World Muaythai Council The Official World Governing Body for Professional Muaythai Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:29:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 South Africa Kicks the Habit in This Week’s Social Campaign Highlight Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:29:03 +0000 Giving back to society is a huge part of muaythai, and IFMA’s Sport is Your Gang social campaign, which won the SportAccord 2014 Spirit of Sport Award, is implemented in many countries through our different federations around the world. This week, we would like to highlight the South African Amateur Muaythai Federation for their social work with Sport is Your Gang.

Earlier this month on the 18th on July, our South African Federation held a 67-minute “Kick & Roll the Habit” charity event in honour of Nelson Mandela’s birthday. South African stats on crime, drugs, and women and children abuse are extremely high; the “Kick & Roll the Habit” Muaythai Challenge serves as a platform to kicking all bad habits and abuse away, cleansing the body mind and soul.

Everyone from the community was involved, from holding kick-pads to encouraging the youth and young adults as they kicked their way non-stop for 67 minutes to raise money for the foundation. Last year, in 2013 the total number of kicks by youth and young adults in 67 minutes was 19,643 kicks. This year, the recorded number of kicks by the participants went up to 22,743 kicks in 67 minutes.

Congratulations to the South African Federation for doing an amazing job with supporting underprivileged kids, taking them off the streets and giving them hope and encouragement to kick the habit. Muaythai truly is more than just a sport as its students from all walks of life get to learn and practice respect, honour, tradition, excellence and fair-play the pillars of Muaythai, and essentially pillars for a good life.

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Saint-Tropez in Muaythai Fever Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:28:03 +0000 One of the most famous, jet-setting, high-society places in the world will be the centre of the muaythai world on August 4th. Promoter Olivier Muller, in cooperation with the World Muaythai Council (WMC), the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA), have put together a truly promising fightcard.

The event is also in cooperation with the Peace & Sport campaign, under the high patronage of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, and the Muaythai & UN “UNiTE to End Violence Against Women” campaign. The Thai ambassador to France His Excellency M. Apichart Chinwanno, will be representing the Kingdom of Thailand, while Mr Joel Bouzou, the president of Peace & Sport, will be there in person.

Olivier Muller, the president of the Swiss Muaythai Network stated that a lot of planning has gone into the event, which has the full support of Brigitte Bardot and her Foundation.

Muaythai, which has won the 2014 SportAccord Spirit of Sport award, will also feature a special female fight which will be taking place to promote the campaign of WMC & IFMA with UNiTE.

IFMA General Secretary and WMC Vice President, Stephan Fox stated that the event is a fantastic follow up to last month’s event in Monaco, the Monte-Carlo Fighting Masters, which was under patronage of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco. The event is a great promotion for muaythai as a cultural heritage, exciting ring sport, and the social contribution the sport makes to society.

IFMA Sport Director, Charissa Tynan, who will be representing muaythai and UNiTE’s End Violence Against Women campaign in St Tropez stated that she is really excited that the campaign will be officially launched later in the year, starting off with a bang in Mexico, and that she is honoured to be in Saint-Tropez for this world class muaythai event.




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From Amateur to Professional: The Evolution of a Muaythai Athlete Tue, 15 Jul 2014 05:57:59 +0000 What does The Contender Asia, The Challenger Muaythai, KMax, K1, Glory, Thai Fight, and Thai Max Have in common? All the superstars have strong backgrounds and ties with IFMA and WMC.

Buakaw, Yodsanklai, Khem, Mardsua and so many others represented   Thailand in IFMA World Championships, World combat games and fought for pride and honour for the Kingdom. Female superstars like Chommanee, Caley Reece, Miriam Nakamoto, and Valentina Shevchenko, to name a few, all have been IFMA Champions and have become superstars in their representative countries.

Superstars like Paul Slowinski, Artem Vakhitov, Andrei Kulebin, Dzianis Hancharonak, Artem Levin and so many others also started their careers in IFMA. They all become multiple champions in IFMA before they become WMC Champions and also joined other event series.

