Full Results from Lion Fight XIX on November 21, 2014

Topic vs. RungraveeLion Fight XIX

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Friday, November 21, 2014

PROFESSIONAL MUAY THAI: FULL RULES:

Ognjen Topic (North Jersey Muay Thai in Lodi, New Jersey) def. Rungravee Sasiprapa (Sasiprapa Gym in Bangkok, Kingdom of Thailand) by Unanimous Decision: 50-45, 49-46, and 48-47 │ 132 lbs. │ 5×3.

Bellekhal vs. SitzesChajmaa Bellekhal (Hemmers Gym in Breda, The Netherlands) def. Jeri Sitzes (Budo-Kai Fight Game Gym in Springfield, Missouri) by Split Decision: 49-46, 47-48, and 50-46 │ 124 lbs. │ 5×3.

Rungrat vs. GonzalezRungrat Sasiprapa (Sasiprapa Gym in Bangkok, Kingdom of Thailand) def. Pedro Gonzalez (Redline Fight Sports/North Shore Muay Thai in Boston, Massachusetts) by TKO at 2:42 of Round 4 │ 143 lbs. │ 5×3.

Chris Mauceri (Stockade Martial Arts in Kingston, New York) def. Coke Chunhawat (Dek Wat Muay Thai in Oakland, California) by Unanimous Decision: 49-46, 49-46, and 50-45 │ 140 lbs. │ 5×3.

Jo Nattawut (Bangkok Boxing in Atlanta, Georga) def. Sean Kearney (Iron City Muay Thai in Vancouver/British Columbia, Canada) by Unanimous Decision: All three judges scored it 50-45 │ 161 lbs. │ 5×3.

Julio Pena (Hard Knocks Muay Thai in Boston, Massachusetts) def. Matt Doherty (Redline Fight Sports/North Shore Muay Thai in Boston, Massachusetts) by Unanimous Decision: 49-46, 48-47, and 48-47 │ 135 lbs. │ 5×3.

AMATEUR MUAY THAI: MODIFIED RULES:

Benjamin Anton (Rami Elite in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) def. Niko Qirjazo (Redline Fight Sports/North Shore Muay Thai in Boston, Massachusetts) by Unanimous Decision: 30-27, 29-28, and 30-27 │ 143 lbs. │ 3×2.

Emily Back (AMA Fight Club in Whippany, New Jersey) def. Elizabeth Silveria (Hard Knocks Muay Thai in Boston, Massachusetts) by Majority Decision: 29-28, 29-28, and 28-28 │ 118 lbs. │ 3×2.

Brian Bogue (Burke’s Martial Arts in Cranston, Rhode Island) def. Jeovanny Tovar (Redline Fight Sports/North Shore Muay Thai in Boston, Massachusetts) by Unanimous Decision: All three judges scored it 29-28 │ 165 lbs. │ 3×2.

End Story MarkJulian Nguyen (Team Link Muay Thai in Boston, Massachusetts) def. Nick Valentino (Sitmangpong Thai Boxing in Shutesbury, Massachusetts) by TKO at 0:47 of Round 1 │ 147 lbs. │ 3×2.

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Integrity Needs No Indemnity from Collateral Damage in Combat at the Capitale on October 17, 2014

Andrew Ball vs. Christopher Gray for FeatureWhile covering a show in Las Vegas once, I overheard Pat Miletich explain to the tv audience “what the judges are looking at”. Pat knows more than I ever will what the judges should be looking at. I’ve covered shows, though, with judges who weren’t even looking. (See “Bridge Over Troubled Water Takes Credibility Toll on Fans and Fighters”) More common have been the judges who don’t know or don’t care what they should be looking at. (See “What Shall It Profit a Man, If He Gains the Whole World but Forfeits His Soul?” in Muay Thaimes®, Vol. IV, No. 3, Winter of 2010, pp.78-86.)

What got me thinking on this was how the WKA’s Officials-on-Demand has made NYC shows seem like A Tale of Two Cities, where: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way.” Take this to mean that we’ve got kind of an escort service here that makes a unique selling proposition out of customer satisfaction.

Malik Blake (left) vs. Chris Edmund

Malik Blake (left) vs. Chris Edmund

Officials-on-Demand come in a package deal for NYC show producers. The package includes a local favorite option for whatever it takes to satisfy some of these customers. We’ve got a sore loser with anger management issues, for example, who never met an outcome he couldn’t handicap with artful match making.

We’ve also got a local legend with adventure deficit. Don’t take my word for it. Betting only local favorites at the Friday Night Fights in NYC on September the 19th, you could’ve parlayed 8 out of 10 winners wearing a blindfold. The identical bias yanked Muay Thai out of the Sports Book at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. Trust me. I did my due diligence there. That Sports Book used to cover my out of pockets for the trip.

