Muay Thai is a centuries-old martial art that is practiced all over the world. It is known for its brutal kicks and punches, as well as its devastating elbow and knee strikes. In this article, we will take a look at the ten best Muay Thai fighters of all time. Some of them have graced the art of Muay Thai like no other. These warriors have mastered the art of Muay Thai, proven themselves in both the amateur and professional circuits, and became legends of the sport.
The first fighter on our list is none other than the great Buakaw Banchamek. Buakaw is a Thai national treasure and is considered by many to be the best Muay Thai fighter of all time. He has won multiple world championships, including the prestigious K-12 tournament, and has an impressive record of 234 wins and only 22 losses.
Buakaw Banchamek (born may 5th, 1982), formerly known as Buakaw Por. Pramuk is a now-retired Muay Thai fighter who competed in K-1, Lumpinee Stadium, Omnoi Stadium, and Rajadamnern Stadium.
Early life and background
Buakaw was born Sombat Banchamek in Surin Province, Thailand. He is of Thai-Chinese descent. When Buakaw was five years old, his father died from electric shock while working on a power line. This left Buakaw’s family in very difficult financial circumstances. To help make ends meet, Buakaw’s mother sent him to live with his grandparents and work in their rice fields. It was during this time that Buakaw began training Muay Thai under the tutelage of local fighter Yodtong Senanan at the Sityodtong Camp in Pattaya, Thailand.
Buakaw made his professional debut in 2000 at the age of 18. By 2002, he had already captured the 140-pound Lumpinee Stadium title. He successfully defended his title twice before vacating it in 2004 to fight at the higher weight class of 147 pounds. In 2006, Buakaw once again captured the Lumpinee title in the 147-pound division. He vacated the title in 2007 to focus on K-1.
Buakaw has fought some of the biggest names in Muay Thai and kickboxing, including Yodsanklai Fairtex, Andy Souwer, Giorgio Petrosyan, Masato, Albert Kraus, and Cosmo Alexandre. He is a two-time K-1 World MAX champion (2004 and 2006) and was the runner-up at the K-1 World MAX 2005 World Tournament. One of his most notable wins was over the legend John Wayne Parr in 2004.
Buakaw retired from active competition in February 2017 after a 16-year career. He stated that he wanted to focus on teaching and pass on his knowledge to the next generation of Muay Thai fighters.
Next on our list is Samart Payakaroon, another legend of Muay Thai. Samart was a world champion in both Muay Thai and boxing and is considered to be one of the most technical fighters in the history of the sport. He was known for his impeccable timing, powerful kicks, and incredible stamina.
Samart Payakaroon is a legend of Muay Thai. He is a former world champion and has fought some of the biggest names in the sport.
Payakaroon began his career in Muay Thai at the age of 10 and quickly rose through the ranks. He won his first world title at the age of 18 and went on to win multiple titles over the course of his career.
Payakaroon has retired from fighting but remains an active promoter of Muay Thai. He currently runs his own gym in Bangkok and continues to train young fighters.
Payakaroon is a true ambassador for Muay Thai, and his legacy will continue to inspire new generations of fighters.
His fight record is 130 wins, 18 losses, and two draws.
- 4-time Lumpinee Stadium champion
- 2-time World Muay Thai champion
- 1-time WBC Muay Thai world champion
- 1-time IBF Muay Thai world champion
- 1-time WMC Muay Thai world champion
- 2-time Rajadamnern Stadium champion
If we’re talking about the best Muay Thai fighters of all time, we cannot forget about Saenchai Sinbimuaythai. Saenchai is a multiple-time world champion and has an impressive record of over 300 wins. He is known for his unique style and his ability to fight much larger opponents.
Saenchai is one of the most popular Muay Thai fighters in Thailand. He has won numerous championships and was considered to be one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.
Saenchai began his Muay Thai career at the age of eight when he started training at a local gym in his hometown of Bangkok. He quickly developed into a talented fighter and went on to win his first Championship at the age of ten.
Saenchai has since gone on to enjoy a hugely successful career, winning multiple world championships and becoming one of the most recognizable faces in Muay Thai. He remains an active fighter today but fights less frequently.
His fight record stands at an impressive 355 wins, 41 losses, and five draws. Of his 355 wins, 41 have come by way of knockout.
