Full Results from Lion Fight XXIV

Lion Fight XXIV Full Results

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Ognjen Topic (USA) def.
Stephen Meleady (Ireland)
by Unanimous Decision: 50-45, 50-45, 49-46.


“Smoking” Jo Nattawut (Kingdom of Thailand by way of USA)
def. Charlie Peters (United Kingdom)
by TKO (Sok klap khu │ Double Elbow Chop) @1:56 of Round 3.


Chris Mauceri (USA) def.
Nicholas Parlanti (France)
by KO (Sok wiang klap │ Reverse Spinning Elbow) at 1:06 of Round 3
Welterweight Men │ 142 lbs. │ 5×2.

Ky Hollenbeck (Combat Sports Academy in Dublin, California)
def. Richard Abraham (Maximus Muay Thai in Chicago, Illinois)
by Unanimous Decision: 40-36, 39-37, 39-47
Middleweight Men │ 160 lbs. │ 5×2.

Gaston Bolanos (Combat Sports Academy in Dublin, California)
def. Ben Yelle (Al’s Boxing Club in Marquette, Michigan)
by TKO (Sok wiang klap │ Reverse Spinning Elbow) at 2:04 of Round 2
Welterweight Men │ 142 lbs. │ 5×2.

Julio Pena (Hard Knocks Muay Thai in Boston) def.
Yeison Bergudo (Tri Force MMA in Providence, Rhode Island)
by TKO (Te tat │ Low Kick) at 0:31 of Round 5
Lightweight Men │ 134 lbs. │ 5×2.

P.J. Sweda (Stay Fly Muay Thai in Philadelphia)
def. Danny Millet (Kings Thai Boxing in NYC)
by TKO (Sok ti │ Elbow Slash) at 0:41 of Round 2
Middleweight Men │ 155 lbs. │ 5×2.


Phil DaSilva (Redline Fight Sports in Cambridge, Mass.)
def. Chris Molloy (Hard Knocks Muay Thai in Boston)
by Unanimous Decision │ Welterweights │ 3×2.

Ulbino Guzman (Kings Thai Boxing in NYC) def.
Mike Triana (Team Ling in Worcester, Mass.)
by Unanimous Decision │ Lightweights │ 3×2.

Aracely Valenzuela (Eight Points Muay Thai in Winston Salem, N.C.)
def. Elizabeth Silvira (Hard Knocks Muay Thai in Boston)
by Unanimous Decision │ Bantamweights │ 3×2.

Brian Bogue (Burke’s Martial Arts in Providence, Rhode Island)
def. Ian Greer (The Cellar in Minneapolis, Minnesota)
by Unanimous Decision │ Super Middleweights │ 3×2.

Keeman Hegan Diop (Crazy 88 Martial Arts in Elkridge, Maryland)
def. Julian Nguyen (Team Link in Worcester, Mass.)
by Unanimous Decision │ Welterweights │ 3×2.

End Story MarkGreg Muldrow (Sityodtong in Boston) def.
Jason Peppe (Redline Fight Sports in Cambridge, Mass.)
by Unanimous Decision │ Super Heavyweights │ 3×2.

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Closing Arguments in Legacy’s Verdict at Lion Fight XXIII

Two for Two

How ironic is it for Kevin Ross to cameo the undercard of a show headlining Malaipet “The Diamond” Sasiprapa? Let’s remember it was Kevin’s win over Malaipet that earned his primo status on North American soil, after avenging a Beijing loss to Kang En then beating Phanuwat ‘Coke’ Chunhawat and Chike Lindsay-Ajuda in a remarkable four month winning streak.

The prototypical underachiever of our generation, Malaipet’s pacing Ross at the finish line testifies to superior natural talent and consummate skill, as evidenced by his performance tonight against one of the best in the business. It was neither natural talent nor consummate skill, though, that set Kevin Ross apart from Malaipet but rather fire in the belly. This is why a chronicler of the sport often differs with the judges. Legacy will almost certainly affirm that heart matters and Kevin Ross rocked.

Malaipet Got Off First

Malaipet Sasiprapa (Kingdom of Thailand by Way of U.S.A.)
vs. Liam Harrison (United Kingdom)
Professional Welterweights │ 147 lbs. │ 5×3

Lion Fight XXIII at Pechanga Resort ♦ Casino in So-Cal featured the veterans Malaipet Sasiprapa (146-29-6) and Liam Harrison (80-16-2 with 38 KO’s) on July 31, 2015. Each came into the fight with a generation’s worth of competitive success. Harrison has been at it professionally 15 of the 29 years on his birth certificate. Any step either might’ve lost, despite Malaipet’s having clocked more laps around the track at 33, has only brought them closer to parity in the world’s Welterweight rock star pack. Although both have been crowd sourced past their career peaks, pack leaders like these set the pace for herds to follow. So it was at this premier American show’s main event.

