Redemption Makes a Comeback in Martial Arts Legacy

It is believed that authentic martial arts, unlike contemporary sports derivatives, trace their origins to Asian battlefields.  If we can believe the human genome project, by the same token, mankind as a species originated in Africa.  So it was that Africa’s own authentic martial art came West with the slave trade.

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Coming full circle, it is now returning to African battlefields.  Evidencing yet another DNA marker of authentic martial arts, which is their cultural connection, some of Africa’s child soldiers are trading their Kalashnikovs for Capoeira.  Just when laments for destiny’s children seem to keyword “Civilization and Its Discontents”, redemption makes a comeback through Africa’s martial arts legacy.

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End Story MarkIs it even possible to imagine an American culture without reference to its African origins?  Check out the full story by CLICKING HERE.

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Mourning the Death of Grand Master Bob Chaney

Grand Master Bob Chaney will almost certainly be remembered by those who knew him personally for his essential human warmth and dignity.  At a basic gut level, some losses are irreplaceable.  This is one of them.

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Bob Chaney trained in the Martial Arts for over 43 years.  He was promoted, with Chuck Norris and Bob Wall, to Eighth (8) Dan Grand Master Black Belt with the International Tae Kwon Do Federation (ITF) personally by Tae Kwon Do founder, General Choi in April 2002 at a ceremony in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, (just shortly before the General’s death).

Bob Chaney started his original training in Issinryu in 1962 then switched to Tae Kwon Do in 1964 under Korean Grand Master Ill Joo Kim.  Bob was the former player coach of the United States Karate team with the World Union of Karate Organization (WUKO) in 1975/76.  A 1975 Gold Medalist, Bob Chaney also won 6 Grand Championships and garnered over 300 national and international trophies and awards in both Tae Kwon Do and Karate competitions over a span of 12 years.  Bob Chaney and former World Champion Al Gene Caraulia were the first Americans to earn Class-A international referee licenses.  Bob Chaney was the first chairmen of the appeals committee and first vice chairmen of the AAU National Certification program, the United States governing body for the World Union of Karate Organizations in the mid 1970’s.  Bob Chaney and Al Gene Caraulia were the pioneers that appointed most of the original referees and (WUKO) judges. Bob Chaney was currently licensed, at the time of his death, by the Nevada State Athletic commission as a professional Kickboxing and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) judge.

CLICK HERE for vintage film footage of Bob in action.

Boxing Background and Experience

Bob Chaney originally trained in boxing as an eight year old under his father, retired Pro Boxer Bob Chaney Senior.  He began kickboxing in 1973.  Then in 1989 he became the student and God Son of legendary boxing trainer Johnny Tocco of Johnny Tocco’s Ringside Gym in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Bob Chaney started training in Muay Thai with former Thai fighter Comb Sasatan in 1988 in Las Vegas, Nevada before moving to Bangkok, Thailand in November of 1993 to train at “Osothapha camp” in Bangkok, Thailand.  The Gym was owned by Chanai Pongsupha.  It was renamed after Army General Sasipaprapa to Sasipaprapa Gym in the mid 1990’s.  He continued training under and working with formerly #1 rated Super Middle Weight boxing champion Chuck “Hurricane Kid” Siminnoni in 1997.

Promotional Back Ground

Bob Chaney began promoting Kickboxing with his first event at the Canton Memorial Auditorium in Canton, Ohio on December the 17th 1975.  Bob Chaney has personally promoted or been intricately involved in promoting over 25 Full Contact, Kickboxing or Muay Thai events.  Some of the major events were “Europe vs. Thailand”, a live event via satellite feed from the Irgiff Palace in Rome, Italy back to Channel Three (3) in Bangkok, Thailand; “Las Vegas vs. Japan”, taped from the Union Plaza in Las Vegas, Nevada; “Thailand vs. USA”, a national pay-per-view event from the Thomas and Mack Center, in Las Vegas, Nevada; live pay-per-view events from the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Santa Anna Star Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Hollywood Park Casino in Los Angeles, California and the Fairgrounds in Victorville, California.  Most recently Bob Chaney partnered up with Dennis Warner, Mike Rush and Val Leedy with plans to promote quarterly Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts Events at the Hollywood Park Casino in Los Angeles, California.

