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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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By: Jonathan M. King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

If you have watched a Joe Schilling fight once your hooked. As a fight fanatic I find him to be the combat sports equivalent of heroine. Each fight leaves you craving another. His Glory days always satisfied my voracious habit, because I knew he was fighting at least three times that night! Schilling possesses tremendous skill but there is something else about the man that makes you love the fighter.

Making his transition back to mixed martial arts from kick boxing, Shilling changes his venue as well, from the ring to the cage. Welcoming him in his transition was Melvin Manhoef. A man who has made a career out of switching back and forth between disciplines. Manhoef came out hot and landed right away. Schilling appeared tentative at first, but weathered the first barrages from Manhoef.

Manhoef somehow brought the fight to the ground where he looked to drop some heavy fists. Schilling was very close to being stopped as several blows prompted the referee to move in close. However, Schilling survived by rolling through and closed his guard around Manhoef who could not seem to break posture.

The second frame began with both fighters trading back and forth. Then as if a switch were thrown, the lights went out and the fight was over. Schilling after eating a few punches appeared to tense up before unloading a IQ changing right hook that removed Manhoef from consciousness as he fell prone to the ground. Referee Mike Beltran dove in to prevent further damage but Schilling had already walked off, himself a witness too the big KO.

The win not only reestablishes Schilling as a mixed martial artist, it also comes at a very difficult time for the young father of two. Leading up to the fight, Schilling lost his father to cancer. A fighter to the end, Joe’s father found redemption in his son and pride in his forgiveness. The loss echoed Schillings thoughts leading up to the fight. As if that grief was not enough, Schillings cousin also passed away tragically before the fight.

Joe Schilling has a long way to go before establishing himself as a mixed martial artist. However he showcased in this fight a competent guard, and an understanding of how to neutralize his opponents attacks from the bottom. Granted Melvin Manhoef is not know for his grappling pedigree, still Schilling’s instincts got him out of a very tough situation.

In a night where many fighters put on their best efforts, Schilling’s star shined brighter than them all! He may be in the early stages of development but his star power is undeniable.