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Evolve University Fight Breakdown | Downwards Elbow K.O. – Sagetdao

Our good friend Timo Ruge from Muay Ties has teamed up with Evolve MMA and together they have been producing some great breakdown videos of some great Muay Thai techniques from big fights in Thailand and around the world. Not to mention that the people breaking the techniques down are either current or former Muay Thai champions with literally hundreds of fights worth of experience. Timo is a great friend of ours here at The Striking Corner and we love the breakdowns he is putting together with the good folks over at Evolve, so we will be sharing both techniques and fights from Muay Ties and Evolve on a more consistent basis. In this recent technique breakdown, Sagetdao Petpayathai shows us how Muangthai P.K.Saenchaimuaythaigym scored a big KO win over Thaksinlek Kiatniwat with a sneaky downward elbow in the clinch.

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“The Nakmuay From Lyon” – A Fabio Pinca Highlight by The Striking Corner

In anticipation of Fabio Pinca’s fight versus Charlie “Boy” Peters at Lion Fight 27 on January 29th, 2016. We decided to put a small highlight together of some of Fabio Pinca’s recent fights and those that we could find that were in HD, as well as some training footage. One of the top foreign Muay Thai fighters in the world, Fabio Pinca as of this writing is the WBC Muay Thai World Champion and current Lion Fight Welterweight Champion. He is a skilled and crafty fighter with an elegant style who has faced some of the best fighters in the world. This is just a small quick highlight video we put together to showcase his talent. Enjoy!

Watch Gabriel Varga claim Hero Legends 64kg Title

Hero Legends took place this past weekend in China and once again showcased that China is rapidly becoming a major destination for quality kickboxing events and is developing world class talent. The event had a total of 13 fights including a 70 kg tournament which was eventually won by Wen Jindu with a first round KO over Xu Tiehan after defeating Liu Weiquan by Decision. The event showcased a large contingent of Chinese talent as well as foreign talent such as Lerdsila and Saenchai. The entire event was headlined by a 64kg title fight between former Glory Featherweight World Champion, Gabriel Varga and Liu Wei. Gabriel Varga has been a friend of The Striking Corner and has appeared on our podcast on two occasions, the most recent being after he won the Glory Featherweight Title with a great performance against Mosab Amrani, so we have to say we were happy to hear of his recent victory at Hero Legends. You can check out the entire fight between Gabriel Varga and Liu Wei for the Hero Legends 64kg Title by clicking on the play button above.

The Brutal Ballet feat. Simon Marcus

So I get this e-mail yesterday by this guy named Jonny Pottins and he tells me he just made a short documentary video about Muay Thai feat. Simon Marcus and sends me the link. Now, I’m a huge Simon Marcus fan (who isn’t really, the man looks like he was carved from stone and is one of the best Muay Thai fighters on the planet, some would even argue he is the true GLORY Middleweight Champion, but that’s a discussion for another time).

Anyway, once I finished watching this video, I wrote back to Jonny Pottins and told him we would definitely share the video because needless to say it is an absolute work of art. Simple, beautifully shot, and to the point, Simon Marcus perfectly describes in his own words what we at The Striking Corner also love about Muay Thai. The beauty of it’s destructive simplicity. The ballet of two highly skilled opponents going toe to toe in what is truly a deadly and brutal ballet that often ends with one man (or woman) standing and their opponent on unconscious on the canvas. But in the ballet of Muay Thai, neither the victor or the fallen walk away unscathed. The defeated opponent obviously walks bruised and beaten both emotionally and physically but the victor also walks away bruised and battered but with a smile from ear to ear. The feeling of victory no doubt more powerful than the sting of his or her injuries.

This video perfectly describes Muay Thai and everything I love about it. Simon Marcus truly loves Muay Thai the same way I do. The same way all of us at The Striking Corner do. This video is a must watch and I will continue to watch it on repeat for years to come.

Shout out to the director of the video Jonny Pottins and his team which I have listed below because they also deserve to be recognized.

DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Jonny Pottins
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Barry Cheong
ASSISTANT CAMERA: Richard Bacsa
GRIP: Chris Leung
GAFFER: Koadie Preston
ART DIRECTOR: Erin Wilson
LOCATION AUDIO: Adam Clark
EDITORS: Peter Strauss, Matthew Nayman
COLOUR: Alter Ego
AUDIO MIX/EDIT: Toronto Sound

SPECIAL THANKS to Simon Marcus, Ajahn Suchart, Siam No.1

The Striking Corner – Rousey vs Holm Highlight

As most of you know The Striking Corner is a website and media outlet dedicated to further promoting Muay Thai and Kickboxing. We usually steer clear of MMA. But when big fights happen in the MMA world, we can’t avoid talking about them.

Ronda Rousey’s influence on the world of MMA and Martial Arts as a whole is undeniable. Especially when it comes to showcasing that women can indeed fight just as well and be just exciting, if not more so at times, then the guys. As martial arts that love the respect and humility frequently shown in Muay Thai, we can’t say that we agreed with Ronda’s trash talk, attitude, and many times arrogance. But how much of that is really Ronda and how much of it is the UFC hype machine trying to build up an event? Only those closest to her really know.

The truth is in that in fighting sports such as Muay Thai, Kickboxing, and MMA it is very difficult to rermain undefeated at the highest level. Almost impossible. For a few years now, Ronda Rousey has had that aura of invincibility. Many people fell in love with her because she was seemingly invincible, while others wanted to see her fall.

That comes with stardom.

And Ronda Rousey is a star in more ways then one. But even the greatest of champions eventually fall. Sometimes due to their own hubris and after many victories, some fighters begin to believe the hype built around them about being unbeatable. Ronda may have done so before her fight with Holly Holm. Or it could simply be that in Holm she faced a fighter that was simply better than her on that night. This is our highlight of what was an amazing upset and great fight. And the fact that a main event fight between two women became the talk of the town during an entre weekend and week, shows how far we have come in society. The women have definitely made their mark. ENJOY!

Muay Ties: Palangphon vs Rungnarai – Rajadamnern – May 2015

Timo Ruge of Muay Ties is a great friend of The Striking Corner.  For the past few years Timo has spent countless hours filming and sharing the top fights in Thailand from Muay Thai’s biggest stadiums, such as Rajadamnern and Lumpinee.  We are going to begin sharing many of the best fights from Thailand that Timo recommends to us in an effort to connect people with the incredible Muay Thai scene in Thailand. So with that said, Timo sent us this recent fight from Rajadamnern Stadium which took place on May 13th between Palangphon Petchyindeeacademy and Rungnarai Kiatmoo9.  

This fight was beautiful to watch as both fighters exchanged heavy kicks throughout the fight.  Check it out!

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