Thailand’s “biggest” MMA fight set for September


Thailand’s “biggest” MMA fight set for September


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Thailand’s “biggest” MMA fight set for September

Two former UFC stars Will Chope (31-10) and Tommy Hayden (9-3) will lock horns in Thailand’s premier MMA promotion, Full Metal Dojo, on September 10th at the event named “The 37th Chamber”.

The American MMA fighters, who are both based in Thailand, have agreed to fight at a catch-weight in one of the most high profile fights to ever grace the South East Asian MMA scene.

Hayden, 30, nicknamed “Wildcard” said: “I’m excited for this fight! We’re both well rounded, but I believe overall I am the stronger fighter.”

Hayden combines explosive striking with a strong wrestling base, and also has five wins via some form of choke.

Chope, 25, nicknamed “The Kill”, is a Muay Thai fighter, who has developed lethal Brazilian Jiu Jitzu, with 14 out of his 20 wins coming via rear naked choke.

“This is a huge fight, and it will be the biggest in South East Asia this year, believe that!” he said. “Tommy is a wrestler, his style is very effective, but also very boring. As always I will push the pace and look for the finish.”

Ohio born Hayden, who trains at Bangkok Fight Lab and Hero Factory gym, recently moved to Thailand and won his comeback fight in Full Metal Dojo 9 earlier this year via TKO.

Chope has also fought, and won, in Full Metal Dojo, and is now training at Juggernaut Fight Club, Singapore. He is an extremely active fighter, having fought nine fights is 2015, winning seven. He’s already fought five times this year, winning four and is in a confident mood ahead of this showdown. The California native added: “As soon as I heard Tommy was fighting in Thailand, I wanted to fight him.”

Hayden also said: “I knew we would cross paths eventually and it’s going to be a really fun test. Expect a fast paced, technically skilled fight.”

Full Metal Dojo owner Jon Nutt said: “These are two of the hardest working guys in the sport, both are well-rounded, coming from a UFC background, and this is one of the biggest prizefights in Thailand’s Mixed Martial Arts history.”

“FMD is a small MMA promotion, but our growth has been spectacular,” Nutt added. “This fight is a confident reassurance that we’re stepping up to another level.”

Article credit

Max Rapkin
Newcastle, England
NCTJ accredited Journalist



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