Top 10 Male Fighters You Should Know At IFMA World Championships 2021

Jimmy Vienot - 2021 IFMA Muay Thai World Championships

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)

The Belarussian star, Andrei Kulebin, won silver in the 2018 IFMA World Championships in Cancun, Mexico, losing out to Thailand’s Yodwicha Por. Boonsit in the final.

Thananchai Sitsongpeenong (Thailand)

A big name on the elite Muay Thai scene in Thailand, Thananchai Sitsongpeenong will also enter the Elite 71kg category along with Jimmy Vienot and Andrei Kulebin.

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.

He has beaten popular foreign Muay Thai fighters such as Mathias Gallo Cassarino, Victor Pinto and more, as well as two huge knockout victories in ONE Championship in 2019.

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.

One of the top entries in the division is elite Muay Thai fighter, Superball Tded99, who has recent notable wins over Rangkhao, Kaona, Petch-U-Thong on the elite circuit in Thailand.

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
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