World Class Kickboxing Championships II

World Class Kickboxing Championships II
November 1, 2014

WCK Championships 2 Poster

Rahway Recreation Center
275 East Milton Avenue
Rahway, New Jersey 07065

World Class Kickboxing Championships 2 - Bout OrderEnd Story Mark

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Trinity II Kickboxing Championship – Full Results

Shedrick Goodridge vs. Harley Beekman

Trinity II Kickboxing Championship
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Rahway Recreation Center
275 E. Milton Avenue
City of Rahway

FULL RESULTS

B-Class Amateurs │ 147 lbs. │ 3×2
Jaime Mendoza def. Kirk Fletcher by Split Decision: 29-28, 28-29 and 29-28

B-Class Amateurs │ 135 lbs. │ 3×2
Alban Usini def. Mark Hassmiller by Unanimous Decision: All three judges 30-25.
Hassmiller suspended 30 days no contact for recovery │ 60 days for non -displaced nasal fracture.

B-Class Amateurs │ 154 lbs. Title │ 3×2
Justin Muslija def. Macho Soto by TKO (referee stoppage) at 1:48 of Round 1
Soto suspended indefinitely pending CT head scan and neurological exam.

B-Class Amateurs │ 210 lbs. │ 3×2
John Zapata def. Robert Cruz by KO at 0:55 of Round 2
Cruz suspended indefinitely pending head CT scan and X-Rays of C spine.

B-Class Amateurs │ 135 lbs. │ 3×2
Samantha Abrams def. Christina Pucciarelli by Unanimous Decision: 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27.
Pucciarelli suspended 14 days no contact for recovery.

Samantha Abrams vs. Christina Pucciarelli

Bout 7
B-Class Amateurs │ 154 lbs. │ 3×2
Frank Wells def. Brandon Cutler by KO at 0:29 of Round 1.
Cutler suspended 60 days for KO │ indefinitely pending hospital clearance.

Bout 8
B-Class Amateurs │ 168 lbs. Title │ 3×2
Victor Romero def. Collis Marques by Unanimous Decision: 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28.
Marques suspended 30 days no contact for recovery.

Bout 9
B-Class Amateurs │ 160 lbs. │ 3×2
Andrew Salas def. John Esposito by Unanimous Decision: All three judges 29-28.
Esposito suspended 14 days no contact.

Bout 10
B-Class Amateurs │ 147 lbs. Title │ 3×2
Karl Nemeth def. Juan Rosario by Unanimous Decision: All three judges 29-28.

Bout 11
Professionals │ 195 lbs. │ 3×3
Shedrick Goodridge def. Harley Beekman by Unanimous Decision: All three judges 29-28.

Happy Camper

STAFF:

Referees:                     Justin Greskiewicz, James Smith and Donnie Carolei
Judges:                        Willie Rivera, Henry Krawiec, Vincent Dudley and Vincent Sinclair
Timekeeper:                Julius Proenza
Scorekeeper:               Ellen Rubin
Ringside Physician:     Dr. Sherry Wulkan
Inspectors:                 Steve Cirone, Jay Esperon, Kevin Jones, Arthur Henry, Joe Pinto,
Rob Suchocki and Scott Colon
End Story MarkShadow Inspector:  Jeremy Uy

 

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New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame to Induct 3rd Class

New Jersey State Martial Arts Hall of Fame Poster 2014

The New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame announces the third class of inductees.

To see all of the inductees’ biographies and pictures, visit their website.

This class will be honored at the Induction dinner gala to be held at La Quinta Inns & Suites Meadowlands Hotel on December 5, 2014.

Tickets to the awards dinner can be purchased by calling 201-538-4843 or online at http://njsmartialartshof.com/.

Discount hotel room rates at La Quinta can be also obtained by calling 201-863-8700 and mentioning the Hall of Fame dinner.

New Jersey has always been on the forefront of combat sports. Some of the biggest bouts in MMA, kickboxing and Muay Thai have taken place at various venues around the state.

New Jersey has had a boxing hall of fame since the 1960′s. The New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame aims to also recognize and honor those involved in combat martial arts, such as MMA and Muay Thai. Because New Jersey is building a rich tradition in non-boxing martial arts, it is fitting to recognize these individuals and organizations.

Join with the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame to honor those involved in New Jersey martial arts and to celebrate with them, at an evening with family and friends. The focus will be on those directly involved in New Jersey martial arts.

