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.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Boon-Rot: What's In a Fighter's Name

By Frances Watthanaya

We had five fighters up from the gym, three of whom had already fought. I only just arrived at 5pm but everyone else had been there since morning. The fights started at 11am, and showed no signs of ending quickly. This was going to be a long day, typical of temples fights in Isan. I look over the program and can't find Lai on the list. I walk over to where he is sitting, taking refuge from the sun he had found a flat patch of dirt underneath a large tree. He didn’t smell of Thai Boxing liniment, so I knew he was one of the ones who hadn’t fought yet.

Photos by Scott Hirano
He has been my favourite fighter at the gym for a while now. I’m able to make a lot of money off of him, and he appreciates the tips. He is the only fighter at the gym with nowhere else to go. His dad dropped him off a year ago; we haven’t seen his father since.

Lai sees me holding the program. He looks straight down to the dirt ground and I quickly am reminded of the fact he can’t read.

“Who is this? Pet-Satuek Giatbundit Gym เพชรสตึก เกียรติบัณฑิตยิมส์,” I ask him.

“Me, Dad changed my name” he responds, relieved I can read a bit of Thai.

Dit is the owner and head trainer at the gym, to the fighters he is known as Dad. Lai’s family comes from Satuek Distrct in Buriram Province; one of the poorest areas in Thailand. The 'Pet' in Lai's fight name, Pet-Satuek, translates as 'diamond,' thus Lai is ‘The Diamond of Satuek’. Localized names likes these are very common through out Isan but rarely last in Bangkok. If the fighters make it to the bigger stadia they are given names that are more identifiable to a national audience.

Thai parents give their children powerful names at birth, though these names are rarely used in a person's daily life. At birth relatives will also bestow the child with a nickname, often characteristic of their appearance or delivery story. A child born in a rainstorm will be known as Fon (rain), or a child with dark skin will be called Dam (black). These names stick for life.

Fight names, however, are much different. Fighters will often cycle through names, determining which name sees them through the most success. Usually bestowed by managers, elder family members, or trainers, fight names often change in the natural course of a fighter's competitive life, for example, when fighters move gyms, are stuck in a losing streak, or become markedly more successful.
Fight names have always been of interest to me. There are so many layers of meaning and interpretations. Learning a fighter’s name is like learning a secret about them. The complexity of the name can show their value at the gym.

Lai was no exception to this, he had fought under more names than he could remember. One that he did remember, though was Tuung-Ngen ถุงเงิน. It was given to him by his grandfather and means bag of money. He had a lot of victories under that name, but during a down swing he was re-christened Lek-Lai เหล็กไหล again by a family member, most likely his mafia uncle. Lek-Lai is a magical, yet mysterious substance that is believed to be indestructible and immortal. The name fit for Lai; there were so many layers to him that he kept hidden and despite being abandoned repeatedly, he still was alive.

The name saw him through typical ups and downs of a fifteen-year-old fighter but Lai was not managed well, nor was he taken care of at the gym. Most of the local fighters were subsidized both emotionally and financially by their families. Lai was left largely to fend for himself until I arrived at the gym.

Over time Lai became my responsibility. Before big fights he would come live with us so that his training and nutrition could be properly monitored. I realized quickly that this would be a long-term relationship and asked Dit to sign him over officially to me. The gym laughed at me, told me there were better fighters and that he wouldn’t amount to anything. They laughed at Lai too; the kid who can’t read is going to be adopted by a foreigner?

But I persisted and Lai became my fighter. I gave him the name Boon-Rot บุญรอด, which means one that has escaped death through virtue of their own self. Everyone at the gym applauded the name. Dit even said he could imagine it on Channel 7. Thus far, Lai has remained undefeated under his new name. When he hears it over the loudspeaker at fights, I can see a sense of pride welling inside him. I named him right.

List of Fight Names with Translations:

Faabrataan [ฟ้าประทาน] Bestowed from the Sky
Malaipet [มาลัยเพชร] Diamond Garland
Senchai [แสนชัย] One Hundred Thousand Victories
Samart [สามารถ] The One That Can
Yodsanklai [ยอดแสนไกล] The Furthest Peak
Krongsak [ก้องศักดิ์] Powerful Echo of Prestige
Aikpracha [เอกประชา] Foremost Among the People
Somrak [สมรักษ์] Suited to Defend

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Shane Oblonsky talks upcoming WLF 8-Man Tournament

The WLF has announced the WLF Championship 8-Man Tournament set for January 31, 2015 in China. The winner will become the WLF World Chmpion and take home €12,000. 

We caught up with Shane Oblonsky to talk about the upcoming tournament:

MTA: It was recently announced you'll be participating in the WLF's 8-man tournament. Can you tell us a little bit about this?

Shane: This will be the second same-night tournament that I've competed in, the first being Glory 17's 4-man featherweight tournament. An 8-man tournament poses a little bit of a different challenge, but I'm definitely up for it. I've fought in China a couple of times before and am excited to go back for this.

MTA: You'll be facing up to 3 of 7 possible opponents.  Are you familiar with any of them and how do you prepare for this?

