Ashley Nichols

Could Iman Barlow headline Enfusion Live 51 in Canada against Ashley Nichols?

News recently emerged that Dutch kickboxing promotion, Enfusion Live are headed to Canada on July 8, 2017 with further details of the venue for Enfusion Live 51 and the overall fight card, to be announced in due course.

However, Iman Barlow had some very interesting things to say in her post-fight interview after winning the Muay Thai Grand Prix bantamweight title against, Therese Gunnarsson at MTGP 7“Pretty Killer” thinks she could be facing Canadian fighter, Ashley Nichols in her next fight come July 8.

“Maybe Canada. Enfusion Live in Canada which, would be wicked in July. Then Lion Fight hopefully, return to Lion defend that belt end of July.”

“Its a Canadian girl. Ashley Nichols I think, I think, I think. But obviously she’s Canadian so I’m guessing I think it might be her and she’s returning home from Thailand; and she’s a good fighter and obviously we were together on the ‘Reality’. We didn’t fight each other but we were there together, so we will see.”

The kickboxing and Muay Thai platform for international female fights in the North Americas seems to be building momentum, especially with Tiffany Van Soest from California, becoming GLORY Kickboxing‘s first female champion; and GLORY having recently signed multiple world champion, Anissa Meksen.

Both Van Soest and Meksen’s careers enter a very interesting stage this year along with Barlow. All three are widely regarded as three of the very best in their division, with Meksen having a second round stoppage win over “Pretty Killer” in 2014. However, after MTGP 7, she was accused by Iman’s Dad, Mark Barlow, of twice pulling out of rematches with Iman for Enfusion.

Then there’s the beef that’s brewing between Van Soest and Barlow. Tiffany isn’t one to pull her punches when verbally lambasting any of her rivals, especially Barlow, after the latter didn’t sign a GLORY contract due to, alleged miscommunications between her manager, Edwin Van Os (owner of Enfusion Live) and GLORY, over the proposed terms for fighting under the GLORY banner.

The coming weeks and months seem likely to unfold with some interesting developments for all three women and it will be interesting to see if Barlow vs. Van Soest could possibly happen this year, with their being no restrictions for such a match-up by Enfusion. However, Iman’s contract with Enfusion prevents her from fighting Meksen outside of the Dutch promotion, for reason explained in her post-fight interview.

 

Lion Fight 27 – RESULTS + PICTURES

This past Friday, January 29th, 2016, Lion Fight Promotions headed to the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California to once again showcase the best in the sport of Muay Thai at Lion Fight 27. Their were a total of 10 fights at the event with 4 amateur bouts and 5 pro bouts, two of which were title fights. It was a night where every fight went the distance but that did not take away from the fact that pretty much every fight was exciting and action-packed. There were no duds at Lion Fight 27.

The night was not without controversy however, as rising star Gaston Bolaños (7-1) put his young undefeated record on the line against Kronphet Phetrachapet, a Thai veteran with over 100 fights. Bolaños was no doubt aware that Kronphet was a step up in competition but he sure did not fight that way. He put on a Muay Thai display that was well beyond his experience and for many in attendance and watching around the world it seemed he had done more than enough to win the fight. However, in a surprising decision, the judges awarded the bout to the Thai via split decision. The consensus across social media and for those in attendance was that the 23 year old Peruvian born sensation, Gaston Bolaños had been robbed. We also scored the fight for Bolaños.

In the other fights of the night Tiffany Van Soest became a two division Lion Fight champion with a win over Canadian fighter, Ashley Nichols. Nichols did not go down without a fight and took Van Soest the distance but Van Soest was simply too quick, too elusive, and too mobile for the Canadian out of MAS Muay THai in Cambridge, Ontario.

In the main event of the evening, Fabio Pinca defended his Lion Fight welterweight title, fighting a game but outgunned Charlie “Boy” Peters. Peters showed resilience and determination to not get finished but it was one way traffic from Round 2 as Pinca ran roughshod over Peters, tossing the Englishman around the ring and landing significant kicks, punches, elbows, and knees seemingly at will.

All in all it was yet another successful night of fights for Lion Fight Promotions who continues to showcase that they are without a doubt the top Muay Thai promotion in the U.S. and only growing. Lion Fight promotions heads to the East Coast for their next event on February 26th as they head to the Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut for what already looks like an absolutely stacked event.

Below are the full results of the evening as well as photographs of the event taken by The Striking Corner’s new official photographer, Victor Alvarez.

FULL RESULTS:

Fabio Pinca def. Charlie Peters by Unanimous Decision
Tiffany Van Soest def. Ashley Nichols by Unanimous Decision
Kronphet Phetrachapet def. Gaston Bolanos by Split Decision
Brian Del Rosario def. Chris Culley by Unanimous Decision
Anvar Boynazarov def. Coke Chunhawat by Unanimous Decision
Travis Clay def. Jared Papazian by Unanimous Decision
Spenser Mix def. James Gregory by Unanimous Decision
Bee Nguyen def. Gabi Maxwell by Unanimous Decision
Carlos Dagieu def. J.J. Madrid by Unanimous Decision
Susan Wallace def. Monica Teran by Unanimous Decision

Photos by Victor Alvarez

Episode 30 – Ashley Nichols

In this episode of The Striking Corner we speak with Ashley “AK-47” Nichols. Professional Canadian Muay Thai Fighter and pride of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, Ashley will be facing off with Tiffany Van Soest at Lion Fight 27 on Friday, January 29th for the vacant Super Bantamweight Lion Fight title. We speak with Ashley about her journey in Muay Thai, her accomplishments in Muay Thai, K1, BJJ, and other disciplines, as well as what we can expect to see when she stands face to face with the always explosive Tiffany Van Soest.

In addition Ashley discusses her desire to represent not only Canadian and Women’s Muay Thai but to be an example for the First Nations people, the aboriginal people of Canada. Ashley is without a doubt a disciplined, skillful, and extremely driven women, and it was a pleasure talking to her and learning more about her story. We hope you enjoy her story as much as we did.

Also as on a side note, during the portion of the podcast where Ashley was thanking her coaches, teammates, and sponsors, she forgot to mention one of her biggest sponsors, Ring Royalty Supply Co. so she wanted us to make sure we mentioned how grateful she is for all of their support. Check out their site for top quality Muay Thai gear and apparel.