World Muaythai Council The Official World Governing Body for Professional Muaythai Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:02:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Peace and Sport Enters a New Era Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:00:11 +0000 Peace and Sport (l’Organisation pour la Paix par le Sport), under patronage of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, recently unveiled a new logo. To underpin its growing public recognition, the organization has launched an engaging new slogan “Be part of what matters” (in French “Participer à l’important”) accompanied by a more modern graphic identity.

A pioneer of the peace through sport movement, Peace and Sport enjoys great renown within the global sports community. Since 2007, the organization has worked in diplomatic circles and on the ground to promote and demonstrate the power of sport to foster dialogue and reconcile divided communities.

IFMA’s social initiative Sport is Your Gang has been in partnership with Peace and Sport since 2011. It has now been four years since the signing of the MoU and many fantastic events have been conducted to promote the message of Peace and Sport from Bangkok to Tehran, Saint-Tropez, and even Monaco. Various Sport is Your Gang projects in conjunction with Peace and Sport have been established in over 15 countries. HSH Prince Albert II, the patron of Peace and Sport, presided over the event in Monaco and Mr. Joël Bouzou, President and Founder of Peace and Sport,  presided over the event in Saint-Tropez. The cooperation between Peace and Sport and Muaythai is important, and through this, Muaythai was been awarded the SportAccord Spirit of Sport Award in 2014.

Congratulations to Peace and Sport on launching the wonderful new logo and IFMA will continue to use this cooperation to use the power of sport for good.

Read more on the Peace and Sport website.

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1 Week to Muaythai Day Fri, 30 Jan 2015 10:28:01 +0000 February 6 will an auspicious day for the Muaythai community around the world as it marks the historical coronation date of the Ayutthaya-era king Somdet Phra Sanphet VIII, also known as Phra Chao Suea (the Tiger King), the father of Muaythai. Thailand is a country rich in culture and history and Muaythai has played a significant part in the shaping the culture and history of the Kingdom.

Celebrated around the world by our 130 member Federations and practitioners of Muaythai from all walks of life, Muaythai Day will be organized by the Thai government and the World Muaythai Council and the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur in a special two-part ceremony. There will be a morning Krob Khru ceremony for all masters and students of the art of Muaythai held at the Ministry of Culture and an afternoon International Muaythai gala event with fighters from all over the world competing in special tournaments in honour of as Phra Chao Suea (the Tiger King).

The press conference for the event was held at the Sport Authority of Thailand, where all fighters were present and the matchups for the super 4 bouts were drawn. National and international press were present at the press conference as the Presidents of WMC, IFMA and representative of the Thai Government announce the agenda for the day.

The event will feature three Super 4 bouts with three special trophies given out to the fighters. There will also be six female fights with a special trophy given by the UNiTE to End Violence Against Women Campaign and the Thai Government.


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2014: A Knockout Year for Muaythai Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:08:38 +0000 While the New Year has started with many activities planned for 2015 such as the Muaythai Day gala event, IFMA Muaythai University World Cup (under patronage of FISU), the African Championship in Morocco, the all-important Royal World Cup in Bangkok, and many more, last year marked many important milestones for Muaythai.

February: saw Muaythai day, organized by the cultural ministry in conjunction with WMC and IFMA celebrated in Bangkok and other cities around the world.

April: saw the highly successful SportAccord Convention in Belek, Turkey, with Muaythai included in the official sports program of the 2017 World Games. Muaythai was also given the honour of being declared the winner of the SportAccord 2014 Spirit of Sport Award. The official signing of an MoU with UN Women to UNiTE to End Violence Against Women finished off an eventful month for Muaythai.

May: the highlight was without a doubt, the fantastic IFMA World Championship in beautiful Langkawi, hosted by Malaysian Muaythai and the Malaysian Government, and event which saw 110 member countries in participation. The month of May also saw the Muaythai World Conference on Youth and Sport with speakers from SportAccord, United Nations, the Malaysian Government, IFMA, and many others.

June: Who can forget the successful Monte Carlo Fighting Masters, under the patronage of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, who is also the patron of Peace and Sport, which Muaythai works closely together with. The Monte Carlo Fighting Masters saw 9 fantastic World Title fights and history being made with HSH Prince Albert II giving the Prince Cup and WMC World Title belt to Muaythai superstar, Buakaw.