Bob personally selected and was instrumental in hiring super models Sonia Couling and Louket Matinee (Former Miss Thailand) for color commentary at Omnoi Stadium on the outskirts of Bangkok.  Bob can be seen commentating some of those fights from Omnoi Stadium with Sonia and Louket.  Bob Chaney was a regular bi-monthly traveler to Thailand for over 9 years.  He was a business associate with many of the promoters and stadium owners in and around Bangkok, as well as friends and associates with the owners and promoters at “Chaweng Stadium” in Koh Samui, Thailand.

Bob Chaney arranged the Omnoi Stadium title fight held at the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada in December 2002.  This was the first time that a stadium title fight was held outside of Thailand and the first time ever that the Nevada State Athletic Commission sanctioned full rules Muay Thai.  Bob Chaney brought over his friends Thong Tai the Lumpini Stadium champion to fight Tae Wa Rit Noi for the Omnoi Stadium title.  Additionally, Bob Chaney arranged and brought over the Thai officials and referees to instruct and gain the confidence of the Nevada State Athletic Commissioners, which opened up the door for full rules Muay Thai rules that’s now used in Nevada.

Bob Chaney used his Thailand connections to arrange and bring over 11 top Thai Fighters including, BM Sasiprapa, Malaipet, Lumpini Stadium champion, Thong Tai, Tae Wa Rit Noi, Nong Tom “The Lady Boy” Parinya, the legendary Samart, Gunnsak, Charoentong, Lumpini champion and Wusu gold medalist Pajonsuk, and Wonchana.  Bob was affiliated with the Pitnoi, Sangmorakot, Chaweng Stadium and Asawayotin Camps in Thailand.

Bob Chaney had eight affiliated studies in the United States besides his self-owned studio in Upland, California, with an active enrollment of over 400 students.  All of Bob’s affiliated studios credit much of their high enrollments and huge successes largely to the inclusion of Muay Thai programs that account for approximately 50% of total enrollments.

Bob Chaney trained over 200 national and world champions in Karate and Tae Kwon Do, seven world Kickboxing champions and five World Muay Thai Champions.

Bob secured the rights and arranged for the airing of some of the greatest Muay Thai fights and fight footage for Muay Thai fans in America.

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End Story MarkBob was on the cover of several martial arts magazines and highlighted in over 25 feature articles in many Martial Arts publications such as “Black Belt”, “Inside Kung Fu”, “Fighting Stars” “Tommy Mc Kay’s ‘Big Book of Karate’”, “Secrets of the Masters”, “Tae Kwon Do Times”, “Combat”, and “Grappling Magazine”.

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Moves with Grooves

Laizhou Martial Arts School of Shandong Province China

Mix traditional Chinese martial arts with an All American drum and bugle corps touring the U.S. together and you get moves with grooves.

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East Meets West

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Belgium Solidarity

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Lion Fight 28 Convenes a Jury of Fury

Going dump a chump in his first title defense, hash tag Ognjen Topic for why the ground game doesn’t score high in Muay Thai.  Neither does tactical predictability win a whole lot of fights, as opposed to say a surprise attack.  So it wasn’t all that much of a surprise – or at least it shouldn’t have been – for a fighter of Sergio Wielzen’s caliber to eventually wrap his timing around the champ’s episodic but essentially diversionary battle tactics.

Ground Game

Lion Fight XXVIII
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Lion Fight Lightweight Championship

Ognjen Topic (Serbia by way of USA) vs.
Sergio Wielzen (Suriname by way of the Netherlands)

Basic CombinationsSergio’s team mate, Cedric Manhoef, later told me that they’d drilled to pivot off basic jab │ hook combinations.  One caught Ognjen flush near the end of round two.  It looked to me from the press section, right after he took the hit, like Topic’s eyes were glassy.  Whether he was able to shake off the cobwebs between rounds, “uneasy lies the head that wears a crown”.

