Saturday, February 28, 2009

We have a very busy year ahead!

Here's our 2009 Roadmap-

Coming soon!!
APRIL 4th-The Contender Asia II- Malaysian Super 8 Qualifier
The Challengers-

MAY-Shortly after Malaysia's Super 8. They will shoot Contender Asia Season 2 here in Malaysia. This is your chance to catch some of the best fighters muaythai has to offer in action right here in Malaysia!! Talk about great exposure for all our future and present Nakmuay.

MAY- 9th-15th of May, our athletes will be attending the Arafura Games in Darwin, Australia.

These Games will be a stepping stone for our Muaythai athletes to go
on and participate in the next World Championships, SEA Games........

JUNE- we will be organising A WMC/IFMA referee and jury seminar.

JULY-11-17th of July. Our representatives will be attending an international IFMA Khan Degree seminar in Germany.

JULY/AUGUST- we will be organising the Ultimate Muaythai Warriors. There will be nationwide qualifiers in our quest to find the best talents in Malaysian Muaythai.

OCT-NOV-30th Oct- 8th Nov we will be participating at the Indoor Asian Games at Vietnam.

NOVEMBER-IFMA World Championships in Bangkok

NOVEMBER-We will be conducting instructors courses for all those interested in teaching Muaythai in Malaysia.

DECEMBER-the SEA Games in Vientiane, Laos

Friday, February 27, 2009

Malaysia is bidding for the 2010 IFMA World Championships

First we bring Contender Asia 2 to Malaysia. Next the biggest Amateur Muaythai Event...........

Malaysia is bidding to host the 2010 IFMA World Championship. We are bidding against Turkey for the honour to host this prestigious event where over 120 countries will be participating.

This years World Championships will be held in Bangkok from the 27th of November through to the 5th of December in honour of His Majesty, the King of Thailand's 83rd Birthday.

IFMA Executive Board Meeting

On the 13th of February 2009, the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur or IFMA, held its Bi-annual Executive Board Meeting. This meeting was officially opened by IFMA Honorary lifetime member and President, His Excellency Privy Councilor to His Majesty the King of Thailand, General Pitchitr Kullavanijaya.

The IFMA Executive Board along with our representative were invited to Parliament House by His Excellency Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. Here they were welcomed by the Deputy Prime Minister of Sports, Sanan Kajornprasrt who thanked everyone for their tireless efforts in developing Muaythai worldwide.

Among the important points discussed by the IFMA Executive Board were the qualification criteria for the 2010 GAISF Martial Arts and Combat Games and also the implementation of Muay Khan Grading program, which will be the official ranking and testing program for muaythai sanctioned by IFMA.

For more details on the Executive Board Meeting:View here

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Ali will fight Phillip 'Flip' Street at Gold Coast, Australia

Ali to fight on the 7th of March
It was going to be a fight in Perth in March for Ali but Luke Aram pulled out so now Ali is off to the Gold Coast to fight Phillip 'Flip' Street. This will be a good fight for Ali and the exposure and experience will prove priceless.

Mohd Ali Yaakub
The Malaysian Tigers


Fight Record-
Wins 60, Draws 5,
Losses 1

Phillip "Flip" Street
Fight record:
22 Fights
19 wins
3 loss

Australia Ranking
Lightweight 58.9 - 61.2kg

Contrary to what some believe, it is not always easy for a fighter to adapt to different weather conditions, temperatures etc. And then be expected to perform his/her best. It takes a while to adapt to travel, strange food etc. So, not only is this a great opportunity for Ali to fight a good foreign fighter but also a good chance for him to get used to traveling and then fighting in different environmental conditions. Ali participated in the IFMA World Championships in Busan, Korea in September 08, and then at the Kings Cup in Bangkok in December 08 now it'll be the Gold Coast March 09. Soon Ali will be a well seasoned/travelled fighter.

