LK3 Houston

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Legacy Fighting Championship recently released their line up for the following LK3 event, set to take place at the Bayou Music Center in downtown Houston Texas.

Main Card (AXS TV):

135 – Anke Van Gestle (22-3) vs. Valentina Schevchenko (56-1)

205 Quarterfinals – Andres Van Engelen (8-1) vs. Danny Mitchell (4-1)

205 Quarterfinals – Manny Mancha (11-2) vs. Fernando Almeida (9-1)

160 – Richard Abraham (6-2) vs. Daniel Kim (4-2)

140 – Justin Houghton (6-2) vs. Angel Huerta (5-1)

140 – Jordan Wieland (21-3) vs. Samuel Mongonia (16-3)

Prelims:

154 – Adam Edgerton vs. Nethaneel Mongonia

125 – Andrea Lee vs. TBD

170 – RJ Knepp vs. Mike “The Truth” Jackson

135 – Bobby Bradshaw vs. Akira Smith

135 – Alexiz Chavarria vs. Dulani Perry

185 Amateur – Marcus Johnson vs. Jacob Rodriguez

105 Amateur – Emily Scmitt vs. Bi Nguyen

145 Amateur – Oliver Jimenez vs. John Miller

the card should prove to be a very exciting night of talented fighters, all looking to show case their abilities.

you can get further info here http://www.LKfights.com

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Muay Thai Kingdom 1: The Peoples Fight of the Night

Muay Thai Kingdom 1: The Peoples Fight of the Night

MTK1 was a very exciting night for Muay Thai, and combat sports fans. we’ll be electing Fight Of The Night.

Please take a second to let us know who you, the people, want to take this title home.

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MTK2 line up!!!

Muay Thai Kingdom
Few more added to March 22 (pending TDLR) Adding just a couple more. texasmuaythai@gmail.com

1) Bebe Laced (4oz) Crystal Knepp (Furia)
2) Oliver Jimenez (Izzy Camp) Robert Bailey (TT – C)
3) Jesus Alvarado (4oz) Demetrius Hall (Shin to Bone)
4) Birdie Carrasco (Shin to Bone) Jacqueline Williams (4oz)
5) Chadrick Turner (Twin Wolves) Alvin Perez (SitSiam)
6) Colbey Northcutt (4oz) Brittany Robertson (AKATX)
7) Joel Verdin (Shin to Bone) Ryan Baker (Mousel)
8) Terrance Johnson (Revolution) Matt Witherspoon
9) Parker Reid (Vongphet) Uriel Figueroa (Revolution)
10) Gabriel Lemus (Vongphet) Jennifer Guerrero (Revolution)
11) Joel Haesecke Chris Jackson (SBA/IZZY Camp)
12) Joshua Cabiya (AKATX) Chris Perez (GBTW)
13) Roland Rodriguez (Pinnacle) Paul Garza (Team Tooke)
14) Samuel Whitman (Vongphet) Ali Salami (GB Westchase)

taken straight form their page.
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Yo soy Roman Christofer Molina Jr

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(TFL) Welcome back to TheFightersLife.net, a Muay Thai blog-site dedicated to building and high-lighting Houston and Texas Muay Thai talent.

Today we have Roman Molina with us. Roman, who was previously ran over by a truck; refusing to allow that from stopping him from compete in the sport he loves, returned to the ring to put on an exciting fight at “Muay Thai Kingdom 1” back in December.

Roman has been around the Houston scene for quite some time, both in martial arts and in the Music Scene of Houston. In the past Roman had a lot of success in the music industry as front man for hardcore band “The Last Star Fighter”, now Roman is taking his learned skillsets and applying them to the sport he loves “Muay Thai”.

Roman, thanks for hanging out with us, congratulations on a great showing. Let’s get the ball rolling. Share a bit about yourself?

(Roman Molina) Yo soy Roman Christofer Molina Jr. I came out of the womb and teeped the Dr. (Laughs) I’ve been training Muay Thai for around 5 years, and some other “fighting” stuff a little longer.

