50 Questions Segment -- HOW MANY HIGH LEVEL MUAYTHAI AND KICKBOXING CHAMPIONS ARE THERE IN THE CALGARY AREA?
50 Questions for 50 Years!
BESIDES YOU AND YOUR PROFESSIONAL TITLES, HOW MANY HIGH LEVEL MUAYTHAI AND KICKBOXING CHAMPIONS ARE THERE IN THE CALGARY AREA? THE REASON BEING IS IN THE LAST FEW YEARS THERE HAS BEEN AN EXPLOSION OF SANCTIONING BODIES ALL CREATING NEW WORLD CHAMPIONS. AS A FAN, IS THERE ANY WAY YOU COULD CLEAR UP WHO HAS LEGITIMATE TITLES?
LC - Alberta
Mike Miles - Ok let me deal with the meat and the potatoes. I will only mention Professional World Champions in MuayThai and/or Kickboxing in Calgary and surrounding areas, etc in this answer. I will add in IFMA World Champions because though they use the term 'amateur' though it is misleading as it features many of the European and Oriental countries sending some of their best professional fighters. Some other time I will list amateur world champions who came from Calgary. I will list athletes alphabetically. under categories.
PROFESSIONAL WORLD CHAMPIONS
ERIN LINLEY: Her Highest Fighting Awards: 2003 WMC Professional World MuayThai Title (Thailand), 2003 - WIKBA Professional World MuayThai Title (Calgary) / But in 2001 she fought for the ISKA Professional Oriental Rules Title against Anasatasia Touktaulova and lost a questionable highly decision (Russia).
Erin is the only female fighter in Calgary and surrounding area to win a Professional World Title, in fact she won 2!
She spent her entire fighting career fighting under me. Very beautiful technique and a very smart fighter to watch. She moved better than most male fighters out there. She had a trademark aerial after winning a fight. Was always being talked about fighting UK's Lisa Houghton-Smith and Holland's Ilonka Elmont. She was even approached to box professionally.
JESSE MILES : His Highest Fighting Awards: 2010 - WKL Professional World Middleweight Muay Thai Champion (Calgary) / He won 2 amateur World Titles as well (WKL, IKF). He won the Canadian Contender Qualifier on Television (2008). Eventually the show turned into Challenger Reality show and was filmed in Malaysia. He fought in a tournament at the 2010 King's Cup in Bangkok (featuring Cosmo and Yodsenklai). He fought in the 1st SportAccord Championship in Beijing 2010 but during the fights ended up breaking his foot in the semifinals settling for a bronze medal. Artem Levin would have been his opponent who took the gold. Offered always on short notice fights in big events like K-1 and Glory. He also won Gold at the IFMA European Cup (2008) in Germany. Silver Medal IFMA World Championships (2006). He spent his entire career fighting under me.
TREVOR SMANDYCH: His Highest Fighting awards: 2005 WKL Professional World MuayThai Title (Vancouver), 2004 - WKA Professional North American Superwelterweight MuayThai Title 2004 - WMTO Professional Intercontinental MuayThai Title, 2004 - C-Max II Title (Calgary), 2003 - WMC Professional Intercontinental MuayThai Title (Bangkok), 2003 - C-Max 1 Title (Calgary), 2002 - WMC Professional Commonwealth MuayThai Title (Calgary), 2000 - WMC Professional Intercontinental MuayThai Title (Calgary) / Trevor's complete fighting career was under me.
IFMA WORLD CHAMPIONS
KELSEY ANDRIES: 2014 IFMA World Champion - She was under the watchful eye of Mike Miles Alumni Trevor Smandych.
SANDRA BASTIAN : 2006 IFMA World Champion - Sandra also received Best Female Athlete of the Event (no other Canadian MuayThai female has done this). She won 1 Amateur World Title (WKA). Her complete career was under me.
SYLVIE CHARBONNEAU: 2006 IFMA World Champion - She started training with me but then went to my associate gym under Mike Miles Alumni Trevor Smandych. She was under Trevor Smandych when she won the event, though I cornered her.
VANESSA BELLEGARDE: 1999 IAMTF/International Amateur Muay Thai Federation (rival of IFMA, now defunct) Bantamweight Gold Medal. This was a trial year with only only a handful of divisions and one athlete from India in the Bantamweight category. Vanessa won.
HAKEEM DAWODU: 2010 IFMA World Champion - His complete MuayThai and Kickboxing career has been under me.
