The Toyota 8 Man Tournament took place yesterday, January 27th, in Phitsanoulok, Thailand in two separate weight catagories: 65 and 70kg.
In the 65kg Tournament 4 of the Top gyms in Thailand challenged each other to know who has the best 65kg fighter in Thailand: Manachai representing YOKKAOSaenchaiGym, Saksongkram representing Poptheeratham gym (Samart Payakaroon's camp), the 2016 Toyota Tournament Champion Yodthuangtong representign Petchyindee Academy and Saensak representing Petbancha gym.
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Left: Saksongkram Poptheeratham 65kg Champion, right: Sorgraw Petchyindee Academy[/caption]
The drawing lots decided for Manachai to face off against Yodthuangton, the fighter that Manachai fought last year in the final of the Toyota Tournament 2016. The action escalated right out the gate with Manachai showing an impressive improvement scoring clear and devastating points. Once again, like in the final of the previous Toyota Tournament Manachai took a powerful knee on his groin in round 2. After few minutes of stoppage, Manachai encouraged by his supporting team continued the fight scoring more points. The jugdes decision went to Yodthuangtong, with more than 100 people LIVE on Instagram that didn't agreed.
Manachai's performance convinced the promoters to sign Manachai to a new 8 Man Tournament which will start February 17th and will be air LIVE on True4You.
In the final round, Saksongram won against Yodthuangtong becoming the new Toyota 65kg Champion.
In the 70kg category, Sorgraw Petchyindee, Dejrit Potheeratham, Rafael Fiziev and Chamuaktong faced off against each other to decide who is the best Muay Thai fighter at 70kg in Thailand.
In the first round, an amzing performance by Rafael Fiziev convinced the judges to give him the decision. Fiziev won by points against Dejrit Poptheeratham while Sorgraw won easyly against Chamuaktong. The final of the Tournament saw Rafael Fiziev against Sorgraw. Sorgraw's powerful kicks scored more points than Rafael who was more focused on trying to knock Sorgraw out with punches. Sorgraw came away with the W and was crowned the new Toyota 70kg Champion.
Muay Thai fans in England will have the opportunity to see Manachai and Sorgraw Petchyindee fighting in Bolton, Saturday March 25th at YOKKAO 23 - YOKKAO 24.
Manachai will fight against Stephen Meleady while Sorgraw Petchyindee will fight for the YOKKAO World Tilte against the current Champion Jordan Watson.
Once again YOKKAO promises a night of action that is not to be missed with the best Muay Thai fighters the sport has to offer!
Tickets on sale at www.yokkao.com/events
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