|Heavyweight (Per 1/20)|
|6.||Mirko Cro Cop
|Light HW (per 1/20)|
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|Welterweight (per 1/20)|
|4.||Marc de Bonte|
|70kg (Per 1/20)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 1/20)|
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This is a not an official P4P list from any stadiums, or groups in Thailand. Just my personal opinion on who are the 10 best Muay Thai fighters in Thailand.
1. Saenchai SinbiMuayThai: Saenchai has been the P4P king of Muay Thai for years. Every now and then he'll be defeated, and at an age where most Thai's are washed up you have to think his time is coming to an end. However, time after time he bounces back with a classic performance. He showed that in his most recent fight where he beat Kongsak Sitboonme. He'll look to keep the train rolling when he once again fights Petchboonchu FA Group on August 2nd.
2. Kongsak Sitboonme: Prior to the loss against Saenchai, Kongsak was on an insane winning streak. In just over a year he piled up a 10-0-1 record against some of the best fighters in Thailand. The lone draw he got on the winning streak was a highly controversial one to Sam-A Kaiyanghadaogym. He will also be featured on the same August 2nd card against another hot fighter, F16 Rajonont.
3. Sam-A Kaiyanghadaogym: The model of consistency. Sam-A has been a top Nak Muay for many years. He's fought every named fighter that is relatively close to him in weight. He too is on the big August 2nd card against the much bigger Lekklar Thanasukarn who is coming off a knockout win over legend Wuttidet Lukprabart.
4. Pakon Sakyothin: Earlier this year he lost to Kongsak in a big fight that was to determine the fighter of the year. Pakon has been a multiple weight champion, and is one of the most talented fighters, and a bit of a throw back to the early 90's. Here is his unforgettable classic with Ponsaneh Sitmonchai.
5. Nong-O Kaiyanghadaogym: Despite losing 6 fights in a row its tough to not put Nong-O on this list. Among those losses were a bogus decision to Saenchai, two very close fights with Jomthong Chuwattana, a close fight with Kongsak, and a pair of losses to larger fighters in F16 Rajonont, and Sagetdao Petpaiyathai. Prior to the losing streak he was on a very impressive run, and has been the 2nd most consistent fighter in the last 6 or 7 years, only behind Saenchai.
6. Singdam Kiatmuu9: Singdam is also a very consistent fighter. Known for his powerful right leg, and a solid clinch game he's been a prominent fighter for over a decade. In 2002 he won the fighter of the year award, and in 2004 he was one win away from winning it again, but was knocked out by Anuwat Kaewsamrit. He's coming off a loss to Petchboonchu FA Group, but will have a fight on the August 2nd card against Sagetdao Petpaiyathai, a fighter he's already beaten this year.
7. Chokpreecha Kor. Sakooncher: Some aren't as high on this 115 killer as I am. He gets knocked for not having a large skill set, but I think his talents are more prevalent than people think. He does fall behind in fights and relies on his 1 punch KO to comeback. However he does have some points victories over top fighters at his weight. But it is his KO power that gets him most of his victories. Something like 7 of his last 10 wins have been by knockout.
8. Jomthong Chuwattana: Jomthong was a bit of a phenom. In 2006, at just 16 years old he won fighter of the year. Since then he's been on a bit of a roller coaster, with some ups and downs. Most recently though, he's been fighting very well. His next fight will be this Thursday at Rajadamnern against Phetaik Aizbangzai.
9. Nuangthep Eminentair: Nuangthep is a bit of a bully at 115 pounds, but he's a winner. He also has a big win over a Ponsawan Lukprabart, and a few other elite fighters at 118 pounds.
10. Penaik Sitnumnoi: Penaik is a very strong clinch fighter, with a good supporting cast of weapons. He's come close to fighter of the year on several occasions in the past, but just couldn't get the big win when he needed it.
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Fight Code held yet another event in their line of tournaments, this time focusing on the Heavyweights, Fight Code's "Rhinos" division. The biggest name in the tournament is clearly Freddy Kemayo, who is looking to get his career back on track after some poor performances over the past few years. Kemayo is a great fighter who can frustrate fans by not looking as sharp against higher level opponents and then decimating anyone else.
Prestige Fight 67kg: Fikri African (3R - Dec) Babak Rustamov
Prestige Fight 67kg: Chingiz Allazov (1R - KO) Guvac Akiyev
Rhino Tournament: Mladen Kujundzic (2R - TKO/Injury) Anatoly Nosyrev
Rhino Tournament: Freddy Kemayo (2R - KO) Orhan Karalioglu
Rhino Tournament: Zamig Atakishiyev (Ext.R - Dec) Shamil Abasov
Prestige Fight 72.5kg: Hunkar Kilic (1R - KO) Zdravko Todorov
In an interview released today by French website ikusa.fr, Jerome Le Banner had some bad things to say about K-1, later on focusing specifically on Mr. Tanikawa. Here's a bit of what he had to say:
"I'm not a K-1 fighter." No more K-1! "They don't pay the premium of combat which is due to me!"
"I'm lucky for me it's just a single fight." Other fighters them..."
"He added more, implying an open hint which said that several other combatants have still not been paid. A kind of treason for a person who has helped build the reputation of the K-1 since its inception this 15 years ago."
Le Banner then went on to take shots at Mr. Tanikawa:
"I am very grateful to master Kazuyoshi Ishii." (founder of the K-1 was the first to bring Le Banner to the K-1). But after there is a species of clown who appeared. Yes gentlemen journalists you rigolez and you surely understood that I was talking about M.Tanikawa. This person is just a puppet. "I have still not been paid for my fight on December 31 and until Tanikawa is not president, I will not fight for K-1."
You can read the rest of the interview here, translated. Le Banner goes on to talk about his foray into pro wrestling in Japan under the IGF banner.
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K-1 EP Sadaharu Tanikawa and recent -63kg Japan Tournament winner Yuta Kubo sat down to discuss which fighters from the new "Hidden Treasures" program they're interested in having fight for K-1. You can turn subtitles on by clicking the CC (Open the video in new tab/window). If you don't want to watch the whole video, here's a summary of the fighters Tanikawa is interested in:
Nickname: TT (Trank Trishin)
Height: 170 cm
Gym: Captain Gym (Artur Kyshenko)
Country: United States
Height: 177 cm
Gym: Tiger Muay Thai
Christian Ariel Lopez
Nickname: El Relampago
Height: 167 cm
Gym: Relampago Gym
Javier Hernandez (It's Showtime 61MAX World Champion)
Nickname: El Tigre de Villarubia
Height: 166 cm
Record: 39 fights, 36 wins
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