I realize a lot of people who join YUMT is entirely new to the sport itself, and generally don't know much about actual Thai fighters. While Kru has assigned our fighters homework to look up Thai fighters, I figure once and a while I can post about some well known ones.
Here is Namsaknoi Yutthakarnkamtorn, "The Emperor" (profile and videos)
DOB: October 13, 1979
Weight: 135 lbs
Record *until 2004*: 280 Wins, 15 Loses , 5 Draws
Titles & Achievments:
Lumpinee Champion 115 lbs
Lumpinee Champion 122 lbs
Lumpinee Champion 135 lbs ( 2000-2006 )
WMC World Champion 115 lbs
PABA Boxing Champion 135 lbs
Ford Ranger Tournament champion
Southern Thailand champion 95 lbs
Southern Thailand champion 126 lbs
Best Fighther of the year 1996 by the Sportswriters Association of Thailand
Best Fighther of the year 1999 by the Sports Authority of Thailand
Best Wai Kru/Ram Muay of the year 2001
Best Wai Kru/Ram Muay of the year 2006
Namsaknoi performing his beautiful and critically acclaimed Ram Muay
Namsmaknoi is one of the most celebrated fighters of the modern era with his mutiple titles and prestigious awards. He has shared the ring with many legends and has wins over talents such as Saenchai sor Kingstar and Attachai Fairtex. He has fought in many different places: Thailand, Japan, Korea and Israel (when he boxed).
Holding the Lumpinee title for 6 years, he retired a champion and began teaching. He has recently (mid 2008) made a return to the ring.
Namsaknoi clinching with Buakao...
An interesting tidbit: Namsaknoi fought out of Por Pramuk gym for a while, and was stablemates with none other than Thai K-1 superstar, Buakao. Buakao has named Namsaknoi as one of his idols (can't remember where I read that but I'm pretty sure he does).
Thai fighters in Korea's KOMA tournament: Namsaknoi second from the right
Vs Attachai: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-XfzLURC4A
Vs Craig O'Flynn: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4A9IOw0-Ec
For an in depth biography of Namsak, check out this article by Rob Cox: http://news.axkickboxing.com/article?id=264