Lion Fight XXIII’s Best Western Hosts Thai, British and Polish Delegations on July the 31st at Pechanga Resort Casino

LION FIGHT 23
PECHANGA RESORT CASINO
TEMUCULA, CALIFORNIA
JULY 31, 2015

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MAIN EVENTS:
Malaipet “The Diamond” Sasiprapa vs. Liam Harrison (UK)
Kevin Ross vs. Rungrat Sasiprapa (Kingdom of Thailand)
Tiffany Van Soest vs. Martyna Krol (Poland)

FEATURED FIGHTS:
Romie Adanza vs. Daniel McGowan (UK)
Victor Saravia vs. Stan Macebo (Canada)

BONUS BOUTS:
Mike Lemaire vs. Michael Jasper
Marvin Madariaga vs. Tony Fausto

Tickets on Sale through pechanga.com or by contacting Pechanga’s Box Office at 1-877-7112WIN. Tickets range in price from $50 to $100 per seat. Doors Open at 4 p.m. Broadcast Airs Live on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

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RAMTL Battle IV in Moscow

RAMTL Battle IV │ Full Rules Muay Thai
Moscow, Russia
June 26,   2015

Through the Looking Glass

UNDERCARD:

Chariton “Wolf” Tuktaev │ Moscow │ Coach Boris Yunusov │ 21 years old │ Weight 67 kg. │ Height 167 cm. │ Master of Sports of Russia in kickboxing.
vs.
Elbrus “Sheikh” Kaziev │ Rostov-on-Don │ Coach Shihshabek Zaynalbekov │ 22 years old │ Weight 67 kg. │ Height 171 cm. │ Champion of Dagestan and Rostov Region.

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Even though Elbrus “Sheikh” Kaziev won in a tense battle, fans appreciated Chariton “Wolf” Tuktaeva’s courage and resilience.

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Isa “Samurai” Agayev │ Moscow │ Coach Arsene Eldarkhanov │ 19 years old │ Weight 75 kg. │ Height 178cm.
vs.
Oleg “Spartan” Khokhlov │Smolensk │Manager Andrew Kim │ 26 years old │ Weight 75 kg. │ Height 177 cm. │ Repeat Judo and K-1 Medalist in Russia. A courageous, stubborn and tenacious fighter, not just winning an unequal battle but also a strong contender for character.

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One of the most exciting fights of the evening. Samurai kept his cool against the Spartan’s roundhouse kicks and throws, despite taking a lot of punishment. Oleg “Spartan” Khokhlov won on points. Khokhlov also won the Audience Award.

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Rustam “Tong Po” Atayev in │ Moscow │ Coach Dilshat Mirzaev │ 25 years old │Weight 75 kg. │ Height 183 cm. │ 7 professional fights.
vs.
Alex “Spear” Kostikov │ Moscow │ Coach Arsene Eldarkhanov │ 18 years old, Weight 75 kg. │ Height 180 cm. │ Medalist in Moscow Thai boxing 2014 │ Medalist of Moscow K-1 in January of 2014 │ Won all three professional fights by KO. A fan of martial arts, “Spear” dreams of becoming a world champion.

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Kostikov scored two knock downs. He punched Atayev in the head and then went for the kill, forgetting to protect his legs. Even as “Tong Po” seemed to on his way out, he launched a counterattack with low kicks to Kostikov’s legs. Smashing Sasha’s leg, he blunted the “Spear” and won by TKO in the 4th round. Winner: Rustam “Tong Po” Atayev.

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MAIN EVENTS:

Albert “Highlander” Kandikamedov │ Moscow │ Weight 91 kg. │ Coach Arsene Eldarkhanov. Unhurried and cautious in battle, with a deceptively good-natured smile and relaxed style. He hits hard with both hands that unwary opponents rarely survive.
vs.
Vitali “Cat Brazil” Bamburov │ Rostov-on-Don │ Weight 91 kg. │ Coach Shihshabek Zaynalbekov. A heavy hitting direct fighter by nature, not one step back!

The fight was expected to be a heavyweight crowd pleaser. At first, the balance tilted towards Kandikamedov. But then “Cat Brazil” adapted. On the wisdom of his corner’s advice, Bamburov ended up dominating the ring in everything: in tactics, in power strokes and in heart. Winner: Vitali “Cat Brazil” Bamburov by TKO in the 3rd round.

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Cher “Shere Khan” Mamazulunov │ Moscow │Coach Boris Yunusov │20 years old │ Weight 81 kg. │ Height 183 cm. Prize Winner and Champion of Moscow in K-1 and Muay Thai. Uzbekistan champion in kickboxing. Master of Sports of Uzbekistan Kickboxing. Two pro bouts, winning both by knockout.
vs.
Sergei “The Bear” Kopachev │ Rostov-on-Don │Coach Shihshabek Zaynalbekov │ 32 years old │Weight 81 kg. │Height 182 cm. Former Intercontinental WBL Muay Thai Champion. Winner of the 2007 “Russia vs. US” professional Muay Thai match in NYC.

