Contender Asia 2009 - Season Two Qualifiers ( Updated Aug 8, 2009 )


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The Contender Asia Qualifier final list ( as at August 8, 2009 )

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 Paulo Balicho Contender Asia 2009 Paulo Balicho ( Switzerland ) Bernard Radin Contender Asia 2009 Bernard Radin ( Malaysia )

Rafi Zouhier Contender Asia 2009 Rafi Zouhier ( Spain )

  

Jordan Watson Contender Asia 2009 Jordan Watson ( U.K. ) Eli Madigan Contender Asia 2009 Eli Madigan ( Australia )

Bakhulule Baai Contender Asia 2009 Bakhulule Baai ( Africa ) Marcus Oberg Contender Asia 2009 Marcus Oberg ( Sweden )

 Levin Artem ( Russia )   Marco Piqué ( Netherlands / Suriname )

 Diego Ballardin ( Italy )  Cedric Muller ( France )

 Faizal Ramli ( Malaysia )  Malaipet Sasiprapa ( Thailand ) 

and finally,

  Kit Copen ( USA )

 Duane Ludwig ( USA )

 Jesse Miles( Canada )




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Who is Tengku Sharizal Malaysia is a winning a contender Quali in Malaysia




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WOW...cool man.Thanks nyghtsky  for e updates...HERE MY UPDATES TOO....

A 8-Man Tournament took place in Guinea, West Africa on December 20, 2008 where the world’s best fighters contend for the number spot of all champions and a USD$65,000 winning purse. The tournament include such names as Faird Villaume, Yohan Lindon, Lamsongkran, Ali Gunyar and Yodsanklai Fairtex.

The night belongs to Yodsanklai of the Fairtex camp as he proved to be too strong for the tournament. It was almost a walk in the park for the “Hero” of Thailand where he KO’ed all three of his opponents to win the 8-Man Tournament.

Here is the result.

Quarter Finals:

Farid Villaume vs Cameroonian: Villaume won by KO in 2nd round.

Ali Gunyar vs Lamsongkran Choowattana: Gunyar win by disqualification with an elbow which cut him in arch of the eyebrow, but because of his injury, he couldn’t continue the tournament and thus, Lamsongkram returned in the tournament.

Yohan Lidon vs Spanish: Lidon won by KO in 1st round.

Yodsanklai Fairtex vs Belarus: Fairtex won by KO in 2nd Round.

Semi Finals:

Farid Villaume vs Lamsongkran Choowattana: Lamsongkran won by points and advanced to the final.

Yohan Lidon vs Yodsanklai Fairtex: Fairtex won when Lidon's withdrawal in the 3rd round, with an eye's injury as he could not continue the fight.

Finals is 100% Thai:

Yodslankai Fairtex vs Lamsongkran Choowattana: It was expected that the two Thais would duke it out to see who is the best of the two as both are well decorated fighters. However, the night proved that Fairtex was much more superior when Fairtex KO’ed Lamsongkran in 1st round.

Superfight:

Djimé Coulibaly vs Alex Guinea: Guina won by points.

Frederic Belonie vs Cameroonian: Beloni won by KO in 2nd round.

source from muay thai africa.

My man juz proved to be too strong to be defeated at.I m so happy.

 




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WOW...cool man.Thanks nyghtsky  for e updates...HERE MY UPDATES TOO....

A 8-Man Tournament took place in Guinea, West Africa on December 20, 2008 where the world’s best fighters contend for the number spot of all champions and a USD$65,000 winning purse. The tournament include such names as Faird Villaume, Yohan Lindon, Lamsongkran, Ali Gunyar and Yodsanklai Fairtex.

The night belongs to Yodsanklai of the Fairtex camp as he proved to be too strong for the tournament. It was almost a walk in the park for the “Hero” of Thailand where he KO’ed all three of his opponents to win the 8-Man Tournament.

Here is the result.

Quarter Finals:

Farid Villaume vs Cameroonian: Villaume won by KO in 2nd round.