Good luck to you Ali and train hard!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The article below was contributed by Stephan Fox, Vice President of The World Muaythai Council and host of Contender Asia

The Contender Asia Season Two
Malaysia Truly Asia

Malaysia has won the bid the host season two of The Contender Asia, despite tough competition fromThailand, Singapore and Macau. Season two is shaping up to be even more successful than season one as the world is in Contender fever. Through The Contender Asia, the world will fall in love with the beauty of Malaysia from the vibrant capitol city of Kuala Lumpur to the mysterious Borneo and with no doubt the world’s most pristine beaches, from Langkawi to Terengganu, and all other places and sights which will be featured during production of the show.

The Contender Asia season two also possesses an aspect that wasn’t afforded to season one (Singapore)
- A world wide qualification process has been set up to promote season two whilst procuring the best of the best to participate on the show. The bar has been raised for this next installment of the popular muaythai reality show. A special 8 minute trailer was produced to promote Malaysia and the representatives of the Malaysian embassies and tourism board have been invited to the events in the various countries to present the Key to Malaysia to the winners.

Millions of people around the world are eagerly awaiting the start of the show and will follow the hopes and dreams of these 19 outstanding sportsmen from all five continents. So far 10 skilled and agile fighters have rightfully qualified for a coveted spot on the show. Prime Ministers, Sport Ministers, national television stations and newspapers, are wishing and hoping that their chosen athlete will bring home the Contender Asia fame and glory.

The first qualifier was held in Stockholm, Sweden. The event was televised on Eurosport, Fox Sport, TV4 and many other channels reaching over 60 countries and had a live audience of over 10,000 spectators. To the delight of Sweden, it was the IFMA bronze medalist Marcus Oberg that took the first spot.

From there, the event moved on to Canada, where the qualifier will be held in 2 legs. The first leg of the mega event was televised in North and South America. The final leg is set for March and will see Alex Ricci and Jesse Miles vying for the chance to represent Canada on the show. The Canadian Prime Minister will preside over the event.

Next up was Spain, and what an event is was! Madrid was in Contender craze. H.E. the Ambassador of Malaysia to Spain invited Spain to Malaysia, and when he presented the belt and key to the winner Rafi Zouheir, it was a Spanish flag fiesta in the 5,000 seater stadium.
Following Spain, was the first of the South American qualifiers, where Marco Pique, a true legend in the sport who took home the gold. His bags are packed and Marco is ready for Malaysia.

Next stop was Cape Town, South Africa, another sold out event which was televised live. Malaysia was advertised in a special presentation and at the end of the 8 man tournament, Bakhalule “The Zulu” Baai earned his place. This was one of the most memorable qualifying events, as the Minister made an emotional speech in which he outlined that sport can make a difference, and he hoped that through the Contender Asia, the world would come closer together, as not only would Malaysia be showcased, but the world will also learn about South Africa through Bakhalule, South African representative on the show.

London was next to host a qualifier, where the best competitors from all over the United Kingdom came together to battle for Britain’s spot on the show. Season one was a mega hit in the UK, aired prime time. The qualifier event was also aired on Sky Sport.
The event was sold out with people queuing for tickets. H.E. the Ambassador of Malaysia to the UK was on hand to present the belt and Key to Malaysia to Jordan Watson. The event received rave reviews from the local press and Sky Sport broadcast the show on 2 replays by popular demand.

Next up was Hong Kong, where it was decided who would be the Chinese contender. The event also televised on a local channel sold out and it was Heung “The Bomber” Pak Wing who earned the spot. Celebrations were in full force in Hong Kong after beating out boxers from the motherland.

Next up was Switzerland to hold a qualifier for the German speaking countries. The event was packed with celebrities from television, political and sports sectors. The event had a huge build up as Switzerland beat out Germany and Austria to host the event. When Swiss fighter Paolo Balicha won the final bout, there was no holding back the roars of the sold out audience. H.E. the Ambassador of Malaysia to Switzerland invited Paolo to his residence to congratulate him on his win.

The event then went down under for the Oceania qualifier. This again was a highlight event. Chandler Arena was packed to over capacity and people had to be turned away at the door for this Fox Sport event. It was Eli Madigan who will represent Australia, which was already in Contender fever from season one, as it was aired prime time.