At an historic moment in the State’s combat sports history, the intent is to have the New Jersey State Martial Arts Hall of Fame continue for many years and to serve as a record for those outstanding individuals involved in martial arts in the State.

Mark your calendars now and purchase your tickets early, so you can be part of New Jersey martial arts history. Call 201-538-4843 or visit http://njsmartialartshof.com/ and get your ticket to join them in a historic night for New Jersey and for martial arts. It is certain to be a terrific night with friends, fun, and music.

2014 Inaugural Class Inductee Awards:

Referee – Keith Peterson
Muay Thai Trainer – Tommy Dowd
MMA School Owner – Nick Catone
Prestigious Achievement – Dylan Wanagiel
Muay Thai Fighter – Justin Greskiewicz
Ringside Physician – Dr. Steven Oxler
Pioneer Physician – Dr. Mark Belafsky
Striking Coach – Mark Henry
USA Boxing – Henry Hascup
Event Organizer – Alan Goldberg
Pioneer Fighter – Chris Liguori
MMA Judge – Eric Colon
Administrator – Joan Pierce
Traditional Martial Arts – Karriem Abdallah
MMA Fighter – Dan Miller
Fighter of the year – Chris Weidman
End Story MarkMMA Nutritionist – Mike Dolce
Wrestling Coach – Scott Goodale
Scorekeeper – Ellen Rubin
Grappling – Tom Manelski

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American Muay Thai League WMC Presents the King’s Birthday Show

AMTL WMC Kings Birthday Show
Nova College
8333 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, Virginia
December 5th, 2014

Sanctioned by the World Muay Thai Council (WMC)

3 WMC USA Titles │ First ever WMC USA title belts to be fought for │ Full Rules Muay Thai, 5X3 min rounds

AMTL WMC Kings Birthday Show Poster

Main Events:

Justin Greskiewicz vs Jeremy Carper (Title Fight 147 lbs.)

Justin Greskiewicz. Former Multiple WBC Champion, #1 Ranked WBC contender, International Fighter, Headlined AXS TV’s Lion Fight Promotion multiple times. Highly decorated and famous USA and Internationally recognized fighter.

Jeremy Carper. Semi-finalist in the Road to Glory 170lb tournament. Former Operation Octagon middleweight champion, #6 ranked WBC Middle weight contender.

Mauricio Calvo vs Ahmet Kairetli (Title Fight 135 lbs.)

Maruicio Calvo. Intercontinental WKA World champion at 58 kg. Won this year in May at Panama City, National Costa Rica Champion 2013/2014, fought in Rajadamnern stadium as a main fight 122 pound against YOD SIAM October 2013.

Ahmet Kairetli. Istanbul, Turkey native, 4x Turkey Muay Thai Champion, 2005 Thailand Kings Birthday Cup winner, 2006 World Muay Thai Championships 2nd place, 2007 Europe Muay Thai champion (2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011), Turkey Champion, 2012 Holland Pro A class winner.

Coke Chunhawat vs Carlos Lopez (Title Fight 140lbs). Matt Embree is replacement if Coke gets injured on Nov.21.

Coke Chunhawat. Thailand native with record of 147-27-1. Former Rajadamnern Stadium Champion (Thailand). Former WBC Champion, WMC Champion, #2 ranked at Lumpinee Stadium. Currently in Top 5 fighters for his weight class. Fought and Headlined on AXS TV’s LION FIGHT Promotion. Currently resides in California.

Carlos Lopez. Incumbent WKA (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014) Champion. International fighter with experience fighting in Thailand. Recently defeated Current WBC Champion Rami Ibrahim on AXS TV with Lion FIght Promotion.

[Matt Embree. International Fighter, WBC Champion, WMC Champion, WBC and WMC world ranked fighter, 2008 Northern Thailand Champion, Former WKA North American Champion, Former IFMA World Muay Thai Champion. Highly world known fighter who has fought and headlined many events including AXS TV's Lion Fight Promotion against Americas Poster Boy for Muay Thai, Kevin Ross.]

All six fighters have fought on National Television and are the top fighters in their weight brackets, as far as skill and popularity in coming from every region of North America: NY, Canada, California, Phiadelphia/Tri-State area and Washington D.C area. This event is the first ever of its kind and will be a milestone.

