Lion Fight 20 set for February 20, 2015

Lion Fight returns with Jorina Baars in the main event at Lion Fight 20 in Connecticut.

Top King World Series 3 Final 8 Match Ups

Top King World Series 3 will feature name likes Buakaw, Andrei Kulebin and more. Read the Final 8 match ups here.

Scott Kent talks 2015 Lion Fight plans

Lion Fight promoter Scott Kent talks about their successful 2014 and what is to come for 2015.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Glory 22 France Fight Card

Glory 22 is set to go down in less than 2 weeks time in Lille, France. The main event will feature Glory Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven defending his title against the formidable Benjamin Adegbuyi. Also featured in the night's event is the Glory Lightweight Contender Tournament, which includes Davit Kiria, Sittichai Sitsongpeenong, Josh Jauncey, and Niclas Larsen. The winner of the tournament will face Glory Lightweight Champion Robin Van Roosmalen

The Glory Superfight Series, a staple of every Glory event, will include the likes of Morad Bouzidi, Filip Verlinden, and North America's own Shane Oblonsky.

Glory 22 also marks the first international event to to air live on SpikeTV at 4pm ET. Previously, events overseas were shown in the US after a lengthy delay.

Fight Card:

Main & Co-Main Event:
Rico Verhoeven vs Benjamin Adegbuyi
ZackMwekassa vs TBA

Glory Lightweight Contender Tournament:
Davit Kiria vs Sittichai Sitsongpeenong
Josh Jauncey vs Niclas Larsen

Superfight Series:
Freddy Kemayo vs Jamal Ben Saddik
Morad Bouzidi vs Filip Verlinden
Karim Ghajji vs Yoann Kongolo
Marat Grigorian vs Djime Coulibaly
Thomas Adamandopoulos vs Shane Oblonsky





Saturday, May 23, 2015

Lion Fight 22 Results

Lion Fight 22 took place at Sunset Station Casino in Henderson, NV. The night's main event featured a super welterweight title fight between Jo Nattawut and Salah Khalifa. It was a brutal start to the fight for Khalifa, as he was battered by Nattawut from all angles. Despite Nattawut being able to control the fight and land damaging blows, Khalifa showed true grit by making it to the end of the fight. When it was over there was no question that Nattawut had won the fight and was the new champion. With the win Nattawut improves to 4-0 under the Lion Fight banner.

Tiffany Van Soest and Bernise Alldis squared off in the co-main event. The women's featherweight title was on the line after Caley Reece's recent retirement left the title vacant. As Van Soest has showed in the past, her speed and foot work would be hard to match. She seemed a step ahead of Alldis throughout the fight. She worked a nice mixture of steady punches and kicks and when in close range delivered elbows and knees. The fight was eventually stopped in the fourth round by the doctor because of a cut Alldis had suffered. With the win Van Soest regains the title she had previously lost to Reece.

Results:

Jo Nattawut def. Salah Khalifa by Unanimous Decision - Wins Lion Fight Super Welterweight Title

Tiffany Van Soest def. Bernise Alldis via (T)KO in Rd. 4 (Doctor stoppage due to cut) - Wins Women's Lion Fight Featherweight Title

Anthony Castrejon def. Jason Andrada via Split Decision

Gaston Bolanos def. Damien Earley via (T)KO in Rd.4

Christine Ferea def. Calie Cutler via (T)KO in Rd. 4

Brian Del Rosario def. Tom Morales via Unanimous Decision

Monday, May 4, 2015

ARISE Fighting Championships set for May 9th

Arise Fighting Championships returns to the Santa Clara Convention Center on May 9th, 2015. Arise Fighting Championships features Daniel Kim vs. Jonothan Wysderko, with a co-main event featuring Eric Luna vs. Josh Cunanan.


Arise Fighting Championships (Arise FC) is a premier fight sports organization based in Silicon Valley, California, drawing professional and amateur fighters to their ranks.