Ali Gunyar vs Lamsongkran Choowattana: Gunyar win by disqualification with an elbow which cut him in arch of the eyebrow, but because of his injury, he couldn’t continue the tournament and thus, Lamsongkram returned in the tournament.

Yohan Lidon vs Spanish: Lidon won by KO in 1st round.

Yodsanklai Fairtex vs Belarus: Fairtex won by KO in 2nd Round.

Semi Finals:

Farid Villaume vs Lamsongkran Choowattana: Lamsongkran won by points and advanced to the final.

Yohan Lidon vs Yodsanklai Fairtex: Fairtex won when Lidon's withdrawal in the 3rd round, with an eye's injury as he could not continue the fight.

Finals is 100% Thai:

Yodslankai Fairtex vs Lamsongkran Choowattana: It was expected that the two Thais would duke it out to see who is the best of the two as both are well decorated fighters. However, the night proved that Fairtex was much more superior when Fairtex KO’ed Lamsongkran in 1st round.

Superfight:

Djimé Coulibaly vs Alex Guinea: Guina won by points.

Frederic Belonie vs Cameroonian: Beloni won by KO in 2nd round.

source from muay thai africa.

My man juz proved to be too strong to be defeated at.I m so happy.

 




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Thanks nyghtsky your a legend,l think this season will be 100% better than the last one.




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The fighter from Hong Kong is Pak-Wing Heung, not Wing Heung Pak.
"Heung" is his last name, "Pak-Wing" is his first name.

Please make corrections to it. Thank you.

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CA2 Organisers' Interview

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The World Muaythai Council is the official sanctioning body for the Contender Asia has officially announced that filming for season two will begin on April 1st in Malaysia. It's scheduled to air in Asia in the summer 2009.




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Contender Asia Season Two Update : Article by Stephen Fox ( currently VP. World MuayThai Council )

Malaysia has won the bid the host season two of The Contender Asia, despite tough competition fromThailand, Singapore and Macau. Season two is shaping up to be even more successful than season one as the world is in Contender fever. Through The Contender Asia, the world will fall in love with the beauty of Malaysia from the vibrant capitol city of Kuala Lumpur to the mysterious Borneo and with no doubt the world’s most pristine beaches, from Langkawi to Terengganu, and all other places and sights which will be featured during production of the show.

The Contender Asia season two also possesses an aspect that wasn’t afforded to season one (Singapore)
- A world wide qualification process has been set up to promote season two whilst procuring the best of the best to participate on the show. The bar has been raised for this next installment of the popular muaythai reality show. A special 8 minute trailer was produced to promote Malaysia and the representatives of the Malaysian embassies and tourism board have been invited to the events in the various countries to present the Key to Malaysia to the winners.

Millions of people around the world are eagerly awaiting the start of the show and will follow the hopes and dreams of these 19 outstanding sportsmen from all five continents. So far 10 skilled and agile fighters have rightfully qualified for a coveted spot on the show. Prime Ministers, Sport Ministers, national television stations and newspapers, are wishing and hoping that their chosen athlete will bring home the Contender Asia fame and glory.

The first qualifier was held in Stockholm, Sweden. The event was televised on Eurosport, Fox Sport, TV4 and many other channels reaching over 60 countries and had a live audience of over 10,000 spectators. To the delight of Sweden, it was the IFMA bronze medalist Marcus Oberg that took the first spot.

From there, the event moved on to Canada, where the qualifier will be held in 2 legs. The first leg of the mega event was televised in North and South America. The final leg is set for March and will see Alex Ricci and Jesse Miles vying for the chance to represent Canada on the show. The Canadian Prime Minister will preside over the event.

Next up was Spain, and what an event is was! Madrid was in Contender craze. H.E. the Ambassador of Malaysia to Spain invited Spain to Malaysia, and when he presented the belt and key to the winner Rafi Zouheir, it was a Spanish flag fiesta in the 5,000 seater stadium.
 

Following Spain, was the first of the South American qualifiers, where Marco Pique, a true legend in the sport who took home the gold. His bags are packed and Marco is ready for Malaysia.

