Archive | February, 2009

Russian Crusher Fights This Sunday

27 Feb

by FTX (2009-02-27)

This Sunday night Fairtex’s Russian Crusher Alex Serdyukov takes on Johnny Hendricks in the WEC Welterweight Division.The stakes could not be higher, as the winner will likely find themselves fighting in the UFC later this year.It should be a very exciting match of styles, as both fighters will surely be looking to advance their way up the welterweight division.
Hendricks is a very decorated wrestler, a 4 time All American, and 2 time National Champion.However, Serdyukov poses a difficult challenge for Johny’s skill set.The Russian is a skilled striker and submission fighter who is also notoriously difficult to take down.It’s say to say that this should be a good one.
From everyone at Fairtex, good luck Alex!We’ll be watching Sunday night!
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Thomson vs Melendez 2 Set For Showtime Debut

25 Feb

by Ken Pishna – (2009-02-25)

It’s a little sooner than most had anticipated, but Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson will defend his belt against the man who he won it from, Gilbert Melendez, when the promotion premiers on Showtime on April 11.
Strikeforce had been searching for other opponents for both fighters, but when no other top names became available, the promotion’s brass decided it was time to put Thomson and Melendez back in the cage together.
“There were other guys we were looking at, but we want to make a big splash when we go on Showtime in April, and this was a great fight the first time around,” Strikeforce executive Mike Afromowitz told, confirming the fight first speculated by
“They fought to a decision before and it was a great fight, so it’s a good one to do again, both for us and for the fans.”
Afromowitz stated that Frank Shamrock and Nick Diaz would still headline on April 11, but Thomson and Melendez will be a five-rounder and be the main featured bout on the card outside of the main event.
“We already had the main event lined up and went on sale with it, and started promoting that, so (Shamrock vs. Diaz) will still be the main event,” he informed
“But I think this is going to be an exciting fight again and it really adds to a great card on Showtime.”
Previously announced for the televised portion of the card is a bout between Benji Radach and Scott Smith, as well as the participation of Christian “Cyborg” Santos. A bout between top welterweight Jake Shields and Joe Riggs is also expected to don the card on Showtime, but it has yet to be officially confirmed.

War Of The Heroes 2 Results

24 Feb

by USMF (2009-02-24)

Last Saturday night’s War Of The Heroes 2 lived up to its name.It was a fantastic evening of fights that built on the momentum established in the first installment over the summer.Once again it was X-Fight promotions teaming with the USMF to make this great event happen.Fairtex was the event’s title sponsor, and we are very pleased to have helped bring about what looks to be the best young Muay Thai show in the United States.
The evening’s card had 16 action packed fights, and included two USMF National Amateur Championships, as well as two Professional bouts to determine USMF and WBC Muay Thai rankings.It was a sold out event with over 1,500 people.
In the evening’s first title match, Bryan Petro from Art of War defeated Chris Kwiatkowski from Church Street Boxing in New York by split decision to earn the USMF National Amateur Welterweight Title.It was a tough and very close fight as evidenced by the split decision on the judge’s cards.Both fighters showed tremendous heart, and battled to the very end.
The second title fight of the night pitted Fairtex’s Daniel Kim against Caley Scott from TNT Concord.In what was one of the most entertaining bouts of the night, Daniel Kim would win a split judge’s decision to take the USMF National Amateur Super Middleweight Title.Both fighters fought well, and in the end it was a knock down scored by Kim that made the difference.Daniel Kim thanks his instructor, Kru Ahn Ranjanthuek, as this is his second title he has won since joining Team Fairtex.
Kicking off the night’s pro bouts was Nathan Willet from Fairtex vs. Ben Yelle from US Muay Thai in Michigan.Nathan Willet would take a unanimous decision victory, as he pushed the action throughout the entire fight.With his victory Nathan pushes himself higher in the USMF and WBC Muay Thai Super Welterweight rankings.
The final pro bout of the evening featured a devastating knockout, as Thailand’s Coke Chunawat finished Fumihiro Tanno with a vicious elbow strike in the third round.It was an impressive victory for Coke who hopes to see action again soon.
War Of The Heroes 2 seemed to reenergize the Muay Thai scene on the US West Coast.Once again the promoters were able to present a great night of fights, with a young, high energy feel.Everyone at Fairtex is excited to see what the next event holds in store.We are sure it will be a success.
Here are the full results:
Phillip Jucaban defeats Medwin Mina by Unanimous Decision