About the Kings Birthday Celebration

December 5th is one of the most important days in Muay Thai. It marks the birthday of His Royal Majesty the King of Thailand. The World Muay Thai Council has endorsed the American Muay Thai League to host the First ever WMC-USA official King’s Birthday Celebration event. The Event will have the best fighters in North America competing for the first ever WMC USA titles, along with other known Pro and A-Class Amateur fighters. There will be a full staff of highly qualified Thai judges and referees to assure best possible outcomes.

End Story MarkFamous Hollywood Action Star and WMC Vice President Paulo Tocha will be present at the event to oversee and present the Championship Belts to the night’s winners. Paulo Tocha performed in many Hollywood movies. He is recognized as Paco from “Blood Sport”, where he acted alongside famous action hero Jean Claude Van Damme.

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Full Results from Combat at the Capitale on October 17, 2014

Combat at the Capitale
130 Bowery
New York City
Friday, October 17, 2014

Poster

PROFESSIONAL KICKBOXING: GLORY RULES:

Villi Bello (Ardon’s Sweet Science in Brooklyn) def. Niko Tsigaris (Lions Martial Arts in Brooklyn) by Split Decision: 29-28, 28-29, and 29-28 │ 153 lbs. │ 3×2.

Jennie Nedell (Longo Competition Team on Long Island) def. Munah Holland (Team Tiger Schulmann in New Jersey) by Unanimous Decision: 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28 │ 135 lbs. │ 3×2.

Dom Biondo (Alpha Omega on Long Island) def. Giovanni Moljo (Team Top Notch from Miami by way of Chicago) by TKO at 1:30 of Round 2 │ 143 lbs. │ 3×2.

Lashawn Alcocks (Dambakely Martial Arts in North Carolina) def. Jason Lee (Team Inner G in The Bronx) by Unanimous Decision: 30-26, 29-28, and 30-27 │ 160 lbs. │ 3×2.

Shennen Maceo (Team Tiger Schulmann on Long Island) def. Brian Burgan (Soo Doo Muay Thai in Detroit) by TKO at 2:29 of Round 2 │ 147 lbs. │ 3×2.

Christian Rojas (Alpha Omega from Chile by way of Long Island) def. Zaravkh Abashev (Lions Martial Arts in Brooklyn) by DQ for proving Glory Rules are for those who can’t cut it in Muay Thai │ 139 lbs. │ 3×2. [If you want sugar coating, you’re in the wrong place.]

John Salgado (Team Inner G on Long Island) def. Chris Wagner (Team Cannon on Long Island) by Unanimous Decision: 30-27, 30-27, and 30-27 │ 172 lbs. │ 3×2.

WKA NYS AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP: MODIFIED MUAY THAI RULES:

Malik Blake (Team Tiger Schulmann in NYC) def. Chris Edmund (Wilkie’s Warriors in New Jersey) by Unanimous Decision: 30-27, 30-27, and 30-27 │ 175 lbs. │ 3×2.

AMATEUR KICKBOXING: GLORY RULES:

WKA Northeast Championship
Andrew Ball
(Neglia Competition Team in Brooklyn) def. Christopher Gray (Team Top Notch in Chicago) by TKO after 3 Rounds (Physician Stoppage) │ 185 lbs. │ 4×2.

Shannon Halstead (Dambakely Martial Arts in North Carolina) def. Michael Musilli (Longo Competition Team on Long Island) by KO at 1:53 of Round 1: 160 lbs. │ 3×2.

Missael Sanchez (Team Tiger Schulmann in NYC) def. Orondo Henry (Soo Doo Muay Thai in Detroit) by Unanimous Decision: 30-27, 30-27, and 30-27 │ 138 lbs. │ 3×2.

Nazim Sadikhov (Lions Martial Arts in Brooklyn) def. Justin Montalvo (Longo Competition Team on Long Island) by Split Decision: 29-28, 28-29, and 29-28 │ 157 lbs. │ 3×2.

George Maldarelli (Neglia Competition Team on Long Island) def. Brandon Hagar (Soo Doo Muay Thai in Detroit) by TKO at 0:55 of Round 2 │ 155 lbs. │ 3×2.

End Story MarkPhumi Nkuta (Longo Competition Team in New Jersey) def. Pancho Theuer (Soo Doo Muay Thai in Detroit) by KO at 0:26 of Round 2 │ 130 lbs. │ 3×2.

