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, March 1, 2015

WCK: USA vs. CHINA Results

WCK Muay Thai held another in a series "USA vs. China" events last night in Cabazon, California.  The night's main event featured Mike Lemaire vs. Shamir Garcia, with Josh Aragon vs. Ghiath Daker for the co-main event.

Adam Rothweiler vs. One Seng Soon was also a featured bout of the evening, with the aggressive Rothweiler gaining a KO victory over Soon.

Results:

Mike Lemaire def. Shamir Garcia via Unanimous Decision
Josh Aragon def. Ghiath Daker via KO in Rd. 2
Adam Rothweiler def. One Seng Soon via KO in Rd. 1
Matt Sayles def. Zhang Chunyu via Unanimous Decision
Wei Ninghui def. Marvin Madariaga via Majority Decision
Marcin Backowski def. Dave Pacheco via Unanimous Decision
Ming Freeman def. Charles Williams via KO in Rd. 2
Dony Chen def. Sean Choice via TKO in Rd. 1
Daniel Valdez def. Josh Cunanan via Unanimous Decision
Shaena Cox vs. Tang Zoie ends in Draw
German Baltazar dev. Ignacio Capllonch via Majority Decision

Monday, February 23, 2015

Coach's Corner - Fighting Truths


by Kirian Fitzgibbons

As a Coach there are some universal truths to combat, no matter the style, language or geographic location, a "Punch in the Face...Is a Punch in the Face" and what I'm going to offer here today are some of these "Universal Rules" that I use in training some of the very best Stand Up Fighters in the World everyday at CSA. Most of this was taught to me by someone else through the years... there is nothing new in Combat Sports, just unique takes on movement and concepts. The 1st time I saw the "Rules of Fighting" it was a shorter list from Erik Paulson, one of the Coaches I have looked up to for many years. I've modified a few things, reworded a few things, but inherently the original list was his. 21 RULES OF STAND UP FIGHTING Hands Up Chin Down Sit Down Move Head / Move Feet / Movement Hides Movement Outside Range-Circle Left or Right – AWAY from Power Inside Range- Circle the Direction You Finish Always Fake or Feint In Be First - Hit Them 1st Be Last - If they do hit you, Hit them Back Be Gone - When you do hit them, don't stand in the same spot you were in...Move Never Take With Out Giving Return at least 2-3 for every 1 Punch when Kicked Kick when Punched Clinch when Rocked Hands Set Up Kicks Always Hit out of the Clinch Dictate Center of The Ring/Cage Cut Opponent off (Stalk Them-Don’t Chase Them-Pressure) Always Change Up Your Attacks When You Score “Blitz” but w/ Good Defense. With that said, the "practical" application of these rules into the live dynamics of sparring can be difficult, to say the least, easy to say, hard to do kind of thing...but there are some common traits we can look at to help overcome and improve our sparring, thus improving our ability to fight the way we train. 

COMMON SPARRING MISTAKES 1st Realize Sparring is not Fighting...Sparring is Learning. Don't brutalize your teammates. In sparring, the main objective is to sharpen the skills of the participants. It is a learning process.... When someone knocks out his teammate in sparring it achieves nothing but kill brain cells and take away a sparring partner for an extended period of time. Even working with someone below your skill level can make you a better fighter because he/she may possess fighting traits that compliment your weaknesses. With that said, our fight habits start with sparring, so most of these sparring points will transfer over and apply to fighting. 

