The next DARE event in Bangkok, Thailand takes place this coming weekend, Saturday March 17th. DARE presents itself as a a unique live experience and caters to a small and intimate crowd in a raucous club atmosphere. While the production value for their stream isn’t yet on par with broadcast-oriented promotions, DARE does have an interesting match-making formula which gives the actual bouts entertainment value of their own merit.
DARE showcases everything from local upcoming Thai MMA talents facing each other, to SE Asia martial arts scene stalwarts proving who is top dog, to bringing in overseas hot shots to fight regional ones. The current card holds a little of all of these things. And then there’s that whole “One million dollars in a cage” tournament tangent.
While seeming to be a small shrimp in a big pot of Thai curry soup, they pack a spicy wallop with brilliant marketing and excellent PR relations. This harmony of ingredients has made a small Bangkok-based promotion gain a cult-like live following and increasing interest from the international community. DARE 2/2012, the second event this year following an earlier one that served as a benefit for flood victim relief, features seven fights including the most recently announced fight which is detailed in the press release listed after the card.
Arnaud LePont versus Cris Haja, Welterweight Quarterfinals
Shannon Wiratchai versus Tondamrong Punjabutra, Lightweight Quaterfinals
Shoyidor Jurabekov versus Bruce Loh, Flyweight Opening round
Mark Striegl versus Marko Huusansaari, Lightweight Opening round
Saengchit Parkaiphet versus Will Chope, Featherweight Quarterfinals
Andre Marcolla versus Daniel Kerr, Middleweight Opening round
Alexsandro Machado versus Kristoffer Persson, Welterweight Opening round
The winner of this fight will proceed to the QuarterFinal level of the DARE Championship and be one step closer to becoming one of the first DARE Champions and the receivers of the One Million Dollar Grand Bonus.
ONE MILLION DOLLARS. IN A CAGE. GAME ON.
LUDAKRIS – Kristoffer is a Muay Thai fighter from Sweden who made his MMA debut in Pattaya last year, defeating a Filipino fighter under semi pro rules. He travelled to China to face one of the best fighters there last April and put in a good performance before being submitted in the second round. He also has plenty of BJJ experience and has been based in Boracay where he will have been training with Ole Laursen every day as the K-1 and Muay Thai veteran prepared for back to back MMA fights this year. He trains out of Legacy Gym in Boracay. For more information please visit: www.legacygym.com.
LEKE – Alexsandro had a hard upbringing and the Brazilian is as tough as they come. He only moved into MMA last year but already has a perfect 3-0 record with all his fights finishing early in the opening round. He is naturally a featherweight but has no problem taking on much bigger opponents, or even fighting twice in a night. Last time out he took on an opponent who was 20 kgs bigger than him and submitted him in under 30 seconds. Leke trains out of and represents Impact MMA in Singapore. For more information please visit: www.impactmma.com.sg
Here are the thoughts of veteran MMA journalist James Goyder,
“Leke seems to have an old school vale tudo attitude to fighting, he will take on anyone, any time no matter how much bigger they are or how many times he has already fought that night. He is a BJJ black belt and if he can get this fight to the ground he is almost guaranteed to win, Kris needs to keep it standing and use his size and reach to punish the Brazilian in the stand up exchanges. I don’t see this fight making it out of the opening round.” He said.
DARE 2/2012 takes place on March 17th at Club Insomnia Bangkok.