THURSDAY, April 30th, 2009, AT 10:55 PM/ PST
THIS WEEKENDS IKF ACTION!
Rumble In The Valley Productions Presents
"Rumble In The Valley"
Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA
These opportunities don't come around all the time so when they do, we like to quote an opening line of a song called Lose Yourself which says, "If you had ONE SHOT, or ONE OPPORTUNITY To seize everything you ever wanted, ONE MOMENT, Would you capture it or just let it slip?" If you want to hear it, just scroll through the music box on the IKF Myspace Page. For every fighter on every fight card, their opportunity may only come once, for some, more often. When you are as talented as fighters such as Heath Fonnest (L) and Bobby Campbell, (R), such opportunities are presented to you more often than others. In the end, they have walked out of the ring with and without Championship Gold. However, the past is the past now and come Friday night, "This is their Opportunity... Once AGAIN!"
Fonnest probably has the longest history with the IKF, but it wasn't always a road of Gold. Fonnest participated in the first ever IKF Tournament back on September 4th, 1999 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA. Unfortunately for Fonnest he lost to eventual Tournament Champion Charles Baron of Chicago Illinois by unanimous decision, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27 in his only fight of the tournament, losing the IKF USA National Amateur Tournament FCR Super Lightweight Title. Fonnest choose to turn pro soon afterwards, a decision he looks back on as maybe doing too soon.
Within a few short years Fonnest was in the right place at the right time. An opponent had come his way when one of the challengers dropped out of a Pro USA title bout only 1 week before the fight. The promoters were looking for a replacement fighter and somehow that road to opportunity lead to Heath Fonnest. Heath took the shot and seized the opportunity to fight for the vacant IKF Pro FCR United States Welterweight title. However, this was no walkover fight. Across from him in the ring would be one of the greatest fighters in the world, Erik Marshall of Bradenton, Florida, USA. Marshall had a record of 36-5 with 23 KO/TKO's. Fonnest'S combined fight record was 11-1, his only loss coming from Baron at the IKF Tournament.
On August 31st, 2002 in Redding, California, USA both Fonnest and Marshall met in the ring. In round 1 this looked like it was going to be a "CLASSIC" Full Contact Rules bout. Fonnest came out charged up throwing 19 kicks to Marshall's 10. Fonnest appeared to be winning round 1 until all of a sudden out of no where with about 8 seconds left in round 1, Marshall unloaded a spinning backhand that sent Fonnest to the canvas. All 3 judges gave round 1 to Marshall 10-8. Fighting from behind now in round 2, Fonnest regained his composure and came out kicking again. However he injured his leg somehow and how was still unclear at ringside. Some said he caught an elbow on his shin or the top of his foot while others said he was kicked in his hip.
After the allowed 5 minute recovery period the bout continued and Fonnest was back kicking as if nothing happened. However Marshall wasn't far behind with his kicks either, but opted to mix in his hands more. At the end of 2, judge Art Gitlin gave the bout to Fonnest who outkicked Marshall again 25-16 and judges Susan Thomas Gitlin and Dan Stell gave the round to Marshall 10-9. Round 3 started strong for both fighters. Fonnest continued to press his kicks more but this round went to work with his hands more as was Marshall. At the 1:46 point of the round Marshall executed a boot to boot sweep that took Fonnest to the ground. Somehow the fall had re-injured his leg and as Referee Marcos Rosales counted up, Fonnest choose to bow out due to the leg pain. The stop gave Marshall the vacant IKF Pro U.S. Welterweight title and left Marshall once again to think about another missed opportunity.
It would be 5 years later before Fonnest would get a shot at IKF Gold and this time, Fonnest didn't want to go home the brides maid for a third time. It was April 27th, 2007 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA and on the line was the vacant IKF Light Welterweight united States Title. Across the ring stood Mark Streator of Schaumburg, Illinois, USA, who had a combined record of 26-19 with 12 wins coming by KO/TKO. When the smoke cleared Fonnest had defeated Streator by unanimous decision, 100-89, 100-89, 100-89 and Heath had his first taste of IKF Gold.
Opportunity came knocking again for Fonnest less then 5 months later and he knew now how to impress his peers. This would be for the Ultimate IKF Gold! An IKF Pro World title. On Saturday, September 29th, 2007 at the Grand Casino Events Center in Hinckley, Minnesota, USA Heath turned up the HEAT and took it too England's IKF British Champion Stacey Gosden, winning the vacant IKF Pro FCR World Super Lightweight title by unanimous decision, 118-108, 118-108, 118-108.
Now, Fonnest is hungry again, and he want's to taste the flavor of IKF Gold yet again. This time for yet "Another" IKF World Title at a different weightclass, the vacant IKF Light Welterweight title. However as his earlier fight with Marshall was, this will be no cakewalk. This time he will face WKA Pro World Champion Bobby "Jackhammer" Campbell!
Campbell's resume is an impressive read. Along with being the current WKA World Super Lighrweight Champion, he can also boast about being...
As an amateur fighter, Campbell experienced much of the same success.
Yet with all this gold in his trophy case, there is one belt Campbell would love to add to his collection... The IKF Belt. Campbell has had two opportunities in his past to add the IKF Gold to his collection, and both times, went home as the brides maid. His first opportunity came on September 27th, 2005 in Illinois when he was given the shot at the current IKF Pro FCR Lightweight World Champion Tommy Bach. It was a war we will never forget! In the end, the scores read Bach as the winner by majority decision, 116-109, 116-113, and 113-113. However, an Official protest due to a long referee count was filed by Campbell's camp. After an official IKF review, the IKF agreed there was an error in the count and changed the decision to a draw and demanded a MANDATORY Rematch set for January 20th, 2006.
