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Thailand Bids for the Youth Olympics 2026

May 21st, 2020

Over the last year many important meetings took place between the International Olympic Committee, the Royal Thai Government and the National Olympic Committee of Thailand with regards to major upcoming sporting events. Thailand's Prime Minister His Excellency Prayut Chan O Cha met the IOC President Thomas Bach to discuss the possibility of Thailand bidding for the Youth Olympics 2026 and also many other points were discussed. The inclusion of muaythai in the Olympics was also one of the talking points in which the IOC President clearly ...

Brazilian Muaythai Celebrates 15th Anniversary

May 19th, 2020

The Brazilian Muaythai Federation became an official member of the WMC and IFMA in 2005 and has since then put itself on the map of the muaythai world.  Since its foundation, Brazilian athletes have been part of the official opening ceremonies of multiple IFMA events; world championships, Pan American Championships, SportAccord Combat Games, FISU Championships and so many more. Brazilian National events have become the best example of representatives building the sport from the grass roots.  Gloves ...

Jorgen Kruth- The last Viking

May 15th, 2020

Jorgen Kruth is one of the most respected all round martial artists in the world with a successful career in muaythai and as a K1 superstar. In his younger years he began cross training in Judo, Jiu Jitsu, Taekwondo, Savate and in 1987 started muaythai under one of Sweden's original trainers Po Lindvall. Jorgen competed in the amateur world championships winning 3 gold medals in 3 consecutive years. It was then when he started his professional ...

Nathan ‘Carnage’ Corbett: A True Champion

May 14th, 2020

Nathan Corbett is one of the superstars of muaythai with an impressive career span across 17 years. With 59 wins, 44 by knock out and only 5 losses combined with his unique fighting style fans gave him the name Golden Elbows. Nathan was one of the most respected athletes on the WMC world circuit competing against the best in the world. He started in the lighter division in his younger years winning his first WMC ...

Next Generation of Nak Muay

May 13th, 2020

IFMA would like to send a warm congratulations to our recent mothers and fathers in Muaythai who are not only multiple world champions but have been real “Game Changers” for Muaythai. First off, we have a tri-athlete, world Muaythai champion and sports nutritionist from Costa Rica, Marcela Soto, who gave birth to twin boys, Simon and Saul, 7 months ago. Marcela has been an ambassador of muaythai, fighting 67 times in Bangkok, Thailand, and ...

Chamuaktong Fightermuaythai: Two Time WMC World Champion

May 12th, 2020

If you follow the muaythai stadium scene in Thailand then undoubtedly you will have heard the name Chamuaktong Fightermuaythai pop up in many a conversation. Hailing from the Nahkon Si Thammarat province in Thailand Chamuaktong is known for his Muay Khao style of fighting. A multiple time Lumphinee and Rajadamnuen stadium champion, Chamuaktong has over 150 fights under his belt or belts in his case as a 2 time WMC world champion. Chamuaktong won his first belt ...

Joanna Jędrzejczyk: From IFMA Champion to Global Superstar

May 11th, 2020

Joanna Jędrzejczyk is an athlete that needs no introduction in the world of combat sports and is one of the best female contenders to have ever graced the ring. Representing Poland, Joanna started training muaythai at 16 years old before entering into the IFMA world championships where she experienced great success taking 5 gold medals. Today she has gained huge popularity around the world but never stopped to support the IFMA muaythai family and especially ...

Andy Hug Never Forgotten

May 8th, 2020

Today we will remember an outstanding martial artist known as a true legend as a Karateka, Kickboxer and muaythai athlete, he had legendary status in Japan being one of the superstars in the Kyokushin competitions becoming one of the all time greatest, Andy Hug. In one of the biggest battles on Osaka as part of the K1 Grand Prix he dethroned Stan the Man winning the World Muaythai Council Heavyweight World Title which was the breakthrough of muaythai in ...

The Anti-Doping Landscape And Athlete Perspective

May 7th, 2020

IFMA prides itself on being a fully compliant World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) signatory and partner of the International Testing Agency (ITA), collaborating on initiatives to keep our sport clean and to protect our clean athletes. IFMA has a zero-tolerance policy against doping violations. The protection of the clean athlete is one of IFMA’s main missions based on the pillar of fair play. Education is key and this is why all IFMA stakeholders regardless athlete or support ...

Levin the Dream

May 7th, 2020

Artem Levin also known as 'the Lion' is a true ambassador of muaythai etching his name permanently into the WMC hall of fame. Artem made his transition from a national champion to multiple time IFMA world champion then 2 time winner for the SportAccord World Combat Games before finally becoming WMC champion. Mr Levin stated that representing Russia within the Olympic movement, standing proudly under the Russian flag and winning the World Combat Games both in ...

Going Back in Time with Stan the Man

May 6th, 2020

History was made in a spectacular WMC beach battle in Pattaya on the 30th of March 1996 when Australian Stan the Man in front of a record of over 80,000 spectators and over 60 million TV viewers became the first WMC super heavy weight world champion, defeating Kirkwood Walker from England and becoming the first westerner to receive the prestigious belt. Stan the man described this moment as one of the highlights of his career. He ...

Condolences for the Passing of General Tianchai Sirisumpan

May 4th, 2020

IFMA wishes to express sincere condolences for the passing of General General Tianchai Sirisumpan. The Muaythai family mourns the loss of a great Muaythai ambassador and president with a vision for sport. He was also the former Vice President of the National Olympic Committee of Thailand. He served his country as former Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy Commander in Chief of the Royal Thai army. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.

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