Posts Tagged ‘Fighters’

Photo by Bob Fisher @Pugilpix.com

Malaysian Invasion League 7: Date January 6,2017

Location: The Paradigm Mall in Selangor, Malaysia

Co-founder, and head photographer John Walsh continues his travels through Asia documenting the world of combat sports. His most current assignment found him in Kuala Lumpur, in Malaysia for the latest edition of MiMMA Malaysian Invasion. The unlikely location (at least for American fans), of The Paradigm Mall served as the backdrop as the 32 fight bout card that Tapology had scheduled, ended up only producing 9 fights, but they certainly entertained those navigating between Sephora and the Orange Julius (just kidding, I cannot confirm or deny the presence of such a relic).

Once the event started, and the cage door closed everything became familiar. Check out John Walsh’s gallery below. And make sure you follow his journey on Instagram: clinchpikz@instagram.com and follow his partner in crime Bob Fisher @pugilpix.com as well.

 

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American Natalie Morgan spreads her wings at the Muay Thai Angels tournament in Bangkok, Thailand.

Photos By: John Walsh

In the final four of the Muay Thai Angel’s tournament in Bangkok, Thailand, Yolanda Schmidt was able to emerge as champion after squeaking out a narrow decision over former champion Chommanee Taehiran. Schmidt was able to rely on her size and athleticism as Chommanee’s output waned her speed faded in the later rounds. The decision, albeit an unpopular one, earned Schmidt 1 Million Baht for her efforts, and a brand new car to carry her loot in case they paid her in change.

Although coming up short in two hotly contested decisions American Natalie Morgan proved by going the distance with eventual champion Yolanda Schmidt, and in her loss to Namtan Por that she belonged among the top fighters in the world. With less than a year of experience as a pro, Morgans stock is certainly on the rise.

Our very own John Walsh was on hand at the  Sports Authority of Thailand Stadium (การกีฬาแห่งประเทศไทย) in Bangkok, Thailand. Below is the gallery.

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The History Making Liver Kick

The History Making Liver Kick

By: Jonathan M King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

Spar Star MMA Thanksgiving edition was another well balanced mixed martial arts event featuring some of Southern California’s top young talent. Mel Valenzuela carefully crafted an intricate fight card that show cased some of the best gyms in the area. Tapout LA, 10th Planet, DogPound MMA, BJMUTA, Systems Training Center, NZT MMA, The Sweat Shop, and Chad George’s new CMMA are just a few of the teams that were represented.

Farren Romero made MMA history when she captured the inaugural Spar Star MMA Bantamweight title, after she was able to fell a very tough Danielle Mack with a cirrhosis endusing liver kick. Mack did her best to retreat and recover, but her efforts only fueled Romero’s advance as she flurried with straight punches that went unanswered. After the volume of strikes continued from Romero, the referee stepped in to save her from further damage. The victory for Romero was certainly sweet, however each title carries with it a target. With a cadre of young hungry fighters coming through the amateur ranks, Romero will have to continue to improve is she hopes to retain that new shiny belt!

In the evenings co-main event, Tapout LA’s Daniel Rodriguez took on Hayastan/Defiant Gym’s Hakob Ter Petrosyan. Petrosyan looked to establish his range early on however Rodriguez had other plans. A nice left hand from instigated a lazy take-down attempt from Petrosyan that was stuffed easily. Once Rodriguez cleared the legs the ground and pound came raining down. After a few more unanswered shots referee Frank Trigg stepped in to call a halt to the bout. Rodriguez maintains his unblemished record (6-0) as an amateur and is looking to hopefully parlay this latest win into a shot for a pro contract.

Rodriguez like the rest of the Spar Star roster of amateurs are certainly in the right spot. Just a over a year ago Systems Training Center’s Albert Morales captured Spar Star gold, now after completing his amateur career Morales is set to make his debut on one of the grandest of stages. Morales will be fighting for Bellator MMA in January against fellow Spar Star MMA Champion Fabian Gonzalez. Gonzalez and Morales are just the latest Spar Star Alumni to make graduate to the next level. They now join Ron Henderson and Jonathan Santa Maria as the latest fighters to make the leap from the local So Cal fight scene.

Spar Star is more than just a promotion. Or maybe they just properly define the term. Simply put Spar Star MMA promotes fighters. If you can do well in their cage, odds are you will do well in any cage. Promoter Tony Padilla has created a juggernaut, a snowball rolling downhill gathering steam, soaking up talent and spitting out stars. The Morales, Henderson, Santa Maria, and Gonzalez signings to Bellator are a direct result of his work. In other words, as a promoter, he promotes. Not just his show, or his brand but the fighters themselves as well. And not only when they fall under his umbrella, even after the a fighter has outgrown the Spar Star playground, Padilla stay invested. Padilla says it best himself when he says “Spar Star is a family!” As the head of that family, nothing gives the father more pride than seeing his children succeed!