MAGGIE TUCKER: 2012 IFMA World Champion - Besides training with me she has trained with a few coaches including the highly respected Elroy Myers. She won this title while training with me. She has won 3 Amateur World Titles (IKF, TBA and WKL)
PROFESSIONAL REGIONAL CHAMPIONS (Other than World Champions)
VANESSA BELLEGARDE: Her Highest Fighting Award: 2000 - WKA Professional Intercontinental Bantamweight MuayThai Title (Calgary - this also turned out to be her last fight) / Fought for ISKA Professional Oriental Rules World Title against Chantal Menard and lost (USA) / Won 2 Amateur World Titles (WKA, IAMTF) but she never won a professional world title. She spent her complete fighting career under me.
SCOTT CLARK: His Highest Fighting Award - 2009 WMC Professional Commonwealth Title Lightheavyweight Title (Calgary) / Won 4 Amateur World Titles (2 for WKA, 2 for IKF) He too got tired of having last minute cancellations when he committed so hard to training. He spent his complete fighting career under me.
HAKEEM DAWODU: Highest MuayThai Award - 2014 WMC Professional Welterweight Intercontinental MuayThai Champion (Calgary) / Won 3 Amateur World Titles (1 for TBA, 2 for IKF) He has been successful at World Series of Fighting in MMA and is in the UFC. His stand up career has been completely under me and I co-worked his corner for 50% of MMA fights.
JASON FENTON: Highest MuayThai Award: 2003 CMTA Professional Canadian Superwelterweight MuayThai Champion (Vancouver) / Won 2 Amateur World Titles (WKA Kickboxing, WKA MuayThai).
JESSICA GLADSTONE: Her Highest Fight Award - 2012 LBTM North American Title (Mexico). She won this title under Alumni Trevor Smandych.
JASON JILLAIN: His Highest Fighting Award - 2001 IKF Professional North American Superwelterweight MuayThai Champion (Atlanta), 2002 WKA Professional Intercontinental Superwelterweight Muaythai Title (Calgary) / Fought in K-1 North America Championships (Denver). his fighting career was under me.
SEAN McKINNON: His Highest Fighting Award - 2012 LBTM North American MuayThai Champion (Mexico) / Fought for WMC North American Title against Shane Campbell and lost (2013). Under Alumni Trevor Smandych's watchful eye.
YVES PHILIDOR Jr: His Highest Fighting Award -1996 IMTO Professional Intercontinental Featherweight MuayThai Champion (Fresno) / Fought for IMTO Professional World Title and lost to Bunkerd Fairtex (Fresno) / Won 1 Amateur World Title (WKA). His fighting career was under me.
CHAD SAWYER: His Highest Fighting Award -1999 IKKC Professional North American Lightheavyweight Kickboxing Title (Fort Collins), 1997 - IKF North American Professional Lightheavyweight MuayThai Title (Fresno), 1996 - IMTO Professional North American Supermiddleweight MuayThai Title (Fresno) / Fought for the WMC Professional World Title against Warren Elson and lost (Bangkok) / Also won 2 Amateur World Title (WKA, USKBA). His MuayThai and Kickboxing career was under me.
FERN YEE: Her Highest Fighting Award: 1986 WKA Professional Canadian Champion (Vancouver - Rated #4 in the world ratings until she retired):
PROFESSIONAL WORLD TITLE SHOTS
SANDRA BASTIAN: Fought for WMC Professional World Title in California against Miriam Nakamoto and lost (2012)
VANESSA BELLEGARDE: Fought for ISKA Professional Oriental Rules World Title against Chantal Menard and lost (USA)
JESSICA GLADSTONE: Fought for WKU World Title against Marie Lang in Germany and lost (2017)
ROY LILLEY: Fought for the WMTC Professional World Title in Macau, China and lost (1993)
NICK RING: Fought for the WKA Professional World Title in Queensland, Australia against Scott Bannon and lost (1998)
CHAD SAWYER: Fought for WMC Professional World Title in Bangkok, Thailand against Warren Elson (Australia) and lost. (1999)
PROFESSIONAL INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE SHOT
MIKE TREBUNIA: Fought against Chris Allen for the title in Oldham, England and lost (1994)
JASON FENTON: Fought against Kongnapa for IKF Professional Intercontinental Title in Atlanta. Lost the decision (2002) / Fought Jongsanan Fairtex for ISKA Professional Intercontinental Title in Sacramento and lost (2003) / Fought and lost to Steve Martin in London, England for Intercontinental Full Contact Title and lost (1997).