Saenchai is widely regarded as one of the best Muay Thai fighters of all time and is considered to be a national hero in Thailand. What sets him apart from other fighters is his playful approach when it comes to fighting; it often seems as if he is toying with his opponent, often throwing weird and untraditional kicks.
Despite his success, Saenchai remains a humble and down-to-earth person. He is regularly seen giving back to his community and is an active supporter of various charities.
One of the most popular Muay Thai fighters in the world today is Yodsanklai Fairtex. Yodsanklai is a multiple-time world champion and has fought some of the biggest names in Muay Thai. He is known for his powerful kicks and punches, as well as his aggressive fighting style.
4.Jomhod “King of the Ring” Kiatadisak
Another fighter who needs no introduction is Jomhod Kiatadisak. Jomhod was a world champion in Muay Thai and is considered to be one of the greatest Muay Thai fighters of all time. He was known for his incredible speed, power, and accuracy.
Jomhod Kiatadisak Muay Thai is a world-famous Muay Thai fighter from Thailand. He is a two-time Lumpinee Stadium champion and has also won the WBC Muay Thai World title. Jomhod is widely considered to be one of the best Muay Thai fighters of all time.
In his native Thailand, Jomhod is a national hero. He is revered for his fighting prowess and his sportsmanship. Outside of Thailand, Jomhod is less well-known but still highly respected by those in the know.
Jomhod began training in Muay Thai at the age of 8. He quickly showed a talent for the sport and went on to have an illustrious career. Jomhod has fought some of the biggest names in Muay Thai, including Sangtiennoi Sor Rungroj, Sagat Petchyindee, and Samart Payakaroon. He has beaten all of them.
Jomhod’s fighting style is aggressive and powerful. He is known for his strong kicks and punches. Jomhod is also an expert clincher, using his elbows and knees to great effect.
Jomhod retired from fighting in 1999, but he still remains involved in Muay Thai. He runs a successful Muay Thai gym in Bangkok and continues to train the next generation of Muay Thai champions.
His fight records stands at 274 wins, of which 80 are by knockout and 24 losses.
Nong-O Kaiyanghadao is another fighter who is considered to be one of the all-time greats. Nong-O is a multiple-time world champion and has an impressive record of over 300 wins. He is also known for his powerful kicks, as well as his ability to fight larger opponents.
Nong-O Kaiyanghadao is a world champion Muay Thai fighter. He has won multiple titles and is considered one of the best Muay Thai fighters in the world. Nong-O was born on 5 March 1988 in Bangkok, Thailand. His father was a Muay Thai fighter, and his mother was a housewife. Nong-O started training in Muay Thai when he was eight years old. He quickly developed into a top fighter, winning his first title at the age of 10.
Nong-O has continued to dominate the sport of Muay Thai, winning multiple world championships. He is currently ranked as the #1 pound-for-pound Muay Thai fighter in the world by several. He is the current ONE Championship Bantamweight champion. Nong-O is considered one of the best Muay Thai fighters in the world and is a true champion of the sport.
His fight record stands at 263 wins, 54 losses, and one draw.
6.Ramon “The Diamond” Dekkers
Ramon “The Diamond” Dekkers (20 February 1969 – 27 February 2013) was a Dutch professional kickboxer and eight-time Muay Thai world champion. He was the first Westerner to win a major tournament in Thailand and was also a two-time K-1 World Grand Prix champion.
Dekkers is widely considered one of the greatest kickboxers and Muay Thai fighters of all time. In his native Netherlands, he is a national hero and is considered one of the most popular athletes in the country’s history. Outside of his native country, he is particularly revered in Thailand, where he is considered a cultural icon. He has been inducted into both the Black Belt Hall of Fame and the Kickboxing Hall of Fame.
He gained his fame in Thailand by winning the Lumpinee Stadium Championship title in 1989 at the age of 20, becoming the first foreigner to do so. He then became a two-time K-1 World Grand Prix champion, winning the tournament in 1993 and 1994.
Dekkers was known for his aggressive fighting style and his powerful kicks. He was also known for his showmanship and charisma, which endeared him to fans both in Holland and Thailand. In addition to his accomplishments in the ring, Dekkers is also credited with popularizing Muay Thai in the West and helping to grow the sport’s global popularity.
Dekkers died on 27 February 2013 after suffering a heart attack at the age of 43.