Based upon their past performances, odds makers gave Liam a distinct edge going into the fight on the massive velocity of his low leg kicks and the sheer ferocity with which he fights. In addition, Malaipet reportedly came into the fight with a healing broken right hand. Rarely training more than a week for any fight, Malaipet often begins to fade in the third round. To most observers, thus, it looked on paper like this should easily be Harrison’s night. Malaipet reportedly trained two months for this fight, though, and was in the best shape of anyone’s memory. Both fighters entered the ring looking fight-fit and completely ready. The referee was 2x Lumpinee champion and 5x Muay Thai world champion Coban Lookchaomaesaithong.

High-Low Combinations

Off first bell, Malaipet repeatedly got off first, even when moving backwards. He fired front push kicks in volleys to Liam’s mid-section, also whipping high-velocity low round kicks. Harrison came across more passive, aiming to counter and occasionally doing so with his own hard low round kicks. Malaipet’s trademark cocky smirk and mocking antics towards his opponent, especially after having taken a hard hit, were apparently lost on the no-nonsense Harrison. Liam was consistently willing to catch and take the thrust of Malaipet’s round kicks in order to counter with highly effective low round kicks. Malaipet clearly won the round. Malaipet 1, Harrison 0.

In the second round, the British legend became visibly more aggressive. He maneuvered Malaipet back into the ropes time and again. Malaipet’s excellent conditioning and physical strength were manifest, though, in this round. He defied being pushed around by the forward moving and aggressive Harrison. Early in the round, Malaipet seriously rolled his left ankle. There was a stop in the action, but he somehow managed to shrug it off. They both got off numerous high velocity low round kicks, along with occasionally effective body punches. Because Liam relied mostly on countering low kicks, Malaipet’s high-low combinations were more effective overall in this round. Malaipet 2, Harrison 0.

Elevated AggressionIn the third round, Harrison elevated his level of aggression. He consistently moved Malaipet backwards and along the ropes. Harrison had Malaipet moving in retreat for most of the round, while scoring combinations of hard punches and low round kicks with expert precision and speed. Although Malaipet looked a lot less commanding in this round, he was definitely not fading as in so many of his past fights, for which he’d only trained seven days. Liam’s entire left side was bright red at this point from Malaipet’s round kick torso attacks. But it was clear that Harrison won the round, despite Malaipet’s last second assault with high kicking aerobatics that missed, leaving him tangled in the ropes at the bell, as Harrison walked triumphantly away. Malaipet 2, Harrison 1.

Reckless ChargeIn the fourth round, Liam entirely turned around the momentum and direction of the fight. Harrison consistently bombarded his opponent with high and low hard shots, all the while frustrating Malaipet’s own assault. Several punishing strikes later and Malaipet’s whole smirky expression transformed into one of total seriousness. At about one minute into the round, Malaipet’s reckless forward charge put his right eye brow on a collision path with Liam’s perfectly positioned, waiting, elevated left elbow. It slashed Malaipet’s right eye brow open. Harrison immediately rejoiced. He pointed at Malaipet in scorn – possibly in response to Malaipet’s frequently disdainful show-boating. The ringside doctor stopped the clock to examine Malaipet but let the fight continue. For the rest of the round, Harrison turned up the heat, maybe sensing some desperation in Malaipet, who was getting wild with his strikes. Midway through the round, Liam caught Malaipet’s mid-level round kick and cut-kicked him into a human pinwheel. With both fire and blood in his eyes, Malaipet now tried to resurrect the round, but it was all Harrison’s skill, speed, and command between the ropes. Malaipet 2, Harrison 2.

Human PinwheelGoing into the fifth round, the fight should’ve been dead even on the score cards. Trading strikes initially, neither fighter managed to dominate the other. When Liam backed off momentarily, Malaipet delivered a series of non-damaging but scoring strikes. He caught a left, mid-level round kick and cut kicked Harrison hard to the mat. Obviously motivated from that point on, Liam became very difficult for Malaipet to hit, at the same time punishing him at will. A sudden jumping right-left knee to Malaipet’s upper body rocked him decidedly rearward, but he recovered and returned to find Harrison at the ropes. With Harrison in a defensive posture, Malaipet got off a reciprocal jumping knee but without effect. From that point on, Malaipet chased Harrison around the ring but was unable to catch him. Harrison evidently thought he had won both the round along with the fight and was avoiding any further contact. This round was by far the closest of the fight and the hardest to judge a winner. Given that there was not a clear differential in damage (the top priority round scoring criterion according to the Sports Authority of Thailand Paragraph 15.1), one would then have to go to the SAT’s second hierarchical criterion, which is Power. In this round it appeared that Harrison delivered the harder strikes between the two fighters, but that opinion could clearly be debated. Malaipet 2, Harrison 3.