So it’s not exactly forcing facts to fit a theory for Artyom Sahakyan (Lion Martial Arts) to get the idea that there is a bias against his crew. Two out of the three big NYC shows exercise a local favorite option in their WKA Officials-on-Demand package deal. If there’s a moral or ethical difference between bias and pandering, integrity needs no indemnity from collateral damage.

James Connor at the Friday Night Fights in New York City on May 2, 2008

James Connor at the Friday Night Fights in New York City on May 2, 2008

Precisely because WKA’s reputation precedes it, Artyom Sahakyan should know that there is ample precedent for pigs in a poke on this circuit. Amble with me down memory lane to May the 2nd, 2008. (See “Church Street Boxing Gym’s Friday Night Fight Series in NYC” in Muay Thaimes®, Vol. II, No. 3, Fall of 2008 on p.42.) Sitan New York’s Kingsley Opaku had a ko nullified on the most bogus of pretexts: injury stoppage on account of the beneficiary James Connor’s head scratch, which literally took a band aid to patch. Rather than the ringside physician, it was WKA’s ref Chris Wagner who granted clemency. He also happened to be hosting Mr. Connor from Evolution Muay Thai in Wombourne, England. At some point, I just gave up trying to make this kind of stuff palatable for public consumption.

Don’t think for a New York minute that these shows are any more successful for the economic equivalent of DUI. On any tally of box office ballots, Lou Neglia’s Combat at the Capitale draws a Winners Circle around some truly staggering numbers. Lou’s patronage has produced 88 success stories, at latest count, that have made it all the way to the UFC, including most recently: Chris Weidman, Ryan Laflare, Al Iaquinta, Costas Philippou, Chris Wade and Truck Gordon.

So many success stories wouldn’t be imaginable, without Brian Crenshaw’s bringing Lou his Officials-on-Demand A-Game. While generalizations can be hazardous to my credibility, a place in Lou’s Winners Circle should be reserved also for the caliber of officials who worked Combat at the Capitale on October 17, 2014.

Every fight with Niko (on the right) is going to be a slug fest.

Every fight with Niko (on the right) is going to be a slug fest.

Niko Tsigaris (Lions Martial Arts in Brooklyn) vs.
Villi Bello (Ardón’s Sweet Science in Brooklyn)
Glory/ K-1 Professional Kickboxing Rules │ 153 lbs. │ 3×3.

You’ve probably figured out by now that Niko Tsigaris (from Azerbaijan) lost a close one to Villi Bello (from the Dominican Republic) in the main event. Except for an E-Z Pass with Chicago’s Billy Rose on June the 13th, Niko has been in some coin flips this past year at Lou’s house. Career development is like that. Wins or losses matter in relation to the caliber of competition.

Niko (on the right) is pretty much pegging his place in the pecking order.

Niko (on the right) is pretty much pegging his place in the pecking order.

Between a win over Nick Pace on September the 27th last year, a loss to John Bowman on April the 4th and the latest to Villi Bello, Niko is pretty much pegging his place in the pecking order. Close calls either way don’t get him pecking in Giorgio Petrosyan’s yard while also chasing Andy Ristie, Davit Kiria and Robin van Roosmalen. Ask Ky Hollenbeck about too close for comfort with this caliber of competition. (See “Starship Glory’s Orbit Towards Oblivion”)

Villi (on the right) seemed to have the power edge.

Villi (on the right) seemed to have the power edge.

With a weak clinch, Glory/K-1 rules allow what Niko does best and jettisons the rest. Because every fight with Niko is going to be a slug fest, pecking pales next to power. That’s where Villi seemed to have the edge.

Points are awarded for the power, hitting a target area and technical ability of the techniqueI ran this decision by the British Thai Boxing Council’s Tony Moore, who produced the first draft of what eventually became the American Association of Boxing Commissioners’ Unified Rules for Muay Thai. Here’s what he had to say. “Points are awarded for the power, hitting a target area and technical ability of the technique.” In other words, the judges got it right, which Greg Ardón can tell Artyom Sahakyan doesn’t happen all that often for his crew either.

Winner: Villi Bello by Split Decision: 29-28, 28-29, and 29-28.

Andrew Ball (Neglia Competition Team in Brooklyn) vs.
Christopher Gray (Team Top Notch in Chicago)
WKA Northeast ChampionshipGlory/ K-1 Amateur Kickboxing Rules │ 185 lbs. │ 4×2.

