The Muay Thai portion of the 2010 SportAccord Combat Games in Beijing has wrapped up with surprising results in both of the most watched weight classes.
First up, in the 71kg division, Artur Kyshenko’s upset loss in the semi-finals to Thailand’s Teerapong Dee set up a final between Teerapong and HKL’s #24 ranked Marcus Oberg. Teerapong once again defeated his more high profile opponent, taking a close split decision to take home the gold medal. Oberg ends up with silver, while Kyshenko and Zhang Xiao Long earn bronze.
The other highly anticipated final was at 75kg, where international star Yodsaenklai Fairtex (competing under his given name of Yodthanong Phorat) faced Artem Levin of Russia. These two men met before in 2008 with Yodsaenklai coming out the winner. In what has to be seen as something of an upset, Levin claimed his revenge in Beijing, defeating Yod via split decision. This marks Yod’s 2nd loss in 2010 – a distinct drop for the man who dominated international Muay Thai competition for the past several years. Prior to these losses, Yodsaenklai had only lost once since 2005. Levin wins the gold, Yodsaenklai takes silver, with Vasel Tereshonok and Jesse Lacombe at bronze.
Overall, in Muay Thai events, Thailand was the only country to claim multiple gold medals, taking home the top spot in 4 of the 11 weight divisions.
Outside of Muay Thai, MMA fighter and former BodogFIGHT champion Tara LaRosa represented the US in wrestling competition. LaRosa made it to the bronze medal stage, where she was eliminated by France’s Oceane Talvard.
Finally, kickboxing competition started yesterday. The only name of note in that category is Chinese K-1 fighter Xu Yan. Yan was defeated Gregor Stracanek in the quarter final round
Source: http://www.headkicklegend.com/ by Fraser Coffeen on Sep 3, 2010 8:35 AM EDT
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