(For reference, the SAT’s third-level hierarchical criterion is Quantity of strikes. So for all practical purposes, in judging full rules Muay Thai, cumulative damage in a round outweighs the Quantity of strikes.)

When the decision of the judges was announced, it was Harrison by Split Decision.

  1. Judge Guy Supachai had it 48-47 Harrison. (This was correct).
  2. Judge Dej “Nokweed” Sri Ampai had it 49-46 Harrison. (This was acceptable).
  3. Judge Kim Kongriangkai had Malaipet WINNING 50-46. (This was not correct.)

Harder StrikesUsing the flawed 10-Point must system (essentially having five different fights scored independently with 10-9’s), it was a hairline close decision that came down to an opinion on the last round. Overall, Malaipet came into this excellent, action filled fight in the best condition in memory. Although he did not appear to be the same ferocious fighter of some three or four years ago, Liam Harrison’s average fight was good enough on this night. Both fighters exhibited heart, skill, speed, and endurance. The dynamic combination of fighters and promoter made this main event of America’s premier Muay Thai show a milestone in two iconic careers.

Winner: Liam Harrison by Split Decision

Rungrat Sasiprapa (Kingdom of Thailand)
vs. Kevin Ross (United States of America)
Super Lightweight Men │ 140 lbs. │ 5×3

In a Super Lightweight (140 pound) undercard event, battle-worn Kevin Ross (31-9) fought Rungrat Sasiprapa (85-33-2). The referee, as in the main event, was 2x Lumpinee champion and 5x Muay Thai world champion Coban Lookchaomaesaithong.

Despite consistently demonstrating excellent Muay Thai technique, which was originally ingrained in him at Master Toddy’s legendary gym in Las Vegas, the reach of Kevin Ross’s heart and courage have often exceeded his tactical grasp in ring performance. Lapses in Kevin’s defense have subjected him recently to appalling punishment from the Gladiator’s Gallery of world class Muay Thai fighters. The time is obviously approaching for Ross at age 35, when he’ll have to hang up his gloves. Notwithstanding Kevin’s location on his career GPS, Rungrat Sasiprapa, at the tender age of 19, would at first glance seem to be an odds maker’s underdog to the vastly experienced Ross. Out of Bangkok in Thailand with so many superb fighters in the weight brackets proximate to 140 lbs. and with a reported history of 120 previous fights │ 3x the number of Ross fights │ Old Man River meets its destiny in the deep blue sea.

Punches in BunchesMidway through the first round, Ross scored with a volley of clean, well-executed punches high to Rungrat’s undefended head. With both hands held oddly at waist height, Rungrat went solely for body punishment off hard round kicks to Kevin’s torso and ribs, disdaining the score cards in retrospect for an eventual kill. Anticipating first bell, the American made effective use of his reach advantage to pummel Rungrat with high punches almost at will. Ross was on track for a decisive win after the first round, if he could’ve stuck to this script.

Body PunishmentIn the beginning of the second round, Kevin misguidedly ditched his winning long range boxing tactics. Going inside to a clinch, instead, he challenged Rungrat’s vice like grappling strength. The python strangles its prey without punches, elbows, or knee strikes. Off an exchange of elbows, once again, as in his recent fights, Ross suffered a cut on his forehead that bled profusely. Smiling through the now familiar blood bath but apparently still lucid and unhurt, Kevin went to engage Rungrat, after a break by the referee. He launched into a spinning rear elbow that missed. After the rotation, he ended up defenseless: facing away and tilted downwards. The defensive lapse exposed him to a crushing 12-6 right elbow that ricocheted off his head into his right shoulder. Rungrat immediately followed with a brilliant upward left knee to Kevin’s exposed chin. Ross went down hard. He was clearly in trouble. Pouring blood again, Kevin regained his feet and assured the referee that he was prepared to continue. Rungrat met him, after the count, in the center of the ring with a jumping left knee to his exposed chin. Kevin hit the canvas hard again. This time he was down and out and not getting up. Coban stopped the fight at 2:13 in the second round with Kevin Ross writhing on the canvas.

