Archive | February, 2011

Fairtex Promotes JeanClaude Van Damme vs Somluck Kamsing

25 Feb

Jean-Claude Van Damme vs. Somluck Kamsing Action film star Jean-Claude Van Damme will fight Thailand’s Olympic Golf Medal winning boxer Somluck Kamsing this year.  The exact date and venue of the match have not been released, but we do know it will be  a Muaythai rules fight.   Fairtex Chairman Mr. Phillip Wong (Pictured Center-Right) will promote the upcoming fight in Thailand, and Jean-Claude Van Damme has made Fairtex Pattaya his base camp as he prepares for this mega-fight.  Stay tuned to FairtexNews.com for more details as they are released.

Jongsanan Fairtex Seminar

25 Feb

Jongsanan Fairtex Seminar

Gilbert Melendez: “I Really Truly Believe I’m the No. 1 Fighter in the World”

15 Feb

Gilbert Melendez vs Josh Thomson MMAWeeklyPhoto Courtesy of MMAWeekly.com

Posted on February 14, 2011 by Damon Martin for MMAWeekly.com

Now that he has a new contract in place, Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez is ready to get back to the business of fighting, and he’s ready to prove he’s the top 155-pounder in the world.

Melendez hasn’t set foot in the cage in nearly a year following his win over Shinya Aoki last April. Since that time, Melendez welcomed a new baby into the world and recovered from a thumb injury, but now he’s healthy and ready to dominate again.

The first order of business was getting a new deal done with Strikeforce, and now that it’s behind him, he’s ready to fight again.

“There’s a couple of things to weigh out with Strikeforce. Strikeforce is a great organization, and they’ve taken care of me really well,” Melendez told MMAWeekly Radio. “Everyone knows the UFC is the biggest organization out there, branding yourself and getting your name out there, it’s no secret that they’re the best. There wasn’t much to weigh out. These agreements are structured for a champion not easily to walk away, but there was things to debate about with Strikeforce here and there.

“But at the end of the day I came to the conclusion that it was a great deal on the table and they showed how much I mean to the organization. At the end of the day I’m pretty happy with my deal and yes I’m getting taken care of pretty well.”

With a new contract in place, Melendez is a happy man financially and he’s ready to once again prove he’s the best in the world.

He already believes that he’s the top lightweight fighting today, but if he has to knock a few people out to prove it, he’s up to the task.

“I think it’s important for me to dominate now. I really truly believe I’m the No. 1 fighter in the world, and the only way I’m going to get that spot is by dominating,” Melendez said. “I can’t have these draws or get knocked down or almost lose, I need to completely dominate everyone out there. I think I’m ready to do that.

“I’m going to try to make a statement, and that’s how I’m going to do it.”

Melendez didn’t clarify if he meant the statements about draws or almost being finished as thinly veiled jabs at current UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, who currently occupies the top spot in most ranking systems as the best fighter at 155 pounds, who drew in his last fight against Gray Maynard.

Regardless of what the intentions of the statements were, Melendez is ready to back up anything he says with his actions in the cage and that starts with his next fight.

Melendez doesn’t have an opponent yet, he plans on fighting on the next major Strikeforce show, which will likely land him on the April card.

“I’m ready to go. Give me the next big show, I’m ready to go,” Melendez stated. “I think if things got settled a little earlier with the contract issues I would have been fighting a little bit sooner, but since I got done recently, I’m planning on fighting on the next big show. I’ve been waiting for way too long.”

Rumors have circulated that Dream lightweight Tatsuya Kawajiri may be the next opponent for Melendez. For now it’s wait and see, but look for Strikeforce’s lightweight champion to return to action very soon.

World Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez Signs New Multi-Year Agreement

7 Feb

Gilbert Melendez
NEW YORK (Feb. 7, 2011) – Two-time STRIKEFORCE World Lightweight Champion (155 pounds), Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez (18-2), has signed a new, multi-year agreement with the San Jose, Calif. based world championship Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion.

“STRIKEFORCE is my home, they’ve always been like family to me and I’m looking forward to continuing my career with them,” said the talented, exciting, 5-foot-9, 27-year-old protégé of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu master Cesar Gracie and Muay Thai legend Jongsanan Fairtex. “There are a lot of great fights out there for me – lots of challenges. I can’t wait to get back into the cage, do my thing and show the world that I’m still at the top of my game.’’

Universally recognized as one of the top 155-pounders in the world, Melendez has won four in a row and five of six.

Melendez of San Francisco, by way of Santa Ana, Calif., last fought on April 17, 2010, retaining the STRIKEFORCE belt with a dominant, lopsided five-round decision over Japanese superstar Shinya Aoki in Nashville, Tenn., live on The CBS Television Network.

The impressive, one-sided triumph over the highly regarded Aoki came in Melendez’ first title defense since he regained the STRIKEFORCE crown with a hard-earned, hard-fought unanimous five- round decision over the fighter that had dethroned him, Josh Thomson, on Dec. 19, 2009, at HP Pavilion San Jose, Calif.

Melendez, who turned pro on Oct. 18, 2002, and won his initial 13 starts, owns other notable victories over MMA standouts Aoki, Clay Guida and Tatsuya Kawajiri. Melendez captured the STRIKEFORCE interim lightweight belt with a second-round knockout (punches) over Rodrigo Damm on April 11, 2009, in San Jose.

“I’m healthy again and excited about fighting again real soon,’’ the personable, charismatic Melendez said. “It doesn’t matter who I fight. I just want to get back in there and rip.’’

For more details visit Strikeforce.com

Adrian Pang Wins At Legend FC 4

2 Feb

Adrian Pang At Legend FC
Adrian Pang At Legend FC
By Tony Green

This rematch was booked as a championship bout with Pang’s Legend FC lightweight belt on the line, however it became a non-title affair when Nam failed to make weight on Wednesday after numerous attempts. On the pairs first showdown 12 months ago on Legend FC 1 Nam fought Pang well in excess of the lightweight limit. Legend FC has a very generous 0.5kg allowance so with Nam’s final attempt coming in at 70.8 kg the former Korean welterweight champions ability to legitamately fight at lightweight must be in question.

Feeling each other out with a tense first few minutes, Nam landed a couple of  hard inside low kicks and left hands on the champion. Pang returned fire as the match progressed, hurt Nam with left and right hooks of his own opening a deep gash under Nam’s left eyebrow which would affect the rest of the fight. Both bleeding, Pang and Nam stood toe-to-toe throughout the fight with each man swinging for the fences and taking his turn landing heavy combinations. Pang targeted the cut above Nam’s left eye and succeeded in forcing the ringside doctor to check on his opponent late in the round. Pang continued with a damaging left hook up elbow combination which swelled the face of the South Korean.

The fight’s pace slowed in the last stanza with both men giving the respect due to such aggressive,powerful striking. Hard punching combinations from both men continued as they picked their shots down the line. In the end, two judges saw the match 29-28 in Pang’s favor, while the dissenting judge gave the same score for Nam. (photo courtesy of Legend FC)

Thanks to FAIRTEX,TAPOUT, ASN, MMA SPORTS MAG and All Type Cabinets for their support.

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