Next stop was Cape Town, South Africa, another sold out event which was televised live. Malaysia was advertised in a special presentation and at the end of the 8 man tournament, Bakhalule “The Zulu” Baai earned his place. This was one of the most memorable qualifying events, as the Minister made an emotional speech in which he outlined that sport can make a difference, and he hoped that through the Contender Asia, the world would come closer together, as not only would Malaysia be showcased, but the world will also learn about South Africa through Bakhalule, South African representative on the show.

London was next to host a qualifier, where the best competitors from all over the United Kingdom came together to battle for Britain’s spot on the show. Season one was a mega hit in the UK, aired prime time. The qualifier event was also aired on Sky Sport. The event was sold out with people queuing for tickets. H.E. the Ambassador of Malaysia to the UK was on hand to present the belt and Key to Malaysia to Jordan Watson. The event received rave reviews from the local press and Sky Sport broadcast the show on 2 replays by popular demand.

Next up was Hong Kong, where it was decided who would be the Chinese contender. The event also televised on a local channel sold out and it was Heung “The Bomber” Pak Wing who earned the spot. Celebrations were in full force in Hong Kong after beating out boxers from the motherland.

Next up was Switzerland to hold a qualifier for the German speaking countries. The event was packed with celebrities from television, political and sports sectors. The event had a huge build up as Switzerland beat out Germany and Austria to host the event. When Swiss fighter Paolo Balicha won the final bout, there was no holding back the roars of the sold out audience. H.E. the Ambassador of Malaysia to Switzerland invited Paolo to his residence to congratulate him on his win.

The event then went down under for the Oceania qualifier. This again was a highlight event. Chandler Arena was packed to over capacity and people had to be turned away at the door for this Fox Sport event. It was Eli Madigan who will represent Australia, which was already in Contender fever from season one, as it was aired prime time.

Next up was Thailand. The event in Bangkok was an international qualifier which saw fighters from 8 different countries. The event was held in honour of H.M. the King’s birthday, televised in 170 countries and had a live audience of over 200,000 spectators.
It was a night where Malaysia made history as to the surprise of the world, it was Malaysia that took home a qualifying spot with Bernard Radin. This will give Malaysia the only country to have two spots on the show, as another event is in planning in Malaysia to qualify another Malaysian fighter.

The last event of 2009 was held in Russia. The Malaysian tourism board showed up in full force to this nation wide telecasted event. It was 3 time world champion Levin Artem who earned the spot to represent Russia.
 

February and March will see the last remaining qualifiers in the United States, Italy, France, Thailand and the final event on the 1st of April in Malaysia for the last spot on the show to find the second Malaysian fighter.

The last major event will be in Denver, Colorado. The Summer and Winter Olympics IOC Executive Board, GAISF General Assembly along with all 108 recognized World Sports Federation, and all sports media will meet. The event will feature an Exposition Hall where Contender Asia will have a special display. Representatives from the sporting world will be able to preview the Contender Asia's upcoming Season Two. 19 athletes representing 18 countries and 5 continents will embark on the quest of the lives to compete for their country, their families, and themselves to become the champion of all champions and the next Contender Asia champion. More than 500 million people will be on the edge of their seats, crying with the losers, cheering with the winners, learning of the different cultures and will fall in love with a country that can only be described as truly Asia, Malaysia.




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NOTE : The above article clarifies some issues, though raise a couple of questions....

i) Khem Fairtex has not yet qualify as a Season Two Contender . His win during the Thai King's Cup Qualifier only earned him the right to proceed to the next Thailand Qualification round possibly in March 2009;

neither has

ii) Tengku Sharizal, winner of the International MuayThai Superfights which took place on July 5th in Kuala Lumpur last year. Tengku will have to compete in the Malaysian Super 8 CA Qualifier supposedly scheduled for April 1, 2009 for right to join fellow Malaysian, Bernard Radin as the 2nd Malaysian Contender . As host country, Malaysia was accorded 2 places in CA2. 

