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Saenchai tops Thai Fight 10th anniversary

Thai Fight Nakhon Si Thammarat

Thai Fight marks its tenth anniversary on March 30 with the event held in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand. Established in 2010, the organisation has held two seasons of knockout tournaments featuring the likes of Fabio Pinca and Buakaw Banchamek, just to name a couple, followed by a series of events produced across the world with the A-list Thai fighters battling it out against international competitors.

Next Saturday the promotion visits Nakhon Si Thammarat, southern city of Thailand. The event is dedicated “to celebrate the great 10th year of Thai Fight and to promote Thailand’s tourism,” (via Facebook).

Famed Saenchai is scheduled to headline the upcoming show, which is his second outing in one month. Early March the four-division Lumpinee Boxing Stadium champion traveled to the UAE where he earned a unanimous decision against Valerii Abramenko in the main event of “Fight Night Dubai”.

Such Thai fighters as Tengnueng Sitjesairoong, PTT Sor.Pattanagas, Saensatharn, Chanajon, Payak and Petch Samui, Kitti Sor Jor Danrayong and Samingdej are also scheduled for “Thai Fight Nakhon Si Thammarat”. The name of fighter going up against Saenchai as well as other matchups are expected to be announced in the coming days.

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Mass 15th World Wai Kru ceremony scheduled for Mar. 17 in Ayutthaya

The 15th annual World Wai Kru Ceremony is held tomorrow in Ayutthaya. The city, located around 80 km north of Bangkok, is the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Siam (today’s Thailand).

The meaning of “Wai” is greeting. “Khu” means master. It is a ritual performed by fighters before each bout. It is a tradition dedicated to pay respect to one’s teacher, gym and those beloved. It is also a final moment before the battle when a fighter is one on one with his thoughts and spirit.

“The Wai Kru festival is an opportunity for Muay Thai practitioners to pay homage not only to those who taught them the art, but also to the masters ranked above them, famous Muay Thai fighters, and the ancient warriors who came before them,” reads Thailand Insider. This includes legendary Nai Khanom Tom, Suriyenthrathibodi known as “Tiger King” (Phra Chao Suea), among others.

In 2017 famed Muay Thai fighter Buakaw Banchamek led World Wai Kru Ceremony with hundreds of devotees in attendance. This year the spectacle is held on March 17 at sunset against the backdrop of Ayutthaya’s ancient ruins, starting at 6 pm local time.

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Up to 100 Nations expected at IFMA Muay Thai World Championships 2019

Registration open for IFMA World Championships 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand

This year IFMA World Championships is held from July 18 to July 28 in Bangkok. The event marks the return of premier Muay Thai competition to its birth place, Thailand.

The registration for the event is now open. Up to 100 countries are “expected to arrive in Bangkok to compete for the title of planet’s best athlete in different weight divisions,” International Federation of Muaythai Amateur announced.

Held in honor of birthday celebration of His Majesty the King of Thailand, IFMA Worlds 2019 goes under the slogan of “Muaythai is Coming Home”. Last year the competition took in Mexico, following Belarus, Sweden, Malaysia, Russia and Uzbekistan (respectively).

Arafura Games 2019 opens the official Muay Thai programme for 2019. The competitions takes place in Darwin, Australia from April 25 to May 4. The winners (in selected weight classes) earn the ticket to partake in The World Games 2021 in Birmingham, USA.

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Buakaw Banchamek faces Yi Long in 9-minute decider

Fresh of the win against Artem Pashporin this past weekend in Bangkok, Buakaw Banchamek has already announced one of his next outings. Renowned Muay Thai fighter faces his old foe, Kung Fu practitioner Yi Long.

The pair first met mid 2015 in Jiyuan. After three rounds of action Buakaw earned a unanimous decision. Their second battle in November 2016 in Nanjing ended in favor of Long who took the win also by decision.

Their third contest takes place in Hong Kong this October. The matchup was announced at the press conference recently held at Pathumwan Princess Hotel in Bangkok. The date is expected to be set in the coming weeks.

Buakaw won six of his previous bouts appearing at the All Star Fight events. The two-time K-1 World Max champion defeated Pashporin, Niclas Larsen, Gaetan Dambo, among others. The resume of “White Lotus” also includes the victories against some of the most known Muay Thai fighters and kickboxers including Andy Souwer, Jomhod Kiatadisak, John Wayne Parr, just to name a few.

