This past Saturday Silicon Valley based hybrid Muay Thai and MMA promotion Arise Fighting Championships held their inaugural event inside the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California. Arise FC 1 featured nine Muay Thai and three MMA bouts, headlined by veteran Strikeforce lightweight James Terry taking on Mike De La Torre.
All the way from Thailand, Yodsanklai Fairtex, one of the world’s greatest Muay Thai fighters, and a main event headliner of tomorrow's Lion Fight 8, held open workouts yesterday. The legend takes on multiple Muay Thai Champion Gregory Choplin tomorrow night in a full Muay Thai rules event, taking place inside the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Imagine being only 50 years old and a Corporate Executive in the Casino industry? Would you coast along the rest of your life and be perfectly happy knowing you hold a great position and the title of Vice President? Would you take the risk of leaving your job in order to start your own fight promotion in hopes that a sport you love, catches on in the US?
Joe Schilling has been in the fight game since he was 17 years old. His devastating knockout of highly touted Muay Thai fighter Kaoklai Kaennorsing catapulted him into stardom in the Muay Thai scene. Schilling is hoping his rise to fame can help thrust the sport into the American spotlight, with the help of Lion Fight Promotions. Looking to avenge a highly controversial loss to Marcus Simon which you can see here, Schilling hopes to settle the score with Simon, once and for all.
Coming off the second UFC on FOX card that had three “meaningful” bouts on the main card, the promotion seems to going the “exciting” route for the third installment. On the heels of the Jim Miller vs. Nate Diaz bout being elevated to the main event, the UFC has added another bout that is sure to keep the fans on the edge of their seats.
Opening Sunday’s UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle main card on versus will be a welterweight scrap between the Ultimate Fighter season 7 winner, Amir Sadollah against Duane “bang” Ludwig. Both fighters are coming off recent wins in the Octagon and look to continue their winning ways in a stacked 170 pound division.
The New York based Friday Night Fights will be bringing back their very popular 8 man tournament on July 22nd. The event, which takes place at the Broad Street Ballroom, has been appropriately named “8-1 – The Friday Night Fights 8 man tournament”.
Welcome back to The Challenge. I have now been taking kickboxing classes for two and a half weeks and the biggest difference is definitely the cardio. Striking really is more intense than grappling in terms of cardio. There are many positions in grappling where you can rest, but this is not true in Muay Thai.