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UFC on Versus 6's Pat Barry Isn't Worried About Kickboxing's Future, Nor Should You

The recent news of Badr Hari's departure from the Kickboxing world into the world of Boxing has shaken up many kickboxing fans, as do higher level fighters like Cosmo Alexandre making his MMA debut tomorrow and guys like Tyrone Spong and Gokhan Saki looking into other combat sports to make a possible home as well. I can understand it, but it feels like an alarmist reaction to a sport that is finally getting its sea legs without K-1 to prop it up.

In a recent interview with Luke Thomas of MMANation, Pat Barry not only discussed his upcoming fight this weekend for the UFC, but also discussed the current state of Kickboxing as well. Pat Barry echoes all of the thoughts that many Kickboxing fans believe; someone needs to put some serious money into Kickboxing in the United States and promote it right and it would do well. Fans love to see fighters knock each other around, yet Kickboxing has a rather meager following in the US. Pat does not see Kickboxing dying any time soon, nor does he see a few fighters heading to other combat sports as a serious detriment.

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Phuket Top Team's Cyrus Washington Interview

PTTAs we announced on Twitter a while back, we've struck up a partnership with Phuket Top Team in Thailand. PTT is is a breath of fresh air in the already crowded gym culture of Thailand. In Thailand obviously Thai Boxing/Muay Thai is at the heart of why fighters will go to Thailand to train, and if you are headed there to train in Muay Thai there are endless amounts of options. The big difference between PTT and most of those gyms is that there is not only a great Muay Thai program, but a focus on Mixed Martial Arts as well. PTT is an all-purpose gym in Thailand that does so much right that it is hard to argue against heading there to train.

On top of that, the instructors and owners are all extremely passionate about combat sports, from Muay Thai to Kickboxing to MMA and have dedicate their lives to it. Of course, the island of Phuket itself is extremely beautiful and not a hard place to find yourself relaxing after a tough workout.

Cyrus Washington is a serious up-and-comer in the Muay Thai and Kickboxing world who is representing Phuket Top Team on Contender Muay Thai, watch this interview as he discusses the show and a lot more.

Check out PTT's website at http://www.phukettopteam.com, on Twitter @PhuketTopTeam or Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/MMATrainingCampPhuket

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The-Lek vs. Detkart Fight Video.

Earlier this week I posted a little preview about this fight and how it would determine the top fighter under 110 pounds in Thailand. The fight itself didn't turn out like I thought it would. Instead it was a 1 sided clinic thanks to the overall skill, and beautiful counters from Detkart. I've never seen anybody use such great movement against The-Lek to avoid his attacks. He's usually good for getting inside to unload knee's whenever he wants, but Detkart had great balance to turn him around and push him away most times. Also he tired out which is very unusual, as he is known for pushing a pace like nobody else in Muay Thai. Part of that could be from a broken nose he received from a Detkart elbow. 

The full five rounds aren't out yet, but should be soon enough. Here is the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th rounds of the fight. 

 

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Interview with Kru Yodtong Senanan

          
Kru Yodtong Senanan is one of Muay Thai's most distinguished figures. He is the founder of the famous Sityodtong camp in Pattaya which has schools all over the world and has produced world champions in both Muay Thai and boxing.

This interview was mainly filmed at Evolve MMA in Singapore which is affiliated to Sityodtong and was founded by one of Kru Yodtong's students, Chatri Sityodtong. It has established a reputation as being one of the top mixed martial arts academies in the world and is home to a number of former Muay Thai world champions from the Sityodtong camp in Pattaya.

There is also some footage from Asia's most prestigious MMA event, One Fighting Championship 'Champion vs Champion' at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Another of Kru Yodtong's students, former boxing world champion Yodsanan Sityodtong, won his fight at this event with a second round stoppage.
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