If you’ve had an interest in Muay Thai for a little while, you will know that the Thai Fighter UK ranking system, which is the Uk’s most respected Muay Thai ranking system in the UK.
Every year the Thai Fighter UK team collate the results and opponents that each of the fighters in the UK have been tested against, assesses the calibre of opponent, their results and work ethic to decide on the winner.
Every year there are 4 awards delegated, The Jordan Coe Trailblazer Award, Gym of the year, Female fighter of the year and Male fighter of the year. It is an exciting time for the fighters in the UK. The Thai Fighter awards are the longest running awards in the UK.
Jordan Coe Trailblazer Award
First up to be announced was the Jordan Coe Trailblazer award. This award is delegated to a UK fighter that is living and fighting abroad. Previous winners of the Trailblazer award are Jordan Coe (obviously haha), Craig Dickson and George Mann.
This particular award has been running since 2016 and the fourth winner of the award is the only and only Luke Barr. Living, training and fighting in Thailand, featuring regularly on MAX Muay Thai, Luke has been a great example of what it takes to try and make it in the motherland of Muay Thai.
Another great year for the UK’s athletes flying the flag abroad, the Trailblazer award recognises those who have taken the leap living and competing on foreign shores.. there were several who stood out for this prestigious award named in honour of the inaugural winner Jordan Coe however, the winner was secured for a number of reasons.
“Living and Competing in Thailand, Luke has had another strong year beating a number of Thai’s regularly as main event on MAX, he is well known as a very exciting fighter who always brings the fight to his opponents!
WIN V Thoeun Theara (Cambodia) PTS 24/02Quote from Steve Broome in the Thai Fighter UK Facebook Group.
WIN V ??? (Thailand) TKO2 31/03
WIN V ??? (Thailand) PTS 17/05
LOSS V Sangchan Petcharsira (Thailand) PTS 04/08
LOSS V Nuengtrakarn Exzindicongym (Thailand) PTS 01/09
WIN V Nuengtrakarn Exzindicongym (Thailand) PTS 29/09″
The Gym of the year
The Thai Fighter UK Gym of the year award is given to a gym that not only has the most active fighters in the rankings throughout the UK but the level at which they have been competing and the calibre at which their competition has been held.
Previous winners of the Gym of the Year have been, Bad Company, Franks Gym , Double K Gym and most recently, the winner of last years award was Lumpini Crawley. This year, there have been some awesome movements made within the UK scene and the winner of this years award has been right on the cusp of this all happening.
Well done to the Knowlesy Academy team for taking the award this year. It was very well deserved and no doubt, with the rise of ONE FC and the number of UK based fighters continuing to grow on such promotions, it is no surprise that The Knowsley Academy was the winners of this years award.
This has been awarded by the thaifighter team, we considered a number of factors which included but are not exclusive to: number of adult fighters in the rankings, level they are regularly competing and winning consistently on home and away shows. Also, with the emergence of promotions like ONE FC we have considered fighters based in the UK who may not compete here.
So, the 2019 GYM OF THE YEAR award is presented to…. Christian Knowles and the Knowlesy Academy!Quote from Steve Broome in the Thai Fighter UK Facebook Group.
Female Fighter of the Year
This young woman is more than just a fighter. She is an inspiration to many both in and out of the sport of Muay Thai. She has been flying the Scottish flag high this year, competing more so abroad this year than she has on our shores but the level at which she has been fighting has been nothing short of incredible.
Steve goes into detail about who and where she fought in his announcement of the winner (quoted below) but to be readily taking and defending titles is what the game is all about and she is showing who needs to be seeing, how it’s done!
I type these words from experience with the small interactions I’ve had with Amy and following her journey on social but her work ethic and ability to destroy anyone who is put in front of her is, at the moment, unrivalled in her category. Well done Amy. You deserve this, for the third time haha!!
Already a two time recipient of this prestigious award Amy has had her most successful year to date. Kicking off the year capturing the LION FIGHT World Title with a first round KO of Sweden’s Sandra Godvik in America, a third round TKO over France’s Cindy Cilvestre and another trip abroad this time successfully defending her LF title against the World #1, Thailand’s Lommanee cemented her as one of the very best fighters in the World. As if that wasn’t enough Amy then travelled to Finland successfully defending her ISKA World Title against the excellent Tessa Kakkonen.
Congratulations to all of our finalists, all three are fantastic fighters and we look forward to watching your progress next year!Quote from Steve Broome in the Thai Fighter UK Facebook Group
Male Fighter of the Year
This dude for me is on another level. He has recently shot to absolute stardom with his amazing performances on ONE Championship. I didn’t know too much about him beforehand but I have been watching him closely and I am just blown away by his style and fight IQ.
My understanding is that he had an active junior career and as soon as he became an adult he was ready for the big leagues. Please correct me if I’m wrong and Jon (if you’re reading this) I’d love an opportunity to pick your brains about what it’s actually like being in there, doing what you do.
In fact, thinking about it, the first time I heard of Haggerty was when he knocked someone out on ROAR Combat League with a naughty head kick. I can’t for the life of me think who it was (Italian guy I think but really not sure). I have really enjoyed watching his progress this year and hope his success continues to grow and thrive.
I know that I will be watching his journey closely. I love his style. He is a man with bad intentions in the ring man. His elbows, work on the front leg and overall presence in the sport is something I definitely aspire towards. Thank you for the work you have put in Jon!
We have collected and counted the votes for the most prestigious award in U.K. Muay Thai… it’s now time to announce the 2019 Male Thai Fighter of the Year… Jon Teamunderground Haggerty
Starting the year off on ONE Championship by defeating Italy’s Joseph Lasiri on points. A win that earned a shot in May against Muay Thai legend Sam A. Jon took the decision in spectacular fashion becoming the first ever British ONE World Champion. Next up in a razor thin decision (most scored it a draw however, due to ONE unique scoring criteria) he lost to Rodtang in a fight of the year contender, however with the rematch set for January he may soon be a two time ONE champion!
Congratulations to all five of our finalists, we look forward to following you all again next year!Quote from Steve Broome in the Thai Fighter UK Facebook Group
Well there we have it folks. The four prestigious awards awarded by Thai Fighter UK. It must be a good motivation to make every year an improvement on the last if you know that you could be in for a chance of winning these titles.
I don’t think they actually ‘win’ anything for taking the award home, more just the bragging rights of being allocated the award. Who knows, I may even be lucky enough to come close to being awarded one one day.
Well done to everyone who was nominated and even more so to those who came close to winning. You are all incredible and are a huge inspiration to me as an up and comer who wants to grow and develop into the sport.
Do you agree with the award recipients? Who else do you think was in the running?