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Heavyweight (Per 4/15)
1. Rico Verhoeven
2. Daniel Ghita
3. Gokhan Saki
4. Tyrone Spong
5. Peter Aerts
6. Errol Zimmerman up
7. Benjamin Adegbuyiup
8. Ismael Londt up
9. Hesdy Gerges up
10. Ben Edwards up

Light HW (per 4/15)
1. Gokhan Saki up
2. Tyrone Spong down
3. Danyo Ilunga
4. Nathan Corbett down
5. Saulo Cavalari

Middleweight (per 4/15)
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

 

70kg (Per 4/15)
1. Davit Kiriaup
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

65kg (per 1/20)
1. Masaaki Noiri
2. Mosab Amraniup
3. Yuta Kubo down
4. Sagetdao
5. Liam Harrison

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This week on Steven "The Warman" Wright's Kickboxing Podcast, MPL president and former fighter Clifton Brown sat down for an interview to discuss the MuayThai Premier League. Among the many topics discussed were production, availability and scoring. Clifton gave some great insight on the ongoings of the promotion and answered some great questions posed by Steven. This is a must-listen for fans of kickfighting as there are some great breakdowns and information given by Clifton Brown.

As always, the show can be downloaded on iTunes (search: LordGaul) or on the PodBean site. Here's a direct link to listen also.

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With one of Shoot Boxing's most notable shows of 2011 to date coming up on November 5th, featuring bouts between SHOOTO and Shoot Boxing organizations, which in the year 2011 and the state of Japanese MMA means that there are some big names involved and Shoot Boxing is doing the same thing. If you are not properly acquainted with Shoot Boxing, one of our favorite readers, Jill has put together a series of Shoot Boxing highlight reels and her timing is impeccable for the latest. Check it out.

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A huge Thailand vs Japan fight has been announced for the fifth It's Showtime Japan event, a co-promotion with M-1's RAORAK Muay Thai Final event and it is perrenial contender around 60kg Saenchai Sinbimuaythai taking on former J-Network champion and K-1 veteran Shunsuke Oishi.

This fight adds to two other relatively high profile fights where rising star Genji Umeno battles Dekkamon Himaraigym for the WPMF World Featherweight title and Kanongsuk Weerasakreck defends his WPMF World Light Welterweight title against Arita Tsukahara. It is a bit of an odd choice though as Oishi is riding a 2-fight losing streak. After losing to RISE champions Koji Yoshimoto and Yuki, Oishi was placed in the first K-1 -63kg qualifier in 2010, earning a spot against Koya Urabe after a win over Takuya Shirahama in Krush. Oishi lost a decision to Urabe in the Final 22 and went on to win the J-Network Super Lightweight title against Yusuke Sugawara before losing it back to him in June. Saenchai only has three losses since November of 2004 and his two fights since then against Japanese fighters, including Tetsuya Yamato, were one sided beatdowns that resulted in first round TKOs. Saenchai should win this handily, but if Yuji Nashiro's upset over Albert Kraus, Yasuhiro Shirasu's upset over Yodsanklai and Toby Imada's upset over Andy Souwer have shown us anything in the past year, it's that anything is possible. However, this would be a much bigger upset than any of the aforementioned fights as Saenchai is often seen as near untouchable and Oishi is far from the elite at this weight in Japan.

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I finally got around to watching the MuayThai Premiere League's second event on TV that I had PVR'd from last night. The fights were great and filled with action. I'm going to focus on the actual production  and promotional aspects of the promotion. This was my first time watching the MPL on TV and I came away thinking that there is some room for improvement in their production values and promotion.

The show itself is pretty standard: Introductions, fights, post fight interview, repeat. There's not really any connection made to the fighters, no actual promotion of the fighters themselves on the broadcast. I myself don't mind as I have no problem with just standard fights but I can't help but feel that other people who watched the event feel a real pull towards a fighter. Sure, fighting speaks for itself and the fights were great but many are drawn in by personalities. There was really no showcase of individual personalities aside from a short, somewhat awkward post-fight interview. Most notably, they definitely missed the boat on promoting Ky Hollenbeck who is one of the top American fighters in Muay Thai. Fans can relate to someone from their home country competing on the world stage.

The event was definitely a missed opportunity for promotion. How is anyone supposed to know or care if there are no means of watching? The only place the event was broadcast was in Canada on The Score where I watched. Eurosport just got around to airing the first event. There's virtually no internet buzz.

In terms of the actual setting, it should be altered for a better viewing experience. The dark ring canvas along with the whole crowd seemingly blacked out (probably to hide the poor attendance) isn't very viewer-friendly. The setting needs to be brightened up a bit. It's a bit like Bellator's problem where the cage colours create a dull appearance but in this case, the setting is very contrasted.

As for commentary, Mauro Ranallo is cool and all for MMA but the reality is he just isn't that knowledgable about Muay Thai. He's out of his element. It also seems to me that the commentary is more kickboxing oriented than Muay Thai. This can be attributed to there being a lot of kickboxing stylists in the MPL but not enough attention is given to important aspects of Muay Thai like clinch striking, throws and overall dominance. These were really only highlighted a few times over the whole broadcast. Most of the time it seemed that punches were getting the most attention scoring-wise for the commentary team when they aren't valued as much as the other weapons in the arsenal of a nak muay.The judging seems to lean more towards kickboxing too, but that's a whole other story.

Do I like the MPL? Yes, I do but they have their flaws and this is just what I think they can improve on. Their format is great and the right idea is there. Hopefully they can make improvements to bring their product to the next level.