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Trinity II Presents 2nd Show in Kickboxing Series

Trinity II Kickboxing Championships
October 25, 2014
Doors: 6:00 pm │ First Bout: 7:00 pm Sharp

Rahway Recreation Center
275 East Milton Avenue
Rahway, NJ 07065

Poster

Trinity presents the 2nd show in its fight championship series. It will bring high level action-packed K-1 Rules kickboxing to the East Coast, while expanding from Class A-B Amateurs to Professional Bouts. For more information on advance ticket purchases go to http://www.trinitykickboxing.com/.

B Class Amateur │ 125-130 lbs.
Christina Pucciarelli (The Institute) vs. Sam Abrams (Thornton Martial Arts)

B Class Amateur │ 130-135 lbs.
Will Rivas (TSMMA) vs. Alban Usini (AMA Fight Club)

B Class Amateur │ 130-135 lbs.
Mark Hassmiller (Mercer-Bucks Muay Thai) vs. James Chasarik (The Institute)

B Class Amateur │ 147-154 lbs. │ Title Fight
Macho Soto (The Institute) vs. Justin Muslija (TSMMA)

B Class Amateur │ 140-147 lbs.
Jaime Mendoza (Spyda Muay Thai) vs. Tony Fletcher (Thornton Martial Arts)

 

B Class Amateur │ 140-147 lbs. │ Title Fight
Juan Rosario (Camp Undefeated) vs. Karl Nemeth (Precision MMA)

B Class Amateur │ 140-147 lbs.
Farag Ibrahim (Elite Plus MMA) vs Matt Range (TSMMA)

B Class Amateur │ 147-154 lbs.
Brandon Cutler (IKAT) vs. Frank Wells (The Institute)

B Class Amateur │ 147-154 lbs.
Andrew Salas (Zealous Nation) vs John Esposito (The Institute)

B Class Amateur │ 155-160 lbs.
Alex Stine (Bad Guy Muay Thai/Killer Bee) vs. Ryan Dalton (Strategic Academy)

B Class Amateur │ 160-168 lbs. │ Title Fight
Victor Romero (Strategic/Weapons 9) vs. Collis Marques (AMA Fight Club)

B Class Amateur │ 170-175 lbs.
Santiago Sanchez (Cohn Lee Kenpo) vs. Caleb Taylor (Camp Sao Lak)

B Class Amateur │ 180-185 lbs.
Ken Jones(Stay Fly Muay Thai) vs. Cole Boulanger (Sitmangpong Thai Boxing)

B Class Amateur │ 205-210 lbs.
John Zapata (Zealous Nation) vs. Robert Cruz (The Phoenix Way)

End Story MarkProfessional Bout │ 185 lbs.
Shedrick Goodridge (Camp Sao Lak) vs Harley Beekman (Extreme MMA)

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¡¡¡Milestone for Muay Thai in Spain!!!

Event Poster

Former Muay Thai world champion – now IFMA Secretary General and Vice President of the WMC, Stephan Fox – is going to visit Spain this coming October the 18th. His visit will augment the International Ultra Elite Fighters Europe mega event.

Other prominent visitors will be the world’s number one ranked Andrei “The Bullet” Kulebin (Belarus) and Eric Ekambi (France), who will instruct referees in the national program for professional training of officials.

Muaythai España will also present a seminar: Advanced Techniques in the Development of Muay Thai during the last 15 years and the Future of Muay Thai. This will validate status as a National Coach and will be by invitation only.

Eric Ekambi with Officials

For more Information and Registration, contact Gustavo Luna at: [email protected] or 652049777.

¡¡¡Don’t Miss It. October the 18th will be a milestone for Spanish Muay Thai, with Stephan Fox, Andrei Kulebin and Eric Ekambi!!!

EMILIO BECKER
(President of Muaythai Spain)
[email protected] / 977910406
Visit: http://www.spainmuaythai.com

 Stephan Fox Poster

¡¡¡MUAYTHAI ESPAÑA ESTA DE EN HORA BUENA!!!

