight, showing he can adapt to all three different rulesets. Another top French fighter Albert Chey took a decision over Olivier Moriano.

Full results here.

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Earlier today at Differ Ariake in Tokyo, M-1 held its second co-promotion with It's Showtime Japan headlined by two WPMF World Title fights, a WPMF Japan title fight, a WPMF Japan #1 contender's bout and a fight with Saenchai Sinbimuaythai.

In the night's main event, rising star Genji Umeno captured his 8th straight win with a 1st round KO via elbow at 2:39 into the round over Dekkamon HimaraiGym to net him the WPMF World Super Featherweight title. This moves the 22 year old's record to 18-1(9 KO) and may move him up further in the Lumpinee Stadium rankings, where he currently sits ninth. Up next for Umeno is an exciting showdown with WPMF Japan Featherweight champion Yosuke Morii on December 22nd. Should he get past Morii, I would assume he would begin to focus on capturing a Lumpinee Stadium title, which he may be able to do being in a relatively weak division.

In the co-main event, WPMF Japan Lightweight champion Arita Tsukahara upset WPMF World Lightweight champion Kanongsuk Weerasakreck with a 4th round TKO at 2:26 into the round to capture the WPMF World Lightweight title. This is a surprising result as Kanongsuk had been on an absolute tear lately, going 8-1 in his last 9 with wins over Rashata, Genki Yamamoto, Hiromasa Masuda and Satoshi Endo with his only loss to Kan Itabashi. Tsukahara was coming off of a loss to Masahiro Yamamoto back in August. Both fighters' futures are unknown at the moment, but both could find themselves fighting at the December 22nd Fujiwara Festival event.

In the night's last title bout, WPMF Japan Super Flyweight champion TO-MA picked up the vacant WPMF Japan Bantamweight title with a unanimous decision win over the previously undefeated Takuma Ito on scores of 50-47(x2) and 50-46. The title belonged to Ichinohe Sota, though I'm not sure why he vacated it as his only fight since winning it back in April was a draw against Takuma Ito. Regardless, TO-MA has a few options going forward, as he could face Sota, Arashi Fujiwara in a rematch or recently crowned WBC Japan champions Ryuji Kato or Ryuya Kusakabe. For Ito it's back to the drawing board as he has 21 year old has recorded his only two blemishes on his record in the past 6 months. A matchup with recent WBC Japan title challengers Kojiro or Shuichi Uentsu would be a good test for Ito.

In the main non-title fight, renowned Thai fighter Saenchai Sinbimuaythai took longer than most would have expected to dispose of J-Network Super Lightweight champion Shunsuke Oishi, with Saenchai finishing him off at 1:35 into the 4th round. I do not know how the fight went, but the result isn't too bad for Oishi who could have a future in K-1. For Saenchai it's a 5th straight win and puts him at 17-2 since the start of 2010.

Finally, in a #1 contender's bout for the WPMF Japan Featherweight title, 5th ranked Yuji Umehara upset 2nd ranked Hiroki Nagashima with a 1st round TKO as a result of a cut. Umehara is now set to face current champion Yosuke Morii, however with Morii set to face Umeno on December 22nd and the way this fight ended, there could be a rematch between the two.

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