The Return of Pornsaneh Sitmonchai


Last year I had a very brief opportunity to meet Pornsaneh Sitmonchai through MMT friend Abs McCullough.

Pornsaneh’s a fighter I absolutely love to watch, he’s got a very direct and punishing style… he’s very much about taking the fight to his opponent.  Lot’s of toe to toe action and of course his signature leg kicks.  For those new to MMT, you should check out his bout with Pakorn.  It was highly regarded as the fight of the year.

When I interviewed Liam Harrison a while back I wasn’t all that surprised when he said that Pornsaneh was one of his favorites fighters, and if he could emulate anyone’s fighting style it would be Pornsaneh’s.

Back in Dec. of last year Pornsaneh announce that he was going to take a break after losing a string of very hard fought bouts.  Those closest to him feared that his short break might actually be a retirement.

A few months passed, he spent a brief time in a temple ordained as a Buddhist monk. Then home where he was quite content back on his farm.  It was clear to his friends and family that he had no intentions of coming back.

Here is someone who’s been at the top of his game for quite sometime.  He was fighter of the year in 2010, Thai National champ, Rajadomnern, and WMC belt holder.   It’s clear that in addition to your experience, and physical conditioning you have to be on it psychologically.

Sadly I’ve never done anything at that level, so I don’t have anything to compare it to… the determination, the desire to stay on top.  It has to take a toll… in Pornsaneh’s case I was told that he took his defeats to heart, that it affected him profoundly.

It was after several visits, from his brothers at the camp they finally convinced to come home.

“We actually weren’t trying necessarily to get him to fight– it was more that we wanted him to come “home” because we all missed him terribly. His absence was really felt by everyone — especially his pii nong who grew up with him in the gym their whole lives. I did too — he has one of the most charismatic personalities and he’s always making us all laugh.”

I’m very glad to see that he is well, that he has people who care about him, and that he’s got friends who’ve helped him get back up.  I am very much looking forward to seeing him back in the ring.

I’ve been told that he’s very interested in fighting abroad.  I think that’s a fantastic idea… I’ve been in touch with a few UK promoters to see if we can’t get him on some shows.  If any American promoters are matching at 128-130… you should definitely get in touch with the sitmonchai fight team.

Welcome back Pornsaneh, and looking forward to spending time with you on our next My Muay Thai Tour!


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I started My Muay Thai back in 2006... I was tired of reading about MMA, and wanted somewhere I could watch real muay thai fights, be inspired and connect with others who love muay thai as much as I do... I currently live in London... when I'm not geeking out over muay thai you can find me bombing around London on my scrambler, ferreting out the latest street food gems.

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