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September 4th, 2012
It was another great night for Tiger Muay Thai and MMA Training Camp Phuket, Thailand with three fighters getting their hand’s raised by the end of each of their bouts Monday night (Sept 3rd) at Patong Boxing Stadium
Rober “The Terminator,” Justin Doabosiff, and Trevor Hicks all shined and put away their opponents by TKO, with Hicks and Doabosiff fighting on just a few days notice.
Hicks’ opponent, 30 year-old Valerio of Italy, was overpowered. The American knocked Valerio’s mouthguard into the second row of seats in the first round, signaling just how dominant TMT would be thought the night.
By the end of the second round, not only had Hicks relentlessly pummeled Valerio several times, he also threw him to the ground on his way to at TKO victory.
Robert “The Terminator,” one of TMT’s favorite and best known trainers (see highlight below), fought against 25 year-old Petmai of Thailand in a grueling fight. Robert kept closing in on Petmai, landing several kicks and elbows to the head.
By the end of the third round, Robert had opened a cut to the side of Petmai’s face – a weakness he would exploit in the fourth round. A jab, elbow, knee combination that Robert landed quickly took the life out of Petmai, and the referee stopped the fight in the middle of the fourth round.
Doabosiff was fighting in his third bout in a month. Coming off another victory just a week and a half ago, Doabosiff was matched up against 33 year-old Pomprakarm of Thailand, a veteran of nearly 70 fights. Doabosiff, who has only fought two other times in Thailand, was hell bent on continuing his winning streak.
In the second round, Doabosiff knocked his opponent to the ground with a strong right elbow, then pushed him to the ropes and boxed his face in. The referee stopped the fight in the third round after a succession of devastating knees to the body, giving Doabosiff his third victory.
September 2nd, 2012
The September 22 event will put Farber, currently the promotion’s Light Heavyweight champion, against Leonard Smith (4-5) who is coming down from the heavyweight tier of fighters.
Farber is a veteran of several Muay Thai fights and has made many trips to TMT earlier this year, training with Kru Robert “The Terminator.”
“I’ve been training with him since 2008, when I started coming out there,” Farber said, “His style is just good all around. He’s good to clinch with, good to spar with. He’s always available and he’s got great technique also.”
The fight will take place at the Valley Center on the San Pasqual Reservation, California. Farber, a UFC veteran, has won his last two fights.
“I’m just going to show up that day, put my hands up and hopefully take him out as quick as possible,” Farber said.
Farber also has a Muay Thai fight scheduled for November 10 in New York City.
September 1st, 2012
Asia’s biggest MMA promotion, ONE FC, held their event this past Friday in Manila, Philippines, with two of Tiger Muay Thai and MMA Training Camp Phuket, Thailand alums winning their bouts.
Shannon “One Shin” Wiratchai (3-0) scored a massive boost for his professional career when he defeated Mitch “The Dragon” Chilson (3-2) in the second round via TKO.
After spending most of the first round on his back, Wiratchai opened the second round with several high left kicks. He dropped Chilson, a 34 year-old American, with a strong right hook which was followed up with a soccer kick to the head, forcing the referee to stop the fight.
The victory is the biggest in Wiratchai’s career, after coming into the fight an underdog, and will certainly help boost Thailand’s profile in the MMA world. He returned to Thailand this evening (Sept. 1st) to celebrate with his trainers at BBQ Beatdown 51. The crowd went wild as he humbly thanked everyone for their support during his training camp at Tiger Muay Thai.
The New York Bad Ass” Phil Baroni (15-15) took care of business in the next fight, taking on Rodrigo “Ximbica” Ribeiro (9-9) in the octagon. Baroni finished the fight within one minute of the first round with a barrage of punches and several soccer kicks. “
Baroni’s victory, also ending in a TKO, is his first win at ONE FC after losing in the promotion’s first event in September 2011.
Multiple-time guest, Felipe Enomoto, fought a tough bout that went the distance and used several techniques he taught at a seminar just last week at TMT. However, he lost via decision against hometown hero Eduard Folayang. Still, Enomoto put on a great fight and made the decision for the judges a tough one.
September 1st, 2012
It was only a matter of time that the folks over at Strikeforce saw the amazing abilities of Tiger Muay Thai & MMA Training Camp Phuket, Thailand alum Cat Zingano (6-0).
The American, who has been ranked as the #1 female MMA fighter at 125 lbs and was voted Female Fighter of the Year in Colorado last year, will square up against Amanda Nunes (7-2 ) on September 29.
“As soon as you get to Tiger Muay Thai, it just draws you in, and I want to do everything,” Zingano told TMT earlier this year. She was here celebrating her wedding anniversary with her husband, Mauricio Zingano, and their son Brayden. While here, both Mauricio and Cat put on seminars.
