Adams Muay Thai Promotions
"Extreme Thai Fights 14" Tulsa Select Hotel - Tulsa, OK. January 23, 2010
The Tulsa Select Hotel Ballroom was the scene for an action packed evening of Muay Thai kickboxing as Adams Muay Thai held their 14th edition of “Extreme Muay Thai”. This 16 bout card featured fighters from across 5 states and was headlined by the USMTA Amateur Heavyweight Championship. Do not judge this book by the cover. Amateur status had nothing to do with the talent and heart of these fighters. This was no sparring session. From the first bell it was evident that these fighters weren’t there for a participation medal. Every punch, kick, and knee was thrown with bad intentions by contestants more than capable of putting their opponent on the floor.
The ambiance was also quite unique with the Eastern flute and drum music playing in the background of each fight; paying homage to the Thailand origins of the sport. Also, a portion of the proceeds from this event benefited Breast Cancer Awareness. The rules of Muay Thai are familiar, for the most part, to those that follow Mixed Martial Arts. Punches, kicks, and knees are all allowed to all areas of the body except the foul zones of the groin, back of the head, and spine. Clinching is not only allowed but encouraged as long as the fighters make an effort to be offensive and not hold only for defense or rest.
Fighters will clinch behind their opponent’s neck in an effort to wear them down, control them, and allow knees to be delivered to the head, body, and legs. The result is a very brutal combination of heavy strikes that even if properly blocked, still create damage. Shin guards and head gear may be worn but is optional and up to the two combatants to decide. The only requirement is both opponents must agree on what to wear and both wear the same type of protection i.e) both wear head gear or neither wear head gear. For one reason or another, Extreme Thai Fights 14 was my first venture into the world of local Muay Thai fights but I will assure you it will not be my last.
With an equal mix of knockouts, three round wars, and the never say die attitude of each and every fighter, you just couldn’t help but be impressed. Many of the fights showcased a display of heart and determination not often seen in the fight world. Undaunted by pain and fatigue, these warriors battled on when the common man would have folded. My pick for fight of the night was quickly trumped by the next fight and the next fight and the next fight. Sam Adams is on to something and it’s time for the rest of the area to pay notice.
Josh Crosby defeats Trevor Parker by Split Decision (29-28,29-28,28-29) - RD 3
Karson Carter defeats Karl Grubbs by TKO (Ref Stoppage) - RD 3
Josh Charles defeats Nathan Brown by TKO (Ref Stoppage) - RD 3
Gary Baugh defeats Logan Cunningham by Unanimous Decision (29-26,28-27,29-28) - RD 3
Bout# 5 Nic Rowley defeats Jake Moffitt by TKO (Ref Stoppage) - RD 2
Bout# 6 Jared Perez defeats Jeremy Morton by TKO (Ref Stoppage) - RD 3
Bout# 7 Seth Pinfield defeats Morris Metz by Split Decision (28-29,29-28,29-28) - RD 3
Bout# 8 Bryan McDay defeats Taveon Smun by Unanimous Decision (30-27,30-27,30-27) - RD 3
Bout# 9 Zach Sullivan defeats Zach Woodward by Unanimous Decision (30-25,30-25,30-26) - RD 3
Bout# 10 Azariah Pattee defeats Cody Gilliam by TKO (Opponent Cannot Continue) - RD 1
Bout# 11 Chris Bunch defeats Francisco Cancio by Unanimous Decision (29-28,29-28,29-28) - RD 3
Bout# 12 Ricky Villareal defeats Ian Jackson by TKO (Opponent Can't Continue) - RD 2
Bout# 13 Tyler Lawrence defeats Paul Collins by Split Decision (29-28,29-28,27-30) - RD 3
Bout# 14 Slavik Bobarikin defeats Michael Morgan by Unanimous Decision (30-26,29-28,30-27) - RD 3
Bout# 15 Brady Fabre defeats Matt Vernon by Unanimous Decision (29-28,29-28,29-28) - RD 3
Bout# 16 USMTA Heavyweight Muay Thai Championship Myron Dennis defeats Dustin Adams by Unanimous Decision (49-46,49-46,50-45) - RD 5