Sergei “The Bear” Kopachev

Sergei “The Bear” Kopachev

A very competitive bout. Cher “Shere Khan” Mamazulunov won on points over the seasoned Sergei “Bear” Kopachev.

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Promoter of the Sports Program: Shihshabek Zaynalbekov │ President of the Rostov Regional Federation of Thai boxing │ USSR Master of Sports in boxing │Chairman of the rating committee of the Russian League of Muay Thai.

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Promoter of the Show: Sergei Zayashnikov │ President of the Russian League of Muay Thai.

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End Story MarkArt Director of the Show: Renat Gubaev (Moscow).

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World Championship Kickboxing in New Jersey on June 20, 2015

WCKC 3 │ Full Results
Saturday │ June 20, 2015
Game Changer World │ 798 US 9 South │ Howell, N.J.
Class A and B Amateur Kickboxing

WCK Title Belt

WCK CHAMPIONSHIPS: K-1/GLORY KICKBOXING RULES:

Gregy Styles def. Andrew Ball by TKO (Referee Stoppage Due to Punches) at 1:35 of Round 4 │ 175-190 lbs. │ Class A Title Match. Styles suspended 60 days for TKO/30 days no contact. Ball suspended 60 days for TKO/30 days no contact.

Andrew Ball vs. Gregy Styles Collage

Andy Segovia def. Collis Marques by TKO (Due to Fighter Retirement) at 3:00 of Round 2 │ 160-168 lbs. │ Class B Title Match. Marques suspended indefinite pending cardiology clearance and blood testing.

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IT DON’T MEAN A THING, IF IT AIN’T GOT THAT SWING

Just when boxing seems to have gone the way of California’s lawn sprinklers, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao reminded us which sport invented Pay-Per-View. In no other sport do athletes like Mayweather and Pacquiao earn this kind of pay day. Never mind “it was also going to be an orgy of hype and bad faith…There is a term for people who can tolerate this kind of cognitive dissonance and may in fact seek it out: boxing fans.” (See “The Best Defense: Money and Morals in the Fight of the Century” by Kalefa Sanneh in The New Yorker on May 25, 2015)

Epic Rivalries

Even though “the fight of the century” was anti-climactic to those who set their clocks by wishful thinking, a variation on the theme of career development still lures us to the combative sports. If you take the long view of the fight game, thus, pretty much every fighter will sooner or later meet his or her match. The rhapsody for fans is watching how this plays out over a fighter’s career. There are epic rivalries, thus, that produce milestones in the sport. This is where combative sports can eclipse even the NFL – in the sense that generations later fans are still talking about Ali vs. Frazier │ Louis vs. Schmeling │ Dempsey vs. Tunney – while who even remembers Super Bowl XVIII without the keyword “wardrobe malfunction”?

Body and Soul

Compare the potential for rich pay days that remunerate career development in boxing with the stingy purses tricking out locally sourced combative sports. On a scale of economic incentives, artisanal match making clips the wings of golden egg laying prospects. The disgruntled then bicker over goose eggs on anti-social media, while economic incentives recruit the best athletic prospects into the most remunerative sports. “Let’s call it what it is. There. Would. Be. No. Money. If not for the players. They create the game.” (See “Outside Shooter” by Max Chafkin in the May 2015 issue of The Atlantic)

Sara SchulmannWith an exception to every rule, Lou Neglia manages some of the most successful box offices in the entire country around the organizing principle of career development. He’s even introduced us to a promising young musical talent in Sara Schulmann, who was a contestant on NBC’s “The Voice” and whom you can follow on Facebook.

Even as rankings are such stuff as contenders’ dreams are made on, there is a Pinocchio Principle that the WKA applies to weight bracketing – where 152 lbs. straddles both the Featherweight and Lightweight divisions under Glory kickboxing rules – and eligibility for title contention. So no offense to Shennen Maceo but Chris Mauceri, Kevin Van Nostrand and John Bowman all were by-passed for the title match, despite unblemished records on the WKA’s Northeast kickboxing circuit. It was in fact Niko Tsigaris’ record that was blemished by this cohort, although only Chris Mauceri manhandled him like Julio Arce did in Combat at Rasputin back on December 2, 2011. (Check out Robert Santo’s especially well produced video of that bout on Ring Fever.)

Power Puncher

WKA NORTHEAST PROFESSIONAL KICKBOXING CHAMPIONSHIP:

Niko Tsigaris (Lions Martial Arts in Brooklyn) vs.
Shennen Maceo (Team Tiger Schulmann)
Modified Glory kickboxing rules│ 152 lbs. │ 4×3

Coming off a Villi Bello bump in the road that could have gone either way in Combat at the Capitale on October 17, 2014 – with the subsequent steam rolling of Lashawn Alcocks, who succeeded only in finishing on his feet this past February the 6th – Niko veritably paved the canvas with Shennen Maceo on home turf in Brooklyn.

Referee Chris Wagner finally stopped it after the fourth knockdown in Round 1. So much for the three knockdown rule with Brain Crenshaw personally supervising the officiating in a New York statutory loop hole.