Defensive LapseOnce again, Kevin’s aggressive instincts undermined a sensible battle campaign. He defaulted to his old habit of challenging an opponent’s strength and ditching a winning formula for a losing one. No way should Ross have abandoned his outside winning fight for an inside losing one. Defying Rungrat’s well known inside strength exposed the vulnerability inherent in doing battle without a sound defensive formation. “Invincibility lies in the defense; the possibility of victory in the attack.” [Sun Tzu]

Winner: Rungrat Sasiprapa by TKO (Knee) @2:13 of Rd. 2

Losing Formula

Lion Fight’s C.E.O. Scott Kent maintained his own primo status on American soil with the kind of matching making that none of his NYC competitors even try to approach. So it was that Tiffany Van Soest successfully defended her Lion Fight Featherweight title against Poland’s Martyna Krol. Like a vintage wine, Romie Adanza just keeps ripening with maturity, popping the cork on a youthful Daniel McGowan from an island kingdom that we here call “The Old World”. Expect to see more Glory KB product life cycle crossovers, like Mike Lemaire’s, who went two for two with Andy Kapel. Victor Saravia and Marvin Madariaga both made short work of competition that’s got a history of producing these kind of results, which is another way of saying “all’s well that ends well”. Here are the full results:

Successful Title DefenseLion Fight XXIII
Pechanga Resort Casino
Temucula, California
July 31, 2015


Tiffany Van Soest (USA) def. Martyna Krol (Poland)
by Unanimous Decision: 50-45, 50-45, 50-44.


Liam Harrison (United Kingdom) def. Malaipet Sasiprapa (USA)
by Split Decision: 48-47, 46-50, 49-46.

Rungrat Sasiprapa (Kingdom of Thailand) def. Kevin Ross (USA)
by TKO (Knee) at 2:13 of Round 2.

Romie Adanza (USA) def. Daniel McGowan (United Kingdom)
by TKO (Physician Stoppage) at 2:19 of Round 3.

Mike Lemaire def. Andrew Kapel
by TKO (Knee) at 2:35 of Round 5.

Victor Saravia def. Stan Mancebo
by TKO (Elbow) at 3:00 of Round 3.

Marvin Madariaga def. Tony Fausto
by TKO (Strikes) in Round 1.


Devin Taylor def. Sean Madden by Unanimous Decision.

End Story MarkMagalie Alvarez def. Fanny Tommasino by Unanimous Decision.

Ardavan Moeini def. Antonio Arango by Split Decision.

Ben Roberts def. Ryan Castillo by Unanimous Decision.

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Combat Sports Anarchy in a New York Minute

Casting bread upon the waters, you hope a big fish will bite. Behold this NBC News 4 I-Team report on legislatively mandated anarchy in New York combat sports: CLICK HERE.

Tainted Blood Sport

Exempting combat sports from regulation effectively sanctions anarchy rather than prohibition. End Story MarkIt’s going to take the New York State Assembly leadership to enact any new legislation. Until incumbent Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie or Governor Andrew Cuomo take the bait, both of whom notably ducked the NBC News 4 I-Team, still political waters run deep.

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Strikers Cup 15 Full Results

Emily Bwint vs. Becky Marker

Emily Bwint vs. Becky Marker

Strikers Cup 15 │ Class B Amateur Muay Thai
September 19, 2015

Strikers Cup Super Welterweight Title
154 lbs. Men │ 5×2
Jaime Alvarez (Rami’s Elite) def.
Keith Smith (Cool Hearts Muay Thai Camp)
by Unanimous Decision: All three judges scored it 50-45.

Strikers Cup Cruiserweight Title
188 lbs. Men │ 5×2
Kenny Jones (Stay Fly Muay) def.
Lateef Scott (Daddis Fight Camp)
by Unanimous Decision: 49-46, 49-46 and 49-48.

Super Lightweight Men │ 140 lbs. │ 3×2
Malcolm Hill
(The Institute)
def. Alex Ecklin (Team Coban)
by Unanimous Decision: All three judges scored it 29-28.

Super Welterweight Men │ 154 lbs. │ 3×2
Adam Karami
(The Institute) def.
Eslam Mohamed (Mercer Bucks Muay Thai)
by Split Decision: 29-28, 28-29 and 29-28.
Karami suspended 30 days for right cheek laceration.

Super Middleweight Men │ 163 lbs. │ 3×2
Imhotep Muhammad
(of Rami’s Elite)
def. John Hennedy (Stafford MMA)
by Unanimous Decision: All three judges scored it 30-27.
Hennedy suspended indefinitely pending hospital evaluation.

