Muay Thai Journey Fight Series IX
Journey Fight Series IX took place at the Century Casino in Alberta, Canada and on GFL.tv. This event was anchored by the finals of the 8-man 160 lb tournament as it came down to the final two fighters vying for the WMC North American Muay Thai Title and their share of $20,000 in purse money. The undercard was also stacked with great Muay Thai action.
In the main event, Shane "Shaolin" Campbell (46-10) defeated "Shotgun" Sean McKinnon (36-8) via unanimous decision after five rounds at a blistering pace to win the WMC 160lbs North American Muay Thai Title in one of the most grueling tournaments ever in North America. Campbell set a furious pace that was matched by McKinnon as they both came to fight with guns blazing. Kicks, punches, elbows and knees were all on full display as they two packed dynamite in their strikes. Campbell landed more strikes throughout the fight, while McKinnon was content to try and land that one haymaker, which usually involved throwing high kicks at Campbell's head. In the final round, Campbell dropped McKinnon with a knee then dug in deep with a leg kick to McKinnon's thigh as Campbell set a furious pace throughout the night with nonstop attacks. But McKinnon landed one of his best punches of the night, an uppercut that rested flush on Campbell's jaw, but you wouldn't know it as Campbell landed a nice over hand right that caught McKinnon. More exchanges ensued with each fighter landing, Campbell with solid punches to the body and liver and McKinnon with a solid head kick. This main event was worth the price of admission as both of these fighters came to throw down and never took a step back the whole night.
In other action, Chris McMillan defeated Andrew Lewis via split decision in a fight that could have gone either way. McMillan scored with knees and elbows throughout the fight that seemed to do damage, but Lewis gave as good as he got landing leg kicks that slowed down McMillan. But it was probably the volume of strikes that McMillan landed that gave him the nod in the judges' eyes. Either way, this bout is a must see fight as both fighters delivered almost on par with the main event.
Muay Thai fans, this event is for you. Watch the top strikers in Canada compete in one of the toughest tournaments of note as Journey Fight Series IX, comes to you on video on demand available for viewing anytime on GFL.tv.