WARRIORS CUP XXII RESULTS

Image #1Warriors Cup XXII │ Full Results
Pure Event Center │ 1970 NJ-35 │ South Amboy, New Jersey
Saturday, April 11, 2015

WBC U.S. National Welterweight Championship
Professionals │ 147 lbs. │ 5×3
Justin Greskiewicz
(Stay Fly Muaythai in Philadelphia)
def. Eddie Martinez (Sitan Gym in Connecticut)
by Unanimous Decision: All three judges scored it 48-47.
[Martinez assessed 25% purse penalty for 2 lbs. weight infraction, payable to Greskiewicz]

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Warriors Cup Super Middleweight Championship
A Class Amateurs │ 168 lbs. │ 5×2
Gaius Ebratt
(Five Points Academy in NYC)
def. Sean Woodham (The Institute in New Jersey)
by Unanimous Decision: All three judges scored it 50-45.

Warriors Cup Lightweight Championship
A Class Amateurs │ 135 lbs. │ 5×2
Vivek Nakarmi
(Pentagon MMA in Arlington, Virginia)
def. Neil Mustafa (Rami’s Elite in Philadelphia)
by Split Decision: 48-47, 47-48 and 48-47.

Warriors Cup Super Lightweight (Women) Championship
A Class Amateurs │ 140 lbs. │ 5×2
Brandice Peltier
(Five Points Academy in NYC)
def. Chantal Perry (Kings Combat Fitness in NYC)
by Split Decision: 49-46, 48-49 and 49-47.

A Class Amateurs │ 145 lbs. │ 3×2
Chanon Kuldraree
(C3 Athletics in Connecticut)
def. Rob Gonzales (The WAT in NYC)
by Unanimous Decision: All three judges scored it 29-28.

A Class Amateurs │ 177 lbs. │ 3×2
Brian Hansen
(Five Points Academy in NYC) def.
Kevin Koljack (Beta Academy in Washington, D.C.)
by TKO (Referee stoppage due to forehead laceration) at 0:49 of Round 3.
[Koljack suspended 45 days no contact for laceration healing]

A Class Amateurs │ 147 lbs. │ K-1 ↔ Glory Rules │ 3×2
Eric Jung
(The Institute in New Jersey) def.
Vinny Melillo (Serra Longo Fight Team on Long Island)
by Unanimous Decision: All three judges scored it 30-27.

A Class Amateurs │ 185 lbs. │ 3×2
Saidi Mohamed
(Camp Undefeated in NYC)
def. Kenneth Jones
by Unanimous Decision: 30-27, 30-27 and 30-26.

B Class Amateurs │ 125 lbs. │ 3×2
Adel Hussain
(Evolutionary in NYC) def.
Justin Troy (Chok Saboi in NYC)
by TKO (Referee stoppage due to leg injury) at 0:41 of Round 2.
[Troy suspended indefinitely, pending orthopedic clearance of right MCL]

B Class Amateurs │ 140 lbs. │ 3×2
Mike Gallagher
(Weapons 9 in New Jersey) def.
Jack Apibunyopas (Kings Combat Fitness in NYC)
by Unanimous Decision: 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28.

B Class Amateurs │ 135 lbs. │ 3×2
Gemma Fleming
(The WAT in NYC) def.
Dina Lazebnik (Serra Longo Fight Team on Long Island)
by Unanimous Decision: All three judges scored it 30-27.

B Class Amateurs │ 108 lbs. │ 3×2
Stephanie Cruz (Chok Saboi in NYC) def.
Ariana Siegel (Squared Circle in N.Y.)
by Unanimous Decision: All three judges scored it 30-27.

STAFF:
Ringside Physicians: Dr. Vinay Chopra and Dr. Dave King
Referees: Coban and Jose Tabora
Judges: Michelle Agustin, Munah Holland, Willie Rivera, and Prairie Rugilo
Timekeeper: Julius Proenza
End Story MarkDrug Testing Supervisor: Bryan Russell
Medical Inspectors: Steve Cirone and Darryl Porter
Inspectors: Scott Colon, Jay Esperon, Kevin Jones, Mike Morrison, Jaime Phillips, Rob Suchocki and Chris Wing

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Amazing Thailand Festival, England, 2015

The date has now been set for this year’s Amazing Thailand Festival, which is the biggest Thai festival outside of Thailand.

The Festival will take place on August the 29th, 30th and 31st at Secretts Hurst Farm in Milford, Surrey, England.

Amazing Thailand Festival 2015The Festival offers everything: Thai, food, crafts, cultural arts, dancing, Wai Kru │ Ram Muay competition, MuayThai, Krabi Krabong. The Festival also celebrates many of Thailand’s festivals, like the Loy Krathong (Festival of Lights).

For practitioners of the Thai martial arts, this year’s festival is very special.

This year’s Festival will be dedicated to the father of Muay Thai, Nai Khanom Tom.

The Thai Masters who will be teaching at this year’s festival will be Arjarn Palang (Kru Lang) from the old city and home of Nai Khanom Tom, Ayutthaya. Arjarn Palang will be teaching the art of Muay Thai and the Wai Kru │ Ram Muay.

Arjarn Sila also from the old city of Ayutthaya, who is a teacher of the Royal Thai army, will be teaching the art of Krabi Krabong (sword fighting) as taught to the soldiers of Thailand.

Training will be held 2 times per day from 10am until 1pm and again from 2pm until 4.30pm.

Students will have the opportunity to train in any or both of the Thai martial arts Muay Thai and Krabi Krabong.