1. Backing up more than 3 times when someone is bearing down on you: One of the first things I teach my fighters when they begin sparring is to never back up more than 3 times. What I am trying to prevent is someone retreating back in a straight line. Fredrick the Great in writing a letter to a general said it best, “the first step backward makes a poor impression in the army, the second step is dangerous, and the third becomes fatal." Think of it this way: if you are moving backwards, then it is very difficult, even impossible, for you to hit hard. Hitting hard requires you to move forward. Secondly, running backward diminishes your ability to time shots effectively as well. Thirdly moving back in a straight-line activates the opponents hunting response. When he sees you peddling back, it says to him you are in trouble. Maybe you are in trouble and maybe you are not, either way, you can bet the opponent will intensify the pressure. What’s the best thing to do? Anytime you need to move away from the opponent try to circle straight away. If that’s not possible and you find you need to back up in a straight-line, count two steps, but then circle off. Once you back up more than three times, even though you could still circle off, the intensity bearing down on you from the opponent will make it difficult for you to recover efficiently and get yourself back to a position of composure. Circling off instead of running back allows you to make the necessary space, without losing your ability to effectively time your counterattacks. This is nothing new, even Napoleon knew this when he said, “Space I can recover, Time, never”. The idea here is to move out the way of incoming attacks, but to stay just far enough to capitalize on timing your counterstrike. 

2. A focus on attacking when you are already losing: Most people who find themselves losing in sparring, who are caught by incoming punches, try to turn the tide by hitting back with everything they have. There is a problem with this strategy. If you feel you are already out gunned, then you are probably thinking that too. Laying down a flurry of punches, while thinking you are losing, is a recipe for disaster. Being able to hit while moving forward requires not only confidence but tenacity. Both of these will be affected drastically if you feel you are being out gunned. What you need is something that will enable you to re-activate your confidence and tenacity. One word comes to mind here, 'Defense'. Defense is a positive primer that can enable you to absorb your loss of confidence and tenacity and help you rebuild it. If you can ride the storm of incoming attacks, while saying to yourself, “I am still here”, “I am not getting hurt” this has a way of giving you back your confidence and your will to fight back. Almost everyone I meet in the martial arts underestimates how much their confidence in their ability to defend incoming attacks bolsters their overall psychological game. Simply put, if you feel and think you are losing and you just try to fight your way out of it and it does not work (Which it probably won’t because you already thinking “I am losing”) where do you go from there? You are likely to turn tail and run. Defense allows you to turn the tide back in your favo.

3. Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result People get caught in trying to make something work, even when it clearly isn’t or use the same strategy again and again because it worked in the beginning of the round. If there is anything I have learnt in sparring, if you want something to work, keep changing it up. This does not mean you have to be fancy, it just means play with variations. If I want to land my jab just by trying to force it in, it probably won’t work. But if I hide it behind a feint or a cross it has more likelihood of succeeding. I know this may sound obvious. But too often we so badly want a specific strategy to work, that we throw out the rational and hope that if we do it one more time, it has to succeed. Sometimes letting go of your favorite stuff, and working your not so favorite techniques may be the answer to winning. My simple rule of thumb is this, after trying the same thing three times and it is still not working do something else. 

4. Trying to look cool Many people try to be to fancy in their sparring game. Sometimes because they are over confident, but many times because they are trying to show off to the people who may be watching them. What people think about your game, that’s if you could read their minds of course, wouldn’t change what is happening right now. The secret to a successful physical game in martial arts is to KISS. Keep It Simple Stupid! Don’t get hooked into looking cool, or trying to pull cool moves off because you want to impress others on the sideline. Looking cool doesn’t win fights. Keeping focused on the game in the present moment does. 

5. Thinking about the end before you have even gotten through the ‘now,' jumping to the end, thinking about the outcome while sparring or wishing the intended outcome, is a big mistake. You take your attention away from the present, from the process, from what you should be doing right now - what you should be focusing on. This builds into point 4. You have to stay focused in the present to win. Thinking ahead sets you up for failure. The more you move forward in time, the more you try to plan the next step, the more can go wrong. As Confucius reminds us, "To go too far is as bad as to fall short." Moving forward in time takes you away from where your attention should be, which is dealing with what is happening right now in the match. Secondly, anytime you plan ahead in the heat of battle and it does not work out the way you wanted it to – it can quickly degrade your confidence and make you second guess your actions. Once you are sparring, once the fight is on, you have to rely on your training. It is simply too late now to start thinking about what you should have been doing. 

