March 12th, 2013
TMT Alumni fight UFC and ONE FC on April 5
Ben “Benny Blanco” Alloway, an Australia MMA fighter and a veteran of The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes (2012) will be taking on 29-year-old up-and-comer Ryan LaFlare (7-0) at UFC on FUEL TV 9. Alloway is a multiple-time guest of Tiger Muay Thai, with 6 KO’ victories and 4 wins by submission. The Australian’s last bout was against fellow TUF cast member Manuel Rodriguez, where Alloway won with a devastating front kick which won him “Knockout of the Night” honors (video below).
On the other side of the world, three Tiger Muay Thai alums will battle it out in the ONE FC 8: King of Champions event in Singapore, including main eventer Kotetsu Boku (20-7-2). Boku will put his Lightweight title on the line against submission master Shinya Aoki (32-6).
Arnaud “The Game” Lepont (9-2), who trained at Tiger Muay Thai in preparation for his ONE FC main event fight last year, will be taking on Eddie Ng (5-1). This will be the third ONE FC fight for Lepont, who is based in Malaysia. He has won seven of his fights via submission and will be looking to bounce back from a loss.
Shannon “One Shin” Wiratchai (2-0), a Thailand-native and frequent Tiger Muay Thai guest, will fight Bashir Ahmad (1-0). Wiratchai was a huge underdog coming into his first ONE FC fight last year, but was able to defeat Mitch Chilson with a soccer kick. ONE FC officials later deemed the kick illegal, scratching the win from Wiratchai’s record. The young Thai will be looking to continue his winning streak and make a strong impression in Singapore.