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Art of War FC 12 Results

23 May

by MMA Weekly (2009-05-23)

Fairtex fighters, Justin Holdaas and Chris Bostick won impressively in round 1.Holdaas won by KO knee strikes while Bostick won by shoulder choke submission.Other results are as follows:

BEIJING – While the western half of the mixed martial arts world has its eyes firmly focused on the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the eastern hemisphere is witnessing the dawn of a new element in the fight game. As Dream and Sengoku fight for position in Japan, it is the Art of War in China that is hoping to soon emerge on the world stage.

The brainchild of Andrew and Konrad Pi, Art of War is set for its twelfth event on Saturday night at the Beijing Olympic Sports Center Auditorium. It is the one and only mixed martial arts promotion approved for operation by the Chinese government.

The roster of fighters has steadily evolved into a mix of home grown talent interspersed with an international flavoring. Although the fight card itself isn’t yet ready to draw major attention around the globe, the recently added patronage of

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, will allow the Pi brothers to take a huge step up in competing for the best fighters in the world.

Art of War 12 features Chinese favorite Wu Hao Tian against Japanese fighter Yutaka Kobayashi and Rolles Gracie, of the world’s famed fight family, facing Russia’s Baga Agaev. Though the fights promise a night of action, more impressive for this event is the guest list.

In attendance for Art of War 12 is a star-studded array of MMA talent and persuasion. Guests include the Gracie quartet of Rickson, Royce, Royler, and Renzo; Dream Lightweight Grand Prix champion Joachim Hansen; former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia; veteran Jeremy Horn; Brazilians Fabricio Werdum, Thales Leites, Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro, Demian Maia, and Fabio Leopoldo, among others; the legendary Bas Rutten; pioneering broadcaster Stephen Quadros; American Top Team’s Ricardo Liborio; and many, many others.

Eventually hoping to fill the void created when Pride Fighting Championships left the Asian market, Art of War already has a strong following in China and airs on national television to millions of viewers.

The fights are conducted under a melding of Pride and UFC style rules that allow for the most open array of attacks in the sport. Elbow strikes (including 12 to 6, point of elbow strikes), knees to the head of a grounded opponent, stomps and soccer kicks, are all allowed in Art of War. The rounds consist of one ten-minute round followed by one five-minute round with a two-minute rest period in between. Any fight that is not decided during that time is considered a draw; there are no judges.

Presiding over Art of War 12 is cast of pioneering referees headed by John McCarthy and Yuji Shimada. Ring announcing duties will be conducted by Michael Buffer, who famously coined the “let’s get ready to rumble” phrase in boxing.

The fighters had no trouble making weight at Friday’s weigh-ins at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, save for one. Nemat Bobomukhamedov weighed in 6 kg (or 13 pounds) over his contracted fight weight. He has until 10 a.m. Saturday morning to make weight. If he does not make weight, the fight could still take place if both fight camps agree. There is no athletic commission to refuse the fight regardless of weight, so it is completely up to the fight camps and the promoters to determine if the fight will continue. Bobmukhamedov will be penalized a portion of his purse for missing weight.

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Art of War FC 12 – “Invincible” Results:

Bout 1 — 72 kg
Nemat Bobomukhamedov (Uzbekistan) vs. Yao Qiang (China) 71.6
Yao by TKO ground and pound R1

Bout 2 — 78 kg
Lee Hyeung Seok (South Korea) 78 vs. Justin Holdaas (USA) 77.9
Holdaas by KO knee strikes R1

Bout 3 — 78 kg
Kim Whi Gyu (South Korea) 78.5) vs. Wang Sai (China) 78
Wang by rear naked choke R1

Bout 4 — 90 kg
Kim Ho Jin (South Korea) 87 vs. Chris Bostick (USA) 89.7
Bostick by shoulder choke submission R1

Bout 5 — 72 kg
Marko Huusansaari (Finland) 72 vs. Xue Guo Bin (China) 72
Huusansaari by rear naked choke R1

Bout 6 — 96+ kg
Koji Kanechika (Japan) 110 vs. Kelvin Fitial (USA) 112
Kanechika by arm bar R2

Bout 7 — 72 kg
Shawn David (USA) 71.8 vs. Ole Baguio Laursen (Denmark) 72.4
Laursen by KO R1

Bout 8 — 66 kg
Sirojiddin Uzakbaev (Uzbekistan) 64.7 vs. Ning Guang You (China) 65.9
Ning by rear naked choke R1

Bout 9 — 72 kg
Fransino Tirta (Indonesia) 71.6 vs. Malik Arash Mawlayi (Sweden) 72.2
Tirta by TKO cuts R1

Bout 10 — 72 kg
Atsuhiro Tsuboi (Japan) 71.7 vs. Dai Shuang Hai (China) 70.7
Draw 2R

Bout 11 — 96+ kg
Baga Agaev (Russia) 104 vs. Rolles Gracie (Brazil) 113
Gracie by rear naked choke R1

Bout 12 — 72 kg
Main Event
Yutaka Kobayashi (Japan) 71.8 vs. Wu Hao Tian (China) 72
Wu by TKO R1

Art of War FC 12

22 May

by MMA China (2009-05-22)

Fairtex fighters Chris Bostick and Justin Holdaas have been invited to compete on the Art of War FC 12 “Invincible” held in Beijing, China this May 23, 2009.

Art of War FC 12 “Invincible” will feature rising Chinese superstar, Wu Hao Tian in the main event against up-and-coming Japanese fighter, Yutaka Kobayashi. In a Heavyweight Superfight, Rolles Gracie of the legendary Gracie family will be taking on tough Russian MMA veteran, Baga Agaev. This marks the first time that a Gracie family member will be fighting in China.