6. Silence in action for more than 3 seconds: When in doubt of what to do – ‘JAB’. With the hands or the feet. Anytime there is in-action, a lull in you hitting back for too long, the opponent will start thinking that he has you, that you are losing or too afraid to hit back. Always make the opponent think he has to be worried about something. Sticking out a jab, even if it is not landing, puts the opponent on the defensive. If not physically at least mentally. You want to make him move. Joe Frazier knew this all to well when he noted, “It is not the same when a fighter moves because he wants to move, and another when he moves because he has to”. In the book, Wiles Of War, we are reminded, “Make a false move, not to pass it for a genuine one, but to transform it into a genuine one after the enemy has been convinced of its falsity”. 

7. Believing that you have won, before you really have: So you are doing well. It seems that you are scoring the deciding blows. But never congratulate yourself, never become over-confident until you have actually won. Wait until the bell has rung and signaled the end before you celebrate. Keep present. Do your work. Win without even knowing you are about to. 

8. Using anger to try to win: Anger doesn’t win fights, it loses them. Anger is fear in disguise. Be a “machine” and an “assassin,” not a “psycho”. I kind of like Napoleon’s take on this, “Never interfere with an enemy that is in the process of committing suicide”. And that’s what you are doing by trying to use anger to win a fight. It rarely does. Staying centered, unattached from emotion is the best way to win a fight. You want Zen Mind not Killer Instinct Mind. This is not to say that anger, aggressiveness and the killer instinct cannot win a fight, but it comes at a terrible price if you don’t. If you don’t win using it, then the consequences are total psychic meltdown. You will simply spiral into frustration, begin second guessing yourself, lose your focus and even want to give up. Being detached affords you a place of stoicism, where you realize that emotion does not predict the outcome of a battle, but rather acknowledging that it is simply there does. Ride the wave of emotion. It is simply what it is, your body's message center. Acknowledge the message, thank your body for telling you and get back to work!. Again, much of these basic "fighting truths" have been taken from multiple sources and coaches... if I could credit a "single" source I would, but just know that as a coach I have copied, watched, studied, mimicked, begged, borrowed, pleaded and plagiarized any and every Coach I've ever worked with to come up with my fighting system. Any coach who claims otherwise is full of ego and pretense...what I teach was taught to me or I have seen somewhere else and have now adapted it my use. So with that said please feel free to make what I offer you here your own.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Lion Fight 20 Results and Recap

Lion Fight 20 took place at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut last night. The main event featured Jorina Baars in her first title defense. Chantal Ughi was looking to dethrone Baars, the pair had previously fought years ago in a bout that Baars won by split decision. This time around the fight was not close. From the ring of the first bell Baars established herself as the stronger and more skilled fighter. She peppered Ughi's lead leg with kicks and the third round Baars scored a knockdown that Ughi was able to recover from, but the beating continued. Ughi's leg was a mess and in between the third and fourth rounds Ughi refused to get off her stool awarding Baar's her first Lion Fight title defense. Baars remains undefeated with the win.

In the co-main event Chris Mauceri was looking to add respected Thai veteran Sittisak to his list of wins, but Sittisak had different plans. The crafty veteran proved to be too skilled and experienced for Mauceri. Through out the fight he used great defense to avoid much damage from Mauceri's strikes and his elbows were his bread and butter. Mauceri showed toughness by pressing forward throughout the fight but Sittisak's counter attacks were very accurate. It was a valiant effort by Mauceri but Sittisak was simply the better fighter on the night and walked away with a unanimous decision win.

John Nofer and Jason Andrada met in a fight that had fans excited. After a close first round Andrada started the second round strong until Nofer changed the tied with an elbow that sent Andrada to the canvas. Once Andrada was up Nofer was like a shark smelling blood in the water. Nofer continued to pour on the pressure and throw elbows. The ending came when another elbow planted Andrada on the canvas. The referee jumped in to count for a split second then waived the fight. Big win for Nofer. 

In the night's other bouts Jo Nattawut notched his third straight win under the Lion Fight banner with a unanimous decision win over Richard Abraham. Gaston Bolanos added another highlight reel knockout to his resume with a spinning elbow KO over Caleb Archer in the third round of their bout. Julio Pena kicked off the night's televised bouts with a devastating knockout of Tom Evans.