July: Was the busiest month with far too many events to mention, with 26 events in all 5 continents from Hong Kong, to Australia, to North and South America, Europe and Asia.

August: Muaythai received the highest honour anyone in Thailand can receive which was Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King in a glorious event. It truly was an unforgettable moment when the Royal Guards marched in the official documents. There were also over 20 events that went on around the globe with the highlight being the FightNight in Saint-Tropez under the patronage of Mme Brigitte Bardotte. It was Chomannee being the first woman to win the Muaythai UNiTE trophy.

September: Two big regional championships took place around the world with the European Championship in Krakow, Poland and everyone in applauding the fantastic festivities and closing ceremony with over 8,000 spectators in attendance at one of Europe’s finest arenas. The second event held in September was the Arabic Muaythai Championship in beautiful Amman Jordan which boasted a truly spectacularly cultural opening ceremony.

October: Another busy month around the world, but without a doubt, the month belonged to the female part of our sport as Muaythai Angels became as popular, maybe even more so, as their other counterparts.

November: Muaythai made its debut in the Asian Beach Games under the Olympic Committee of Asia, and was without a doubt the most successful, exciting and most talked about sport in the Games. The beach stadium was filled to the seams for the finals which clearly showed the popularity of Muaythai.

December: The highlight of the month as the momentous Kings Cup Event, with Muaythai fully under patronage of His Majesty. A special VIP event was organized and it was the first time in Thailand that it was done in conjunction with UNiTE.

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Muaythai will continue to work hard with IFMA being the sole Muaythai federation, recognized by SportAccord, the Olympic Council of Asia, the International World Games Association and many more including an upcoming Muaythai University World Cup under the patronage of The Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU, English: International University Sports Federation).

Under IFMA, Muaythai is included in many Multi-sport Games, the World Combat Games (under patronage of the IOC), Asian Beach Games, Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, a demonstration sport in the Asian Games, included in the official sport program of the upcoming World Games and so on. The number of IFMA members is growing with 128 National Federations working under the same rules and regulations, with more than 70 members who are fully recognized by their National Olympic Council and/or Higher Sport Authority.

IFMA and its members are internationally praised for their Education and Prevention programs, compliance with the new The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) codes, strong social responsibility programs in conjunction with Peace and Sport and UNiTE to End Violence Against Women, education programs for Every Body in the Art and Sport of Muaythai and its disciplines (Muay Boran, Krabi Krabong, Muay Fitness), important Youth Development programs, Athletes After Career program, following a strict code of ethics with solid athlete entourage guidelines and many more. IFMA will continue to use Muaythai with all their stakeholders, SportAccord, OCA, IWGA, and hopefully soon recognition by the IOC, to continue to use Muaythai and all its benefits for its participants from all walks of life, social standing, and its cultural values to make a positive contribution to society.

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Lion Fight 21 Set for California Debut Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:52:54 +0000 Lion Fight Promotions is off to a historic start in 2015 with the much-anticipated Lion Fight 20 coming up in February, and now the expansion of its professional full Muaythai rules events to the state of California. As part of a multi-fight deal with Pechanga Resort Casino, Lion Fight will present its first ever event in the Golden State Friday, March 27. Lion Fight CEO Scott Kent revealed the star-studded lineup for LION FIGHT 21, which takes place live from the Pechanga in Temecula, Calif. and on AXS TV nationwide.

Mr Kent stated that they will start off this first event in California with a bang with a fightcard featuring Muaythai superstar Kevin Ross, who will have a rematch against Tetsuay Yamato in a title defence for the Lion Fight lightweight title. Also, Tiffany Van Soest, one of the most popular fighters in Muay Thai will take on Dutch champion Chajmaa Bellekhal in a blockbuster women’s co-main event. Mr Kent promised an incredible, world class Muaythai show, the likes of which made Lion Fight such an exciting event to watch.




– See more at: Lion Fight.

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IFMA President Greets Uzbekistan Wed, 21 Jan 2015 09:08:48 +0000 IMG_20150120_172833IFMA President Dr Sakchye Tapsuwan greeted IFMA Executive Board member, former President of the Uzbek Muaythai Federation and now First Vice President of the Uzbekistan Boxing Federation Mr. Sherzod Tashmatov and the new president Uzbekhistan Muaythai Federation Mr Jahongir Boltaboev and the Secretary of the International Department Mr Bekhzod Mirtimirov.