In his previous outing last November Yi Long faced Korean giant Choi Hong-man in an exhibition matchup. Before that he lost by knockout against Saiyok Pumpanmuang and Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong. Prior, “Shaolin Monk” was riding the 12-fight win streak, which includes the wins against Buakaw, Enriko Kehl, Marco Pique, among others.

The Buakaw Banchamek vs. Yi Long 3 is scheduled for one by nine-minute round with the fighters battling it out in 5 oz gloves. In order to take the win the competitor is required to score a knockout. As a result, the decision is not on the cards.

Another famed Muay Thai fighter Yodsanklai Fairtex has previously competed under such rules. In April 2017 he stopped Masoud Menaei with punches.

On the same night Buakaw Banchamek appeared as a special guest. This marked the first time when their encounter with Yodsanklai was teased for the first time.

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Buakaw Banchamek defeats Artem Pashporin at All Star Fight: World Soldier

Buakaw Banchamek was back in the ring last night (Mar. 9) in Bangkok, Thailand. The famed Muay Thai fighter battled it out in the main event of All Star Fight, billed as “World Soldier”.

Russian Artem Pashporin went up against two-time K-1 World Max champion aspiring to take a revenge. The pair first met in July 2015 in Beijing, China, where Buakaw earned a unanimous decision.

The second bout between Buakaw Banchamek and Artem Pashporin also went the distance. From the opening seconds the Thai fighter put on an aggressive performance. The Russian competitor fought back yet it wasn’t enough to convince the judges.

After three rounds of action Buakaw was pronounced as the winner by a unanimous decision. In his previous bout late January he stopped Niclas Larsen.

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Saenchai defeats Valerii Abramenko at Fight Night Dubai

Saenchai was back in the ring last night (Mar. 8) in the UAE. Battling it out in the main event of Fight Night Dubai, the famed fighter faced the Ukrainian competitor Valerii Abramenko. The pair of welterweights went a three-round Muay Thai distance.

The opening round saw Saenchai putting the pressure on his opponent, executing a series of takedowns. Yet, the Thai fighter also appeared to be “tagged” receiving a cut on his nose.

In the second round Abramenko fought back, moreover strived to move forward. The third and final round saw a similar picture, nevertheless Saenchai comfortably earned a unanimous decision showcasing a variety of Muay Thai techniques including his trademark cartwheel kick.

The bout in Dubai was the first appearance of Saenchai in the UAE. It was also his first outing of two-fight schedule this month.

The former four-division Lumpinee Boxing Stadium champion is scheduled to headline an upcoming edition of “Thai Fight” held on March 30 in Nakhon Si Thammarat. The name of his opponent is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

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Muay Thai featured on the 2020 Asian Beach Games programme

Muay Thai earned one more stage for its practitioners to showcase their skills and battle it out for medals. “The Art of Eight Limbs” has been included in the 2020 Asian Beach Games. The event is held from November 28 to December 5 in Sanya, China with over 5,000 athletes expected to participate.

“Many important decisions have been made at the Olympic Council of Asia General Assemble last weekend in Bangkok. One was in favour of Muay Thai to be included on the official sport programme of the Asian Beach Games 2020 in Sanya, China,” International Federation of Muaythai Amateur reported.

“Sanya is the southernmost city on Hainan Island and is nicknamed “China’s Florida” due to the tropical climate. It has emerged as a popular tourist destination and also serves as the training base of the Chinese national beach volleyball team. Sanya officials promised the OCA that the pearl of the South China Sea is ready to shine when it hosts the sixth edition of the Asian Beach Games,” reads the announcement.

Sanya is also a well-known place accommodating combat sports events. A number of the “Kunlun Fight” kickboxing promotions were held in the city over the years featuring the likes of famed fighters Buakaw Banchamek and Yodsanklai Fairtex.

Arafura Games 2019 opens the official Muay Thai programme for this season. The event is held in Darwin, Australia from April 25 to May 4. The winners (in selected weight classes) become the first qualified athletes partaking in The World Games 2021 in Birmingham, USA.