Results:
Jorina Baars def. Chantal Ughi via (T)KO at 3:00 of Rd. 3
Sittisak Por. Sirichai def. Chris Mauceri via Unanimous Decision
John Nofer def. Jason Andrada via (T)KO at 2:58 of Rd. 2
Jo Nattawut def. Richard Abraham via Unanimous Decision
Gaston Bolanos def. Caleb Archer via KO at 1:05 of Rd. 3
Julio Pena def. Tom Evan via KO at 1:30 of Rd. 1
Bryce Lawrence def. Tim Amorim via Split Decision

Monday, February 16, 2015

Action Pro Gear KO of the Week: Chike Lindsay vs. Eddie Martinez

This Action Pro Gear KO of the Week features Chike Lindsay vs. Eddie Martinez. Chike has long established himself as one of the best Muay Thai fighters in the states. In this bout with Eddie Martinez he delivers a spectacular elbow KO at Bangkok Fight Night 12 in Atlanta, GA.

Take a few minutes to watch Chike deliver this crushing elbow to end the fight. It is sure to get your week started off right if you are a fight fan.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Chris Mauceri talks upcoming Lion Fight 20 bout against Sittisak

Chris Mauceri will be in action this upcoming weekend at Lion Fight 20. Chris will be fighting against Sittisak in the co-main event. 

 
Chris is coming of the biggest win of his career against Thai veteran Coke Chunhawat and will be looking to score another big win over a Thai veteran in Sittisak. We were able to catch up with Chris around Christmas time to talk about his upcoming fight with Sittisak as well as some other things in his fight career, enjoy.


MTA: You are set to fight at Lion Fight 20 against Sittisak. Facing a Thai veteran like Sittisak, how do you adjust your training?

Chris: I haven't really adjusted my training for Sittisak. Throughout my career I've always focused on improving all of my techniques as much as I could from fight to fight. I feel that trying to tailor your training to your opponent can cause you to lose track of other skills that you need to work on. I'm not much of a game planner to begin with I like to be prepared to win any way I have to.

MTA: You are coming off a huge win at Lion Fight 19 over Coke Chunhawat. How big of a win was that for you?

Chris: The win was huge for me. Coke was by far the most experienced fighter I've ever faced, and it was my first time fighting a Thai. I felt like I really needed the win because a lot of people doubted my abilities after the fight with Kevin Ross, and I was happy with how I performed. I felt that as the fight went on I was able to adjust and capitalize on openings, and use my technique instead of toughness, something that I often fall back on.

MTA: Do you see any similarities between Sittisak and Cokes's fighting style that might work in your favor for this fight?

Chris: I've only watched one of Sittisak's fights so far, but I do see some similarities between him and Coke. They are both primarily counter fighters, have strong kicks and are good at using their elbows. I think that like in the fight with Coke the clearest advantage I'll have is my boxing, but I'm comfortable kicking and clinching as well. I learned some things in the fight with Coke that I needed to work on that I think will help me a lot in this fight.

MTA: Thai fighters traditionally are known for starting slow. Do you see the early rounds as keys to victory as far as getting ahead on the score cards?

Chris: I think with American scoring it can be a good plan to try and steal the early rounds while a traditional Thai is still getting started, but I’m not really planning on it. I don't like to focus on scoring, just trying to win the fight every round, but I always like to finish strong in the fourth and fifth if the fight goes there.

MTA: You have been a regular since Lion Fight has come to east coast. How has the promotions expansion to Connecticut been beneficial to your career?

Chris: Lion Fight coming to the East coast has been amazing for me. They have the pull to bring high level fighters over here, whether it's from the West Coast or international fighters. They've been able to give me huge opportunities against world class fighters, one of the only ways I feel I can keep improving. I have a few great training partners and great coaching, but training here isn't like training at a high level gym in Thailand or something, with a bunch of world class guys to train with every day. I need tough opponents to push me and help me to keep learning.