Their next meeting was just as, if not more exciting than their first. It was on January 20th, 2006 in Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA. This time Campbell knew he had to do more, and more he did. However, so did Campbell. While Campbell threw over 120 kicks over 12 rounds to Bach's just over 100, it was Bach who returned back whit his boxing skills to match the explosive kicker Campbell. Although Campbell threw an average of 14 kicks per round over the first 3 rounds, as round 4 came around his kick pace slowed down allowing Bach to move in with his own combinations. By the end of 3, Campbell lead on all 3 judges scorecards 29-28. Bach came back in rounds 4 and 5 to bring the judges scores to 48-47 Campbell on one judges card and 48-47 Bach on the other two judges cards. Campbell was able to make it all even by the end of round 6 as all three judges had their total scores 57-57.
Round 7 was a great round for both and the judges cards proved it. One giving the round to Bach, the other Campbell while the third judge had them even at 10-10. Campbell stayed with Bach until round 8 where he was busy handling Bach's combinations. In rounds 8, 9 and 10 we saw the advantage move to Bach who seemed to have more flurries and stronger combinations in these three rounds that placed him ahead on the cards after 10. Watching them over the entire fight, Bach seemed to grow stronger round by round where as Campbell seemed to have explosive spurts at different intervals of the bout. Round 11 was one of those rounds where Campbell turned it up again winning 2 of the 3 judges nods. However Bach put an end to Campbell's strong finish as he himself turned it up again to win round 12 on all three judges cards. In the end, Bach successfully defended his IKF World Title over a STRONG Challenger, Bobby Campbell by unanimous decision, 115-113, 116-113 and 116-112.
Needless to say, Campbell won't be coming to the Midwest to go home an IKF bridesmaid for a third time. He has a strong desire to add the IKF Gold to his trophy case. The only question is, "Who will be the hungrier fighter?" Will Fonnest continue his IKF Winning streak or will Campbell start his own. In the end there will be a new IKF Pro World Champion, but for the fight fans, the best part will be in witnessing the journey of the rounds before the golden presentation. This may be one of the most exciting fights of the year and many are looking forward to these fireworks come Friday night at the Plaza Hotel in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA!
Jardine & Russell
IKF Amateur Champions Making It Big In The Pros!
If you thought what we have said about Fonnest and Campbell was a lot, you haven't read anything yet. However, since the IKF Pro World Title is the Main event, we won't take all the luster out of Fonnest and Campbell, so we will try to condense two outstanding careers into a shorter piece here... We did say "TRY".
Friday night, two well known IKF Amateur Champions will go toe to toe at their first attempt at an IKF Professional title. Peyton Russell (R) of Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA and Bill Jardine (L) of Mondovi, Wisconsin, USA will hook it up for the vacant IKF Pro USA Light Heavyweight Title. If you don't know these guys and are not able to make it to this event, we assure you, you are going to miss a great fight! Lets take a look at these two a little closer.
This IKF history for Peyton Russell begins at the second IKF Tournament in 2000. Few here may remember a fight between the then 30 year old Russell and a fresh upstart kid of only 17 from Simpsonville, South Carolina named Stephen Thompson. It was the Championship bout for the Tournaments FCR Middleweight Title. In the end, the 17 year old Thompson left the ring the Champion with a unanimous decision win over Russell, 30-23, 30-24 and 30-24 and was on his way to becoming one of the greatest kickboxers of all time. As for Russell, the bout changed his life and his way of training and fighting. Soon after the two became close friends, sharing training ideas and even training together and still remain close friends today.
After that bout, Russell soon become one of the greatest fighters on the IKF Amateur circuit. Russell went on to win the 2001 IKF Tournament after wins over Eustorgio Gama, Lake Zurich, Illinois and Brian Glenn of Overland Park, Kansas,. He defended his IKF Tournament title at the 2002 IKF Tournament after defeating Travis Buchlolz of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Later in 2002 he went on to win the 2002 IKF North American Tournament Championship with a majority decision win over Shannon Hudson of Greer, South Carolina.
Peyton then took some time off from fighting to focus on his art studio and continue his martial arts training. He soon was persuaded out of retirement to turn pro and fight several bouts before taking another break from fighting due to a knee injury. Now at 39, the soft spoken Peyton will step back into the ring and take on the 31 year old Jardine. What his future has in store for him only Peyton knows. Friday nights meeting with Jardine could be a defining moment in his career. A loss could turn him to the outside of the ring as an IKF Official or even a Kickboxing Promoter where he has voiced some interest to continue his passion of the sport. However a win may give him the passion to move up to a possible World title fight. Regardless of the final outcome, Peyton has provided the kickboxing world with loads of excitement, but even more, his humble respect for the sport and those in it coming from his strong and traditional martial arts background.
Facing Russell across the ring will be Bill Jardine. Like Russell, Bill has tasted his share of defeat, victory as well as injuries. Bill's first jump into the IKF was at the 2002 IKF Tournament. There he faced and defeated Jason Ross of Southaven, Mississippi and Scott Christopher of Cudaley, Wisconsin to win the Tournament's FCR FCR Light Cruiserweight Title.
