Seattle hosted a night of Muay Thai fights this past Friday night. The top of the card featured a trio of San Jose-based fighters. Two of those fighters were from AKA. Also of note, the card featured a fighter trained by UFC veteran Ivan Salaverry. The rest of the card featured local area fighters as well as a couple from Canada.
In the main event, Chris McMillan of Arashi Do Martial Arts out of Calgary, Canada defeated AKA fighter Aleksander Numoski with a spectacular head kick in the first round. Numoski got up but when the ref asked him to walk toward him, he wobbled toward him. A good stoppage.
It was a mix of tradition and the contemporary as several of the fighters performed ceremonial dances before the fight and thai music played during the fight while hip hop dominated the soundtrack for entrances and in between rounds.
The organization for the fights could have been better as the fights were delayed about a half hour for some unknown reason. Also, media had to wait in the will call line with everyone else before getting in.
You should be watching this on GFL.tv for just $15, it is well worth it, but if you can't or won't, go ahead and keep your eyes on this space for updates on the card. David Bixenspan of BleacherReport.com is live at the event reporting for us, follow him on twitter at @DavidBix for live updates and photos from the event. Also follow @LiverKickdotcom for updates from me.
Brett Hlavacek (R1 - KO) Chris Clodfelter - Quick and brutal, with Hlavacek working the head kick early on with a little bit of luck before finding success from the clinch with a huge knee that hit the mark. He then swarmed and a few kicks put Clodfelter down, who decided he could not continue.
Eric Ruiz (R3 - Unanimous Decision) Anthony Demaio - Incredibly fun first round from both guys, with Demaio controlling the distance and fighting very smart, but Ruiz landed an awesome teep that pushed Demaio down and followed up with some great clinch fighting to close out the round. Round two saw Ruiz turn on the pressure and work his smart clinch. The big action came when he did a push kick that connected on the jaw of Demaio, but Demaio worked his hands and used his height to keep some distance. Round three was all Ruiz, working the clinch, teep and landing the big left hooks throughout. He wasn't able to finish him off, but he ran away with the fight in this round.
Sean Hinds (Majority Draw) DeShawn Robinson - DeShawn Robinson looked good in the first round, which was pretty even, with DeShawn just landing a little bit more to take the round. The second round began the same, but Hinds began connecting with his hands and controlling the ring, getting his sea legs and starting to look really good, neutralizing Robinson's superior speed. The story of round three was Robinson catching leg kicks and sweeping Sean's legs out from under him, but Hinds came back big time scoring a knockdown which might be considered questionable. Robinson began to gas and Hinds swarmed him, landing some great clinch knees but unable to finish him.
Brian Collette (R1 - KO) Marcus Taylor - Collette came out fast looking for the finish, but it left him vulnerable to some attacks by Marcus in the ropes until the ref broke it up. It was a game of Collette avoiding the shots from Taylor before landing a huge knee and a right hand that put Taylor down. Taylor gets up, acts fine and then flops over onto the mat. Epic delayed KO.
Ryan Madigan vs. Rigel Balsamico - This fight was all Madigan. Madigan landing with his hands at will and puts Rigel down with a big knee. Rigel gets up and stalls for a while before continuing. A combo with his hands puts Balsamico down for a final time as he barely can stand, but still arguing he could continue. This is apparently Rigel Balsamico's last fight.
Thank you for joining us, look for more coverage of the event later on!
The Slamm organization held their second "Soema na Basi" event today in Paramaribo, Suriname. The first event took place on August 26 in the same place, and featured the likes of Ismael Londt. This time around, Ismael Londt wasn't on the card, which was quite a surprise since he was on the poster. Nevertheless, some of the best up and coming fighters out of the Netherlands participated. including members of Team Slamm.
Jairzinho Rozenstruik, fresh off a KO win over up and coming Romanian heavyweight Benjamin Adegbuyi last month, took a decision over Jan Siersema to win the Soema na Basi Heavyweight Title. Jairzinho has put together a nice little streak, something I didn't expect after he lost to Roman Kleibl in May. Full results below:
Soema na Basi Heavyweight Title fight
Jairzinho Rozenstruik def. Jan Siersema by decision.
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.