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iii) Jesse Miles, who won in the highly controversial fight against Alex Ricci in the Canadian /North American Qualifier event on September 20, 2008; The final leg of the Canadian CA2 Qualifier has been set for March in which we'll get to see both Alex Ricci and Jesse compete in again; thus put to rest once and for all, who has the right to represent Canada on the CA2.

Finally, ????

Marco "The Sniper" Piqué qualifying in a South American qualifier ??? I know Marco is of Dutch-Surinamese but he usually fights under the Holland( Europe ) flag rather than Suriname ( South America )... ; the only South American fight he took part in 2008 was the International Muay Thai Fight Night ( Montego Bay, Jamaica ) which he lost to Deiselleck Rungruangyon.




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Finally there are some official or semi-official confirmations.Good thing there will be a rematch in Canada, at least they want to keep it clean.

On the other hand the malays were told they were fighting for a spot in the show :-( I don't think they'll reserve a spot for South America... Any other boxers besides this one?




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This is verry unserios Bernard Radin  Pak Wieng Piquet  winning 1 Fight for Qualification.Kem Fairtex Winning the8 Men  Kings Cup The Event of Event of the Year et not includet in CA2.




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To further clarify...

Khem Fairtex was apparently chosen to represent Bangkok area, or the central Thailand

Recently, the Southern Qualifier selections ( 13th Chaweng Stadium Birthday ) took place featuring Singsiri Por Sirichai, Rolex Kaennorasing, Attapon Superprosamui (Por Samaranchai) and Madsua WMC Samui.

In the final of the 4 men event, Singsiri Por Sirichai ( pic below ) defeated Madsua on points and emerge victor.

There are supposedly more regional qualifiers taking place..; Respective regional winners will meet in a "MuayThai Battle Royale" for prestigeous right and honor represent Thailand in the Contender Asia Season two. Can't wait for it!!!!




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I cant wait to see Eli show the rest of the world what he can do! He would have to be one of the most highly skilled fighters i have seen in the past 5 years and is an awesome sportsman...... he has worked so hard coming up through the ranks of Australian Muay Thai!!!!! His dad Paul is his trainner and he should be so very proud!!!! Good Luck Eli........ Bring that belt home mate




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We're getting really close to the end, can't wait to start!!!




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Why they put not Ali Gunyar from Turkey in the CA2.

He is a super fighter.




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Contender Asia 2 : News Update

KOTA BAHARU, April 25 (Bernama News) -- Two Malaysian Muay Thai exponents did the country proud after being selected among 18 foreign exponents to contest in this season's "The Contender Asia 2" (TCA) reality TV combat show.

Bernard Radin, 36, from Sarawak and Faizal Ramli, 19 ( Pic Above ) from Kelantan earned their ticket after beating their respective opponents in the finals of the Super Muay Thai championship at the Youth and Sports Complex here yesterday.

TCA executive producer Riaz Mehta said it was the first time Malaysian exponents had gained selection for the popular reality TV show and more significant was the fact that the Malaysia will be the venue for shooting the programme.

"The presence of Malaysian exponents in the popular show that has about 500 million viewers in more than 40 countries through the AXN channel, will be an added bonus to local Muay Thai fans. The show will start in June while the final is scheduled for January 2010," said Mehta.

Mehta added that the 18 contestants from 17 countries will be vying for coveted belt and RM800,000 total prize money.

Meanwhile, Faizal who had been competing in Muay Thai competitions for the past six years said he was both delighted and determined to do well in the show.




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18 contestants ???




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On top of this, there has been news that Malaipet Sasiprapa ( the Diamond ) is also in contention for the Thai slot; He speaks of it during his interview on the biopic film based on his life, Legendary, due for release in late 2009.

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and here's the trailer for the movie, Legendary

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hope bernard radin will be 2nd champion of the contender asia
Bernard Radin we cheer for u!!!!1




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yeah!!!to the hunter




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Khem Fairtex may not be selected as participant in the Contender Asia Muaythai as the producer of the reality show reportedly wants an English-speaking fighter to take the slot.

The fighter, also known as Khem Sor Ploenchit, was widely speculated to represent the Thai fighters in the second season of the popular AXN network show, but muaythai website thairec.com reported that the show producer is instead looking for a Thai fighter who is able to speak English in order to better attract the audience.

