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The Challenger Muay Thai - New Reality Show, Features Worldwide Talent

A new muay thai reality show is set to hit the airwaves on Sept. 15 across Asia. Being dubbed "The New Contender Asia," the show features 16 muay thai fighters from around the world, all vying for the title of Muay Thai World Champion and the grand prize of $100 000 USD.

Here's the official description:

Produced by the Imagine Group and The Group Entertainment, under supervision of the World Muaythai Council (WMC), the world’s governing body for the sport of muaythai, the reality competition series will be set and shot in Malaysia. Whether for glory or gain, 16 world-class fighters will fight it out to win the ultimate title of Muaythai World Champion and the grand prize of US$100,000! The fighters have been hand picked from a selection of international professional fighters from the WMC 128 member countries.

From Malaysia, Thailand, to Israel and South Africa, the motley crew of fighters trail blaze an impressive track record both in their countries and in the international arena, with numerous championship titles under their belts. With ages ranging from 18 to 35, the calibre of fighters is certainly unparalleled. Some have started their training since the tender age of seven, while others have fought The Contender Asia champion Yodsanklai and even won. With intimidating monikers like ‘The Cheetah’, ‘The Sniper’ and ‘Black Dynamite’, it is clear that the boys are not in town to play. With such high stakes, each and every fighter will not go down without a fight!

 Each week, the fighters will be subjected to a rigorous bout of training from their two trainers Hanarong and Nugget, revolving around the ‘weapon of the week’. These include spiritual ideals such as respect and fearlessness, as well as focusing on each component of their body, their natural weapon in the context of Muaythai.


Antoine Pinto (AKA Antuan Siangboxing)

Cedric Muller

Cyrus Washington

Fadi Merza

Frank Giorgi

Ilya Grad

Jason Woodham

Jesse Miles

Jordan Watson

Marco Pique

Mickael Chase Corley

Mohd Faizal Bin Ramli

Mostafa Abdollahi

Pidsanu Kunchat

Rhyse Saliba

Vuyisile Colossa

The show will features twelve episodes of one hour and the finale will be a two hour episode. It will be broadcasted on AXN, in primetime with two repeats a week.

Click here for the full press release.


I'm Sold on the Muay Thai Premier League

Generally speaking, when it comes to United States Muay Thai I leave it to great sites like to cover the latest news, but Clifton Brown and Warrior Caste Productions have a lot of interesting stuff planned. MuayThaiAuthority published this interview with figurehead Clifton Brown in June and most of us were just able to brush it off. American Muay Thai promotions have a certain stigma attached to them, as they mainly book the same talent and run in the same arenas. All of them start with big promises, talk of international talent and maybe for a show or two they will have some higher level international talent, but in the end the default seems to be the same group of twenty fighters spread out through certain regions competing against each other.

The MPL already has an incredible group of fighters announced, and there is a promise for more. All of the fields involve Muay Thai fighters, but also fighters who have participated in K-1 rules fight over the past few years, and I've been told of a few more names that the MPL are ready to drop as soon as things are settled, and kickboxing fans will have a lot to look forward to in the MPL. In some ways, it is like the ill-fated WCL, looking to make a huge, immediate impact and hope to be a success. The big difference is that the talent MPL has lined up and the classic league format (as opposed to WCL's team format) makes it accessible to all fans.


This Week in Kickboxing, Rundown

On the card for this week, we've got a lot of kickboxing going on. Many familiar names are in action with some interesting match-ups. Here's a quick rundown:

Super Kombat World Grand Prix 2 - July 16

4 Man Heavyweight Tournament (K-1 Rules, 3x3)

Mighty Mo vs. Mladen Brestovac

Sebastian Ciobanu vs. Singh Jaideep

Wako-Pro -88.68kg Intercontinental Title Match (K-1 Rules, 5x3)

Bogdan Stoica vs. Hakan Aksoi

Super Fights (K-1 Rules)

Ismael Londt vs. TBA

Alex Tropimov vs. Mihai Barbu

Andrei Stoica vs. Henriques Zowa

Benjamin Adegbuyi vs. TBA

Catalin Morosanu vs. Stefan Leko

REBELS 8 x It's Showtime Japan Countdown 1 - July 18

It's Showtime (It's Showtime Rules, 3x3)

Giorgio Petrosyan vs. HINATA

Mosab Amrani vs. Chi Bin Lim

Genki Yamamoto vs. Itabashi Kan

Kouichi Pettas vs. Nami Il

Keita Watanabe vs. T-98

Shigeru vs. Pandam M-16

Fujiwara Storm vs. Battle Magic

REBELS (Muay Thai)