End Story MarkDon’t miss this unique opportunity to be part of such a very special event. Go to http://sitsiam-camp.com/ for more information.

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Journey Fight Series XII

Journey Fight Series XII
April 18, 2015
Century Casino
1010 42nd Avenue SE
Calgary, Alberta
Doors Open at 6pm │ Fights Begin at 7pm

Journey XII Poster

CMTC-­A CANADIAN MUAY THAI TITLE MATCH
CHAMPION Chris McMillan (ArashiDo/LompaYu, Calgary)
vs. Hasman Sandhu (Basi Lion’s Den, Calgary)
Full Muay Thai │ 5×2

TEAM CANADA vs. TEAM SWEDEN

Kelsey Andries (Team Smandych, Calgary, Canada)
vs. Erica Bjornestrand (Sweden)
Full Muay Thai │ 5×2 │ 147 lbs. (67 kg)

Derek Jolivette (ArashiDo/LompaYu, Sherwood Park, Canada)
vs. Patrik Lyzell (Sweden)
Full Muay Thai │ 5×2 │ 165 lbs. (75kg)

Janice MacAulay (Team Smandych, Calgary)
vs. Patricia Axling (Sweden)
Full Muay Thai │ 5×2 │ 127.6 lbs. (58 kg)

UNDERCARD:

Tim Lo (ArashiDo/LompaYu (ArashiDo/LompaYu, Sherwood Park, Canada)
vs. Scott Judson (Victoria, BC)
Full Muay Thai │ 5×2 │ 200 lbs.

Javier Ortega (Bellegarde’s, Airdrie, AB) vs.
Steven Lee (Redemption, Bowmanville, ON)
Modified Muay Thai │ 3×2 │ 125 lbs.

Bruce Tran (Mizong, Calgary) vs.
Karlando White (Maromo, Edmonton)
Modified Muay Thai │ 3×2 │ 140 lbs.

Kyle Messanger (Dabphichai Muay Thai, Calgary)
vs. Zkris Leal (Elite, Calgary)
Modified Muay Thai │ 3×2 │ 145 lbs.

Stephanie Quigg (Team Smandych, Calgary) vs.
Bronya Gnittke (ArashiDo/LomPaYu, Calgary)
Modified Muay Thai │ 3×2 │ 115 lbs.

Dylan O’Toole (Dynamic, Calgary)
vs. Justin Basra (Elite, Calgary)
Modified Muay Thai │ 3×2 │ 154 lbs.

Weigh-­Ins & Media Opportunity
Friday, April 17, 2015 │ 6:00pm
Holiday Inn
4206 Macleod Trail SW
Calgary, AB

Contact for Press Passes to the Fights & Interviews:
Trevor Smandych │ Promoter
1.403.863.4074
[email protected]

TICKETS ON SALE:

TicketPro
1.888.311.9090

Impact Boxing & Team Smandych
435 10th Avenue SE
1.403.250.1771

End Story MarkStenia Health & High Performance
6029 Centre Street SW
1.403.238.0001

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Mike Fischetti, Jennie Nedell, Niko Tsigaris and Zarrukh Adashev Headline at the Battle of the Millennium on May the 15th

Battle of the Millennium
Master Theater
1029 Brighton Beach Avenue
Brooklyn New York
Doors Open at 6:00pm │ Fights Begin at 7:00pm

Poster

End Story MarkTICKETS AVAILABLE AT:
Lou Neglia’s Martial Arts Karate, Inc. │ (718) 372-9089
Ray Longo’s Martial Arts Academy │ (516) 294-6313
Lions Martial Arts Academy │ (347) 885-8520

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Warriors Cup XXII

Warriors Cup XXII
Saturday, April 11 2015
Pure Event Center
1970 NJ-35 in South Amboy, N.J.
Doors Open @6pm, Fights Begin @7pm

Poster

The main event features two of the best Nak Muays in the U.S.

In the Main Event, Justin Greskiewicz (Stay Fly Muaythai in Philly) takes on Eddie Martinez (Sitan Gym in Connecticut). This will be the rubber match between these two favorite sons. The first time they fought, Justin won by decision. The second time, Eddie won via TKO. This time it will be for the WBC U.S. National Welterweight Title.

Promo

The Undercard presents of four Class-A Full Rules title bouts:

Warriors Cup Class-A Female Super Lightweight Championship
Brandice Peltier vs. Chantal Perry

Warriors Cup Class-A Lightweight Championship
Vivek Nakarmi vs. Neil Mustafa

Warriors Cup Class-A Super Middleweight Championship
Gaius Ebratt vs. Sean Woodham

Warriors Cup Class-A Light Heavyweight Championship
Brian Hansen vs. Kevin Koljack

Purchase Tickets at the door or call (609) 678-6728.

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Parong Jit │ Mind Power by Rick Caudle

When most people see a Muay Thai Boxing match they only witness the brutal flurry of fists, knees, elbows, and shins. Only those who reach high levels of training or take the time to research the history know that beneath it all there lies an ancient ring sport, rich in wisdom, honor, and philosophy. My instructor, who was from Thailand, would often use the phrase “Parong Jit“.

Loosely translated it means “Mind Power”. As my training got more intense, he would tell me stories of famous Thai Boxers who were known for their almost “Super Hero” powers. Some were famous for the ability to break the leg of their opponents with one kick; some for never losing a match; some for sending out the competition on stretchers; but the ones who impressed me the most were the fighters who were able to continue fighting with incapacitating injuries.