Shane: In an 8-man tournament you have the possibility of fighting 3 times in one night. Your preparations and strategy have to take that into consideration -- that, together with having no idea who any of the other fighters are make for a lot to prepare for. I've been training at both All-In MMA in Buena Park and Team Oyama in Irvine, which gives me a good variety of sparring partners. Training with fighters who have different strengths, reaches, heights, etc. will definitely help prep me for the random selection of the tournament. Training for each of 7 fighters would be difficult anyway.


MTA: How does your experience in the Glory 17 tournament affect the way you prepare for this?

Shane: I learned a lot from that tournament.  I realized I used a lot of energy going for it in a little bit of a brawler way. The weight cut also got to me, something I've definitely adjusted for this 8-man tournament. Cutting weight will definitely go better this time. I look to bring a game that's diverse, which I think will help in the approach to any of these fighters.

MTA: Does fighting in another country ever have you worried that the only way to win is by KO, as decisions might be stolen from you?

Shane: This will be my third time fighting in China. I've been asked before if going to a decision in a foreign country is something to worry about, but so far the outcomes I've experienced in China have been pretty fair.  That said, of course you always look for the KO, the most decisive result.



MTA: You've fought in both Muay Thai and kickboxing -- do you have a preference?

Shane: Kickboxing and Muay Thai are different. I tend to like kickboxing more, because it's faster paced and there's more action. It really just depends on your opponent.  If he's game, then it doesn't matter. The fight will be good for the fans.

MTA: Thank you for taking the time with us for this, Shane. Best of luck in the tournament.

Shane: Thank you guys for all of your support. Thanks to my gym family I should be very prepared. Thanks to OC Fight Docs for fixing any injuries along the way.

Enfusion Live #24 Card

Enfusion Live returns February 7th with a full lineup, set for Eindhoven, Netherlands.  The reality style television series brings together some of the best in the world to compete in a tournament completed over several episodes, the winner of which takes home a large cash prize.

Enfusion Live competitors fight under kickboxing rules, with the clinch and elbows being fouls.

Fight Card:

Melvin Wassing (Indonesia) Vs. Mohammed Hamicha (Morocco) - 70KG 
Sheena Widdershoven(The Netherlands) Vs. Marieke Post (The Netherlands) Catch Weight -66Kg 
Dennis Stolzenbach (The Netherlands) Vs. Jegish Yegoian (Armenia) - 95 KG 
Khalid El Bakouri (Morocco) Vs. Kamil Jenel (Poland) - 80 KG 
Mohammed Jaraya (Morocco) Vs. Tayfun Ozcan (Turkey) - 70Kg 
Ismael Lazaar (Morocco) Vs. Thomas Vanneste (Belgium) Heavyweight Enfusion World Title

Monday, January 26, 2015

Action Pro Gear KO of the Week: Niclas Larsen vs. Edgar Freimanis

This week's Action Pro Gear KO of the Week comes from Danish striker Niclas Larsen. He has shown he has some serious skill in the ring. He popped on the radar of many fight fans in the last year with a strong showing against Andy Ristie and a KO win over Steve Moxon. In this fight Larsen scores a knockout with knees over Edgar Freimanis.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Glory 19 Full Card Update

Glory 19 releases the full lineup for their 19th event, revealing the full superfight card, set for Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia.

With a few new names on the roster in Stephen Richards, Cedric Smith, Myron Dennis, and Everett Sims for the Glory 19 Superfight Series, we see the return of stars of the promotion in Josh Jauncey and Andy Ristie.  

Jauncey last fought for Glory at their 18th event in Oklahoma against Jae Gil Noh with a TKO victory.  With a victory over Max Baumert, Jauncey will go to 3-0 in the Glory books.

Andy Ristie made his last appearance for the organization against Ky Hollenbeck at Glory 17, securing a KO victory and adding a win to his record now at 7-1 for Glory.

Fight Card:
Main Card:
Rico Verhoeven vs. Errol Zimmerman
Joe Schilling vs. Robert Thomas

Welterweight Tournament
Nieky Holzken vs. Murthel Groenhart
Raymond Daniels vs. Jonatan Oliveira
Superfights:
Mitch Aguiar vs. Cedric Smith
Josh Jauncey vs. Max Baumert
Andy Ristie vs. Steve Moxon
Francois Ambang vs. Stephen Richards
Brian Collette vs. Myron Dennis
Xavier Vigney vs. Everett Sims

Lion Fight 21 Makes California Debut

Lion Fight Promotions looks to make its California debut March 27th at Pechanga Casino in Temecula, California. Landing in So Cal marks the second of the event's locations outside of its Las Vegas home, also making use of Connecticut.

Lion Fight 21 features the rematch of Kevin Ross vs. Tetsuya Yamato. Yamato walked away with a split decision victory over Ross in their first Lion Fight meeting, a fight that ranks among Lion Fight's most exciting ever. Ross returns after a victory over Michael Thompson at Lion Fight 16. Yamato returns to the ring after a lengthy break, last fighting February of 2014, picking up a unanimous decision victory over Masaaki Noiri.


