Lion Fight 17 Results and Recap

Lion Fight 17 took place in Connecticut and it feature six pro fights. The main event was a re-match between Malaipet Sasiprapa and Justin Greskiewicz, reall all the results here.

Yodsanklai and Jorina Baars set to defend Lion Fight Titles

On September 5th Lion Fight will return with Lion Fight 18 and both Yodsanklai Fairtex and Jorina Baars will be defending their Lion Fight world titles.

Kevin Ross vs. Michael Thompson set for Lion Fight 16 Title Fight

Kevin Ross and Michael "Tomahawk" Thompson will fight for the Lion Fight Light Heavyweight Title on July 4th at Lion Fight 16.

WCK Muay Thai: International Showdown set for June 7th

Jemyma Betrian will headline the June 7th WCK Muay Thai event at Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, CA.

Glory 16 Results

Glory 16 featured the crowning of a new welterweight champion as well as some exciting knockouts, read all about it.

Monday, September 1, 2014

KO of the Week: Alistair Overeem vs. Badr Hari

Alistair Overeem might be a superstar in the MMA world now, but during 2007 and 2010 before signing with the UFC he was pretty active in the Kickboxing scene. In 2008 at the end of the year K-1 Dynamite event he was selected to face Badr Hari. To Kickboxing fans it seemed like it would be an easy win for Hari as he had been a staple for K-1 and Kickboxing as well as being considered one of the best in the world. Well things don't always go as planned and Overeem scored a fantastic KO of Hari.

Check out the video below. When two giants like Overeem and Hari meet in the ring, someone is bound to go down. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Flashback Fight of the Week: John Wayne Parr vs. Buakaw Por. Pramuk

Fridays on social media are called Flashback Friday so we figured we would Flashback here on MTA with some classic fights. The basic rule of thumb will be that for a fight to appear on our Flashback Fight it has to have taken place over five years ago. Our first Flashback Fight of the Week features two legends in the striking world, John Wayne Parr and Buakaw Banchamek.

10 years ago K-1 was going strong and a 22 year old Buakaw was starting to make his impact on the striking world. Known then as Buakaw Por. Pramuk he faced Australia's John Wayne Parr in the K-1 World Max Tournament. It was a close fight that ended up going to an extra round that showed how bad each one wanted the fight as they stepped the intensity up. When it was over it was still very close to call and Buakaw was awarded a 2 to 1 decision in the extra round. Sit back and enjoy this classic.

Matt Embree talks upcoming fight with Justin Greskiewicz

Matt Embree has been one of North America’s best fighters for quite some time now. His issue as of late, however, has been being healthy enough to fight. Since his fight with Kevin Ross earlier this year Embree has not been active and has only competed once in 2014. He normally fights around five times a year.

Embree is now set to compete for a second time this year at USKA Fight Night where he will take on Justin Greskiewicz. Matt Embree took some time from his busy training and teaching schedule to answer a few questions about his upcoming fight with Greskiewicz as well as his previous fights.

MTA: Matt you are set to fight for the second time this year; you will be facing Justin Greskiewicz in Pennsylvania at USKA Fight Night. How has your training been going?

Matt: Training has been going very good, feeling sharp and have been getting in some good sparring lately.

MTA: Only two fights so far this year, is that by choice or has it been difficult to get fights as of late?

Matt: I actually had an injury I was taking some time off to heal up from. I missed a few fight opportunities but I'm back at 100% and ready to get back in there.

MTA: Justin is a veteran in the North American circuit, how familiar are you with him?

Matt: I've known Justin for a while; he’s fought another guy from my camp as well as pretty much all the top guys in North America.

MTA: What would you consider Justin's strengths?

Matt: I think it’s his size and range that give him advantage over most opponents.

MTA: Yea Justin is a tall fighter, how big of an advantage do you consider height and reach to be?

Matt: Height and reach are really big advantages, but if you are skilled enough and have the experience in dealing with it then it shouldn't be an issue. There is always a way to win.