WINNER: Niko Tsigaris by TKO at 1:20 of Round 1.

Pave the Canvas

Since Julio Arce now hunts fame and fortune in Lou Neglia’s Ring of Combat (MMA) cage – presumably aiming for a UFC berth in parallel with Team Serra-Longo’s Bellator prospect John Bowman, at the same time that Chris Mauceri has signed an exclusive contract with Scott Kent’s (Full Rules Muay Thai) Lion Fight Promotions – Niko Tsigaris has to be ranked a top K-1/Glory kickboxing title contender on the credibility of his 5-4-0 professional record with 3 first round knockouts in the course of taking on all competition to become the standard against which the entire WKA kickboxing cohort is measured. In the food chain with Glory World Champ Gabe Varga and #3 contender Shane Oblonsky, crop management is a matter of separating the wheat from the chaff.

Zarrukh Adashev vs. Julio Arce

Neither would you expect Niko’s team mate Zarrukh Adashev to rally against Julio Arce’s exit from the kickboxing ring. (See Zarrukh Adashev vs. Julio Arce on April 4, 2014 in “Demons of Demolition in Bowery Battle”) Despite a respectable 5-3-0 professional Kickboxing │ Muay Thai record with 2 knockouts, Zarrukh trailed Julio to Ring of Combat, where he was throttled by a Cody Mooney rear naked choke on June 5, 2015. The same message in a different media – that MMA isn’t for everyone – goes like this:

“The table was a large one, but the three were all crowded together at one corner of it: ‘No room! No room!’ they cried out when they saw Alice coming. ‘There’s plenty of room!’ said Alice indignantly, and she sat down in a large arm-chair at one end of the table.
‘Have some wine,’ the March Hare said in an encouraging tone.
Alice looked all around the table, but there was nothing on it but tea. ‘I don’t see any wine,’ she remarked.
‘There isn’t any,’ said the March Hare.
(“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by the Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson writing under the nom de plume Lewis Carroll as quoted in A Critic at Large by Anthony Lane in the June 8 & 15 edition of The New Yorker)

Interstellar Collisions

PROFESSIONAL KICKBOXING │ K-1/GLORY KICKBOXING RULES:

Zarrukh Adashev (Lions Martial Arts in Brooklyn) vs.
Robert Walker (Walker Muay Thai in Dayton, Ohio)
K-1/Glory Kickboxing rules│ 135 lbs. │ 3×3

Zarrukh’s affinity for the subtleties of interstellar collisions seems to orient his stylistic holistic towards Muay Thai’s orbit in the martial arts galaxy. Hurling Robert Walker through the ropes off first bell, for example, Adashev clocked him upside the head with what otherwise would’ve been a low kick. Tell me this isn’t a trademark Phanuwat ‘Coke’ Chunhawat tactic.

Whenever the visitor from Joe Schilling’s home town tried to mount an offense, it was like speed dating the muzzle of a machine gun. With Ohio’s reputation for being a battleground state │ where you’d think the imminent Presidential campaign blitz would discourage fence sitting just for the sake of having a life │ Zarrukh wasn’t about to risk counting on undecided voters. A liver kick did the trick. Zarrukh won it not so much in a landslide as an avalanche.

WINNER: Zarrukh Adashev by TKO at 2:56 of Round 2.

Machine Gun Muzzle

Think of execution and improvisation as flip sides of the same coin, depending upon how much strategy informs battle tactics. Both pivot off whether you’re aiming to attack weakness or overcome strength as embodied in any tactical advantage. Within regulated weight brackets │ which requires a leap of faith by the very definition of statutory loop holes │ height comes with a reach advantage that plays off a presumptive strength differential in the trade off. So it was that the visibly taller Jamie Driver tried to exploit her reach advantage over Team Serra-Longo’s Jennie Nedell but couldn’t muster the deterrent to enforce it.

Jennie Nedell (Longo Competition Team on Long Island)
vs. Jamie Driver (Renzo Gracie in Pennsylvania)
K-1/Glory Kickboxing rules│ 148 lbs. │ 3×3

Where the shortest distance between two points would have tempted Jennie into harm’s way, a skilled martial artist deploys tactics to turn her opponent’s strength into vulnerability. Off leading low kicks, Nedell’s spinning back fists and kicks closed the gap with smacks. Then Jennie took charge on the inside.

Jennie took charge on the inside

Rabbit punching the Ever Ready Bunny in the middle round, Jamie only dug a deeper scoring hole for herself on the flagrant foul penalty point deduction. Whether “hell hath no wrath like a woman scorned”, Jennie exacted vengeance with a high kick upside the head that dropped the delinquent Driver for a count in the final frame. In the wrong place at the wrong time, with Team Serra-Longo on the hunt for a kill, Referee Tom Sconzo stuck his own face into Nedell’s right cross. Let me tell you. Tom Sconzo can take a punch.

WINNER: Jennie Nedell by Unanimous Decision.

