World Muaythai Council The Official World Governing Body for Professional Muaythai Fri, 21 Nov 2014 05:07:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 New LION FIGHT 19 Main Event: Nattawut vs. Kearney Fri, 21 Nov 2014 05:07:06 +0000 CEO of Lion Fight Promotions, Scott Kent, today announced that Muay Thai Champion Jo Nattawut will step in on short notice to replace Fabio Pinca in the main event of LION FIGHT 19. Pinca had to withdraw from the fight due to illness. Nattawut vs. Kearney will now be the non-championship main event for LION FIGHT 19 this coming weekend, live from Foxwoods Resort Casino’s Fox Theatre.

The rest of the fighters scheduled for LION FIGHT 19 weighed-in earlier today. Following are the official results:


124 lbs. Women’s Featherweight Bout:
Jeri Sitzes (124 lbs.) vs. Chajmaa Bellekhal (123 lbs.)

132 lbs. Bout:
Ognjen Topic 132lbs. (Lodi, NJ) vs. Rungravee Sasiprapa 132 lbs. (Surin, THAILAND)

143 lbs. Bout:
Pedro Gonzalez 143 lbs. (Gloucester, MA) vs. Rungrat Sasiprapa 143 lbs. (THAILAND)

140 lbs. Bout:
Chris Mauceri 140 lbs (Kingston, NY) vs. Coke Chunhawat 140 lbs. (Oakland, CA)

135 lbs. Bout:
Julio Pena – 134 lbs. (Boston, MA) vs. Matt Doherty 135 lbs. (Boston, MA)

– See more at: Lion Fight

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TopKing World Series France Results Tue, 18 Nov 2014 05:37:28 +0000  

TK2FranceThe second round of the Top King World Series took place this past weekend in France. Four fights of the 154lb tournament as well a some super fights featuring some big names and world class athletes in the world of Muaythai.

In the tournament Marat Grigorian, Niclas Larsen, Marcin Parcheta, and Reece McAllister all advanced with their wins. Grigorian scored a decision over Abraham Roqueni while Larsen, Parcheta and McAllister all scored knockouts to advance.

In the super fights WMC World Champion Buakaw Banchamek dismantled Steve Moxon. Buakaw was in full control of this fight as he knocked Moxon down several times before finishing him in the third round with an elbow. Buakaw returned to action at Top King World Series II – TK2 France this past weekend against Steve Moxon. Buakaw was definitely zoned in and in peak form for this fight as he out classed Moxon throughout the fight before stopping him with an elbow in the third round.

Moxon is one of Australia’s top fighters but this fight shows how dangerous Buakaw is in the ring. Thongchai Sistonpeenong was also victorious on the night after out pointing Djime Coulibaly to win a decision.


154lb Tournament
Marat Grigorian def. Abraham Roqueni via Decision
Niclas Larsen def. Vladmir Konsky via KO in Rd. 1
Marcin Parcheta def. Azize Hlali via KO in Rd. 3
Reece McAllister def. Crice Boussoukou via KO (Knee) in Rd. 1

Super Fights
Buakaw Banchamek def. Steve Moxon via KO (Elbow) in Rd. 3
Thongchai Sitsongpeenong def. Djime Coulibaly via Decision
Sansatan Sor Suradech vs Dylan Salvador ruled a Draw
Pakorn PKMuaythaiGym def. Jimmy Vienot via KO in Rd. 1

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Phuket Games Opened with Spectacular Ceremony Sat, 15 Nov 2014 06:25:41 +0000 Opening08The curtain finally rose on the 4th Asian Beach Games on the evening of November 14 at the Saphan Hin Sports Center in Phuket, with Privy Councillor and the Royal Representative, Gen Surayuth Julanon presiding. Also attending the ceremony were HRH Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, president of the Olympic Council of Asia, Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Phuket Governor Nisit Chansomwong, and other key people from the world of sport, the IOC, National Olympic Committees, Sport Government Representatives and many more.

