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MMA fight night proves successful

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PHUKET: The choice of Seduction Beach Club and Disco, one of Bangla’s most popular clubs, as the venue for Phuket’s inaugural Full Metal Dojo MMA event proves that the organizers had a lot of confidence in their success. And rightly so.

At first impression, it seemed that only a few Thais were among the crowd of 500 or so MMA fans at the event, but when the cheer-the-ring announcer and organizer of the event, Jon Nutt, switched from English to Thai, it proved otherwise.

This element of creating an event for Thai fans and for foreigners was present throughout the evening. “We’re bringing MMA to Thailand, we’re bringing Thais to MMA,” kept repeating Nutt, and to prove his point, he began the event with a daring performance of Sansoen Phra Barami, the Thai Royal Anthem.

However, as good as it was, it wasn’t the music – including Nutt’s interpretation of Metallica’s Enter Sandman and a Thai hip-hop freestyle to the tune of Eminem’s Lose yourself – that brought the audience to Seduction, it was the MMA – arguably the world’s fastest growing sport and a discipline that is said to be illegal in Thailand… at least in theory.

The Sports Authority of Thailand banned MMA competitions in 2012, citing the “brutality of the sport” as the reason for their decision.

“Organizing MMA here could mislead the public into believing that Muay Thai is brutal,” said SAT Deputy Governor Sakol Wannapong. “Organizing an MMA event here would hurt the image of Muay Thai. If you want to do this kind of business, you should do it in another country.”

Since then, MMA promoters and their lawyers have sidestepped the ruling by organizing MMA events across the country under the clear legal standpoint that there is no law banning the sport in the Kingdom.

DARE Fight Sports, MMA’s biggest promoter in Thailand, announced last year that the SAT had lifted the ban on MMA – a fact confirmed this week by Santi Pawai, director of the Phuket Office of Tourism and Sports.

“MMA is not illegal. Organizers of this kind of event must ask permission from the local authority… If they get permission, I do not think it will be a problem,” he explained.

“I do not think MMA takes away [from] Muay Thai. Muay Thai is unique. It cannot be taken away [from].”

Legally in the clear, Full Metal Dojo saw eight fights with fighters from Thailand, Cambodia, the United States, Canada and Finland, five technical knockouts (TKOs), one referee stoppage and two submissions.

The Hooter’s girls tasked with announcing subsequent rounds were not called into action often, as most of the duels finished within the first round, such as with the first fight, between Dylan “The Muscle” Fussel and Nanthon Chantharamani, with the former claiming the victory by TKO in under a minute.

The only fight to reach the second round was between Ratcharat Yimprai Sakset and Nun “Poe Saksit” Sophea. Despite the event’s relaxed rules, Poe Saksit managed to foul three times and the referees had to stop the fight and award the victory to his opponent.

Emotions peaked during the final bout in which Finland’s Glenn Sparv defied Michael Dubois, who agreed to enter the cage just one day before the event and managed to lose 6kg to make the weigh-in.
By entering the cage at such short notice, Dubois proved his fighting spirit and showcased his skills during the spar, coming close to claiming a first round KO with a destructive kick to Sparv’s face, not to mention a number of textbook Judo throws.

However, it was Sparv who claimed victory when the referee stopped the fight after Sparv landed a series of knee kicks on Dubois’ head.

If you missed Phuket’s first MMA bout, do not despair. Many of the Full Metal Dojo fighters will attend the August rematch event, for which a venue has yet to be announced – and according to Jon Nutt, there is more to come, with plans for one MMA event every six weeks in the works.

— Maciek Klimowicz

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Southern Thailand braces for rough weather and rain

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The Thailand Meteorological Department issued a weather warning for southern Thailand with torrential rain forecast to hit the region throughout the weekend. The heavy monsoon over the Gulf of Thailand and south of the country is being blamed for the rough weather, with the TMD predicting flash flooding in many areas.

(Phuket, Hat Yai and Hua Hin’s forecast below)

“Waves are expected to reach 2 metres in height in the lower Gulf of Thailand and possibly higher at the height of the storm. Ships are advised to proceed with caution.”

For the north and northeast of Thailand, the TMD forecasts strong winds and cooler mornings as the arrival of the “winter” season, coupled with a moderate high-pressure system, causes temperatures to dip.

Hua Hin’s five day forecast

Southern Thailand braces for rough weather and rain | News by The Thaiger

Phuket’s five day forecast

Southern Thailand braces for rough weather and rain | News by The Thaiger

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SOURCE: The Nation | weather.com

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Now you see him, now you don’t… Patong Police hunt foreigner over $30k theft

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Patong Police have yet to develop any tangible leads tracking down a foreigner who made off with US$30,000 in cash from a currency exchange booth in Kalim, north of Patong in Phuket, last Tuesday.

The man is about 168 centimetres tall with grey hair and around 60 years old, Patong police told The Phuket News.

“We have no clue what nationality he is.”

He was last seen at the currency exchange booth wearing a purple polo shirt, blue jeans and black cap. Police have checked hotels in the area, police stations across the island and Phuket Immigration, but have yet to join the dots and come up with firm leads.

“Investigators have checked CCTV in the area and collected what evidence we have but we still do not know the man’s name or where he was staying.”

The man had visited the booth several times before Tuesday, when he disappeared with the $30,000 in US banknotes, according to police.

“It was always small amounts”, he added, noting that the amounts didn’t warrant staff at the exchange booth to check the man’s passport before making the exchange.

The man arrived at the booth again at about 1pm on Tuesday, saying that he had 900,000 baht cash to exchange.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Mystery surrounds security guard found dead in his Phuket room

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The security guard of a hotel in Nai Yang, northern Phuket, 52 year old Yingyot Butsabong, from Maha Sarakham province, was found dead yesterday (October 16) in his room. Police remain mystified how the man came to grief.

A woman named Supattra received a call from the hotel he worked at and was informed that he didn’t show up at work yesterday, so she went to his apartment to check on him.

She saw that his room was locked from the inside, so used the key she had in her possession to open the room and found Yingyot laying on the floor, face down. She thought he was just sleeping so she tried to wake him up but once she flipped him, she found that he already passed away.

She immediately called Saku police, and once on the scene, police found that there was some blood on the floor. The man had a 2 centimetre wound on his left eyebrow which was deep into his skull. There was also a wound on his chin about 1 centimetre long and about a centimetre deep. His left eye had a bruise which looked like he was attacked by a hard object.

Police report that he had been dead for around four hours in the room.

The room was not ransacked and there was no sign of fighting or theft. His body has been sent to Thalang Hospital for a detailed autopsy and to look into the cause of death.

SOURCE: Phuket Hot News

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