Archive | January, 2009

Mark Munoz vs. Matt Hamill Added to UFC 96

30 Jan

by (2009-01-30)

Matt Hamill vs. Mark Munoz added to UFC 96
by John Morgan on Jan 10, 2009 at 3:35 pm ET
While a main event has yet to be announced, the UFC has added another bout to the organization’s nearly complete return to Ohio. ( has learned from sources close to the fight that a light-heavyweight tile between Matt Hamill (5-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) and WEC import Mark Munoz (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has been signed for UFC 96.
UFC 96 is scheduled for March 7 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
“The Utimate Fighter 3” veteran Hamill will be looking to win consecutive bouts for the first time since March 2007. The 32-year-old dominated Reese Andy at UFC 92 in December, but he has gone just 2-2 in his past four bouts.
The former collegiate wrestling Division III national champion has earned four of his five career victories by TKO.
Undefeated WEC and Palace Fighting Championship veteran Mark Munoz will be looking to make an immediate impact in his UFC debut.
The former collegiate wrestling Division I national champion made his professional debut in May 2007 and has since reeled off five-straight wins. Munoz was contracted by the WEC and brought into the UFC when its sister promotion’s 205-pound weight class was scrapped.
The UFC has yet to officially announce any bouts for UFC 96.
For the latest on UFC 96, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of

Kang Wins First Muaythai WBC International Title For China

30 Jan

by (2009-01-30)

Kang En has won the first WBC Muaythai International title for China when he beat USA superstar Kevin Ross in a controversial points decision at the Beijing Olympic Martial Arts Centre Sunday night.
A raucous crowd cheered on Kang as he worked every skill to stave off the sustained challenge of Ross to win the first coveted WBC green belt for China.
Kang attributed his win to his fans who chanted “Kang, Kang” when he was locked into a desperate duel in the final fifth round that had both fighters near to exhaustion.
Ross lost one point for arguing with the referee over a grappling break ruling and had a strong punch that dropped Kang Eng declared a “flash” put down, and not an official points scoring knockdown, that would have required a mandatory count.
Immediately after the contest USA WBC promoter Dennis Warner announced that Kang and Ross would be scheduled for a title rematch in Las Vegas later this year in what is likely to attract a record live audience for a professional Muaythai contest in the Nevada state.
Ross said the title rematch in Las Vegas where he lives and trains would be to his advantage. “But I will have to be at my best. Kang is a very tough fighter and he can improve, as I must do too.”
The three judges scored the historic title 49-47, 49-45 and 50-47. However had the “flash” down been declared a knockdown and, had Ross not lost a point through his indiscretion in the third round, he would probably have won on points.
The Chinese fans were delirious at the result and pandemonium broke out in the ring after the result was announced, as ringside VIP’s surged into the ring to congratulate their hero.
Also on the “Hero Legends” card, the first professional Muaythai event to be authorized by government sports authority in China, Thailand’s middleweight champion Lamsongkram Chuwatana outclassed Russian Youness Elmshannri. In the second round Elmshannri pressed Lamsongkram with a flurry of head punches, but the Thai superstar changed tactics and chopped down Elmshannri with repeated leg kicks that forced the Russian to capitulate being unable to stand at the end of the third round.
In the third contest on the super card Thai champion Jomthong Chuwatanna (60 kg) was forced to go the full distance by tenacious Japanese challenger Atom Yamada (60 kilos). Although overwhelmed by Jomthong’s grappling skills the stocky Yamada courageously kept on attacking although convincingly beaten 50-43, 50-44 and 50-43.
Chinese promoter Tony Chen said the success of the event was a huge achievement for Muaythai in China.
“Martial arts culture is very much a part of China history. The fact that the Shaolin temple monks attended the event shows how popular professional martial arts will be in China’s future, and many more WBC Muaythai championship contests will be officially scheduled in China. The performance of all the fighters (on Sunday) impressed the Chinese martial arts fans. The event was a very big step for Muaythai in China.”

Malaipaet Defends Title Against Fenwich

23 Jan

by (2009-01-23)

Popular Thai expat Malaipet Team Diamond will defend his WBC International Super Welterweight Title against Britain’s Richard Fenwick on 29 January.
Malaipet, who has build up a big fan base in the USA, will take on the experienced Fenwick at the Highland San Manuel Casino in California.
Malaipet is renowned for his excellent fighting skills and always impresses with his broad range of tactical weapons.
Over recent years Malaipet has maintained a near unblemished Muaythai professional record being only stopped by TKO when challenging WBC superstar Yodsaenklai Fairtex for the world title in Jamaica. The undisputed champion Yodsaenklai who first won his WBC title against Australia’s John Wayne Parr recently KO’d Lamsongkram Chuwattana in a tournament elimination event in Africa.

Hooligan Wins Again!