Winners Circle brings to mind thoroughbreds, thundering hooves, first to the finish. Some careers seem to get there without a single misstep. They need only a showcase right out of the gate. I can think of two hot local prospects on that kind of track: Mike Fischetti (Team Tiger Schulmann) and Andrew Ball.

Heavy hitters like these still have to learn the ropes. Here are some reasons off the top of my head, in no particular order: Joe Schilling, Wayne Barrett and Artem Levin. When bobbing and weaving begins during contract negotiations, the Law of Diminishing Returns is probably sending Andrew’s amateur career an eviction notice. Before Christopher Gray took this gig – case in point – three others took discretion to be the better part of valor.

Off first bell, Christopher sustained a broken rib

Off first bell, Christopher sustained a broken rib.

There was frustration on display in Andrew’s having to chase down a quarry with more flight than fight. Off first bell, Christopher sustained a broken rib. His corner wanted him to quit but – despite appearances – courage doesn’t always pose for a photo op. This was one in which the doc got it right, while Andrew had to settle for a night at the races. What should’ve been an omen was a contender from Chicago for the WKA’s Northeast title. Who’s registering voters in this precinct?

Winner: Andrew Ball by TKO after 3 Rounds (Physician Stoppage).

Munah Holland (Team Tiger Schulmann in New Jersey) vs.
Jennie Nedell (Longo Competition Team on Long Island)
Glory/ K-1 Professional Kickboxing Rules │ 135 lbs. │ 3×3.

You can learn mechanics in the gym and groove them into moves by sparring. There is only pass/fail grading, though, in the school of hard knocks. On Ray Longo’s teaching to this test, Jennie Nedell should be an inspiration to ordinary mortals without super powers.

Jennie Nedell (on the left) should be an inspiration to ordinary mortals without super powers.

Jennie Nedell (on the left) should be an inspiration to ordinary mortals without super powers.

Jennie has been bringing discipline and determination – if not dominance – to her performances, since joining the Serra-Longo crew. On June the 13th, her work ethic was margin enough for victory over a very seasoned Casey Bohrman. It was also enough – on the caliber of Casey’s competition – to graduate Jennie from rookies to rankings.

Even rarer than super powers in this sport are managers │ career developers like Ray Longo.

Even rarer than super powers in this sport are managers │ career developers like Ray Longo.

Even rarer than super powers in this sport are managers │ career developers like Ray Longo. If he’d hit the sweet spot so often on Wall Street, the SEC would probably have Ray on its What Does He Know That Others Don’t Watch List. What Ray knows, apparently, is that Munah Holland could do for Jennie’s rep what Archie Moore did for Cassius Clay’s on November 15, 1962.

 Against the 2007 NY Daily News Golden Gloves Boxing Champion, World Combat League, Bellator and Invicta FC veteran, Jennie knew it’d have been game over conceding command to Munah. In the early going, Jennie’s counters were just enough to throw Munah off her game. In the heavier going, it was Jennie commanding the cavalry with Munah holding down the fort.

It was Jennie commanding the cavalry with Munah holding down the fort

If Eric Haycraft thinks he’s playing it safe in matching Lindsay Scheer Haycraft with Jennie at Glory 19, think of it like this. For all of their playing it safe, there’s no place for Eric and Lindsay to go but down. Shout out to Eric and Lindsay from Miriam Nakomoto.

Winner: Jennie Nedell by Unanimous Decision: 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28.

In playing it safe, there’s no place to go but down.

In playing it safe, there’s no place to go but down.

Dom Biondo (Alpha Omega on Long Island) vs.
Giovanni Moljo (Team Top Notch from Miami by way of Chicago)
Glory/ K-1 Professional Kickboxing Rules │ 143 lbs. │ 3×3.

In working a Combat at the Capitale show, ring officials have to multi-task between Low Kick, Glory/K-1 Kickboxing and Muay Thai. Giovanni Moljo took them somewhere that I’ve only seen once before, when ‘The Alien Fighter’ Manson Gibson beamed down on Shawn Yarborough at WCK’s Primm Valley finale on December 9, 2009. (See “Ceremonial Combat at the Casino on a Cemetery” in Muay Thaimes®, Vol. IV, No. 1, Spring of 2010 on p. 25.) Between rounds two and three in that bout, ‘The Alien Fighter’ wasn’t just DQ’d but also suspended by NSAC, proving that there is some semblance of normalcy, even in Nevada.

It took just an uppercut for Biondo to split the prankster’s gloves and to cash his chipsGiovanni Moljo also patrolled the frontier of normalcy with his long day’s journey into night. Nothing in Giovanni’s performance even remotely resembled a professional kickboxing offense. Neither did he exhibit any capacity or willingness to defend himself, other than to cover up in the corner once Dom called his bluff. It took just an uppercut for Biondo to split the prankster’s gloves and to cash his chips.

