Millionaire pays huge money to fight Muay Thai legend

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

They say that money can’t buy happiness.  This may be true and a common rebuttal to this statement is, “true, but it sure does make it a whole lot easier.” Well, one thing that money can definitely buy is pain…that is if you pay to get into the ring with arguably one of the world’s best Muay Thai fighters: Buakaw Benchamek, simply known as Buakaw.

Muay Thai is a combat sport of Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques.  This physical and mental discipline which includes kicking techniques that primarily focuses on the shin as a point of contact is known as “the art of the eight limbs” because it is characterized by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees, and shins being associated with a good physical preparation that makes a full-contact fighter very efficient.

Muay Thai became widespread internationally in the twentieth century when practitioners defeated notable practitioners of other martial arts.

Although modern day Muay Thai has employed the use of gloves and a rule set that was designed and put together by a sanctioning body to make the sport safer this has not always been the case.  In fact, traditional Muay Thai has very few rules, combatants did not wear gloves, and rounds, as well as the duration within said round, was agreed upon by the combatants and there was not a standard number of rounds or round length.

Buakaw has recently come out of retirement and is currently the 6th ranked lightweight in the world in the sport of Muay Thai.  With a record of 229-23-12, a non-professional would have to be absolutely insane to step into the ring with him…or a little bit crazy but with a lot of money.

That is exactly what happened when a Chinese fight promoter, also a millionaire, decided he wanted to step into the ring with Buakaw.

Jacob C. Stevens is a lifelong athlete and cerebral martial arts enthusiast who is also skilled in the art of linguistic manipulation, his published work, Afterthoughts and Handgrenades, can be found here…

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