Tyler Cronin defeats Guston Bolonas by Split Decision
Christine Ferea defeats Lenore Kelly by TKO (ref stoppage)

Phil Devera defeats Derek Leung by Unanimous Decision

Amber Pope defeats Christie Cheeketts by Split Decision

Bryan Padilla defeated Fernando Parez Jr. by Unanimous Decision

Damien Negrete defeated Justin Roman by Split Decision

Bryan Petro defeated Chris Kwiatkowski by Split Decision

Marisela Badillo defeated Malia Spanyol by Split Decision

Daniel Kim defeated Caley Scott by Split Decision

Ashly Altman defeated Jennifer Nguyen by Unanimous Decision

Nathan Willet defeated Ben Yelle by Unanimous Decision

Coke Chunawat defeated Fumihiro Tanno by KO

Gabriel Carrasco defeated James Agloro by Unanimous Decision

Zack Bargiomo defeated Jake Timoteo by KO

Rick Erles DRAW Carlos Valero

AOW FC & FAIRTEX Cooperation

19 Feb

by MMA China – Art of War Fighting Championships (2009-02-19)

Art of War friends and fans, we are proud to announce that FAIRTEX, the world’s leading manufacturer of full contact sports equipment has renewed their support for AOW’s 2009 season. Working in conjunction with AOW, FAIRTEX outfitted the Beijing MMA Academy with the full line of high quality FAIRTEX kickboxing equipment. Now all the professional athletes training at the Beijing MMA Academy will have the benefit of FAIRTEX quality and protection.

Beijing MMA Academy is China’s largest distributor of “Authentic” FAIRTEX training equipment. We carry the full line of FAIRTEX goods, from boxing gloves to sand bags, and even wrist wraps. We are currently in the process of developing our Online Store, so please check back to our website frequently for further details, or stop into the Beijing MMA Academy to shop around. From all the current and future athletes of the Beijing MMA Academy, thank you Mr. Wong (Chairman Fairtex) and Mr. Anthony Lin (CEO & President Fairtex).

Former Champ Gilbert Melendez Returns At April 11 Strikeforce Event

10 Feb

by (2009-02-10)

by Staff on Feb 10, 2009 at 9:30 am ET
Strikeforce continues to bolster the line-up for its April 11 fight card, which marks its debut on Showtime following the recent acquisition of ProElite/EliteXC assets., the website for Cesar Gracie’s fight team, recently reported that Gilbert Melendez (14-2) will participate in the event, and ( confirmed the news with a source close to the fighter.
No opponent has been finalized for Melendez, a former Strikeforce lightweight champion who lost his title to Josh Thomson this past summer.
The April 11 event takes place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., which has long been home to Strikeforce events.
Melendez’s ProElite contract was one approximately 40 purchased by Strikeforce last week. The California-based organization has been acquiring many of EliteXC’s top stars as it prepares for up to 16 annual events on Showtime.
Since launching his career with 13 consecutive victories, Melendez is 1-2 in his past three fights. His win streak was snapped with a unanimous-decision loss to Mitsuhiro Ishida at a December 2007 overseas event, and after second-round TKO of Gabe Lemley three months later, Melendez suffered the title loss to Thomson at a June 2008 Strikeforce event.
Melendez, 26, was shut out during the five-round affair; all three judges scored the fight 50-45 in Thomson’s favor.
Melendez hasn’t fought since the loss.
For the latest on the April 11 Strikeforce event, which features a main event between Nick Diaz and Frank Shamrock, check out MMA Rumors section of
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Fairtex Honored By W.B.C

7 Feb

by FTX (2007-02-07)

The 19th of January saw the W.B.C Thailand, hold their annual presentation in Bangkok.
Yodsanklai Fairtex was awarded as the W.B.C Muaythai fighter of the year and there was a special presentation to Prem Busaracamwong, to honour Fairtex hard work, in their continued sponsorship of W.B.C Muaythai, presented by W.B.C Muaythai Chairman Police General Kovid Bhakdibhumi.

