World Muaythai Council The Official World Governing Body for Professional Muaythai Fri, 22 Aug 2014 05:48:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Foreign Dignities at the Royal Patronage Ceremony Fri, 22 Aug 2014 05:48:22 +0000 The continued cooperation between the World Muaythai Council under patronage of His Majesty the King of Thailand, IFMA, the world governing body for amateur Muaythai, and all the various different governments is of most importance.

WMC and IFMA have 128 member federations, with over 70 of them fully recognized by their NOC and/or highest sport authority. Muaythai is included in so many multi-sport games like the Arafura Games, TAFISA Games, SEA Games, Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, Asian Beach Games, Demonstration Sport in the Asian Games, World Games, and World Combat Games. WMC and IFMA would like to say thank you to over 30 foreign countries which came to the Royal Ceremony or sent congratulatory letters. We will continue to work closely together with the different National Olympic Committees, Sport and Culture Ministries in all our 128 member countries toward highest recognition.


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Muaythai Receives Royal Patronage Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:11:45 +0000 WMC_LOGO_New HM The King_sq The World Muaythai Council, the world governing body for the art and sport of Muaythai has received the highest possible honour any organization can receive in the Kingdom of Thailand; the Royal Patronage of His Majesty, the King of Thailand.

The World Muaythai Council has been established since 1995 under directive of the Royal Thai Government. WMC and IFMA have worked together since day one to promote and foster all aspects of Muaythai as a cultural art form towards the highest possible recognition. The special ceremony took place in the capacity-filled ballroom of the Sport Authority building of Thailand.


All government departments, sport and culture ministries, sport authorities, and all major Muaythai stadiums and promoters were invited to historic event. PDG. General Saiyud Kerdphol, General Wimon Wongwanich the former President of WMC, General Chatta Thanajaro the current President of WMC, Dr Sakchye Tapsuwan IFMA President and WMC General Secretary, Khun Kajorn Prowsree Vice President of the Amateur Muaythai Association of Thailand under Royal Patronage of His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, Stephan Fox Vice President of WMC and General Secretary of IFMA, and so many other notable VIPs were also in attendance. Over 20 representatives from the different embassies in Bangkok also came to witness the ceremony, along with representatives from the United Nations, and many other organizations.

Dr Sakchye started off the afternoon with a heart-warming welcome speech, outlining the event and the history of WMC. It was a proud moment when the Royal Cadets from the Royal Military Academy delivered the Royal Flag and the Royal Letter from His Majesty, showing respect to His Majesty the King and the Royal Patronage given to Muaythai. General Chetta then performed the royal oath on behalf of the World Muaythai Council.

General Wimon then delivered the congratulatory speech as the former president of the World Muaythai Council, followed by congratulatory speeches from representatives of all ministries, especially sports and culture. Stephan Fox, Vice President of WMC and General Secretary of IFMA, then made a presentation on the achievements from 1995 to 2014, and delivered the congratulations on behalf of the 128 international muaythai federations. A special congratulatory speech from National Olympic Council of Thailand, also under Royal Patronage, was delivered. An action-packed Wai Khru performance by Muaythai Juniors from the Laan Khru Suea House and a beautiful rendition of the “We Are Muaythai” song rounded up the historical event.


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FAMA General Secretary Visits IFMA HQ Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:04:59 +0000 photo-3-600x450FAMA General Secretary Mervyn Tan flew to Bangkok to attend an important joint FAMA & IFMA meeting.

FAMA is one of the most active Continental Federations, included in many multi-sports games in the region such as the SEA Games, Indoor Asian Games, and Asian Beach Games and currently applying for inclusion in the Asian Games.

The meeting’s agenda included some important topics such as an update on the Asian Beach Games with regards to Technical Officials and extra activities to be organised by FAMA in Phuket, consideration of various bidding cities to host the next Asian Championships and progress report on the organisation and preparations for the 2015 World Cup.

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The main fight will feature former 3-time WMC World Champion and winner of the award reality show, Contender Asia, Yodsanklai Fairtex, will take on United Kingdom’s Salah Khalifa the WMC Muaythai Against Drugs (MAD) Champion. Yodsanklai is one of the main contenders in line to regain the WMC World Title, and a win in this fight, could set him up for title contention. A win for Khalifa would also set him up in the top 10 spot and a possible shot at the title as well. This will be a world-level fight between east and west, and regardless of the outcome, it will be a dream fight for any promoter.

