The new year is just getting started and Triumphant Combat Sports is coming into the year packing the punches. Triumphant will be in Las Vegas February 23rd for Triumphant 6 and April 13th for Triumphant 7.
The chips are stacked for the two Vegas shows with Triumphant 7 featuring a WMC title bout between two seasoned Triumphant veterans, Thailand’s Naruepol Fairtex versus the UK’s Liam Nolan. Triumphant 6 will feature Brandol Mendoza vs Brendon Raftery in a southern California battle.
“In 2017 we were just getting started,” Triumphant CEO, Geoff Quares said. “In 2018 we really pushed to put ourselves on the map. Our 2019 goal is to have the biggest presence on the west coast. Vegas is part of that as the fight capital of the world.”
Triumphant 6 will feature 5 professional fights along with a stacked undercard of amateurs for full rules Muay Thai bouts. The main event will feature Brandol Mendoza vs Brendon Raftery at 127lbs. The contracts have been signed and both boxers are ready to get into the ring.
Brandol Mendoza comes to the bout with four professional fights and has previously appeared on Triumphant. The IKF Amateur Champ is looking to make his mark in the professional scene and has been training with David Huey from Muay Thai America Gym in North Hollywood for the last year.
“Raftery has a good style but he’s more MMA,” Mendoza said. “I’m used to people that move a lot. I think it will be a good match up.”
Raftery is a former MMA fighter who has switched to the art of eight limbs. Fighting out of Steel MMA this will be his 4th professional bout and 3rd appearance on Triumphant. In his previous appearances he took a win over Ethan Quiachon of Woodenman Muay Thai and a loss to Sean Climaco from Smash Muay Thai. Raftery recently spent two weeks in the motherland of Muay Thai and is excited to go from San Diego to Vegas.
“I’m stoked to fight in Vegas. It’s the fight capital of the world,” he said. “I expect nothing short of the war. I’ve sparred with Brandol and he’s a little warrior. He’s gonna bring out the best for me. I’m gonna try to put him away. I know that’s what I have to do.”
Triumphant 7 is bringing out the big boys as Narupeol Fairtex takes on the UK’s Liam Nolan.
Naruepol is coming off the win against Australia’s Eddie Farrell for the 165lb IKF world title along with the Triumphant Middleweight belt. Naruepol gave up a considerable size advantage to Farrell but nevertheless the skilled Thai fighter cruised his way to victory. He has been on fire of late and is looking to extend his career in America. Now based out of KOA gym in the South Bay he is looking to take home the WMC belt.
“The fight has been in the works for a bit now and we were just waiting for the stars to align,” Naruepol said. “I enjoy fighting under the Triumphant name. It’s become a pretty hot show in the Muay Thai world here, especially in the Bay Area.”
Recently voted the UK’s Male Fighter of the Year, Liam Nolan is taking his match against Naruepol seriously. Training since the age of 13, the 21 year old has gone to the famous Kiatphonthip gym (owned and managed by Rob Cox, the world renown foreign Muay Thai expert). Now a sponsored fighter out of the gym he is fully confident that his training will undo the former Lumpinee champion.
“Naruepol’s a big name,” Nolan said. “It will boost my career to fight someone like that. It’s a fight that I know I can win. Just looking at his style and my style. I have the style to beat him.”
The fights are set and the venues ready to go. Triumphant is looking to punch up for another exciting year of Muay Thai in America.”
“We’re improving our promotion. We want to do more buildup on our fighters,” CEO Geoff Quares said. “Triumphant wants to create fighters that people can identify with. We want to see what we can do out in Vegas.”
The promotion is sticking to its goal of being an international show with at least one international fighter every show. In addition, Triumphant will continue to work with the USMF by having IFMA style bouts to push the sport further towards the Olympics.
Triumphant has plans to expand to the UK and Thailand later this year.
Tickets are available on the Triumphant website.