Later that same year he went on to the 2002 IKF North American Tournament. This is where he and Russell shared a common opponent, Stephen Thompson. Like Peyton experienced a couple years earlier, the experience was life changing. Bill learned that when your on the ropes and Thompson starts a combination, he doesn't quit until you either move, throw a successful counter or have a referee step in to give you a deserved 8 count. Although Bill was strong in round 1, he had no answer to Thompson's non stop punch and kick attack in rounds 2 and 3 forcing the referee to give him standing 8 counts in both rounds. Bill had never lost before he faced Thompson but at 1:26 of the 4th round, Thompson won the title by TKO and gave Jardine his first loss.
Jardine was back at the IKF Tournament in 2003, however, many here thought he was shorted of the title many thought he won. In the Championship bout he lost to Kevin Engle of St. Louis, Missouri by unanimous decision 29-28, 29-28, 30-27. How a judge saw this bout 30-27, no one here can say. What can be said is that many thought Jardine won that bout.
Two years later Bill was back at the 2005 IKF North American Tournament. This time he would not be denied his title as he went on to defeat Lonnie Bowen of Jacksonville, Florida, David Lowrey of St. Petersburg, Florida, USA and Jesse James of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada to win the Tournament's FCR Division Light Heavyweight Title.
Soon after Bill turned pro and during his pro career suffered some injuries that took him out of the fight game for awhile. Still, like Russell, he is ready for the opportunity in front of him and is sure to be the Powerful Jardine we remember from his past. It will be 10 rounds of action for the vacant IKF Pro FCR Light Heavyweight Title. One thing is for sure with these two. The action will be exciting and one of them will leave the ring with the IKF Gold around their waist.
7 Years - 11 Events!
As for the event itself, this is the 7th year of Promoter Mike Lind's promotional career and his 11th Rumble in the Valley event. He has been successful every time and from the looks of the pre sales on tickets for Friday nights action, there won't be an empty seat in the house. The event will be held at The Plaza Hotel and Suites in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. VIP and Reserved seats for the event are already sold out. General advanced tickets are $30, and tickets at the door are $35. "I would like to thank all the fans in the Eau Claire area and Chippewa Valley for attending," says promoter Mike Lind. "If it wasn't for sponsors and fans, it wouldn't be possible." Doors open at 6:PM with fights beginning at 7:30. For more info please contact IKF Promoter Mr. Mike Lind at (715) 835-0381 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
TUESDAY, April 28th, 2009, AT 9:30 PM/ PST
Hope To See You Here!
IKF Point Kickboxing and Grappling Tournament
Rocklin, California, May 2, 2009
MORE IKF ACTION...
Results From Night Club Knockout Productions'
"CLASH AT THE COLISEUM - ROUND 3"
April 18th, 2009 - Daytona Beach, Florida, USA
Round 3 for Clash at the Coliseum went off without a hitch. So many great fights tonight. There were fighters from Jacksonville, St Augustine, Tampa, Orlando and lots of hometown fighters from Daytona. There are alot of fighters on this card that you know are going to go far in this sport. Everyone was talking about the same thing... getting ready for the World Classics in July! I know it's only April but lot the the fighers are saying they want to get in at least a couple of fights before The BIG SHOW!
WEDNESDAY, April 22nd, 2009, AT 7:10 PM/ PST
Politics, A Favor? Or...
So, does Muay Thai now have a new John McCain? As some may remember, several years back, Senator John McCain spearheaded a drive to not just ban Mixed Martial Arts, but he succeeded in getting it taken off pay preview TV and went as far as calling it "Human Cock Fighting". (For McCain Story Click Here)
Well, years later, we now wonder what the motive is of the Chief Operations Officer of Albuquerque (New Mexico) Public Schools Brad Winter. (Winter's E-mail: email@example.com - 505-880-3719)
As many here know, IKF World Champion and Promoter, Fernando Callaros' (Left) has had an IKF Woman's US Muay Thai title fight scheduled at Highland High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA for about 2 months now.
Yesterday Winter's called Callaros' event coordinator, Shirley Holden and informed her that he has decided to pull the event approval. However, he never called Callaros...
He gave two reasons as to why... 1) He didn't want to have any fight sport events at any of his schools he oversees and 2) He also said there were previous promoter's trying to do what Callaros has done but had been denied. From what we understand, these other promoters were asking Winter's questions such as "How did Callaros get approved and we were denied?"
Adding to this, the venue rental check of $3,000.00 was made out to the association Winter's is the Chief Operations Officer of which is Albuquerque Public Schools. - www.apsfacilities.org and of course, it was cashed long ago. If this doesn't SCREAM LAWSUIT against Winters and the Albuquerque Public Schools system, what does!?! Callaros is now seeking a new venue vowing "The fights will go on!" The lawsuit action will take place as soon as a new venue is secured.
What Winter's did yesterday is in big question by many in the legal field as well as the Muay Thai fans. Were his actions politically motivated towards another cause or did he do it as a FAVOR to someone who is against Callaros effort to promote Muay Thai instead of MMA in Albuquerque? (Note the story on THURSDAY, April 2nd, 2009 entitled, Battle of The "Bad Girls" below) Winter's actions will now be delt with by a higher authority because it's clear he will be answering to a court of law soon.
