Review of the year 2018

This year has been exciting, sometime challenging, yet very productive. Below is a quick summary from the top of the head of what has happened during the last 365 days.

In February the Ultimate Fighting Championship made its highly anticipated debut in Western Australia with UFC 221 held here in Perth. In other words, I’d say it was the first time when the world-class production reached this side of the country, putting on a display for local promoters of how to put on the show.

In May, together with Lilian Dikmans we traveled Europe visiting Poland, Belgium and Greece. Among everything, one of the highlights for me was to meet my old friend friend and Muay Thai legend Osman Yigin for the first time in 12 years. Lilian was invited to present World Kickboxing Network championship belt at Sarara vs. Mozny for WKN Super Heavyweight title, being the only Australian at the National Stadium Warsaw, with famed Michael Buffer announcing the fights.

In June Misagh Norouzi made his return to fight action after more than two years of layoff. It preceded his second outing this year in October, when together with Lilian they showcased the class of Muay Thai in their respective divisions.

Also this year my good friend Nathan Corbett, well-known as “Elbow Master”, moved to the US. Living in California he is teaching “Carnage Striking” to the world-class fighters, as well as hosting seminars across the country. In addition to traveling, news reporting, and fighting, we filmed several videos dedicated to Muay Thai techniques which can be found on YouTube.

As for the global events in combat sports, one can say that the showdown between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor takes the first spot. Yet, we have also witnessed the second encounter between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin, and many more top level bouts. Personally, I am pleased to see that Muay Thai stars Yodsanklai Fairtex and Saenchai are still full of fire, proudly representing the Art of Eight Limbs.

As for 2019, UFC 234 in Melbourne emerges as the first destination. We also look forward to visit South American capital of kickboxing, Argentina, with Misagh and Lilian partaking in Simply the Best. I haven’t felt the buzz of fighting since May 2016, yet the desire is always there.

Let’s see what happens in 2019. Happy new year everybody.