Cruiserweight Men │ 188 lbs. │ 3×2
Nick Richiusa
(The Institute) def.
Kenny Triboletti (Strikezone MMA)
by Split Decision: 29-28, 28-29 and 29-28.

Super Middleweight Women │ 188 lbs. │ 3×2
Emily Bwint
(Pursuit MMA) def.
Becky Marker (Stay Fly Muay Thai)
by Unanimous Decision: All three judges scored it 29-28.
Bwint suspended 14 days no contact.
Marker suspended 14 days no contact.

Super Lightweight Men │ 136 lbs. │ 3×2
Darian O’Neill
(Stafford MMA)
def. Ameen Smith (Semper Fi)
by KO (Knee Strike) at 0:50 of Rd. 1
Smith suspended 30 days for KO.
[EDITORIAL NOTE: It costs me gesindt to report that Semper Fi lost │ by KO yet.]

Ringside Physician: Dr. Stu Patel
Shadow Ringside Physician: Dr. Michael Shindle
Referees: Scott Colon and Jose Tabora
Judges: Donnie Carolei, Henry Krawiec and Willie Rivera
Timekeeper: Adrian Castro
End Story MarkScorekeeper: Ellen Rubin
Medical Inspector: Hayward Reeder
Jaime Phillips, Carlos Rodriguez and Rob Suchocki.

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New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame to Honor 4th Class of Inductees

New Jersey State Martial Arts Hall of Fame Poster 2015

New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame
Fourth Class Inductees:

Felix Martinez │ MMA Promoter
Dave Mastrogiovanni │ MMA Promoter
Carl Mascarenhas │ Amateur MMA Promoter
Mark Shopp │ Pioneer Fighter
Dave Sholler │ Public Relations
Larry Cureton │ Kickboxing
Paul Querido │ Trainer / Cutman
Brett Hlavacek │ Muay Thai Fighter
Dave Weinberg – Media
Sam Marji │ Amateur MMA Trainer
Tom DeBlass │ Grappling
Gary Gudzak │ Inspector
Brian Blue │ Conditioning
Steve Rivera │ Wrestling Coach
Derek Riddick │ Kickboxing Promoter
Mike Massenzio │ MMA Fighter
Rico Rodriguez │ Pioneer MMA Fighter
Frank Savahna │ Boxing
Lyman Good │ MMA Fighter
Kevin Thompson │ Kickboxing

To see all of their biographies and pictures, visit the website at www.njmmaawardds.com.

This class will be honored at the Induction dinner gala to be held at the La Quinta Inns & Suites Meadowlands Hotel on December 4, 2015.

Tickets to the awards dinner can be purchased by calling 201-538-4843 or online at www.njmmaawards.com. Discount hotel room rates at La Quinta can be also obtained by calling 201-863-8700 and mentioning the Hall of Fame dinner.

End Story MarkNew Jersey has always been on the forefront of combat sports. Some of the biggest bouts in MMA, kickboxing and Muay Thai history have taken place at various venues around the state. New Jersey has had a Boxing Hall of Fame since the 1960′s. NJMAHOF’s sponsors are now recognizing and honoring those involved in combat martial arts such as Muay Thai and MMA. New Jersey is building a rich tradition in non-boxing martial arts. The goal is to recognize these individuals and entities.

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Lion Fight XXV at Pechanga Resort & Casino on October 23, 2015

Lion Fight XXV
Pechanga Resort ♦ Casino
45000 Pechanga Parkway
Temecula, California 92592
1-877-711-2WIN or or 951- 693-1819
Friday, October 23, 2015



Lion Fight Super Middleweight Title
John Wayne Parr (Australia) vs. Cosmo Alexandre (Brazil)
FRMT │ 168 lbs. │ 5×3.

Lion Fight Welterwight Title
Jorina Baars (The Netherlands) vs. Martina Jindrova (Czech Republic)
FRMT │ 147 lbs. │ 5×3.


Jason Andrada (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Ming Freeman (Van Nuys, CA)
FRMT │ 122 lbs. │ 5×3.

Marvin Madariaga (San Diego, CA) vs Joe Gogo (Kauai, HI)
FRMT │ 137 lbs. │ 5×3.

Romie Adanza (Los Angeles, CA) vs Anthony Castrejon (Las Vegas, NV)
FRMT │ 118 lbs. │ 5×3.

Lauren Rojas (Oceanside, CA) vs Kaitlin Young (Minneapolis, MN)
FRMT │ 135 lbs. │ 5×3.