The fantastic performances in the Opening Ceremony featured the first show “Miracle of the Merry Land”, followed by “Miracle Pearl of the Andaman Sea” and “Miracle of the Unity Sand.


The Opening continued with the march-past ceremony of the athletes from 43 participating countries and the procession of the OCA and the Asian Beach Games Flags. Thai-Czech powered paraglider Jiri George Macak, who captured three gold medals at the 3rd Asian Beach Games in Haiyang, China two years ago, was the flag-bearer to lead the Thai athletes to the stadium.

The ceremony went on with the fourth performance “Miracle of the Charming Sunshine”, followed by the run of defending beach volleyball champions  Varapatsorn Radarong and Tanarattha Udomchavee, carrying the Games Flame.


The women’s duo then passed the Games torch to extreme sports BMX rider Chokchai Wanitsakul. He used an RC model aircraft to carry the Games Flame to be lit at the cauldron with the height of eight metres from the sea level, located near the shore, marking the official start of the 4th Asian Beach Games. HRH Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah made a passionate speech followed by Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul Tourism and Sports Minister of Thailand.


Muaythai is one of the proud particupating sports and was represented at the opening by the President of IFMA, Dr Sakchye Tapsuwan, who stated that he is looking forward for an exciting week ahead  when all the Asian Muaythai powerhouses will compete for honour and glory in Phuket.

The Opening Ceremony ended with the “Miracle of the 4th Asian Beach Games” performance before a spectacular, colourful fireworks display illuminated the night sky.

Source: 4th Asian Beach Games, Phuket, Thailand

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C K Wu Re-elected as AIBA President Fri, 14 Nov 2014 08:17:18 +0000 Muaythai congratulates C K Wu on officially being re-elected as the President of the International Boxing Association (AIBA). C K Wu was officially re-elected for a third four-year term today and vowed to continue his radical overhaul of the sport.

The 68-year-old Taiwanese was first elected in 2006 to replace the controversial Anwar Chowdhry, the Pakistani widely accused of corruption during his 20 years as President.

Wu’s main aim during his new four-year mandate will be to help try to establish the AIBA Pro Boxing (APB), which is designed to give the governing body control over professional boxing.


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An Evening of Miracles planned at the Phuket Beach Games Opening Ceremony Fri, 14 Nov 2014 07:59:33 +0000 Phuket, Thailand: Organisers of the 4th Asian Beach Games in Phuket, Thailand, are promising an evening of miracles at the opening ceremony on Friday, November 14.

The opening ceremony will be held at the 2,500-capacity Saphan Hin public park, near Phuket town centre, and each National Olympic Committee can send a 20-strong delegation, plus flag bearer, for the traditional parade of athletes. 

Organisers briefed the team leaders about the opening ceremony at the second Chefs de Mission meeting on Thursday, and provided a preview of the 90-minute celebration, running from 6.30pm to 8pm.

The five performances will be entitled Miracle of the Merry Land, Miracle Pearl of the Andaman Sea, Miracle of the Unity Sand, Miracle of the Charming Sunshine and Miracle of the 4th Asian Beach Games.

The delegations will assemble at a 4,000-capacity, air-conditioned gymnasium at 5pm and then make the short walk to the temporary stadium, which will be used for beach soccer and beach flag football.

The parade of athletes will begin at 6.58pm and the lighting of the cauldron is timed for 7.38pm.

The Chefs de Mission of each NOC will decide on the composition of the 20-strong delegation of athletes and officials for the parade and inform the organising committee so that arrangements can be made for the hotel pick-up on Friday afternoon.

The time of the hotel pick-up will be confirmed at the CDM meeting on Friday morning, as a total of 42 hotels are accommodating athletes for the 26 sports at six venue clusters around the island.