(TFL) (Laughs) Tell us a bit about your home gym, how long have you guys been around and where is it located?

(Roman Molina) King’s MMA has been around a little less than a year, but I’ve trained with Kru Ali at a few other gyms for some time. King’s is on Richmond and Fondren.

(TFL) So you’ve been working with Ali for a while, care to share a bit?

(Roman Molina) Kru Ali is from Jordan. He’s a great guy and great coach. He has coached and fought all over the world; true international player. The only thing he cares more about then his fighters is Muay Thai. ‘PURE’ Muay Thai, as he always says…that and animal crackers. He doesn’t always know the correct english word for what he is trying to relay, so it can make for some pretty awkward moments, which are always awesome.

(TFL) What is it about Muay Thai that attracts you to this sport so much?

(Roman Molina) I love the tradition of the sport. I love the sharpening of the mind and body. I love the violence. I love when you see another fighter at Chick-Fil-A and he sees your Fairtex hoodie and you both wai. I love the camaraderie that comes from punching your brothers in the face.

(TFL) I agree, there is a wonderful and positive culture of sportsmanship and brother/sisterhood that is hard to find. You fight each other, become friends, joke around, cross spar and even fight each other again. I love the culture of camaraderie across gyms and all the teamwork that it takes to build a fighter.

How did your last fight for MTK1 go?

(Roman Molina) My last fight was a lot of fun. Muay Thai Kingdom did a great job on the event and the show. I lost a split decision. I know everyone who loses a split decision says they think they won, but I was a little surprised by the decision. However, I know that I should have definitely done more. That’s what always bugs you after a loss like that. Either way, I had tons of fun and I landed some of my favorite techniques; jump knee, backfist, a few throws. I was also really astounded by the amount of support I got from my friends, family, and gym family. I made a lot more friends from the fight as well. The last sanctioned fight I had before this one was at the IKF in Florida. I was pretty stoked to be there because it was my first fight since being run over by a truck. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to fight after that, but I made it back there. I won the first round and lost the second round to the dude who ended up winning the belt.

(TFL) I find that’s the best attitude about the Muay Thai culture, it’s about just getting in there and put on a good fight. Quite often, your performance is more important than the win itself.

Going forward, what’s your game plan for the future?

(Roman Molina) I plan to fight as much as I can before I’m too old. I fear that point is rapidly approaching! I plan to test in Thailand for a Kru title and coach.

(TFL) That’s a great plan, brother. Just keep fighting and getting experience. A Kru certification is a wonderful goal; there are a lot of great active gym’s that have “mentorship” programs.

Any training buddies we should be on the lookout for coming out of your school?

(Roman Molina) Yezir!

Grant ‘The Diamon’ Garnett. He’s 11 years old, and he is already tearing it up.

Morgan Oriahi is a beast. He works like a maniac and he is on the card for the next Legacy.

Also Roger Rodriguez, we train together a lot. He’s got desire and the dedication. He’s going kill.

(TFL) That’s some good people to put on our radar. Are you excited about the upcoming Muay Thai Kingdom card?

(Roman Molina) Heck ya man! The last one was RAD. Whether I’m on the card or not, I’ll be there.

(TFL) That’s great, support is key to the continuing success of Muay Thai in Houston.

Anything else you would like to add?

(Roman Molina) Eat your veggies.

(TFL) works for me! (Laughs)

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Oliver Jimenez of Izzy Camp

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(TFL) As normal, welcome back to TheFightersLife.net where we cover up and coming Muay Thai talent in Texas, Oklahoma and the surrounding states. Today we have Oliver Jimenez from Izzy camp, which made a great showing, and pulled out a close win over a more experienced opponent at MTK1

Oliver, Thanks for being here, tell us a little bit about yourself and how long you’ve been training?

(Oliver Jimenez) I’m 19 right now, going to turn 20 on Feb 7th, and what can I say about myself… I love competing, I love to train and get better every day and it’s in my culture to be a fighter. I have been training with Khru Izzy for 8 months now.