WMC Vice President and IFMA General Secretary Stephan Fox stated that this marriage is of the utmost importance for many reasons. First and foremost is that it is important that they, the athletes, can make their way up from amateur competitions like National championships, Continental and World Championships

Only IFMA can give the athletes the chance to fight at Olympic patronized events and the chance to be with other Olympic recognized Martial arts in competitions such as the Indoor Asian games, Asian Beach games, TAFISA Sport for All, Arafura and certainly other IOC Recognized events such as the World Combat Games and the World Games.

This is the difference and this is why all the superstars compete in IFMA by example when it comes to IOC Recognized events. They are also able to join Television shows such as Contender and Emmy nominated reality shows like The Challenger, participate in the WMC world events and have the foundation to join other shows around the world.

Stephan Fox also stated the future of the shows look bright; events like the Fighting Masters in Monte-Carlo, Monaco where HSH Prince Albert II gave patronage to the event is a clear example of how much high profile and credibility the sport of Muaythai has gained. In 2013, Muaythai was also included the World Combat Games under patronage of the IOC and the Indoor Asian games under patronage of the OCA. 2013 also saw Muaythai being included in the International World Games Association (IWGA), and only a year later has been included in the official sport program as well. This year, Muaythai is one of the main sports in the upcoming Asian Beach games, also under the Olympic Committee of Asia. This shows the recognition Muaythai now has and that only IFMA is the true authority of the sport, recognized by SportAccord, IWGA, TAFISA, Arafura, and the Olympic Committee of Asia. The future of Muaythai from the top to the bottom looks bright.


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Epic 11 Results Thu, 10 Jul 2014 05:17:06 +0000 PERTH, AUSTRALIA – Epic Fight Promotions held another massive show for their 11th instalment.

Main event saw Kim Olsen take on Tainui Crouch from QLD. Kim Olsen controlled this from the start losing long range techniques and staying away from Tainuis dangerous hands. Kim proved to be too strong as he picked up momentum in round 3 forcing the pace, cutting off the ring and cornering Tainui where he unloaded with a series of knees and elbows, dropping him for an eight count with a jumping knee. Following this, finished him off with a barrage of knees to end the fight winning by TKO.

WMC World Champion took, Caley Reece took on WMC German Champion Dilara Yildiz. Both girls started the fight fast and explosive. Caley looking dangerous with super fast counter low kicks. Both girls displayed awesome all around technique and beautiful clinch work but Caley was just too fast and too strong, looking as though she hurt Dilara several times with knees in the grapple. Caley came away with a comfortable win.

Australias up and comer Jamie Lunghitano stepped it up a notch and took on World Champion Frankie Giorgi. Jamie asked for a tough match up which is what he got. Jamie showed too much respect in the first two rounds and Frankie landed some hard right kicks to the legs and body. In round three, Jamie landed several strong punches that seemed to rock Frankie and this found Jamie with new found confidence. From this point on, it was a fight that see sawed backwards and forwards with both fighters hurting one another with shots for the remainder of the bout. Frankie proved to be a little bit too strong and took the win on points.

The Epic Super 4 was three toe to toe fights. First fight seeing Ben Cant take on Ben Worsfold in a nail biter seeing Ben Cant through to the final. Second fight was Tyler Hardcastle taking on Yann Troubat with Tyler scoring a knockdown in round 2, winning the fight and advancing through. The final was won by Australias up and comer and junior fighter at 17, Tyler Hardcastle.

Other results included Mike Wiktora points over Filipp Vinograd, Kim Townsend points over Nuengsian Sitpolek, Mark Job points over Josh Spurway, Alicia Pestana points over Tali Silbermann, Lloyd Dean TKO over Kyle Bilson for WMC State Title, Dyllan Olsen points over Matt Moss, Alex Amoroso points over Garth Capper, Alice Weinthal points over Chantel Jones and two junior bouts – Evie Nicolopolous points over Hannah Ashleigh and Michael Ghavalas TKO over Jake Kingwell.

Stay tuned for news on the upcoming Epic 12, scheduled for Sunday, October 12.