End Story MarkTickets are available online at www.pechanga.com │ by calling Pechanga’s Box Office at 1-877-711-2WIN │ or by visiting Pechanga’s box office. See more at: http://www.lionfight.com/general-news/2015/08/more-main-card-bouts-announced-for-lion-fight-25/. Lion Fight XXV airs live on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

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Man City’s Kru Joel Yarwood of SitSiam Camp Wins England 2015 Wai Kru Competition in a Tie Breaker at Amazing Thailand Festival

Tie Breaker

1st Prize at the nationwide Amazing Thailand Festival Wai Kru Competition goes to SitSiam Camp’s Kru Joel Yarwood in a tie breaker. The win earns him a coveted invitation to compete next year in Thailand to represent England at this most prestigious of tournaments, along with:

plus a round trip to Thailand
plus 10 free training sessions at Petchyindee Kingdom Boxing Camp, voted Thailand’s Best Muay Thai Camp
plus 10 VIP ringside tickets for a Petchyindee Boxing Promotion at Rajadamnern and The New Lumpini Stadium
plus ₤100 voucher for a meal at the magnificent Thai Square Restaurant

Doubling down for Man City, SitSiam Camp’s Rahat Abbas wins 2nd Prize to earn:

Muay Thai Shorts belonging to Kwankhao Chor Rachapudsadu-Esarn
Winner of Best Wai Kru award in 2013-14 and Best Wai Kru of the last decade (Thailand)
plus ₤50 voucher for a meal at the magnificent Thai Square Restaurant

Kru Joel Yarwood

End Story MarkHonoring our spirit guides, Muay Thai’s ritual Wai Kru makes integrity of character the foundation of this martial art. For more information, go to http://sitsiam-camp.com/.

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Combat at the Capitale Goes Retro in All K-1│Glory Kickboxing Rules Show

Combat at the Capitale
September 11, 2011
130 Bowery │ New York City │Telephone: (212) 334-5500
Doors Open at 7:00pm │ Fights Begin at 8:00pm

With its first ever all K-1│Glory Kickboxing Rules show, Combat at the Capitale tests the Decoy Hypothesis in natural selection.

We know from behavioral biology that introducing a choice with hybrid properties tends to scramble the evolutionary circuits. Rather than bending natural selection towards a preference for the decoy with hybrid properties, though, it turns out that artificially manipulating choice tends to make popular a legacy alternative that wasn’t before.

Even though evolution works iteratively, figure regression to popular sentiment’s mean will sooner or later factor into the market dynamics of this equation.

Combat at the Capitale 37

Lou Neglia’s Martial Arts Karate, Inc. │ (718) 372-9089
Ray Longo’s Martial Arts Academy │ (516) 294-6313

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“Girl Fight” the Movie to Screen at Rahway International Film Festival

Girl Fight Poster

Sunday, August 30, 2015
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Rahway International Film Festival
Hamilton Stage 360 Hamilton Street
Rahway, N.J. 07065

Rahway Film Festival Logo

Indoor Screenings –    $15.00
Outdoor Screenings – $10.00


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Iniquity in Ubiquity

The new feature length documentary film “Girl Fight: A Muay Thai Story”, stars a familiar face on the local amateur circuit in Prairie Rugilo. It documents unscripted reality without the melodramatic tear jerking of “Million Dollar Baby”. CLICK HERE to view the movie trailer. No other sport consumes an athlete so totally in body and soul. Could anyone say it better than Prairie? “I can’t even imagine life without Muay Thai.”

Girl Fight Poster

You can infer from this that New York’s statutory definition of “martial arts” │ literally whatever the World Karate Association (WKA) sanctions │ doesn’t even come close. Otherwise we wouldn’t have full rules Muay Thai at Justin Blair’s Friday Night Fights, while the WKA’s Brian Crenshaw makes it up as he goes along, disallowing elbows and knees to the head in Lou Neglia’s house. Neither would the WKA’s brand of “martial arts” sanctioning feature a cottage industry standard Dial-A-Title app. Whatever happened to fighting your way up the ranks?


Promotional Gimmickry

As a matter of fact, the Middle Atlantic amateur ranks include everyone from brand spanking newbies to Vivek Narkami and Adam McCann, who’ve both been title caliber contenders since 2007. (See “Angel of the Alahambra Commands Palace Guard in South Philly” in the Winter of 2008 edition of Muay Thaimes®, Volume II, No. 1, pp. 53-55.) Now do the math. Operating within New York’s statutory loopholes, the WKA domain registers amateur ↔ professional New York State │ Northeast │ U.S. National │ North American │ and even World titles in every possible weight bracket.

