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Buakaw Holds Press Conference, Still No Real Answers to Tough Questions

There is a shroud of mystery surrounding Buakaw Banchamek's actions at the K-1 World MAX Finals event from Saturday night. In the lead-up to the event Buakaw was in the press where he made multiple statements in regards to K-1 that all amounted to claims that he never substantiated. So it wasn't a surprise that something went down on Saturday, but no one expected Buakaw to just walk out before the decision was ever read, that's for sure. 

Yesterday K-1 held a press conference and issued a statement where they refuted Buakaw's claims against them and implied if Buakaw continued to talk in the press about the organization that they'd pursue legal action. Today in Bangkok Buakaw held his own press conference, which began with Superpro Samui's Robbie Timmers as a character witness. While it's not clear to us what he said, our best guess was that it was about Murthel Groenhart's prize money fiasco due to Timmers and his links with Black Label fighter management, which is now linked with GLORY. 

Buakaw really did not say much that we didn't already hear in the past few days. His claims were that he knew that the fight was fixed and left in protest, that he did not understand the K-1 rules due to a poor translation that was provided to him and that he was concerned with possible illegal gambling operations. What I've been explaining to people over the last few days that in cases like this the onus is on the accuser to present strong evidence and possibly even proof to validate the claims. This press conference was supposed to be the day that things were clarified and instead it was the same vague claims without a scrap of evidence or proof.

The court of public opinion has already spoken and firmly sided with Mr. Banchamek, regardless of this.

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K-1 Global Fires Back After Buakaw Banchamek's Confusing Claims

My god, this whole Buakaw fiasco, right? 

If you are somehow blissfully unaware of what happened, on Saturday night at the K-1 World MAX Finals in Pattaya Buakaw Banchamek ran out of the building after the third round of the fight into an awaiting car, taking off without uttering a word to anyone in the arena. The only interaction that was documented was Buakaw walking over to his opponent, Enriko Kehl while his manager, Yim, shouted at the K-1 Thailand organizer from the ring before they were both ghosts. 

K-1 officials were prepared for something to go wrong in regards to Buakaw, considering that he spent the entire time after he was paid on September 22nd running the promotion down in the press, including making various claims against the company and attempting to link them to online gambling, but what happened was truly something that no one could have prepared for. The claims from Banchamek and his supporters have ranged from possible fight fixing, K-1 owning a gambling site being used to fix the fight, last minute rule changes and fear for lack of payment. 

Most of the claims have been unsubstantiated, including the fear of lack of payment considering that he was paid full and upfront weeks before the event. The gambling claims seemed like a misunderstanding, a straw man argument, if you will. K-1 was sponsored by a betting company based in Australia, but clearly had no ownership stake in the company and the site follows all regulations and will not accept bets from nations like Thailand where online gambling is illegal. 

If you were to objectively view the situation, you'd see Banchamek's shifting story, his association with a rival promoter who was upset with K-1's attempted advance into Thailand, you'd find it difficult to buy into it without any solid evidence. A press conference was scheduled for Monday afternoon in Thailand from Banchamek but never materialized, instead K-1's Ned Kuruc spoke with media where he denied claims of rule changes or links to illegal gambling at the event. Sadly this has become a game of he-said, she-said and the court of popular opinion online has already formed their opinions.

K-1 released a statement earlier today that hammered home the point that they are claiming to have not had any part in any sort of shady business dealings for this event and that if Banchamek chooses to continue with unsubstantiated claims against the company that they will pursue legal action. Messy, messy stuff.

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Danyo Ilunga Replaces Artem Vakhitov at GLORY 18

It's time to focus on something a bit more productive, don't you think? What could be more productive than GLORY 18's Light Heavyweight Contender tournament set to take place on November 7th in Oklahoma City? With less than a month to go there has been a major change to the event with Artem Vakhitov suffering a minor injury. While Vakhitov will be fine to compete in a few weeks this injury has made it difficult for him to prepare for the fight in November, with him having to pull out.

His replacement is none other than former It's Showtime 95kg Champion Danyo Ilunga of Germany. Ilunga was a finalist in the GLORY 9 Light Heavyweight tournament where he fought Tyrone Spong in a fight that saw Spong victorious. Since then Ilunga has had two first round stoppages within the GLORY ring and most than deserves this spot in the tournament. 

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Yokkao 10 & 11 Results

Yokkao enjoyed yet another successful trip to the UK as their double- event was held from the Macron Stadium last night in Bolton, UK. 

Jordan Watson made a triumphant return to the ring as he finished Mickael Piscitello with low kicks midway through their -70kg contest. It wasn’t an easy night for Watson though, as the Frenchman looked dangerous throughout the contest and even tested Watson’s chin with a superbly timed right-hand counter. The success was short-lived for Piscitello though as not long after getting Watson’s attention with the right-hand the bout was called off due to damage caused by Watson’s low-kicks, meaning Watson becomes Yokkao’s new -70kg world champion.

In the second headliner and title fight of the night Pakorn defeated Englishman Greg Wootton via unanimous decision claiming the Yokkao -65kg world title in the process. Wootton was competitive throughout but clearly wasn’t able to match the much more experienced and technical fighter.

Yokkao 10:
Jordan Watson def. Mickael Piscitello via TKO (low kicks) in Round 3
Sabri Sadouki def. Tim Thomas via TKO (referee stoppage) in Round 2
Salah Khalifa def. Steve Long via TKO (referee stoppage) in Round 1
Prathet def. Brian Totty via Unanimous Decision
Ste Foy def. Cathal McDermott via TKO(retirement) in Round 3
Liam McGrandles def. Jordan Williams via Unanimous Decision
Sammy Baruca and Kai Laithwaite fight to a Draw.

Yokkao 11:
Pakorn def. Greg Wootton via Unanimous Decision
Crice Boussoukou def. Brad Stanton via Unanimous Decision
Dan McGowan def. Nestor Rodriguez via Unanimous Decision
Sam Jackson def. Luca Fonda via TKO (referee stoppage) in Round 4
Josh Turbill def. Tommi McCormick via Unanimous Decision
Myk Estlick def. Kieron Jessop via Majority Decision.

 

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