Hell Hath No Wrath

Take a PunchClassical wisdom is sometimes distilled into “Know Thyself”. This nugget of wisdom is axiomatic in any prize fighter’s career development: that is knowing what you’re good at and what you’re not. You might be a power puncher, for example, but not able as Tom Sconzo to take a punch. Ducking a candid self-appraisal could be hazardous to your career.

Think on Andrew Ball, who twice went toe-to-toe with James Smith, Jr. These were pure unadulterated slug fests. Although Andrew came out the winner of both, he also took his share of lumps at Glory 9 in NYC on June 22, 2013. (See BJ Penn’s concise narrative on the preliminary card play by play.) Despite a wing span that more often than not will give Lou Neglia’s Cruiserweight protégé a reach advantage, close quarters combat is always going to be more a matter of give and take rather than pick your shots. One hundred eighty-five pounds is ordinance enough to end anyone’s night early.

So it was that Ariel Abreu got the better of Andrew in Combat at the Capitale on February 6, 2015. The comeback trail is where Andrew can show us whether he’s wiser for the experience. Success is gratifying but also perishable, unless we learn not repeat our mistakes.

Give and Take

AMATEUR KICKBOXING: K-1/GLORY KICKBOXING RULES:

Andrew Ball (Neglia Competition Team in Brooklyn)
vs. Dominick Dunning (Team Top Notch in Chicago)
K-1/Glory Kickboxing rules │ 185 lbs. │ 3×2.

Spoiler alert. This fight didn’t last long enough to tell your smart phone: “No, I don’t want to sign into The Cloud. If I want all of my personal information hacked, that’s what the U.S. Government’s Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is for.”

On the subject of lame defense, Dominick popped his elbow thirty seconds into the fight by karate blocking Andrew’s round house kick. This is now the second time I’ve seen Andrew make a case for Obama Care on the strength of his mule kick. (See Andrew Ball vs. Christopher Gray in “Integrity Needs No Indemnity from Collateral Damage in Combat at the Capitale on October 17, 2014”) “No poor dumb SOB ever won a war by dying for his country. Wars are won by making the other poor dumb SOB die for his country.” (General George S. Patton)

WINNER: Andrew Ball by TKO at 0:30 of Round 1.

Toe-to-Toe

On the disclaimer that no one size fits all won’t get you out of the starting gate, “combat, in all its forms, is not an exact mathematical science. There is always the human element present which adds a touch of randomness to the equation…Logically the ‘best’ method for winning in a competitive situation is the easiest method (i.e. that method which requires the least effort and involves the least risk yet most assures the victory.) This, therefore, is the fundamental principle of all unarmed combat.” (The Principles of Unarmed Combat by Mark Jacobs ©2011, published by Turtle Press, pp. 12-13)

The human element plays off a solitary Muay Thai match. It was wedged between 17 different strokes for different folks. That’s where Referee Chris Wagner warned Malik Blake – in defending of his WKA NYS Amateur Muay Thai Title – for a K-1/Glory kickboxing rules infraction.

***NEWS BULLETIN*** The WKA will now gig you for clinching in Muay Thai, depending upon whether Brian Crenshaw is paying attention from his ringside perch. And don’t even think about squawking. Brian personally told me that he thinks New York’s statutory loophole repeals the First Amendment in the U.S. Constitution. (See “WHAT SHALL IT PROFIT A MAN, IF HE GAINS THE WHOLE WORLD BUT FORFEITS HIS SOUL?” in the Winter of 2010 edition of Muay Thaimes®, Vol. IV, No. 3, pp. 78-86)

Silence of the Lambs

WKA NYS AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP: MODIFIED MUAY THAI RULES:

Malik Blake (Team Tiger Schulmann in NYC) vs.
Shannon Halstead (Dambakely Martial Arts in North Carolina)
Modified Muay Thai Rules │ 175 lbs. │ 3×2.

Whether Chris “The Cannon” Wagner lost his bearings in the crossover winds, Shannon Halstead was way out of his depth without a stash of kryptonite to slow down Malik. The last time America produced a light heavyweight Muay Thai prospect this promising was never. Ask James Smith, Jr. about Malik’s low kick. (See Malik Blake vs. James Smith, Jr. in Combat at the Capitale on February 6, 2015)

Shannon’s recoil from a comparably vicious hobbling goblin got him leaning into harm’s way. The harm came by way of a skull crushing round house that demolished his entire House of Cards. “All the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again.” With Sara Schulmann in the house, who even cared whether the fat lady sang?

WINNER: Malik Blake KO at 1:53 of Round 2.

Face Time - Electrified

BATTLE OF THE MILLENNIUM

1029 Brighton Beach Avenue
Brooklyn, New York
Friday, May 15, 2015

WKA NORTHEAST CHAMPIONSHIP: PROFESSIONAL KICKBOXING RULES:

Niko Tsigaris (Lions Martial Arts in Brooklyn) def. Shennen Maceo (Team Tiger Schulmann) by TKO at 1:20 of Round 1 │ 152 lbs. │ 4×3.