Posture AdjustmentRound three saw the champ continue leaning into what turned out to be harm’s way.  With so many more options off the clinch than dump a chump – especially when there is a predictability to its coming – a slight posture adjustment set up Sergio to bring his knee into play.  Off the challenger’s transition to slashing elbows, the rupture above Ognjen’s left eye then made it inevitable for Dr. Domenic Coletta, Board Chairman of the American Association of Ring Physicians, to stop the fight.

Andrei Kulebin once told us that “the worst part of losing is the beating you take to get there”.  Take this to mean that “pride goeth before a fall”.

WinnerSergio Wielzen by TKO (Physician Stoppage) @0:50 of Round 3

Pride goeth before a fall

Coming ‘Round the MountainJo Nattawut was also set to make his first title defense at Lion Fight XXVIII.  With only two weeks to go, though, Sitsongpeenong’s late cancellation left the champ without a challenger.  It was like déjà vu for Lion Fight’s CEO Scott Kent to salvage the main event.

Nattawut had been a substitute himself, you might remember, in his Lion Fight debut on August 1, 2014.  “Smoking” Jo and Cosmo Alexandre both took that fight on one week’s notice off the cancellation of Thepnimit Sitmonchai vs. Dean James.  Recall how Cosmo tried to toggle between fuel economy and horsepower – conserving just enough energy to finish strong in each round – which worked about as well for him on the score cards as it has for VW®.

Lion Fight Super Welterweight Championship

“Smoking” Jo Nattawut (Kingdom of Thailand by way of USA)
vs. Cedric Manhoef (Suriname by way of the Netherlands)

It was déjà vu all over again as Sitsongpeenong’s substitute Cedric Manhoef saved his best for last, apparently planning to catch the victory train before it left the station.  “Smoking” Jo’s toggle, as always, was set to full throttle.  He piled up an insurmountable lead on points in the early going.

Early Lead

If Jo Nattawut had a theme song it’d be ♪ he’ll be coming ‘round the mountain ♪.  Round about round four, though, Jo’s choo choo train got crushed by a flying knee.  There was then a shift in the fight’s momentum.  It went from “all for one” to free-for-all.

Choo Choo Train

The champ kept coming ‘round the mountain, effectively staying in the chase.  Only the challenger now was putting pedal to the metal in the home stretch.  His jab │ hook combinations – which I’ve already told you about – took their toll.  “Smoking” Jo took a licking but kept on ticking.  Ask not for whom the bell tolls, Jo Nattawut.  It tolls for thee.

WinnerJo Nattawut by Unanimous Decision

Took a licking but kept on ticking

No stranger either is Justin Greskiewicz to snap chat match making, which happens to be how his own pro debut came about (Shin Do Kumaté XII on May 12, 2007) and which he’d probably rather forget about.  Rush jobs figure even less than dump a chump into Muay Thai’s scoring criteria.  Since it takes two to tango – copping a cliché – fighters can or should be judged overall by the company they keep.

The company Ky Hollenbeck has kept includes Giorgio Petrosyan, Andy Ristie and Nieky Holzken.  Jo Nattawut simply hasn’t come close to walking in these size shoes.  Compare the stride of these pack leaders with “Smoking” Jo’s actual footprint:

  • Charlie Peters earned his title shot with Jo by going 0-2 on North American soil.
  • Salah Khalifa qualified with a loss to Yodsænklai Fairtex.
  • Sean Kearney was twice beaten by Malaipet.
  • Richard Abraham made a single pro fight his unique selling proposition.

It was almost certainly no coincidence, then, that Ky Hollenbeck got dibs on Richard Benjamin after Jo Nattawut.  One’s stepping stone was the other’s rehabilitation from Glory Sports International’s “Bonfire of the Vanities”.  By the same token, Richard’s unintentional head butt or elbow – which brought a physician stoppage – exposed the vulnerability of Ky’s tendency to sail into a storm without trimming his sails.  Enter Kirian Fitzgibbons to do for Hollenbeck what Master Toddy did for Kevin Ross.