Arturo Gatti, on the right, breaking his right hand in rubber match with Mickey Ward on June 7, 2003.

Arturo Gatti, on the right, breaking his right hand in rubber match with Mickey Ward on June 7, 2003.

Having split two 10 round decisions with “Irish” Micky Ward, Arturo Gatti broke his twice-repaired right hand on an uppercut to the hip in the fourth round of their rubber match on June 7, 2003. Despite having to fight one-armed, Arturo dominated until the final bell. The final scorecards gave it to Gatti: 96–93, 96–93 and 97–92. Ring Magazine called this rubber match “Fight of the Year”. HBO recognized it as one of the 10 best fights of the decade. It is amazing what you can do with this ability to put mind over matter.

Recently, I had an opportunity to experience my own “Parong Jit“. A few weeks into a cross-country trip to California, we decided to return to our home in Tennessee. We left Sonoma County in our motor home around 6:00 pm, not knowing that that less than three hours later disaster would strike.

The driver of a pick-up truck going sixty miles an hour ran a stop sign and hit us broadside. The spinning and twisting of the massive metal that had been our RV is something I will never forget. But what happened in the next few minutes traumatized me forever. When the dust settled, my wife and I were still in the cab but the entire cabin portion was demolished. It was lying partially on the ground and partially on the chassis.

What horrified us was that our five year old son, who had been asleep in the back at the time of impact, was nowhere to be found! We frantically searched the area, crying out his name is screams of panic. Our biggest fear was that he was trapped in the wreckage, which now looked as if someone had tossed a hand grenade into the RV. Even the floor had been ripped out! I immediately began to beg those, who had now stopped to watch, to help me lift the walls that had crumbled. We strained to move the wreckage, so that my wife could climb under and look for our son, but we were unsuccessful.

As we were standing on the chassis, a lady came to the side of the broken walls on the ground. I heard her say softly “Come on out Sweetheart”. From one end of the wreckage, my precious son came crawling out. There wasn’t a scratch on him. He wasn’t even crying. Somehow, a small cubby hole had formed in the middle of the debris. Wrapped in the futon he had been sleeping on, my little boy had been spared. The relief and excitement that followed defies words. I promptly carried him to his mother, who was hysterically crying, fearing the worst had happened. After reuniting my family, I knew that I could not take another step.

I collapsed on the ground beside them, where I remained until taken to the hospital by ambulance. As my collar bone swelled to three times its normal size and my various other injuries made themselves known in a big way, I wondered how I’d been able to move so vigorously minutes ago but now I couldn’t even lift my head. While I drifted in and out of consciousness, my only answer was the love for my son.

End Story MarkEven though my body was damaged, my mind was focused on one thing: the safety of my little boy. Once he was in the arms of his mother, my body shut down, knowing the mission had been accomplished. Since the accident, I have attributed this to many things, both psychological and spiritual. But in its essence, this was truly “Parong Jit“, Mind Power.  [Reprinted from the Winter of 2008 edition of Muay Thaimes®, Vol. II, No. 1]

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Full Results from Lion Fight XX on February 20, 2014

Lion Fight XX

Mashantucket Pequot Foxwoods® Resorts ♦ Casino
Ledyard, Connecticut
Friday, February 20, 2014

Baars vs. UghiLION FIGHT WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP:

Jorina Baars (The Netherlands) def. Chantal Ughi (Italy)
by TKO (Ref Stoppage) after 3 Rounds │ 145 lbs. │ 5×3.

PROFESSIONAL MUAY THAI: FULL RULES:

Sittisuk Por Sirichai (Kingdom of Thailand) def.
Chris Mauceri (United States of America) by Unanimous Decision:
All three judges scored it 48-47 │ 143 lbs. │ 5×3.

Nofer vs. AndradaJohn Nofer (Rami’s Elite in Philadelphia) def.
Jason Andrada (The Ridiculous One from Las Vegas)
by TKO at 2:58 of Round 2 │ 123 lbs. │ 5×3.

“Smokin” Jo Nattawut (Bangkok Boxing in Atlanta) def.
Richard Abraham (Maximus Muay Thai in Chicago)
by Unanimous Decision: 49-44, 49-45 and 48-45 │ 155 lbs. │ 5×3.

Bolanos vs. ArcherGaston Bolamos (Combat Sports Academy in Dublin, California) def.
Caleb Archer (Sitan New York) by KO at 1:05 of Round 3 │ 140 lbs. │ 5×3.

Julio Pena (Hard Knocks Muay Thai in Boston, Massachusetts) def.
Tom Evans (Team United Martial Arts in Providence, Rhode Island)
by KO at 1:33 of Round 1 │ 143 lbs. │ 5×3.

Pena vs. EvansBryce Lawrence (Nak Muay Striking in Naples, Florida)
def. Tim Amorim (Rami’s Elite in Philadelphia)
by Majority Decision: 48-46, 47-47, and 47-46 │ 135 lbs. │ 5×3.

AMATEUR MUAY THAI: MODIFIED RULES:

Phil DaSilva (Redline Fight Sports/North Shore Muay Thai in Boston)
def. Benjamin Anton (Rami Elite in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
by Split Decision: 30-27, 28-29, and 29-28 │ 144 lbs. │ 3×2.

Julian Nguyen (Team Link Muay Thai in Boston)
def. Chris Malloy (Hard Knocks Muay Thai in Boston)
by Unanimous Decision: 30-26, 30-27 and 30-27 │ 145 lbs. │ 3×2.

