On July 27th ONE Championship heads to Manilla for Reign of Kings, featuring ONE SuperSeries bouts in kickboxing and muay thai. The big, feature bout is between Armen Petrosyan and Chris Ngimbi. Armen’s brother, Giorgio, has defeated Ngimbi in the past, making this an interesting, familial bout and another chance for Ngimbi to prove himself. Ngimbi is the former It’s Showtime 70kg champion and was, at a time, one of the best in the world at 70kg. He retired briefly in 2012, but has been active ever since, trotting the globe and fighting some of the best in the world. [read more]
MTGP 17 went down this weekend, featuring “The Battle of Britain” as Charlie Boy Peters and Liam Harrison met in full muay thai rules. The much-anticipated bout has seen Charlie Boy Peters prove himself worthy as one of Britain’s top talents now with a win over Harrison. Watch the video from MTGP below where they run through the results and provide some analysis.
ONE Championship headed back to the ring for ONE Championship: Battle For the Heavens to decide the ONE Championship Atomweight Kickboxing Championship between Kai Ting Chuang from China and Yodcherry Sityodtong from Thailand in the main event. It was a war between the two, with the contrasting styles highlighted throughout the fight. Chuang was able to dominate the ring with her push kick and punch flurries. Her hands are fast, accurate and she isn’t afraid to unload. The story of the fight was Yodcherry looking to methodically piece Kai Ting apart, only for Chuang to close the distance, lower Yodcherry’s [read more]
ONE Championship headed to Macau for ONE Pinnacle of Power today, featuring a ring over a cage for the action, which made the showdown between Lerdsilla and Sok Thy’s fight all-the-more exciting. There were four ONE SuperSeries bouts featured on this card, all of which were held under traditional muay thai rules inside of the ring outside of the one kickboxing bout. Four bouts was, indeed, an increase and the action went fast throughout the night. Yukinori Ogasawara picked up a KO victory over Rui Botleho with, of all things, a pretty incredible spinning back elbow in the second round. [read more]
In 2008 the Muay Thai and kickboxing world welcomed the highly anticipated Contender Asia television show. After watching the idea successfully launch many boxing careers and help make the UFC a household name, the Contender Asia was a television Muay Thai tournament that allowed the audience to fall in love with the athletes for their personalities, life experiences, and ring skill. Collecting several fighters from all over the world, the tournament showed the hard work and discipline it takes to be a world class fighter, while also showing the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. The excitement for [read more]
The ability to transcend the sport of muay thai is a rare one, yet something that Saenchai has been able to do in spades over the span of his legendary career. Not only has his influence bled over into kickboxing and MMA, but it’s moved well beyond that, with his influence even felt in professional wrestling. So how big of a deal is Saenchai? A big enough deal that internationally-acclaimed rap star Wiz Khalifa booked some one-on-one time with the legend during Saenchai’s recent tour of the west coast for a special, private seminar. @saenchaithailand and @wizkhalifa 💪 #muaythai #iamunbreakable [read more]
International muay thai mega-star Saenchai is known as one of the most daring, creative and dangerous strikers in the world today, earning his stripes not just in the stadiums of Thailand, but by taking his act on the road and fighting anyone, anywhere at any time. He’s truly a superstar and fans in Canada will now have the opportunity to learn from one of the all-time greats at the end of this month as Yokkao is bringing Saenchai to Canada on April 28, 29th and 30th. The events take place at Budo Canada in Toronto and Sherbatov MMA in Laval [read more]
As we heard a while ago, ONE Championship is moving into the realm of professional kickboxing and muay thai. The first two foray will be on April 20th, featuring Petrosyan vs. Nattawut and more, with back-to-back events announced in May featuring a few big bouts. The first event is May 12th in Jakarta which features a kickboxing bout and a muay thai bout. The second is May 18th in Singapore, which features two muay thai bouts, one of which is a world title bout, and one kickboxing bout. It’s interesting to note the quality of names on these shows, with [read more]
Yokkao has always been about pushing the sport of muay thai further and growing the sport, be it through their super-popular gear, their live events or their fight team. Their latest crown jewel is the young Thai fighter Manachai. Manachai has been on a roll of late and that roll continued yesterday in Italy where he fought Christian Zahe. You can watch the entire fight below, thanks to Yokkao’s Facebook page. Manachai returns to the ring on April 29th in Southampton in the UK for Yokkao Next Generation, a talent-scouting event that features Manachai against Mo Abdurahman in the main [read more]
Every year our good pal, kickboxing enthusiast and coach to the stars (now also talent ops!) Steven Wright puts together what he calls the Year in Kickfighting video. His video takes a look at all of the biggest, coolest and most noteworthy moments of each year and breaks them down in beautiful fashion. This year the video weighs in at a hefty 19:11 long, but never stops delivering on the action, thrills and awesome moments. Looking back, 2017 was a pretty cool year, huh?