Dinner Menu

Ky Hollenbeck (Combat Sports Academy in Dublin, CA) vs.
Justin Greskiewicz (Stay Fly Muay Thai in Philadelphia, PA)
Super Welterweight Men │ 154 lbs. │ 5×3

With something like a 13 lbs. spread between their respective comfort zones, bet the stronger pit bull to maul the scrawnier one.  If Justin was going to pull off an upset – the way he did against Jeremy Carper to win the WMC National Welterweight title at the AMTL King’s Birthday Show on December 5, 2014 – it wasn’t going to happen on Kirian’s watch.  He’d clearly brought Ky into this fight with a battle plan, adroitly cornering him to execute it.

Justin went down near the end of round one, but Referee Coban Lookchaomæsaitong didn’t administer a count.  He did twice in the second round, though, before stopping it after a punch │ elbow combination put another hurt on Greskiewicz.  Although Justin seemed to have enough fight left in him to be frustrated with Coban’s call, the three knockdown rule is only a fiction in Brian Crenshaw’s imagination.  When the lion lays down with the lamb, better check what’s on the menu for dinner.

WinnerKy Hollenbeck by TKO @2:09 of Round 2

Pit Bull

Justin Greskiewicz and Chris Mauceri both came out of the NYC circuit.  Both also learned the ropes – copping two more clichés – in the school of hard knocks.  Chris took a whole fellowship in hard knocks, specializing in elbows, first from Kevin Ross and then from Sittisuk Por Sirichai.  In between, he beat a UD out of Phanuwat ‘Coke’ Chunhawat.  Since graduating to Lion Fight and taking into account the demolition job he did on Nicholas Parlanti, Chris Mauceri has done better than most Republican presidential contenders to win a contested convention.

Chris Mauceri (Stockade Martial Arts in Kingston, N.Y.)
vs. Nick Chasteen (Best Muay Thai in Phoenix, AZ)
Welterweight Men │ 147 lbs. │ 5×3

The “Golden Boy” Nick Chasteen came to break a 1-1 deadlock in his third Connecticut caucus.  Nick had been over matched with Pedro Gonzales, who knocked him out, but then under matched against Turan Hasanov, who hadn’t put two wins together since April the 29th, 2011.  Boasting only a win over Jose Palacios back in his Western comfort zone to compare with the kind of company that Chris Mauceri has kept, “all that glitters is not gold”.

All that glitters is not gold

It took Chris about a minute and a half to measure the distance and lock down his timing.  Nick was coming to him.  Having covered this scene since Rami Ibrahim was a rookie and Cyrus Washington was fighting ammie in Chicago, I must’ve imagined hearing Chris tell Nick “let me show what I learned about elbows from Kevin Ross and Sittisuk Por Sirichai.  Then he collared Nick in a bear hug and destruction rained from above.

WinnerChris Mauceri by TKO @1:55 of Round 1

Destruction rained from above

At the exact same time that Chris Mauceri made his case for national recognition at Lion Fight XVIII, Richard Abraham was getting it done at Glory 27 in Chicago, even as another promising local prospect in Kevin Van Nostrand wasn’t.  Neither was Artem Levin, who basically quit in frustration over the contrived artificiality that substitutes app for zap.  Now you know why there’s no warning label on the Chalice of Malice.

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OneSongchai and S1’s “Dragon Punch Promotion” Showcases Thai Fighting Prowess in China

Tanonchai on the Runway

Madame Promoter Pariyakorn RatanasubanShowcasing Thai fighting prowess at its most ferocious, Thailand’s national prestige scored a win with quadruple victories on Chinese soil in front of a Chinese tv audience.  “Dragon Punch Promotion” was televised live this past March the 5th on Thailand’s True4u Channel 24 in a simulcast with Henan TV from Zhengzhou in China.  A collaboration under the auspices of OneSongchai and S1 Promotion between Mr. Thanakorn Jirapasuksakul and Madame Promoter Pariyakorn Ratanasuban, whose grand parents came from China, produced this “friendship match” on behalf of the Kingdom of Thailand with the People’s Republic of China.

Headlining the show, Thailand’s Thanonchai TanakornGym took on Chinese super star Shou Rong.  With an S1 world title in contention, the Thai went on patrol to control this fight on his own terms.  Leading with left punches, Thanonchai was like an archer on the hunt.  Fearless as always, though, the Chinese contender yielded no ground.  With the brilliance of a diamond heart capable of piercing all resistance, at the end of 5 rounds, Thanonchai was declared the winner on points.