Stacey Scapeccia (Connecticut Combat in Oakville) def.
Colleen Downey (Fighting Arts and Fitness Gym in Boston)
by Unanimous Decision: 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28 │ 123 lbs. │ 3×2.

Greg Muldrew (Sitydotong in Boston) def.
Mike Carbonneau (Hard Knocks Muay Thai in Boston)
by KO at 0:15 of Round 1 │ 245 lbs. │ 3×2.

End Story MarkKris Silck (Hard Knocks Muay Thai in Boston) def.
Brian Gamez (Redline Fight Sports/North Shore Muay Thai in Boston)
by TKO (Ref Stoppage) after Round 2 │ 185 lbs. │ 3×2.

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Full Results from Combat at the Capitale on February 6, 2015

Combat at the Capitale
130 Bowery
New York City
Friday, February 6, 2015

The Capitale New YorkPROFESSIONAL KICKBOXING: K-1/GLORY KICKBOXING RULES:

Zaravkh Abashev (Lions Martial Arts in Brooklyn) def. Dom Biondo (Alpha Omega on Long Island) by Unanimous Decision: 29-28, 30-27, and 30-27 │ 139 lbs. │ 3×3.

Niko Tsigaris (Lions Martial Arts in Brooklyn) def. Lashawn Alcocks (Dambakely Martial Arts in North Carolina) by Unanimous Decision: All three judges scored it 29-28 │ 152 lbs. │ 3×3.

Allan Crowder (Dambakely Martial Arts in North Carolina) def. Aaron Ware (Soo Doo Muay Thai in Detroit) by TKO at 2:59 of Round 1 │ 260 lbs. │ 3×3.

WKA NYS AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP: MODIFIED MUAY THAI RULES:

Malik Blake (Team Tiger Schulmann in NYC) def. James “B52” Smith, Jr. (Mercer Buck Muay Thai in New Jersey) by TKO at 1:36 of Round 2 │ 175 lbs. │ 3×2.

Malik Blake

Malik Blake

WKA NORTHEAST AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP: K-1/GLORY KICKBOXING RULES:

Ariel Abreu (Camp Undefeated in NYC) def. Andrew Ball (Neglia Competition Team in Brooklyn) by TKO at 1:36 of Round 3 │ 185 lbs. │ 4×2.

WKA NYS AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP: K-1/GLORY KICKBOXING RULES:

Mike Trizano (Team Tiger Schulmann in New Jersey) def. Aaron Sifflet (Golden MMA Warriors in NYC) by Unanimous Decision: All three judges scored it 30-27 │ 155 lbs. │ 3×2.

AMATEUR KICKBOXING: K-1/GLORY KICKBOXING RULES:

Justin Muslija (Team Tiger Schulmann) def. Nick Lombardo (Longo Competition Team) by Unanimous Decision: All three judges scored it 30-26 │ 145 lbs. │ 3×2.

Phabion Wilson (Stockade Muay Thai in Kingston, New York) def. Michael Sollecito (Alpha Omega on Long Island) by TKO at 0:20 of Round 2 │ 155 lbs. │ 3×2.

Brandon Cuttino (Team Tiger Schulmann) def. Robert Wallin (Alpha Omega on Long Island) by Unanimous Decision: 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28 │ 155 lbs. │ 3×2.

Raquane Alexander (Longo Competition Team) def. Ralphie Erickson (Stockade Muay Thai in Kingston, New York) by TKO at 1:35 of Round 2 │ 155 lbs. │ 3×2.

Shannon Halstead (Dambakely Martial Arts in North Carolina) def. Andy Segovia (Team Tiger Schulmann) by Unanimous Decision: All three judges scored it 29-28 │ 155 lbs. │ 3×2.

Orondo Henry (Soo Doo Muay Thai in Detroit) def. “Mighty” George Maldarelli (Neglia Competition Team) by Unanimous Decision: All three judges scored it 29-28 │ 145 lbs. │ 3×2.

End Story MarkPhumi Nkuta (Longo Competition Team) def. Josh Santos (Stockade Muay Thai in Kingston, New York) by Unanimous Decision: 30-26, 30-26 and 30-27 │ 135 lbs. │ 3×2.

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Ultra Elite Fighters 2015 in Madrid, Spain

Ultra Elite Fighters 2015
Madrid, Spain
February 21, 2015

Ultra Elite 2015 PosterThis will be the first of ten Muay Thai events that will take place in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Romania and Argentina.

End Story MarkIf you are interested in participating, please contact Gustavo Luna of Templo Muaythai at [email protected].

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WMC Finding Its Depth on U.S. Soil

If Something Seems Too Good to Be True,
Maybe Its Not

With my first desk in a Wall Street bullpen, the boss read me his insider’s equivalent of a disclaimer. “The learning curve will take you a full market cycle. Bulls make money. Bears make money. Pigs get slaughtered.”

Forty years or so back to the future, “it is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one that is the most adaptable to change.” Pigs have evolved into the dominant economic species. All it took for their learning curve was figuring out how to corner the market in public sector equities. That’s the message, though, in a different media.

Disruptive InnovationsThink of market cycles as kind of collective mood swings. We have our hot streaks. We have our cold streaks. Either we get a little bit wiser and wealthier, on balance, or worse for the wear. In their perishability, by the same token, disruptive innovations and transient tastes enforce The Law of Diminishing Returns through product life cycles.