Zingano was originally scheduled to fight in the Invicta FC 3 event on October 9, but with the latest move to Strikeforce the powers that be have agreed to let her out of her contract with the promotion. The Invicta FC 3 card will also include two other TMT alumni – Sarah D’Alelio and Elaina Maxwell.
The last time Zingano came to TMT, she ended up training for and winning her first Muay Thai fight in Thailand with a KO in the second round.
August 31st, 2012
Tonight’s (Aug 31st) One FC event in Manila, Philippines, will have Tiger Muay Thai and MMA Training Camp Phuket, Thailand’s imprint as three alumni compete in the event at the Smart Araneta Stadium.
Phil “New York Bad Ass” Baroni, Felipe Enomoto, and Shannon “One Shin” Wiratchai will be putting their mettle in the cage at ONE FC: Pride of a Nation tonight beginning at 7:30 PM, which you can watch here.
Baroni (14-15), a UFC and PRIDE veteran, is a multiple time guest at TMT and trained here before his first fight at ONE FC against Yoshiyuki Yoshida in September 2011. He takes on Rodrigo Ribeiro (9-8) this Friday. The NYBA has talked about training at TMT in the past, saying how therapeutic Muay Thai was for him.
“I stood like a Muay Thai fighter, fought like a Muay Thai fighter, sparred like a Muay Thai fighter. It was great – very therapeutic for me,” Baroni said. “I was in the ring and was getting really physical. Getting my body strong.”
Enomoto (6-4) has come to TMT for the past four years, putting on seminars, and taking advantage of the camp’s world class Muay Thai training. He will fight against hometown hero Eduard Folayang (11-2) with his brother, Yasubey Enomoto, in his corner along with TMT’s Rafael Lopes Pinto.
“I like the people. The training is really good. I love the weather and everything about this place,” Enomoto said recently, “(TMT) is always supporting us – always very helpful to (me and my brother).”
Wiratchai (2-0) is a recent addition to the ONE FC stable of fighters and one of the most highly regarded MMA prospects to come out of Thailand in recent years. He will be squaring off against American Mitch Chilson (3-1) and will have an entire country supporting him.
“I chose (TMT) because it has many pro fighters that can help me in my training,” Wiratchai said earlier this month as he arrived to TMT, “I would love to try and educate more (Thai’s) about MMA. I get a lot of support from them and one day I’d like to see MMA be on par with Muay Thai (in Thailand).”
August 29th, 2012
With Tiger Muay Thai and MMA Training Camp Chiang Mai, Thailand slated for a full grand opening by February, here is an in-depth look at the future of the camp from those who are in the know. With Muay Thai training already underway but numbers low, current guests are getting the kind of one-on-one attention from world champion trainers most only dream of!
Every week we will give you a glimpse into what TMT Chiang Mai is all about, how they are progressing, and everything in-between!
It began with a prayer…
You can’t build a house without a foundation, and for the TMT Chiang Mai accommodations there were no exceptions.
On July 2, a Buddhist Monk led TMT Chiang Mai staff and workers in a ceremony to bless the grounds of the soon to be accommodation area of the camp. (Below is what it currently looks like at TMT Chiang Mai- Photos by Paul Anthony Thompson)
The 2.76-acre camp will have 34-budget rooms on two floors with a plan for future expansion to four floors. On July 2, workers broke ground on the site and began building the foundation to what will eventually become the other home of Thailand’s best Muay Thai and MMA training camp. The rooms are expected to include a TV, dresser, DVD player, fan, and have wallet-friendly pricing.
Currently, TMT Chiang Mai provides world class Muay Thai training with Master trainer Kru Phet Chamainee and Rachadamnern Stadium Champion Kru Lamsongkram Chuwattana. Since the accommodation areas are still under construction, past guests have stayed in the following hotels near the camp, for more information please contact the camp directly here:
- Maerim Whale Park (about 9,000 Baht)
- Orawee Home
- Four Seasons Chiang Mai (about 15,000 Baht)
As it stands, the construction of the accommodation area does not affect the the training area since it is in a separate part of the camp. Since the camp is located in the Mae Rim area, several guests have stayed semi-locally and chosen the Maerim Whale Park about 4Km away, a cozy place where 9,000 Thai Baht a month will get you a tv, fan, and small refrigerator.
The TMT Chiang Mai accommodations are coming on fast, as workers are halfway through making the concrete uprights and frame for the building. Rainy season has slowed down construction a bit, but the official opening for the Muay Thai training portion of the camp is still on track for the next couple of months with the full opening only a few months after that!