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Carnage Global: Lion Fight returns to Las Vegas

Lion Fight 53: Las Vegas

March 30th is the night Lion Fight makes its come back to Vegas after two years. An outdoor event at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC) will be the setting for an action packed Muay Thai fight card with hall of fame commentator Barry Tompkins and myself calling the action ringside.

Las Vegas is known for its entertainment from music to world-class shows. As fight enthusiasts we all know the famous city for the fighting events, from the greatest boxers in the world to mixed martial arts super stars.

To add again to the entertainment city – it is Muay Thai with Lion Fight 53 airing on CBS network live to millions of households throughout America.

Lion Fight 53
Lion Fight 53

As an Australian it brings much honor to be working as a commentator on Lion Fight, where the legend “The Voice” Michael Schiavello started his international career as a world renown commentator on the big stage here in Las Vegas, USA.

Lion Fight is in its 10th year. It is the leading Muay Thai promotion in the USA. With international exposure it aims to promote shows in Ireland, Italy, France, Germany and the UK, as well as all over the US. CBS Sports is one of the biggest television stations in the country.

I call on all Muay Thai fans globally to support the promotion, to help build the best stand up fighting sport in the world, Muay Thai.

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Saenchai schedules two Muay Thai fights in one month

Saenchai headlines Thai Fight Nakhon Si Thammarat

Famed Muay Thai fighter Saenchai is scheduled for his next outing on March 8 in UAE. Battling it out in the main event of “Fight Night Dubai” he faces Valerii Abramenko in the scheduled for three rounds international matchup at welterweight.

Furthermore former Lumpinee Boxing Stadium champion in four weight classes is set to headline the next edition of Thai Fight, which is scheduled for March 30. The event is held in in southern Thailand city Nakhon Si Thammarat, which is a capital of the Province and District of the same name.

The location of the next “Thai Fight” was announced last month post-event in Phuket. Top Sangmorakot revealed to FIGHTMAG the date of the upcoming show on Monday.

In addition, he confirmed that Saenchai is booked to headline Thai Fight Nakhon Si Thammarat. The promotion is currently looking for an opponent to take of the master of cartwheel kick.

In summary, at the age of 38, Saenchai competes practically every month. He is unbeaten in over 40 bouts since November 2014. In his previous outing in February he defeated Firdavs Nazarov by decision.

The announced couple of contests in Dubai and Nakhon Si Thammarat makes it, as many as, two fights in one month. This resembles the young Thai fighters who compete every fortnite in order to climb up the rankings.

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Buakaw Banchamek vs. Artem Pashporin headlines All Star Fight: World Soldier

Rematch: Buakaw Banchamek vs. Artem Pashporin

The next edition of All Star Fight, billed as “World Soldier”, is scheduled for March 9 in Bangkok, Thailand. The event is headlined by the previously announced muaythai star Buakaw Banchamek up against the Russian competitor Artem Pashporin. In addition the pair meets for the second time.

The first encounter between Buakaw and Pashporin was held in July 2015 in Beijing, China. After three rounds of action a unanimous decision went in favor of the representative of the Kingdom of Thailand.

The two-time K-1 World Max Champion Buakaw Banchamek is riding the five-fight win streak. In his previous outing late January he stopped Niclas Larsen. Over the course of his career “White Lotus” defeated some of the best kickboxers of all time including Andy Souwer, Jean-Charles Skarbowsky, Albert Kraus, John Wayne Parr.

Pashporin is coming off a unanimous decision win against Nayanesh Ayman, which he scored in December 2018. Before that he defeated Zhu Baotong also by a unanimous decision. The resume of Russian fighter includes the victories against Cosmo Alexandre, Victor Nagbe, Jomthong Chuwattana, among others.

The rematch between Buakaw Banchamek and Artem Pashporin is scheduled for three rounds at catchweight with the limit of 70 kg.

The lineup of All Star Fight: World Soldier also features the likes of Superbon Banchamek and Yodwicha Banchamek. The complete list of bouts comprising eight matchups can be found below.