Windy Kao Kawn Gym vs. Umeno

ヨーゲンチャイ エスジム vs. Hiromasa Masuda

Shuya Tanaka vs. Fujikura Yuki

Jiro Minato vs. Atsushi 立嶋

Iida vs. Hyakkaryoran

Inoue Yu Ma vs. Niizumax

Yuasa Xiang Yang vs. Ogasawara Eiki

Tomomi Soda vs. Suzumiya Haruka

Krush -70kg Tournament - Final Round - July 16

-58kg (K-1 Rules): Norifumi Kitani vs. Okawa Kazuki

-60kg (K-1 Rules): Taizo Sasaki vs. Uesugi Hayabusa

-60kg (K-1 Rules): Yamaguchi Masamichi vs. Kobe Shota

-60kg (K-1 Rules): Xiang Rong vs. Ogawa Sho

-70kg reserve bout (K-1 Rules): Yuko Hirono vs. Tora

-70kg Tournament Semi-Finals

Taro Yamauchi vs. Shintaro Matsukura

Hiroki Nakajima vs. Kenta

Women Featherweight (K-1 Rules): Masako Sasaki vs. Cherry

-55kg (K-1 Rules): Takumi vs. SATOI

-63kg (K-1 Rules): Hideaki Yamazaki vs. NOMAN

-60.5kg (K-1 Rules): Masahiro Urabe vs. Chen Mingming

Tournament Final

New Japan Blood 7 - July 17

WBC Muay Thai Japan Super Featherweight Title Match

Yoshinori Nakasuka vs. Naoki Ishikawa

WBC Muay Thai Japan Welterweight Title Fight

Soichiro Miyakoshi vs. Yuya Yamato

Super Fights

Naoki Otsuki vs Hiroyuki Yamano

Hiroki Maeda vs Yutaka

Dragon Ilan vs Sho

Land of Yamato vs Kota fountain

Ford Stone Shinji vs Kaz Miyazawa

World Stand Off - Thailand vs. USA - July 16






Real Fighters - July 16

4 Man Tournament Semi Finals (K-1 Rules)

Rachid Belaini vs. Jonay Risco

Fran Palenzuela vs. Javier Maiz


Super Fights

Zeben Díaz vs Warren Stevelmans 70 kg

Bruno Carvallo vs Faldir Chabari 72kg

Khalid Chabrani vs Emad Kadyear 73kg

Milles Simson vs Carlos De Celis 72 kg

Iman Chairy vs Mariela 58 kg

Bernardo Marban vs Jesus Daza 64 kg

David Poley vs Mike Sprang 74 kg

La Mamba Negra vs Huseyin Baskurt 75 kg

Óscar Rueda vs Mustapha Affaoui 65 kg

Crespo vs Frank 63 kg

Salva Guerrero vs Miguel España 58 kg

Rubén lee vs TBA

Moztazo vs TBA

Thai Fight Extreme - Hong Kong - July 17

Egon RACZ (Slovaquia) vs Sudsakorn SORKLINMEE (Thailand) 67 kg

Karim GHAJJI (Marocco) vs Yodsanklai FAIRTEX (Thaïland) 73 kg

Fabio PINCA (France) vs Wang WEI (China) 67 kg

Gilmar CHINA (Brazil) vs Buakaw POR PRAMUK (Thaïland) 70 kg

Mourad ZRADNI (Algeria) vs Heung PAK WING (China) 70 kg

Ibrahim  CHIAHOU (Marocco) vs Yamasaki YOICHI (Japan) 70 kg

James KAOUMI (Côte d'Ivoire) vs Matsumoto TOSHIO (Japan) 95 kg

Leo KENYA  vs Ekapol Juke (Thailand) 65 kg

ヨーゲンチャイ エスジム vs Hiromasa Masuda


Only in Japan: Jerome Le Banner vs. Josh Barnett Set for August

I'm not joking, Josh Barnett and Jerome Le Banner will square off on August 27th at the Ryogoku Kokugikan -- Japan's Sumo Hall, and this bout between the titans will be for a world championship. Who is promoting this bout? None other than Antonio Inoki, the grandfather of MMA in Japan and a pro wrestling celebrity. It is hard to believe that the MMA world and the Kickboxing world will be colliding like this, until you realize that it is under Inoki's IGF banner, which is professional wrestling.

Yes, Josh Barnett of Strikeforce fame will take on Jerome Le Banner of K-1 fame to declare the first IGF World Champion in August. IGF ran a tournament on the 10th in Japan that involved some pretty big names, including Ray Sefo, Eric Hammer, Josh Barnett, Jerome Le Banner and Bobby Lashley. Eric Hammer tapped Ray Sefo out in the qualifying round with an armbar, Josh Barnett tapped Bobby Lashley out with an armbar as well in the semi-finals. Hammer met Jerome Le Banner in the semi-finals by knocking him down five times, which sets up Barnett vs. Le Banner in the finals.

Something about this just reeks of awesomeness.

Barnett, Inoki, JLB


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