Tanonchai TanakornGym

“The Unstoppable” Pakorn PKSaenchaiMuaythai was just that in beating Chinese boxer Jing Ying.  Pakorn has earned himself a reputable name in China.  He’s fought there many times, never lost, never given his fans a fizzle for their sizzle.  This time was no exception, as he rocked to the rhythm of a winning performance.

Pakorn PKSaenchaiMuaythai

Yodvicha KemmuaythaiThailand’s best boxer in 2011 Yodvicha Kemmuaythai showed why in his triumph over Shou Yan.  It wasn’t even close.

Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee might be the most familiar of these faces to Western audiences, owing to his consecutive victories over Andre Kulebin in Minsk, where visitors know going in that only knockouts can beat the locals, which is exactly how he did it.  He showed the same winning form to beat Chinese boxer Li Yankun for a Thai UD over their gracious Chinese hosts, who deserve recognition for uncompromising standards in the pursuit of excellence.  When the Thais bring their best, they’re bringing the best in the world.

End Story MarkCongratulations to Two Best Boxers from One Songchai and S1:
Thanonchai Tanakorngym – the best boxer of the year.
Kingsanglek tor.Laksong – the best youth boxer of the year.

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U.S. Muay Thai Open Accepting Enrollment for April 22-24 Tournament in Arizona

Beyond the many local shows – where career development almost always begins and often ends – there are some open enrollment regional and national tournaments for high achievers.  Nowhere are the educational benefits of diversity more manifest than at such tournaments.  Americans’ career development more often than not tend to plateau before reaching full potential, though, because of our comparative isolation from international competition.

USMTO Poster

The United States Muay Thai Open (USMTO) this coming April 22-24 in Arizona seems promising, thus, because of its affiliation with the International Federation of Muaythai Amateurs.  IFMA’s annual World Championships is kind of an Olympics for a sport that’s been around almost as long, give or take a thousand years.  They’ll be taking place May 19-29 in Jönköping, Sweden.  The IFMA Youth World Championships be from August 27-September 2 in Bangkok, Thailand.

IFMA LogoUntil USMTO came along, Americans only had access to the IFMA circuit by invitation rather than through open enrollment.  Whether a U.S. team will come out of the USMTO to compete at IFMA’s World Championships, caveat emptor.  Our national government does not subsidize athletes in any sport, each of which has to make its own funding arrangements.  These are the kinds of decisions that we’ve got to make for ourselves.  We can only ask from our country for equal opportunity.  What any of us does with it makes all the difference.

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Challenger 16 “KNOCKOUT” set for Calgary on March 18, 2016

Challenger 16 PromoInternational Muay Thai Gala
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1000 11500 – 35th St. SE
Calgary, Canada
Friday, March 18, 2016
Doors Open at 6:30 pm │ Fights Begin at 7:30 pm

Challenger 16 Poster

MAIN EVENT:
Chuuka (Mongolia) vs.
Benjamin Falconer (Vancouver/Iron City)
FRMT │ 5×2

CO-MAIN EVENT:
Shaun Thankachen (Calgary/KuramaYama)
vs. Justin Holden (Kitchener/TKO)
IKF Canadian Super Middleweight K-1 Title │ 5×2

FEATURED FIGHTS:

Meaghan Cameron (Calgary/Miles) vs.
Joke Dekeersshieter (Belgium/Jungle)

Mohammad Shah (Calgary/Miles) vs.
Cody Jerome (Lethbridge/Progressive)

Lindsay Holmes (Calgary/Miles) vs.
Jillian Bosserdet (USA/Tampa MuayThai)

Hope Quinn (Calgary/Miles) vs.
Stephanie Schmale (Red Deer/Cheney’s)

John Gibson (Edmonton/Hayabusa) vs.
Phil Engeroff (Sherwood Park/ UFC)

Cassie Warbeck (Calgary/KuramaYama) vs.
Vincci Tsui (Calgary/WTM)

