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ShoXC Main Event: Malaipet vs. Denny

The Fight Network has the details on a fight I am extremely excited to see:

Former Muay Thai world champion Malaipet Sitprapom will collide with colorful King of the Cage veteran Thomas Denny in the featured bout on the latest stop on the ShoXC "Elite Challenger Series" on Friday, March 21 at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif. EliteXC representatives announced the lightweight tilt on Saturday.

Sitprapom (3-1) made his ShoXC debut in October, when he defeated Kaleo Kwan by unanimous decision. A gifted striker, the 26-year-old became a professional fighter at age 8 in his native Thailand. Sitprapom now resides in Upland, Calif.

A grizzled nine-year veteran, Denny (25-16) has won three of his last four fights but lost to Joe Camacho by second-round knockout at KOTC "Premiere" in January. He owns a victory over Tony Fryklund and has tested himself against some of the sport's elite lightweights and welterweights, including one-time UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, Joe Stevenson, Yves Edwards and Duane Ludwig. Denny has finished 21 of his 25 career wins.

On the feet this isn't even a contest. Malaipet is a Lumpinee Stadium Champion, which is about the highest honor one can achieve in traditional Thai boxing. I haven't seen much of his ground game, though, so you have to think that's where a veteran like Denny - as inconsistent as he is against top-tier fighters - will look to take this fight. It's a tough test for both fighters and absolutely superb matchmaking from a stylistic and contender-creating standpoint.

And so long as Buakaw Por Pramuk decides to never fight MMA, Malaipet serves as a worthy Thai substitute.

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