MTA: It's the holiday season, do you indulge in all the eating of goodies that typically goes on during the holidays or has your fight preparation for Sittisak already started?

Chris: My fight preparation for Sittisak has started already; I really didn't take time off after the fight with Coke. I'll definitely make some time to enjoy the holidays and spend some time with my friends and family though. I'm never very far away from fight weight, so I can pretty much eat whatever I want over the holidays, and as long as I'm training hard it won't really affect me at all. I'm not much for unhealthy foods anyway, so I don't ever feel like I'm missing out if I have to skip dessert.

MTA: In your fight with Kevin Ross you were cut by an elbow very early and that is what eventually forced the stoppage. Is that a re-match you would really like to have?

Chris: The rematch with Kevin is definitely a fight I would like to have, because he is the guy at the top of the division right now, and that's where I want to be. I don't want to be a guy campaigning for an undeserved rematch though, I'm happy as long as I keep getting challenging fights and I'll earn my way there the way a fighter should.

MTA: Kevin is the current 140lb Lion Fight champion if you get a streak going could you make it to 140 if the title were on the line in a rematch?

Chris: Yes easily. The fight with Coke was at 140 and I made the cut no problem. I walk around about 155 so it’s not a very difficult cut for me.

MTA: How active do you want to be this coming year, what is the perfect number of fights in a year for you?

Chris: I want to be as active as possible this year. Because of the cut I got fighting Ross I wasn't able to fight as much as I wanted to in 2014, but I still was able to get three fights in. I'm hoping to fight at least 5 or 6 times in 2015, but I would fight once a month if I could ha-ha.

MTA: What would you say was your favorite Muay Thai moment in 2014 on a personal level for you?

Chris: I would have to say my favorite moment for me personally was my fight with Kevin Ross. The outcome wasn't what I wanted, but I love a good fight and to just put it all out there, there's nothing more fun than that for me, win or lose.

MTA: As a fan what was your favorite moment in the sport for 2014?

Chris: There's been so many awesome things going on in Muay Thai this year, I really don't think I can put one above the rest. I think the most exciting thing for me has just been to see the general rise in the level of American fighters. There's finally more than just a couple guys who are starting to compete at a world class level, and the sport is growing so much it's amazing to be a part of it.

MTA: A question all strikers get asked, are you considering making the jump to MMA at any point or is it only striking for you?

Chris: I actually had a MMA fight as an amateur. I trained some wrestling and Jiu Jitsu for a while, and I managed to stop a pretty skilled grappler with ground and pound in the 2nd round. It was fun, but I have no plans on going back to MMA. I love Muay Thai, and that's where I'd like to stay for the foreseeable future.

MTA: Any words for your supporters?

Chris: I'd just like to say thanks to everyone out there who supports me, all my family and friends, fans, and my team at Stockade Martial Arts, I love you all and I couldn't do it without you!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Former WCW wrestling champion Bill Goldberg in talks with GLORY Kickboxing

Bill Goldberg, former wrestling star of WCW and WWE, is reportedly in talks with Glory Sports International about the possibility of competing.

Goldberg describes how the possibility came about (via BloodyElbow.com):

"We own Extreme Power Muay Thai here in Oceanside, [San Diego] California and I was in the gym with Ajarn Ruben [Rowell]. He is not really a social media guy and I wanted to show him how social media worked.

"So GLORY 19 was on [that] night and.. You know for me, as a longtime combat sports fan, the first two fights on GLORY 19 were some of the most exciting combat sports I have ever seen in my life. I mean standing on the edge of your seat waiting for somebody to get dropped any second.

"I put a tweet out saying ‘everybody watching GLORY tonight?' and GLORY retweeted it and they said ‘We didn't know you were a fan'. And I said ‘yeah I am such a fan I am training with two pros tomorrow morning', and I mentioned who they were. And they came back and said ‘hey if we offered you a contract would you consider it?' And I was like ‘Rueben, this is exactly what social media does!' You want to reach out and touch people and affect people? You can do it instantly!