War Of The Heroes 2

5 Feb

by USMF (2009-02-05)

February 2009 – USMF and XFight are very excited about our next event, “WAR of the HEROES 2”. It is scheduled for February 21, 2009 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA. This will be a mixed professional and amateur event under California State Athletic Commission’s full Muaythai rule for pro bouts and no elbows for amateur bouts. There will be two United States Muaythai Federation (USMF) National Amateur Muaythai Championship fights, three professional male and female bouts and 10 exciting under card bouts with athletes coming from Thailand, Japan, New York, Michigan, Texas, Nevada, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and California.
“We are excited to have skillful Muaythai professional athletes for our main event to showcase to local Bay Area fans what international Muaythai competition level is all about,” said Mr. Michael Borbet, President of XFight Promotions.
“We are working to cross promote Muaythai athletes and the sport between USA and Japan.Hopefully it can be an inspiration for the amateur athletes and the fans that Muaythai is beyond just fighting,” say Mr. Anthony Lin, President of United States Muaythai Federation and WBC Muaythai North American Coordinator.
The winners of the professional and amateur bouts will earn a spot to represent the USMF’s National Muaythai Team at the upcoming International Federation of Muaythai Amateur’s World Cup Tournament in Bangkok, Thailand this November 26th to December 5th in honor of the Authority King of Thailand’s birthday.Also, the winners of the professional bouts will be ranked under the USMF, WMC and WBC Muaythai ranking system.
Under the leadership of Mr. Lin, USMF is working closely with the IFMA and other country Muaythai Federations to gain the General Assembly of International Sports Federation (GAISF) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognition, making Muaythai a step closer to become an Olympic sport.
“We are delighted to know that the United States Muaythai Federation is working to bring Muaythai to become one of the Olympic sports. Hope for someday in a near future this wish will come true and give both amateurs and professional Muaythai athletes more chance to compete in bouts worldwide and get higher recognition which generates cross over of international talents and build strong relationship between many countries.” Say Ms. Chisa Yamane, WBC Muaythai Japan and Chairman of Japanese Professional Muaythai Committee.
The event will also feature female athletes.As of November 2008, Dr. Jose Sulaiman, President of WBC, and Gen. Kovid, Vice President of WBC and Chairman of WBC Muaythai, have recently approved the WBC Muaythai Female Division providing female athletes the same opportunities as their male counterparts to compete professionally in Muaythai.
“I am proud to be involved in one of the oldest, most respected sports in the World. The addition of women, the recognition and validation of their skills as Champions, is thrilling. Muaythai is another example of how sports can unite the world, trumping ideology and culture. This is a great event,” said Ms. Jill Diamond, WBC Female Muaythai and Boxing, World Boxing Cares and North American Boxing Federation (NABF).
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Gabe Ruediger Wins In 24 Seconds At Gladiator Challenge

5 Feb

by FTX (2009-02-05)

Gabe “Godzilla” Ruediger defeated his opponent by rear naked choke in just 24 seconds last night at Gladiator Challenge.It was a great comeback fight for Gabe, as he has worked hard recently to overcome injuries.From everyone at Fairtex, Congratulations Godzilla!We’re looking forward to seeing you in the PFC!
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Interview with Eric Utsch

2 Feb

by Matt Lucas for (2009-02-02)

