Muay-Thai and Kickboxing icon Buakaw has signed with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship. The announcement was made by the promotion earlier today and the 40-year-old is expected to make his debut at the promotion on September 3, 2022, in the United States.
Born in 1982, Buakaw is one of the most recognizable names in Muay-Thai and Kickboxing. He is a two-time Omnoi Stadium champion, Lumpinee Stadium Toyota Marathon champion, Lumpinee Stadium, Thailand Featherweight champion, two-time K-1 World MAX champion, and Thai Fight tournament champion from 2011 and 2012.
“It’s been almost 11 years since I last fought in the United States and I’ve always wanted to return. I love bare-knuckle fighting and this creates a new challenge for me which I welcome. I’m very grateful to BKFC for this great opportunity and can’t wait to put on a show for their fans all over the world,” Buakaw noted in his statement.
BKFC President Dave Feldman had high praise for the superstar as well.
“Buakaw is a true international fighting legend who many consider the best Muay Thai fighter of all time. Over the last couple of months, he’s expressed interest in fighting bare-knuckle and competing in the United States against our best fighters and it’s an honor to sign him to this multi-fight promotional contract,” he said.
He further went on to add that the addition of Buakaw to the BKFC roster will be a big boost for the fans in Asia.
“I would like to thank Nick Chapman and Golf, our partners with BKFC Thailand, for their help in making this happen. Buakaw will have his first BKFC fight on September 3 in Thailand and then fight later in the year on a big BKFC card in the United States. This has truly been a ground-breaking year for BKFC with our signings of the best talent in combat sports and promoting international events. We’re very grateful to our fans who make this all possible and truly, we’re just getting started. BKFC continues to have a wealth of growing fan and media support in Asia, particularly in Thailand where Buakaw is from. Fans are going to love the tremendous level of excitement and unrivaled skills he brings to combat sports,” Feldman added.
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The greatest Muay Thai fighter in history has just joined BKFC!— Bare Knuckle FC (@bareknucklefc) July 13, 2022
Welcome to BKFC Buakaw Banchamek! pic.twitter.com/C8BlsWvD4u