The Growth Trajectory of Muay Thai’s
Domestic U.S. Product Life Cycle

Sniffing a sweet spot in the market space between Boxing and the UFC, Singapore based commodities trader Pierre Andurand and Total Sports Asia’s brand manager Marcus Luer raised a bundle in venture capital on a prospectus for recycling K-1 Kickboxing. In as much as Thailand’s national sport sits right smack in the middle of their imaginary sweet spot of a market space, Glory rules were pretty obviously a branding decision. The product launched with Spike-TV’s broadcast of Glory 11 from Chicago in October of 2013. It’s since charted the textbook trajectory of a product life cycle.

Unless new products crash and burn on the launching pad, expect an initial burst of growth on the trajectory of finding their customers. On the metric of cable tv viewership, thus, Glory World Series zoomed from zero to 381,000 at take-off. Growth slowed to 476,000 through the second broadcast from NYC, until peaking in Tokyo’s third episode at 659,000. Where the product’s reach exceeded its grasp, audience metrics then went through some fine tuning to settle around a 352,000 – 354,000 national baseline. Like water on an uneven surface, supply and demand eventually found their depth.

GWS TV RatingsDemanding the lowest possible price for consumption’s choice, cable tv viewership orbits the metaphorical outer reach of a gravitational field holding together a sports and entertainment market space like ours. Window shoppers tend to drift off, like itinerant floaters, because they’re not all that motivated to buy. So monetization is the core metric of a product’s tenancy in venture capital’s sweet spot.

It is on this core metric that box office patronage tolls traffic throughout the entire market space from Boxing to the UFC and whatever’s in between. The live gate is also an informative metric for the growth trajectory of Muay Thai’s domestic U.S. product life cycle │ that’s been steadily, if not spectacularly, gathering momentum. With the WMC endorsing AMTL’s Mid-Atlantic roll out, commercial traffic now patronizes Muay Thai box offices continuously from Confederate territory all the way to the outskirts of Yankee Boston. Even MLB couldn’t reconcile such historically bitter rivalries.

Authenticity in BrandingAuthenticity in Branding

Where the job has taken me on occasional tours of the national show circuit – unlike Singapore’s conjurers of some venture capital market space – how often have I witnessed the insularity of group dynamics infecting otherwise rational consumers with a bug to buy the kinds of pigs in a poke or promotional gimmicks that come wrapped in nationally branded championship belts? Let the buyer beware. It is highly unlikely that two of your local yokels are the worthiest title contenders out of a nation that spans an entire continent.

Such pandering to gullibility – in making bogus a product’s unique selling proposition – is a brand cheapening tactic. “A brand is a signal, good or bad, that influences a consumer’s decision to buy a product…Brands aren’t just signals of quality; they also help us communicate our identities…We feel most like ourselves when we’re part of a group…Brands play an important role beyond the simple provision of economic information…[They also give us] a sense of emotional connection, comfort, stability, or belonging.” (“Turning Customers Into Cultists” by Derek Thompson in The Atlantic on November 17, 2014.) So brand cheapening tactics in promotional gimmicks effectively restrict our sport’s growth prospects to local sucker cohorts. Ego stroking – like more intimate kinds of self-gratification – discourages mass market participation.

Champions brand the belts and authenticate the titlesLook no further than U.S. national brand manager Chalermkiat Suvanamas hitching the WBC’s wagon to Dennis Warner’s star for proof that domesticated herds are bred for slaughter. When Warner’s star faded, the lights went out for both of them.

Drawing from the same demographic as ours, by way of contrast, the UFC has succeeded beyond all others exactly because it showcases authenticity. This should be a no-brainer. Champions brand the belts and authenticate the titles. In and of themselves, the belts are just wardrobe accessories that you can pick up in a pawn shop for chump change.

Crowd Sourcing the Box Office

To the extent that branded titles and rankings are perceived as authentic quality indices, they can both inform and motivate market growth. Tease out the message in this media with some reasoning by analogy from the media biz. “The inspiration for Goodreads was to build an online platform that would allow users to link to and rate the books they’d read and also to add books that they wanted to read…it addressed a looming dilemma: discovery was becoming the biggest problem in publishing…If readers were moving online, as they were, then how could publishers show off their wares? Browsing would need to be replaced by vastly superior recommendation engines…connecting people with their friends and also with readers who had similar interests, allowing them to share lists and ratings and reviews.” (“The War of the Words” by Keith Gessen in Vanity Fair in December, 2014.)

Emblem of ThailandBranded titles and rankings, thus, are the “recommendation engines” in our sport. They connect fans throughout the national and global market space in continually discovering rock stars worthy of our patronage. “Perhaps now, more than ever, we ought to be attending to the subject of authenticity, because we’ve already built another tower of Babel…That, of course is our Internet, where any kind of discourse — true or false and all points in between — is fair game.” (Curator Earle Havens of the “Fakes, Lies and Forgeries” exhibition at the George Peabody Library in Baltimore on NPR’s Weekend Edition broadcast on November 30, 2014).

It’s a pretty safe bet, for example, that the authenticity of Muay Thai as it’s practiced in Bangkok – with wagering windows in the concourse – would innovatively disrupt our domestic cottage industry │ which now lives or dies at the box office. Since that’s probably not going to happen, we’re pretty much locked into crowd sourcing the box office in our match making.

With so much of the nation’s economic and population growth below the Mason-Dixon Line, by the same token, AMTL’s box office equivalent of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge now steers Muay Thai towards that sweet spot of a market space in a Southern Strategy. It turns out WMC’s Paulo Tocha sees this Southern Strategy extending all the way down to Chile. “There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.” [William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar, Act IV, Scene 3] Way to go, Paulo!

