Fighters

  1. Tetsuya Yamato is coming to Bangkok!

    Tetsuya Yamato is coming to Bangkok!

    YOKKAO fans will be familiar with Tetsuya Yamato from the widely talked about fight against Liam Harrison back in YOKKAO 17. After a win against the former title holder, Pakorn at Hoost Cup Kings Nagoya (Japan), Yamato was granted a shot at the YOKKAO World Title -65kg for the headlining event at YOKKAO 17. On 19th March 2016, Yamato faced Harrison in the ring at Bolton’s Macron stadium where the fight erupted into a total warzone. Harrison eventually won the fight on points in a very closely-matched fight but Yamato’s all-out performance and aggressive yet collected style won him the hearts of many new fans that night. Born in Chita, city of Aichi prefecture (Japan) in 1987, Yamato took up the name in honor of his first gym, Yamato Kickboxing Gym. He made his fight debut in 2005 at the young age of 17 and was quickly awarded the Rookie Award in 2006 by fight promotion NJFK (New Japan Kickboxing Federation(, for his impressive performance. After 3 years since his debut, Yamato

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  2. Amy Pirnie - Muay Thai Lady of the hour

    Amy Pirnie - Muay Thai Lady of the hour

    Amy Pirnie is a force to be reckoned with. Featuring on the YOKKAO stage with three consecutive wins, Amy showed exactly what it takes to be the toughest name in UK Muay Thai. Pirnie's is a name that has been ringing through the Muay Thai community for some time now. After defeating Dakota Ditcheva at YOKKAO 24, when fans are asked to think of the top female fighter that the UK has produced, the name is always YOKKAO Next Generation fighter, Amy Pirnie.  Pirnie has been held the number one spot for some time now at 50.5kg and has been awarded female fighter of the year two years running in 2015 and 2016. She's continuing to grow as a fighter and profile that people can look up to and aspire to achieve. Living and training at the YOKKAO Training Center Bangkok isn't
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  3. Manachai: "I can't wait to fight Stephen Meleady!"

    Manachai: "I can't wait to fight Stephen Meleady!"

    Manachai, the young addition to the YOKKAO Fight Team, has just been confirmed to fight at YOKKAO 24 against the WMC European Champion Stephen Meleady, on Saturday March 25th 2017 at the Macron Stadium in Bolton. [caption id="attachment_3194" align="alignright" width="350"]YOKKAO 24: Manachai vs Stephen Meleady YOKKAO 24: Manachai vs Stephen Meleady[/caption] The news, launched yesterday on Manachai's Facebook page, has grabbed quickly the attention of Muay Thai fans in England. Manachai at just 21yrs old, has already built his name in the Muay Thai scene. Ranked Lumpinee #1 at 19yrs old and Toyota Marathon finalist, Manachai has been asked again to participate at the Toyota 8 Man Tournament which will take place on Friday, January 27th in Phitsanulok (north Thailand).

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  4. Jordan Watson to defend the World Title against Sorgraw Petchyindee!

    Jordan Watson to defend the World Title against Sorgraw Petchyindee!

    Official: Jordan Watson is set to defend  the YOKKAO 70kg World Title -70kg against Sorgraw Petchyindee. [caption id="attachment_3180" align="alignright" width="350"]YOKKAO Muay Thai World Champion Jordan Watson YOKKAO Muay Thai World Champion Jordan Watson[/caption] Coming from the famous Petchyindee Academy, Sorgraw is the winner of the Toyota Tournament 147lb weight class with wins at Lumpinee against Saensak Petchbuncha and Manowan Sit Tong. Jordan Watson, is considered by Thai fighters as the "The Farang to Beat". Watson regained his YOKKAO World Title in the UK against Sanny Dahlbeck at YOKKAO 18 on March 2016 and has defended it against Ben Hodge at YOKKAO 20. For the second time in UK history, after facing off Buakaw Banchamek (at that time Buakaw Por Pramuk) in 2010, Muay Thai fans will have the opportunity

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  5. Liam Harrison set to defend the World Title against Rayan Mekki!

    Liam Harrison set to defend the World Title against Rayan Mekki!

