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Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke Wants to Become First Lumpinee Champion to Win an MMA Title

Rambaa Somdet saw his UFC dreams dashed recently when an 11 fight win streak which had lasted 14 years was snapped by a split decision defeat but there is another Thai waiting in the wings to take his role as the country’s blue chip MMA prospect.

Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke is already 3-0 and will be looking for a fourth straight win when he takes on Wushu world champion Rene Catalan at ONE FC: Warrior’s Way in Manila next month.

Somdet’s most significant achievement during his Muay Thai career was winning a Channel 7 title but Dejdamrong reached the very pinnacle of the sport by becoming a champion at Lumpinee Stadium.

His Muay Thai days might be over but Dejdamrong is enjoying a new lease of life as an MMA fighter and says his interest in fighting has been rejuvenated,

“At Lookbanyai Gym which was my Muay Thai team the training was very heavy and it was the same every day but MMA is different because there is so much to learn. It’s exciting.”

During his Muay Thai days Dejdamrong competed mainly at 108 lbs, winning the Lumpinee title in this division but he has been making waves in ONE FC’s highly competitive 125 lbs division.

While Dejdamrong has been holding his own so far with three straight stoppage wins he believes he would be better suited to fighting at 115 lbs,

“It’s very easy for me to fight at 125 because I don’t have to lose any weight and I can eat what I want but the fighters are always taller than me. If ONE FC decides to start a 115 division I think I would drop down, in MMA the weigh in is one day earlier than Muay Thai so losing 10 lbs would not be a big problem.”

Perhaps the most surprising thing about Dejdamrong’s recent ascent up the ONE FC flyweight rankings is how many of his wins have come by submission. His last two opponents have both tapped out and he feels he is becoming increasingly comfortable on the ground,

“I started training with the team at Evolve MMA for fun but I enjoyed it and when they asked me if I wanted to try fighting I said ‘yes’. I work every day with Brodinho (Leandro Issa) from Brazil and he is very good at BJJ, he teaches me something different every day.”

Dejdamrong’s success in MMA has brought him some recognition in his native Thailand, where ONE FC is screened live on Fox Sports, and he says the media is beginning to show an interest in the sport,

“There have been some articles about me in some Muay Thai magazines in Thailand, people know that ONE FC is a very important MMA event and they are happy to see a Thai fighter is having success.”

ONE FC: Warrior’s Way is set for the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Manila on December 5th and sees Dejdamrong face an opponent who has won numerous world titles in Wushu in what promises to be an intriguing clash of styles.

The Thai might have complete confidence in his Muay Thai but says he will be prepared for whatever his opponent brings to the table,

“Even if he is very good at the Chinese style of fighting it will be difficult for him to beat me in a Muay Thai match but this is MMA and there are many more ways to win. My coaches at Evolve MMA are preparing me for everything and I am very confident I will win.”

Interview and translation courtesy of Evolve MMA .

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Kevin Ross Captaining K-1's Upcoming USA vs. China Event on January 1st

Since K-1's event last December in China there has been a lot of hushed talk about the future of K-1 in China. The year 2014 has been a lot better to K-1 than other years and there have been a lot of deals talked about that could possibly make K-1 not only a major player in China, but huge in China. From what we've seen, K-1 has been training referees, judges and other officials on top of lending a hand to train fighters in China over the last year and on January 1st K-1 will make their return to China with a huge USA vs. China event.

It'll take place in Golden Eagle Culture City, Changsua, China and as I stated before, the theme will be USA vs. China. While we don't know all of the names just yet, we have heard that Kevin Ross has signed to be the Team Captain of Team USA and will be fighting, which is pretty big news considering that Ross was being courted by K-1 years ago and GLORY last year only for nothing to come of it. We've also been told that Canadian Gabriel Varga is scheduled to appear on the card, which is interesting considering there was talk of him competing for GLORY's Featherweight Championship soon. 

Tiffany Van Soest is also announced for the card.

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Watch WGP Kickboxing This Weekend on LiverKick

We are proud to announce that much like the last WGP Kickboxing event, kickboxing fans will be able to tune in this weekend live via LiverKick and to help support the kickboxing world by purchasing the live stream of WGP 23. If you haven't checked out WGP before this is a great chance to and there are some solid names on the card that if you haven't seen before you'll be happy that you watched, for sure.

The event starts at 19:00 GMT-3 on Saturday. Check out the full card here.

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Fight Night Hungary Recap

This time not only the fighters but the promotion itself had a challenge ahead as Fight Night Hungary has tried a new, bigger location. Even though promoters try to pick great venues and put solid cards together success in this business is never guaranteed. The new location with its 1200m2 size is truly a challenge for anyone in Hungary to be filled. But Fight Night Hungary has pulled it off! The event was packed and the people in attendance have truly seen some glimpse from the glorious past when big names and shows have visited this part of Europe.

Fight Night Hungary had great fights, a fantastic atmosphere and fired up fans. Finally a show where everything was in place - visuals, timing, sound and most important: the fights themselves. Fight Night Hungary has set the bar high for forthcoming events.

The show started with four solid Muay Thai bouts which all helped to get everyone even more fired up for the main card. The K-1 bouts have also seen back and forth wars, knockdowns and an unfortunate doctor's stoppage before we got to the co-main event.

In the co-main event two of the best, most well-known and highly respected fighters, Tamás Birics (WFMC European Champion) and Gábor Görbics (World Combat Games winner, WAKO full-contact European Champion) have collided once again. First time they've fought Görbics won a close decision and some years have passed before the rematch could've been put together. Needless to say this fight was highly anticipated amongst the Hungarian fight fans!

Görbics seemed to be more relaxed in the opening rounds while Birics tried to take control and dictate the pace by moving forward and attempting to being the aggressor. Görbics seemed to have the edge and landed more shots while utilizing his full arsenal: spinning techniques, feints, attacking and retreating in angles. He was really fluid  in both the attacks and chaining everything together.

While it was Görbics who seemed to get the better of the exchanges while moving around and using the angles, toe to toe Birics had successful attempts of takig over, moving his opponent to the ropes, utilizing thunderous leg kicks. Birics has a background and is competing usually in Muay Thai and from the outside he seemed to be missing a few key techniques which he couldn't use due to the restrictions of the different ruleset he used to.

The fifth and final round have started with some huge shots although it was very clear from the beginning that none of the guys wanted to leave it up to the judges this time. Although there was no finish fans got a beautiful, intense fight that put us all on the edge of our seats. Görbics Gábor won a majority decision and have beaten Tamás Birics for a second time.

The fans could not wait any more for the last fight to happen. When Antoine Habash hit the ramp for his entry most of the crowd stood up chanting his name and clapping for him. He took the stage a storm. Tihomir Mitev has stepped into the lion's den.

The first round have seen Antoine landing some good straight just to measure things up and then taking control shortly thereafter. He became more and more confident and rightfully so as Mitev's head turned red and got a bloody nose from all the shots he has taken. At the end of round two Mitev got saved by the bell only. Most of the audience had anticipated something that it has to be over in the next round. And then it happened... After some exchange Antoine has finished a combination with a brutal knee that landed flush on Mitev's chin and the champ fell under the ropes. He was out cold. The crowd has erupted! Standing ovation, clapping everywhere and the new champ has jumped on the ropes to thank everyone. Habash Antoine is the new WKN European Champion and as he promised the belt stays in Hungary!

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