Among those tipped to take the Thai fighter slot are Singsirichai Por Sirichoke and Madsua Por Pongsawang, both of whom are from the Samui Island and have managers who are associated with the show producer.

According to the report at MuayThaiMag, the second Contender Asia will be held in Malaysia with 16 fighters selected from around the world. The fighters will be split into two competing teams, and the last two remaining fighters will fight each other off in the finale to earn about US$25,000. The second season is scheduled to start in August this year, while the final match will be held on December 5.




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That's not good, I had big hopes for him...

25K only? :-(




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Damn i hope malaipet loses i wanted to see khem fairtex or madsua fighting




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ya lo i thought madsua or khem....it seem like this season tough...but im fully support for bernard radin...




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Apparently the list has changed yet again. This time Jesse Miles of Canada is in, while Saro Presti, Pak-Wing Heung and Levin Artem is not confirmed as yet. But one this for sure, one of them will not be appearing as there are only two spots left.




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lol suddenlly they not comfirm?any excuse?




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is it comfirm the contender season 2 will start on 31 july?i want to go!!!!




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but bernard perform very well than other lol




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There was several critism/ comments as to why certain fighters were not selected for the show despite winning the qualifying bouts within their country; here's a letter from Stephan on the K-1 Fans site explaining the situation:-

Dear Muaythai Friends,

Friends of mine have forwarded me this post so I will take this opportunity to set the facts straight. Every coin has two sides and I’m not sure where some people get their information from. Maybe it’s just the fact that they enjoy smearing others.

First of all, my role in The Contender is to maintain the integrity of our sport; to make sure that the rules and regulations are upheld; that the boys are treated with respect and are not being used by the producers. Certainly we like to advertise the sport. For example, we did a full episode on the Wai Kru in season one so that viewers could learn more about the aspects of the sport. That is my role and nothing else.

The final selection of contestants lies in the hands of the producers. This is in everyone’s contract. I do understand the producer’s decision this season for requiring all the boys to speak English. Research from season one indicated that the majority of the viewers did not wish to read a novel on the screen. This again is the sole decision of the producers. They put in the money (a lot of money) to produce the show. We must and will adhere to their decisions as it is our objective to take Muaythai to the world.

Regarding Khem Fairtex, let me explain further. Originally, the King’s Cup should have been a qualifier, but sadly, the airport in Thailand was shut down due to political unrest at that time, and our international fighters from Belarus, Russia, France, etc. could not make it, so we had to use fighters from Thai gyms only. This is why the decision was made to no longer use the event as an official direct qualifier.

This was explained to everyone, and I have a very good relationship with the owner of Fairtex. For the record, his sponsorship was for advertising and TV exposure for his gym and not as Khem’s sponsor. Khem was paid a fight purse like everyone else who fought at that event.

Madsua was the producer’s choice as he was one of the trainers in season one and also beat JWP at Evolution in Australia. I had opposed the idea for the simple reason that I am associated with Madsua and didn’t want to be blamed in Thailand if (for example) he lost early. Nonetheless, Madsua was subject to a screen test with the producers, as were all other potential contestants with questionable English skills. He was subsequently turned down for a spot due to his inability to communicate well enough for the show. If I was egotistical, and as you say “call the shots” in Contender, Madsua would be in, and I would have taken a cut on his purse. Just for the record, I never take a cut from Madsua’s purse (or anyone else).Money is not my main objective (getting Muaythai Olympic recognized is). The fighters get what they earn and deserve. I have the highest respect for each and everyone and bow down to them for all the sacrifices they make.

Khem is being given his chance at a screen test, which I think will be done this week, and the outcome of this is completely out of my hands. One thing I can ensure is that the final will not be on the 5th of December. That is the birthday of His Majesty the King of Thailand. We all will be in Bangkok to celebrate this day together with the nation of Thailand.

Another thing, which is out of my hands, is the start date of the show. What I can tell you is that the loft is 80% complete and they are currently working on acquiring the necessary permits and so on.

