Lion Fight Promotions

Episode 49 – Iman “Pretty Killer” Barlow

In this episode of The Striking Corner podcast, Eric & Vinny speak with current Lion Fight Super Bantamweight Champion and Enfusion 54 kg Champion, Iman Barlow! Iman is currently regarded as one of the top female Muay Thai fighters in the world in her weight class. She has not lost a fight since 2014 and with over 100+ amateur fights and close to 100 professional fights, she has a wealth of experience in the sport yet she is still just 23 years young!

Iman discusses growing up around the sport from the age of 2, her unique childhood as a fighter that travelled the world (the benefits and struggles), women’s Muay Thai, haters, rediscovering her love for Muay Thai after taking time off to be a “wild child”, and so much more. A fun interview all around and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Episode 44 – Fabio Pinca

It’s 2017 and we are starting off the New Year with an epic episode featuring none other than one of the top Muay Thai fighters in the world and our 2016 Striking Corner Fighter of the Year, Fabio Pinca! In this episode Fabio talks to Vinny and Eric about his success in 2016, his upcoming fight for the Rajadamnern Stadium title, how he got into Muay Thai, and why he favors Italian cuisine over French cuisine. We appreciate the effort Fabio made to have a conversation with us despite English not being his first language. A Champion in the ring and a gentleman outside of it, it was an honor talking to one of the best foreign nakmuays to step into the ring. Enjoy!

Episode 43 – Christmas & The 2016 TSC Awards

In this festive episode Eric & Vinny discuss Christmas, Eric tells a Christmas story, and discusses the growth of The Striking Corner in 2016 and the mentality behind the podcast going into 2017. Also in this episode Eric & Vinny present their “Striking Corner 2016 Muay Thai & Kickboxing Awards”. They pick their favorite fights, fighters, and KO’s of 2016 and argue a bit over the results. Cheesy sound effects and dramatic music included, this is the best awards podcast ever! Enjoy!

Episode 38 – Brett Hlavacek

In this episode of The Striking Corner, Vinny and Eric speak with New York based professional Muay Thai fighter Brett Hlavacek. Brett is a fighter with over 20 professional Muay Thai fights who has fought for Glory, Lion Fight, Warriors Cup, and more! He recently signed a contract with Lion Fight and will be fighting at Lion Fight 33 on Nov. 18th. Vinny and Eric talk a little bit about everything with Brett including New York rent prices, the Jersey Shore, why Vinny continues to think MMA ruins everything, Lion Fight, Muay Thai rules, and a whole lot more! Brett is a fun guy to talk to and a hell of a fighter, you don’t want to miss this one!

Episode 33 – Lion Fight 28, Glory 27 & More!

In this episode of The Striking Corner, Eric & Vinny discuss Lion Fight 28 and Glory 27. The aftermath and recap of each event and of course the controversy surrounding the SImon Marcus vs. Artem Levin main event. Besides that we get into the growth of Lion Fight, our opinions on Glory, Bellator Kickboxing, and what to do when a wannabe badass walks into your gym wanting to only spar. Enjoy!

Lion Fight 28 – RESULTS + PHOTOS

Lion Fight promotions continued their track record of putting on some truly enjoyable and exciting Muay Thai shows with Lion Fight 28 at the Foxwoods Hotel & Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut this past Friday, February 26th. The main card that aired on AXS TV featured a total of 6 fights. Out of the 6 fights, 5 fights ended up with a KO or TKO and every fight did not disappoint in the excitement factor. If the only complaint from fans about the Lion Fight 27 card in January was that every fight ended in a decision, Lion Fight 28 surely made it up to them.

In the co-main event, the light weight title switched hands as Sergio Wielzen stopped Ognjen Topic in Rd. 3 with a brutal flying knee that opened up a huge gash over Topic’s left eye. The doctor as called in to assess the damage and decided to call the fight thus declaring Sergio Wielzen the new Lion Fight Lightweight World Champion by TKO.

In the main event “Smokin'” Jo Nattawut faced Cedric Manhoef (the nephew of Kickboxing and MMA veteran Melvin Manhoef) who stepped in as a replacement for Kem Sitsongpeenong. Jo Nattawut pretty much did what Jo Nattawut does and put on a Muay Thai clinic complete with hard body kicks and effective teeps that gave Manhoef little opportunity for mounting any sort of offense.

Our very own official TSC photographer Victor Alvarez was on hand to cover all the action so check out his awesome pictures belows as well as the full results from the evenings action.

FULL RESULTS:
Jo Nattawut def. Cedric Manhoef by Unanimous Decision
Sergio Wielzen def. Ognjen Topic by TKO (doctor’s stoppage) in Rd. 3
Ky Hollenbeck def Justin Greskiewicz by TKO (elbows) in Rd. 2
Chris Mauceri def. Nick Chasteen by KO (elbows) in Rd. 1
Bryce Lawrence def. Yeison Berdugo by KO (strikes) in Rd. 1
Asa Tenpow def. Turan Hasanov by TKO (doctor’s stoppage) in Rd. 3

AMATEUR UNDERCARD:
Stergos Mikkios def. Niko Qirjazo by Unanimous Decision
Mike Triana def. Kyle Benner by Unanimous Decision
Maria Kritikos def. Brandy Young by Unanimous Decision
Julian Nguyen def. Jimmy McDonald by Unanimous Decision
Doug Holland def. Greg Muldrow by Unanimous Decision
Andrew Murray def. John Nelson by Unanimous Decision