Next up was Thailand. The event in Bangkok was an international qualifier which saw fighters from 8 different countries. The event was held in honour of H.M. the King’s birthday, televised in 170 countries and had a live audience of over 200,000 spectators.
It was a night where Malaysia made history as to the surprise of the world, it was Malaysia that took home a qualifying spot with Bernard Radin. This will give Malaysia the only country to have two spots on the show, as another event is in planning in Malaysia to qualify another Malaysian fighter.

To Bernard's left is Riaz Mehta, Producer of Contender Asia II, and on the far left of this picture is Stephan Fox, Vice President of WMC.

The last event of 2009 was held in Russia. The Malaysian tourism board showed up in full force to this nation wide telecasted event. It was 3 time world champion Levin Artem who earned the spot to represent Russia.

February and March will see the last remaining qualifiers in the United States, Italy, France, Thailand and the final event on the 1st of April in Malaysia for the last spot on the show to find the second Malaysian fighter.

The last major event will be in Denver, Colorado. The Summer and Winter Olympics IOC Executive Board, GAISF General Assembly along with all 108 recognized World Sports Federation, and all sports media will meet. The event will feature an Exposition Hall where Contender Asia will have a special display. Representatives from the sporting world will be able to preview the Contender Asia's upcoming Season Two. 19 athletes representing 18 countries and 5 continents will embark on the quest of the lives to compete for their country, their families, and themselves to become the champion of all champions and the next Contender Asia champion. More than 500 million people will be on the edge of their seats, crying with the losers, cheering with the winners, learning of the different cultures and will fall in love with a
country that can only be described as truly Asia, Malaysia.

The Last 2 Malaysian Super 8 Challengers for Contender Asia Season II

Muhammad Azwan Zamri-M150 Kota Bharu
5 Fights
5 Wins

Mohd Hamdan Mokhtar-MALAYSIAN TIGERS

Mohd Hamdan Mokhtar

Fight record:

Fights 86, Wins 70/ Losses 16

Belts: TV3 Sureheboh Malaysian Champ
Kedah Tomoi Terbuka-4x Champ
Langkawi Tomoi Terbuka 2000/01- Best Player
Kelantan Tomoi Terbuka 06-Best Player
Kejohanan Malaysia/Thailand 2x Belt Winner

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Contender Asia II- Malaysian Super 8 Challengers

Today we introduce-
Hashim Ramli-Kelab Kayu Kelat Terengganu

Hashim Ramli
25 Fights
15 Wins
5 Losses
5 Draws

Monday, February 23, 2009

Bernard Radin Vs Kompayak Sorsuwonyim

Here's Bernard's fight against Kompayak

Today we introduce 2 Challengers in the Super 8

Wes Jaya of Boxxwarriors

Name: Wes Jaya
Weight:66kg-73kg (145- 160lbs)
No of Fights:19

Faizal Ramli
The Malaysian Tigers

Faizal Ramli
The Golden Elbow-'Siku Emas'
Fight record:
Add ImageFights 36,
Wins 34
Draws 2
Losses 0

Belts: Freestyle Kickboxing Malaysia 08
Kelantan Tomoi Championship

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Khoo Meng Yang-Contender Asia II-Super 8 Qualifier

Let us introduce you to the next qualifier for Malaysia's CA2 Super 8

Khoo Meng Yang aka The Red Dragon

Height: 172cm
weight: 71kg
Total fight records: 38 fight 24 wins 13 losses 1draw 11ko
( 9 pro muaythai fights, 3 amateur muaythai fights, the rest are all kickboxinvg. western boxing, ultimate warrior and san shou fights)

3 times malaysia tae kwon-do champion ( ITF )
4 times malaysia san shou ( chinese kickboxing ) champion
2007 malaysia ultimate warrior 1st runner-up
2008 malaysia freestyle kickboxing champion
2008 world amateur muaythai 2nd runner-up