Buakaw fights again


It appears that Buakaw will fight again.  There was an arbitration meeting held today and it was decided that Buakaw should be able to fight again.  The court stated that Buakaw is a national figure, and a worldwide ambassador of Muay Thai.  That Buakaw’s involvement in the sport would help popularize Thailand’s national sport.

Under the ruling, Buakaw must under fight under the Por Pramuk name, Buakaw is  free to train wherever he likes, he will split earnings with the camp 60/40,   and  for appearances outside of the ring the split will be 75/25.

So what happened?  Why now?

If any of have visited Buakaw’s FB page, you would have seen loads of pics of him training BJJ, there was lots of speculation whether this was going to be his new move.

There was a statement put out by the Deputy Governor of the Sports Authority of Thailand,

The Deputy Governor of the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT), Mr. Sakol Wanphong, said that he is very disappointed & sad over the news that the top muaythai boxer Buakaw will go down the path of fighting in MMA in Hong Kong & Macau. He said that MMA is a ‘savage’ sport that involves fighting on the ground in a cage until a fighter loses consciousness, & so the SAT is against having MMA fights in Thailand. He said that ground fighting is unbecoming of a ‘real man’ & ‘ungentlemanly’.

I think the idea of Buakaw getting  tapped out in a cage, was too much for them to bare.  I think this is what forced the Sports Authority to make its move.

I doubt that this was a calculated move on the part of Buakaw, I think he was probably was looking to get into MMA.

I’m glad to see that everyone has come to their senses… Buakaw lives to fight another day,  Mr. Rojanatan can continue to milk his meal ticket.


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  1. Yeah, but what about the millions of baht owed to him by the Por. Pramuk camp? So the camp gets to keep the money they cheated out of Buakaw, and still gets a 40% split of his future fight purse. Win-win for the camp to me, but could’ve gone a lot worse for Buakaw.

    Glad to see Buakaw back, but still can’t stand the SAT’s laughable ignorance about MMA. I don’t get how they don’t realize that people lose their consciousness in Muay Thai fights too, not only in MMA. Hello, it’s called a knock out. And some MMA promotions use a ring, not a cage. If they don’t want to appear as laughing stocks, they could at least do some research before commenting on a sport they know nothing about, especially when their name is Sports Authority of Thailand.

  2. Wow, great news! Sad that Por Pramuk comes out as winner though, because they have a smile on their mafia-faces now for receiving more money and having cheated out a lot of money before.. I hope Buakaw will still sue them for the money.

    The description of MMA bein ‘savage’ is a bit wrong, a better term would be ‘gay’.

  3. GlegSorChaoPhraya on

    Very ignorant perception of MMA. If anything, Muay Thai has gained a lot of publicity thanks to MMA. I won’t go into details but there have been many UFC fighters and aspiring MMA’s going over to Thailand to train Muay Thai.

  4. That description of MMA was unbelievably ignorant. While the fast growing sport of MMA has brought forth some questionable attributes there is no denying its success and exposure of the most effective fighting styles in the world to include Muay Thai. It doesn’t surprise me that some of you have agree with such ignorant statements.

  5. look at all the MMA haters on here…kinda sad, really. haters gonna hate, i guess. as someone who trains MT and is an avid MMA fan, it is disheartening to see comments like the ones above but ignorance is everywhere in life.

    its not all about money, but top level MMA fighters have already surpassed top nakmuays by a lot in terms of earnings per fight. while i would have loved to see Buakaw in MMA, he never would have made it to the UFC at this point in his life. im sure he could have done fine in One FC in Singapore though.

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