(TFL) Yeah, Izzy is a great guy and a good coach. We interviewed Izzy when he first opened up Izzy Camp. Would you remind us how long Izzy Camp has been open, and what part of Houston do you all hail from?

(Oliver Jimenez) The gym is going to be one year old as of Feb 2014, and we’re located in Pasadena Tx.

(TFL) tell us about your coach and facilities?

(Oliver Jimenez) My coach is Isael zuniga or Khru izzy. Man, what “can” I say about this man… he’s changed my life in a positive way, and he always motivates us and teaches us by example. We don’t know what giving is, in our gym because of him.

(TFL) That’s wonderful; a coach that leads from the front is the best kind. You never have an excuse when your coach is running and training next to you. Leading by example is the highest form of leadership.

So what attracts you to this sport so much?

(Oliver Jimenez) What attracts me to the sport is how competitive it is. There no such things as a boring fight in Muay Thai, in my opinion. Growing up in the Mexican culture, boxing has always been big and I always watched it growing up. However, once I found out what Muay Thai was, I guess with it being more violent, that kind of drew me more into it. I also love the cultural aspect to it too, and I owe that to Khru Izzy.

(TFL) (Laughs) It’s funny you mention boxing. My grandfather and father boxed, but I never was interested in boxing until I did Muay Thai. I think the two sports run hand in hand.

Tell us about your fight history, your last fight and how it all went?

(Oliver Jimenez) I’m currently 1-0. My last fight was on Dec 13th, at Muay Thai Kingdom, and I won by a split decision. It wasn’t how I wanted to win, but I’ll take it.

(TFL) (Laughs) I understand that, no body every likes a split-win. But at least it was a great back and forth fight. You two were pretty evenly matched, and that makes for an exciting fight.

What are your plans for the future?

(Oliver Jimenez) My plans for the future is to keep training hard and hopefully keep getting more victories under my belt, and help the sport grown in Texas.

(TFL) Those are wonderful goals; we’ve got some great momentum behind us, and its guys like you, stepping up to bat that are driving that momentum.

Any training buddies we should be on the lookout for coming out of your gym?

(Oliver Jimenez) Yes, my teammate Chris Jackson. I guarantee you he will keep giving the people some great knockouts. Angel Benavidez is a monster, and people will love his style of fighting.

(TFL) Yeah, Chris Jackson has a very exciting style. It was hard for me to watch that fight, because Jeremy is a friend of mine (Haha) and sometimes friends fight each other. One reason I love Muay Thai is because it’s not personal, it’s just a sport.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

(Oliver Jimenez) I just wanted to add that I want to thank all my friends and family, my khru, my teammates, and a thank you to angel benavidez, isai cabrera, chris jackson, omar hillail, jose lluvano for helping me work hard

(TFL) Keep up the great work guys.

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StriKing Champion representing orginization at Lion Fight 10

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(TFL)
As always, it’s a pleasure to have DJ back with us on TheFightersLife.net and welcome back!
Last we spoke you had just vindicated yourself against Eric Haycraft’s fighter, Adam Edgerton, and took the StriKing Junior middleweight title. (www.Strikingfights.com)
that gold strap looks good on ya!
Tell us what you’ve been up to since last we spoke?

(DJM) I’ve recently switched gyms and intensified my training taking on 7 day a week training camps and working on my boxing a whole lot more

(TFL) How has training been going?

(DJM) Training has been going very good. I’m waking up every morning anxious to knowing where my athleticism will be taken everyday.

(TFL) What changes have you made recently to your game?

(DJM) boxing, boxing, and boxing, really looking to showcase what I’ve learned by utilizing my hands a little bit more.

(TFL) I see you’ve got a huge shot at a pro qualifier fight with Lion Fights?

(DJM) Yes I do. I’ve taken this fight on short notice, but with the way my gym trains, I’m pretty much training for a championship bout everyday regularly. So it will be a great opportunity and a great experience.