I hope this answers your questions and misunderstandings. To finish this off, I do not want to get involved in ongoing discussions. We are very busy organising our upcoming IFMA World Championships in which over 1,000 boxers will be travelling to Bangkok, and also planning for the 2010 Sportaccord Combat Games in Beijing.

I would like to ask you before you believe the gossip of others, that you email me anytime (wmtc@hotmail.com). I’m sure one of our friendly and good looking office girls will answer any questions you may have. I am looking forward to working with everyone to take our sport to the highest level. Stay tuned for some very fantastic upcoming news for this year. Visit our website anytime (www.wmcmuaythai.org) or our amateur site (www.ifmamuaythai.org) for updates.

Stephan Fox
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Contender Asia, Host & Mentor




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thanks for the updates but when the series start?when first fight?




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Here is e comments by Hizreen Kamal(Msia New Straits Times)on 7/08/2009

Malaysia plays host to The Contender Asia Season 2.

HIZREEN KAMAL tells how we beat the rest to the punch.

LIKE Lennox Lewis’s jab and crushing right hand that turned “Iron” Mike Tyson’s lights off on June 8, 2002, in Memphis, Tennesssee, Malaysia has scored again.

Hot on the heels of The Biggest Loser Asia (which will start filming in October), the producers of The Contender Asia (Season 2) (CA2) have announced that the show will be shot in the country.

CA2 marks the second Mark Burnett/DreamWorks SKG production in Malaysia, after Survivor.

This time around, the prize money has been upped to US$250,000 (RM875,000) from the original US$150,000 (RM450,000) in the previous season, making it the biggest purse ever to be offered in the sport of muaythai.

The original Contender, which premiered in 2005, was hosted by Sylvester Stallone and Sugar Ray Leonard, and featured 16 boxers.

The appeal of that show resulted in the creation of an Asian version, Contender Asia, which pits 16 muaythai exponents from around the globe. The “Asian” element in this case is the sport of muaythai.

The first season of Contender Asia was shot in Singapore and was won by Yodsaenklai Fairtex from Thailand. It attracted a worldwide audience of 500 million.

It is estimated that when CA2 airs next January, on AXN (Astro Channel 701), more than 1 billion million people around the globe will tune in.

The show is not only Asia’s largest TV production, it is also the first Asian TV programme aired during prime time in four continents — Australia, Asia, Europe and the Americas.

Filming for the show’s Season 2 begins next week for 35 days.

Week after week, the audience will follow the athletes on their quest to become the Contender champion.

Many have their personal demons to grapple with and hurdles to overcome. Some compete for national pride while others fight to give their families a better life. But ultimately, it is a test of the human spirit.

The series has three key components — challenges, rewards and elimination fights. It combines the fast-paced action of muaythai, or Thai boxing.

Sixteen professional fighters from around the world — the cream of the crop in muaythai’s middleweight division — will compete in 15 weekly bouts and a final to emerge as champion.

The fighters, who will be divided into two groups, will be housed in a purpose-built Contender House in Petaling Jaya.

Each week’s filming will follow the fighters and their personal dramas as they live and work with each other, culminating in a tense elimination face-off in the ring, held at an adjoining area.

Fighters will be eliminated on a weekly basis, until the final fight night, when only one man will be left standing.

The World Muaythai Council will provide all the officials and ensure that the show adheres to the rules and safety regulations of muaythai.

Qualifying rounds were held last year in Australia, Thailand, France, England, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Canada, Brazil, South Africa and Malaysia (on April 24), attracting more than 1,000 fighters.

The show will see matches being decided through a series of challenges at various key locations in the country.

Among the places that have been identified are Kellie’s Castle in Perak, Kek Lok Si and George Town in Penang, Langkawi, the beaches of Terengganu, Lata Jarum in Pahang, Banghuris in Sepang, KL Tower and the Petronas Twin Towers in the Klang Valley, Putrajaya, a tribal long house in Sabah and the Mulu Caves in Sarawak.

Putting together the show is a monumental task, admitted the Singapore-based partner Imagine OmniMedia Pte Ltd president and founder Riaz Mehta.