Olivia Awad (Calgary/Miles) vs.
Gabby Guerrero (USA/Revolution)

Steve Williamson (Calgary/Miles) vs.
Russell Guevara (Winnipeg/Double Dragon)

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Challenger 15 “Annihilation” – Full Results

Challenger 15 “Annihilation”
International Muay Thai Gala
Calgary, Canada
February 13, 2016

MAIN EVENT:
Scott MacKenzie (Canada) vs.
Kieran Peart (United Kingdom)
Super Middleweight Professionals │ Modified Muay Thai Rules │ 5×2

The Main Event featured Calgary, Canada’s Scott “Smash” MacKenzie against England’s Kieran “The King” Peart. The bout was originally supposed to be full rules Muay Thai (FRMT). A request was subsequently made by the host’s English counter parts for Modified Muay Thai rules, which was accepted by the Canadians. So the bout did not allow elbows but did allow the clinch and knees to the head. Both athletes were very similar in experience. They were also close to the same body types and size. The only visible difference between the two was MacKenzie’s being a southpaw.

The bout began with both athletes testing each other. Peart moved around the ring, trying to keep Scott from setting. Throughout the first few rounds, Kieran mostly relied on his low kicks. When they clinched, the Canadian appeared to be stronger in terms of power and skill. To compensate, the Peart smothered MacKenzie against the ropes. This resulted in some unintentional but very low knees from the British athlete, which once made it necessary for Scott to be given time for recovery.

Rounds three to five saw the bout turn heavily in favor of MacKenzie. In pursuit, he landed some very strong blows. Kiernan was bleeding from the nose from the third round on. Scott made it an exciting and thinking man’s fight.

Winner: Scott MacKenzie by Unanimous Decision

Scott Mackenzie

CO-MAIN EVENT:
Cody Jerome (Lethbridge/Wall) def.
Shaun Thankachen (Calgary/Sukys)
Middleweight Men │ Modified Muay Thai Rules │ 3×2

The Co-Main Event at 160 lbs. was under Modified Muay Thai rules. Both athletes brought the same amount of experience. It was action packed throughout.

Winner: Cody Jerome by Unanimous Decision

FEATURED FIGHT:

Meaghan Cameron (Calgary/Miles) def.
Kate Clements (Calgary/Smandych)
Featherweight Women │ FRMT │ 3×2

In the featured women’s bout, Meaghan Cameron squared off against her former team mate Kate Clements. The two had been scheduled to meet last summer in the USA at the IKF World Classic. Kate had to withdraw from that bout, though, due to illness. It was subsequently arranged for them to fight in Calgary, where the local audience got to witness the bout in person. Both athletes gave a highly spirited performance. Their fans were fully into it and very emotional throughout the bout.

“The first round was the closest” reported Meaghan’s coach Mike Miles. “I think that round could have gone either way. The remaining two rounds in my opinion went to Cameron. I suspect the judges felt the same way…But without a knock out and in such a highly emotionally charged encounter, there will always be opinions about the decision… everyone in the fight game knows this.”

Winner: Meaghan Cameron by Unanimous Decision

Future Champ

UNDER CARD:

Jennifer Morgan (Nashville, USA/Walker)
def. Olivia Awad (Calgary/Miles)
by Split Decision
Super Middleweight Women │ Modified Muay Thai Rules │ 3×2

Damian Moscibrodzki (Calgary/Miles) def.
Hunter Cooze (St. John’s/Rock Athletics)
by TKO in Round 1 (Three Knockdown Rule)
Lightweight Men │ Junior Kickboxing │ 3×2

Mohammad Shah (Calgary/Miles) def.
Kurt Spizawka (Saskatoon/Scheers)
by TKO in Round 1
Super Middleweight Men │ Modified Muay Thai Rules │ 3×2

Greg Lamothe (Victoria/MA Unlimted) def.
Ethan Doucette (Calgary/Smandych)
by TKO in Round 3
Welterweight Men │ FRMT │ 5×2

Stephanie Schmale (Red Deer/Cheney)
def. Bree Howling (Calgary/Miles)
by Split Decision
Lightweight Women │ Modified Muay Thai Rules │ 3×2

