Muay Thai Kingdom 1

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As many of you know, I’m a big supporter of the philosophy of the gentleman boxer, of sportsmanship and brotherhood of sport.  And in that spirit, Muay Thai Kingdom, promoted by experienced Muay Thai veteran “Michael “Chase” Corley” and backed by Boxing legend “Lou Savarese” and (www.savaresepromotions.com) was nothing short of amazing.

The Houston Athletic Fencing Center, located at 4997 W. Bellfort Houston, TX 77035 was sold out, packed with rowdy fans of Muay Thai and combat sports.

Muay Thai is unlike any other sport; the crack of every kick, punch and the smack of every hard sweep all mixing with the sounds of unified shouting and screaming “oh-ay!”, the chanting of athlete’s names, only matched by soccer fans, all creating a symphony with all the ferocity of a Pentecostal Tent Revival meeting, pushing the pace of the combat action in the ring. All the combatants were met with praise for a hard fought fight by the adoring crowd, win or lose, for all the sacrifice of blood, sweat and tears that these combat sports athletes made.

What happened Dec 13th, was definitely a special event that we hope to continue in the near future. If you missed Muay Thai Kingdom 1 (MTK1), then you missed out on one of the most definitive combat sport experiences you can have.

As a appetizer for MTK2, here is the recaps and articles posted by Mike “The Truth” Jackson, and Mike Mike Calimbas of TXMMA… Enjoy.

Mike Calimbas of TXMMA

http://www.txmma.com/muay-thai-kingdom-1-recap-pictures-and-videos/

Mike “The Truth” Jackson

 

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Burns Vs Fletcher

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If you haven’t already read one of our interviews with Ash, then your miss out on a good read. Ash is one tough girl, a warrior spirit and an exciting up and comer who’s had her share of up’s and downs in her career. She’s one of those fighter‘s that prides herself on putting on a good fight. I was lucky enough to share a locker room with her and DJ Miller, the Muay Thai Power Couple (Laughs).

Ash, you’ve been on here once before,  Would you mind sharing a lit bit more about your past, and how you’ve come this far?

(Ashley Burns)

I have been doing Muay Thai for about 2 years now and fell in love with it. Prior to getting into martial arts I was living quite a different life as a musician, singing and playing bass in a female punk/thrash band on a label and touring. When I decided to really take a break from the road I discovered Muay Thai which has been so rewarding for me, I plan to try and get as many amateur fights next year as possible and then go pro.

(TheFightersLife.net)

Incredible, you gave up the “band life” for this sport.

Sounds like you’re keeping yourself busy and putting in your road work as a fighter. I have to say that there is no substitute for fight experience, that’s for sure. And you’ve got a great goal.

I know you just fought for StriKingfights.com, would you catch us up to speed?

(Ashley Burns)

My last fight was with Colby Fletcher, and she is legit. She’s has great form, strong punches and kicks, and mixes it up a lot more than I was expecting. I was having a little trouble finding my range for my hands at first and was getting tied up a lot in the clinch, but finally around the 2nd round I started doing some “Sato” knees, and they were landing-flush. I could tell they were working at this point and at the 3rd round just kept coming in hard until that final knee caught her and it was an 8count, KO…my first KO. Felt like pure adrenaline.

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wow, congratulations on the KO! I know Colby is no scrub; she just picked up a dominating win over really good fighter from Saekson’s Gym in Dallas.

How did the rest of the Striking event go?

(Ashley Burns)

The overall event was awesome, my teammates did phenomenal and I was so proud of each of their performances.

(TheFightersLife.net)

Sounds like Striking did it again, by putting on another great event.

I know that you’ve had some gym shifting going on in the last year, catch us up to speed as you’ve recently settled down at you all’s new home.

(Ashley Burns)

I am fight out of Bonafyde MMA/Sidthilaw under Khru Chris Beasley, this was my second fight with my new trainer and this one felt much more connected for me. I am really getting settled at my new gym, it is a small crew of extremely dedicated fighters so the atmosphere is competitive and supportive. The last 8 weeks leading up to the fight I was able to cross train at my former gym and enlisted the help of a mind coach, Marvin Wilkerson, to really get focused. It was a winning combination!

(TheFightersLife.net)

Nice! Iron sharpens iron. I’m glad you’ve found a great place that works for you, and is being a great tool for you to stretch your wings and expand as a fighter.