MTA: As usual you are going to be the away team. How difficult is it to block out the crowd, especially when they are not cheering for you?

Matt: I’ve been doing it since I started fighting so it’s not really anything different, but it would be nice to fight in my home town for once. The Muay Thai scene in Toronto is big and constantly growing so you would have a lot of educated fans attending the event. It would be off the chains.

MTA: Your last fight against Kevin Ross it seemed like you gassed a little something that never seemed to be a problem for you in your career. Was anything going on that caused you to get tired sooner than normal?

Matt: I didn't really feel like myself in there that fight and everything kinda just felt off. But that's also a part of fighting and you have to deal with that and still try and get the victory.

MTA: Back to that fight with Ross how did you feel about that decision, did you think you had won?

Matt: I feel like I won the fight anyway you cut it really. It was far from a good performance on my part, but I grinded him out in the clinch, dictated where the fight was and imposed my will on him which he didn't really have an answer for. He took the first 2, I won the last 3. He was ahead the first 2 rounds, I didn't feel sharp so I changed up my strategy. I adapted to his style and he wasn't able to adapt to mine. But a fights a fight and I accept it for what it is as a learning experience because it shows me where I need to improve.

There were some comments made after that fight with Kevin what was as all that about?

Matt: He came off as kinda arrogant, saying how I was scared to brawl with him and only wanted to hug him ext. My response, why you scared to clinch? That's what a brawl is brother, it ain’t always pretty, sometimes its gotta get ugly, head in your face, knees in your gut, elbow to your head, grind to a victory. Fighting is fluid, and to complain about the way a person fights isn't a champion’s mentality to me. You adapt and find a way to win. But now were 1 and 1, I gave him a rematch right off the bat, no questions asked. Now I want my rematch. There is clearly unfinished business and I want a crack at that title. Let's prove who the better fighter is really.

MTA: Can we get a prediction for this fight?

Matt: I'm going to come out victorious.

Since you haven't fought in six months what have you been doing in that time?

I’ve been teaching a lot, also training around the injury and I think it gave me time to improve on other areas of my game. Reading and just chilling out.

MTA: Any words for your supporters?

As always much love for the support, keep supporting me and all the other Nak Muay out there. Be fans of all the fighters out there, respect the art and enjoy the show. Peace.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

USKA Fight Night bringing full rules Muay Thai to Pennsylvania

USKA Fight Night will take place on September 6th in Hamburg, Pennsylvania. The event will be the first full rules Muay Thai event in the state. Promoter Irvin Althouse has been in the fight game for quite some time, 13 years ago he was the only promotion for Kickboxing in Pennsylvania and he introduced modified Muay Thai rules for amateurs. When asked about how he felt about bringing full rules Muay Thai to Pennsylvania Althouse expressed his excitement.

 I am very excited but nervous because I have so much riding on this show” said Althouse. “I am honored that USKA will bring the first full rules Muay Thai show to PA.  13 years ago the USKA was the only promotion for Kickboxing in PA.  We introduced modified Thai rules to PA for amateur Thai and international leg kick rules.”

Althouse described the Muay Thai community in Pennsylvania as great and with him bringing full rules Muay Thai to the state fighters will not have to travel to compete and gain experience. When it came to selecting the main event for his first full rules Muay Thai event in Pennsylvania, Jenn Heffentrager was the match maker assigned to make great fights. It was important to put on a great Muay Thai display and Heffentrager selected Pennsylvania native Justin Greskiewicz to take on one of North America’s best, Matt Embree.

“WOW Matt Embree is the number one Thai fighter in North America and Justin is in my eye the Top Thai fighter in PA” said Althouse. “I am giving Justin a chance to fight in his home town against a top fighter. That is pretty sweet.”

The fight will be crucial as both fighters will be looking to rebound from losses in their last outing. Embree, known as a master technician will look to stifle the move forward style of Greskiewicz. The Pennsylvania native will undoubtedly be looking to impress in front of his home crowd. Throughout his career Greskiewicz has made his name by taking tough fights with a fight anyone anytime mentality.

