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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