Wardrobe AccessoryBecause it really is a matter of drawing random cards from a deck without any rankings, double the parlay for male and female divisions. Multiply by 4 for titles in K-1/Glory kickboxing rules │ full contact │ low kick │ and Muay Thai │ however Brian Crenshaw defines Muay Thai’s rules on any given night at any given show.

Then tell me whether there’s any plausible reason to believe that these mostly amateur titles are indicative of verifiable (evidence based) superiority rather than cottage industry merchandising to compensate the WKA’s captive show producers with box office boosting wardrobe accessories for the sanctioning fees they’ve got to pay the WKA, courtesy of the New York State Legislature.

It turns out the WKA was hosting Grand Prix elimination tournaments at its annual “nationals” in Richmond and the “worlds” in Europe long before Glory Sports International’s Marcus Luer had the epiphany to copy K-1 in all but name. (See “How Competitive a Sport Is Kick Boxing in the Ring of Popular Sentiment?”) Even though enrollment in these tournaments is open to anyone who can pay the registration fee and afford the trip, doesn’t championship status kind of have something to do with beating the competition │ where the caliber of competition authenticates credibility the way it does in ballistics?

While national branding stretches credulity with such narrow participation – from basically just the urban clusters around NYC and southern Virginia with outposts in Delaware and Maryland – WKA tournament titles are none the less better quality control indicators of pro prospects than transparently promotional gimmickry to crown ticket quota champs.


Niko Tsigaris vs. Lashawn AlcocksSo it was that Niko Tsigaris (Lions Martial Arts in Brooklyn) veritably dominated the welter weight (≤147 lbs.) bracket throughout his tenure in the amateur ranks. In knocking out Osvaldo Dominguez (Sitan New York) at 1:14 of Round 1 for WKA’s U.S. National Title on the 20th of February in 2010, thus, Niko’s championship belt gave him a tangible measure of the authenticity from having actually fought his way to the top of the rankings. (See “Secrets in the Shadows” in the Summer of 2010 edition of Muay Thaimes®, Volume IV, No. 2, pp. 21-37.) This authenticity, rather than just his tournament title, was the more meaningful measure of Niko’s pro prospects.

A full throttle power puncher, you can imagine how Niko might not be all that enamored with the Muay Thai clinch, where finesse smothers ardor. (See also Mike Fischetti of Team Tiger Schulmann vs. Jeff Brown of World Champion Martial Arts in Ontario, Canada in Combat at the Capitale on September 27, 2013) There is no one size fits all prize fighters, which is also why MMA isn’t for everyone. Muay Thai just isn’t the best style fit for Niko’s perpetual pedal to the metal.

Finesse Smothers Ardor

Stylistic Holistics

It is exactly such a “martial arts” holistic in Muay Thai’s clinch │ transitioning to knees and/or elbows │ that New York’s statute exempts from the prohibition of (extreme) “combative sport” and that the WKA is loop holed to sanction. So also does the statute’s minimalism mandate the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) to ensure that the WKA’s meals on wheels doesn’t serve Virginia ham, when its legislative menu specifies filet mignon. Never mind who’s lobbyist wrote this loophole into the law.

Brian Crenshaw’s whimsical cooking of Muay Thai’s “martial arts” holistic, thus, makes it a doppelgänger of the very statutory prohibition intended in its legislative exemption: “A ‘combative sport’ shall mean any professional match or exhibition other than boxing, sparring, wrestling or martial arts wherein the contestants deliver, or are not forbidden by the applicable rules thereof from delivering kicks, punches or blows of any kind to the body of an opponent or opponents.” (See N.Y. Unconsolidated Law § 8905-a (2), p.5.)


The Pinocchio Principle

By virtue of the Pinocchio Principle in NYSAC’s regulatory mandate, therefore, don’t look now but guess who’s obliged to revoke the WKA’s license to operate a “martial arts” mint for reverse engineering a doppelgänger of the prohibited ‘combative sport’ instead of sanctioning the practice of authentic Muay Thai? Whether fans seek out this kind of cognitive dissonance or Brian Crenshaw thinks that his loophole to operate a mint parses legislative intent, it is unlikely that any state or federal court will abide NYSAC’s deciding which provision in N.Y. Unconsolidated Law § 8905-a (2) not to enforce. U.S. District Court Judge Kimba Wood has ruled, thus, that “evidence of arbitrary interpretation and enforcement can support a vagueness claim” and “based in part on such evidence, the Court declines to dismiss [the UFC] Plaintiffs’ as-applied arguments” challenging the constitutionality of N.Y. Unconsolidated Law § 8905-a (2) as reported by Justin Klein on The Fight Lawyer.

