Muay Ties – Sangmanee vs Thanonchai – Rajadamnern Stadium 2/24/26

Our friend Timo Ruge from Muay Ties shared another absolute gem of a fight that took place just last week Rajadamnern.  Sangmanee Sor Tienpo who is always a joy to watch, faced off with Thanonchai Thanakorngym and the two put on a very exciting fight that saw Thanonchai cut Sangmanee with a nice little elbow. Thanonchai gave Sangmanee a tough fight, but we’ll let you watch the fight so you can see how it ends up going. We love watching Sangmanee fight but Thanonchai gave him a fight! Check it out!

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The Tankō Main Event – Pinca vs. McAllister set for May 14th, 2016

Tanko Main EventThe Tankō Main Event is one of Europe’s biggest promotions and currently the longest running in the UK. Established in 2009, The Main Event brand has hosted some of the top fights in the UK, including Liam Harrison vs Andrei Kulebin, Liam Harrison vs Dylan Salvador, Andy thrasher vs Tim Thomas, and many more! In May of last year The Main Event promoted the show at The Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham where several thousand were in attendance and the IKF World Championship was decided.

On May 14th 2016 The Tankō Main Event will return to the USN Bolton Arena with a stellar lineup!

So far only first two bouts have been announced but they are two bouts that will no doubt interest every Muay Thai fan!

The most successful welterweight in Europe, 2x World champion Fabio Pinca, conqueror of some of the World’s biggest names including Saenchai, Mosab Amrani and Mehdi Zatout, will take on the UK’s rising star in Reece Mcallister, who has recently destroyed everyone in his path, including knockout wins over Tim Thomas and Crice Boussoukou.


On the heels of this bout will be a super-lightweight contest between 2x World champion and master technician, Panicos Yusuf, and one of this generations most decorated stars, 2-weight Lumpini stadium champion Kongsak Sitboonme. Panicos has beaten the best in Europe, defeating the likes of Irishman Stephen Meleady, Dutch star Sergio Wielzen, Italy’s Calogero Palmieri and Portugal’s Ruben Almeida, but faces his toughest challenge to date in Kongsak. Kongsak is one of the most successful Thais of recent times and has beaten multiple stars of the sport in his career, boasting wins over Nong-O and Petchboonchu, among others.
0567e682-b64a-450f-8601-bb96e5966370Further fights for The Tanko Main Event are due to be announced soon! So stay tuned here on The Striking Corner as they are announced.

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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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“Hands of Gold” – A Film By Stephane Benini

I am a huge fan of film, photography, and pretty much all sorts of digital media. Whether it’s graphic design, motion graphics, or web design, I am always looking at things from a design perspective. When I am not posting things for The Striking Corner or in the studio getting ready to record another episode of our podcast, I am at my day job working as a Digital Content Manager for a major broadcasting company here in the U.S. Everyday, I see talented videographers, producers, photographers, designers, DJ’s, radio personalities, hone their craft and share it with the world. It is for this reason that I have a soft spot for all of the creative artists that are involved in the sport of Muay Thai and Kickboxing and use their talents to showcase how beautiful the martial arts are. A fight is a masterpiece in motion. To the untrained eye it simply looks like a “fight”. But to the trained eye it is a chess match, a warlike game full of strategy, misdirection, defensive tactics, timing, counter attacks, and full on all out assault when necessary.

The creative minds that are in our sport, and I take this moment to drop names of awesome photographers in the sport like: Jeff Dojillo, Galen Okazaki, Ahren Nuang, Marty Rockatansky, Scott Hirano, Stever Ferdman a.k.a. Bauzen, Arnold “Marz” Marzan, and of course our very own Victor Alvarez; can take what seems like a brutal sport and turn it into a visual symphony.

With that said, I was recently contacted through Twitter by a freelance film director from France named Stephane Benini, who simply sent me a link of his work and told me to check it out. Needless to say I was blown away by it. Just the intro of his film “De l’Or dans les mains” or “Hands of Gold” (roughly translated) captivated me. The entire film is a look behind the scenes into the world of Muay Thai and Kickboxing. Filmed in Luxembourg and Thailand, Stephane captures the life and emotions of the fighters, fans, coaches, promoters, photographers, etc. in the moments leading up to the fight, during the fight, and after the fight. The video beautifully captures all of these emotions without the need for dialogue. It’s a musical documentary and experimental film of sorts in the same line as Ron Fricke’s Koyaanisqatsi, Chronos, and Samsara.

The funny thing is I have never met Stephane Benini or even spoken to him at length. But I just loved watching how he beautifully captured a sport that is so important to me. And I think that if you are truly passionate about Muay Thai and Kickboxing, you will be as inspired by his film as I was.

“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!

Charlie “Boy” Peters discusses his upcoming title fight with Fabio Pinca at LF 27

On Friday, January 29th, 2016 at Lion Fight 27, English fighter Charlie “Boy” Peters out of Double K Gym will face what is likely the most difficult test of his career. He will step in the ring and try and take the Lion Fight Welterweight World title from the hands of multiple time world champion and one of the top 147 lb. fighters in the world, Fabio Pinca. In this short video put together by MRQ Studios, Charlie Peters tells us a little bit about the himself and the lead up to this big challenge.