Lion Fight 16 Results and Recap

The Lion Fight Super Lightweight World Title was on the line as Kevin Ross and Michael Thompson clashed at Lion Fight 16, read all about the action packed event.

Two title fights added to Glory: Last Man Standing

Daniel Ghita vs. Rico Verhoeven and Marc De Bonte vs. Joseph Valtellini will compete in title fights at Glory: Last Man Standing.

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.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Ognjen Topic talks training in Thailand and his Muay Thai future

Ognjen Topic is one of the United State's best Muay Thai talents. After his last win over Coke Chunhawat he took some time to go to Thailand and train at Eminent Air Gym in Bangkok. Ognjen was kind enough to sit down and answer a few questions for Muay Thai Authority about his upcoming plans, his trip to Thailand, and more.

MTA: Can you describe your experience with training in Thailand? It seems you visit often and at lengths at a time. 
Ognjen: This is my forth time in Thailand. The previous 3 times I stayed for one month each, this time I am staying for seven months. The experience has been great, I realized how crucial it is to be training everyday. There are good and bad days but I keep in mind my goals and push through the obstacles. For the most part I feel like I am consistently getting better.

Photo by Scott Hirano

MTA: What do you gain from training there over what you find in the U.S.?

Ognjen: Experience. I am training with current champions in Thailand every day. The level of these fighters is superior and is something I cannot replicate back home. I understood that it was the experience that I needed in order to become a more successful fighter. There are no shortcuts to experience and simply just takes time through repetition. This is why I chose to stay in Thailand for a longer period of time.

MTA: There was recently a coup in Thailand. Can you tell us a bit how, if at all, it has affected your daily life there? Do you know if it affects the fights in the stadiums at all?

Ognjen: What coup? It really hasn’t affected anyone's daily routine here in Thailand. The Thais have dealt with this numerous times before and I really respect the way the army handled the situation. They truly care for the country's well being. Yes, the stadiums have been affected and one of my fights was postponed two times because of the curfew.

MTA: How is the experience fighting in Thailand? 

Channel 7 118lb. Champion Jack Satanfaa. Photo by Scott Hirano

Ognjen: The competition is a lot harder here. The main difference is that the Thais have expert timing. This is what I’ve been trying to work on while training with and fighting against the Thais. I try to set specific goals on what I want to learn, whether it be a specific move or a skill such as timing. I try to work on it until I get it. If I don’t successfully accomplish what I’m working on within a few days than I leave it alone and come back days or weeks later to retry.

MTA: How is that experience different from fighting in the U.S.?

Ognjen: The whole fight is different. As most fans know, Thais tend to fight in the later rounds. In Thailand we also get a two minute rest break which gives a fighter a lot more time to recuperate so that he can fight harder in the later rounds. I do prefer fighting in Thailand, the scoring system is much better. In Thailand a weak fighter can throw 5 kicks while a strong fighter can throw one strong kick and in this case the one stronger kick thrown will count more. Back in America (some states excluded) no emphasis is placed on a fighters ability to perform the techniques well–with balance and power. Emphasis is placed on the fighter who is walking forward and out working his opponent even if the techniques are weak.

MTA: How long before American fans get to see fight state side again?

Ognjen: I will be fighting for Lion Fight sometime by the end of the year.

MTA: Who would you like to fight when you return to action in the United States?

Ognjen: As I stated before, I’d like to fight Rungravee and anyone else that is ranked at a high level. Win or lose I get satisfaction out of challenging myself.

Photo by Scott Hirano

MTA: It seems that there are more potential fights at higher weights. Would it be possible to see you move up to 140lbs or is that out of the question?

Ognjen: As of now I have no plans fighting at that weight. When I am training for a fight here in Thiland I have been walking around at about 138lbs. The guys at 140lbs are walking around at much heavier weights. It’s not out of the questions but for now I have no plans.