Size Mismatch

Stipulating that politics is the art of the possible, consent to be governed through ‘due process’ in administering the rule of law also ought to be possible. Don’t you think? We’ve got less wiggle room, by the same token, in how nature administers the laws of physics and biology. Speed takes a toll on stamina the same way that Niko’s power punching quotient plays off a 3×3 time dependent variable under K-1/Glory kickboxing rules compared with the 5×3 standard in Full Rules Muay Thai. So it was that Brian Crenshaw cooked a fourth round into the WKA Northeast Professional Kickboxing Championship in Battle of the Millennium on May the 15th, because what’s the fun of being able to make up rules, if you don’t get to break them whenever you feel like it?

When you've got it, flaunt it

Doing the Deed

Just like candid self-appraisal is the search engine for a prize fighter’s career development, it is even more axiomatic for corporate enterprise, where creative destruction is the new normal in American Capitalism. If the WKA is NYSAC’s company store in the ‘combative sport’ market space │ where it is mandatory for fans to buy only what Brian Crenshaw feels like selling us │ CEO Dan Hess of Merchant Forecast, a research company for retail investors, cuts to the chase in iconic brand Gap’s closing of 175 stores: “The conversation about strategic placement, the conversation about how many stores they need to keep open and how many they need to close, those are all secondary, in our view, to the fact that they need to offer product that consumers want to buy.” (Key word npr.org’s Morning Edition on June 17, 2015) Now factor net neutrality into this equation: Are the WKA’s captive show producers seeing more, less or flat attendance on Brian Crenshaw’s watch in the exact same market space where a single sports franchise (NYY) is valued at $2.5 billion, according to forbes.com, and where just across the Hudson River, New Jersey’s Athletic Control Board is operating at peak capacity?

Creative Destruction

Even though the Power Elite in Albany remains hostile to UFC trade prospects in their exercise of legislative prerogative to loop hole regulation of ‘combative sport’, “evidence of [NYSAC’s] arbitrary interpretation and enforcement can support” more than a Constitutional challenge to N.Y. Unconsolidated Law § 8905-a (2). It might also violate the U.S. Code’s prohibition against unlawful restraint of trade. (See 15 USC Ch. 1: MONOPOLIES AND COMBINATIONS IN RESTRAINT OF TRADE in pdf on the U.S. Congress website)

Inside the BeltwayPublic policy converges on market dynamics, furthermore, to DQ monopolies in a corporate welfare test tube. Stifling competition operates like a hidden subsidy from WKA’s captive show producers, thus, in their sanctioning fees for licensure to operate NYSAC company stores. It is also the functional equivalent of skimming luxury taxes from their box offices for the WKA to make a business out of income distribution. Now you know why pro purses are so stingy in New York and why promotional gimmickry cheapens the product. If you’re a fan of government sponsoring anti-competitive oligarchs, move to Moscow.

Virginia HamstringWhile Americans might be tentative about the most popular sport on planet Earth, FIFA recently made headlines with indictments originating from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York, which of all places, operates out of Brooklyn. Beyond the actual 47-count indictment for racketeering, wire fraud, and money laundering, there are also “whispers” about bribery in World Cup hosting and even innuendos about widespread game rigging. (See “Everything You Need to Know about FIFA’s Corruption Scandal” by K.M. McFarland, posted on wired.com on May 27, 2015)

It so happens that the FBI’s investigation of FIFA pivoted off due diligence by British investigative journalist Andrew Jennings. He’d previously investigated the Italian Mafia, which got him interested in exploring “the dirty dealings of international soccer” as Melissa Block parsed it June the 3rd on npr.org. The trail led Jennings to recognize that the sport “generates a lot of money. Then you realize it’s unregulated. If there’s unregulated money, then the mob turn up quite soon. They turned up. They took control of world soccer. They privatized it, sold it to the global brands.”

Shielded from the temptation of Midas riches in our cottage industry of ‘combative sport’, we default to aimless shooting in the dark. There’d be a whole lot less issue politics in this country, by the same token, were it possible to be just a little bit pregnant. Fertilization and corruption both play off doing the deed.

If NYSAC does its job, so goes the WKA’s exemption from regulation: an exemption that applies to “martial arts”, not to who sanctions them. Then and only then, do competitive market dynamics get more than lip service in a New York statutory loop hole. Whether Andrew Cuomo covets a promotion to the Oval Office – Spoiler Alert – stifling competition is not how we won the Cold War. Neither does ducking punches count on the score cards. Just as talk doesn’t cross the ropes, there comes a time for our public servants to put up or shut up.

Put Up or Shut Up


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