By the way, the IKF did call Winter's office for his side of the story but of course, he was not in, and never returned our call as of press time... We will share with you any additional explanation he may give no matter how meaningless it is if he ever does return our call... Now one would think, as a public official, of course he will return our call, right? Wait... Public Official? Hmmm. We may have to wait until it freezes over somewhere very hot first before we get that return call because anyone can see there is something not right about this. There is much more to what he is telling everyone and we are eager to find out what is REALLY behind all this. What are you NOT telling everyone Mr. Winters and who's direction did you really follow on this decision and why?
Pro Women's Muay Thai Featherweight
As if all the above crap Callaros is dealing with wasn't enough, yesterday he received a phone call from his Main Event USA Title Contender, Katie Meehan of Tampa, Florida, USA. Meehan informed him that due to her father's cancer condition getting worse, she has to pull off the event. Our condolences go out to Katie and her father.
Now Callaros is seeking a new contender for his Main Event fight for the vacant IKF USA Pro Muay Thai Rules Featherweight (122.1 lbs. - 127 lbs.) title. If you are a coach or a fighter who thinks you qualify as a USA Pro title contender, please e-mail the IKF at firstname.lastname@example.org
MONDAY, April 20th, 2009, AT 6:45 PM/ PST
Results From Marinoble's
"Full Contact Action!"
April 18th, 2009 - Roseville, California, USA
FRIDAY, April 17th, 2009, AT 6:50 PM/ PST
THIS WEEKENDS IKF ACTION!
Night Club Knockout Productions Presents
"CLASH AT THE COLISEUM - ROUND 3"
Daytona Beach, Florida, USA
MORE IKF ACTION THIS WEEKEND...
"Full Contact Action!"
Roseville, California, USA
MONDAY, April 13th, 2009, AT 1:50 PM/ PST
MORE KICKBOXING NEWS...
Pro Kickboxing In USA On
With A Little Help From Promoters."
A Little? PLEASEEEEEE! If not for promoters, there would be NO Events. Without Events, there would be NO Fights. Without Fights, there would be NO opportunities for fighters to fight. Kickboxing is not lacking fighters. If this were true, try explaining the number of fighters at last years 2008 IKF World Classic! A record breaking year. What kickboxing is missing is PROMOTERS! "It's a Promoters Marketplace of opportunity out there right now." Said IKF President Steve Fossum. "Too many people think kickboxing is dead, that MMA has taken over the world. Although MMA is extremely popular and doing very well, there is still room for the skill and talent of the First Ultimate 'Stand-Up' fight game, Kickboxing and Muay Thai!"
Recent events in California have featured over 20 amateur kickboxing bouts. The most recent, Brian Schwartz's IKF Sanctioned Redwood City event was asked to trim his fight card from 23 fights to 18 because the State Commission didn't want to be there all night. Pro Kickboxers are still searching for opportunities though and such opportunities seem to be few and far between. However, unlike last year, this year looks more promising for the Pro Kickboxers here in the USA. Coming up later this year are several Pro IKF Kickboxing events to look forward to that include:
Lets not forget the work of Warrior Fight Promotions promoter Bobby Anderson. Anderson has been featuring Pro Kickboxing on his Minnesota events for some time now and will have more Pro Bouts on his events later in the year.
Some have voiced their thought about some of these match-ups on the message board. Some asking for bigger titles while others are just excited to see Pro Kickboxers getting opportunities. Our thoughts here center around the reality of the "Opportunities!" These Pro fights, although great match-ups, don't have to be Title Fights to be good. Heck, look around at the other sanctioning bodies here in the United States, WKA, ISKA, KICK, etc. etc. . We only see 3 events with PRO Fights... THREE! Most Kickboxing sanctioning bodies are now focusing on MMA, Mixed Martial Arts. So much that some sanctioning organizations are practically giving away sanctioning just to get a foothold in the MMA Marketplace.
Looking at the match-ups above though do give some ideas for possible future title bouts. The Jardine (Right) Vs Russell (Left) fight looks to be a top quality title fight between two former IKF Amateur Champions. It is highly possible that if the winner wins impressively, he may get a shot at current IKF Light Heavyweight Champion, Frankie Tropea of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. However, some have been saying Tropea has retired. Well, if so, he has not informed us of this yet and until he does, the road to IKF Light Heavyweight World Title still goes through him. Still, we won't have any answers about any of these possibilities until May 1st.
Lets add more excitement to the Light Heavyweight division. When he makes his comeback, Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson (Left) will be fighting at the same weight as Jardine and Russell, Light Heavyweight. These three alone along with Frankie Tropea brings up the idea once again about a Pro Tournament! Something such as a "Winner Take all" or "$500 to show, $1,000 for second win and a Grand Prize amount and the IKF Pro World Title for the winner." Would it be a four man tournament where it only takes two wins to win it or an 8 man tournament, forcing three wins to take home the Championship? And while we are on the subject, why not other weight classes as well? No need to limit oneself to one of the reasons K-1 failed here in North America. Maybe a Welterweight, Middleweight, Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight tournament!
Now THAT would be exciting!
Any Promoters interested?
As for the upcoming Heath Fonnest (Right) VS Bobby Campbell (Right) IKF World Title bout on the same night, this should be an explosive bout! BOTH are well known to the IKF and although Campbell has never won any IKF Gold, the fact is, he has been VERY Close, and some say he "Should Have" when he challenged Tommy Bach for his IKF World title.