In your fight, what were you expecting and what didn’t go as planned? (Laughs)

(Ashley Burns)

I was really expecting her to come out strong with primarily hands; when she started mixing it up I was a bit surprised. I had to adapt and start looking for combinations to land, and finally found some that were working.

(TheFightersLife.net)

You know, I’m very impressed, that shows a lot of ring maturity and ring IQ. You are definitely a cerebral fighter.  Continuing forward, what are your game plans for the future?

(Ashley Burns)

I am definitely going to try and rack up as many amateur fights as I can next year, so that when I go to Thailand I can have my first pro bout there or as soon as I return; I just want to get as much experience as possible. I would also like to try and start making some trips to more Muay Thai oriented cities and check out the training atmosphere there to make some connections. It is fairly difficult to get a lot of fights as a female Muay Thai fighter in Nashville, so if I want to take it further I am going to reach out to make that happen. I am always looking for ways to challenge myself!

(TheFightersLife.net)

(Laughs) that’s pretty awesome, sounds like you’ve got one hell of a game plan. Well, let us know if you and DJ are ever interested in swinging through Houston. We’d love to have you guys.

Now, aside for Muay Thai, is there any other projects behind the scenes that you’d be kind enough to share with us?

(Ashley Burns)

I recently connected with a non-profit “www.RedemptionMartialArts.com” to be a spokesperson for their anti-bullying organization and write a guest blog and just be an advocate and help get their amazing cause some funds to support kids and give them resources who are victims of bullying. I am extremely excited about being able to be a positive role model and help support such a wonderful cause. Thanks for the interview!! You are the best!

(TheFightersLife.net)

That’s pretty amazing; I wish more fighters would take an interest in their communities, like you have.  I think that’s a wonderful way to give back, as a Combat Sports Athlete, to stand up for kids that are being bullied and be a role model for kids that are missing that in their life.

Well, thank you once again. We look forward to your next performance.

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Fletcher Vs Burns

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Welcome to TheFightersLife.net, and today we have Colby Fletcher joining us.

Thank you for joining us, Colby.

Over the last year, you’ve put on a couple of great performances and scooped up a couple of good wins. For those that might not be familiar with your name, would you mind introducing yourself to our readers and sharing a bit of your back story?

(Colby Fletcher)

I started doing Muay Thai about 7 years ago when my mom married my stepdad (and coach), Ty Pilgrim. I started off just doing it to lose weight, but then I decided I wanted to get in the ring. I’ve had 3 Muay Thai fights.

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(The Fighters Life)

Just starting you combat sports career, would you tell us about your fight history, who were your past opponent’s, and details about how the match’s went?

(Colby Fletcher)

I don’t remember the name of my first opponent, but the second was Moshena (Saekson), and the third was Ashley Burns.

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(The Fighters Life)

I remember seeing the Moshena fight, and being blown away by your foot work and use of angles. That fight was a huge credit to your skills and to your coach Ty.

How did your preparation for this last fight go?

(Colby Fletcher)

The 8 weeks leading up to the fight was the time I really started concentrating on my breathing. I have had trouble with asthma in all of my past fights, so I really wanted to work on having it under control. I felt like I was doing well with pacing myself during the fight. My breathing was really good and I didn’t even have to use my inhaler (Laughs). My corner told me I just needed to close out the last round but Ashley’s knee found my liver. And that was that.

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(The Fighters Life)

It’s amazing, one minute your about to take the fight on points, and then next it’s snatched away. I think both of your girls put on an extremely technical fight, the boys could learn a lot from you two (Laughs).

What are the plans for your sports career’s future?

(Colby Fletcher)

I would really love to fight Ashley again because I feel like we were both able to showcase our skills, and it was a great learning experience for me. We talked after the fight and we decided we wanted to make another good show for the fans in January. Ashley is an amazing fighter, and a good friend of mine, so I’m definitely looking forward to seeing where she goes in her fight career as well. I hope to continue my fight career and hopefully bring home a belt one day.

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(The Fighters Life)

Well I for one see a great rivalry starting to grow, like the Arturo Gatti vs. Micky Ward, Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier and Pacquiao Vs Marquez rivalries. Soon, it’ll be Fletcher Vs Burns up there too. (Laughs) Any future fights you two do, will most definitely be very exciting.

I have to say sorry you didn’t get the win this time, but we’ll keep cheering you on. Keep up the good work, and even a loss is a step towards that title, as the experience can only make you better.

Thanks for spending your time with us Colby!

(Colby Fletcher)

Thank you so much!!

(Stay tuned, as we interview Ashley Burns later this week.)

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