The OCA made it clear to NOCs that only the 20-strong delegation and flag bearer would be allowed into the stadium. The OCA stressed that the other members of the delegation must stay at the hotel and watch the ceremony on TV because there was no room in the stadium for extra athletes and officials to be seated in the stands.

Muaythai is very excited to be a part of the Asian Beach Games and 24 countries have entered athletes that are looking forward to the spirit of competition in the upcoming days. With the dynamic and excitement of Muaythai, the beach at Patong will definitely come alive and the next few days will be very memorable for all.


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IFMA First International Federation to Sign Partnership Contract for SportAccord Convention 2015 Thu, 13 Nov 2014 08:48:42 +0000 1IFMA General Secretary Stephan Fox and SportAccord Convention Managing Director Nis Hatt signed a contract for Sochi 2015. Mr Fox also presented Mr Hatt with a token of appreciation from Muaythai for the support and cooperation of SportAccord. Owned by SportAccord, ASOIF, AIOWF, ARISF and AIMS, SportAccord Convention annually brings together representatives from more than 100 International Sports Federations and organisations affiliated to SportAccord (General Association of International Sports Federations), ASOIF (Association of Summer Olympic International Federations), AIOWF (Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations), ARISF (Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations), and AIMS (Alliance of Independent Members of SportAccord).

SportAccord Convention receives the full support of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), who organises the IOC Executive Board spring meeting at each Convention. In addition to its Executive Board Meeting, the IOC also holds its annual joint meetings with SportAccord, ASOIF and AIOWF.

Muaythai has been a proud member SportAccord since 2006, and an exhibitor at every SportAccord Convention since 2006, and is looking forward to another successful convention as a member of SportAccord to promote Muaythai as a cultural art form, combat sport, health and fitness, and a way of life during the convention which will be held from April 19 to 24.


The SportAccord Convection will be the 13th annual convention, due to take place between April 19 and 24 in the city which successfully hosted this year’s Winter Olympics and Paralympics. The 2015 event will be SportAccord’s World Sport and Business Summit and is set to be the biggest in the event’s history with more than 7,500 delegates expected to attend.


SportAccord is the umbrella organisation for all (Olympic and non-Olympic) international sports federations as well as organisers of multi-sports games and sport-related international associations. SportAccord is an international sport organisation with 93 full members, of which Muaythai is a proud member among other international sports federations governing specific sports worldwide, and 16 associate members which conduct activities closely related to the international sports federations.

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2014 Monte-Carlo Fighting Masters: Video Recap Wed, 12 Nov 2014 08:05:32 +0000 Thank you, HSH Prince Albert II, and the organizers of Monte-Carlo Fighting Masters for an unforgettable event. 7 World Titles in a Muaythai and WMC special. Here are the highlights from the fights, courtesy of ArtsMariauxMonaco.





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Technical Tuesday: Sok Ti (Slashing Elbow) Tue, 11 Nov 2014 10:10:24 +0000 Today’s elbow technique is one of the most common type of elbow thrown in muaythai, one which most beginners and intermediates grow accustomed to, and one which seasoned athletes know like the back of their hands. In this offensive technique, the motion of the elbow is thrown in an oblique downwards angle. The area this elbow targets is usually the top of the head, forehead, and side of the face. The elbow can be thrown with the leading elbow arm or the rear arm.

To throw the Sok Ti, you must raise the arm slightly angling the elbow slightly higher than your head and bend the elbow so that the upper forearm is almost touching the biceps and twist the shoulder while throwing the tip of the elbow downward in a 45 degree angle. The hip should be rotated inward at the same time the shoulder is twisted. This rotational momentum is what adds power to the strike.


This strike can be thrown either from the leading arm or the rear arm. The leading throw (i.e. left elbow) is less powerful (than the rear, right elbow) but quicker to land and works great if your opponent steps towards you or leading with a jab then falling into the elbow right after.