The female fight is also a great promotion with Belgium’s World Champion Anke Van Gestel taking on the unbeaten Jorina Baars for the women’s welterweight Lion Fight strap, and the winner of this fight will also make it into the WMC top ten rankings with a chance a title contention.

The night will feature plenty of other talented athletes and all in all, Lion Fight 18 will be a great promotion with a great fight card and a great night out. Congratulations to Scott Kent, CEO of Lion Fight for putting on another great promotion.


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Age Does Not Matter Sat, 16 Aug 2014 06:18:07 +0000 IFMA is lucky to have a president not just in suit or tie. Dr Sakchye Tapsuwan, who has been practicing sport all his life, shows us all again that age is only a number in Muaythai. As every year at the SportAccord Convention, a ‘Good Morning’ class was conducted, led by the IFMA President, Dr Sakchy Tapsuwan, and former Muaythai champion and current IFMA General Secretary, Stephan Fox.

Previous successful classes took place in Dubai, London, Quebec, and this year in Antalia (turkey). Participants from all walks of sport took place, and the IFMA president showed again his Muaythai teaching skills. We are proud of our president.

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IFMA’s Youth Ambassador goes to Korea Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:12:31 +0000 IFMA’s Youth Ambassador, Kiana Guyon, has been selected to represent Thailand at the Youth Leadership Programme in Gwangju, Republic of Korea from the 18th of August until the 30th of August 2014.


The Youth Leadership Programme is organised under the UNOSDP (United Nations Office for Sport Development and Peace). It was conceived with the goal of helping youths whom are highly motivated to work towards providing support their communities through Sport-For-Development-and-Peace (SDP) projects. 

YLP gives them access to theoretical and practical training needed to improve both their projects and professional progress. There will be an overall of 30 participants from countries around the world attending the programme this year such as Australia, Bhutan, Solomon Islands, Pakistan, Nepal… and many more.

Kiana Guyon has been a Muaythai practitioner for many years, half Thai, half French, she is fluent in both languages as well as English. She believes that sport is a powerful tool, not only to bring peace amongst various communities but also to help those in need, leading them towards a better and healthier path in life. Kiana will be representing IFMA and its youth, hoping to bring back more knowledge, experience and new ideas for IFMA’s current projects involving youths such as the Sport Is Your Gang initiative. She says that as IFMA’s Youth Ambassador, not only is she honoured and excited to learn but she is also hoping to teach and show the other participants about the important values of Muaythai and the social contributions that the sport has made, as a recognised martial art and combat sport.

Muaythai and the United Nations have been working closely these past few months, more specifically with UN Women on the Secretary General’s UNite campaign to End Violence Against Women.

We are very happy to be one of the 30 sports invited to this important workshop and our Youth Ambassador plays an important role in the overall development of Muaythai. The youths of today represent the future and carry a strong voice throughout the executive board and the various committees.

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Hong Kong Gearing up for the WMC I-1 World Muaythai Grand Xtreme 2014 Thu, 14 Aug 2014 06:23:15 +0000 The Hong Kong International Trade & Exhibition Centre (Star Hall) will feature another world-class event, the WMC I-1 World Muaythai Grand Xtreme, on Monday, 25 August 2014, with some of the world’s best muaythai fighters participating in this prestigious event.

Former WMC world champ and winner of the Emmy-nominated reality TV series “Challenger,” Mardsua will defend his WMC I-1 belt. The challengers are Frank Giorgi,  the WMC Australia champion and also one of the 16  contestants of the Challenger muaythai show, Alex Oller, South American champion from Brazil, and Igor Danis, a former I-1 Champ from Slovakia.

The undercard is full with top-class fighters. The female fight will be Germany’s Michaela Michl verses England’s Chalinene Bassinah, for the I-1 Women Champion Belt. The local talent also will certainly be taking on fighters from Thailand, England and Greece.

Promoter Kim Ip stated that this is the strongest super four for the heavily contested and prestigious belt and it will be the luck of the draw of who will face who in the semi-final bout.




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Muaythai Angel Shines in Saint-Tropez Thu, 14 Aug 2014 05:11:17 +0000 Taehiran Chommanee, the winner of the WMC Muaythai Angels Competition, has been competing in Saint-Tropez verses Irina Mazepa under the UNiTE to End Violence Against Women campaign.