Dr Sakchye thanked them for all their hard work, remembering the successful 2011 World Championship as well as the Silk Road Cup, the epic Muaythai tournament event that follows the historical trade route from China to India, through Southeast Asia, Persia, Arabia and into the ancient Mediterranean, over deserts, mountains and lush landscapes. Special gifts were exchanged between both parties and the 2015 Silk Road Cup will be held on the highest Government and Sporting levels.

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Silk Road Cup 2015 Wed, 21 Jan 2015 08:49:16 +0000 IMG_20150120_173110After the successful first edition of the Silk Road Cup, a special meeting took place in Bangkok between IFMA Executive Board member, FAMA Vice President, Uzbekistan Martial Arts Federation President and First Vice President of the Uzbekistan Boxing Federation Mr. Sherzod Tashmatov, the President of the Uzbekhistan Muaythai Federation Mr Jahongir Boltaboev, the Secretary of the International Department Mr Bekhzod Mirtimirov, and IFMA General Secretary Stephan Fox, IFMA Sports Director Charissa Tynan and the IFMA International Office.

The Silk Road Cup is an event boasting a huge cultural and sporting exchange that follows the historical trade route from China to India, through Southeast Asia, Persia, Arabia and into the ancient Mediterranean, over deserts, mountains and lush landscapes; the perfect setting for an unforgettable adventure of sports and culture. The second edition will take Muaythai again on an epic adventure from China to Persia and through the ancient Mediterranean regions with the final set for Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Mr Sherzod once again outlined the importance of the historical event and also proposed a conference in Tashkent with all the participating Silk-Road countries to foster a cultural and sporting exchange.


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Max MuayThai to be Aired Live on Thai Channel 8 Mon, 19 Jan 2015 04:02:56 +0000 Starting from February 1st 2015, Max MuayThai will be aired live every Sunday from 18:20 to 20:20 on Thai television Channel 8.

The planned events include the 2015 Max MuayThai World Champion, and the Max MuayThai Tournament, all of which will be filmed live from the brand new Max MuayThai Stadium in Pattaya.

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Calgary Gearing Up for Challenger 12: Fully Loaded Tue, 13 Jan 2015 03:46:50 +0000 Mike Miles brings a World Class Muaythai Event to Canada featuring the Calgary’s top Muaythai athletes against opponents from the UK, the USA and other parts of Canada. The Main Event of the card features WMC Intercontinental Champion Hakeem Dawodu from Calgary battling against former WMC World Light-middleweight Champion from London, England, Charlie Peters.

The talented Hakeem Dawodu has had a difficult time finding Muaythai bouts. His last Muaythai fight was in Calgary, on April 5th 2014 with a unanimous win over Thailand’s Sam Samut. With his win, Dawodu won the WMC Intercontinental Title Belt. But, on January 24, former WMC World Light-middleweight Muaythai Champion, England’s own Charlie Peters, has taken the challenge and stepped up to battle the talented Calgary athlete. Peters is a young fighter with plenty of experience having formerly held the WMC World Title before deciding to move down in weight and go after the Welterweight Champion Belt.

Both these athletes have their eyes on the prize and standing the victor will gain from winning this bout. Speed, power, determination, guts and skill will determine the outcome of this bout as both highly skilled athletes possess very exciting styles which will make this an event no to miss.

For more information, visit the Challenger 12 event site.




Hakeem Dawodu (Calgary) vs. Charlie Peters (England) Former WMC World Champion

North American Title Fight
Max Carruthers vs. Zachary Lane (USA)
Scott Mackenzie vs. Jeremy Milbourn (USA)
Blake Weigel vs. Andrew Rivera (USA)
Nolan Shergold vs. Jason Cole (USA)
Female Fight
Linsay Holmes vs. Cassie Warbeck
Dylan Bastian vs. James Nelson
Fawzel Mubin vs. Pierre Bazin
Dylan O’Toole vs. James Ricks

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Lion Fight 20 Set to Take Las Vegas By Storm on February 20 Fri, 09 Jan 2015 03:52:33 +0000 Las Vegas, NV – Lion Fight Promotions CEO Scott Kent has announced that Lion Fight’s World Welterweight Champion Jorina Baars, the last woman ever to defeat superstar Cris Cyborg, will take on Chantal Ughi in the main event championship bout for LION FIGHT 20, Friday, February 20, 2015 live from Foxwoods Resort Casino.