Way to go Paulo!AMTL’s Investment in a Quality Product

Let’s take a due diligence digression here to clarify exactly what quality means in the branding of any product. We measure quality by compliance with the kinds of standards that shape our expectations. Unless you’re expecting a shrapnel shower upon air bag deployment in a car crash, for example, you’d probably consider that a violation of auto vehicle industry quality standards. (“Department Of Transportation Wants Millions More Air Bags Recalled” by Christopher Dean Hopkins in a National Public Radio report on November 18, 2014)

If you don’t think compliance with our own sport’s standards makes the quality of officials an imperative, take the measure of this lament from Penneung Singpatong on the Bangkok circuit. “That was the first time I lost a fight to corruption…I’m sure some judges won’t take bribes, but some are so corrupt that they’ll take anything they can get. They’ll say anything if someone pays them off. It’s illegal, but the regulations aren’t good enough because this kind of thing happens all the time. That was the first time it happened to me, but I know so many other people who have experienced the same thing. It happens all over, no matter what gym you’re from or what stadium you’re fighting at. It’s a big problem.” (See “Voices of Muay Thai’s Next Generation: Penneung Singpatong” by Lindsey Newhall in FIGHTLAND BLOG.)

Coban LookchaomaesaitongCredit Josef Pearson for building his AMTL house on the most solid possible foundation of officiating integrity, with indispensable support from the Commonwealth of Virginia/Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation’s Executive Director David L. Holland:

Referees: Coban Lookchaomaesaitong │ Bumrun Prawatsrichai │ Sa-ngob Putmoun
Judges:    Sa-ngob Putmoun│ Somssak Prawatsrichai │ Sorlouangsana Soukkkaseum

Covering Willie Rivera’s USMTA shows in the Bronx, I always made it my business to sit next to Coban, when he was judging, and to ask him – for my own education – to explain the criteria in his scoring. (For more on Coban, see Rick Caudle’s interview at Full Contact Fighter online.) Compare the quality of such authentic standard bearing – coming to us from 270 fights spanning a 23 year career – with the quantity of venture capital that Singapore’s brand managers have poured into their own foundation of cable tv broadcast production values. (See “Epitaph for Sanity in a Sport’s Fairy Tale” for the truth and consequences of sketchy officiating at Glory World Series.) Only a few fights into AMTL’s undercard, we began to reap the dividends of Josef Pearson’s investment in a quality product.

Jared comes into this show having been hammered by a Joe Logan low kickJared Tipton (Level Up Boxing in Bowie, Maryland)
vs. Rudy Felix (Sitan Gym in New York City)
A-Class Amateurs │ Lightweight (135 lbs.) │ 5×2

Jared Tipton comes into this show having been hammered by a Joe Logan low kick at Warriors Cup XXI on September 13, 2014. Resolved not to let this happen again, he goes to work with a vengeance on Rudy’s lower extremities. Jared does every kind of takedown in the book – sweeps, trips and flips – over and over again. With every takedown, he does a hand pump. Like “score another one for me”. Only the judges aren’t all scoring these for him.

With every takedown, Jared does a hand pumpFouls are codified in “The American Association of Boxing Commissions Unified Rules and Guidelines for Muay Thai”, which bring them under the Commonwealth of Virginia/Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation’s jurisdiction. The Unified Rules for Muay Thai specifically prohibit hip throws and define illegal trips as follows:

  1. ILLEGAL TRIPS:
  2. If a Fighter positions a Foot next to the Opponent and Twists him/her over the Leg, it is an illegal Trip unless the Leg is cleared as the Opponent falls.
  3. If a Fighter Spins or Pulls the Opponent over the inside or outside of the Leg and Dumps him/her on the ground, it is an illegal Trip when the Leg being used to Manipulate and Dump the Opponent stays in that position as he/she goes down.
  4. If the Leg is Set and stays in that position, it is an illegal Throw or Trip.
  5. The Leg must Clear immediately after the Opponent is Pulled or Tripped over the Knee. Clear means that the Leg must be moved out of the way before the Opponent hits the canvas by skipping the leg or slightly jumping to the side, as long as it is moved from the original position. Taking out an Opponent’s Footing is legal only if the Tripping Leg is withdrawn from contact as he/she falls to the ground.

Rudy’s takes “the current when it serves”Although Jared dominates the fight with these tactics, dispensation from the ref doesn’t mean that he’s not conceding points to Rudy’s taking “the current when it serves”. The day might yet come in this country when Muay Thai, San Da and K-1/Glory Kickboxing rules all meld into some kind of indeterminate mishmash on the order of stand-up in the cage. Until then, we’ve got to abide by the law or “lose our ventures”, unless of course we’re too big to fail. Washington, D.C. is the belly of the beast, after all, with the world’s richest market for trading in public sector equities.

Winner: Rudy Felix by Split Decision

Ahmet Kairetli (Kaizen MMA in Falls Church, Virginia)
vs. Caleb Archer (Renzo Gracie in New York City)
WMC Lightweight Title Match │ 5×3

WMC puts three vacant All American titles up for grabs in the main events: Lightweight, Super Lightweight and Welterweight. Costa Rican sensation Maruicio Calvo Siles (Sumalee Boxing Gym on Phuket Island in Thailand) is supposed to make the hemispheric case for Lightweight bragging rights throughout all of the Americas, but he cancels a week or so before the show. Because we don’t charm any fans by refunding their tickets, NYC’s Caleb Archer gets a call.