A fantastic promotion with many VIPs from around the world present, it was Chommanee winning the contest and the award given by HE M. Apichart Chinwanno the Thai ambassador to France, Joël Bouzou the President of Peace and Sport, muaythai consultant, Jean-Laurent Bourquin, and Mr Jaru the CEO of Muaythai Angels, IFMA Sports Director Charissa Tynan, and WMC Vice President, Stephan Fox.

Photo credit: Touche Finale

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FightNight Saint-Tropez; A Night To Remember Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:46:53 +0000 Saint-Tropez is with no doubt one of the top vacation places in the world; it also became the centre of the Muaythai world last week. The FightNight was held under the patronage of Mlle Brigitte Bardot, promoted by Olivier Muller, president of the Swiss MuayThai Network, in one of the most beautiful locations in the world.

The mayor of Saint-Tropez, Mr Jean-Pierre Tuveri, opened the event with a welcoming speech; welcoming HE M. Apichart Chinwanno the Thai ambassador to France, Baroness Cécile de Massy, Joël Bouzou the President of Peace and Sport, Stephan Fox WMC Vice President, and Charissa Tynan the Sport Director of IFMA.

Thailand sent an elite team with Samsamut Kietchongkao, Ekkarit, the WMC World Champ, and Muaythai Angels Champ Chommanee, all winning their respective bouts with world-class performances. The female fight between Chommanee and Russia’s Irina Mazepa really delighted the audience, with Chommanee showing why she is the current Muaythai Angels champ. Irina went toe-to-toe with Chommanee for the duration of fight but was unable defeat the champ.

Ring legend, Peter Aerts, fought French champion Freddy Kemayo and sadly, a shin injury for Aerts left the referee no choice but to stop the fight in favour of Kemayo. Jerome Le Banner the French superstar also won his bout against Daniel Sam of England.

Congratulations must go to everyone involved in this fantastic event, and the world is looking forward to the next FightNight in Saint-Tropez.

Photcredit: Touche Finale

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Saint Tropez UNites!! Fri, 08 Aug 2014 06:10:06 +0000 Saint Tropez, one of the most breathtaking cities in the world hosted one of the most spectacular gala events on August 4th – “FIGHTNIGHT 2014 Saint Tropez” which featured superstars like Jerome Le Banner, Peter Aerts, Chomanee Taehiran of World Muaythai Angels, Ekkarit Maneenoi and so many others whom did not just go there to fight, but also to take part in promoting and supporting the “UNite” to End Violence Against Women campaign.

Hundreds of celebrities and jet-setters filled the stunning open air venue at La Citadelle to the last possible seat to enjoy the electrifying muaythai fights.

Special “UNite” plaques of appreciation were presented to various patrons and dignitaries such as Mr. Jean-Pierre Tuveri, Mayor of Saint Tropez, The Baroness Cecile de Massy of Monaco, HE Apichart Chinwanno, Ambassador of Thailand to France and Joel Bouzou, President of Peace & Sport.

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WMC & IFMA, the winner of the 2014 Spirit of Sport award has vowed that they will continue to use muaythai as a tool for positive change!

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MAX Muaythai is Back in Pattaya This Weekend Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:46:17 +0000 The highly popular muaythai promotion back in Pattaya again this weekend their legendary 4-man tournaments. The fights in Pattaya will be an international event featuring Russia’s Yuri Super Prosamui, France’s Kamel Mexatni, Iran’s Mostafa Abdollahi, and Thailand’s Kanongsuk Chuwattan all competing in the 4-man tournament.

Good luck to all the athletes involved and congratulations again to MAX Muaythai for organizing another spectacular event.


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Saint-Tropez UNiTE for a Good Cause Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:29:25 +0000 Saint-Tropez FightNight 2014 is a high profile event with various celebrities in attendance, and under the patronage of the legendary actress Brigitte Bardot. The main event is under the WMC and IFMA, together with the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign. Thai superstar and Muaythai Angel Champion Chommanee will be taking on the European Champion Irina Mazepa from Russia in the main women’s bout of the evening.

Irina stated that Russia is in the process of starting this campaign and this will be a historical event and that she is truly looking forward to compete against Chommanee, and at the same time be a part of this campaign.

Chommanee said that as a Thai, she is truly honoured to be a part of this campaign, as respect is one of the five fundamentals of muaythai as a martial art and a combat sport. She also stated that friendship and fair play is as important and that we may compete against each other for competition reason, but we are united in important muaythai social campaigns such as UNiTE and Sport is Your Gang.

Chommanee Irina Mazepa


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