70 kg Buakaw Banchamek vs. Artem Pashporin
70 kg Superbon Banchamek vs. Luis Passos
71 kg Yodwicha Banchamek vs. Ruiz Renozo
63 kg Superbank Mor.Ratana Bandit vs. Igor Liubchenko
65 kg Fonluang Sitboonmee vs. Fran Valderrama Navarro
64 kg Maksim Petkevich vs. Spencer Yokkao SaenchaiGym
67 kg Jai Aoqi vs. Batjagal Sandui
62 kg Wang Wenfeng vs. Pasquale Amoroso

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Saenchai, Muay Thai star headlines Fight Night Dubai, Mar. 8

Fight Night Dubai: Saenchai vs. Valerii Abramenko

Saenchai is back in the ring on Friday March 8 in Dubai. The famed Muay Thai fighter battles it out in the main event of “Fight Night” held at Festival Arena. The event marks his first appearance in UAE.

Going through the ropes in Dubai Saenchai takes on Valerii Abramenko. The bout is scheduled for three rounds at welterweight.

Saenchai is fresh of the win against Firdavs Nazarov of Uzbekistan, which he scored by a unanimous decision at the previous edition of “Thai Fight” held in Phuket, Thailand last month. Earlier this year the former four-division Lumpinee Boxing Stadium champion similarly defeated Italian Cristian Faustino at the Yokkao 36 Muay Thai event in Turin.

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Valerii Abramenko is known for his battles against Ruslan Berdiev, Zhang Chenglong, among others. Taking on the famed Thai is arguably the biggest challenge in his career to date.

The rest of the card features a series of bouts with local and international competitors.

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Yodsanklai Fairtex promises an exciting performance in Andy Souwer rematch

Yodsanklai Fairtex, Muay Thai star Bangkok workout ahead of Andy Souwer rematch in Tokyo

Yodsanklai Fairtex is back in the ring on Sunday March 31. Going through the ropes in Tokyo, the famed Muay Thai fighter faces K-1 kickboxing legend Andy Souwer in a highly anticipated rematch. The pair battles it out on the ONE Championship fight card billed as “New Era”. The event marks the promotion’s debut in Japan.

The open workout session was held earlier today (Mar. 1) at The Motif Boxing BKK Gym in Bangkok. “Yod” was accompanied by his Thai-fellow Rodtang Jitmuangnon who also partakes in the upcoming show facing off Hakim Hamech.

“I am honored and excited to be part of ONE Championship’s first-ever show in Tokyo, Japan, a country with a rich background and love for martial arts,” said The Contender Asia 2008 winner Yodsanklai Fairtex. “More importantly, I have the opportunity to avenge a previous loss to Andy Souwer, and I get to do it in front of the Japanese fans. I promise to deliver an exciting performance for everyone there.”

Yodsanklai Fairtex open workout in Bangkok
Yodsanklai Fairtex open workout in Bangkok

ONE Championship “New Era” is headlined by Eduard Folayang in defense of his ONE Lightweight title against the former champion Shinya Aoki. The complete fight card can be found here.

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Saenchai decisions Firdavs Nazarov at Thai Fight Phuket

Thai Fight Phuket results

Famed Muay Thai fighter Saenchai was back in action last night (Feb. 23) in Phuket, Thailand. Battling it out in the main event of “Thai Fight” he faced Firdavs Nazarov of Uzbekistan.

The pair squared off in the scheduled for three rounds encounter at catchweight with the limit of 66 kg. The bout went the distance, and resulted in a unanimous decision pronounced in favor of Thai star.

The first round saw the Uzbek fighter throwing punches and kicking the lead leg of his southpaw opponent. The latter displayed a series of sweep techniques, which he had recently shared on Instagram (from training and previous fights), as well as his trademark, cartwheel kick.

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The second round appeared more aggressive with the Thai fighter landing all-round kicks, punches and elbows, in addition to the repeated step-up knees to the body. Half way through the round the Uzbek competitor did not seem to be exactly in the fight.

In the third and final round Saenchai showcased a variety of the “Art of Eight Limbs” which included the spinning-back elbow, axe kick and much more. Nazarov strived to fight back, yet it was not enough to overcome the class of the former four-division Lumpinee Boxing Stadium champion.

In his previous bout last month in Turin Saenchai scored a unanimous decision against Italian Cristian Faustino. The 38-year-old is riding the win-streak since November 2014.

