This past weekend, our friends over at Lingnoi Promotions was back with a new edition of Muay Thai For Life – the biggest Muay Thai fighting series in Scandinavia.
We sent out our editor-in-cheif Ashah Tafari and media producer Johnathon “Sweep” Michael to host the weigh-ins and check out the fights in Partille Arena, Gothenburg.
In the main event, Adel Ekvall – one of Sweden’s most accomplished fighters – made his comeback to the ring in a non-title bout against the WBC’s Scandivian champion Otabek Ergashev, who also fought for the first time in years following a layoff due to a knee-injury.
The super middleweight fight was action-packed from start to finish. And in the final seconds of round one, a crazy moment led to an eight count as Ekvall almost knocked himself out while trying to go for a cartwheel kick.
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“How do you give yourself an eight count? I’ve never seen anything like that,” Ashah Tafari said while reacting to the fight ringside.
Impressively enough, Ekvall seemed to get better as the fight went on despite getting rocked by the failed attempt. In the end, he won the by unanimous decision and was even awarded a 500 dollar bonus by UFC bantamweight Pannie Kianzad.
Kianzad had teamed up with Lingnoi Promotions and the Swedish security company Forebygg.se to hand out two performance bonuses at the event. The other bonus went to the hometown favourite Sam Ghoroghi, a former Swedish champion who defeated seasoned Thai veteran Fluck in a bloody fight that also went to distance.
Other standouts on the card were Jonathan Larsson and Emma Stonegård – two three-time Swedish Muay Thai champions who defeated tough opponents in Jack Cooper and Anna Rantanen. Furthermore, Freddy Castro Gonzalez and Nasim Kazem put on one of the most exciting fights of the night.
“Once again, Lingnoi Promotions put an a great and well-organized event with some world-class athletes. The Muay Thai For Life series continues to help push Muay Thai in Scandinavia to new heights as the fan interest keeps growing, which shouldn’t come as a surprise since the fights have been incredible thus far,” says Ashah Tafari.
Check out the fight highlights in the video above, shot and edited by Johnathon “Sweep” Michael!
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Muay Thai For Life 2.0 – official results:
Check out the full results down below!
- Super middleweight: Adel Ekvall def. Otabek Ergashev by unanamous decision
- Middleweight: Jonathan Larsson def. Jack Cooper by unanimous decision
- Welterweight: Freddy Castro Gonzalez def. Nasim Kazem by split decision
- Catweight: Emma Stonegård def. Anna Rantanen by split decision
- Super lightweight: Robin Sundlöf def. Dat Hoang by TKO (shoulder injury) – Round 1
- Lightweight: Sam Ghoroghi def. Fluck by unanimous decision
- Bantamweight: Johanna Hermansen def. Madeleine Sangthong by split decision
- Heavyweight: Mehmet Kaya def. Joakim Nyberg by majority decision
- Super lightweight: Leo Eshagi def. Jonathan Hammar by unanimous decision