MUAY THAI BOUTS
Daniel Kim (Woodenman/KOA) vs Jonothan Wysderko (Colorado Muay Thai) - 159 lbs
Eric Luna (AKA) vs Josh Cunanan (Nak Muay Thai Gym - Las Vegas) - 132 lbs
Anthony Acosta (Maesh) vs Lino Enriquez (Sacrame nto Muay Thai Boxing) - 142 lbs
Manny Keo (Valor) vs Reuben Dasalia (ASD) - 140 lbs
John Ricci (El Nino MMA/Empower) vs Raymond Cabanas (Art Of 8) - 147 lbs
Daniel Otero (PHAS3) vs Darren Barrera (CCK) - 153 lbs
Anthony To (Maesh) vs Edwin Delos (Smash Gym) - 132 lbs
Kris Acevedo (CSA + C7) vs Paul Israel Frausto (ASD) - 170 lbs
Mark Climaco (Unlimited MMA) vs Kevin Chalmness (Combat Fitness) - 122 lbs
Sean Climaco (Unlimited MMA) vs Alex Fernandez (Evolve Training Center) - 135 lbs
Malia Spanyol (Woodenman/El Nino MMA) vs Jennifer Jennings (Smash Gym) - 128 lbs

MMA BOUTS

Anthony Dariano (AKA) vs J T Donaldson (Team Balck) - 145 lbs
Paradise Vaovasa (Dragonhouse) vs Israel Delgado (Team Black) - 155 lbs

Fans of Arise FC can expect to see action packed, top-level MMA bouts, as well as top-level Muay Thai bouts, at every Arise FC event. Whether you are a fan of fast paced stand up fighting, or prefer the technical aspects of the ground game, you can be certain to see the best of both at every Arise FC event.

For updates and more information visit www.AriseFC.com.

Follow Arise FC on Facebook and, Twitter - @AriseFC

Tickets available now online through the Tickets section of www.AriseFC.com

Tickets are also be available through select gym locations.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Journey Fight Series XII FULL CARD


Journey Fight Series returns to Century Casino in Calgary for Full Muay Thai Rules action between Team Canada and Team Sweden. 

Also set for the evening, CMTC-A Canadian Muay Thai Champion Chris McMillan puts his belt on the line against Hasman Sandhu.Saturday April 18, 2015 Century Casino 1010 42 Ave SE Calgary, ABDoors 6:00 pm Fights 7:00 pm


Fight Card:

CMTC-A CANADIAN MUAY THAI TITLE MATCH 
Chris McMillan vs. Hasman Sandhu

TEAM CANADA vs. TEAM SWEDEN
Kelsey Andries (Canada) vs. Erica Bjornestrand (Sweden)
Derek Jolivette (Canada) vs. Patrik Lyzell (Sweden)
Janice MacAulay (Canada) vs. Patricia Axling (Sweden)
 

Tim Lo vs. Scott Judson
Javier Ortega vs. Steven Lee

Bruce Tran vs. Karlando White
Kyle Messanger vs. Kris Leal 
Stephanie Quigg vs. Bronya Gnittke
Dylan O’Toole vs. Justin Basra


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Chanticleer and the Pugilist

Written by Frances Watthanaya
Photos by Robert P. Cohen 

 
I have yet to be to a Muay Thai gym, outside of Bangkok, that wasn’t raising and subsequently fighting cockerels. Even atop a mountain, at Kem Muay Thai Gym in Kao Yai, there were cockerels. 
Photo by Robert P. Cohen
The drive took us three hours from where I live in Buriram Province. It was another hour from Khorat City, and about 20 minutes winding up a partially paved mountain trail, no wider than my Toyota Yaris. I noticed the chickens before I noticed the fighters. Their cages were like nothing I had seen before - similar in design to what I am accustomed to in Isaan, but nicer. Made of wire, as opposed to short lived bamboo, they were more ergonomic and without a doubt more expensive.
 
Kem arrived shortly after we had settled ourselves in. 
Photo by Robert P. Cohen
“Is there a lot of opportunity to fight up here,” I ask.

