Lion Fight Muay Thai returns to Vegas May 22 with a trio of female division bouts.
Former champion Tiffany Van Soest is looking get back on the winning track taking on England’s Bernise Alldis. VanSoest won five straight before losing her title to Caley Reese. After winning back to back fights at LFP, she lost to Denise Kielholtz at Enfusion.
Alldis came back this past weekend after a few years absence with an unanimous decision win over Tanya Merrit. She has a notable win over Julie Kitchen.
The match will serve as the co-main event.
Opening the main card, Vegas’s Christine Ferea will take on California’s Laura Salazar. Ferea has back to back wins at Lion Fight as an amateur. Salazar has been switching between MMA and Muay Thai. Both will be making their professional Muay Thai debuts.
One Kick Gym held a Muay Thai card Saturday night and six girls stepped up to test their skills.
All the female fighters were under 18 and the event was sanctioned by the United States Muay Thai Association (USMTA). Most of the girls were from local gyms, many that feature predominantly Muay Thai training.
In the only female title match on the card, Tiffany Yago of Las Vegas Krav Maga defeated Martinez Muay Thai’s Jasmine Ortiz by unanimous decision in a 105 pound contest.
Syndicate MMA’s Paris Cesena made a successful debut over Hardknox Gym’s Alluah Nelson, winning by unanimous decision.
In the only finish in the female fights, Aiyanna Ochoa of Martinez Muay Thai defeated PHD’s Taylor Mussay by first round TKO.
This was OKG’s 4th card and they hope to continue to help develop the future of women in combat sports.
A kickstarter campaign will commence to help with start up costs. They are looking to raise at least $50,000, with contributors getting discounted tickets or free streams for the event.
The kickstarter campaign will launch November 3rd.
Julie Kitchen will return from retirement for one night only to fight Lindsay Haycraft on the card if a certain amount of funds are raised by December 2. The goal is 4,000 pre-sales of streams and tickets. Exact prices will be posted when the kickstarter launches.
“Thank you to Awakening and I wish them success with the kickstarter, I hope each fan will make a donation to help contribute to Awakenings first show ever, there is only a 30 day window to make this happen, and all support is needed,” Kitchen stated in the press release. “I hope there is enough support to make this event happen and set my destiny to step in the ring again. If you are unable to make the event you can pre order your stream viewing very soon to support the campaign.”
“It really is a novel approach to securing the funding to put on such an event,” Haycraft added. “The event will be fan funded with a kick-starter campaign from you the fans by pre-ordering the live stream. Women’s fighting has always faced so many uphill struggles and now you, the fan, can make a real impact. I can not even begin to put into words how excited I am to be a part of such an event! Julie and I have very different styles and I am so excited to test myself against a legend.”
Fighters from seven different countries will be represented on the card. Female Muay Thai expert and Awakening Reporter of the Year Rosy Hayward will be on commentary, with multi-sport star Maureen Riordon as the ring announcer.
Awakening Fighters has helped promote women’s Muay Thai through awarding fighters with Awakening World titles and helped promoters match make and market female bouts for their cards.
We will have more information as the Kickstarter campaign starts on November 3rd.
At WCK’s Cali 5 in Inglewood, CA, Lindsey Marino defeated Kate McGray by points
In England, Laura Baugh defeats Marina Zueva by points
Chantal Ughi def. Baison Manakon by points in Bangkok,Thailand
Jazmine Gallate def. Moddang by points in Phuket,Thailand
In Chiang Mai, Chantal Ughi def. Petlanna Pettonphueng by points
At the Queen’s Birthday card in Bangkok,Thailand, Yan-Li Gong def. Keenphet Mor Rattana Bundit by decision and SylvieVon Duuglaas Ittu def. Saya Ito on points
Kickboxing and Shoot Fighting star Erika Kamimura has announced she has to retire due to a long term illness.
The 21 was impressive as a teenager, getting wins over Muay Thai staples Mai and Little Tiger. She would go on to win the J-Girls Mini Flyweight Championship and the WPMF Women’s Mini Flyweight Championship.
She ends her career with a 28-3 combined kickboxing/shootboxing record.
We wish her the best in her retirement.
