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Fighter Spotlight: Sagetdao Petpaiyathai

On August 14th Kevin Ross fought arguably the best Thai boxer in the world, Saenchai Sinbimuaythai. He did not win but in defeat he showed he could at the very least be competitive with the worlds best. Just over two months later he will get another chance against an elite Thai when he takes on Lumpinee lightweight champion, Sagetdao Petpaiyathai. Sagetdao however will bring a completely different style of fighting, something that may be even harder for Ross to deal with. The 24 year old Thai is a southpaw with a solid left kick and a fairly decent punch, but being that he's 5'10 or 5'11 his strong point would obviously be kneeing on the way into the clinch, and strong sharp knees while tying up his opponent with a plethora of different clinch techniques. Kevin Ross will likely have his chances to land on Sagetdao, as he is very hittable, particularly with punches. When he fought Liam Harrison he was able to land his kicks and knees, but ate a lot of hard punches, fortunately he has a great chin and was able to absorb them and win the fight. Another thing that could help Ross is his style. Sagetdao often fights at the pace that his opponent chooses, which may have costed him some wins. However its hard to say Ross brings something to the table that Sagetdao's never seen. He's fought and beaten one of the top foreign Thai boxers, Liam Harrison, and has wins over top Thai's like Saenchai Sinbimuaythai, Petchboonchu FA Group, Singdam Kiatmuu9, Nong-O Kaiyanghadaogym, Jomthong Chuwattana, and many others. Seeing as Saenchai was able to hurt Ross to the body I find it difficult to believe he'll be able to last all 5 rounds from a fighter with a much better body assault. 

Ross can suck Sagetdao into a brawl, but he will need to be careful.

 

Sagetdao has good finishing instinct.

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Hiroaki Suzuki vs "Wicky" Akiyo Nishiura Set for Shoot the Shooto 2011

Shootboxing and Shooto have announced the second cross-promotional matchup to take place at Shoot the Shooto 2011 on November 6th and it is #1 ranked Super Featherweight Hiroaki Suzuki taking on MMA fighter "Wicky" Akiyo Nishiura. "Wicky" trains with fellow Shoot the Shooto participant "Lion" Takeshi Inoue and, like his training partner, is primarily a striker. Also like his training partner, he fought most of his career in Shooto until being called up by DREAM, ultimately settling in there. Nishiura has struggled a bit in MMA lately despite training under Matt Hume, losing his last two fights to Mitsuhiro Ishida and Caol Uno despite his improving take down defense. "Wicky" has some kickboxing experience, though, as he fought 2010 K-1 -63kg champion Tetsuya Yamato to a draw at Dynamite!!! 2010. Suzuki is currently on a 3-fight win streak and has won 6 of his last 7, with 3 of those wins coming over MMA fighters Mitsuhiro Ishida, Tenkei Oda and Shigeki Osawa. It is an interesting matchup considering "Wicky" fought Yamato to a draw and his strange style could present problems for Suzuki. I expect this fight to be close.

Already announced for the card is a matchup between MMA fighter "Lion" Takeshi Inoue and SB rep Hiroki Shishido. If Shooto continues to pick fighters from Shooting Gym Yokohama, an entertaining matchup could be made between Shooto title challenger Junji "Sarumaru" Ito and former Shootboxing champion Ryuya Kusakabe. Still expected to compete from the Shootboxing side are Andy Souwer, Bovy Sor Udomson and Toby Imada. {jcomments on}

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Jomthong Chuwattana vs Hiromasa Masuda Set for November 14th

On November 14th at National Stadium in Bangkok, Suriyan Sor Rungvisai is set to defend his WBC Flyweight title in a boxing match against former WBA Super Flyweight champion Nobuo Nashiro. However, a big Muay Thai fight has just been announced and it is between Rajadamnern Stadium Super Featherweight champion Jomthong Chuwattana and former AJKF Featherweight champion Hiromasa Masuda. Jomthong is coming off of a dominating performance over Tetsuya Yamato earlier this month, taking a unanimous decision win. He is currently 8-1 on the year and has back to back wins over Nong-O Sit Or. Masuda has had a rough couple of years and is currently on a 4-fight winless streak with his most recent loss being to WBC Muay Thai Japan champ Rashata on the same card that Jomthong defeated Yamato. It's a bit of a strange matchup considering they are going in somewhat opposite directions and Jomthong is coming off a win while Masuda is coming off a loss. While a win is unlikely for the struggling Masuda, an upset could possibly rejuvenate the 38 year old's career.

Another bout announced for the event is Kaimookdum(?) Chuwattana taking on former NJKF Bantamweight and Featherweight champion Takashi Fujiwara aka Kunitaka. WBC Muay Thai currently has Kunitaka ranked 10th at Super Bantamweight and Kaimookdum 4th at Bantamweight and with a vacant Super Bantamweight title, the winner could find themselves in prime position to challenge for the vacant title.

For those interested in the boxing main event, Suriyan Sor Rungvisai came out of nowhere last year, losing a close, yet clear and entertaining decision to Flyweight kingpin Pongsaklek Wonjongkam. Since, he won a couple of stay busy fights before taking the WBC Super Flyweight title off of Tomas Rojas in August. Nashiro held the WBA Super Flyweight title before losing it to Hugo Fidel Cazares, going 0-1-1 against Cazares with a split draw and unanimous decision loss. In his first fight this year he lost a unanimous decision to the aforementioned Rojas and won a tune up fight against Ray Perez. {jcomments on}

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Fight Code Dragons Final 8 on Saturday: Who To Look For

Fight Code returns this Saturday, October 15th with one of their better cards of the year. The card will play host to the Dragons 72.5kg Final 8 featuring Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee and Armen Petrosyan to name a few, along with a couple single fights. Fight Code has also partnered with TK2 for this event, who will host a one night, eight man tournament featuring the likes of Yohan Lidon and Leroy Kaestner. Now, here's who you should keep a watchful eye on this weekend:

Chingiz Allazov

Allazov has all the makings of a future star and elite fighter. He's been fighting way above the level of competition he's been facing in Fight Code, destroying everyone. He's only 19 years old and the level of skill and fighting prowess he's shown so far is pretty unbelievable. He fights around 63-67kg and at only 19 years of age, I would not be surprised at all if he grew into a legit 70kg fighter. He trains at the Chinuk Gym that has produced notables such as Alexey Ignashov, Zabit Samedov and Vitali Akhramenko. He's shown tons of potential so far and I'd expect another destruction against French fighter Raouf Beliouz on Saturday.

Armen Petrosyan

Permanently in his brother's shadow, Armen Petrosyan is probably the best fighter that no one really thinks about. Armen, despite not being as good as Giorgio (Who is?), has solid skills and a resume to back it up. His biggest win to date was over Yoshihiro Sato in April and if he can win the Dragons tournament, it should really get him some recognition. He's ranked #9 on our Liverkick.com rankings yet barely anyone knows much about him. He'll be facing Belarussian fighter Yuri Bessmertny on Saturday, who is pretty decent himself.

Enriko Gogokhia

Another young fighter at 22 years of age, Gogokhia has come up short against good competition but he's shown he can hang with some of the best. He was very competitive with Mike Zambidis and Dzhabar Askerov this year. He's fighting in the TK2 tournament and I think there's a good chance he can string together some wins. Yohan Lidon and Leroy Kaestner are the toughest opponents in the tournament and anything can happen in a tournament. Gogokhia will fight a familiar face from It's Showtime, Mohammed Medhar in the quarter finals.

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