Campbell is the current WKA World Super Lightweight Champion so it's not like he doesn't have any Championship gold already. Fonnest as many here knows is the current IKF Super Lightweight World Champion looking to move up in weight. If he wins at this weight, he may vacate the Super Lightweight title so that someone else can fight for it.
We have had many Pro Kickboxers call us here asking where they
can fight. Yes, the opportunities are few and far between right now, but if the
market proves it, Kickoxing will make it's way back with its exciting "Stand-Up"
Skills. When these opportunities come up though the question is, "Will
you pass them by?" These are not just Pro Fighters asking about
opportunities... Even Amateur Kickboxers have been calling. The opportunities
are there, however fighter's need to be able to spot the opportunity when it's
presented as well as "ACT" upon them.
Here's a story that seems to sum up the reality of missed opportunity, something we hope you won't ever do in your future...
There was an old man sitting on his porch watching the rain fall. Pretty soon the water was coming over the porch and into the house. The old man was still sitting there when a rescue boat came and the people on board said, "You can't stay here you have to come with us." The old man replied, "No, God will save me." So the boat left. A little while later the water was up to the second floor, and another rescue boat came, and again told the old man he had to come with them. The old man again replied, "God will save me." So the boat left him again. An hour later the water was up to the roof. A helicopter flew over, and the pilot called down to the old man, "I'll drop you a rope, grab onto it, and I'll get you out of here." Again to the old man replied, "No thanks. God will save me." The water rose and rose, and soon nearly covered the whole house. To the old man fell in, and drowned. When he arrived in Heaven, he saw God, and asked Him, "Why didn't you save me from that terrible flood? Did I not show you my faith?" With a loving but irritated tone God replied, "What more would you have me do? I sent people in two boats and a helicopter?"
FRIDAY, April 10th, 2009, AT 8:25 PM/ PST
Results From MFC 7's
"No Mercy For Pride"
March 4th, 2009 - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Defeats Solorio for IKF
Super Lightweight Title
By Bob Cohen OF Banderas News
Luis "Cobra" Perez of Mexico City defeated Carlos Solorio of Puerto Vallarta in the main event Saturday night at the Collage Club to claim the vacant IKF Mexico Super Lightweight Muay Thai title in a very close split decision. Each round of the five round bout was extremely close and often came down to who impressed the ring judges in the last seconds of each round.
It appeared that Perez, who was totally focused and never let his eyes move from Solorio, won the first two rounds, which meant that the Puerto Vallarta fighter needed to win at least two of the three remaining rounds. Solorio's best round was the third, in which he mixed sharp kicks with solid punches and defended extremely well. As the bell rang in the 5th and final round both fighters held their arms up in victory. The fight was completely tactical and unless there was a flash knockout or knockdown, it was obvious that the fight would go the distance and be decided on the scorecards.
For Solorio who saw his professional record drop to 19-8-2, it was a heartbreaking loss. Last October he had the title virtually won until an inadvertent kick caused the fight to be called a medical draw and the IKF reviewed the films and upheld the decision. Solorio, a Puerto Vallarta favorite and owner and professor of the Lanna Gym might not get many more title shots, as he is getting older and is not as dominating as he once was in the ring. Perez, who had beaten Solorio two years ago by TKO improved his professional record to 14-1, celebrated in the ring when the decision was announced as Solorio seemed shocked when his opponents hand was raised in victory.
In the semi-main event and only other professional fight on the card, Hector "Hierro" Uribe did enough to defeat Jesus "Moreno" Quintero from Leon, Guanajuato in a unanimous decision in their five round bout. With his brother Jose in his corner he tactically out pointed Quintero and came up with the offense needed to take the fight. Uribe who improved to 11-3-1 was spectacular defensively, seemingly dodging almost everything Quintero could offer.
The top amateur fight saw and energetic Alejandro Perez of Aguascalientes win a unanimous decision over Puerto Vallarta's David "Azteca" Mota. The decision shocked most of the 1000+ fans in attendance, as it appeared that Mota was the aggressor, but didn't score sufficient points to win the close match.
Other winners were Roberto "Duro" Murguia of Puerto Vallarta, Alfredo "Tony" Peña of Puerto Vallarta, Carlos "Charly" Aguilera of Puerto Vallarta, Apolinar "Poly" Yerena of Puerto Vallarta, Aldo Meza of Puerto Vallarta, Mahatma Garcia of Tepic, Jose Flores of Puerto Vallarta, and Yahir Landeros of Tepic. Alvaro Lopez of Puerto Vallarta and Omar Jazzo of Leon fought to a draw in the second bout of the evening.
The most successful gym was Tanai Luark Puerto Vallarta who won five bouts and lost three. Two of the three losses were opening bouts and the gym won 3 of 4 of the last amateur fights as well as the professional semi main event. Fighters came from destinations such as Mexico City, Aguascalientes, Leon and Tepic to participate in the event.
MFC Productions, "Muay Thai Fight Challenge" was successfully promoted by Jose Luis "Rayo" Uribe the owner and professor of Tanai Luark Gym. On hand at ringside was IKF Mexico Representative Felix Perez, owner of the El Torito Sports Bar and Restaurant. As the tourists are leaving Puerto Vallarta, we will see more Muay Thai and other fight action as venues are more available.
