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 Striking Corner Podcast returns Dec. 22nd and a call to all Muay Thai fanatics! + VIDEO


The Striking Corner Podcast will make it’s triumphant return on Tuesday Dec. 22nd. It has been a little over 4 months since our last podcast and although we never intended to halt production. Juggling the birth of my new son, heavy demands at work, a tediously long commute, and some nagging health issues caused me to halt production and tell Vinny we would nee to put the podcast on hiatus. After all, family and health come first and I needed to focus on those issues first so that I could later give the podcast and website the 100% attention it deserves.

If you know anything about me, when it comes to design, multimedia, etc…I am a perfectionist. I want The Striking Corner to be the best looking website and the most professional sounding podcast. So I dedicate a lot of time to aesthetics. However, what I realize is that spending so much time on the aesthetics of the site and balancing my work at The Striking Corner with a full time job and a growing family has made our content suffer.

There are so many sites dedicated to Muay Thai and Kickboxing lately that do very well of keeping fervent Muay Thai fans informed of all the upcoming events, fights, news, etc…and I want The Striking Corner to be just as good at providing news and information as it is pleasant to look at and listen to. So that is my goal for 2016. We will basically be making a call to all our photographer friends, writing friends, and passionate Muay Thai friends for help with keeping the content flowing at The Striking Corner website. Vinny and I will take care of the podcast but we have definitely arrived at a point where we need help with writing articles and covering events i.e. pictures, recaps, etc.

If you are a writer or photographer looking for a place to showcase your work and get noticed. Then The Striking Corner will be the place for you. We don’t make a dime from the site as of yet. So all work is strictly on a volunteer basis. But as we grow you will grow with us. So if you are interested in working with us in any of the capacities mentioned above then please send us an e-mail at

So with all that said, our podcast returns on Tues. Dec. 22nd, we will then take a break for the holidays and will be back in full on Jan. 5th! I’m working on a few new things to make the podcast sound better than ever so stay tuned.  The video above is just a start and features just some of the new audio imaging for our podcast.  We just want to make it sound better than ever and also aim to have the best guests on the show EVER!  Stay tuned and thank you for all of your support.  Happy Holidays!

  • Eric Rivera – CEO of The Striking Corner

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.

GRIP: Chris Leung
GAFFER: Koadie Preston
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: Wanchai vs Satanmuanglek – Rajadamnern – June 2015

Our friend Timo Ruge from Muay Ties shared another absolute gem of a fight that took place earlier this month at Rajadamnern.  Watch as Wanchai Kiatmoo9 and Satanmuanglek Numpornthep absolutely light each other up with vicious elbows and knees in the clinch in this match up in the 109 lb division.  Crazy and exciting fight!

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Muay Ties: Songkom vs Awutlek – Lumpini – May 2015

Our buddy Timo Ruge from Muay Ties brings us yet another great match up from the mecca of Muay Thai, the new Lumpini stadium in Thailand.  Check out this fight between Songkom Sakhomsin and Awutlek Kiatjaroenchai.  A great battle where one fighter mounts one heck of a comeback in the final round!  You don’t want to miss it!

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