7.Lerdsila Muaythai Iyarin
Lerdsila Chumpairtour is a Muay Thai fighter from Thailand. He has competed in some of the world’s most prestigious Muay Thai tournaments and is considered one of the best fighters in the world. He was born in 1981.
Lerdsila began training in Muay Thai at the age of eight and made his professional debut when he was just sixteen. He quickly established himself as a top fighter, winning numerous titles and becoming one of the most popular Muay Thai fighters in Thailand.
In recent years, Lerdsila has focused on teaching Muay Thai to others and has opened his own gym, Lerdsila Muay Thai Academy, in Bangkok. He continues to compete occasionally and remains one of the top fighters in the world.
He is known for his split-time reflexes and ability to dodge oncoming punches and kicks. Lerdsila is also known for his use of elbow strikes, which he uses to great effect in both Muay Thai and kickboxing.
His fight record stands at 191 wins, 33 losses, and five draws.
One of the most popular Muay Thai fighters in Thailand is Rodtang Jitmuangnon. He is known for his aggressive fighting style and has won numerous titles in Muay Thai.
Rodtang was born in the small town of Nong Bua Daeng in the province of Udon Thani, Thailand, on 23 July 1997.
Rodtang began training in Muay Thai at the age of 8 and made his professional debut when he was just 13 years old. Since then, he has gone on to become one of the most successful fighters in Thailand.
He has made a name for himself by being an absolute destroyer in the ring, taking hits straight on without flinching while absolutely pummeling his opponents.
He has won the Lumpinee Stadium Championship, then Rajadamnern Stadium Championship, and the WBC Muay Thai International Championship. In addition, he has also been named “Fighter of the Year” by various media outlets.
Rodtang is currently signed with ONE Championship and is expected to continue his success in the organization. He is a talented fighter with a bright future ahead of him.
His fight record stands at 267 wins, 43 losses, and ten draws at only 24 years old.
9.Nai Khanom Tom
Nai Khanom Tom is widely considered the father of Muay Thai. He was born in 1717 in the town of Nakhon Si Thammarat, in present-day Thailand. As a young man, he was captured by Burmese invaders and held prisoner for seven years. During his captivity, he learned the art of Muay Thai from a fellow inmate and quickly became a master of the sport.
In 1774, Nai Khanom Tom was given the opportunity to fight for his freedom. He fought ten Burmese champions in a row and emerged victorious each time. Impressed by his skill, the Burmese king granted him his freedom and even gifted him with two golden Shan sai – a type of ceremonial headband – as a sign of respect.
Nai Khanom Tom returned Thailand a hero, and his legend has only grown in the centuries since. Muay Thai has come to be known as “the art of eight limbs” because it makes use of punches, kicks, elbows, and knees – all of which Nai Khanom Tom utilized to great effect in his historic victory.
10.Superbon Singha Mawynn
Superbon Banchamek is one of the rising stars of Muay Thai. He was born on 16 August 1990. He is currently signed to ONE Championship and currently holds the Featherweight Kickboxing World Title in ONE Championship.
Combat Press ranks him as the #1 lightweight and #1 pound-for-pound kickboxer in the world, and for a good reason. Not only is his technique very polished, but he also comes with a great fight plan for a match. He analyses his opponents in detail, forges a fight plan with his coaches, and executes it beautifully.
One of the best fights he has ever had were the fights with Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong, who is a legend in his own right, and Giorgio Petrosyan, who is a very tough opponent.
He has won many titles and tournaments during his career:
- 2010 Thailand Lightweight Champion
- 2013 Muay Thai Warriors Light Middleweight Champion
- 2013 M-ONE Middleweight Champion
- 2014 WBC Intercontinental Welterweight Champion
- 2018 Enfusion Live 76 Abu Dhabi: 8-Man Tournament Winner
- 2019 La Nuit Des Champions -70 kg Champion
- 2019 IPCC Kickboxing World -70 kg Champion
- 2021 ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Champion (Current, one defense)
- ONE Super Series Knockout of the Year 2021
- ONE Super Series Fighter of the Year 2021
His current fight record stands at 113 wins and 34 losses.
These are just a few of the many great Muay Thai fighters that have graced the sport. These warriors have mastered the art of Muay Thai and have become legends of the sport. Almost all of them were known for their individual fighting IQ, prowess, and fortitude, but they all have something in common: dedicating their life to the sport of Muay Thai.