Eric Utsch, a 29 year old, professional muay thai fighter was in San Francisco recently training for an upcoming fight with his trainer Jongsanaan Fairtex. I’d seen Utsch fight before on a previous Fairtex sponsored card and was excited to see him in action. I stopped by the gym to see Eric train. He was exercising his brutal punches and sharp knees. I caught up with the easy going Allentown, Pennsylvania native later for an interview.
Lucas: How did you become involved in fighting?
Utsch:I started Muay Thai in 2003. I was in MMA before that. I became involved in Mixed Martial Arts in 1998. I had a couple fights (Utsch was 3-0 in his MMA career), in my last fight I was against an opponent who was bigger than me, at the time the organizations didn’t have weight brackets. He outweighed me by 50lbs.He had solid striking and by the time I took him to the ground I’d gotten punched and kicked a lot. I had no striking, as I was primarily a jiu jitsu fighter, having trained doing Gracie Jiu Jitsu. I was lumped up real bad. I told my trainer that I thought my jiu jitsu was real solid but that I needed to work on my striking.
Lucas: So you became interested in Muay Thai after that?
Utsch: Yeah, I ordered videos from Melchor Menor from San Diego, he’s a two time world muay thai kickboxing champion. I bought the videos but felt that they left a lot out, so I contacted him personally. At the time I was working as a tattoo artist so I was making a good deal of money. I flew Menor out to my house and he trained me for three days. Menor went over the techniques on the videos and told me to continue to train according to the videos. Three or four weeks later, he contacted me asking if I was still training to the videos. I told him that I was and he asked me for a favor. I asked him if he needed twenty dollars or something. Menor said that there was a Vut productions fight in LA and that he had two fighters on it. Vut told Menor that they needed three fighters or the other two fighters wouldn’t be able to fight. Menor asked if I would come out to train with him for two weeks then go out and fight in LA. I was an MMA fighter at the time and told him that I would try but I couldn’t promise him anything. I went out and trained. Menor thought my cardio was good but that my technique was slacking because I’d only had a couple months of Muay Thai training. We went to LA and the other two fighters bouts were cancelled that night and I was stuck fighting. I went out and fought against Ryan Vanderlinden. We brawled it out; like it was a slug fest and I knocked him out in the first minute of the second round. Afterwards I thought to myself, “Man this shit is great! I really love Muay Thai!”
Lucas: How long did you continue to work with Menor for?
Utsch: I had my first six fights with Mel and then things started slowing down with him. I’d gotten two losses with him and he wasn’t really happy with that. I couldn’t get many fights with Melchor anymore so I started training with Coban Lookchamesaithong. Coban is famous for fighting Ramon Deckers four times. His style is to push forward, eat the attacks and return. I started to fight better and better opponents. As my opponents became more experienced they were able to kick and punch much harder so I started to dislike Coban’s style of fighting. I flew out to see a Dennis Warner Promotions fight in Vegas and Jongsanaan Fairtex was fighting. Jongsanaan fought a Japanese opponent and crushed him. Jongsanaan was really slick using his hands. Warner promotions were having frequent cards so I flew out to see a couple more fights. Jongsanaan fought a couple guys from Holland and he whooped them up. I talked to Coban telling him that I’d really like to train with Jongsanaan. Coban took care of Jongsanaan when Jongsanaan was younger. Songchai, a thai promotor, was sending Thai guys all over the place with Coban and Jongsanaan being in the group. Jongsanaan was the youngest of the group so Coban looked after him. Coban was sad that I wanted to leave the camp but respectfully he called up Jongsanaan and told him that I wanted to come out to San Francisco and train with Jongsanaan for one fight. Training with Jongsanaan was so much different. He’d seen my style and really added to it. He wasn’t one-dimensional thinking there was one way to fight but instead augmented my style of fighting, making it more. I like to be a slick fighter like Naruphon Fairtex, guys who are in control even if they don’t necessarily look like they are in control. I don’t like the “buffalo head” style that I have. I’ll eat it and return even though Jongsanaan really added to my game.
Lucas: When did you start fighting for Fairtex?
