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Just  over a week has gone since the Rumble at The Reebok, and the dust has settled on what was definately a step in Production for a UK Muay Thai show.  For promoter Darren Morris to pull of an event of this quality for his first show is a testament to his vision and where the sport has the potential to go.

Ashley Gishard - Rumble At The Reebok

Ashley Gishard - Rumble At The Reebok

Could this be the start to UK catching up with the likes of Holland, where Muay Thai regularly attracts thousands, international names are common place and production quality is right up there with top tier sports?

The Devere White Hotel in the Reebok Stadium was perfect setting  for the 1st Rumble at the Reebok. A premiership football stadium was an apt location for a show setting out to be a premiership muay thai showcase event.  Fans were treated to dancing girls, champagne and 3 course meals, pyrotechnics and fire jugglers, and then the fireworks really started in the form of the fights.

What was originally billed as the best of the UK best with 13 Full A Class Thai Rule bouts with all British Fighters, ended up with the Fight of the Night being England vs. Thailand with Juk vs Trainor that had everything you could want in an exciting muay thai fight. Acrobatics, Speed, Skill, awesome technique and a  big  helping of controversy with Juk initially edging the decision after 5 rounds only it to be reversed after re checking the score cards and the win going to Damien Trainor. Rematch anyone?

Juk vs Trainor - Rumble At The Reebok

Juk vs Trainor - Rumble At The Reebok

With Muay Thai scoring being sometimes exceedingly complex to the initiated and best left to those who understand this often misunderstood part of the sport, only one thing was certain,  the fight was very close whatever way you looked at it.

With a world title bout and two British titles also on the card, the local lads dominated. Bury resident Andy Thrasher took a short trip along the M61 to dominate and impress and took the WKA Title in style. Manchester and Salford fighters Paul Kapowicz and Daiton Jackson took their UKMF British and WKA British Titles respectively in tough exciting 5 rounder’s that had the crowd on their feet and left Master Sken fighter Paul Kapowicz with a dobber marble sized bump on his left cheek thanks to a huge elbow in the face he took on the way to victory.

Sheree Halliday Ram Muay - Rumble At The Reebok

Sheree Halliday Ram Muay - Rumble At The Reebok

Promoter Darren Morris is now looking to move onwards and upwards. The next Double Vision Promotions event is billed as “The Ultimate Lads Night Out” and if it’s half as good as the Rumble at the Reebok, it should deliver on its promise.  For more details click here

Rumble at the Reebok was sponsored by www.fightshop.com and Sandee (Thailand) equipment. Sandee (Thailand) premium muay thai and MMA gear is officially imported and distributed by www.fightshop.com for more information on stocking and distribution, click here

For a full Photo Diary of the Rumble at the Reebok click here

Photography by Adam Crowther copyright fightshop.com

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WL1, originally uploaded by Fightshop (Fightshop.com).

For the full set of photos of the Wolfslair training camp featuring Mike Bisping, Paul Kelly, Ricco Rodriguez,  Zack Light and the rest of the Wolfslair team click here to see our Flickr account Wolfslair Camp June 2009

Photo’s by Michael Howarth

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Billed as the “World Cup of Mixed Martial Arts,” the M-1 Challenge is a full season of MMA events sponsored by partner Affliction that showcases some of the best up and coming MMA fighters in the world.

Broadcast to over 80 countries around the world, including HDNet in the United States, the M-1 Challenge pits teams of five fighters representing their respective countries against each other for international bragging rights and the title of M-1 Challenge Champions.

FIGHTSHOP is pleased to announce that in partnership with SANDEE Thailand it is now the official kit sponsor of M1 Team England

Team England comprises of

Ian Butlin
Simon Phillips
Matt Thorpe
Tom Blackledge
Rob Broughton

The fifth edition of the 2009 “M-1 Challenge Presented by Affliction” is scheduled to emanate from Memorial Hall in Kansas City, KS on Friday, June 5. The event will be headlined by a challenge bout featuring Team USA East (1-0).

England stepped up in April and in a stunning performance upset Team Japan by a 4-1 score on its home turf in Tokyo. The Englishmen are now scheduled to take on Team France in the US on 5th June.

Tickets for the event are currently on sale via all Ticketmaster outlets. To order, call 816-931-3330 or visit http://www.Ticketmaster.com. For additional event information, including the finalized rosters for all six teams, please visit www.M-1Global.com.

Stay tuned to the FIGHTSHOP blog as we bring you upadtes, news and interviews of the M-1 Team England.

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