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Pala Casino presents WCK Full Rules Muay Thai Oct. 2, 2010 - National and International WBC Muay Thai and IKKC Muaythai Bouts to Feature American, Korean, Russian, Thai, Mexican and Chinese

PALA – Ten professional and amateur Muay Thai fights will be center stage at Pala Casino Spa & Resort on October 2nd, 2010. Muay Thai, the fastest-growing, adrenaline-rushing striking sport, also known as the art of eight limbs, allows fighters to utilize hands, elbows, knees and shins to bring the opponent down.

The event is headlined by the Light Heavyweight Muay Thai vs. MMA five-round bout between Denis “The Pirate” Grachev (Russia by way of San Diego) and Fernando Gonzalez (Temecula).

Grachev, an IKF (International Kickboxing Federation) World Light Heavyweight Champion, former European champion, has a professional Muay Thai record of 15 wins, nine of them by way of knockout, and two losses. His last memorable fight was against Joe Schilling of Los Angeles, which ended in Schilling being knocked out.

Grachev also holds a perfect boxing record of eight wins and zero losses. His opponent, Fernando “The Menifee Maniac” Gonzalez is a professional Muay Thai fighter and a very popular MMA fighter, who’s fought in King of the Cage and WEC promotions. His MMA record stands at 17 wins and eight losses.

One of the most decorated fighters, Romie Adanza will defend his IKKC Muay Thai International Super Bantamweight title against Haigang Huang of China.

Adanza is coming off of a win against a Brit, Andy Howson, which brings his record to seven wins and two losses total. Adanza will square off with the National Muay Thai Champion of China, Haigang Huang, who is also a part of the Chinese National MuayThai team.

His pro record comes to 26 wins and 12 losses.

The female portion of the card features an Olympic Gold Medalist from Korea, Sujeong Lim. Sujeong, who has been training and fighting internationally since high school, has a professional Muay Thai record of 25 wins and 5 losses. She was the Gold Olympic Taekwondo medalist at the Beijing Olympics of 2008, bronze medalist of the International Federation of Muay Thai Amateur Tournament held in Bangkok in 2007 and the Muay Thai bantamweight champion in South Korea, where she is also known for her career in the TV entertainment arena, appearing in several television shows and movies.

Also on the card is the current WMC World Champion Phanuwat “Coke” Chunhawat of Thailand, who has had more than 250 fights in his career. Coke will take on a Korean fighter, Byoung-Ku Park.

A complete fight card is as follows:

IKKC MuayThai Superfight: Muay Thai vs MMA

Denis Grachev (Russia, by way of San Diego) vs Fernando Gonzalez (Temecula)

IKKC MuayThai International Super Bantamweight Title

Romie Adanza (Orange County) vs Haigang Huang (China)

IKKC MuayThai International Super Lightweight Title

Byoung-Ku Park (Korea) vs Phanuwat “Coke” Chunhawat (Thailand by way of Oakland)

WBC MuayThai National Super Middleweight Title

Jared Lara (Redlands, Calif.) vs Eric Utsch (Allen Town, Penn.)

IKKC MuayThai Welterweight Bout

Joey Pagliuso (Riverside, Calif.) vs Sean Dizay (Las Vegas, Nev.)

IKKC MuayThai Welterweight Bout

Artem Sharoshkin (Russia by way of San Diego, Calif.) vs TBA

IKKC MuayThai Middleweight Bout

Luis Bio (Ensenada, Mexico) vs TBA

WBC MuayThai Bantamweight Superfight

Sujeong Lim (Korea) vs TBA

Amateur fights:

IAMTF Cruiserweight Superfight

Dave Nielsen (San Diego, Calif.) vs Frank Bamford (Orange County, Calif.)

IAMTF US Super Featherweight Title

Tiffany van Soest (San Diego, Calif.) vs Tandi Schaffer (Salt Lake City, Utah)

All bouts are subject to change. Fights start at 7 p.m. Tickets are priced at $40 and $100 ringside. Tickets are on sale now, with no service charge, at the Pala Privileges Center in the casino, or call 1-877-WIN PALA (1-877-946-7252) or877-446-7962.

Fans must be at least 21 years old to attend the event.


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