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Stamp Fairtex defeats Janet Todd, wins ONE Atomweight Muay Thai title

ONE: Call to Greatness results

Asian promotion ONE Championship returned to Singapore Indoor Stadium this past Friday (Feb. 22) presenting the event billed as “Call to Greatness”. Thai Stamp Fairtex and American Janet Todd squared off in the headliner of the show battling it out for the inaugural Muay Thai title in the atomweight class.

The contest went the distance. After five rounds of women’s Muay Thai action a unanimous decision was pronounced in favor of the representative of Kingdom of Thailand.

“Stamp implemented a solid game plan as she pushed the pace and punished Todd with a punch-heavy attack. After five grueling rounds, Stamp was declared the winner on all three of the judges’ scorecards to make history as the first-ever two-sport World Champion in ONE Championship history,” reads the event recap the promotion sent out on Saturday.

The co-main event featured Amir Khan and Ariel Sexton facing off in the quarter-final bout of ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix. The latter came out victorious by submission in the third round.

“Costa Rican submission specialist Ariel “Tarzan” Sexton grappled his way into the Semi-Finals of the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix after submitting former ONE World Title contender Amir Khan of Singapore with a rear-naked choke in the third round. Sexton managed to survive a number of precarious situations and remained relentless in his pursuit to take the action to the ground. Early in the third round, Sexton easily took Khan down and immediately fastened the submission to force Khan to tap.”

The complete fight results from ONE: Call to Greatness can be found below.

Stamp Fairtex def. Janet Todd by unanimous decision
Ariel Sexton def. Amir Khan by submission (Rear Naked Choke, R3 1:13)
Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev def. Ev Ting by KO (R1 at 0:25)
Nieky Holzken def. Mustapha Haida by unanimous decision
Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke def. Jeremy Miado by TKO (Strikes, R2 at 2:38)
Petchdam Petchyindee Academy def. Masahide Kudo by KO (R2 at 0:35)
Zhang Chenglong def. Kong Sambo by split decision
Regian Eersel def. Anthony Njokuani by KO (R2 at 1:03)
Ayaka Miura def. Laura Balin by submission (Americana, R1 at 1:13)
Masakazu Imanari def. Kwon Won Il by submission (Heel Hook, R1 at 0:53)
Rudy Agustian def. Khon Sichan by submission (Rear Naked Choke, R1 at 3:14)

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Saenchai vs. Firdavs Nazarov headlines Thai Fight Phuket

Thai Fight: 10-fight bill made in Phuket

Saenchai is back in the ring tonight (Feb. 23) in Phuket. Battling it out in the main event of Thai Fight the famed muay thai fighter faces Firdavs Nazarov of Uzbekistan. The bout is scheduled for three rounds at catchweight with the limit of 66 kg.

Saecnchai, is coming of a unanimous decision win scored against Italian Cristian Faustino at Yokkao 36 held late last month in Turin. The 38-year-old “King of Muay Thai” is undefeated since November 2014.

The resume of Firdavs Nazarov includes the battles against Givrgos Stilidis, Rustam Asuev, Adlan Bataev, among others. In addition to Muay Thai, the Uzbek fighter also competes in MMA.

The lineup of Thai Fight Phuket features ten bouts. Two contests are scheduled in Muay Thai, while eight matchups are set in Kard Chuek where instead of boxing gloves the rope is used around hand and forearm.

The official weigh-in ceremony was conducted on Friday. The full fight card can be found below.

66 kg Saenchai vs. Firdavs Nazarov
80 kg (Kard Chuek) Tengnueng Sitjesairoong vs. Mike Vetrila
71 kg (Kard Chuek) Saensatharn Klong Suan Plu Resort vs.Kurtis Allen
63 kg (Kard Chuek) Petch Samui vs. Antonio Marcos Rocha
69 kg (Kard Chuek) Kitti Sor Jor Danrayong vs. Alex Sousa
82 kg Peter Denman vs. Rainer Salajev
69 kg (Kard Chuek) PTT Sor.Pattanagas vs. Jason Polydor
74 kg (Kard Chuek) Chanajon P.K.Saenchai Muaythai Gym vs. Philipp Engeroff
69 kg (Kard Chuek) Payak Samui vs. Sven Van Hoof
63 kg (Kard Chuek) Ratchasing Rongreankeela Korat vs. Felipe Gois

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