The Phuket News Premier League predictions The Phuket News Kata Rocks The Phuket News Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort
The Phuket News Phuket Sport
The Phuket News Phuket | Thailand | World  | Surf Report  | Predictions XML, RSS, Feed
The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News

Cage on the beach: Primal fights take over Phuket

Thailand's got a new fight promotion and it's here to stay.


Jean-Pierre Mestanza

Tuesday 28 March 2017, 10:01AM


Primal Fighting Championship kicked off their inaugural mixed martial arts (MMA) event at Paradise Beach Club last Friday (March 24) to much fanfare as fighters from around the world, including the Middle East, Latin America, Russia, the US, the Philippines, and more gracing the cage with a litany of bone-crunching hits all throughout the night.

Phuket's reputation as a fight capital is not lost on the organisers of the event, that's why they heavily showcased local fighters who train out of several of the world-class gyms on the island.

"Phuket is the mecca and that is a huge reason why we're here," said Primal FC co-founder and former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) contender Mike Swick. Watch entire event here.

"That's why we have fighters from each gym, to showcase what Phuket has to offer. Phuket is the mecca for sure, it's going to keep growing, it's going to keep getting bigger and I want to be a part of it, I want to showcase this culture and this environment and the fighters that come through here."

Set against the backdrop of Paradise Beach, with the sound of drums flowing along the cadence of every fight, and hundreds of fans enjoying the party atmosphere, it's no wonder organisers are optimistic.

With 11 fights on the card, all of which were available live on MikeSwick.com, there were sure to be a few fireworks.

The co-main event stole the show with a three-round light heavyweight battle between Russia's Shamil Akhmedov (AKA Thailand) against Muay Thai fighter-turned-MMA competitor Rafael Xavier of Brazil (Tiger Muay Thai). While Akhmedov walked away with a unanimous decision win in a brutal contest that saw light rain pepper the cage, it was Xavier who won the hearts of everyone, successfully proposing to his girlfriend immediately after.

The main event saw MMA veteran Sarah D'Alelio knock out Nong Kim of Chockchai Muay Thai in Chalong, a bout that was at catchweight.

Other bouts on the card included Adam Antolin's first round submission win over Irfan Khan while Zalimkhan Yusupov (AKA Thailand) took a submission victory over Sergio Rodriguez (Tiger Muay Thai) in the last second of round two.

Following in footsteps of other MMA promotions that started in Phuket, namely Full Metal Dojo which has since moved to Bangkok and held over a dozen shows, Swick's looking to build off of the success of Primal FC 1: Dark Moon Rising.

"We're going to be very optimistic and we're going to go a lot bigger. We rushed this show in two months. Usually that's the span between shows that are organized [and established], so we went from nothing to a show in two months. We're going to go a lot bigger next time. I don't want to spoil anything but we got some big plans," he said.

Even veteran referee Olivier Coste, who leads officiating crews in most of the major MMA promotions in Asia, was left impressed with the event.

"I've been in Thailand for 13 years now, and I'm really happy to see MMA growing in the right way here," Coste says.

For full results, click here.

 

 

The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Comment on this story
* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.
Comments Here:
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:
    Forget your password?

Discover Thainess | 28 March 2017 - 11:15:29

As this was on a beach I wonder if it was in a 10% zone? Seriously though it sounds like a great event and some fabulous PR for phuket as a sports destination. Great job everyone.

The Phuket News
Matches 1 result(s)
The Phuket News
The Phuket News
The Phuket News
The Phuket News The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Share this
The Phuket News
Have a news tip-off? Click here
The Phuket News
Related stories
The Phuket News
Phuket community

Recent Comments


Phuket Opinion: As good as it gets

You do not have to re-register your address if it hasn't changed. Have done three annual extensions with the same Notification of address. Have be...(Read More)


Father, two kids saved from drowning in Phuket

Kurt,not only "Asian tourists"ignore red flags.And how can beach guards stop them?Getting physical?...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: As good as it gets

While tourists languish in arrivals halls here's what Immigration deems is important for its staff to be doing; As a resident foreigner with a va...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: As good as it gets

The writer will surely wear the wrath, of those two bedmates, jor12 and eagle, even though what he says is 100% correct....(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: As good as it gets

I successfully applied online for my 90 day report on the 2nd August and got the status as Pending. My only other successful 90 day online applicatio...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: As good as it gets

They'll never learn because they place so much importance on "face" that it holds them back, the fact that the Tsunami warning sign said...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: As good as it gets

I like this "Immigration's inability to cope with tourists arriving in the country and all people need to know about how the nation operates&...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: As good as it gets

Just do away with these 90-days reports and send the guys wasting time with that to help at the airport....(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: As good as it gets

35 million arrivals - not tourists in the Kingdom. Big difference....(Read More)


Father, two kids saved from drowning in Phuket

Meant to add: Irresponible Parents also endangering the lives of their OWN CHILDREN !...(Read More)

The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Bangkok Hospital Phuket
PHUKET NEWS
Phuket
Thailand
World
Business
Q A
Weird World
ARCHIVE
POLL
CURRENCY
WEATHER
PHUKET TIDE TABLE
The Phuket News PHUKET LIFE
Phuket Arts
Phuket Community
Phuket Culture
Phuket Dining
Phuket Education
Phuket Entertainment
Phuket Environment
Phuket Health
Phuket People
Phuket Technology
Phuket Travel
Photo Galleries
COLOURING BOOK
The Phuket News PHUKET SPORT
Phuket
Thailand
World
SURF REPORT
PREDICTIONS
The Phuket News PHUKET CLASSIFIEDS
Phuket Buy and Sell
Phuket Jobs
Phuket Property
Phuket Cars and Boats
Phuket Community
Phuket Services
SEARCH CLASSIFIEDS
POST CLASSIFIED
The Phuket News The Phuket News PHUKET EVENTS
Phuket Event listings
Phuket Event calendar
Buy Tickets
POST EVENT
The Phuket News PHUKET DIRECTORY
Phuket Bars, pubs and clubs
Phuket Hotels and villas
Phuket Restaurants
Phuket Yellow Pages
POST LISTING
The Phuket News BARGAINS
The Phuket News ABOUT US
The Company
Distribution points
Subscribe
Advertise with us
Pay for advert
Contact us
CONTESTS
Content Google Map
Site map
Australian Visa Services
 
Currency - The Phuket News   Weather Report - The Phuket News   Surf Report - The Phuket News
LinkedIn - The Phuket News   Twitter - The Phuket News   YouTube - The Phuket News   Facebook - The Phuket News
Copyright © 2017 Class Act Media. All rights reserved. | Website usage terms and conditions | Privacy and Confidentiality Statement.