PROFESSIONAL KICKBOXING: K-1/GLORY KICKBOXING RULES:

Jennie Nedell (Longo Competition Team on Long Island) def. Jamie Driver (Renzo Gracie in Pennsylvania) by Unanimous Decision: All three judges scored it 30-25 │ 148 lbs. │ 3×3.

Zarrukh Adashev (Lions Martial Arts in Brooklyn) def. Robert Walker (Walker Muay Thai in Dayton, Ohio) by TKO at 2:56 of Round 2 │ 135 lbs. │ 3×3.

WKA NYS AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP: MODIFIED MUAY THAI RULES:

Malik Blake (Team Tiger Schulmann in NYC) def. Shannon Halstead (Dambakely Martial Arts in North Carolina) by KO at 1:53 of Round 2 │ 175 lbs. │ 3×2.

Hobbling Goblin

AMATEUR KICKBOXING: K-1/GLORY KICKBOXING RULES:

Andrew Ball (Neglia Competition Team in Brooklyn) def. Dominick Dunning (Team Top Notch in Chicago) by TKO at 0:30 of Round 1 │ 185 lbs. │ 3×2.

Angel Rodriguez (Team Tiger Schulmann) def. Alberto Ramos (Golden MMA Warriors in NYC) by Unanimous Decision: 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 │ 185 lbs. │ 3×2.

Chris Edmund (Wilkie’s Warriors in New Jersey) def. Danila Sherstobitov (Tiger International in Brooklyn) by Split Decision: 29-28, 28-29 and 30-27 │ 170 lbs. │ 3×2.

Brian Mayer (Wilkie’s Warriors in New Jersey) def. Mike Sollecito (Alpha Omega on Long Island) by TKO at 0:17 of Round 1 │ 165 lbs. │ 3×2.

John Giordano (Longo Competition Team on Long Island) def. Jarad Williams (Alpha Omega on Long Island) by KO at 0:29 of Round 3 │ 215 lbs. │ 3×2.

Nazim Sadikhov (Lions Martial Arts in Brooklyn) def. Brandon Cuttino (Team Tiger Schulmann) by Unanimous Decision: 30-26, 30-26 and 29-27 │ 155 lbs. │ 3×2.

Brad Schleir (Longo Competition Team on Long Island) def. Aaron Lee (Mercer Bucks Muay Thai in New Jersey) by TKO at 1:04 of Round 3 │ 230 lbs. │ 3×2.

Damien Bailey (Team Tiger Schulmann) def. Art Daley (Team Top Notch in Chicago) by TKO at 1:55 of Round 1 │ 145 lbs. │ 3×2.

Juan Vides (Team Tiger Schulmann) def. Nick Ascolese (Wilkie’s Warriors in New Jersey) by TKO (DQ) at 1:27 of Round 2 │ 135 lbs. │ 3×2.

Jennifer Ventriglia (Alpha Omega on Long Island) def. Allison Dichetear (Team Inner “G” in New York City) by Unanimous Decision: All three judges scored it 30-27 │ 115 lbs. │ 3×2.

Justin Muslija (Team Tiger Schulmann) def. Robert Wallin (Alpha Omega on Long Island) by Unanimous Decision: All three judges scored it 30-27 │ 115 lbs. │ 3×2.

Jonathan DiBella (Angelo’s Kickboxing in Montreal, Canada) def. Daniel Nelson (Team Combat in Richmond, Virginia) by KO at 1:31 of Round 2 │ 135 lbs. │ 3×2.

Rashard Mason (Team Tiger Schulmann) def. Hovhannes Ghukosyan (Lions Martial Arts in Brooklyn) by Unanimous Decision: 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 │ 165 lbs. │ 3×2. <End of Story │ Right Justified>

Bridgitte Hilton (Alpha Omega on Long Island) def. Anastasia Malyarenko (Wolfson’s Martial Arts in Brooklyn) by Unanimous Decision: 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27 │ 125 lbs. │ 3×2.

Even though K-1/Glory kickboxing rules are like the “PG” rated version of Full Rules Muay Thai – which might explain why Brian Crenshaw thinks that censorship is the new normal – key word edgy in a music video and follow Sannya Fox CUBEINART Photography on Facebook. CLICK HERE for Peter Marney’s Photo Gallery. Dan Eric’s Photo Gallery is also a CLICK AWAY.

Migraine

Punching in Combinations

Commercial necessity in the demographics of box office patronage informs match making for local shows. Just about all of them end where they begin. What goes around comes around, for both the box office and pro prospects. This commercial equivalent of a centrifuge, thus, engineers internal combustion into local circuitry. Now you know why cottage industry equities tend not to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

Measuring success also by his graduation rate, the synergist in Lou Neglia thinks outside the local box office. Packaging Combat at the Capitale │ Battle of the Millennium with Ring of Combat makes for the enterprise equivalent of punching in combinations. Lou Neglia’s enterprise comprises a whole, in other words, that’s greater than the sum of its parts.