(TFL) You must be excited. Tell us your reaction when you where given the opportunity?

(DJM) I literally froze. I woke up to a text message by StriKing promoter Ty Pilgrim, asking if I wanted to fight on Lion Fights amateur card. I re-read the message five times and couldn’t believe what I was being asked. The feeling was amazing

(TFL) Who are you fighting, and what school are they from?

(DJM) I’m fighting Niko Ruiz from Saekson Muay Thai. Saekson Janjira is a legend and one of my all time favorite fighters. I know he trains every one of his fighter’s very well so I’ll know Ruiz will come with an A game, which is what I want.

(TFL) What do you know about your opponent’s style?

(DJM) From the footage I found on him I’ve noticed he likes the clinch very much. I also love the clinch, but I will aim for keeping the fight at my distance so I can work my skills and put on a good show for the fans.

(TFL) Tell us a bit of your training and fighting history, where you started and where you are now?

(DJM) My training is vigorous, a combination of sprints, circuit/weight training, bag work, boxing drills, body conditioning, it’s the complete package. My very first fight was in a club. I climbed up the ladder for a short time by knocking around MMA guys trying to do Muay Thai until I finally started get matched up with kickboxers, and it all has just been getting better from that point. I’ve watched Lionfight on TV and the internet and it’s so surreal that I am actually going to be a part of it.

(TFL)
As a Muay Thai fighter, we often have to work more and spend a lot of money fighting as amateurs, with little pay off… There’s no UFC for us. How long of a road has it been for you?

(DJM) It’s been a long road. I’ve been training and fighting for 4 years and have dreamed of traveling the world and competing as a Muay Thai fighter. To me it’s not about the money, it’s about a passion. I don’t have to have a 10 story house with 5 Ferraris in the driveway, As long as I’m able to do what I love, that’s my payout

(TFL) Well DJ, it’s great to have you back… we’ll be cheering you on at #Lionfight10 and #TFL

(DJM) Thank you, I’ll keep everyone posted via Facebook, right after security yanks me off of Yodsanklai. (Laughs)

(TFL) Don’t forget to catch DJ’s fight and many other great Muay Thai fights July 26th at Lion Fight 10 on AXS.TV

Follow the conversation at @NMONGONIA #Lionfight10

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Michael Corley spar night

Corley Spar Night

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This past Saturday night was a monumental event for the Houston area fight scene, as several local Muay Thai gyms from and around the Houston area got together to sharpen their skill sets against one another in friendly hard sparring.
Gyms present were 4oz, Gracie Barra Woodlands, Gracie Barra West Chase, Team Tooke, American Combative systems, George Prevalsky’s Muay Thai (Dallas Tx), and yours truly Revolution Dojo Houston.
(If your gym was at the event and wasn’t mentioned, send me you alls name so that I can update this list)
The crowd was excited, and had a blast, cheering “ohaaaay!” With every big kick, knee and punch landed.
Among all things, the gym’s that came out, put on a wonderful display of talent, skill, team work and sportsmanship.
I am very proud of the Houston Muay Thai scene today, as I believe Michael Corley opened the door for a growing talent pool to use and sharpen their skill sets, while having a lot of fun. As I always, say “Iron sharpens Iron”.
As for my team, I couldn’t be more proud of everyone’s performance. As always, I’m constantly critiquing myself and my fighters. This night was not only a great display of their abilities, but a great opportunity to implement continual improvement.
Jose did a great job of staying calm, collected and composed. Something that takes many fighters years to do.
I think our boy is a natural (don’t let it go to your head, Jose.)
Woody did great implementing his combo skills that he’s been working on, and staying in the pocket more.
Jenn did great, landing her punches and delivering her power and following her combos with kicks.
And Sam did great being a more tactical and an intelligent fighter.
Sadly, I didn’t get to hop in the ring, but sometimes I have more fun seeing the fruits of our labor blossom before me, and yelling “ohaaaay!”

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