“It isn’t like Isaan, if that’s what you mean. We mainly take our fighters to fight in Bangkok. I don’t have the time to take them to fight locally; events are few and far in-between. We train a few kids, but their parents are the ones that take them to fight.”

“What about your chickens?”

Kem started laughing,

“Oh, they get fights. There are lots of local shows for cock fighting even up here.” 

Photo by Robert P. Cohen
In fact, one could argue that cock fighting is more prominent in Thai culture than Muay Thai. It is a custom and tradition that goes back to the first ever Thai Kingdom of Sukhothai and increased in prominence during the Ayutthaya period when it became a Royal custom. With such deep roots in Thai history, cock fighting has established itself as an integral part of Thai society.
 
Despite having lived in Thailand on and off for nearly 10 years, I didn’t see my first cock fight until earlier this year when friend and photographer Robert P. Cohen was visiting and asked that I take him. In the villages fights take place at local hot spots; bets are placed and police look the other way. Small shows likes these rarely gather crowds of more than 20 or so people, and the competing cockerels are usually from neighbouring villages. Bigger shows with larger bets will require a gambling permit. In Prakhon Chai, Buriram Province, there is a permanent cock fighting stadium equipped with seating for 500, warm up rings, washrooms, and lighting. Even now, there is still no permanent Muay Thai stadium in Isaan, despite the overwhelming majority of all fighters coming from this region. 
Photo by Robert P. Cohen

People often compare raising gamecocks to Muay Thai fighters; you see the cockerels training, getting massages, and put on a strict sleeping and eating schedule just like fighters. But what happens in a fight and during the life cycle of cockerels differs drastically to Thai boxers.
  • Cockerels are stitched up in-between rounds, whereas Muay Thai fighters must wait until after the fight.
Photo by Robert P. Cohen


  • Blood is wiped from a fighters face with some sort of cloth, whereas blood is sucked from the cockerels face with one’s own mouth. [Yes, this is true.]
  • Muay Thai is five rounds of three minutes, whereas cockerels fight five to six twenty minute rounds.
Photo by Robert P. Cohen

  • Cockerels will fight no more than once a month and will be given adequate time to heal after fights. Muay Thai fighters often fight up to eight times per month and will more often than not will be fighting with an injury.
  • Cockerels will only fight for a few years, and will be retired after a few bad performances. Fighters can have careers spanning up to 20 years and can amass three hundred plus fights during that time. 
Photo by Robert P. Cohen

Robert P Cohen, originally from New York, is a photographer currently based in South East Asia. His current body of work is his Little Tigers Series that focuses on the young child fighters of Thailand. You can find Robert on Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr. Check out his website here

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Road to Rebellion 4 set for Australia

Road to Rebellion is back with its 4th event set for March 20th in Balaclava, Victoria, Australia.

Featured fighters include Roy Wills, Chadd Collins, Richard Fanous, Ramesh Habib, Cain Brunton, Alex Illijoski, and many more.





View the full Road to Rebellion 4 card below:






The Return of Ryan Roy

Ryan Roy is on the comeback trail. The Northern California fighter was a constant on the American Muay Thai scene until 2010 when injuries sidetracked his career. He was last in action in September of 2010 when he fought the current Glory middleweight contender Joe Schilling under the Push Kick Promotions banner. He went toe-to-toe with Schilling for 3 rounds before the fight was stopped due to a cut.

After a year of inactivity with a few fights falling through he began to notice a hip pain that eventually would sideline him after discovering the cartilage in one of his hip joints was completely gone. After seeing several specialists he went under the knife in 2013, after which, was told he might not be able to fight again. For the first time since, he is now ready to step back in to the ring.

We were able to talk to Ryan about his comeback and what we can expect from him in the future.

MTA: You haven't fought since 2010 Ryan. Can you tell us why?
 
Ryan: I haven't fought since September of 2010 because I had to overcome a major obstacle that's ever been in my way. I was going to fight at the War of the Heroes Promotion in Santa Clara, CA. about 6 months after I fought Joe Schilling, but the event got canceled at the last minute. I was also offered to fight on one of Lion Fight's first promotions but was already scheduled for the War of The Heroes so I missed out on both opportunities.