"Its an honor for them to even consider me for [GLORY] and I am seriously considering it. I don't have anything to lose, I don't have anything to prove. I just like being competitive, training three or four days a week. It's fun man, I really want to do it, the point is, who do I do it with? So we will see man."

Goldberg is a co-owner and lifetime student of Muay Thai and kickboxing with Ajarn Ruben Rowell of Extreme Power Muay Thai Gym in Oceanside, California.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Spencer Grekoski talks upcoming fight with Kris Lindsay at USKA Fight Night

Spencer Grekoski is one of North America's up and coming Muay Thai stars. He made his pro debut in late 2014 with a huge KO victory over veteran Chris Kwiatkowski. Spencer will be fighting Kris Lindsay on February 7th at USKA Fight Night and will once again be looking to score a stoppage victory.

Spencer was kind enough to sit down with Muay Thai Authority and talk about his big win against Kwiatkowski, his upcoming fight against Lindsay and few other things.

MTA: You are fighting Kris Lindsay Feb 7th. How has training for the fight been going?

Spencer: The training for this fight has been great! I'm feeling strong and very sharp! Luckily I'm able to train twice a day right now so I will be in great shape. Usually lighter pad rounds in the morning with some strength training and a run, bags, pads and clinching in the afternoon.

MTA: You made a successful pro debut in late 2014. How was it knocking out a respected vet like Chris Kwiatkowski for your pro debut?

Spencer: Oh man that was an amazing feeling! All the hard work me and my trainer Chris Tran put in for the fight paid off. I'm very lucky to have such a great trainer who sacrifices a lot to make sure that when I step into the ring I'm 100% ready.

MTA: How has training or fight preparation changed from that fight to this one?

Spencer: Honestly no different at all. I train the same for every fight that I have.

MTA: How familiar are you with Kris Lindsay as a fighter?

Spencer: I'm not really familiar with him. I think he's a Kickboxer. I'm just trying to fight as much as possible to gain experience. But I would really like to face top level guys.

MTA: When you train are you looking to implement a particular game plan come fight night or is it just all around training?

Spencer: Not really. We just train hard and let it play out in the ring. Because in my opinion you can't really count on videos you have seen of previous fights because he's not fighting you. So it will be different.

MTA: Can you tell fans a little bit about your background. How you got started in Muay Thai etc.?

Spencer: I got into Muay Thai by just seeing some clips online of the fights from the 1990s which was the golden era and wanted to check it out. It helped because before I got involved in the gym was getting in trouble and hanging out with the wrong group of people. Once I walked into Weapons 9 I was hooked and never looked back.
 
MTA: How is Chris Tran as a trainer?

Spencer: Chris Tran and Joe Pelligrino have been my trainers since I started and will be until I finish. I literally owe them everything. Chris trains me in the mornings and gets to the gym early to give me more pad rounds before class. Even if he's sick, tired, or very busy he always goes out of his way for me. I work on my hands a lot with Joe who has great boxing and really helps me get my mental game on point before I go into the ring. I have the best team and trainers I could ask for. Miguel Mayorga also helps me whenever I need help.

MTA: Who are some of your favorite fighters in Muay Thai?

Spencer: I have a few, Liam Harrison, Pornsanae Sitmonchai, Boonlai, and Thepnimit Sitmonchai. I just like the aggression and power in their shots. Boonlai was so slick and smart in thing ring.

MTA: If you could face any opponent who would it be?

Spencer: Honesty I have no one I want to face in particular. But first I want to fight high level opponents in North America and see where it goes from there.

MTA: Can we get a prediction for your fight?

Spencer: The fight won't go the distance. TKO/KO round 2 via head kick or a cut is what I'm looking for

MTA: Spencer any words for your supporters?

Spencer: Just want to thank everyone who supports me and comes to see me fight! I would also like to thank Sok Sai Muay Thai for always making sure I have the best fight shorts and my sponsors at Apollon Nutrition.

*Photos by Steve Bauzen, check out more of his photography at www.Bauzen.com