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Triumph Kombat 4 at Madison Square Garden – PHOTOS

The Striking Corner was recently able to attend the Triumph Kombat 4 event held in NYC at the iconic theater at Madison Square Garden. While the original fight card was slated to feature 20 fights total (18 amateur, 2 pro), as is customary in the fight game, injuries and other unforeseen issues ended up bringing the number of fights down to a final 17.

However, the 17 fights did not disappoint and the matchmakers for Triumph Kombat did a great job bringing together some very talented amateurs from around the tri-state area to showcase the promotion’s brand of fast-paced full rules Muay Thai. Traditionally in Muay Thai, all bouts are 5 rounds (2-minute rounds for amateurs and 3-minute rounds for pros).

Triumph Kombat rules push for high paced action by making all fights 3 rounds, in an effort to prevent stalling, and motivate fighters to push the pace from the opening bell.

A few Muay Thai promotions worldwide have also adopted a similar rule set and it seems many more casual fans are enjoying the change. While traditionalists may frown upon this change, we believe there is room for both presentations of Muay Thai in the US. Yet, if we want to see Muay Thai grow in America, perhaps some innovation is necessary.

With that said, even though the faster paced, full rules Muay Thai should open up the opportunity to see more knockouts, it did not happen on this night. Regardless, the amateurs, even those with less than a handful of fights, put on solid performances that often times made them look far more experienced than what would be expected given their records.

Most, if not all fights, were action-packed and entertaining. The judging was also far less controversial than usual, except for the main event, where the decision was, in our opinion, a complete travesty. But as Muay Thai grows in America and until more judges are trained in how to properly judge Muay Thai, we will still have to suffer through growing pains.

All in all, a great night of Full Rules Muay Thai action in one of the most historic venues in America and the newest member of The Striking Corner family, Pari Aryafar AKA Pari Cherry, was on hand to capture some of the night’s highlights which we have shared in the gallery below.

If you are interested in seeing more of Pari’s pictures from the Triumph Kombat 4 event or would like to purchase one of the images she took, please head to her official website at www.pari-cherry.com

Also, on the recent episode of The Striking Corner Podcast Vinny and Eric take some time to discuss the event and you can listen to that on iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play Music or you can listen to it here on our site at the following link.

 

Glory 48 Results + Photos

GLORY Kickboxing visited the Mecca of fight sports once again, as Glory 48 took place at Madison Square Garden in New York City this past Friday, Dec. 1st, 2017. The event featured a great card highlighted by two title fights, one of which was the highly anticipated super bantamweight world title fight between USA’s Tiffany “Timebomb” Van Soest and Anissa Meksen of France. The Striking Corner’s Victor Alvarez was on hand with his camera to capture all of the action on this amazing night of fights. Check out the full results and images from the event below:

GLORY 48 New York:
– Kevin Vannostrand def. Anvar Boynazarov by KO at 1:06, Round 1; Vannostrand claims interim GLORY featherweight title
– Robert Thomas def. Mike Lemaire by KO at 0:18, Round 3; Thomas wins GLORY middleweight tournament
– Thiago Silva def. John King by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
– Robert Thomas def. Wayne Barrett by unanimous decision (30-26, 29-27, 29-27); Thomas advances to GLORY middleweight tournament semifinal
– Mike Lemaire def. Matt Baker by unanimous decision (extra round); Thomas advances to GLORY middleweight tournament semifinal

GLORY 48 SuperFight Series:
– Anissa Meksen def. Tiffany Van Soest by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46); Meksen claims GLORY women’s super bantamweight title
– Chris Camozzi def. Kyle Weickhardt by TKO at 3:00, Round 3
– Elvis Gashi def. Nate Richardson by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
– Ivan Galaz def. Paul Banasziak by majority decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-27)
– Itay Gershon def. Justin Houghton by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Relive Glory 17 & Last Man Standing – PHOTOS

Our very own Muay Thai is Life photographer Chad Hill was on hand at was without a doubt the biggest kickboxing event in US history, Glory 17 and the Last Man Standing 8-man middleweight tournament. The night included some crazy knockouts, redemption, upsets and more! Enjoy!

Lion Fight 13 – Van Soest vs. Reece in Pictures

Lion Fight 13 took place on Friday, Feb. 7th in Las Vegas, Nevada. MTiL photographer Chad Hill was on hand to capture all the exciting Muay Thai action of a stellar fight card that featured American sensation Tiffany Van Soest vs. Caley Reece in what was the first time two ladies headlined a Lion Fight Promotions card. Also on the program was a highly anticipated co-main event rematch between the “Soul Assassin” Kevin Ross and Canada’s Matt Embree. Besides the two blockbuster matchup’s Lion Fight 13 was a solid card that featured bouts such as Coke Chunawat vs Rami Ibrahim and Jason Andrada vs Andy Sing among others. Check out the amazing shots Chad took of all the action!

PHOTOS – Lion Fight Promotions “Schilling vs Marcus 2” Weigh-Ins.

All fighters that will compete at Lion Fight Promotions “Schilling vs Marcus 2” made their way to Body English at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las, Vegas to weigh-in for their respective bouts. All fighters made weight and the weigh in process went smoothly. Lion Fight Photographer Bennie Palmore was on hand to take a few shots of the fighters as they weighed in and as expected we are posting them up for all of you to see. Also, MTiL photographer Galen Okazaki will be ringside tomorrow evening to take shots of all the action and you can be sure to check them out here at Muay Thai is Life.

Photos by Bauzen: “Muay Thai at the Mecca” – Muay Thai at Madison Square Garden RESULTS

As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. And nothing I write in this article right now will do Take On Productions and MSG Sports “Muay Thai at the Mecca” any justice. It was truly an amazing event full of electricity and emotion. Every fighter in the ring that night knew what a solid performance meant in the long run. They were part of history. It was the first time a Muay Thai event would ever be held at Madison Square Garden. In front of a sold out crowd of 3000+ fans, the city of New York would once again be making combat sports history. And for Muay Thai fans, fervent and some would say religiously devout to their sport, it was a beautiful moment to see that, for once, our sport…a true traditional martial art built specifically for combat, was on display in its purest form including the traditions of fighters wearing the mongkon, prajoud, and performing the wai kru before the bout. The fights were not contested in a cage, or as part of some MMA event, but all on their own. And while the event did not have the likes of Kevin Ross, Fabio Pinca, Buakaw Pro Pramuk, Saenchai Sor Kingstar, or any other Muay Thai greats you can think of, stepping into the ring that night; It is but a first step in a long journey to bring Muay Thai to the forefront of the combat sports craze here in America. And on this night, young up and coming amateur talents such as Prairie Rugilo, Nick Vaughn, Freddie Cheung, Rudy Felix, and many more had their moment to showcase why they too can and will be the future stars of our sport. And for up and coming pros such as Brett Hlavacek, Brian Collette, Sean Hinds, Rigel Balsamico, Ryan Madigan, it was definitely either a highlight of their young and burdgeoning pro careers or a beautiful and appropriate way to say goodbye to the sport they love and have devoted their lives too.

With that said below are the results and few photos taken by our good friend Steve Ferdman a.k.a. Bauzen showcasing the historic action that took place this past weekend. Enjoy! Also if you did not get a chance to catch the event you can always catch it on demand at GFL.tv Read More