If you missed out on our interviews with Muay Thai fighter and blogger Sylvie Von Dugglas Ittu, you can listen to them at the links below. We talked about a range of topics including equality in Muay Thai, her history in the sport, and her win at the Queen’s Cup.
In Cyprus at a WKU card, Tita Groueva def. Ismailova
For the WBC World interim 105 title, LittleTiger defeated Faa Chiang Rai SorSaguntong by split decsion in Pattaya, Thailand
Victoria Lomax defeated Gemma Coast by points in England
Aaliyah Sahotto defeated Yui Takada by points
On July 19th:
At WCK Muay Thai at the Morongo Casino and Resort and Spa in Cabazon, CA., Lena Ovchynnikova won the WBC Muaythai World Super-flyweight title (115lbs/52.16kg) over Ruth Ashdown by unanimous decision .
For the Kombat League world 48kg title, Sara Donghi defeated Cecile Rodrigues.
On July 18:
GongLi Yue (China) def. Sawsing sor. Sopit by points
WCK MuayThai will hold a card August 16th at Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood, CA.
InvictaFC MMA vet Zoila Frausto looks to win her first piece of Muay Thai gold as she takes on Lindsey Marino for the WBC National Featherweight (126 pounds) Title. Frausto is undefeated since starting her pro Muay Thai career last year. The Texas native Marino has won back to back since turning pro and is also seeking her first title.
Also on the card, local favorite Marie Choi will battle Janet Todd for the IAMTF California superflyweighht (115 pounds) title. Two other female bouts are set as Emily Griffen faces Amanda De Rosa and Fatima Garnica dukes it out with Christine Conner.
Two title matches are set for Hong Kong on August 25.
For the WMC I-1 championship, Michaela Michl will take on Chali Ssab. Also Wu Hoi-Yan will battle Katia Tsovgan (Greece), for the WKBC I-1 championship.
In Wellington, New Zealand, hometown fighter Gentiane Lupi will take on Alicia Pestana August 23rd.
Natasha Skye has posted an interview with Australian star and WKBF champion Claire Baxter. You can read it here.
The WMC 60 kg world title will be on the line Monday as Irina Mazepa faces ChommaneeTaehiran in Saint-Tropez, France.
The Ultimate Fighter 20 MMA show has several Muay Thai connections in the house.
Among them, Angela Hill (2-0 pro, 14-0 ammy Muay Thai), Justine Kish (WMC 59kg world champion, 14-1 pro Muay Thai), European Muay Thai champion Joanne Calderwood, Fight Girls reality show vet Felice Herrig and amateur Muay Thai champion Tecia Torres. Angela Magana has been training in Thailand for the past year.
Tiffany Van Soest will be heading to Holland November 23rd as she will make her Enfusion Muay Thai debut against Denise Kielholtz. The fight will be for the promotion’s 57 kg title and will stream only in the European markets online. Kielholtz is 36-2 in Muay Thai and is the current champion.
Van Soest is fighting Friday night – more on that below.
Friday night, Tiffany Van Soest looks to continue her way back to the Lion Fights title as she takes on Sindy Huyer in Las Vegas.
Van Soest (9-1-1) came off her title loss to defeat Lucy Payne in May. Italy’s Huyer (36-6) is on a two fight winning streak and was a runner-up in the Muay Thai Angels tournament.
In action on the untelevised undercard, Christine Ferea faces Amanda Jones and Fanny Tommasino takes on Gabriela Carillo.
The Van Soest versus Huyer fight will air on AXS TV Friday night.
An all female Muay Thai card is set for Freyming Merlebach, France.
In the main event, Marisa Pereira will face Maëlle Bet in a 51 Kg class A bout.
In other matches:
Nicosia Shanell vs. Deniz Dermican 53.5 kg class B
Cindy Silvestre VS Vanessa Dewaele 57kg
Roxane Collignon vs Shana Verlinde 60kg
Natasha Solis Hamann VS Jessica Jeannin 47 kg
Emilie Bour vs. Valentine Gomes 57 kg
In other action this weekend:
In Spain, Victoria Lomax (Sp) faces Diler Akar (Turkey) and Sarai Medina (Sp) takes on Matice Erdogan (Turkey)
Kate da Silva will make her pro Muay Thai debut against Baby Nansen in Porirua, New Zealand