Utsch: I began fighting for Fairtex in early 2005. My first bout under them was with Andres Gohl from Orange Sweet Science. It was a rematch as I’d already fought him in the previous year in April. In the first fight I’d had an off night and he’d had an on night, but I pulled it off and won. It was a hard bout and he said that he’d been robbed. So I wanted to fight him again and really give it to him. Jongsanaan and I trained for the night and I just crushed him (Gohl). If he wasn’t a physically tough guy he would have been knocked out. I punched him in the third round and saw his eyes roll into the back of his head. I thought to myself that he was going down. I just waited for him to fall but he just wouldn’t fall. I hit him again and his eyes popped back down. Gohl started throwing combos again and I knew that he was tough. I won it with good knees and good hands; I felt that I looked really slick. I think that was one of my best fights. That was my first fairtex fight.
Lucas: Who is your next fight with?
Utsch: My next fight is with Judha Ciervo, from Fight Factory in Pennsylvania. Then I’ll be fighting Jack Thames in San Francisco on a Fairtex card. Thames is from Two Kicks in Las Vegas. The fight with Jack will be a real tough match. If I can beat him I’m going to feel really solid as a professional American Muay Thai fighter. Jongsanaan said that if I fight and beat Jack that we’ll try for someone a little tougher, then someone a little tougher, and so on.
Lucas: What is your goal with fighting?
Utsch: I’d like to fight at a professional level internationally. Even guys like Ramon Decker said that American Muay Thai fighters weren’t very solid. I actually think that the US can have a good running in Muay Thai world wide. I think that right now with the upsurgence of MMA, Muay Thai is really being left in the shadows. In MMA you need a well rounded game, you need competent jiu jitsu and you need to be adept at Muay Thai so I think that Muay Thai should get bigger in the States.
Lucas: How do you feel that the Asian Contender series will affect the popularity of Muay Thai in the States?
Utsch: I’m really saddened that the series hasn’t taken off here in the states. I think it was because of a lack of drama between the fighters. The fighters weren’t being spectacular, peeing on each other and breaking glasses. In the Ultimate Fighter (a mma reality TV series) it’s upcoming, talented but new fighters. My coworkers treat these guys like their huge names like; Yodsanklai, John Wayne Parr or Randy Couture. I think the Asian Contender had such experienced guys that the viewing population didn’t really understand what was going on, unless the viewers already had a base knowledge about the complexities of Muay Thai.
Lucas: In my experience there is a different crowd with different sports. A boxing crowd is different than a Muay Thai crowd which is going to be different from a MMA crowd. The Muay Thai crowd seems to be really respectful and mellow.
Utsch: I would agree, Muay Thai crowds are pretty respectful. MMA crowds usually will have rowdier guys in them.
Lucas: Do you and Jongsanaan create a game plan for each bout?
Utsch: We go over techniques that we think that will go well against each opponent but when it comes down to it, it’s a fight. It’s got a good deal of chance to it. You might have seen a video of the guy fighting before but he might have changed. He might have spent the last three or four weeks kicking and in a previous fight he was more of a boxer. You can’t really plan for that. It’s not like in boxing where a guy will use his uppercut all the time or will use the same 6 techniques. In Muay Thai in one bout you might punch a lot while in the next you might want to clench. There are so many different things that could happen. We have a basic game plan that we shoot for but try to adapt it when we get in the ring.
Lucas: Why do you fight?
Utsch: Basically I fight because I can’t sing and dance. How am I going to make money with a face like this? I can’t be a male dancer.
Lucas: (Laugh) But you want to be in the entertainment industry? How long do you think you’ll continue fighting for?
Utsch: Jongsanaan and I were talking today about that. We want to try to get as many fights as I can over the next two years and then when the smoke clears see where we’re at. Then see if we want to push things along, retire, or just fight occasionally for fun.
Utsch went on to fight on the Friday Night Fight card held in New York City against Ciervo. He won by decision. I wish him luck with his upcoming fight against Jack Thames on the Fairtex card Febuary 21st in Santa Clara, California called “War of the Heroes 2!”

Tony Rossini Wins QLD Lightweight Title

2 Feb

by Tony Green (2009-02-02)

The Integrated MMA young gun Tony “MAD DOG” Rossini rescently dominated his opponent to win the Spartan Queensland Lightweight Title.
Tony is now focusing on climbing the ladder in the 70kg division in 2009. Tony Rossini fights next on the 18th of April in the Fight World Cup event on the Gold Coast.
Tony would like to thank Fairtex, VAS and MMA Sports Magazine for their ongoing support.

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