EL EX-CAMPEÓN MUNDIAL DE MUAYTHAI, AHORA SECRETARIO GENERAL DE IFMA Y VICE PRESIDENTE DE WMC, STEPHAN FOX, VISITARÁ ESPAÑA. SERÁ EL PRÓXIMO 18 DE OCTUBRE COINCIDIENDO CON EL MEGA EVENTO QUE LA PROMOTORA INTERNACIONAL ULTRA ELITE FIGHTERS EUROPE HA PREPARADO, APROVECHANDO SU ESTANCIA IMPARTIRÁ UN SEMINARIO SOBRE: TÉCNICAS AVANZADAS, DESARROLLO DEL MUAYTHAI EN LOS ÚLTIMOS 15 AÑOS Y FUTURO DEL MUAYTHAI, ESTE CONVALIDARÁ COMO TÍTULO DE ENTRENADOR NACIONAL (SOLO POR CONVOCATORIA).

Andrei Kulebin Poster

MAS INFORMACIÓN E INSCRIPCIÓN EN [email protected] o 652049777 (GUSTAVO LUNA).

OTRAS VISITAS IMPORTANTÍSIMAS SON LAS DEL NÚMERO UNO MUNDIAL ANDREI “BULLET” KULEBIN (BIELORRUSIA) Y ERIC EKAMBI (FRANCIA) QUIEN TAMBIÉN INSTRUIRÁ A NUESTROS ÁRBITROS EN LA FORMACIÓN DE ARBITRAJE PROFESIONAL.

EMILIO BECKER
(Presidente de Muaythai España)
[email protected] / 977910406
visita: www.spainmuaythai.com

End Story MarkNO OS LO PERDÁIS, EL PRÓXIMO 18 DE OCTUBRE CITA HISTÓRICA PARA EL MUAYTHAI HISPANO, STEPHAN FOX, ANDREI KULEBIN Y ERIC EKAMBI!!!

 

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How Competitive a Sport Is Kick Boxing in the Ring of Popular Sentiment?

K1 Poster Featuring Buakaw vs. Khel

Much as opinion informs us that Glory World Series heralds the global warming of popular sentiment for kick boxing and that it’s destined to wash over us like sea level rise, there is nothing new about tides ebbing and flowing every single day. We’ve been avid surfers, until now, riding watery broncos as they buck out of the ocean. So we mounted K-1’s wave, until it washed away. Then there was a lull. Here comes another tide of anticipation in the surge of Glory World Series. Is this a solitary wave – that’s going retreat back into its watery womb – or does it cascade in the gust of trade winds above a deep ocean current?

 How to Judge Performance in the Ring of Popular Sentiment

 Just as the dual dimensions of volume and velocity size up fluid flow in a metaphor, so also does popular sentiment express itself in the metrics of consumption. However hard core consumers compute gain from pain, would the UFC sell more pay per views than dart throwing pub patrons in merry old England without the muscular momentum of popular sentiment?

Bear with me in acclaiming Facebook the most popular sport anywhere that it’s not being censored, while also beholding two other Pale Riders on Twitter and YouTube. There is just no begging the question of this consumption’s metrics. While you might not think of these as competitive sports, let me remind you what Niccolò Machiavelli observed about the ends justifying the means. (Chapter XVIII of “The Prince”) Let me also key word ‘entertainment’ into the search engine for such murky motivations as are intestinal to popularity contests.

GLORY Sports International Facebook Page

Amongst all of the permutations that motivate us to consume entertainment, sports are a variety of performance art akin to music in packaging and distribution. We can consume (experience) these kinds of ‘entertainment’ live as though in concert, at the ball park or in an arena. The metric for such consumption is ticket sales, a/k/a the box office or the live gate. (“Dana White tells Yahoo! Sports that the paid gate at UFC 175 in Las Vegas was estimated to surpass $5 million.”)

 

We can also consume (experience) these kinds of entertainment derivatively through whatever medium gains us access to their performance. The metrics for such remote consumption derive mostly from screen views, though radio remains a viable and monetize-able medium on the same order as tv ratings.

 

It is actually through monetizing derivative consumption – in all of its ingenious varieties – that we get most of our sports consumption metrics. They range from straight forward screen views (tv ratings) – that fold into the even more derivative advertising revenues – to pay-per-views (ppv’s) to subscription models like cable tv bundles and downloadable apps. Pretty much any communication medium can be adapted to distribute the common denominator of monetize-able messages. If you put all of this in an analytical blender, what comes out is a metric for popular sentiment. This brings us back to the dual dimensions of volume and velocity – or rather momentum – in terms of popular sentiment’s trend.