Caleb succeeds in getting Scott Kent’s attentionRarely do pinch hitters succeed in prize fighting. Peter Kalejevic comes to mind, also for seeming to have locked the coordinates into his GPS for The Fountain of Youth. Jo Nattawut could be another fellow traveler. Despite taking his lumps – when insufficiently charged batteries drain – Caleb does succeed in getting Scott Kent’s attention for a gig at the next Lion Fight in Foxwoods on February the 20th.

If Ahmet Kairetli isn’t exactly a household name outside of the Beltway, he’s now got a title to defend. “With great power comes great responsibility.” Instead of being able to pace his progress through the learning curve – having cut in front of the line – the footsteps that Ahmet should be hearing right about now all aim for the bull’s eye on his back. Take a lesson from Kevin Ross. You’ve got to beat the best to be the best.

Winner: Ahmet Kairetli by Unanimous Decision

Ahmet now has a title to defendPhanuwat ‘Coke’ Chunhawat (Dek Wat Muay Thai in Oakland, California)
vs. Carlos Lopez (White Lotus Muay Thai/Disciple MMA in Sterling, Virginia)
WMC Super Lightweight Title Match │ 5×3

Among the best that Kevin has beaten are Matt Embree and Phanawut ‘Coke’ Chunhawat. Branding doesn’t get any simpler for a weight bracket in this sweet spot of a market space. Just match any two of these three and you’ll get a proven winner on Yelp. If there’s a liability in this contingency, “you can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometime, you just might find, you get what you need.” (From the 1969 Rolling Stones LP “Let It Bleed”, written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards) You absolutely need to monetize the box office.

Enter Carlos Lopez with a Beltway box office magnet. On the strength of his UD conquest of Rami Ibrahim – who’s twice held his own with ‘Coke’ – Carlos could legitimately be ranked in the top five nationally for title contention. (See “Lightening in a Bottle” about Lion Fight XVII at Foxwoods on August 1, 2014) Since 34 year old ‘Coke’ has a history of insufficiently charging his own batteries, this match has the makings of youth vs. experience.

Carlos shows that he’s capable of holding his own with ‘Coke’

Although life is full of surprises, it’s never more so than with Phanuwat ‘Coke’ Chunhawat. You only beat ‘Coke’ by taking the fight to him, unless he’s beating himself. Instead, ‘Coke’ brings his A-Game and puts his pedal to the metal for five torrid circuits around the track.

Youthful contenders like Carlos have to earn their stripes on the measure of a 146-24-1 record that once earned ‘Coke’ a #2 ranking in Lumpini Stadium. Tentative in his lapses, Carlos concedes too much initiative. Each and every time, these concessions translate into points for ‘Coke’ on the scorecards. Although Carlos shows the partisan crowd that he’s capable of holding his own with ‘Coke’ – even though we’re in the belly of the partisan beast – transparency proves to be the best vaccine against a potential epidemic of toxic assets. Prospect’s promise needs to up its game some to conquer rather than just survive this caliber of competition. Who needs to be reminded that Coke himself has yet to take the measure of Ognjen Topic, Matt Embree and Kevin Ross?

Winner: Phanuwat ‘Coke’ Chunhawat by Unanimous Decision

'Coke' brings his A-GameJustin Greskewicz came out of the NYC circuit at a time, when the amateur ranks were functionally equivalent to indentured servitude, owing to the general unwillingness of local promoters to pay pro purses. Rather than trampling down the vineyards, where the grapes of wrath are stored, Justin did pretty much what Kevin Ross was doing. They both took the road less traveled.

Justin and Kevin both are native to Pennsylvania. Kevin moved from Reading to Las Vegas in order to train with Master Toddy. So he was in the right place at the right time, when Dennis Warner got the Las Vegas Hilton to showcase his WCK brand. With the most gym enrollment in town, Master Toddy’s patronage meant a lot for Warner’s box office. That’s how Kevin’s star came to align with Dennis Warner’s commercial imperatives. Dennis featured Kevin at the Hilton and punched his ticket on the Orient Express. The rest is history.

The numbers never crunched like this for Justin on the NYC circuit. However many friends and family made the trip from Philadelphia, Rigel Basalmico’s Cool Hearts was a small fish in a very big pond. For Justin to eventually become a box office hit, he had to make the leap from herd management to name recognition. So he did.

Justin made the leap to name recognitionLike no one else before him, Justin’s brand does a brisk business in tickets throughout all of the local gym outlets. Who says cable tv is the only way to reach a wider audience? It is rather the audience that reaches our sport through media connections. Always put the horse in front of the cart, even in Singapore.

Justin Greskewicz (Stay Fly Muay Thai in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
vs. Jeremy Carper (Coalition MMA in Martinsburgh, West Virginia)
WMC Welterweight Title Match │ 5×3

Not for the first time, Justin Greskewicz contends for a prestigious title on the strength of national name recognition, rather than his tale of the tape or – like Ahmet Kairetli and Carlos Lopez – local crowd sourcing skills. The last time I saw Jeremy Carper, by the same token, he was contending for a contract in Lou Neglia’s NYC edition of The Road to Glory show at 165 lbs. Trimming down to 147 pounds, Jeremy’s cut a lot of weight. If Jeremy’s stamina doesn’t abandon him, the visibly bigger Carper plans to out muscle a natural Welterweight, assuming Philadelphia’s ‘Purple People Eater’ takes the bait.

