MuayThai Premier League: Stars and Stripes
The MuayThai Premier League debuted its first-ever event Stars and Stripes, and if this show is any indication on the rest of the 10-month long series the MPL is going to be a hit around the globe and the beginning of the most important series of Muay Thai events ever. The first round of the MPL international tournament began at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, California, and did not disappoint. With great knockouts and pinpoint technique, the fighters all gave everything they had for the audience watching live in the arena and around the world on GFL.tv. In totality, the historic MPL Tournament will showcase athletes that have combined to win more than 220 Championship belts in their stellar careers'.
Stars and Stripes was stacked from top to bottom with 12 total bouts including tourney fights in five different weight classes, (Super Lightweight (woman) 140 lb/63.5 kg, Welterweight (men) 147 lb/66.7 kg, Middleweight (men) 160 lb/72.5 kg, Super Light Heavyweight (men) 182 lb/82.5 kg, Heavyweight 210 lb/95 kg) and the first bout was as exciting as the final bout of the night which saw the Muay Thai legend Buakaw Por. Pramuk compete in America in front of a near capacity crowd.
In the main event, Buakaw Por. Pramuk (198-21-12, Thailand) defeated Warren Stevelmans (54-15-4, South Africa) by TKO in Round 4 to win the WMC World Junior Middleweight Title (154 lb). This bout only added to Por. Pramuk's legacy in the sport that he has dominated for so long. Both Por. Pramuk and Stevelmans came out guns blazing and treated the fans to a world-class Muay Thai fight that exhibited the true art and science of the "eight limbs". Por. Pramuk landed cleaner strikes throughout the contest as his accuracy was like a sniper and it was this precision that ultimately wore down a very game Stevelmans in the fourth round giving the Thailand native another remarkable win in his peerless career. Por. Pramuk made the motherland proud on this night and showed that not only the birthplace but also the future of Muay Thai is in good hands with the Thai people. To his credit, Stevelmans was a game fighter and stayed in the pocked exchanging bone-rattling strikes with the great Por. Pramuk up until the end, including taking several punches, kicks, elbows and knees that would have stopped lesser opponents earlier in the bout, but in the end it was not to be as the night belonged to Por. Pramuk who made his case for one of the all-time greats of the sport. All in all a great main event to an overwhelmingly successful fight card.
In tournament action, Nathan Corbett (53-2, Australia) defeated Tomas Hron (54-15-2, Czech Republic) by TKO in Round 1 to advance in the heavyweight division. "Carnage" Corbett knocked Hron down three times in the round, the second time by a vicious elbow that found its mark on Hron's skull blowing past his arms up defense. From there Corbett landed another series of strikes that again dropped the Czech and the referee had seen enough.
MPL has set out to do the impossible and has all of the pieces in place to pull it off. If you love the striking arts, then the MuayThai Premier League is must-see TV, beginning with the inaugural show, Stars and Stripes. Watch as the brave warriors display the science of the eight limbs and use punches, kicks, knees and elbows as they take the first step in becoming the MuayThai Premier League Champion of Champions. The only way to follow these great international fighters as they progress through this grueling multi-event season on their way to winning the MPL Championships is to order this event through the GFL Combat Sports Network exclusively at GFL.tv.