The 2021 IFMA Muay Thai World Championships kicking off this weekend, in Phuket, Thailand.
We take a look ahead at some of the top male Muay Thai fighters competing in this year’s tournament.
Capitan Petchyindee Academy (Thailand)
Our top pick at this year’s championships is current ONE Championship Kickboxing World champion, Capitan Petchyindee Academy.
Though he has reached a pinnacle in his professional career, it’s common to see professional athletes competing under the amateur ruleset at the IFMA tournaments, particularly with Muay Thai now receiving Olympic recognition.
Capitan enters the Elite 67kg category, which contains a further 20 athletes from around the World.
Jimmy Vienot (France)
In the Elite 71kg division, 2019 gold medallist Jimmy Vienot will be looking to continue his run of championship victories.
The Frenchman has won gold in his last three IFMA tournaments, including the 2018 and 2019 European Championships.
Andrei Kulebin (Belarus)
Thananchai Sitsongpeenong (Thailand)
He will represent his country under the amateur ruleset at the IFMA World championships for the first time.
Nguyen Tran Duy Nhat (Vietnam)
Despite only reaching bronze under amateur rules, Vietnamese star Nguyen Tran Duy Nhat has accomplished many accolades in his professional career.
Superball Tded99 (Thailand)
In the Elite 63.5kg division, a total of 30 athletes compete for the medals this year, making it one of the biggest division of the whole tournament.
Igor Liubchenko (Ukraine)
One of the favourites to win the 63.5kg category is Ukrainian fighter Igor Liubchenko.
12-0 under the amateur ruleset in the past few years, the Ukrainian won gold in both the 2018 and 2019 IFMA World Championships, including a huge victory over Thailand’s Ferrari Fairtex in 2019.
See below our full list of Top 10 Male Muay Thai fighters you should know at this year’s IFMA World Championships in Thailand;
- Capitan Petchyindee Academy (Thailand) – Elite 67kg
- Jimmy Vienot (France) – Elite 71kg
- Andrei Kulebin (Belarus) – Elite 71kg
- Thananchai Sitsongpeenong (Thailand) – Elite 71kg
- Nguyen Tran Duy Nhat (Vietnam) – Elite 60kg
- Daniil Yermolenka (Belarus) – Elite 60kg
- Nicholas Bryant (Sweden) – Elite 60kg
- Superball Tded99 (Thailand) – Elite 63.5kg
- Igor Liubchenko (Ukraine) – Elite 63.5kg
- Thai Barlow (Great Britain) – Elite 57kg