19 Jan

by Nissa Zbiczak (2009-01-19)

Once again Eric the Hooligan Utsch represented Fairtex in NYC on Friday June 16th at Friday Night Fights.He fought Judha Ciervo of Fight Factory, PA.This fight was a long time in the waiting, as several injuries had prevented them from meeting in the ring sooner. After a year of training the day finally had come. The matchmakers were equally excited to put on the show after Utsch defeated all of the other top ranking PA fighters.A clash of styles made it a lack luster fight with Utsch trying to push the pace forward and Ciervo showing off his acrobatic skills with spinning kicks and punches.It seems that both had an off night, but when it came to the judges decision all of the cards fell in Utsch’s favor which made him win by decision.
Congratulations from all of us at Fairtex! We look forward to seeing Eric fight on Feb 21st in Santa Clara, CA at War of the Heroes II.

Crispim vs Gunderson At PFC 12

19 Jan

by FTX (2009-01-19)

Fairtex Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor Alexander Crispim will face off against tough IFL veteran John Gunderson this Thursday at the Palace Fighting Championships.Crispim is a trainer at the Fairtex camp in San Francisco, California.Both Gunderson and Crispim are known for their toughness, and willingness to lay it all on the line come fight night.It should be a great fight, and we wish our friend Crispim the best of luck.For more information, please visit,
Watch the entire PFC 12 event live and streaming on is free to watch the event, and the PFC always has great fights.
Check out this link for an exclusive pre-fight interview!

Explore Thailand – Muay Thai

18 Jan

by (2009-01-18)

You think Thailand is just a Land of Smiles and scented evening air ? Think again!

Pull yourself up to the land of exciting adventure sports and…Thai boxing, Thailand\’s national sport.

In Pattaya one of the best places to watch, and, if you wish, train, is Fairtex.

Every day in Thailand bouts of Thai boxing or Muay Thai as it\’s called in Thailand excites and thrills audiences.

Sit back and enjoy the ride. Let Explore World TV take you to Fairtex Thailand!Enjoy!

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Tim McKenzie To UFC Fight Night!

13 Jan

by FTX (2009-01-13)

Tim McKenzie will face two time All American wrestler Aaron Simpson at UFC Fight Night 18.Mckenzie trains with team Fairtex/UTC, and is a student of Ganyao Fairtex.Tim is a longtime veteran of the WEC, and this will be his first appearance on a UFC card.The match up with Aaron Simpson is an interesting one, and should result in a very exciting fight.All of us at Fairtex wish Tim the best, and we are excited to see him debut on the world’s biggest MMA stage.Stay tuned for more, or visit

WBC Muaythai Beijing Blockbuster

12 Jan

by (2009-01-12)

China’s fighting hero Kang En moves up into the front ranks of Muaythai when he takes on the USA superstar Kevin Ross for the WBC MUATHAI Interim International Super Lightweight championship in Beijing, China, on 18 January.
Kang En, an elite martial artist sensation, has impressed fight pundits with his classy Muaythai skills, speed and fearless courage. He’ll be fully tested by Ross who is trained by Master Toddy and is the shinning star of Muaythai in Nevada and a top attraction in Las Vegas. Kang En’s Muaythai record is 16 wins for 1 loss. He has beaten quality opponents such as Thailand’s Kongnapa and American Joe Sarkissian.
The winner will fight Denmark’s Ashley Beck to unify the WBC MUAYTHAI Super Lightweight Int’l Division. Beck was to defend his title against Kang En but had to withdraw after suffering an injury.
On the same card there will be two WBC MUAYTHAI Super Fights. Thailand’s super middleweight superstar and WBC champion Lamsongkram Chuwatana will fight against Europe’s highly rated Youness Elmshannri (74 kilos), and top ranked Jomthong Chuwatanna takes on the Japanese sensation Atom Yamada (60 kilos). These two classic match-ups will herald the arrival of professional Muaythai into China. The WBC MUAYTHAI sanctioned Beijing blockbuster will be a huge attraction for the many martial arts fans in China’s capital city.
The event has been approved by official China sports authorities and will be staged in the famous Beijing Olympic Center. The historic charity event is in support of the earthquake victims who last year suffered the loss of family members and property.
Martial Sport Management Center of General Administration of Sport of China and China International Cultural Communication Centre are the joint promoters of the 2009 World New Spring Martial Fighting Charity Championship of Hero Legends in cooperation with the China Loving-Heart Working Committee and Shengjua Club.
This will be the first-ever fighting and boxing festival of a large scale to be held in Beijing with high-ranking official status. Officials of the Chinese Government, the chiefs of the Martial Management Center of the General Administration of Sport of
China will be present along with martial arts celebrities like action movie star Jet Li.
The event follows a highly successful WBC convention last November in Chengdu,
which cemented professional boxing and Muaythai in China.
The WBC has given its approval for the staging of the first-ever professional boxing world title in Shanghai, China, when Japan’s Daisuke Naito will defend his WBC Flyweight World Title against China’s rising star Xiong Zhao Zhong, – the first time that a Chinese male boxer has ever fought for the prestige of a WBC world title, and the first time that Japan and China have ever contested a professional world boxing championship. The historic title will be held either late March or early April.

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