Nothing in Giovanni’s performance even remotely resembled a professional kickboxing offense. Photo by Peter Marney for Muay Thaimes ®.

Nothing in Giovanni’s performance even remotely resembled a professional kickboxing offense. Photo by Peter Marney for Muay Thaimes ®.

Had Shakespeare covered this beat, he might’ve described a “player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more [in] a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” (Macbeth, Act 5, Scene 5) Whoever brokered Moljo for this match shouldn’t expect Lou to take his call the next time he dials the phone.

Winner: Dom Biondo by TKO at 1:30 of Round 2.

Zaravkh Abashev (Lions Martial Arts in Brooklyn) vs.
Christian Rojas (Alpha Omega from Chile by way of Long Island)
Glory/ K-1 Professional Kickboxing Rules │ 139 lbs. │ 3×3.

With two new shows in New Jersey alone – Trinity Kickboxing Championships and World Class Kickboxing Championships – Glory/K-1 rules are on a roll. Whenever something like this happens, we should be mindful of another rule that makes fortunes on Wall Street: buy the rumor then sell the fact. The fact we should be selling is that Glory/K-1 rules are defined by what they’re not, meaning they’re not Muay Thai. In other words, Glory/K-1 kickboxing is Muay Thai without the clinch, elbows and sweeps.

Glory │ K-1 kickboxing is Muay Thai without the clinch, elbows and sweeps. Photo by Peter Marney for Muay Thaimes ®.

Glory │ K-1 kickboxing is Muay Thai without the clinch, elbows and sweeps. Photo by Peter Marney for Muay Thaimes ®.

The message in this media is caveat emptor. Let the buyer beware. Don’t buy into a kickboxing contract, like Zaravkh Abashev did, without reading the fine print. After twice warning Zaravkh to refrain from Muay Thai sweeps, ref Vincent Chapple penalized the repeat offender a point for his third rule violation. Coming back with a judo throw, Abashev bought himself a DQ.

To cop a Rolling Stones quote: “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find you get what you need.” What we need throughout this entire sport are more officials like Vincent Chapple, who reward our faith with their integrity. With Vincent on the job, we get “the best of times” at shows like Combat at the Capitale.

Winner: Christian Rojas by DQ at 2:44 of Round 1.

Ref Vincent ChappleCombat at the Capitale
Full Results

Friday, October 17, 2014

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. │ 3×3.

Jennie Nedell (on the left) vs. Munah HollandJennie 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. │ 3×3.

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. │ 3×3.

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. │ 3×3.

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. │ 3×3.

John Salgado (Team Inner G on Long Island) def. Chris Wagner (Cannon on Long Island) by Unanimous Decision │ 172 lbs. │ 3×3.

Christian Rojas (Alpha Omega from Chile by way of Long Island) def. Zaravkh Abashev (Lions Martial Arts in Brooklyn) by DQ at 2:44 of Round 1 │ 139 lbs. │ 3×3.

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. │ 3×3.

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.

Malik Blake

Malik Blake

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.

Phumi 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.

For more eye candy, visit the Photo Galleries of: Peter Marney, Brendan Ormsby and Dennis A. Clark.

So long as our law makers in Albany remain indifferent to the possibility that three blind mice could get voter ID’s, don’t lose any sleep over polling fraud. Some show producers play zero sum games with fans and fighters, because that’s really why they’re in it. Mostly it’s because that’s just all they know how to do. Thin skins seem to distract them from their dwindling attendance, commensurate with a general preference for not having to hold your nose.

End Story MarkIf there’s any hidden logic in this algorithm, it is circular reasoning. Either settle for a vicious circle – which traps our cottage industry in tunnel vision’s circuit – or engineer progress into a conduit that actually develops careers for promotion to the Winners Circle. Although economics is value neutral, success usually comes to whoever gets it right. That is Lou Neglia’s secret sauce for the sweet taste of his success. Fans and fighters both savor this kind of flavor.

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While Expanding to California, Lion Fight XIX Bolsters the Foxwoods Show with Jeri Sitzes

Pechanga Resort LogoLion Fight has signed a multi-fight deal with Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California and announced the first Muay Thai event for March 27, 2015. The March 27th Lion Fight at Pechanga Resort & Casino will air live on AXS TV starting at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.

Poster

The next Lion Fight XIX will be on Friday, November the 21st at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Connecticut.  Former world champ Jeri Sitzes hits the comeback trail against Holland’s Chajmaa Bellakhal, replacing injured Caley Reece.  Our own Ognjen Topic looks to follow in Ramon Dekkers footsteps in epic match-up with Rungravee Sasiprapa.  History could be made in this one.  Doors open at 6 pm.  Preliminary bouts begin at 7 pm.