    Official: Liam Harrison will defend the YOKKAO 65kg World Title against the Frenchnem Rayan Mekki. Rayan Mekki, 19 years old, is one of the most talented youngsters to represent France's Team Nasser-K. He started Muay Thai at the age of 13 collecting 36 fights, 31 wins with 10 of those wins coming from KOs. [caption id="attachment_3171" align="alignright" width="350"]Liam Harrison at YOKKAO 17 Liam Harrison at YOKKAO 17[/caption] Currently the European WMC Champion, Mekki has racked up 13 consecutive victories and managed to impose his winning ways on more experienced and recognized fighters on the Muay Thai circuit, like the Thai Champion SIRIMONGKOL and PONGSAGLEK and lastly the his fellow countrymen Vang MOUA. The upcoming fight versus the YOKKAO World Title holder Liam Harrison will be clearly the most challenging of his young

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  6. Panicos Yusuf retires from fighting!

    Panicos Yusuf retires from fighting!

    Breaking News: Panicos Yusuf has declared his retirement from fighting. Panicos manager Jamie Alaise made contact with the YOKKAO Team explaining that Panicos is retiring from Muay Thai competition due to the fact that he doesn't have enough time to train in Thailand, run the gym and most importantly spend quality time with his family. "In order to compete against the best he would need to train in Thailand, and if he was to continue Thai Boxing that is what he would want to do." says Jamie Alaise. Panicos Yusuf fought two times in YOKKAO events scoring a win against Rittuak Kaewsamrit at YOKKAO 8 and a loss against the youngest new entry of the YOKKAO Fight Team, Manachai YOKKAOSAENCHAIGYM at YOKKAO 20. Panicos Yusuf was scheluded to fight against the Muay Thai superstar Superlek Kiatmoo9 Saturday,March 25th at YOKKAO 23 at the weight of 63kg, but in lieu of his retirement the fight has been cancelled. At the moment, no replacement have been found to fight Superlek,

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  7. YOKKAO acquires talented fighter Yodchai from Muay Thai Camp in Sing Buri!

    YOKKAO acquires talented fighter Yodchai from Muay Thai Camp in Sing Buri!

    Official: the new fighter acquired by YOKKAO is Yodchai, a talented fighter from the Lookboko Muay Thai Camp in Sing Buri. With a fighting weight of 59kg, Yodchai at just 21 yrs of age has already fought 147 times scoring 109 wins. Yodchai will train under the supervision of Kru Manop, Kru Petchdam (Singdam's brother and trainer) and he will be teaming up with the resident Muay Thai stars at the new YOKKAO Training Center in Bangkok including Saenchai, Singdam and Manachai. Muay Thai fans will see Yodchai in action soon under his new fighting name Yodchai YOKKAOSaenchaiGym. ** HOLIDAY SALE IS ON: Get 30% to 60% off all YOKKAO products ??

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  8. Meet the YOKKAO Next Generation fighters: Joe Craven!

    Meet the YOKKAO Next Generation fighters: Joe Craven!

    Joe craven is a young fighter who recently took the step to move to Leeds to begin training and fighting out of the world famous YOKKAO Training Center Bad Company (Leeds - UK). His stablemates are the likes of YOKKAO World Champions Jordan Watson, Liam Harrison and many more. Bad Company is known for churning out champions with the help of head coaches Richard and Lisa Smith. Joe is spending time there now not only training to become a better fighter but he has also become a coach himself. Joe Craven became a YOKKAO Next Generation fighter earlier this year and has fought on many of the YOKKAO shows in the UK. His most recent win was against Robbie Collins in October. It was a fantastic show from Craven and Collins did put up a tough fight. Joe spoke out on his fight career so far, how he got into Muay Thai and where he sees his journey developing to over the next few years. YOKKAO will be there to help Joe along the way, giving him a fantastic opportunity to develop and hone his

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  9. Meet the YOKKAO Next Generation fighters: Myk Estlick!

    Meet the YOKKAO Next Generation fighters: Myk Estlick!

    Myk Estlick has been around the block when it comes to showing what he is made of in the ring. He began he fighting career at the ripe old age of 14 and has since grown from a child into a man. He is currently undefeated in the YOKKAO ring and has shown his worth to the community, most recently by taking a tough win over Spanish champion, Carlos Campos. Estlick is definitely going to be a name that people will be watching out for in the next year or so and is in the running for YOKKAO Next Generation fighter of the year 2016. [caption id="attachment_3087" align="alignright" width="360"]YOKKAO 17: Myk Estlick vs Matty McGuire YOKKAO 17: Myk Estlick vs Matty McGuire[/caption] Here is what Estlick had to say about his experiences both in and out of the ring and how he has found this past year and looking forward to 2017:

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