(Video) Muay thai legend jokingly eyepokes opponent at face off for BKFC debut

In a light-hearted yet unexpected turn of events, renowned Muay Thai icon Buakaw Banchamek added a humorous twist to a staredown with fellow legend Saenchai Saenpong. During the face-off, Buakaw playfully poked Saenchai’s eye, causing a surprising reaction.

BKFC is gearing up for its upcoming event, BKFC: Thailand 5, which is set to unfold on November 4 at the Royal Cliff Hotel Group in Pattaya, Thailand. This occasion marks BKFC’s return to Thailand, with the last event in the country taking place in December 2022.

The event is slated to showcase an array of thrilling matchups featuring athletes hailing from various nations. At the forefront of the event is the long-awaited showdown between two Muay Thai legends, Buakaw Banchamek and Saenchai Saenpong. The two luminaries are scheduled to engage in a bare-knuckle bout with unique rules.

The two boxers were initially set to collide at a BKFC event on March 18, but the match had to be postponed due to uncertainties surrounding modified regulations imposed by the Boxing Authorities of Thailand. Fortunately, those concerns have been addressed, clearing the way for this highly anticipated clash.

During a recent intense staredown session, Buakaw pointed at Saenchai’s face in a playful manner. In response, Saenchai reciprocated by gently placing his knuckle on Buakaw’s face. Seizing the comedic opportunity, Buakaw deftly moved his finger and made a lighthearted poke at Saenchai’s eye.

The unexpected jest caught Saenchai off guard, prompting him to quickly lean backward while clutching his eye in a display of feigned pain. Throughout this playful exchange, Buakaw maintained his composed demeanor. A security guard discreetly intervened, reminding the fighters of the boundaries. Fortunately, the situation did not escalate into a physical confrontation.

Both Buakaw and Saenchai are luminaries in the realm of Muay Thai, known as the Art of Eight Limbs. Saenchai’s Muay Thai journey began in 1988 when he was just 8 years old. Over the years, he has secured multiple Lumpinee Stadium championships, amassing an impressive record of 317 victories.

Meanwhile, Buakaw is widely regarded as one of the most exceptional Muay Thai practitioners in history. With an impressive tally of 240 wins, he holds the distinction of being a two-time K-1 World MAX champion. Beyond these accomplishments, he has also clinched several WMC Muay Thai championships.

As the date for BKFC: Thailand 5 draws nearer, anticipation is building for this unique encounter between two legends. Buakaw’s playful eyepoke has added an amusing twist to their rivalry, injecting an element of camaraderie and jest into their competitive spirit.