Ketty Hoyem (Calgary/WTM) def.
Sarah Zientek (Calgary/Miles)
by Split Decision
Super Middleweight Women │ Modified Muay Thai Rules │ 3×2

End Story MarkRiley McKenzie (Saskatoon/Scheers)
Oleksandr Papush (Red Deer/Lafantaisie)
by Unanimous Decision
Men │ Kickboxing │ 3×2

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Full Results from Lion Fight 28

Lion Fight XXVIII Full Results
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LION FIGHT SUPER WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP:

“Smoking” Jo Nattawut (Kingdom of Thailand by way of USA)
def. Cedric Manhoef (Suriname by way of the Netherlands)
by Unanimous Decision: 49-46, 49-46, 50-45.

Nattawut took a licking

LION FIGHT LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP:

Sergio Wielzen (Suriname by way of the Netherlands)
def. Ognjen Topic (Serbia by way of USA)
by TKO (Sok ti │ Elbow Slash │ Physician Stoppage) @0:50 of Round 3.

Pride goeth before a fall

PROFESSIONAL MUAY THAI │ FULL RULES:

Ky Hollenbeck (Combat Sports Academy in Dublin, CA) def.
Justin Greskiewicz (Stay Fly Muay Thai in Philadelphia, PA)
by TKO (Sok ti │ Elbow Slash) @2:09 of Round 2
Super Welterweight Men │ 154 lbs. │ 5×3.

Dinner menu

Chris Mauceri (Stockade Martial Arts in Kingston, N.Y.)
def. Nick Chasteen (Best Muay Thai in Phoenix, AZ)
by TKO (Sok klap khu │ Double Elbow Chop) at 1:55 of Round 1
Welterweight Men │ 147 lbs. │ 5×3.

All that glitters isn’t gold

Bryce Lawrence (Fight Sports Naples in Naples, FLA)
def. Yeison Bergudo (Tri Force MMA in Providence, R.I.)
by KO (Mat soi dao │ Uppercut) at 2:03 of Round 1
Lightweight Men │ 135 lbs. │ 5×3.

Pound without the ground

Asa Ten Pow (Florida Kickboxing Academy in West Palm Beach, FLA)
def. Turan Hasanov (Square Circle NY Muay Thai in New York, N.Y.)
by TKO (How do you say “Scotty, beam me up” in Thai?) at 0:47 of Round 3
Welterweight Men │ 147 lbs. │ 5×3.

AMATEUR MUAY THAI │ MODIFIED RULES:

Stergos Mikkios (Thornton Martial Arts in Hartford, Connecticut)
def. Niko Qirjazo (Redline Fight Sports in Boston, Mass.)
by Unanimous Decision: 30-27, 29-28, 29-28
Super Lightweight Men │ 140 lbs. │ 3×2.

Mike Triana (Team Link in Worcester, Mass.) def.
Kyle Benner (Fight Sports Naples in Naples, FLA)
by Unanimous Decision: All three judges scored it 30-27
Lightweight Men │ 135 lbs. │ 3×2.

Maria Kritikos (Baan Thai Academy in Lebanon, N.H.) def.
Brandy Young (Redline Fight Sports in Boston, Mass.)
by Unanimous Decision: All three judges scored it 29-28
Bantamweight Women │ 118 lbs. │ 3×2.

Julian Nguyen (Team Link in Worcester, Mass.) def.
Jimmy McDonald (Redline Fight Sports in Boston, Mass.)
by Unanimous Decision: 30-26, 29-27, 29-28
Welterweight Men │ 147 lbs. │ 3×2.

Doug Holland (Pride Martial Arts in Wakefield, R.I.) def.
Greg Muldrow (Sitydotong, Boston, Mass.)
by Unanimous Decision: 29-28, 29-28, 30-27
Super Heavyweight Men │ ≥230 lbs. │ 3×2.

End Story MarkAndrew Murray (Redline Fight Sports in Boston, Mass.)
def. John Nelson (Hard Knocks in Boston, Mass.)
by Unanimous Decision: All three judges scored it 30-27
Middleweight Men │ 160 lbs. │ 3×2.

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