SPECIAL NOTE: IKF Mexico Promoter and Representative Felix Perez, was here at the IKF Headquarters today in Newcastle, California, USA. Perez and IKF President Steve Fossum set up the meeting to plan and confirm Perez' upcoming IKF World Title event to be held on November 15th, 2009 at the La Paloma Bull Ring in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
The Main Event will be for the vacant IKF Pro FULL RULES Muay Thai Super Lightweight World Title. The bout will feature two time IKF Mexico Champion Cesar "El Mego" Palomera (Right) Vs a challenger yet to be announced. Perez and the IKF are reviewing top contenders for this title. If interested, please contact the IKF to submit your qualifications by e-mail to: email@example.com
MORE IKF NEWS...
Results From Pat Rockett Martial Arts Academy's
March 4th, 2009 - Waterford, Ireland
MORE FOR FRIDAY, APRIL 10th, 2009
Can You Name Everyone In This Photo?
Here's a Hint...
The photo is related to NBC SPORTSWORLD on March 1984 which aired a Kickboxing World Title bout with Don Wilson and Dennis Alexio.
MORE FOR FRIDAY, APRIL 10th, 2009
Ed Freeman was a United States Army helicopter pilot who flew in the 1st Cav (Air Mobile) in support on Col Hal Moore and his Calvary Troopers. This intense battle of the Ia Drang Valley in 1965 was brought to the public eye in the movie "We Were Soldiers" with Mel Gibson in the role of Hal Moore. These Troopers and their support groups fought an incredible battle.
Imagine this during this battle... You're a 19 year old kid. You're critically wounded, and dying in the jungle in the Ia Drang Valley, 11-14-1965, LZ X-ray, Vietnam. Your infantry unit is outnumbered 8 - 1, and the enemy fire is so intense, from 100 or 200 yards away, that your own Infantry Commander has ordered the MediVac helicopters to stop coming in. You're lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns, and you know you're not getting out. Your family is 1/2 way around the world, 12,000 miles away, and you'll never see them again. As the world starts to fade in and out, you know this is the day..
Then, over the machine gun noise, you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter, and you look up to see an un-armed Huey, but it doesn't seem real, because no Medi-Vac markings are on it. Ed Freeman is coming for you. He's not Medi-Vac, so it's not his job, but he's flying his Huey down into the machine gun fire, after the Medi-Vacs were ordered not to come.
He's coming anyway. And he drops it in, and sits there in the machine gun fire, as they load 2 or 3 of you on board. Then he flies you up and out through the gunfire, to the Doctors and Nurses.
And, he kept coming back.... 13 more times..... And took about 30 of you and your buddies out, who would never have gotten out.
Freeman left Vietnam in 1966 and retired from the Army the following year. He flew helicopters another twenty years for the Department of the Interior, herding wild horses, fighting fires, and performing animal censuses. Then he retired altogether.
In the aftermath of the Ia Drang battle, his commanding officer, wanting to recognize Freeman's valor, proposed him for the Medal of Honor. But the two-year statute of limitations on these kinds of recommendations had passed, and no action was taken. Congress did away with that statute in 1995, and Freeman was finally awarded the medal by President George W. Bush (Left) on July 16, 2001.
Ed W. "Too Tall" Freeman
received the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, (Left)
for his actions in this Battle of Ia Drang during the Vietnam War.
Medal of Honor Recipient
Ed Freeman died on August 20th, 2008 at the age of 80, in Boise, Idaho, USA.
May God rest his soul.....
So WHY did we post this?
Some people deserve to never be forgotten...
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FRIDAY, April 3rd, 2009, AT 1:10 PM/ PST
THIS WEEKENDS IKF ACTION!
No Xclusions, Inc. Presents
"FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS!"
Jacksonville, Florida, USA
MORE IKF ACTION THIS WEEKEND!
Mr. Dave Marinoble Presents
"IKF Point Kickboxing"
Roseville, California, USA
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Pat Rockett Martial Arts Academy Presents
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MFC 7 Presents
"No Mercy For Pride"
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Pro MTR Mexico Super Lightweight Title
Carlos "Metralleta" Solorio VS Luis "Cobra" Perez
THURSDAY, April 2nd, 2009, AT 5:20 PM/ PST
Solorio Fights For
IKF Pro Muay Thai Title This Saturday Night
By Bob Cohen OF Banderas News
Carlos "Metralleta" Solorio of Puerto Vallarta will finally get his shot again at the IKF Pro Super Lightweight Muay Thai belt this Saturday night, April 4th at the Collage Club in the main event on a card that features 13 bouts. He will face Luis "Cobra" Perez of Mexico City in a rematch of a fight that Perez won two years ago when he opened a gash over Solorio's eye that rendered him defenseless and gave Perez a TKO.
At a press conference at El Torito Sports Bar, promoter Jose Luis Uribe of MFC Productions announced the participants of the "No Mercy For Pride". On hand was IKF Mexico Representative Felix Perez who was affiliated with the October 31st, 2008 "Triple Championship" in Puerto Vallarta that featured triple main event with title belts in Muay Thai in three weight classifications. Cesar Palomera and Gregorio Gabriel, both of Puerto Vallarta won their title belts. The third was the Carlos Solorio- Ricardo Neftali Garcia of Irapuato, Guanajuato bout.
