Two of Thailand’s most prominent athletes came together on Tuesday to pay tribute to Muay Thai.
ONE Women’s Atomweight World Grand Prix Champion Stamp Fairtex and superstar Buakaw Banchamek appeared at an event to mark the Sports Authority of Thailand and the Royal Thai Army coming together to promote and grow the sport of Muay Thai.
The renowned competitors have helped bring the martial art to the attention of many in recent years, and they joked around as they posed together, with Stamp placing a fist under Buakaw’s chin for the cameras.
Despite being only 32 years old, Buakaw is seen as a Muay Thai legend due to his incredible accolades. He has fought 275 times and earned more than 20 world titles, including those from the coveted Lumpinee and Omnoi stadiums.
He has also fought across a range of weight divisions and battled in K-1 multiple times. A beloved celebrity in his native Thailand, the star often makes promotional appearances and has been featured in commercials.
For her part, Stamp’s fame has been on a meteoric rise. The 24-year-old began competing nearly 20 years ago, and she has done incredible things in her career so far. In 2018, she made history when she became ONE Championship’s first two-sport world champion, holding both the ONE Women’s Atomweight Muay Thai and Kickboxing World Titles at the same time.
Following her success in the striking disciplines, Stamp decided to switch to MMA, and she has accumulated an 8-2 record since then. The Fairtex gym standout has stepped in to fight nearly 100 times across three sports and has faced some of the most dangerous fighters in the game.
Stamp thanked the Sports Authority of Thailand for the opportunities she has got throughout her career.
“As a ONE Championship champion, I am very grateful that the Sports Authority of Thailand gave me the chance to show my abilities in MMA, which are based on Muay Thai I learned since [a] young age. I am who I am because of Muay Thai,” Stamp wrote on Instagram.
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