 

Keeping our focus on the entertainment quotient in competitive sports, the metrics of consumption regress to a mean around performance artists. True enough, some of us are indiscriminate in our play lists. You’re just not going to make a convincing case, though, that Jay-Z doesn’t sell more albums than an anonymous voice coming out of an unfamiliar face. It is an irrefutable fact that the UFC sold nearly 3x more ppv’s for Weidman vs. Silva II than business as usual.

 

Pie Chart of UFC Pay-Per-Views

 

Now let’s dial this down to our own humble cottage industry of a sport, where ticket sales are a metric that happens to be derivative from pay-to-play. It doesn’t get more humble than ticket quotas for neighborhood gyms, whose favorite sons and daughters zealously work the box office for the quid pro quo of fighting for local bragging rights. Neither does it get more deer-in-the-headlights exactly what motivates these most avid of fans to express their popular sentiment in a monetized (ticket) consumption metric.

 

Emotional Roller Coaster

 

So, public sentiment’s nature – in the species of competitive sports – is no less monogamous (at least transiently) than British tennis fans romance with Andy Murray during the Summer Olympics at Wimbledon. Successful match makers make it their business, therefore, to pivot off the functional equivalent of individual performers going viral with a fan population.

 

Don’t take my word for it. Take a poll, rather, of public sentiment in Cleveland on the occasion of Lebron James coming back home to the Cavs. Even though basketball is a team sport – unlike our solitaire edition of whack a mole – star power gets the most headlines in competitive sports exactly because it’s the same as a best selling brand. So much so that we enshrine our favorites in halls of fame, while the most epic of teams are lucky to get a cameo in a nostalgia documentary on ESPN.

 

Boxing scores highest on the popularity index for our generic product mix. This is due in no small measure to its legacy of public sentiment across generations. It is also because boxing has been able to mint star power with staying power, like Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Who among those of us old enough to remember doesn’t sometimes amble down memory lane – à la fans of the other mainstream (team) sports – nostalgic for the primes of Muhammad Ali, “Smoking” Joe Frazier and George Foreman? We had the epic athletes, and we had the drama of competition between them.

 

Let’s Go to the Scorecards

 

Think of everything up until here as the rules meeting. We’ve done our due diligence on the essential criteria that apply to judging a competitive sports enterprise in the ring of popular sentiment. Now let’s go to the score cards for kick boxing. You be the judge. Give it two grades. One for performance – specifically on Glory Sports International’s watch – and the other for potential growth in popularity on the basis of whatever metrics can support a reasonable inference. (See “Kickboxing and the Curious Case of Eternal Fatalism” by Dave Walsh on LiverKick.com, posted on August 21, 2004)

 

Name one pair of kickboxers, whose match-up would be so epic that it’d set off a ticket scalping frenzy within commuting distance of the live gate, while also selling upwards of a million ppv’s. If you can’t, then either Glory World Series is doing something wrong or it just might be tilling barren soil. Suspending our judgment on the premise of a purse fertilizer’s work-in-progress kind of assumes that the working capital problem will solve itself. This is “such stuff as dreams are made on”. What’s not part of the solution – you know the drill – there is always some illusion built into a disappearing act.

 

Ramon Dekkers vs. Coban Lookchaomæsaitong

 

Illusion casts its shadow across a whole buffet of novelties, gimmicks and deceptive appearances. Judge the appearance in Glory World Series of Grand Prix elimination tournaments by this criterion: does it promote any performers – whose charisma we know is the molecular compound for contagious in popular sentiment – or does it aim rather to curate performance art, as though galleries or museums can ever be a successful business model in competitive sports?

 

In judging whether the appearance of Grand Prix elimination tournaments in Glory World Series is operationally (self) deceptive, we can also get there through deductive logic:

 

 

  • K-1’s business model was unsuccessful.

 

  • The copying of K-1’s business model by Glory Sports International’s branding obsessives – in their misguided belief that WWE operates by the same public sentiment principles as competitive sports – what part of this don’t they get?

 

Instead of fools-rush-in-where-angels-fear-to-tread, there is an intuitive corollary to our deductive reasoning that’s hiding in the plain sight of boxing’s successful business model. Credible rankings in boxing incubate what’s organically infectious in the spread of contagion through a fan population. (See “The Tipping Point” by Malcom Gladwell) On a scale of if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it, thus, Rule #1 for a kickboxing enterprise should make it a strategic imperative to align with the stars – like Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Emmanuel “Manny” Dapidran Pacquiao – instead of showcasing reruns of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” conjuring chaos, with Mickey Mouse in the title role.

