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UPDATE: Opponent Change for Ky Hollenbeck This Saturday

  • Written by Dave Walsh


Chalk this one up in the unfortunate category of bout changes that happen very often in the land of muay thai, as Ky Hollenbeck's eagerly-awaited bout with Ekpracha Meenayotin "The Hitman" has apparently fallen through. Hollenbeck, who was last seen at the Glory World Series event, was prepared to take on the very tough Thai in a bout that enthusiasts have been chomping at the bit over, but The Hitman has pulled out of the fight just days before.

So it looks like Pushkick Promotions' World Stand Off: Thailand vs. Americas event will have a new headliner in Ky Hollenbeck vs. Cooper Gibson. Cooper Gibson is a serviceable opponent, but fans have been awaiting the Hollenbeck showdown with The Hitman for a while now.

UPDATE: Push Kick Promotions has confirmed that there will be a late fill-in for Ekpracha, who had to pull out of the fight, but it will not be Cooper Gibson. According to Muay Thai Authority, Malaipet Sasiprapa will be stepping in instead, creating a much more compelling match up. There was some drama earlier in the day when on Facebook, Cooper Gibson's coach decided to trash talk, proclaiming that any top 100 MMA fight could defeat any top 10 Thai fighter, which, well, is a ridiculous statement.

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