FiveOuncesofPain.com has recently been able to confirm that Kyle Noke is expected to take part in the upcoming eleventh season of The Ultimate Fighter through several sources close to the situation. Noke is an Australian born fighter that currently trains out of Greg Jackson’s MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is an EliteXC veteran and former Xtreme Fighting Championship middleweight champion with a career record of 16-4 with one draw. Kyle holds previous notable wins over the likes of George Sotiropoulos and Kyacey Uscola, with the sole draw in his career coming against the highly regarded Hector Lombard. Click on the link for more.
Everyone at Integrated MMA/Fairtex Australia would like to wish Kyle the very best for TUF 11. Go getum brother!!
Long-distance call Mixed martial arts fighter Adrian Pang talks to Yvonne Lai about Bruce Lee and growing up tough in Papua New Guinea.
Mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Adrian “The Hunter” Pang-is reluctant to remove his sun–glasses. “I don’t want to scare anyone,” the reigning Australian lightweight champion explains. Pang recently headlined the Legend Fighting Championship,Hong Kong’s first MMA event, with Nam Yui-chul from Korea,”Nam landed some good shots early that swelled my eye up.” Pang might have managed to hide most of the bruising on his face but a large scar on his forearm – from a spear wound sustained during a “friendly”childhood skirmish – warrants further inspection. Pang, 29, is second-generation Chinese-Papua New Guinean on his father’s side and Australian on his mother’s, His Chinese great grandparents migrated to Papua New Guinea as traders. “I grew up half an hour from Kokopo town, near the former capital of Rabaul [in East New Britain province], My father owned and ran a general store selling dried goods,rice, meats,materials and petrol to the natives. We lived in our shop right on the beach and there was not any other Chinese or white community around, “The only one who really knows[about Pang's roots in China] is my grandmother. We are really close but I think she went through quite a bit of hardship during the second world war and there are things she wants to shut out We’ve tried to ask her what province we come from but she won’t say, “My first language was Tok Pisin [pidgin], which is spoken throughout Papua New Guinea; but then there are over 800 tribes, languages and dialects. Geographically, it would be like people [in Causeway Bay] speaking a different language to those in Admiralty, and constantly fighting each other. Tribes have a pay-back system where whatever ill you do, there’s always a retaliation; that’s the way it’s always been. “We were lucky in that the Tolai people in my area were gentle. But they still fought [in accordance with] old customs. My [younger] brother and I had a great childhood; we grew up the way [my father] did -not babied too much and learning to be independent very young. For playtime, my father would send us out to the bush to invent our own fun – we’d make huts or spears. When you hang with native kids, everything is about survival. “In 1994, the eruptions of volcanoes Tavurvur and Vulcano destroyed Rabaul and the provincial capital was relocated to Kokopo. It was around that time that Pang flew to Brisbane, Australia, to train in martial arts. ”I’d always been partial to kung fu because of my Chinese heritage; and I can’t remember the time in my life before [I watched]Bruce Lee films.”Pang chose to specialise in the Chow Gar Tong Long (southern praying mantis) style of kung fu and, in 1998, was brought to Hong Kong to train with sifo Yip Shui (1912-2004).”We lived at the master’s house in Kowloon and every morning, we’d get up and train on the rooftop.”Pang switched to MMA fighting in 2000. “What Bruce Lee believed is what they are teaching now – that no one school of kung fu is exactly right for anyone. He believed in adapting and choosing the best elements in each discipline to create your own style. “Married and settled in Brisbane with a 10-month-old son, Pang fights less often these days. He runs his own carpentry business and visits his father, who now lives in Port Moresby,as often as he can. “Back home, they consider me New Guinean. I’m in the newspapers all the time – they love contact sport. Because it’s a third world country and -gets a lot of bad press, they are glad [to]have someone lifting their name.”
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INTEGRATED MMA/FAIRTEX are on the way home from Hong Kong’s Legend FC event with a mixed bag. A kneebar submission win Matty Cain, a draw for Adrian Pang in what was a bloody war, an unfortunate loss for Mick Mortimer and our friend Dylan Andrews got KO’d with illegal shots to the back of the head and walked away with a no contest.
Matt Cain showed Arthit Hanchana a few things on ground fighting. Matt pursued his dangerous muay thai based opponent with constant pressure which resulted in Matt popping his opponents knee with a brutal kneebar in rnd 1.
Mick Mortimer was next to fight and started well with a very near head and arm choke attempt on his South Korean opponent Jo Nam Jin in the early part of the first round. However it wasnt to be as Mick failed to clear himself from the guard of the South Korean falling victim to a triangle choke.
In the main event Adrian “THE HUNTER” Pang fought the larger and very strong Nam Yui Chul who was 1.5 kg over the weight limit after doing it tough in the sauna. The match went on and in the first round Adrian wore too much punishment and had his eye swollen shut after taking an awesome uppercut and a couple of solid ground and pound shots from Nam. Adrians nose was bleeding profusely throughout the fight which only added to the war that continued.
2nd round Adrian wobbled Nam with a big left hook but couldnt finnish him off before Nam recovered. Adrian was felled to his knees twice with low blows and had to stop another couple of times with glancing blows to the groin and although Nam was deducted a point the blows had slowed Pang down sapping him of some energy. Adrian went for a standing Kimura and was lifted to shoulder height and slammed by Nam and the standup battle continued with both fighters landing solid punches.
Having fought the 2nd and 3rd round with 1 eye fully closed Adrian sensed the fight was still within his reach and did his best finding it very hard to judge his distance but continued to land solid exchanges finnishing strongly with a knee elbow combination that again stumbled his opponent.
Whilst waiting for a judges decision Pang and Nam dropped to their bellys in Centre ring to have an arm wrestle to entertain the crowd. The fight was eventually awarded a majority draw and there is a big possibility in the future of a rematch if Nam can make the 70kg weight limit which I think he will strugle to do. We would not be allowing the same leaniency in weight a second time. Nam is maybe one of the toughest and strongest fighters Adrian has ever fought and both fighters certainly were deservant of the fight of the night bonus.
Congrats to everyone involved in Legend FC on a fantastic first event and such friendly and professional organisation. Integrated MMA would like to thanks FAIRTEX, AUSTRALIAN SPORTS NUTRITION, TAPOUT, MMA SPORTS MAGAZINE and ALL TYPE CABINETS for their sponsorship and support.
Thanks to everyone in Hong Kong and especially promoters Mike Haskamp and Chris Pollock, your event is on the way up !!!!!!!!
Heres a pretty acurate play by play of the fights including- Adrian Pang V NamYui Chul
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