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May 9th, 2013
No stranger to the cage, Tiger Muay Thai & MMA Training Camp Phuket, Thailand longtime guest Gokhan Turkyilmaz (9-6 MMA, 10-2 Kickboxing) is gearing up for another battle as he enters two separate tournaments in back-to-back weeks!
The 27-year-old Australian-Turk will fight tonight (May 10) at the Global Fighting Championships 2 Grand Prix in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The four-man, one night MMA tournament will be fought at welterweight (75 kg).
“I make sure that I am always fight ready,” he says, “the amount of training I’ve been doing for wrestling and standup I feel is really going to help me going into this.”
Just eight days later, on May 18, Turkyilmaz will travel to Instanbul, Turkey to compete in another four-man tournament, this time in kickboxing, with a chance to qualify for US$100,000 prize fight later this year. The tournament pits the best Turkish kickboxers against Europe’s most ferocious standup artists.
The potential to fight four times in two weeks is high as Turkyilmaz has been training like a madman recently, going 15 rounds in pads and sparring at times. Nothing new for someone who fought their first amateur kickboxing bout at 14-years-old and MMA at 16.
“It’s always a challenge when you fight. Some say it is crazy but I love it,” he says. “It’s another challenge, mentally. No fight is an easy fight. And I want to see how much I can push myself.”
Two tournaments in two weeks also increases the risk of injury. Turkyilmaz believes he is prepared to deal with whatever comes his way, though it is a concern.
“You’re always worried, but it’s funny I get injured more at training than I do in a fight, if that makes sense,” Turkyilmaz says as he laughs, “[injuries are] part of the sport. You have to keep on top of it, like a car. Maintain your car, if something is broken have to keep on top of it. I have gotten wiser with my recovery also, more ice baths and massages.”
Turkyilmaz is coming off a win against Troy O’Connor at the WRFC – Warrior’s Realm event in March. He won that bout by forcing his opponent’s corner to throw in the towel just after the second round.
The Tiger family wishes Turkyilmaz good luck as he takes on this difficult yet exciting task!
“I’d like to thank my sponsors, Tiger Muay Thai, Phuket Pro Nutrition, FTP Clothing, Yakuza Tattoo, and Elite Tattoo,” Turkyilmaz says.
April 27th, 2013
Chris Mesnard proved this during his second deployment to Afghanistan in 2011. Just 22-years-old at the time, the American gathered some buddies who were also part of the 3rd battalion, 3rd Marine regiment and created a makeshift gym out of equipment that was lying around.
“Surprisingly, a lot of the staff and some CO’s were not happy about having a fight gym. They thought people were going to get hurt,” Mesnard, a guest at Tiger Muay Thai & MMA Training Camp, Phuket Thailand says, “But the Colonel was cordial and he supported it 100%. Nobody got hurt, it was all good training.”
Mesnard (4-1) discovered MMA before enlisting as a Navy Seaman. After watching the entire first season of UFC’s The Ultimate Fighter, he decided to step into the gym and train. He’s the first to admit he had no idea what he was doing, but he would spar with other guys, figuring things out along the way.
This led to his first MMA fight at 18-years-old, a bout he won in 47 seconds of the first round via armbar. Three more fights followed, all wins. Then he enlisted in the Navy and became a corpsmen – treating wounded soldiers on the battlefield.
Training became an escape from the grind of war.
“It’s Afghanistan, so you’re going to patrols everyday. On your free time, you get to do whatever you choose with it. Some guys sit in their cot and watch movies. Others workout,” The Nebraska-native says.
After 8 months in Helmund Province in 2010, Mesnard was sent to the Pakistan-Afghanistan border (Forward Operating Base Delhi) for a similar amount of time.
“It was a bit larger so it had more resources. A couple of the other guys like to train as well so I started grabbing all kinds of gear: tires, chains, mats, gloves, bags, etc.,” he says, “we just built everything that we needed for circuits and fight conditioning.”
In temperatures that can climb upwards of 40 degrees celsius, the fact that Mesnard chose to train shows his love for the sport.
“It was just a nice escape. The entire time I’ve been in the military, my brain has been somewhere else,” he says, “Especially in Afghanistan, dealing with all that, you feel cooped up. It was a great way to get all your frustration and anger out.”
For now, Mesnard spends his days training Muay Thai and refining his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (since he is a blue belt) at TMT with trainers Robert “The Terminator”, Fernando Maccachero, and Roger Huerta. As a former training parter of UFC fighters Jake Ellenburger and Houston Alexander, Mesnard also says he’d like to get back into that grind when time allows.
“I want to train full-time, I want to fight. I still keep in touch with the guys I trained with (during deployment) and it’s always on the back of my mind what we’ve been able to accomplish in a war zone,” he says.
April 17th, 2013
The best is yet to come for young Tiger Muay Thai and MMA Training Camp Phuket, Thailand fighter Kaiwhare Kara-France. As part of the TMT MMA Fight Team, Kara-France will be participating in his first bout under the black and orange on April 27 at Legend FC 11.
The event, which will take place at the Chin Woo Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, will host Kara-France’s (5-2) third bout for Legend FC. The 20-year-old won his last bout against Sam Chan via guillotine choke in the first round.
On April 27, Kara-France will take on Danaa Batgerel (3-1), a 23-year-old Mongolian fighter who is known as a striking specialist. Kara-France is an all-around fighter who is both explosive and powerful for someone so young.
