Episode 3 is very exciting. Rafik seems to be a bad guy since day one. This week the house refuse him.
The fight between Rafik and Dzhabar shown one point: Dzhabar did not attack Rafik when he was on a floor, while Rafik attacked Dzhabar when he was not ready.
When it came to the eliminate fight, JWP vs Rafik, I think it is a good matched. Although, Dzhabar fighting Rafik will be more exciting but that may not be a professional fight. It could lead to angry Fight Club style. Dzhabar shown his respect to this sport and his team mates decision.
In the ring, JWP seemed slow but he has good techniques. I think there was emotional involved in his move. He may want to win too much. Anyway, his experiences help him to protect himself from Rafik weapons.
Rafik, although with his big mouth, shows everyone he has a big heart too (at least in the ring). JWP’s nose got cut by Rafik elbow. The two did their best. JWP won by points.
The Wild Boars won the competition again. They picked James (USA) to fight against Sean (Scotland). There was a heat between Rafik and Sean. (and Rafik with every else). I like the phase Yod said to Rafik: Hey Frechie ! Big mouth, small heart. It is not important whether this was a setup or not. The phase is surely true and should be remembered.
Sean won the fight. He has a better muay thai skill. James seems to be a strong fighter but his muaythai skill cannot match the other guys.
There was nothing much on the first episode. Mostly, it is about introduction for these fighters. The fight was Trevor (Canadian) against Naruepol (Thai). I have to say this was not a good matched. Naruepol has much more experience and skill. There was no doubt because he started fighting since he was very young.
If you already know what it is, you can skip this post.
The Contender Asia is the reality game show that contain 16 muay thai fighters form various countries. Each episode (week), one fighter will be eliminated. The role is simple. 16 fighters were split into 2 teams: red (the Tiger King) and blue (the Wild Boars). Each episode, the two teams will compete on the given game. The winning team can pick one fighter from the losing team and one from their for the fight.
At this moment, three episodes have been shown. I think this show is quite interesting and you guys should see it. From now on, I will be after this show and will try to put useful resources as much as possible.
Big thanks to Zach, one of the Contender, who introduced me into this.
Here are some useful websites about the show
The official website: http://www.contenderasia.com/
News and updates, general information and community
This is a Muay Thai Blog. The owner, Nopstar, is real for the Contender. I saw him after this show since the beginning (since choosing fighters last year). There are also many fans share comments and useful resources about the show.
Alex, the owner of K-1fans, is also a big fan of Muay Thai. He has two dedicated topics about the show: one for the spoiler and the other one for no spoiler.