LION FIGHT 20 airs live on AXS TV starting at a special time, 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. The broadcast will feature play-by-play and color commentary by UFC Hall of Famer Pat Miletich alongside renowned sports commentator Michael “The Voice” Schiavello.

Jorina Baars (36-0) made her American debut in a break through performance at LION FIGHT 14 when she beat Cyborg via unanimous decision. This hard-earned victory shocked and impressed fight fans all over the world, and instantly put the undefeated fighter from the Netherlands on the combat sports map in the United States. Baars will return to the Muay Thai ring February 20 to attempt her first Lion Fight title defense and keep her perfect record intact.

Chantal Ughi (32-14-0) has fought Jorina before in 2009 with Jorina winning by split decision in a close match. Since then both have gained more experience and have improved. Chantal is a multi-time world champion and has had over 50 fights in her career.

In the LION FIGHT 20 action-packed co-main event, Chris Mauceri will take on Thai fighter Sittisak in a men’s 143 lbs. full Muaythai rules bout.

Mauceri (7-1) is a star on the rise that has stood with some of the best Muay Thai fighters in the U.S. He fought Kevin Ross, who is the reigning Lion Fight Super Lightweight Champion, and defeated Coke Chunhawat who has over 150 fights on record. In this fight, he showed how much he improved his Muay Thai skills within just months since taking his first professional loss from Kevin Ross.

Sittisak (65-12) originally from Bangkok, Thailand, now fights out of Atlanta in the Top Thai gym. Sittisak made his debut at the first-ever Lion Fight event February 12, 2011 when he took on Kevin Ross. The bout went down as one of Lion Fight’s best ever because of the pair’s back and forth full Muay Thai rules battle. At LION FIGHT 20, Mauceri now takes on a young, aggressive and also highly technical opponent in Sittisak.

The live televised card for LION FIGHT 20 also includes east coast favorites Tim Amorim, Tom Evans, Julio Pena, and west coast signed fighters Jason Andrada and Gaston Bolanos. The main card includes:

123 lbs. Bout: Jason Andrada (Las Vegas, NV) vs. John Nofer (Philadelphia, PA)
140 lbs. Bout: Tom Evans (Central Fall, RI) vs. Julio Pena (Boston, MA)
135lbs. Bout: Tim Amorim (Philadelphia, PA) vs. Bryce Lawrence (Naples, FL)
143 lbs. Bout: Gaston Bolanos (Dublin, CA) vs. TBD

– See more at the Lion Fight website.

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2014 Kings Cup Breaks Internet Record Wed, 07 Jan 2015 09:03:11 +0000 Over 100 countries watched the 2014 Kings Cup live online with a record number of viewers. Some countries organized Kings Cup parties hosted by the embassies and/or the National Federations, which gave everyone a chance to join in with the Kingdom of Thailand in the festivities for the King’s Birthday.

The World Muaythai Council, under directive of the Royal Thai Government and under official Royal Patronage will continue to foster and promote Muaythai around the world.

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Full House at the 2014 Kings Cup Wed, 07 Jan 2015 06:17:06 +0000 The highly successful Kings Cup gala event on December 5th, 2014 was a huge success in celebrating His Majesty’s 87th birthday. The Kings Cup saw many VIPs in attendance, including representatives from foreign embassies, the United Nations, as well as celebrities from sporting and muaythai circles around the world including FISU Secretary-General and CEO, Eric Saintrond, as one of the guests of honour in attendance at this prestigious event.

Dr. Jarin Suankaew Chairman of the King’s Foundation made an emotional speech congratulating the World Muaythai Council for receiving official Royal Patronage from His Majesty the King of Thailand. The audience was packed with celebrities in attendance with national and international press covering the prestigious event. Over 30 embassies sent representatives to the event to participate in the beautiful candle ceremony in honour of His Majesty the King of Thailand. Muaythai Live put on another impressive performance which captivated the audience and showcased the true spirit and cultural art form of Muaythai.

It is always been an honour for the World Muaythai Council to host such an event and we look forward to next year in continuing this grand tradition.

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