 

In Glory Sports International’s campaign to brand itself ‘Master of the (Kick Boxing) Universe’, rankings are so cryptic that they ply public sentiment with all the drama of cryogenics. So Schilling upsets Levin in Chicago but Levin remains ranked #1, because corporate enterprise branding obsessives are doing some kind of tenure thing that makes no sense. Then Barrett beats Schilling in New York, but he’s still chasing Joe in the rankings, who himself drops even further behind Levin in the tenure statusphere. This wannabe ‘Master of the (Kick Boxing) Universe’ is so obsessive about branding itself that there’s no chapter in the Policies & Procedures Manual about boarding long haul passengers before closing the train doors. Never mind collecting fares to pay for the tickets.

 

Last Man Standing Collage

 

If corporate enterprise management just aims to jump start a product line of contenders with branding potential, a case could be made for rolling out rankings via the modality of Grand Prix elimination tournaments. Once public sentiment begins to show a pulse, though, it’s essential to transition into brand management where, incidentally, a competitive sports enterprise is also supposed to begin making money.

 

Whenever a business model deploys “hail Mary” tactics: that’s a gambling mindset. It might work for casinos to put wheels of fortune at their entrances – on the order of freak shows in carnivals – but this is no way to cement the foundations for long term sustainable growth with the essential star power that’d mobilize a fan population around it. Rarely will you see in a self-sustaining business model such a yawning chasm between short term jackpot tactics and long term growth strategy.

 

Lest we despair, “The Bonfire of the Vanities” has in actual fact managed to tease out enough of viewing audience for Spike TV to renew the series. (See “GLORY Sports International Appoints Jon J. Franklin As Global Chief Executive” from kswo.com on August 19, 2014)

 

TV Ratings

 

End Story MarkWe can tentatively infer from respectable – if not spectacular tv ratings – that popular sentiment for the sport of kickboxing is a tunnel’s vision away from tilling barren soil. Cable tv viewership averages 459,000 for Glory World Series’ U.S. shows. From Chicago’s (Glory 11) ground zero rollout, tv ratings seems to have peaked at 498,000 in Denver (Glory 16). They then slid 3% into a 483,000 groove in the L.A. ring at Glory 17. If you put any faith in prophecy, this one seems to apply: “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” (Galatians 6:7)

 

CLICK HERE for Lance Burns’ Photo Gallery.

 

Dan Eric’s Photo Gallery is also a CLICK AWAY.

 

Buakaw Banchamek

 

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Born Warriors Film Screenings in NYC

Q&A

“Born Warriors” film producer Vincent Giordano reports: Our September 13th screening of “Born Warriors (Part One)” at the Myanmar Film Festival in Los Angeles was a great success. “Born Warriors” was given a special award at the opening ceremony, along Wera Aung’s film, “The Glassman.” Wera flew in from Yangon for the event, and we discussed the current difficulties of making films in Myanmar.

I personally felt that “Born Warriors” did not reflect the full picture that I wanted to present to the audience. Ideally, “Born Warriors” and “Born Warriors Redux” should be seen together, as separate chapters of the same piece. They were created to work in synergy with one another and the other six shorts on the DVD release. Still the reception was good from a native audience both here and in Myanmar. So I was at least happy about that.

Screenings of “Born Warriors (Part One)” will continue until mid-November.

The following film festivals and show times are now confirmed:

Oktober Film Festival

Sunday, October 5th at 4:30 pm
Short Series IV Screening Block
The Poet’s Den
309 East 108th Street
New York, New York
For further information, visit: http://www.ocktoberfilmfest.com.

Big Apple Film Festival

Thursday, November 6th from 8:15 pm to 10:15 pm
Program 7 (Theater 1) at Tribeca Cinemas
54 Varick St. (corner of Canal Street)
New York, NY

Big Apple Film Festival Screenings:

■ “Arthur Avenue”
■ “A Day in the Life of Lolita the Performing Orca”
■ “Born Warriors”
For further information, visit: http://www.bigapplefilmfestival.com

Bakersfield Film Festival

November 7 – 9 (Screening date and time yet to be confirmed)
The Fox Theater
Downtown Bakersfield, California
For further information, visit http://www.bakersfieldfilmfestival.com

 

There are several more festivals in the pipeline. We hope to premiere “Born Warriors Redux”, once it is completed, at one of them.