During 2011 I was waiting for an opportunity to fight, but nothing materialized. In January of 2012 I started noticing unusual hip pain that I had never felt before. I have been training Muay Thai since I was 17 and never took time off. I was always sore somewhere, so having a sore hip didn't worry me at the beginning.

Five to six months later the pain intensified to the point where it was preventing me from sleeping and making day-to-day life as a Muay Thai teacher extremely difficult. I ended up getting and X-ray in August of 2012 and discovered the cartilage in one of my joints was completely gone. I had bone rubbing on bone which was why I couldn't sleep and had severe pain. Over the span of 6 months I saw 5-6 hip specialists who all said my joint was shot and I needed a full hip replacement at 32 years old. I refused to except the possibility that I could never kick a bag or run on the concrete ever again. I learned of a hip surgery that was performed over in Europe, India, and Asia. Only a small portion of U.S. Orthopedists perform Hip Resurfacing.

A large portion of the femur bone is cut off and a metal shaft if placed in the remaining bone, during a full hip replacement. A Hip Resurfacing procedure preserves the majority of the bone and a titanium joint is implanted. My surgery was performed on March 5th 2013. I was able to start light Muay Thai training about 5 months post-op. Rehab was extremely painful but now my operated leg has more flexibility and strength than it did 10 years ago. I waited one year and a day to kick with my operated leg to let the implant be as strong as possible.

MTA: During your time away from the ring did you know you would be making a comeback at some point?

Ryan: There was never a doubt in my mind I would come back. I had no idea that would take over a year and half to feel 100%, but for the last 6 months I have felt great.
 
MTA: Were you completely away from Muay Thai or were you still involved in other ways besides fighting?
 
Ryan: I have never been away from Muay Thai since I started training in 1999. After fights I would take a week off at most and go right back into training. I teach 6 days a week and kept up my schedule even with the arthritic pain I had for over a year.
 
MTA: Now that you are making your return what is the main goal you would like to accomplish?
 
Ryan: I am grateful that after joint replacement surgery I am able to get back to the ring. A couple years ago I was looking at potentially never doing impact sports ever again. My goal and ambition is to fight as much as my body lets me. I feel like the last 4 years were stolen from me and I am getting a chance to make up for it. My career hasn't gone the way I planned but as long as I can get some more opportunities I can find peace in that.

MTA: Being that you have not fought in roughly 3 years, do you feel those years of not taking damage will add some time to your career?

Ryan: Yes, I feel extremely confident that not fighting for last three years will lengthen my career. I have been training Muay Thai since I was 18 but have never taken any serious damage in a fight. The worst injures I've had over the years always occurred in the gym. The year I had to take off after surgery gave my body a much needed rest from heavy impact.

MTA: If you could pick your comeback fight against anyone who would it be?

Ryan: I don't have my eyes on anyone in particular, but I've also never turned down a fight. I just want I get back into the ring.

MTA: Do you already have a fight set up or are you still trying to get it booked?

Ryan: Yes I am fighting at Taichi Palace on April 16th in Lemoore, CA.

MTA: For fight fans not familiar with you Ryan can you give us a little bit of background on how you got started in Muay Thai?

Ryan: I started training Muay Thai with the Fairtex gym in SF under Alex "F14" Gong in 1999. There has never been a gym like it in the USA. At one point there were 5 reigning ISKA / IKF world champions, including 2 former Lumpinee and Rajadamnern champions. From 1999-2003 Fairtex was the home for Ganyao "Dr. Knee" Sitphodang, Bunkerd Faphimai, Jongsanaan "The Wooden man", and Enn "The Quiet Storm". We had the some of the best Thai trainers in the world who were also active fighters as well. We had professional and amateur fighters with someone always getting ready for a fight. I had 6 amateur fights under Fairtex and then moved to Thailand where I stayed for 6 months and had 4 fights. I am an amateur and professional champion with a professional record of 9-5 with 4KO's. I have fought up and down the West Coast, Hawaii, Canada, and Thailand