Justin reminds us that self-defense makes it possible for brains to beat brawn. He goes stick and move like I’ve never before seen him do. From his weight cutting, Jeremy struggles to keep up the pace. The hunter becomes the hunted.

If Jeremy plans on finishing it early, “be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it”. He gets it in a flying knee that stuns him. It is Justin, then, who finishes it early. The message in this media is never under estimate the mind game.

Winner: Justin Greskewicz by KO at 1:08 of Round 3

Justin finishes it earlyEarly in Justin’s career, he and Pittsburgh’s Mark Deluca were each other’s nemesis. They fought each other like a gazillion times. For the most important fight in Justin’s career, guess who cornered him?

It is Muay Thai’s practice – in performing the Wai Kru – to make a show of respect to our teachers, to our ancestors and also to our adversaries. TV broadcasters absolutely gag, when we do this, because they’re genetically anal retentive about air time. They’d much rather pander to any appetite in the public space for behavior that brings out the beast in us.

A fundamental difference between the actual martial arts and mixing some facsimile of them for mass consumption, thus, spans the cultural divide in how we express what civilization means to us. Between Justin Greskewicz and Mark Deluca, respecting each other paid both of them back. Only in the ring or the cage is it a zero sum game. It is humanity’s capacity for collaboration, rather than for hostility, that puts our species on top of the food chain.

For the most important fight in Justin’s career, guess who corners himFULL RESULTS
Sanctioned by the World Muay Thai Council (WMC)
in Bangkok, Thailand

WMC ALL AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP BOUTS:

Justin Greskewicz (Stay Fly Muay Thai in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
def. Jeremy Carper (Coalition MMA in Martinsburgh, West Virginia)
WMC Welterweight Title Match │ 5×3

Phanuwat ‘Coke’ Chunhawat (Dek Wat Muay Thai in Oakland, California)
def. Carlos Lopez (White Lotus Muay Thai/Disciple MMA in Sterling, Virginia)
by Unanimous Decision: 50-49, 50-48 and 49-48.
WMC Super Lightweight Title Match │ 5×3

Ahmet Kairetli (Kaizen MMA in Falls Church, Virginia)
def. Caleb Archer (Renzo Gracie in New York City)
by Unanimous Decision: 50-44, 50-45 and 49-47.
WMC Lightweight Title Match │ 5×3

Carper plans to out muscle a natural WelterweightPROFESSIONAL MUAY THAI: FULL RULES:

Greg Rowe (Five Points Fitness in New York City) def.
Kelly Huston (White Lotus Muay Thai/Disciple MMA in Sterling, Virginia)
by TKO after 3 Rounds (Concession).
Super Welterweight (154 lbs.) │ 5×3

AMATEUR MUAY THAI: MODIFIED RULES:

Asa Hart Ten (Legend Muay Thai in West Palm Beach, Florida)
def. Neil Mustafa (Rami’s Elite in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
by Majority Decision: 50-45, 49-49 and 49-48.
A-Class Amateurs │ Super Lightweight (140 lbs.) │ 5×2

Rudy Felix (Sitan Gym in New York City) def.
Jared Tipton (Level Up Boxing in Bowie, Maryland)
by Split Decision: 50-49, 48-50 and 49-48.
A-Class Amateurs │ Lightweight (135 lbs.) │ 5×2

Evan Reed (White Lotus Muay Thai/Disciple MMA in Sterling, Virginia)
def. Jonathan George (Seapeanong Muay Thai in Lorton, Virginia)
by KO at 1:38 of Round 2.
A-Class Amateurs │ Super Lightweight (140 lbs.) │ 5×2

Brian Hansen (Five Points Academy in New York City) def.
Allen Hargrove (Champion Boxing in Rockville, Maryland)
by Unanimous Decision: 50-45, 50-45 and 50-46.
A-Class Amateurs │ Light Heavyweight (175 lbs.) │ 5×2

Joey Hernandez (Sitan Gym in New York City) def.
Nimron Bibbin (Maryland Combat Sports Academy in Jefferson, Maryland)
by Unanimous Decision: 50-47, 50-45 and 50-47.
A-Class Amateurs │ Welterweight (147 lbs.) │ 5×2

Rolando Valdez (UFC Gym in Bethesda, Maryland) def.
James Green (Team Coban in New York City)
by Unanimous Decision: 50-46, 50-45 and 50-46.
A-Class Amateurs │ Super Welterweight (154 lbs.) │ 5×2

Diana Metzger (White Lotus Muay Thai/Disciple MMA in Sterling, Virginia)
def. Mel Odria (Seapeanong Muay Thai in Lorton, Virginia)
by Unanimous Decision: 30-27, 30-29 and 30-27.
B-Class Amateurs │ Mini Flyweight (105 lbs.) │ 3×2

Commonwealth of Virginia/Department of
Professional and Occupational Regulation
:
Executive Director:          David L. Holland
Program Administrator: Tracy Fagan
Referees:   Coban Lookchaomaesaitong │ Bumrun Prawatsrichai │ Sa-ngob Putmoun
Judges:      Sa-ngob Putmoun│ Somssak Prawatsrichai │ Sorlouangsana Soukkkaseum
Ring Side Physician:     Dr. Richard Ashby
Locker Room Inspectors: Lamont Clayton │ Mark D’Attilio │ Bill Forbes │ Gary Redd │ Andrew Wright │ Marcus White │ Shane Flower

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