LION FIGHT XIX
Friday, November 21, 2014
The Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino

Main Event:
Fabio Pinca (FRANCE) vs. Sean Kearney (CANADA)
148 lbs / Fabio is defending his LF Welterweight Title

Co-Main Event:
Chajmaa Bellakhal (HOLLAND) vs. Jeri Sitzes (USA)
124 lbs.

Ognjen Topic (Lodi, NJ) vs. Rungravee Sasiprapa (Surin, THAILAND) – 132 lbs

Chris Mauceri (Kingston, NY) vs Coke Chunhawat (Oakland, CA) – 140 lbs

Pedro Gonzalez (Gloucester, MA) vs Rungrat Sasiprapa (THAILAND) – 143 lbs

Matt Doherty (Boston, MA) vs Julio Pena (Boston, MA) – 135 lbs

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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Muay Boran Demonstration

Hanuman

Sitsiam Camp / Buddhai Swan boxers demonstrate Muay Boran techniques outside of a Thai Temple in Wimbledon, London.  CLICK HERE to see the video.

VIDEO FRAMES:

Hiran Yak Muan Pandin – The Giant overturns the earth.

Mon Yan Lak – Mon supports the pillar.

Hanumau Hern – Hanuman Flies.

Hak Nguang Ayaira – Breaking the elephant’s trunk.

Poong Hork – To throw the spear.

Hoong Pik Hak – Swan with broken wings.

Hiran Yak Muan Pandin – The Giant overturns the earth.

Mon Yan Lak – Mon supports the pillar.

Hanumau Hern – Hanuman Flies.

Hak ong Pik Hak – Swan with broken wings.

Hanuman Tawai Wen – Hanuman presents the ring.

Hanuman Karm Longka – Hanuman leaps to Longka.

Hanuman Faad Koomprakhan – Hanuman uses Koomprakhan as a whip.

Choraked Faad Hang – Crocodile whips his tail.

End Story MarkThe names of the characters are from the story of Ramakian.  Video and narrative courtesy of Kru Tony Moore of Sitsiam Camp / Buddhai Swan in Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire OL6 7SX, United Kingdom.

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First Ever WMC U.S. National Titles in Contention at American Muay Thai League 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)

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets online.

AMTL WMC Updated 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 huge draw.

About the Kings Birthday Celebration

End Story MarkDecember 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.

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World Class Kickboxing II – Full Results

World Champion Artem Levin in the Middle.  Frankie Perez, Left.  Justin Greskewicz, Right.

World Champion Artem Levin in the Middle. Frankie Perez, Left. Justin Greskewicz, Right.

World Class Kickboxing Championships II
Rahway Recreation Center
275 East Milton Avenue
City of Rahway

Amateur Kickboxing
Saturday, November 1, 2014

FULL RESULTS

B-Class Amateurs │ 168 lbs. │ 3×2
Felix Trinidad def. Walter Scott by Unanimous Decision: 28-27, 28-27 and 30-25.

Felix Trinidad def. Walter ScottB-Class Amateurs │ 210 lbs. │ 3×2
Joe Kelly def. Daniel Sosa by KO at 1:16 of Round 2.
Sosa suspended 30 days no contact for KO.

Joe Kelly def. Daniel SosaB-Class Amateurs │ 175 lbs. │ 3×2
Jordan Smith def. John Pomponio by TKO at 1:59 of Round 1.
Pomponio suspended 30 days no contact for TKO │ Indefinitely pending physician clearance.

Jordan Smith def. John PomponioB-Class Amateurs │ 147 lbs. │ 3×2
Nick Lombardo def. Pablo Alvarez by TKO at 2:00 of Round 1.
Alvarez suspended 30 days no contact for TKO │ Indefinitely pending neurologist clearance.

Nick Lombardo def. Pablo AlvarezB-Class Amateurs │ 168 lbs. │ 3×2
Zack Pittius def. Billy Hahn by Unanimous Decision: 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28.

Zack Pittius def. Billy HahnB-Class Amateurs │ 160 lbs. │ 3×2
Jaime Phillips def. Jasmine Stradford by Unanimous Decision: 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28.

Jaime Phillips def. Jasmine StradfordB-Class Amateurs │ 140 lbs. │ 3×2
Malcolm Hill def. Vincent Perro by Unanimous Decision. All three judges: 30-27.
Perro suspended 30 days no contact for head strikes.