Fight Card:

Kevin Ross vs. Tetsuya Yamato
Tiffany Van Soest vs. Chajmaa Bellekhal
Victor Saravia vs. Sam Poulton
Nick Chasteen vs. Clement LaCroix
Malaipet Sasiprapa vs. Ben Yelle
Josh Shepard vs. Jose Lopez
MAIN EVENT: KEVIN ROSS vs. TETSUYA YAMATO 2
CO-MAIN EVENT: TIFFANY VAN SOEST vs. CHAJMAA BELLEKHAL
VICTOR SARAVIA vs. SAM POULTON
NICK CHASTEEN vs. CLEMENT LACROIX
MALAIPET SASIPRAPA vs. BEN YELLE
JOSH SHEPARD vs. JOSE LOPEZ - See more at: http://www.lionfight.com/news/2015/01/lion-fight-21-features-star-studded-lineup-for-history-making-debut-at-pechanga-resort-casino/#sthash.WiI5hZDJ.dpuf
MAIN EVENT: KEVIN ROSS vs. TETSUYA YAMATO 2
CO-MAIN EVENT: TIFFANY VAN SOEST vs. CHAJMAA BELLEKHAL
VICTOR SARAVIA vs. SAM POULTON
NICK CHASTEEN vs. CLEMENT LACROIX
MALAIPET SASIPRAPA vs. BEN YELLE
JOSH SHEPARD vs. JOSE LOPEZ - See more at: http://www.lionfight.com/news/2015/01/lion-fight-21-features-star-studded-lineup-for-history-making-debut-at-pechanga-resort-casino/#sthash.WiI5hZDJ.dpuf
MAIN EVENT: KEVIN ROSS vs. TETSUYA YAMATO 2
CO-MAIN EVENT: TIFFANY VAN SOEST vs. CHAJMAA BELLEKHAL
VICTOR SARAVIA vs. SAM POULTON
NICK CHASTEEN vs. CLEMENT LACROIX
MALAIPET SASIPRAPA vs. BEN YELLE
JOSH SHEPARD vs. JOSE LOPEZ - See more at: http://www.lionfight.com/news/2015/01/lion-fight-21-features-star-studded-lineup-for-history-making-debut-at-pechanga-resort-casino/#sthash.WiI5hZDJ.dpuf
MAIN EVENT: KEVIN ROSS vs. TETSUYA YAMATO 2
CO-MAIN EVENT: TIFFANY VAN SOEST vs. CHAJMAA BELLEKHAL
VICTOR SARAVIA vs. SAM POULTON
NICK CHASTEEN vs. CLEMENT LACROIX
MALAIPET SASIPRAPA vs. BEN YELLE
JOSH SHEPARD vs. JOSE LOPEZ - See more at: http://www.lionfight.com/news/2015/01/lion-fight-21-features-star-studded-lineup-for-history-making-debut-at-pechanga-resort-casino/#sthash.WiI5hZDJ.dpuf
MAIN EVENT: KEVIN ROSS vs. TETSUYA YAMATO 2
CO-MAIN EVENT: TIFFANY VAN SOEST vs. CHAJMAA BELLEKHAL
VICTOR SARAVIA vs. SAM POULTON
NICK CHASTEEN vs. CLEMENT LACROIX
MALAIPET SASIPRAPA vs. BEN YELLE
JOSH SHEPARD vs. JOSE LOPEZ - See more at: http://www.lionfight.com/news/2015/01/lion-fight-21-features-star-studded-lineup-for-history-making-debut-at-pechanga-resort-casino/#sthash.WiI5hZDJ.dpuf

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Legacy Kickboxing 1 Results

Legacy Kickboxing 1 took place last night, making their kickboxing debut. In the main event Cosmo Alexandre and Regian Eersel went toe to toe for three rounds. Earsel brought the fight to Cosmo and seemed he might have pulled out the decision, but the judges all scored the fight for Cosmo.

In the main event Pat Barry won a split decision over Demoreo Dennis. Barry seemed a bit tired later in the fight, but was able to keep firing when needed to secure the win. Marco Pique and Michael Corley met in a rematch of their 2011 fight. The rematch was all Pique, as he recorded a second win over Corley. After repeated knockdowns, the referee had seen enough in the final round when Corley was knocked down for the fourth time, giving way to the stoppage. Dominant win for Pique with a third round (T)KO.

In other bouts UFC veteran Miguel Torres lost his kickboxing debut by unanimous decision to Angel Huerta. Valentina Schevchenko out struck Lindsay Haycraft to take home a unanimous decision.

Results:

Cosmo Alexandre def. Regian Eersel via Unanimous Decision
Pat Barry def. Demoreo Dennis via Split Decision
Marco Pique def. Michael Corley via TKO Round 3
Angel Huerta def. Miguel Torres via Unanimous Decision
Valentina Schevchenko def. Lindsay Haycraft via Unanimous Decision
Alex Morono def. Lucas Pimenta via TKO in Round 1
Justin Reiswerg def. Will Morris via Unanimous Decision