Frances Watthanaya

muay thai

After Overcoming Poverty, Muay Thai Prodigy Loma Lookboonmee Sets Sights on MMA

The Isaan native will soon fight for the first time in the United States. Can she pave the way for future Thai nationals in MMA?
Frances Watthanaya
1.5.18
muay thai

After a Month of Mourning, Muay Thai Returns to Thailand

The month-long ban on gambling in honor of the death of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej has ended and the Muay Thai community can get back to business.
Frances Watthanaya
11.3.17
muay thai

Youth Muay Thai Shows Promise at World Championship, But U.S. Still Lags Behind

Jet Benjaminson is one of the best young fighters the U.S. has to offer, and he still struggled against the competition at the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur Championship.
Frances Watthanaya
8.30.17
FIGHTLAND

Meet the Mayweather vs. McGregor of Muay Thai

Out of shape and over weight but still pulling a side bet of 500,000 Baht, golden era legends Orono and Rotnarong are returning to the ring.
Frances Watthanaya
7.18.17
FIGHTLAND

The Swedish Ramon Dekkers Is Making the Rounds in Thailand

Nicknames in Thailand's Muay Thai community are given only to a special few. Meet the Swedish fighter who earned his.
Frances Watthanaya
7.11.17
FIGHTLAND

Two Generations of Sacrifice: Arjan Singh Bhullar Makes His UFC Debut

Arjan Singh Bhullar is set to be both the first Sikh, and first South Asian to compete in the UFC. We take a look at what got him here.
Frances Watthanaya
7.5.17
FIGHTLAND

4 Minutes, 5 Million Baht: Lumpini's First Ever 'No-Rules' Fight

With over a million Baht in ticket sales, and 300,000 Baht donated to street kids, it doesn't really matter if you agree with the fight or not. It happened.
Frances Watthanaya
6.27.17
FIGHTLAND

The Grind, The Dream: Yothin FA Group

Breaking a 13-fight win streak at Rajadamnern only means one thing: keep fighting.
Frances Watthanaya
6.21.17
FIGHTLAND

First Transgender Fighter Competes at Thailand’s Oldest Stadium

Rising to the occasion, Nong Rose overwhelms the favourite Sua Yai, in her historical debut at Rajadamnern.
Frances Watthanaya
6.9.17
FIGHTLAND

Tigers Must Live in The Jungle: An Interview with Buakaw's Manager

We sit down with Teerawat Yioyim to talk about his big plans for Banchamek gym and the ideologies in which he runs it.
Frances Watthanaya
6.8.17
FIGHTLAND

Sing Your Own Walk Out Song at MX Muay Xtreme

Big opportunities await fighters on Thailand's newest promotion. There's only once catch; they have to wear MMA gloves.
Frances Watthanaya
5.30.17
FIGHTLAND

Team USA Holds Their Own at IFMAs but Need More Support

With many countries requiring over 50 fights before competing in Muay Thai's most important amateur tournament, and many athletes showing up with over 200 fights, it's obvious that more opportunity is needed for fighters in the US.
Frances Watthanaya
5.22.17
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