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SportAccord IF Forum 2014 a Huge Success Tue, 11 Nov 2014 09:17:14 +0000 The SportAccord IF Forum in Lausanne this year was a huge success. Read below for a quick roundup of the events and activities.



The IF Forum provides the ideal platform for the international federations from where to adapt, every year, their management, marketing and media strategies to existing standards. It creates, at the same time, the most appropriate social environment that allows members and colleagues from the world of sports to interact with each other and the umbrella organisations.
We wish to thank our stakeholders and partners for their great support and trust, as well as ASOIF, AIOWF, ARISF, AIMS and IOC for their solidarity towards the Forum and the activities of the international federations. 

The first SportAccord Convention: World Sport and Business Summit in Sochi aims to highlight and strengthen the liaison between sports, culture, arts, business, media and marketing offering the international federations the possibility to connect and interact, in order to improve their strategy of development and solidarity of their members for the benefit of their respective sports.

And last but not least, I wish to extend thanks to the SportAccord Convention and SportAccord teams, as well as to the Beau-Rivage Palace Lausanne for their contribution and support.



NIS HATT, Managing Director, SportAccord Convention

The 8th edition of the IF Forum held at the Beau-Rivage Palace in Lausanne from November 3-5, under the working title ‘Innovation and Technology’ has been, in my mind, immensely successful. Not only has this year’s topic allowed international federations to share, learn and discuss, but also to walk away with tools and ideas that they will be able to implement.Looking ahead, we are shifting our focus to the SportAccord Convention – World Sport & Business Summit from April 19-24, 2015 in Sochi. This will be the launchpad for the new direction for the Convention which will embrace art, culture, construction, telecommunication and healthcare, in order to bring different industries in to the sphere of the sports world. In closing, I thank everyone associated with the IF Forum for their support and look forward to seeing everyone in Sochi in April 2015.


The 8th annual IF Forum opened in Lausanne on Monday, November 3rd with the promise of empowering top sports leaders from international federations with information and mutually beneficial exchanges. The IF Forum was opened by SportAccord President, Marius L. Vizer, who spoke of the importance of this year’s topic ‘Innovation and Technology’ for all member federations and the need for constant change.

“I believe that Agenda 2020, which will be decided in Tokyo, will help in taking best decisions on behalf of the sports world, which will be in their best interest and provide them with the best direction forward,” said Mr. Vizer.

Delivering a welcome address, IOC President, Thomas Bach, congratulated SportAccord for organising the theme of this year’s IF Forum and said, “We need to change at a time when we are successful and not when we are forced to. We need to be in the driver’s seat and not be driven around when it comes to the global sports movement.”

Olympic legend, Nadia Comaneci surprised all when she finished her keynote address with a perfect handstand. She recounted how she was surprised to note that she had only scored a ‘1.00’ in Montreal in 1976 at the end of her routine, simply because the scoreboard technology could not accommodate 4 digits with 2 decimal points. In her own words, “it was one time when the athletes were ahead of the technology on offer.”

Also delivering keynote addresses were Michael Peters, CEO of Euronews, who spoke of the importance of the new partnership between SportAccord and his organisation for ‘Sports United’, a new weekly sports news bulletin focusing on all sports, and Dr. Paul Hawkins, who gave a precise demonstration of howvideo refereeing could help eliminate errors from football, while making it even more viewer-friendly.

This year’s IF Forum attracted over 300 participants and featured more than 45 speakers and presenters.


Day 2 of the IF Forum witnessed active interaction and participation from among the assembled delegates. The sessions and their take-aways included-

1. Innovative TV programming- Involving companies such as IEC in Sports, Panorama HD and others, the session spoke of the importance of high-quality HD signals in sports production globally, maintaining flexibility and mobility in production, and finally, enabling the viewers with choice by exposing them to multiple choices in sports and coverage elements.

2. Big Data in sports- Carlo de Marchis of Deltatre explained how Big Data can enhance the viewing experience for television viewers of sports events, empower broadcasters and federations with additional coverage options and also provide anlaytics that can help the experience from parking one’s car to walking inside a sports venue.