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Hong Kong Muaythai United Wed, 09 Jul 2014 05:10:17 +0000 Hong for centuries has been the centre for martial arts. Many of the best Kung-Fu movies, celebrities like Jackie Chan, all have been superstars in Hong Kong and China long before they captured the attention of the rest of the world.

The Hong Kong Muaythai Association (HKMTA), is a proud member of the WMC IFMA and FAMA. Tim Lee, one of the IFMA vice presidents and Eldy Chan, the chairman of HKMTA and vice president of FAMA stated that the co-operation between the athletes, the gyms, the NF the IF, the government and national Sports council is the key to success.

Hong Kong is maybe small in size but sport plays an important part in Hong Kong society and Muaythai one of the biggest federations there with 105 member gyms being affiliated to the NF. Tim Lee stated that the co-operation between FAMA, IFMA and WMC is of utmost importance for the athletes so that they can make a healthy transition from amateur to professional, or practice Muaythai for the many benefits, confidence, fitness, or the cultural aspects. Hong Kong will continue to promote Muaythai as a way of life, ensure gender equality, sport integrity, and participate in the various social campaigns in the future where Muaythai is involved.



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Lion Fight 16 Delivers in Las Vegas Tue, 08 Jul 2014 03:49:22 +0000 The July 4th weekend in Las Vegas was packed with excitement as Lion Fight 16 put on another world class event. The Muaythai fight card provided the excitement as advertised and it was a memorable night for all parties involved.

The main event bout for Lion Fight’s Super Lightweight title featured American Muaythai superstar and WMC ranked Kevin Ross vs Australian WMC Champ Michael Thompson. This fight did not disappoint and Ross took the fight to a game Thompson. Thompson was unable to come up with an answer to Ross’ ferocious onslaught and in the end, Ross won the title with a unanimous decision.

The co-main event was a bout between American Tiffany Van Soest and Italian fighter Sindy Huyer. Van Soest was able to stop Huyer in the 5th round after a hard fought match. Also featured on the fight card was Thailand’s Rungravee Sasiprapa who took on Filipino Adrian Morilla. Morilla started the fight strong, but the steady and methodical Sasiprapa slowly took away the rounds from him and wore him down with his technical striking and a steady barrage of body shots. In the end, the veteran Sasiprapa won via unanimous decision.

AXS TV has also released an excellent highlight reel with a great breakdown of all the fights by Michael Schiavello and Pat Miletich.

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Legendary Gala Show in Hong Kong – The One Legend Fri, 04 Jul 2014 09:28:19 +0000 FAMA Vice President and Chairman of the Hong Kong Muaythai Association again put on a promotion under the banner of WMC The One Legend event with fighters from around the world.The KITEC arena was filled to bursting point with Chinese elite and Hong Kong celebrities, enjoying all the excitement muaythai has to offer.


IFMA Vice President Tim Lee stated that Hong Kong has truly become a force to be reckoned with, with 105 gyms working together under the HKMTA banner with the full recognition of the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong.


The highlight of the evening was the WMC One Legend Super 4 tourney with home boy Ng King Chung, Jeferson Vulpe of Brazil, Thailand’s Jaroentas and Irishman Andrew Doyle.

After some exciting and close semis, the super 4 final was set… Ireland VS Thailand. It was a world class muaythai performance by both fighters, but Thailand took the win by split decision.


There were also some very exciting female fights again showing the ever increasing popularity of the femlae fight game. In the match between Kwok Hoi Ling(HK) VS Jalma Klinmee(ITALY) it was home girl Kwok Hoi Ling that took the title home, while in the second female fight between Ju Ju(HK) VS Sit Yu Fai(HK), it was Ju Ju that dominated and took the win.


One of the most outstanding fights of the night was between Umar Semata(Uganda) VS Champ Fairtex(THAILAND), which went to Thailand on a split decision, but a very close fight showing the amazing development muaythai is undergoing especially in the African countries.