Malcolm Hill def. Vincent PerroB-Class Amateurs │ 135 lbs. │ 3×2
Dina Lazenbnik def. Stephanie Lee by Split Decision: 29-28, 28-29 and 29-28.

Dina Lazenbnik def. Stephanie LeeB-Class Amateurs │ 154 lbs. │ 3×2
Robert Varricchio def. Eric Jung by Unanimous Decision: 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27.
Jung suspended 30 days no contact for head strikes │ Indefinitely pending neurologist clearance.

Robert Varricchio def. Eric JungB-Class Amateurs │ 190 lbs. │ 3×2
Gregy Styles def. Andrew Greenspan by TKO at 2:00 of Round 1.
Greenspan suspended 30 days no contact for TKO.

Gregy Styles def. Andrew GreenspanB-Class Amateurs │ 147 lbs. │ 3×2
Vincent Melillo def. Chris Bartolino by Split Decision: 29-28, 28-29 and 29-28.
Melillo suspended 30 days no contact for recovery. │ Bartolino suspended 30 days no contact for recovery.

Vincent Melillo def. Chris BartolinoB-Class Amateurs │ 118 lbs. Title │ 3×2
Hazelle Dongui-is def. Elizabeth Welch by Split Decision: 30-27, 27-30 and 29-28.

Hazelle Dongui-is def. Elizabeth WelchSTAFF:

Referees:                        Justin Greskiewicz │ Scott Colon │ Donnie Carolei
Judges:                           Willie Rivera │ James “B52″ Smith │ Vincent Sinclair │ Vincent Dudley
Ringside Physician:      Dr. Sherry Wulkan
Scorekeeper:                  Ellen Rubin
Timekeeper:                   Julius Proenza
Supervising Inspector: Henry Krawiec
Medical Inspector:        Steve Cirone
End Story MarkFight Inspectors:          Adrian Castro │ Kevin Jones │ Mike Morrison │ Darryl Porter │ Rob Suchocki

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Born Warrior Film Screenings in November, 2014

Born Warriors Redux

Update on Born Warriors screenings and the completion of Born Warriors Redux.

The film’s producer is getting ready to send Born Warriors Redux to Camus Celli in the next week or so for the music and sound mix.  Then he will be ready to get it into some Film Festivals before the end of the year.

The elements are also coming together for his website.  He plans to add more clips shortly to his various channels. Please visit, support and like his Facebook, Vimeo and YouTube channels and pages. His Facebook page will contain additional information and updates as they come up.

He will share the date once mastering starts, when the pre-buy will begin for the double DVD set.  All Vanishing Flame members will be offered this exclusive limited time offer and receive the DVD set before anyone else. If you are not on the email list, then you will not receive the offer.

Screenings of “Born Warriors (Part One)” will continue until mid-November.  The following festivals and show times are now confirmed:

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, New York 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/baff_program_film.html?film_id=208 Bakersfield Film Festival Sunday, November 9th, 8:54 am The Fox Theater Downtown Bakersfield, California For further information, visit:  http://www.bakersfieldfilmfestival.com Please like them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BornWarriorsMovie?ref=aymt_homepage_panel YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/bornwarriorsmovie Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/channels/760989 Special Thanks Robert Reiter: http://www.muaythaimes.com Ross Enamait: http://rosstraining.com/blog/ Maha Guru Stick: http://www.stickgrappler.net Vincent Giordano: [email protected]

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Destiny Waits on All of Us to Take Its Measure

Destiny Waits on All of Us to Take Its Measure[We’re rolling out a horizontal scrolling format, especially for finger navigators on small screens. Story content is identical to our default vertical scrolling format, following this explanatory note. CLICK HERE to sample this story in a more finger friendly format.]

There is a maple tree in front of my house. It is on a street that’s actually named for this native to the landscape. They’re both on a barrier island guarding the bend in Verrazano Bay, where New York City’s harbor meets the Atlantic Ocean.

With Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge, the Atlantic Ocean literally washed over this island. However deep down the maple tree’s roots go, they were soaking up salt water for weeks, until sea level subsided below Coney Island’s natural fresh water table. While water seeks the lowest level, an ocean apparently needs that much time to level out, at least from my personal experience between the Devil and the deep blue sea.

Like Hurricane Sandy, Glory 17 washed over Team U.S.A. on June 21, 2014: http://www.mmamania.com/2014/10/6/6919425/joe-schilling-shocked-glory-let-contract-expire-looking-forward-bellator-mma. Neither Joe Schilling nor Wayne Barrett came out of Los Angeles as worse for the wear, though, as fans’ appetite for Grand Prix elimination tournaments ad nauseum.