“Everything needs to be done properly. That is why pre-production began three months ago,” he said.

“The opening title will feature Malaysia in a beautiful and captivating light, and will showcase the country’s rich culture and tradition,” said Riaz, who is also the show’s executive producer.

Sparing no expense, Riaz enlisted the help of an Emmy award-winning production crew, comprising cinematographer Scott Duncan, art director Brian Edmonds and lighting director Michael Koepke (who was also involved in Survivor and Iron Man 1 and 2), as well as senior producers from Mark Burnett Productions.

Last year, Contender Asia (Season 1) was nominated for an Emmy for best reality show.

“Contender Asia has set a new standard in high quality TV programming in Asia and I am proud to be producing Season 2 in Malaysia.

“Not only does Contender Asia (Season 2) have the highest prize money ever to be paid out in any sporting event, we also have the best of the best from Hollywood.

“Even the fighters we have this time around are better than the previous season,” said Riaz, adding that the storyline is expected to be more compelling with a faster pace and more suspense thrown in.

Hosts for CA2 are Stephan Fox (World Muaythai Council’s international co-ordinator and vice-president) who also acts as the fighters’ mentor, and local TV host Marion Caunter.

Malaysia, by virtue of it being the host, is allowed two contestants on the show.

Professional fighter Bernard Radin is from Sarawak. He is a muaythai champion and winner of Ultimate Warrior 2007 (organised by the Youth and Sports Ministry).

Kelantanese Mohd Faizal Ramli is also a professional fighter and muaythai champion from the renowned Malaysian Tigers Club.

He won the gold medal (in the 91kg and above category) after downing Australian muaythai team captain Clayton Collyer, at the recent Arafura Games 2009 in May in Darwin, Australia.

The CA2 finale will be held in Kuala Lumpur next April. Visit www.contenderasia2.com for updates and ticket information.

THE FIGHTERS
1. Mongkhon Wiwasuk (Thailand)
2. Rafi Zouhier (Spain)
3. Mohd Faizal Ramli (Malaysia)
4. Jordan Watson (England)
5. Paolo Balicha (Portugal)
6. Kit Cope (USA)
7. Bernard Radin (Malaysia)
8. Duane Ludwig Bang (USA)
9. Cedric Muller (France)
10. Eli Madigan (Australia)
11 Bakhulule Baai (South Africa)
12 Marco Pique (Surinam)
13 Levin Artem (Russia)
14 Marcus Oberg (Sweden)
15 Diego Ballardin (Italy)
16 Jesse Miles LaCombe (Canada)

Against the odds

MALAYSIA’S bid to host Contender Asia (Season 2) would not have been possible had it not been for the dogged determination of one man.

Muhd Shahnaz Azmi, through his Osys Group of Companies (Osys Group), won the highly competitive bid of US$1 million (RM3.5 million) against juggernauts like the United States, Macau, Thailand, Australia and Singapore (which had hosted Contender Asia Season 1 last year).

“This is a unique opportunity for Malaysia to be a part of an international TV series that will give the country a great deal of exposure,” said the managing director of Osys Group.

Muhd Shahnaz’s decision to bid for the rights to host the US$7 million (RM24.5 million) production was made during the World Muaythai Council Convention in Bangkok, Thailand, last year, which he had attended as the incumbent president of the Malaysian Muaythai Council.

“It occurred to me that Malaysia should not be left out in bidding for this high profile event. So, while attending the convention, I put together a presentation, using visuals and pictures from our Tourism Ministry’s online archives. I cobbled everything together, went to the convention hall to present our case, and the rest, as they say, is history.”

Since winning the bid, he has travelled to South Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom, Thailand, Germany, Russia, Qatar, Hong Kong, the US, Jamaica and Japan, to present the “keys” to Malaysia to qualifying fighters and participants of Contender Asia Season 2.

CA2 is jointly produced by Osys Group and Singapore’s Imagine OmniMedia Pte Ltd, in partnership with Mark Burnett Productions and DreamWorks SKG, and the World Muaythai Council.




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