So MMA prospects and their trainers hearken unto this synergy for a ticket to ride the UFC’s gravy train. This beckons them to board the train on Lou’s platform, which then taps into a relational database of fan traffic. It turns out that Lou’s thinking outside the local box office ends up boosting it out of a centrifugal cottage industry death spiral.

Lou Neglia

 

End Story MarkHimself a 3x world kickboxing champion, Lou Neglia is actually a stand-up specialist. So also is his own competition team. Hosting the undercard for Glory World Series in NYC just adds to the synergy of Lou’s graduation rate. I know for a fact that he’s even set a table for Muay Thai where, for the time being at, least poison pills are the preferred cuisine. “It don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that swing.”

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“Girl Fight: A Muay Thai Story” the Movie Ready for Release

Girl Fight Poster

No sports are more unforgiving for lapses in fitness or focus than the fights in general and Muay Thai in particular. Like Andrey Kulebin told our Irina Vlasova “the most painful part of losing is the beating you take to get there”. (See the Spring of 2009 edition of Muay Thaimes®, Vol. III, No. 2, pp. 50-54)

Prairie Putting on WrapsOn the vector from recreational practice to totally consuming body and soul, thus, here comes the new “Girl Fight: A Muay Thai Story” documentary film produced by Matthew Kaplowitz – whom you probably know as “The Fight Nerd” – featuring a familiar face on the local circuit in Prairie Rugilo with a supporting cast from her Toms River Muay Thai Academy on the Jersey Shore. ***You can view the full trailer for GIRLFIGHT: A MUAY THAI STORY by CLICKING THIS LINK***

Nathalie Fuz vs. Julia Budd

“Girl Fight: A Muay Thai Story” reminds us that Muay Thai has long been in the avant-garde for female fighters. A native of Nice in France, Nathalie Fuz was the very first female to be granted an extraordinary abilities work visa by the U.S. State Department as a professional Muay Thai fighter. From Touch Gloves in England, Julie Kitchen’s rivalry with Miriam Nakomoto (Combat Sports Academy in the U.S.) shattered glass ceilings on both sides of the Atlantic. Anyone doubting the times they are a changing, you can now look up WTF, clickbait, photobomb and more than 1,700 new entries on the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary. (“Behold, the new words added to Merriam-Webster” by Elahe Izadi in The Washington Post on May 26, 2015)

Miriam Nakomoto vs. Julie Kitchen

Prairie Hitting the Heavy BagRather than “nothing new under the sun”, Prairie’s story is anything but. That’s the underlying message in this media. “Girl Fight: A Muay Thai Story” takes the measure of our contemporary pulse. Having also personally been between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea in Hurricane Sandy, what comes across to me is not so much how Priarie is breaking new ground but rather how she’s so woven into the fabric of a typical community that’s a pretty good proxy for Main Street U.S.A. Visit the official website at http://www.thegirlfightstory.com/ and follow the Social Media pages, including the Facebook Page and Matt’s Fight Nerd Twitter Page.

End Story MarkWith characters so enigmatic as DeAna Mendez (a Police Officer in North Jersey) and Jaime Philips (a Detective Sergeant with the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department), I for one am already looking forward to a sequel. First Matt will have to arrange for distribution in order to get “Girl Fight” screened and could really use some funding help. Please visit his Indie GoGo Crowd Source Campaign. It’s just like supporting your own team at the fights. “One for all and all for one”.

Prairie on the Beach - Uncaptioned

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Diagnostic Imaging of a Fool’s Errand

Head Kick

As though to corroborate why health and safety standards have to be policed in “Combative Sports” comes news from FIGHTSTATE that “Muay Thai fighter Bandasak Chaiyasan was suspended by the World Muay Thai Council [on May the 22nd] when X-Ray images surfaced showing that he had fought with a titanium shin implant without disclosing it…during a bout on May 16th in Chiang Mai, Thailand. These x-rays emerged just days after his recent victory via headkick KO.”

Noppadon Chalor

The World Muay Thai Council (WMC) operates in Thailand under the same kind of protocol that exempts similar “sanctioning organizations” in New York from the prohibition that otherwise would apply to the martial arts genre of “combative sports”. This “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” episode reveals how WMC differs from New York’s statutory loophole “sanctioning organizations” in taking ownership of its Ministry of Sports mandate to regulate industry practices.

End Story MarkThe natural inclination is to wonder what Bandasak Chaiyasan was thinking. Better to wonder: What makes New York officialdom think that the honor system wouldn’t turn out to be a fool’s errand?

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Lethal Stakes in New York’s Statutory Shell Game

Maybe five or so years ago, NYPD shut down an amateur Muay Thai show at Peggy Chau’s Fighthouse in midtown Manhattan. SPOILER ALERT. The New York State statute banning “Combative Sports” applies only to professionals. It also exempts “martial arts” from the prohibition of “Combative Sports”. Since Muay Thai is a “martial art”, we had double indemnity to put on the show. So how come NYPD shut it down?