 

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There aren't many people in the world who conduct body heat, which means that for most of us humans, we wear jackets. It's OK to admit this, because the truth is, even Ubereem wears jackets and he has proven to be the next iteration of humanity's evolution through unparalleled striking and grappling skills and looking like the Incredible Hulk. Now that we've given you a strong point of reference in Alistair Overeem, K-1 World Grand Prix Champion 2010, DREAM Heavyweight Champion and former Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion (never lost the title, was fired for being too awesome) and possibly future UFC Heavyweight Champion, and proved that yes, he wears jackets.

So to explain that Columbia Sportswear, a company that is known for making quality winter gear and being one of the few industry standards, went out and found a guy who produces immense body heat with his mind and can survive arctic temperatures in nothing but a pair of shorts, well, you'll probably not believe it. So watch and learn. Columbia has developed a new electric jacket. Yes, it is literally goddamned electric, and it warms you up at the touch of a button. All in all, that is a whole love easier than mentally preparing yourself to "not be cold" while in sub-zero temperatures.

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I've got to admit the idea of hopping on a Greyhound bus and traveling to Atlantic City has never been on my top ten list of things I'm really interested in doing before I die. Actually it has never even been on my list of things to ever contemplate doing in my life. I would have probably thrown going to Atlantic City on my list of things I'll be happy to never do. Fortunately my good buddy Bauzen used some jedi mind trickery and dangled some Catvonc style kryptonite in front of my face and convinced me to cash in some travel vouchers and head to the Jersey shore for the weekend. I say fortunately because had Bauzen not exploited my weakness I might not have gone out of my way to attend what in my opinion was one of the most well run, classiest and amazing combat sports events I've ever attended.

The show that Take On Productions, in association with MSG Sports puts on is a well oiled machine and I can only hope they continue to grow and their show is able to expand throughout the country. From the local favorite talented ring announcer Larry Legend to MuayThaiislife.com owner Eric Rivera handling the fight commentary, to the promotors and fighters-this is a professional and entertaining show. I know from personal experience, we've got nothing that even comes close to their level of production quality here in Atlanta. Take On's event truly made me fall deeper in lust with the sport of Muay Thai and if you ever have the opportunity to go to one of their shows I say you had better jump on it. I'm not even mad that I somehow lost an earring, a ring, a phone charger and a flat iron in the post fight celebrations. I'll blame all of that on sharing too many watermelon rock rancher drinks with Bauzen's girlfriend.

The West Coast has always boasted about having the creme de la creme of Muay Thai fighters on American soil but I think the gyms on the East Coast are ready to give them a run for their money. Gyms like Sitan NY, Phil Nurse's The Wat, Cool Hearts from Philly and Boston Muay Thai just to name a few-have trained and assembled crews of skilled and exciting fighters that combat sport junkies need to start paying close attention to. From the ammy fights to the pro debuts and full rules title fights-there was not one moment where I felt the action was lagging. Here's some of the highlights of the night:

Amateur fight Rich Brattole of Weapons 9/Strategic Combat Gym vs Tim Scmeier of Sitan NY

These guys were both obviously not used to wearing headgear, which is a New Jersey athletic commission rule and not a requirement where the fighters normally fight in their home state of NY, but despite that they went to war with each other trading blows back and forth for the entire 3 round contest.

Amateur fight Caitlyn Dempsey of Impact Martial Arts vs Christina Rodriguez of Girl Fight MMA NJ

The ladies brought the first blood of the evening and the first extremely loud crowd response of the night. Caitlyn Dempsey won her debut fight and the crowd erupted in excitement.

Amateur fight Tianna Urman of The Wat vs Prarie Ruglio of Girl Fight MMA

Prarie came at Tianna Urman raging with unrelenting fists for one full minute before her right hand shut Urman down for good. Girl Fight MMA fans in the crowd went absolutely bonkers and let's be honest, Bauzen had a momentary fear of being trampelled by a mass of angry lesbians.

Main event Justin Greskiewicz of Cool Hearts Muay Thai Philly vs Eddie Martinez of Sitan Gym NY

Another really great fight featuring one of the Sitan gym fighters Eddie Martinez versus the always fun to watch purple haired Justin Greskiewicz. Justin took full advantage of the NJ elbow allowance and used those along with some kicks and punching combos to take the very close split decision win over Eddie Martinez.

Pro fight Jay Matias of Sitan Gym NY vs Jake Mainini of Boston Muay Thai

Saving the best for last here-this was the pro debut for both of these fighters and most of the media in attendance agree it was hands down the fight of the night. These two stole the show and put on an amazing display of technical and precise Muay Thai from round one all the way to the end of the fifth round and never once looked fatigued. Jay Matias gave the crowd a show that they will talk about for years afterwards with his arsenal of kicks and unrelenting combinations that ultimately won him the unanimous decision over an also very skilled Mainini. Here's a small video clip from this fan favorite fight to help fill your hungry Muay Thai bellies.

I know right now you are sitting there dying to watch the rest of that fight. As a matter of fact, I'm certain you want to watch the whole event and you are now angrily axe kicking your little sister into your mom's plastic covered couch because you missed out on all the action this weekend. Well calm down and stop being an angry bully. You can go check out the whole event on GFL.tv right now. The full event results on TakeOnProductions.com and don't forget to follow TakeOn Muay Thai on Twitter and like them on Facebook for all the information you are going to need about their upcoming shows.

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