Choplin took “Bazooka Joe’s” measure.  Photo by Ray Kasprowicz for Muay Thaimes®

Choplin took “Bazooka Joe’s” measure. Photo by Ray Kasprowicz for Muay Thaimes®

For all of the career development it’s taken us to produce two of the world’s top three cruiserweights [pound for pound, cruiserweights are the same as middleweights in Glory Sports International’s weight bracketing] bear in mind that there’s not much action – on the order of career development – in Canada outside of Calgary. So Canadians “Bazooka Joe” Valtellini, Gabriel Varga, and even Simon Marcus interned right here on the local circuit mostly at Justin Blair’s Friday Night Fights in NYC but also at Sitan Gym’s Take-On Productions.

If you recognize these ring professionals by name – through the media exposure they’ve gotten in Glory World Series – it’s a stretch nonetheless to grasp beyond your reach. So Gregory Choplin took “Bazooka Joe’s” measure in full rules Muay Thai (at Lion Fight VII on October 13, 2012) only to be ko’d himself a couple of months later by Yodsænklai Fairtex (at Lion Fight VIII on January 25, 2013). How come some career prospects – that once seemed to be as promising as these rock stars – never made it beyond the local circuit?

Protect Yourself at All Times

I caught up with Adam McCann (Body Arts Gym in Philadelphia) this past September the 13th at Warriors Cup XXI in Rahway, New Jersey. The last time we’d been together was at Philadelphia’s landmark Alhambra, where he came within one vote of a middleweight amateur title that went to Vivek Narcami (Nova Martial Arts/Team Lloyd Irvin) on July 21, 2007.

It was like Adam’s career hit the pause key seven years ago. Time seemingly stood still for this once promising prospect – while he battled a demon that’s much more of an immediate menace to us than any remote sectarian conspiracy or even Ebola – both of which get more attention these days than the communal secrets we conceal to cloister our complacency.

Against Youyung Cho (Kings Combat Fitness in NYC), Adam McCann looked just as sharp recently as he did back then. If Adam has come back to us exactly where he left off seven years ago – as one of the better amateurs on the local circuit – success is never more than a contingency in survival of the fittest.

Adam McCann vs. Youyung ChoSpeaking with me outside of NYC’s Broad Street Ballroom, where we’re going next, Adam seems now to have gotten his head back in the game. The most promising prospect for him going forward is an understanding that the demon he’s been battling can be subdued but never conquered. Rarely are life’s outcomes unequivocal, just like the split decisions bookending Adam McCann’s ring career these past seven years.

Homeland Security

Elijah Clarke (Renzo Gracie in NYC) coincidentally began his own ring career in that same show seven years ago, where Adam’s was peaking. Elijah’s debut at the Alhambra was auspicious, with a first round tko of Dan Dacosta (Body Arts Gym in Philadelphia). He showed so much early promise that Justin Blair made him a regular at the Friday Night Fights in NYC.

The last time I’d been in the same house with Elijah – a couple of years later – was on March 20, 2009. He was no match for Preston Baptiste (M-1 Thai Boxing in Ontario). This promising local prospect took such a body beating in the Canadian’s clinch that the ref had to stop it in the 4th round. By then I’d gotten used to cold fronts from north of the border blowing through town and chilling so many hot local prospects. (See Muay Thaimes®, Vol. II, No.1, Winter of 2008, “Lament for Destiny’s Child”, pp. 4-5.)

It was an Apollo XIII moment │ “Houston, we have a problem” │ for Elijah’s ring career. Either Elijah would work out what to do about the problem, or he’d be stuck in a bad place. Probably the best advice Elijah could’ve have gotten at that time would have been to “keep your friends close and your enemies closer.” So he did.

Master of the ClinchFast forward five more years. If ever the clinch was Elijah’s enemy, he has now become its master. With ample tradecraft to work his height and reach advantage, Elijah did a thorough demolition job on Georgi Samguin (Long Island MMA in Farmingdale) at the Broad Street Ballroom on September 19, 2014. So Elijah’s prospects look promising again, since the 2nd round ko of Gil Pinheiro (Team Thunder in Puerto Rico) in his professional debut – featuring full rules Muay Thai in NYC for the very first time – at Justin Blair’s Friday Night Fights on April 5, 2013.

Choplin vs. Yodsænklai Seven years after hopping a caravan from the Alhambra alongside Adam McCann for a date with destiny, though, Elijah Clarke continues to campaign the local circuit and to set his ring career’s compass on the horizon of a rookie who’s just gone pro off an 0-3-1 record since last winning on April 26, 2013. A reach that stops short of grasping beyond Georgi Samguin orbits a narrow scope, even as the frontiers of local landscapes all merge into a panoramic horizon. Such is the domain of rock stars like “Bazooka Joe” Valtellini, Cosmo Alexandre and Yodsænklai Fairtex.