Safety FirstFor starters, the cops wanted to see a permit. Although this seemed to be a problem for Peggy, from where I sat, I’m not sure it was the deal breaker. State and/or municipal code apparently require the kind of business that Peggy operated to maintain a shower on the premises, along with handicap accessible toilets. The cops can shut down any business for non-compliance with such regulatory standards as are applicable. In the era of broken windows policing, that’s what seemed to have gone down.

Double StandardsEspecially where they apply to public health and safety, regulatory standards don’t somehow become optional, when they’re assigned to the private domain for administration. On the contrary, sanctioning fees in “Combative Sports” are specifically intended to fund such administration. So exempting “Combative Sports” from New York’s statutory prohibition through a transfer of regulatory authority to an approved sanctioning organization in no way repeals the public health and safety standards applicable to this business.

Whatever practices the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) defines as applicable within its legislative mandate, thus, set the standards. Go through the whole check list in N.Y. Unconsolidated Law § 8905-a (2): drug testing, medicals, injury suspensions, cooperative data exchange, and transparent weigh-ins with strict enforcement of tolerable weight differentials. Administration of these practices transfer with any exemption from a prohibition that NYSAC itself would otherwise apply. The cops could shut down any show for non-compliance, just like NYPD did at the Fighthouse. NYSAC could and should DQ any pinch hitter who can’t or won’t pass muster.

Broken WindowsWe’ve been dodging the bullet in New York State, probably because the statute’s scope is so nonsensical. Professionals are prohibited from doing what amateurs can. NYSAC can transfer regulatory authority the statute prohibits it from exercising. A “martial art” is whatever WKA sanctions but not if it doesn’t. This isn’t a law per sé, so much as a bunch of legislative loopholes on auto rewind. Only in New York does a statutory shell game define prohibition as an exemption from regulation or does a U.S. District Court think this kind of parsing our language isn’t “unconstitutionally vague”.

Whatever happens in reality takes place within the statute’s empty spaces. Holy rollers can claim they got a prohibition of “Combative Sports”, while we’ve got a dead amateur mixed martial artist in Albany. (See “The Biggest Problem with No Amateur Regulation in New York: Dead Fighters” by Jim Genia on The MMA Journalist) The next time a U.S. District Court takes up the matter, it should consider how the Commerce Clause factors into fighters from all over the world are putting themselves at risk in this state believing that we’re on top of our game. (See “Court Dismisses All But One Of Zuffa et al.’s Claims Challenging the Ban on Mixed Martial Arts in New York” by Justin Klein on The Fight Lawyer)

New York State Governor Mario Cuomo

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo

Right now yet another bill is pending before the New York State Legislature with less than two weeks before we’re back to kicking the can down the road. The same public health and safety standards will apply to this business, irrespective of whether the Legislature mandates public administration by NYSAC or continues to exempt the prohibition of “Combative Sports” through loopholes.

From “Albany Dysfunction” on January 22, 2015.

From “Albany Dysfunction” on January 22, 2015.

End Story MarkWhat difference would it make, whatever law is on the books, without enforcement? Let’s all hope that local District Attorneys, cops and especially NYSAC aren’t waiting on three men in a room for permission to do their jobs. (See “After Silver Arrest, U.S. Attorney Bharara Mocks Three Men in a Room” by Colby Hamilton in http://www.capitalnewyork.com/ on January 23, 2015)

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Por Kru Day 2015 in England

“East is East and West is West” and “the twain” do actually meet in a recognition that there but for the grace of certain people in our lives go we. Thus do we dedicate Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day and even a Memorial Day to our war veterans. If we’re still on the same twain, someone also taught you how to read.

Kru Tony MooreWai Kru Day is an occasion for Thai students to show their respect for teachers (Krus) through participation in a formal ceremony. Under Muay Thai rules, all boxers must perform the Wai Kru before the bout begins.

Kru refers to any teacher who imparts knowledge and skills be it academic, artistic, musical, dancing or sport such as Muay Thai. So the Wai Kru is a gesture of respect to teachers and parents, extending also to people who have helped the boxer in his life. CLICK this pic:

Por Kru Samai Mesamarn

The next time you hear rap music during a Wai Kru, thus, think of it as a gesture of disrespect not just to the entire teaching profession but also to yourself. Someone with all the cultural depth of a toilet bowl has decided that Western audiences are brain dead.

End Story Mark“Oh, East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,
Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God’s great Judgment Seat;
But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth,
When two strong men stand face to face, though they come from the ends of the earth!”

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World Premiere of Born Warriors Redux

Born Warriors Redux Logo“Born Warriors Redux” will make its World Premiere in Los Angeles on May the 23rd at the L.A. Movie Awards Festival.

UPDATE SIX

The long-anticipated cinematic milestone has now been completed after two return trips to Burma, an extensive restructuring of the three-disk DVD set and despite major delays due to a lack of funds.

Los Angeles Movie AwardsBEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

“Born Warriors Redux” was awarded the Best Documentary Feature Award at the Los Angeles Spring of 2015 Movie Festival.

Tickets for the May 23rd screening (Block 2) can be ordered via this LINK on the website.