MTA: Any parting words for those who look forward to your return to the ring in the U.S.?

Ognjen: I will be back soon and as a much stronger and technically sound fighter. I promise to give even better and more exciting fights thank before.
MTA: Thanks for your time, Ognjen. Enjoy your trip and we look forward to seeing you in the ring again.

Ognjen: Thanks, see you all soon.

Photo by Scott Hirano

Monday, July 21, 2014

KO of the Week: Rungravee Sasiprapa vs. Kunitaka Fujiwara

Rungravee Sasiprapa made his US debut in 2011 against Kunitaka Fujiwara and immediately became a fan favorite with his aggressive fight style. 

Rungravee's KO of Fujiwara is this week's KO of the week. Grab some popcorn, sit back and enjoy a beautiful display of violence by Rungravee as it takes him two rounds to put away Fujiwara in this action packed fight. It was a worthy effort by Fujiwara, but in the end Rungravee's onslaught was just too much.

Yodsanklai Fairtex and Jorina Baars set to defend titles at Lion Fight 18

Lion Fight champions Yodsanklai Fairtex and Jorina Baars will attempt to defend their titles for the first time at Lion Fight 18. The event will take place on September 5th at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

Yodsanklai won his Lion Fight championship in July of 2013 when he defeated Chike Lindsay by unanimous decision, but has not fought for the promotions since winning the title. Since then he was won five fights, and is currently on a 12 fight win streak. All five of his fights since winning his title have been for Thai Fight in Thailand.

Baars won her Lion Fight championship in March of 2014 in what has been one of Lion Fight's most talked about fights. Baars defeated MMA stand out Cristaine "Cyborg" Justino in dominant fashion, after five rounds she took home one sided unanimous decision. 

No opponent has been named for either Yodsanklai or Baars, but keep checking back here to stay up to date on Lion Fight 18 news.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

WCK Muay Thai: Hot Summer Fights 2014 Results

WCK Muay Thai: Hot Summer Fights 2014 took place last night at Morongo Casino in Cabazon, CA. The event featured a slew of Southern California based talent. In the main event Romie Adanza and Frank Gross had a re-match of their April 2014 fight that ended in a controversial draw. This time around Gross walked away the winner and new WBC Muay Thai Flyweight International Champion. The judges awarded Gross a split decision. 

Also on the fight card Lena Ovchynnikova defeated Ruth Ashdown to win the WBC Muay Thai Women's Flyweight World Title. 

Frank Gross def. Romie Adanza via Split Decision
Len Ovchynnikova def. Ruth Ahsdown via Unanimous Decision
Charles Bisset def. Tom Gallicchio via Unanimous Decision
Mike Jasper def. Jason Caldwell via Unanimous Decision
Kaiyana Rain def. Genesis Bravo via Unanimous Decision
Clement LaCroix def. Sheldon Gaines via Unanimous Decision
Casey Greene def. Glen Spencer via Split Decision

Thursday, July 17, 2014

WCK Muay Thai: Hot Summer Fights 2014 fight card

WCK Muay Thai action will take place July 19 at Morongo Casino Resort in Cabazon, CA with Hot Summer Fights 2014. The event will feature a main event bout between Romie Adanza and Frank Gross. The pair fought in April of this year to a controversial draw which many thought should have been a win for Adanza. 

The event will also feature Lena Ovchynnikova vs. Ruth Ashdown in a WBC Muay Thai world title fight. Other fighters scheduled to compete on the card are local west coast stand outs Glen Spencer, Jason Caldwell, and Charles Bisset.

Fight Card:
Romie Adanza vs. Frank Gross
Lena Ovchynnikova vs. Ruth Ashdown
Jason Caldwell vs. Mike Jasper
Charles Bisset vs. Ton Gallicchio
Genesis Bravo vs. Kaiyana Rain
Sheldon Gaines vs. Clement LaCroix
Glen Spencer vs. Casey Greene