 

For those in the New York area, we are trying to host a special “Born Warriors” and “Born Warriors Redux” screening right before the release of the DVD. It will be the best way to see both films and be part of our usual spirited dialogue and audience interaction.

 

We are still hard at work trying to mix and get the DVDs ready for a November release.

 

Contact Vincent Giordano at [email protected]

 

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Epic Show in Lion Fight XIX at Foxwoods

OGNJEN TOPIC vs. RUNGRAVEE SASIPRAPA

FABIO PINCA vs. SEAN KEARNEY

CALEY REECE vs. CHAJMAA BELLAKHAL

 

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LION FIGHT XIX, the premier American Muay Thai promotion’s third event in the Northeast Corridor, is set for Friday, November the 21st. It features two championships with Fabio Pinca and Caley Reece both making their first title defenses.

 

In the Main Event, France’s Fabio Pinca (90-21-4) – Lion Fight’s welterweight champion – will take on top contender Sean Kearney (29-9-1) from Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada. In the Co-Main Event, Australian Caley Reece (50-5-0) – Lion Fight’s female featherweight champion – will take on European Muay Thai Champion Chajmaa Bellekhal (43-10-2) from Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

 

Fabio Pinca (left) vs. Malaipet at Lion Fight XII on February 8, 2014.  Photo courtesy of Bennie E. Palmore II.

Fabio Pinca (left) vs. Malaipet at Lion Fight XII on February 8, 2014. Photo courtesy of Bennie E. Palmore II.

 

Pinca last fought at LION FIGHT XII, where he won the welterweight title by systematically outpointing world class Muay Thai fighter Malaipet. In addition to holding the Lion Fight title, Pinca is also the 2012 WBC World Muay Thai Welterweight Champion, 2010 Isuzu Thai Fight Tournament Champion and 2009 WBC World Muay Thai Super Lightweight Champion. He’s known for his technical fighting style and for his high profile victory over one of the world’s most renowned Thai fighters, Sænchai Sor Sinbi, in a spectacular 2012 rematch.

 

Reece last fought at LION FIGHT XIII, where she gave Tiffany Van Soest her first Lion Fight loss in a unanimous decision victory. The incumbent women’s Lion Fight featherweight champion, Reece is considered one of the greatest female fighters in standup sports. The Australian native has held three World Muay Thai Council (WMC) titles and has also fought as a professional kickboxer.

 

Caley Reece (left) vs. Tiffany Van Soest at Lion Fight XIII on November 2, 2013.  Photo courtesy of Bennie E. Palmore II.

Caley Reece (left) vs. Tiffany Van Soest at Lion Fight XIII on November 2, 2013. Photo courtesy of Bennie E. Palmore II.

 

The LION FIGHT 19 main card is stacked with some of the best Muay Thai fighters from all over the world, including:

 

Ognjen Topic (Lodi, NJ) vs. Rungravee Sasiprapa (Surin, THAILAND) in a 132 lbs. bout.

 

Chris Mauceri (Kingston, NY) vs. Coke Chunhawat (Oakland, CA) in a 140 lbs. bout.

 

Pedro Gonzalez (Gloucester, MA) vs. Rungrat Sasiprapa (THAILAND) in a 143 lbs. bout.

 

Matt Doherty (Boston, MA) vs. Julio Pena (Boston, MA) in a 135 lbs. bout.

 

Ognjen Topic (right) vs. Paowarit Sasiprapa at Lion Fight IX on March 15, 2013.  Photo courtesy of Bennie E. Palmore II.

Ognjen Topic (right) vs. Paowarit Sasiprapa at Lion Fight IX on March 15, 2013. Photo courtesy of Bennie E. Palmore II.

 

See Bennie E. Palmore II’s entire Photo Gallery HERE.

 

 

 

End Story MarkTickets for LION FIGHT XIX are on sale now starting at $25 and are available at the Foxwoods’ Grand Theater. Tickets are also available through Foxwoods.com or by calling the Foxwoods’ Box Office at 800-200-2882 or Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. LION FIGHT XIX airs live on AXS TV starting at a special time, 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. Visit LIONFIGHT.com for news, information and event updates, and follow on Twitter @LIONFIGHT.

 

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