A New York screening will likely be scheduled in June or early July.

In the next update, there will be a more detailed description of the new material that is being assembled for the Born Warriors three-disk special-edition set. Check the Facebook page for updates and information, while the website is under construction.

YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/user/bornwarriorsmovie.

Vimeo:

https://vimeo.com/channels/760989.

For more information, contact Vincent Giordano at [email protected].

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Full Results for Battle of the Millennium

BATTLE OF THE MILLENNIUM

1029 Brighton Beach Avenue
Brooklyn, New York
Friday, May 15, 2015

Niko Tsigaris vs. Lashawn AlcocksWKA NORTHEAST CHAMPIONSHIP: PROFESSIONAL K-1/GLORY KICKBOXING RULES:

Niko Tsigaris (Lions Martial Arts in Brooklyn) def. Shennen Maceo (Team Tiger Schulmann) by TKO at 1:20 of Round 1 │ 152 lbs. │ 4×3.

PROFESSIONAL KICKBOXING: K-1/GLORY KICKBOXING RULES:

Jennie Nedell (Longo Competition Team on Long Island) def. Jamie Driver (Renzo Gracie in Pennsylvania) by Unanimous Decision: All three judges scored it 30-25 │ 148 lbs. │ 3×3.

Zaravkh Abashev vs. Dom BiondoZaravkh Abashev (Lions Martial Arts in Brooklyn) def. Robert Walker (Walker Muay Thai in Dayton, Ohio) by TKO at 2:56 of Round 2 │ 135 lbs. │ 3×3.

WKA NYS AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP: MODIFIED MUAY THAI RULES:

Malik Blake (Team Tiger Schulmann in NYC) def. Shannon Halstead (Dambakely Martial Arts in North Carolina) by KO at 1:53 of Round 2 │ 175 lbs. │ 3×2.

Malik Blake vs. James Smith, Jr.AMATEUR KICKBOXING: K-1/GLORY KICKBOXING RULES:

Andrew Ball (Neglia Competition Team in Brooklyn) def. Dominick Dunning (Team Top Notch in Chicago) by TKO at 0:30 of Round 1 │ 185 lbs. │ 3×2.

Andrew Ball vs. Ariel AbreuAngel Rodriguez (Team Tiger Schulmann) def. Alberto Ramos (Golden MMA Warriors in NYC) by Unanimous Decision: 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 │ 185 lbs. │ 3×2.

Chris Edmund (Wilkie’s Warriors in New Jersey) def. Danila Sherstobitov (Tiger International in Brooklyn) by Split Decision: 29-28, 28-29 and 30-27 │ 170 lbs. │ 3×2.

Brian Mayer (Wilkie’s Warriors in New Jersey) def. Mike Sollecito (Alpha Omega on Long Island) by TKO at 0:17 of Round 1 │ 165 lbs. │ 3×2.

John Giordano (Longo Competition Team on Long Island) def. Jarad Williams (Alpha Omega on Long Island) by KO at 0:29 of Round 3 │ 215 lbs. │ 3×2.

Nazim Sadikhov (Lions Martial Arts in Brooklyn) def. Brandon Cuttino (Team Tiger Schulmann) by Unanimous Decision: 30-26, 30-26 and 29-27 │ 155 lbs. │ 3×2.

Brad Schleir (Longo Competition Team on Long Island) def. Aaron Lee (Mercer Bucks Muay Thai in New Jersey) by TKO at 1:04 of Round 3 │ 230 lbs. │ 3×2.

Damien Bailey (Team Tiger Schulmann) def. Art Daley (Team Top Notch in Chicago) by TKO at 1:55 of Round 1 │ 145 lbs. │ 3×2.

Juan Vides (Team Tiger Schulmann) def. Nick Ascolese (Wilkie’s Warriors in New Jersey) by TKO (DQ) at 1:27 of Round 2 │ 135 lbs. │ 3×2.

Jennifer Ventriglia (Alpha Omega on Long Island) def. Allison Dichetear (Team Inner “G” in New York City) by Unanimous Decision: All three judges scored it 30-27 │ 115 lbs. │ 3×2.

Justin Muslija (Team Tiger Schulmann) def. Robert Wallin (Alpha Omega on Long Island) by Unanimous Decision: All three judges scored it 30-27 │ 115 lbs. │ 3×2.

Jonathan DiBella (Angelo’s Kickboxing in Montreal, Canada) def. Daniel Nelson (Team Combat in Richmond, Virginia) by KO at 1:31 of Round 2 │ 135 lbs. │ 3×2.

Rashard Mason (Team Tiger Schulmann) def. Hovhannes Ghukosyan (Lions Martial Arts in Brooklyn) by Unanimous Decision: 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 │ 165 lbs. │ 3×2.End Story Mark

Bridgitte Hilton (Alpha Omega on Long Island) def. Anastasia Malyarenko (Wolfson’s Martial Arts in Brooklyn) by Unanimous Decision: 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27 │ 125 lbs. │ 3×2.

Zaravkh Abashev

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