Striking Corner

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 48 – Phoenix Carnevale

In this episode of The Striking Corner, Eric and Vinny speak with our good friend Phoenix Carnevale! Phoenix is a passionate follower of all things hip-hop, martial arts, comic books, movies, superheroes, etc. She is an actress, fight commentator, martial artist, fight journalist, and she is also the host of Everlast’s In Fighting Shape podcast.

An avid MMA fan, Phoenix has interviewed top UFC fighters such as Jon Jones, Ronda Rousey, Frankie Edgar, Georges St. Pierre, and many more…in this episode the guys talk about MMA, the culture of MMA, and how Muay Thai and Kickboxing are falling short in the marketing game compared to the seemingly unstoppable juggernaut that is MMA. They also discuss women in MMA and Combat Sports. Phoenix has a lot of great insight and the conversation was great. Check it out!

Episode 47 – Janet Todd

So what is the only difference between men and women in combat sports? Well according to California based Muay Thai fighter Janet Todd, our guest on this week’s episode of The Striking Corner, “It doesn’t hurt when we get kicked in the nether regions because…we don’t have balls.”

Yup! Eric and Vinny had a great conversation with West Coast and Boxing Works standout Janet Todd. Janet is a very accomplished amateur Muay Thai fighter with tons of skill and more than a few amateur titles to her name.

We discuss women in Muay Thai and Combat Sports, how she balances her career as an aeronautical engineer with a flourishing Muay Thai career, and why Britney Spears is the best music to train to! Check it out!

Episode 46 – Chris Tran

In this Episode of The Striking Corner podcast, Vinny and Eric speak to Chris Tran, who is promoter of The Warrior’s Cup Muay Thai promotion and is Owner and Head Coach of Weapons 9 Muay Thai in Middlesex, New Jersey. Chris has long been a friend of the podcast and he is easily one of the most respected and loved members of the East Coast Muay Thai scene.

A passionate martial artist who only wants to see Muay Thai grow, Chris explains that he is a fan of the sport first and a promoter second. He honestly explains that business has never been his strong suit but regardless he is thankful for the fact that he is surrounded by like minded and more business minded individuals that share his same vision for Muay Thai.

In this podcast the guys discuss Eric’s possible move to New York, the growth of Warrior’s Cup as a promotion, why Muay Thai elitism is possibly hindering the growth of Muay Thai and more! Enjoy!

Episode 45 – Damien Trainor

In this episode of The Striking Corner, Eric and Vinny speak with UK Muay Thai Legend, World Champion, and 4-time European Champion, Damien Trainor. Damien gives a lot of insight into the mental game of being a fighter, when it’s best to hang up the gloves, life after fighting, haters, social media, and more! Damien is a legend and has continued to give back to the Muay Thai & Kickboxing community through his work at his own gym, doing seminars around the world, and writing for his blog at DamienTrainor.com.

Photos from Glory 37: Wilnis vs. Adesanya

The Striking Corner’s very own photographer, Victor Alvarez was on hand at Glory 37’s first card of 2017, which took place on Friday, January 20th, 2017 in Los Angeles.

As with every Glory event, the night was full of fast paced action, some upsets, some surprises, and a little controversy. But overall Glory’s first show of 2017 was solid with great matchups such as Matt Embree vs. Robin Van Rossmalen and the Glory Middleweight title fight between Jason Wilnis and rising star, Israel Adesanya.

Check out the great images form our photographer Victor Alvarez in the slideshow below.