Here is the full list of results from the action packed event:


Opening 1. Cheung Siu Bun(HK) VS Kwan Chi Ho(HK) (Kwan Chi Ho win)


Opening 2. Ju Ju(HK) VS Sit Yu Fai(HK) (Ju Ju Win)


Opening 3. Ko Ching(HK) Vs Michael Dacuno(Philippine) (Ko Ching Win)


1. WMC World Challenge Super 4

Ng King Chung(HK) Vs Jaroentas(THAILAND) (Jaroentas Win)


2. WMC World Challenge Super 4

Jeferson Vulpe(BRAZIL) VS Andrew Doyle(IRELAND) (Andrew Doyle Win)


3. Kwok Hoi Ling(HK) VS Jalma Klinmee(ITALY) (Kwok Hoi Ling Win)


4. WMC MAD Title

David Kwan(HK) VS Andy Wong(HK) (Andy Wong Win By TKO)


5. Trijak Sitjomtrai(THAILAND) VS Anvar Boynazarov(O’Zbekiston) (Trijak Sitjomtrai Win)


6. WMC MAD Title
Chan Chun Yin(HK) VS Phetmanee Phetsupaphan(THAILAND) (Chan Chun Yin Win)


7. Cherch Chuchiph(THAILAND) VS Naimjon Tuhktaboev(O’Zbekiston) (Naimjon Tuhkaboev Win)


8. Umar Semata(Uganda) VS Champ Fairtex(THAILAND) (Champ Fairtex Win)


9. WMC World Challenge Final

Jaroentas(THAILAND) VS Andrew Doyle(IRELAND) (Jaroentas Win)


10. Luo Zu Sheng(HK) VS Kyle Price(UK) (Luo Zu Sheng Win by TKO)

Congratulations to The One Legend promotion for yet another great event, and we are looking forward to the next installment!

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Age Does Not Matter Fri, 04 Jul 2014 09:00:50 +0000 Ping Ki Wong is one of the top technical officials of IFMA but also a stern supporter of the IFMA and WMC ‘Sport is your Gang’ and ‘Muaythai Against Drugs (MAD)’ campaign. 52 years young, he decided to raise money for charity and fought for the prestigious WMC MaD Belt in a special match verses David Kwon at the WMC ‘The One Legend’ event in Hong Kong.

Stepping in the ring once again was done for many reasons. First of all to show the younger generation that if you live a healthy lifestyle, that age becomes only a number; and secondly to also encourage the younger generation to support the anti-drug campaign and that illegal drugs have no place in life and sport.

Winning the fight, he said that it was fantastic to step back in the ring again with the support of everyone, and raising awareness. Now it’s time to go back again and hang up the gloves, if you will, and return to fostering and promoting the sport both as a coach and as a WMC and IFMA official. He also plans to continue his involvement in helping to make a difference in the sport.

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Ultra Elite Fighters Europe in Malaga Mon, 30 Jun 2014 03:42:20 +0000 The next episode of the Ultra Elite Fighters Europe will be coming to Malaga, Spain on July 5th. Featuring top class fighters Damián Buján, Pitbull Martínez, Martín Velasco and Sarai Medina.

The stacked card will feature 8 action packed muaythai bouts with fighters from Argentina, Spain, Portugal and Russia.



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Australia versus USA heads Lion Fight 16 Thu, 26 Jun 2014 07:30:10 +0000 Las Vegas will have a busy week ahead with UFC 175 and Lion Fight putting on a world class promotion on the 4th of July weekend.

Two of the world’s best Muaythai welterweights will face off in the main event. The 2013 prince cup winner and Australian WMC Champion, Michael Thompson will face off against one of the American legends of Muaythai, Kevin Ross. The winner of this fight will secure a position in the top WMC rankings to face the current WMC Champ Ekkarit from Thailand.

The co-main event will feature a female muaythai bout with Tiffany Van Soest verses Sindy Huyer. Thailand superstar Rungravee will also be facing off against Adrian Morilla.

Congratulations to Lion Fight promoter Scott Kent for another successful event.