3. Innovative Equipment Technology in Competition Sport- Technology is at the forefront of change in sports globally and can impact safety, performance, excitement, risk and fair judgement. What are the limits to respect? Prof. Jan Anders-Manson of EPFL and AISTS provided an insight. 

4. .sport- Uniting and Financing Sport- Imagine having a consolidated global calendar of sports at one click at your disposal. That is the reality of the SportAccord’s .sport project as SportAccord Director General, Vlad Marinescu led the discussion on how the project could help international federations monetize their activities further while using a common .sport domain for consolidation of services and data. The biggest advantage of the .sport project is that it would allow a young high-school athlete to gain exposure at an international level using a consolidated platform for information.

5. Technology and the law- Mediation is cheaper, more flexible and less time-consuming than arbitration. Watch as Stephen Townley, head of LawAccord led the assembled audience through the benefits of technology assisting the law and providing easier solutions to all sports.


The closing day of the IF Forum provided insights to the assembled sports managers on the following-

1. Software Empowering IF Activities- The International Ice Hockey Federation shared how its mobile application was well-received by fans globally and how it is important for a mobile application to be a link to all social media run by the organisation, in order to be a consolidated voice for the respective sport.2. Biometric monitoring- The story of how Sensecore started biometric monitoring of athletic performance and how it can help not just athletes, but even sports in growing bigger and better.

3. Technology in Practice- Learn how the FIVB introduced technology into every aspect of volleyball and changed the complete experience of the world championships to make them an unqualified success. The use of LED nets and line technology is being experimented with to improve the experience of watching the sport even better.
Also, Ericsson shared a 5-point agenda on why every sport needs to create a virtual arena-
– To maximise value of a sport
– To re-position a sport
– To improve the on-site experience
– To improve the off-site experience
– To engage fans beyond the event

4. SportAccord website- SportAccord Director General, Vlad Marinescu led the audience through a detailed understanding of the new global sports calendar being incorporated into the upcoming SportAccord website, which would allow every sport a common platform to share event information, while providing users with easy one-click access to all sports happenings in a given place at one point of time.



The sports world is never insulated from a global crisis and World Olympians CEO, Mike Miller made an appeal to all sports and sportspersons to come forward and support the fight against the Ebola outbreak.  
If you would like to make a donation click here or use #TargetEbola on Twitter. 


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IFMA Meets with Thailand’s Department of Physical Education Tue, 11 Nov 2014 05:12:46 +0000 IFMA President, Dr Sakchye Tapsuwan, IFMA Sport Director Charissa Tynan, and Vice President of the AMTAT under Royal Patronage, Kajorn Prowsri met with the Director General of the Department of Physical Education of Thailand, Dr Patanachart Kridiborworn, to discuss on-going cooperation especially with the upcoming Muaythai University Championships. The Championship is scheduled for February next year, and will be opened on the 6th, which will be World Muaythai Day.

The Department of Physical Education once again confirmed their cooperation and is looking forward to working closely with the world governing body of the sport to promote Muaythai not only as a competition, but also as a cultural art form, and a way of life.


IFMA would like to thank the Department of Physical Education of Thailand for their support and their vision to make Muaythai a sport for all, and in support of taking Muaythai to the highest recognition.

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Congratulations to HRH Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah on His Re-election as ANOC President Mon, 10 Nov 2014 07:45:44 +0000 OCA-300x199Muaythai would like to congratulate HRH Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah on his Re-election as ANOC President. The re-election was held at last week’s historical XIX ANOC General Assembly held in Bangkok, Thailand, and Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah was re-elected as the ANOC President for the 2014-2018 term by the world’s 203 NOCs present at the General Assembly after a successful two year interim term at the helm of the organisation. Patrick Hickey was also re-elected as ANOC Senior Vice-President during the XIX ANOC General Assembly.