However long it takes for an ocean to level out, prospect’s promise sooner or later subsides in nature’s stride. What we accomplish with our time in this life is the closest any of us can possibly come to mastering our destiny. How come some promising prospects never make it beyond the local circuit? There’s no one size fits all in human nature. It is the nature of some, like water, to seek their comfort level, while others are driven to become world beaters. Destiny waits on all of us to take its measure.

Nothing Ventured Is Nothing Gained

Because national rankings recognize the best in the business, Chris Kwiatkowski (Church Street Boxing Gym in NYC) needs only to affirm his tenure from time to time with a credible performance. This might explain matching him with James Martinez (Team Martinez in Albuquerque, New Mexico).

James probably has more ko’s on his transcript than Chris. Touring the local circuit these past couple of years, for example, James notched two more ko’s. He was ko’d by Joe Sampieri at the Friday Night Fights on August 16, 2013 and by Cyrus Washington at Take-On Productions on December 13, 2013. Chris Kwiatkowski completed the trifecta with a crippling low kick at the Broad Street Ballroom on September 19, 2014.

Chris Kwiatkowski Completed the TrifectaA match like this can’t possibly do more than muster the formation for a head count. His win moves Chris neither up nor down in the rankings. If he’d somehow lost to this caliber of competition, our native son probably shouldn’t be getting in the ring anyway with Coke Chunhawat (Pacific Ring Sports in Oakland) or Matt Embree (Siam #1 in Toronto). Between any pairing with these fellow travelers, on the other hand, it wouldn’t be a reach beyond his grasp for Chris Kwiatkowski to take either’s measure. Nothing ventured, though, is nothing gained.

FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS NYC
September 19, 2014
Full Results

MAIN EVENT:

Professional Welterweights, Full Rules Muay Thai, 5×3.
Chris Kwiatkowsi
(Church Street Boxing in NYC) def. James Martinez (Team Martinez in Albuquerque, New Mexico) by TKO at 2:59 of Round 3.

CO-MAIN EVENTS:

Professional Super Middleweights, Full Rules Muay Thai, 5×3.
Elijah Clarke
(Renzo Gracie in NYC) def. Georgi Samguin (Long Island MMA in Farmingdale, New York) by Unanimous Decision.

Professional Cruiserweights, Full Rules Muay Thai, 3×3.
Quinton O’Brien
(Art of Eight in St. Louis, Missouri) def. Ariel Sepulveda (Anderson’s Martial Arts in NYC) by Unanimous Decision.

O'Brien vs, SepulvedaAMATEUR UNDERCARD:

Amateur Super Middleweights, Modified Full Rules Muay Thai, 5×2.
Pawel Zawistowski
(King’s Combat Fitness in Queens, New York) def. Maxim Olshansky (Cool Hearts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) by Unanimous Decision.

Amateur Super Middleweights, Modified Full Rules Muay Thai, 3×2.
Ramon Maldonato
(MK Muay Thai in Hawthorne, New Jersey) def. Sean Mitchell (Westside Muay Thai in Ontario, Canada) by Unanimous Decision.

WKA Amateur Super Lightweight Championship Modified Full Rules Muay Thai, 5×2.
Josh Brandenburg
(Renzo Gracie in NYC) def. Robby Slavin (Cool Hearts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) by Unanimous Decision.

Amateur Junior Middleweights, Muay Thai Rules, 3×2.
Rich Brown
(Thornton Martial Arts – Sityodtong in East Hartford, Connecticut) def. Raniero Russo (Church Street Boxing in NYC) by Unanimous Decision.

Amateur Cruiserweights, Muay Thai Rules, 3×2.
Saidi Mahamed
(Camp Undefeated in NYC) def. Cole Fetzer (Ottawa Academy of Martial Arts in Ontario, Canada) by Unanimous Decision.

Amateur Female Featherweights Modified Full Rules Muay Thai, 3×2.
Kate Allen
(Body Arts Muay Thai Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) def. Elly Pham (Toronto Kickboxing and Muay Thai in Ontario, Canada) by Unanimous Decision.

Amateur Super Middleweights, Muay Thai Rules, 3×2.
Kastriot Djema
(American Top Team in Fairfield, Connecticut) def. Nick Holloway (Ottawa Academy of Martial Arts in Ontario, Canada) by Unanimous Decision.

Paul Banasiak vs. Brian HansenFeast on the eye candy Ray Kasprowicz has to show you, along with Dan Eric and Chastity Cortijo.

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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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