Kara-France won a spot on the TMT MMA Fight Team last November after a two-day tryout period, which you can WATCH HERE.
April 12th, 2013
On the eve of Songkram, there are several of Tiger Muay Thai & MMA Training Camp Phuket, Thailand alumi and fight team members preparing for another war on the canvas. It’s a worldwide affair and TMT is continuing to make its mark in the fight world.
Our TMT Muay Thai Fight Team has been pulling double duty to prepare for their bouts on April 20-21 in Malaysia.
Marcel Gaines, Matthew Semper, Ncedo Gombo, and Eric Bradach will be competing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Gaines and Bradach both fought in Malaysia back in December, along with fellow fight team member Jonny Betts.
Ncedo, the newcomer to the team, has already racked up an impressive string of wins, including a title at the AITMA World Championships in Ayutayah in late March. As the most experienced member of the team, Semper will look to capture another win as he closes in on his 50th fight.
TMT Alum Sonya Lamonakis (7-0) is the no. 1 ranked heavyweight women’s boxer on Boxrec.com and was last in Phuket earlier this year preparing for two bouts. The first will take place on April 13, against Martha Salazar (11-3) in Sacramanto, California, USA. Her nickname is “The Scholar” because she is also a grade school teacher in several different subjects and only started boxing at the age of 27.
WATCH THE FIGHT BY CLICKING HERE.
Making her UFC debut is Cat Zingano (7-0), a TMT alum who celebrated her wedding anniversary last year in Phuket: holding seminars and fighting Muay Thai. As the former no. 1 ranked fighter in the world at 125-pounds (56 kg), she takes on Miesha Tate (13-3) at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale on April 13 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. This 135-pound grappler has a chance to fight for the UFC Women’s title against Ronda Rousey with a win.
Gokhan Turkyilmaz (7-7) has been training at Tiger Muay Thai & MMA Training Camp Phuket, Thailand since our MMA tryouts late last year. He recently won a bout via TKO in the second round in March, and is looking to continue his streak on May 10 when he fights in Dubai at 7pm.
Young fighter Will Chope (15-5) is a TMT alum who will fight on April 27 in the biggest MMA promotion in the Philippines, the Universal Reality Combat Champship (URCC). The fight takes place in Manila; check out a teaser for the bout here.
April 10th, 2013
It was an action-packed weekend for Tiger Muay Thai & MMA Training Camp Phuket, Thailand with two of our MMA fighters making their debut in Australia, a TMT alum winning her bodybuilding competition, and our Muay Thai fighters making a name for themselves right here at home.
American Eric Bradach, Thai sensation Saeksan, and South African newcomer Ncedo Gombo all had a war in the Muay Thai ring at Nakok Market on Sunday, April 7. Bradach took on a larger, more powerful opponent. After getting dropped in the first round, he came back in the later rounds to tie up the score card only to lose by split decision.
Saeksan had another war of knees and elbows with Rawee. Both men fought hard but ultimately Rawee took the match on points.
Gombo, who won his division in the AITMA World Muay Thai Championships just a few weeks ago, earned “Fight of the Night” honors after his win against a much larger and skilled opponents. The five-round war can be seen below.
In other news, TMT alum and multiple-time guest Becky Wright placed first and third in her very first bodybuilding competition at the Miami Pro World Championships in England this past weekend. Wright came first in the Muscle Model category and third in the Fitness Model category against 20 other women.
Wright made TMT her home for the past few months, training hard and becoming a constant fixture around the camp. Next up, the 28-year-old will compete at the Fit Factor Competition at the Body World Expo in May.
In MMA, both Cody “The Wolverine” Stevens and Ben Nguyen won their fights at Roshambo 1 in Brisbane, Australia on April 6, with Nguyen taking home “Fight of the Night” honors. With Tiger’s MMA Head Coach Brian Ebersole by their side, both men brought back W’s for Team TMT after some exciting bouts.
Stevens (10-5-1) defeated Greg Atzori (7-5) via submission in the second round after spending much of the fight on top. Nguyen (8-6) claimed victory against Greg Penaloza (3-3) in the second round as well, through TKO, and came out of the fight virtually unscathed.
Both fighters made the Tiger Muay Thai MMA Fight Team late last year after a grueling two-day tryout, which you can check out here.
In other news, TMT alum Fiona Muxlow took on Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos at Invicta 5 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA on April 5. Though Muxlow lost the bout in the first round, we would like to congratulate her on a fantastic effort and know that she will bounce back better than ever!
April 4th, 2013
Don’t miss this weekends MMA Madness at the Tiger Grill. Watch Tiger Sponsored Shannon Wiratchai fighting Bashir Ahmed Friday at 8:00PM in One FC with the main event being the Lightweight World Championship fight between Shinya Aoki vs Tiger Muay Thai Alumni Kotetsu Boku!
Saturday at 7:00 AM it’s time for Invicta FC with Tiger Muay Thai sponsored Fiona Muxlow cornered by Roger Huerta will be facing off with Cris Cyborg!
Then Sunday at 9:00 its UFC on Fuel wich was set to be Gustafsson vs. Mousasi but Gustafsson suffered a cut in training last week and didn’t get cleared to fight. Stepping up on, for a main event, record short notice is fellow swede and major underdog Ilir Latifi!
Don’t miss the MMA Madness weekend at the Tiger Grill!