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Hong Kong and Australia in the Spotlight for the Last Week of June Thu, 26 Jun 2014 07:17:31 +0000 After the highlight of the successful event earlier this month at the Monte-Carlo Fighting Master in Monaco, with HSH Prince Albert II as the honorary patron and many celebrities from the Muaythai world in attendance at the event including the president of Peace and Sport, Mr Joel Bouzou, Baroness Cécile de Massy, IFMA President Dr Sakchye Tapsuwan, WMC Vice President and IFMA General Secretary, Stephan Fox; the spotlight on Muaythai is now moving to Hong Kong and Australia for the last week of June.

The Hong Kong Muaythai Association (HKMTA), which is one of the most active Muaythai associations with events almost every month, just hosted The One Legend Muaythai event on the 24th of June in Hong Kong. Famous celebrity, Jackie Chan was present in the previous event to present the trophy, and this month’s event was another fantastic One Legend event.

Eldy Chan, the HKMTA president, said that Muaythai in Hong Kong is growing stronger and stronger and that there is strength in numbers. This was another important event to showcase Muaythai and Hong Kong.

Australia will be the next stop for Muaythai at the end of this month with Epic Promotions, Epic 11 Brave event coming up. The main event will feature Australia’s WMC World Champion Caley Reece versus Dilara Yildiz from Germany.

The event will go down on June 29th and will be a great promotion for female muaythai, which is getting stronger and stronger around the world. Caley is truly one of the most outstanding female fighters and a great ambassador for the sport but she will be challenged by the strong German fighter in the Europe versus Oceania bout.

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7 WMC World Titles With a Fantastic Opening With HSH Prince Albert II Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:09:41 +0000 It was 8 month in the making and finally Monte-Carlo made Muaythai history on June 14th at the 2014 Fighting Masters.


The event started with a great opening with HSH Prince Albert II entering the stadium and the capacity crowd standing up to show their respect to his Highness . The Baroness Cécile de Massy,  the visitors from Thailand lead by  M.L. Trinuch Sirivadhanabhakdi , the Thai ambassador to France M. Apichart Chinwanno, Dr. Sakchye Tapsuwan and Stephan Fox, representing the world Muaythai community were also given a warm welcome to stadium.

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The first fight between Pakorn Sakyothin versus Yetkin Ozkul from Turkey was great opening fight. Both boys showed some fast furious Muaythai and after 5 rounds, Pakorn from Thailand came out with the win. Pakorn was also the recipient of the Peace and Sport trophy for the tournament.


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Ekkarit versus Dylan Salvador was one of the closest fights of the evening and future events will call for rematch between these two warriors. For 5 rounds, both fighters battled it out, not giving an inch and in the closest of margins the current world champion, Ekkarit, retained his title.


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Bukaow Banchamek and Djimé Coulabily was a fight worth the hype and left nothing out of what it promised. After 5 rounds of world class Muaythai, Bukaow was the victor and received the Royal Trophy.


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The fight between Beurnung and Abdallah Mabel was a highly entertaining fight. Sadly, Abdallah from France received a cut during the bout forcing the referee to stop the fight and Beurning retained his world title.


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Yohan Lidon from France verses the WMC World Champion Alex Harris from Sweden was the middle weight title fight. This was a fantastic fight with Lidon trying to step inside the longer reach of Harris, but after 5 hard fought rounds, Harris defended his title in a world class performance.


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Artem Vakhitov and Dzianis Hanchronak was the fight many had seen as one of the most anticipated fights. It was a fight which showed that the heavyweights can be as fast as the lightweights. Vakhitov, after a world class performance, has been crowned the new WMC Heavyweight Champion in a rematch of the SportAccord combat games as he defeated Hancharonak.


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The super heavyweight title bout between Paul Slowinski of Australia and Tsotne Rogava of Ukraine was one of the toughest fights of the night. In the first two rounds, many saw the Ukrainian superstar taking the fight to Slowinski, but in round three, Slowinski changed his game plan and took the 3 remaining rounds to be crowned again WMC super heavyweight world champion.


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The event did not disappoint as the spectators saw 7 champions come out victorious in an amazing night which made history. Thank you, your HSH Prince Albert II and thank you, Monte-Carlo for an unforgettable evening.

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