Solorio controlled the fight from the start but at the close of the second round, after he sent his opponent to the canvas with a kick to the stomach, he instinctively followed with another kick. That kick landed on his back as he dropped to the canvas he flipped over and Solorio didn't have time to stop the inadvertent kick. The decision was a technical draw due to medical conditions. Solorio has been a warrior over the years in the ring and a gentleman as well and was disheartened with the turn of events. The title belt went unclaimed.
Solorio has a professional record of 19-7-2 and will be looking to avenge his loss to Perez who has a 13-1 professional record. Perez holds one belt currently; the Mexican Federation Kick Boxing title and is the WBC ex-champion in Muay Thai, his only professional loss. The IKF title has been elusive for the popular fighter from Puerto Vallarta and owner and professor of Lanna Gym. Carlos says he has been training well and is ready to claim the title.
The semi-main event has Puerto Vallarta Hector "Hierro" Uribe facing Jesus "Moreno" Quintero of Leon, Mexico in the lightweight division. Uribe is 10-3-1 as a pro and Quintero is 5-1.
The remainder of the card are all amateur bouts that will have local Puerto Vallarta fighters as well as fighters coming from cities in Mexico such as, Mexico City, Leon, Aguascalientes and Tepic. The top amateur fight will have Carlos Palomera of Lanna Gym facing David "Azteca" Mota of Tanai Luark Gym, both in Puerto Vallarta.
The professional bouts will be five rounds, three minutes each with a two minute rest between rounds. The amateur bouts will be three rounds, two minutes each with a one minute rest between rounds.
Pre-sale tickets will cost $180 pesos and tickets at the door will be $230 pesos. Tickets can be purchased at Tanai Luark Gym or Lanna Gym in advance or at the Collage Club. For information, call 293-7674. The fights begin at 7:00 PM.
BELOW STORY POSTED TODAY AT 3:00 PM/ PST
Battle of The
Just when we thought it could not get better! IKF Pro World Champion Fernando Calleros (Right) is set to host his first IKF Pro Event, "Battle of The Bad Girls" that will take place at the Highland High School Main Gym in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.
What makes this card so interesting is that all the top fights are Pro Full Muay Thai Rules Women's bouts! This will be the first ever such event in New Mexico History. Although there have been other All Women Main event cards in other parts of the United States (Las Vegas), this is the first of it's kind in New Mexico.
Every female fighter on the card is as Calleros has said, "Good, mean and Hot!" Even the ring announcer is Female. "I have heard through the Grapevine, awe Fernie (Calleros) is stupid Promoting an Event Like this, it will fail, it's all about MMA, blah, blah, blah and more blah!" Said Calleros. "I guess I could hate back, but I won't. Jessica Sanchez (Left) and I attend the Local MMA and Boxing Shows and pay full price and buy the best possible seats in the house to Support our local fighters. However, when I talk about this event, the other gyms (MMA & Boxing) just say it's going to fail... so much for local support."
That kind of attitude is OK with Calleros though. The main reason is that his current venue is already "Sold Out" with pre ticket sales that are forcing him to find a bigger venue. If he keeps his current venue it will mean those who did not already purchase tickets will miss out on the show.
"These other fighting styles and gyms can hate me all they want and keep believing I will fail. I told them all, Kickboxing was not DEAD, Muay Thai was not DEAD, yet they still think it is." Said Calleros. What's dead is the lack of kickboxing and Muay Thai Promoters in the united States. Prime example was last weekends Brian Schwartz' event, a "Sell Out" early in the event. Look at the 2008 IKF World Classic. Records were broke there in total number of attending fighters ever in the 10 year history of the Tournament.
"I have been planning and advertising this for a long time but now I hear rumors of other local Promoters looking to host ALL female events. That's cool, everyone knows where this came from, at least around here. They can't be 'First' but they can be 'Next'."
Calleros has no room for those asking for comp tickets, asking to be let in for free as a "Special Guest" so those who have been asking can just stop. His Champion Jessica Sanchez recently became the first ever Pro Female Muay Thai Champion in New Mexico. However her accomplishment was unrecognized in her home state which is flooded with MMA Gyms. "Kickboxing and Muay Thai is for wimps!" Claimed one gym owner. "REALLY?" We had to ask? Where do you think your "Stand-up" skills came from? What's more exciting in MMA right now, the ground game of "Stand-up?" Even the top MMA athletes know that "Stand-up" is what the crowd loves to see. So if your a die hard MMA Fighter, trainer or fan, you have to at least respect the stand-up game and of all the stand-up arts, ESPECIALLY Muay Thai!
This will be an exciting fight card from top to bottom. A much anticipated re-match with two Great Female Muay Thai fighters will feature Vanessa Ailing as she was granted her wish. A chance to avenge her close loss to undefeated Muay Thai Superstar, Amy Davis! "There were some heated words from both ends that would make this match-up exciting to any fight Promoter, Fighter or Fan!" Said Calleros. "I wont go into detail on what was said, however both ends want this fight BAD and both ends expect a KO. I'm just glad I get to go to the press conference and weigh ins, it may just go down at that time!"
On tap for the nights Main Event will be the quest for the vacant IKF Pro Muay Thai United States Featherweight title as New Mexico's own Jessica "Diamond" Sanchez will face off against multi time IKF Amateur Champion "Killer" Katie Meehan (Above Right) of Florida. All these bouts will be "FULL" Muay Thai rules. That's right, "Elbows and knees to the head!"
