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Old 06-17-2008, 01:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Malaipet talks Yodseanklai, MMA, K-1 Max...

On what could be one of the greatest fight cards in Muay Thai history, Malaipet Sasipara has a small matter of fighting red-hot “Contender-Asia” Yod Fairtex. The twain shall meet on June 20th in a country famed for rum, women and cricket. So enter Muay Thai!

Malaipet “The Diamond” of team Diamond USA just recently made his Mixed Martial Arts debut and is probably the biggest Thai exponent of stand up to make the switch. His striking ability and kicks are some of the most rated in the business of hurting people, under full Thai rules.

Dennis Warner and his promotion in featuring a card full of stars, like that of Manchester United in football: includes John Wayne Parr, Rick Cheek and a very exciting Patrice Quatteron- to name a few. The cherry topping of Malaipet V Yod is a fight which may decide the bragging rights for some time to come. Yod, fresh off the Contender-Asia reality series against a star studded cast walks in the hot favourite. Furthermore having a WMC title fight in Sweden on May 31st is the perfect preparation.

Malaipet will need to be ready for a whirl wind assault of looping left kicks, to which he promises faster answers and upset the script somewhat. He is after all the “Diamond”!

He took some time off amidst a heavy training schedule to answer some brief questions from ROGUE insider, questions the fans are dying to know answers for!

Q. Your scheduled to fight with Yod in Jamaica for the main event in June- how does someone like you prepare for a fighter of that calibre, what’s your secret?

A. Yodseanklai is a great fighter and Champion, so I will train very hard for this fight. My technique will have to be faster, more accurate and stronger if I am planning to win this fight. He strikes well so it will be a great fight- no secret, just good hard training on having sharper technique I guess…

Q. Just recently you had your first MMA fight, tell us about that and how was fighting MMA like, and what fighting in a cage is like- how did you make the switch from doing stand up in the ring?

A. In MMA I had to change my fighting stance, almost like a boxing stance. I have to stay more alert to watch the opponent’s every move. I not only have to be careful with his striking and kicking but also with the take downs. Fighting in a cage is to my advantage because when my opponent has my back on the cage it gives me time to think about my next move, were Muay Thai does not give you time to think and/or rest for your next move. So it’s good and I hope to have more fights in the cage…

Q. So will we see you more in MMA in the future as opposed to Muay Thai?

A. I will continue to fight both Muay Thai and MMA. I have Muay Thai in my blood and I will always respect Muay Thai.

Q. Coming back to the fight with Yod, how do you see this fight going and what is your prediction?

A. First of all this will be a fight to remember. This fight will be a great show of technique from both Yodseanklai and me. This fight will have strong punches, kicks, elbows, knees, speed, endurance and most of all non-stop action. It will have everything Muay Thai has to offer and I am looking forward to this fight very much… It will be a great fight, which is my prediction!

Q. Will we ever see you in the K-1 Max? If so do you think the rules, changing from Muay Thai will be an issue?

A. If the opportunity to fight K-1 arises, I would just have to learn K-1 rules and adapt accordingly. I will have no problem to adapt- yeah I am happy to accept and fight K-1, of course…

Q. Who are the other Muay Thai fighters in your weight class you rate? A few names please….

A. I have respect for all fighters, it take guts to fight. Some of the other fighters that I rate would be; Marco Pique, Sanchai, Narupoen and so many others. Everyone is good and they deserve respect…

Q. Lately there have been issues surrounding some Thai fighters cutting weight before a fight- too much weight too soon- do you have any such problems or do you stay at comfortable weight well before hand to the fight?

A. I do not have that problem. I have to put on weight instead of loosing weight!

Q. Any last words/message to your fans please?

A. To all fight fans, do not miss this fight! Those fans that’s been with me for a long time, I will always respect you and I am grateful that you support me. I will never forget my fans; you guys give me the strength to continue. To all you fighters up and coming, I hope that I can be an inspiration of hope for you. You just have to believe in yourself and you can achieve any and all goals that you set! Thank you again and thanks for the interview

Can't wait for his fight with Yod.
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