Both Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah and Patrick Hickey have served as the ANOC President and ANOC Senior Vice-President respectively since the ANOC General Assembly in Moscow in 2012. During his two years as ANOC President, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah has ushered in a new era of modernisation.

ANOC Commission

Muaythai is looking forward to continue the close cooperation, especial with HRH Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, president of the Olympic Committee of Asia.




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IFMA & WMC’s New Social Initative: Female Empowerment through Muaythai (FEM) Sat, 08 Nov 2014 07:50:11 +0000 As part of IFMA & WMC’s new social initiative Female Empowerment through Muaythai (FEM) and in collaboration with UN Woman’s UNite campaign to Stop Violence against Woman and Girls, The Woman’s Project (TWP) has launched a new foundation in Mexico. TWP’s main objective is to ensure that women and men have equal opportunities of development, The Women’s Project (TWP) is a Mexican nonprofit organization created by Elisa and Francesca Salinas of Mexico. TWP has been a passion project of Elisa, a successful business woman, TV producer, and IFMA Female Commission member. Sue Glassy, IFMA Vice President and Female Commission Chairwoman is present at the launch to represent IFMA and will be a keynote speaker on the IFMA & WMC’s FEM Social Initiative Forum.

The programmes they will introduce to Mexico are varied and attack the issue of violence against women and women’s empowerment from a myriad of angles. TWP is making groundbreaking advances in empowering women by introducing programmes such as IFMA’s new initiative, FEM and the very successful Tanishka forums; while at the same time TWP will reach out to todays youth through IFMA’s very successful Sport is your Gang program. By teaching our youth the basic values that are ingrained in the sport of Muaythai: Honor, Respect, Tradition, Fairplay, and Integrity, TWP hope to teach the next generation to see women as people, as individuals that are worthy of respect not because they are women but because they are people. Sport is your Gang will giving the children and young adults a place to belong, a family where they have strong positive role models,  adults to help teach and guide them along a pathway to a better tomorrow.

During the launch of the foundation, host Monica Garza announced that the objectives of the TWP are increasing their autonomy and dignity of women.

TWP launch


The aim of the foundations is to achieve a cultural change to promote non-violence against women, as well as create good practices in social development at national and international level.

The inclusion of famous male sporting figures and using these men as strategic partners for transformation they believe they can create change through the construction of new masculinities.

The vision of The Women’s Project is to be a leading global organization in the promotion of human rights in a secular and gender approach through strategies of social, political and cultural impact, highlighted Elisa Salinas.

“Empowerment of women will make our society more productive and balanced, we generate better opportunities for men and women. I think it can be a supplement, not a war of the sexes, because these ideas of the seventies and eighties has passed, “She said.

“It’s not that men give up their power, but they open spaces for sharing and have more balanced, happier children; more constructive and productive societies that progress forward and include women as equal partners not just because they are women, “She said.

The activities performed during this month by TWP, coordinated by her daughter Francesca, are: Campaigns “Breaking the Silence” and “Real men do not hit women.” The latter with the famous Mexican boxers: Jorge “El Travieso” Arce, Julio Cesar Chavez and Juan Manuel Marquez .

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Through IFMA and WMC a partnership has been created between the UN Women and TWP. This will afford them greater effect and success with their social campaigns “Breaking the Silence”.

Further programmes being run this month include: The University Forum’s held at high schools and colleges throughout the city with the theme “Dating and Violence”.

Finally, They will launch IFMA’s internationally renowned “Sport is your gang” and “Female Empowerment through Muaythai, FEM” early next year as permanent programs.

The prestigious launch of The Women’s Project and it’s campaigns was attended by many famous Mexican celebrities including: Angelica Aragon, Victor Gonzalez, Raquel Bigorre, Basáñez Sergio Raul Sandoval, Fran Meric, Anette Michel and Poncho de Anda, among others.

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