Also on the nights card will be a match-up of multi time IKF Campions as Multi Time IKF Tournament Champion (2007 & 2006 IKF Tournaments), Jennifer Han (Left) who will face another IKF Amateur Champion who just turned pro last year, Kayla Oudthone. (Right, 2005 IKF Tournament, and IKF Junior Amateur Girls International Rules Central Regional Bantamweight Champion) Jennifer has over 100 amateur bouts in kickboxing and boxing (AKB: 87-4, AB: 86-16) and has also been a part of the pro start-up fight company, the World Combat League.
"I can't wait for fight night!" Said Calleros. "There are a lot of Kickboxers and Muay Thai fighters out there looking for a place to fight, a home. I want them to know that New Mexico can be their home, their venue in the future. This is not my only planned event. Others are sure to follow and more and more talent will present themselves in this sea of MMA Events."
Lets talk FACTS for a moment... Stand-up never died. It was just left at the alter by a lot of Promoters that jumped over to MMA. Some are making money, some are losing money. One thing is for sure, It's a PROMOTERS MARKET for "STAND-UP FIGHTING" out there today and if you can't see it, you're NOT a Fight Promoter! We wish Fernando the best of luck on this event and Fernando, don't bother listening to the haters out there. Most certainly they are just Jealous you are doing what your doing. One thing is for sure, you will have the Big Chief looking over you from above, so do this one in honor of your late and great instructor, "Great Grand Master Bill Packer!" Make him proud!
FIGHTER NEEDED: Mr. Calleros is looking for a 103-105 lb. Pro Muay Thai Woman to make her Pro Debut or less than 2 Pro Bouts. If you are a trainer or fighter that can help fill this slot, please contact Mr. Calleros at (505) 450-4576 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
WEDNESDAY, April 1st, 2009, AT 9:10 PM/ PST
IKF World Classic Is Ready!
IKF Point Kickboxing Promises To Be Smoking!
Register Early, Get Airline Tickets and Hotel Rooms Early and SAVE $$$
July 24th, 25th and 26th will be here before you know it! If you don't know what these dates represent, then we must go out on a limb to let you know that there only the dates for the Premier Kickboxing Tournament in the United States! That's right, we are talking about the Eleventh Annual IKF World Classic that will be held on the aforementioned dates at the prestigious Marriott Hotel in Orlando Florida.
Last year over 200 fighters traveled literally from around the world to win the brass and prove that they were indeed the very best! This year, the action and level of competition will be no different! Fighters and camps from around the world are already requesting invitations daily and preparing to attend this truly golden glove's of kickboxing event. Plans are to make it yet another grand celebration of fisticuffs for the full contact fighters who will compete in three rule styles...Muay Thai, International Low Kick and Full Contact - High Kick Styles. Anyone who has ever attended this event knows that it is a first class event. It is perfect? No...but it is certainly an event worth traveling around the world for...so, we hope to see you and your camps there!
IKF Point Kickboxing...Wants
You at the IKF World Classic!
Strike it likes its Hot! Needless to say to anyone who frequents the pages of the IKF know how hot IKF Point Kickboxing is right now and how much it is growing. Trust us when we say, we are expecting our largest group ever in the third year of this semi contact portion of the IKF World Classic.
The first year was its inaugural and we still had fighters from as far as India and Canada although not a big event. Last year the PKB as it is called, was a major attraction for all of the fighters as camps crammed into the small make-shift arena to witness the action! Although the PKB is as always, semi contact and no knockouts, we had more advanced fighters than before and the jump kicks and impressive boxing combinations had onlookers in stitches and screaming to the top of their voices! Its was hot...but it will be hotter this year!
So, don't hesitate to sign up...deadlines for the full contact registration end early but the deadline for the IKF Point Kickboxing division will end at 5:PM on the 24th of July, which is Registration day of the Tournament. However, we would like to encourage you to register early. We have several commitments of camps bringing as many as 10 and 20 competitors and if this holds true, it will by far be our finest IKF PKB at the World Classic. Furthermore, your earlier registration will also assist us in buying an adequate amount of awards.
Get Ready Folks... We know there is a recession. However, keep in mind, the IKF has not raised the registration fee ($55.00) for the World Classic for the last "SEVEN" years! The best antidote for a little stress is a lot of fun and relaxation! Therefore, book those rooms and airline tickets now and save money to one of the world's hottest destinations...Orlando, Florida...Disney World! We look forward to seeing all you there! Forward March!
To register for either Muay Thai, International Low Kick
or Full Contact - High Kick, Click HERE.
To register for the IKF Point Kickboxing - Semi-Contact, Click HERE.
For all registration Deadlines Click HERE.
For more information on the IKF World Classic
and IKF Point
Kickboxing portion of the World Classic
Or for the PKB you can also e- mail Mr. Johnny Davis at email@example.com
MORE KICKBOXING NEWS!
Full Contact Inc.
Full Contact Inc. is excited to announce they have confirmed
Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson
for their upcoming IKF Kickboxing event in Indianapolis, Indiana on June 6th! This will be Thompson's first fight since injuring his knee over two years ago. His opponent will be confirmed soon. Tickets will be available soon on their website at www.FullContactInc.com
For more information on all their upcoming fights visit their
Full Contact Inc. is also looking for one more pro full contact, Muay Thai, or MMA bout, along with amateur bouts. If interested contact Dan "BamBam" Stell at (707) 372-0882 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org