Fans of Muay Thai that can’t make it to Pennsylvania need not worry because the event will be available for PPV online at Orlando Lozada the founder of Future of the Game is excited to be able to bring this fight to Muay Thai fans with the online PPV, but he also understands that being the first brings pressure.

“It's very exciting to be a part of history” said Lozada. “There is a lot of pressure as well because being the 1st one; we want to set a good tone for the sport in the state.”

The online PPV will not only feature the main event bout between Matt Embree and Justin Greskiewicz, but a full fight card of Muay Thai action. Other fights that will be featured on the broadcast are Marcus Fisher vs. Stephen Richards, Jason Heflin vs. Dann Cucuta, and Ben Pride vs. Greg Rowe.

According to Lozada you can purchase the event in advance for $9.95 and with that purchase viewers will also get access to three USKA amateur Muay Thai cards. The fight will cost $14.95 the day of the fight so ordering early can save you $5.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fight of the Week: Yodsanklai Fairtex vs. Chike Lindsay

Yodsanklai Fairtex and Chike Lindsay bring us the honors for the Fight of the Week this time around. The pair fought in July of 2013 at Lion Fight 10. The fight was for the inaugural Lion Fight Middleweight World Title, with Yodsanklai getting ready to defend the title on September 5th at Lion Fight 18, we figured why not show the fight that earned him his belt.

Yodsanklai entered the bout with Lindsay in the middle of a career resurgence. A little over a year before the fight many had rode him off as washed up but after six solid wins Yodsanklai was back in prime form. Lindsay was riding a five fight winning streak of his own entering the fight, including wins over Malaipet Sasiprapa, Christophe Pruvost and Thai legend Somluck Kamsing. Lindsay came out strong but in the second round the Yodsanklai turned up the pressure and put on a show for fans. Despite Lindsay coming up short he put on a great performance for fans, but in the end Yodsanklai was just too much.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Top King World Series set to feature 16 man tournament, includes Buakaw

Top King World Series is a new promotion set to kick off in September. A 16 man tournament will be the primary focus of the promotion. The first event will be in Belarus on September 13th and the second in France, eight fighters will compete at each show. The remaining eight fighters will then compete in China for the third show and then the final four are expected to fight twice in one night in Thailand to crown the tournament winner.

The rules set that will be used is being called TK1. The modified rules allow fighters to grab and knee, but the knees must be strong knees through the middle, knees slapped into the sides will not score. The tournament fights are also expected to be three rounds, with three minutes of action in each round.

The most recognized fighters expected to compete in the tournament are Buakaw Banchamek, Andrei Kulebin, Armen Petrosyan, and Reece McAllister. You can read the list below with the 16 fighters expected to participate in the tournament below. The winner will take home a grand prize of $150,000.

Buakaw Banchamek (Thailand)
Andrei Kulebin (Belarus)
Enriko Kehl (Germany)
Armen Petrosyan (Italy)
Eisa Almda Nezam (Iran)
Warren Stevelmans (Netherlands)
Khayal Dzhaniev (Russia)
Zheng Chunyu (China)
Marat Grigorian (Almenia)
Reece McAllister (England)
Crice Boussoukou (France)
Hicham Chiabi (Morocco)
Vladmir Konsky (Slovakia)
Arman Hambaryan (Belgium)
Marcin Parcheta (Poland)
Dmytro Konstantynov (Ukraine)

Monday, August 25, 2014

KO of the Week: Sam-A Gaiyanghadao vs. Thaksinlek Kiatniwat

Sam-A is known as one of the best Muay Thai fighters on the planet, but even the best fall every now and then. Not to mention Sam-A fights often so the odds of having something not go your way in the ring increase. The Thai powerhouse was KO'd in brutal fashion by Thaksinlek Kiatniwat  at Rajadamnern Stadium on August 14th.

It is not the first time it has happened, but watching video of a monster like Sam-A getting taken out by head kick is just crazy. Sit back and enjoy this awesome KO, not to mention overall it was a very good fight.