Well I finally got to watch the fights… honestly not sure if it was worth the wait. I had to do some seriously scrambling, as the PPV didn’t support macs. I think I’m done bitching about this event; I’m tired of taking up so much MyMuayThai real estate.
Many thanks to MMT friend Richelieu aka Harmon Bakker for the use of his photos.
I don’t have the clip of this, as I don’t feel like getting any more emails about copyright infringement. Whose knows maybe we’ll get a clip sometime?
I know a lot of you were upset with the decision. I’m honestly too tired to go back and try to watch this fight again. I think it’s important to note, that K-1 scoring and Muay Thai scoring are vastly different. For one, pushing the action forward is crucial to scoring in K-1. In Muay Thai it isn’t necessarily the case. If the person is pushing the action are they landing clean shots? Or are they just pushing forward? Are they pushing forward and taking lots of shots?
Diesel lek was clearly fighting with a Muay Thai mindset and strategy. He was comfortable letting Marco push the action; I think Diesel lek did a text a good job landing counter kicks to Marco’s punches. My trainer Neungsiam has the same fighting style as Diesel lek, and he’s recently run into trouble with judges penalizing him for not pushing the action. Also if you listened to the yokel announcers who don’t have a clue, it makes judging even more difficult.
I think we become so accustomed to K-1 scoring we immediately give the aggressor the upper hand. I think if the Souwer vs. Yodsanklai fight was done under Muay Thai rules we would have seen a different outcome.
I don’t think either fighter fought particularly well. If you look at the scoring 49-46 Dej Sriampai is clearly a Thai judge. I would like to think the 3 point spread is because he knows how to score Muay Thai, and not any other reason.
IKF Muay Thai LIGHT Middleweight World Title.
Deiselleck Rungruangyon (Thailand, 154) defeated Marco Pique (Suriname / Holland, 158.5) by unanimous decision, 48-47, 49-46 and 48-47.
REFEREE: Vichai (Rex).
JUDGES: Dan Stell, Dej Sriampai, Jorge Zarate.