In a welterweight Superfight, Art of War veterans Malik Arash Mawlayi of Sweden and Fransino Tirta of Indonesia will square off. Also, K-1 Heroes veteran and European Muay Thai sensation, Ole Baguio Laursen “Iron Fist” will take on tough American wrestler, “Mighty Mouse” Shawn David. The night will be rounded out by other emerging MMA talent from around Asia and the rest of the world.

Special VIP guests confirmed to attend include Rickson Gracie, Royce Gracie, Renzo Gracie, Royler Gracie, Demian Maia, Fabricio Werdum, Thales Leites, Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro, Ricardo Liborio, Joachim Hansen, Bas Rutten, Josh Barnett, Renato “Babalu” Sobral, Tim Sylvia, Jeremy Horn, Yuji Shimada, Big John McCarthy, Stephen Quadros, and Michael Buffer


*Additional fights to be announced. Card subject to change.

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Fairtex Featured In National Geographic Travel Guide

12 May

by FTX (2009-05-12)

The 3rd edition of the National Geographic Traveler: Thailand book is now available for sale, both on the internet and at international and Thai bookstores, including Kinokuniya Books.Fairtex is featured as the premiere Muaythai camp in Thailand.
The book is a most have for travelers to Thailand, and includes all the can’t miss spots for first time, and seasoned travelers alike.Pick up a copy today, and we’ll see you at the Fairtex camps in Bangplee and Pattaya Beach!

Fairtex Featured In UFC 2009 Undisputed Video Game

4 May

by FTX (2009-05-04)

AGOURA HILLS, Calif.  April 23, 2009  THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) and Zuffa, LLC today announced the UFC® 2009 Undisputed™ playable demo is now available for free download via Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, as wellas PlayStation®Network for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system.In celebration of UFC® 97, held last weekend in Montreal, Quebec, the playable demo will allow consumers to sample an exhibition bout with former UFC® Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.The demo will also include a portion of the game’s Tutorial Mode, which further educates players about UFC 2009 Undisputed’s unique gameplay controls, as well as the sport of mixed martial arts.UFC 2009 Undisputed is scheduled for release on May 19, 2009 for Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3 system.
“The playable demo for UFC 2009 Undisputed will allow consumers to have their first taste of virtual Octagon™ action prior to our highly anticipated launch on May 19,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, publishing, THQ.“We look forward to seeing how fans embrace this powerful mixed martial arts gameplay experience.”
“Fans around the world have been clamoring for a great UFC videogame for quite some time,” said Dana White, president, UFC.“We are pleased to offer a free sample of UFC 2009 Undisputed featuring two great athletes and competitors, Chuck Liddell and ‘Shogun’ Rua, prior to launch.”
About the UFC 2009 Undisputed Playable Demo

The UFC 2009 Undisputed playable demo for Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3 system will allow players to enter the virtual Octagon for an Exhibition Mode bout between Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.The three-round demo contest depicts the renowned Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas while supporting 1-2 players.Mario Yamasaki serves as the referee.In addition, players can navigate a portion of the game’s Tutorial Mode for more information about UFC 2009 Undisputed’s unique gameplay controls, as well as the sport of mixed martial arts.
About UFC 2009 Undisputed

UFC 2009 Undisputed is an explosive fighting game that will demonstrate the action, intensity and attitude of a UFC live event.Players will explore a deep roster of more than 80 top fighters in UFC competition across all five weight classes.In addition, they will enter the Octagon surrounded by the sport’s renowned announcer, commentators, referees, trainers, Octagon Girls and more.Photorealistic models are at the forefront, as players will view amazing ripple effects across the faces and bodies of their fighters from the impact of devastating punches and kicks.
A brand new fighting game engine designed specifically for next generation systems will deliver innovative, responsive and easy-to-play controls that give unparalleled command of fighters, as players take down opponents with a variety of mixed martial arts disciplines, including Muay Thai, Kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.The game’s Create-a-Fighter system will jumpstart the careers of future champions through character customization, while a robust Career Mode will develop a fighter’s attributes and skill sets while fighting to enter the UFC Hall of Fame. In addition, UFC 2009 Undisputed lets players revisit key moments in UFC history and attempt to recreate the matchups through a Classic Fights Mode.Furthermore, players will be able to enhance their gameplay experience through online support, including downloadable content.
More information about UFC 2009 Undisputed can be found at and
For more information, or current UFC fight news, visit,, or All bouts live and subject to change.
About The Ultimate Fighting Championship®

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® is the world’s leading professional mixed martial arts organization and offers the premier series of MMA sports events. Owned and operated by Zuffa™, LLC, and headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., UFC® produces over twelve live pay-per-view events annually that are distributed residentially through North American cable and satellite providers including iNDEMAND Networks, DIRECTV, DISH Network, TVN Entertainment, BellTV, SaskTel Max™, Shaw Pay-Per-View, Viewers Choice, and WOWOW in Japan, and Premiere Combate and SporTV in Brazil, and via the Internet worldwide on Yahoo! Sports, and commercially through Joe Hand Promotions in the U.S. and Canadastar in Canada.In addition to its North American distribution, UFC programming is distributed in over 100 countries and territories throughout the world. For more information, or current UFC fight news, visit or or
About THQ Inc.

THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) is a leading worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software.The company develops its products for all popular game systems, personal computers and wireless devices.Headquartered in Los Angeles County, California, THQ sells product through its global network of offices located throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.More information about THQ and its products may be found at THQ and the THQ logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.

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