Thailand has long been the cradle of martial arts but the area is becoming more and more popular for mainstream promotions. ONE FC’s Chatri Sityadong recently pledged that he would be holding some events locally.
BKFC also staged a card in Thailand, during which the infamous flashing celebration took place.
But Thailand also has a burgeoning underground scene.
A ‘promotion’ called Fight Club Thailand has been staging events this year including those at a car park in the Klong Toey district of Bangkok. The events take place in an actual underpass with unsanctioned bouts in a variety of discplines.
Perhaps after seeing the success Poland and Russia have had in eccentric exhibitions, they too have decided to step it up a notch and arranged for a very disturbing event.
The promotion matched two competitors for a knife bout. Yes really. The older man was matched with a black male of similar stature albeit significantly heavier. The two were each yielding a weapon.
The slow motion bits really sell the incident. It’s unclear if these were prop weapons or what because of course nobody was harmed during the actual event. The black gentleman even played with his weapon during the event resulting in a humiliating defeat.
This is just the latest attention grabbing ploy. Over in Russia and Poland, phone booths have been accepted as a great setting for mixed martial arts bouts.
Not to mention the recent car jitsu event that featured both intergender grappling in a car and an mma bout.
After staging an MMA bout in a phone booth, Punch club also staged an intergender grappling event – in a car.
The car jitsu event featured a buff looking female against a somewhat subdued male.
Veterinarian (female’s pseudonym) was 32 years old, 159cm tall and weighed in at 60kg (just under bantamweight limit).
Her opponent was WillFM – he was also 32 years old. Although he was significantly taller he weighed in 9kgs less than his female opponent.
Similar to the convertible MMA bout, the two jiu-jitsu practitioners started off with belt seats on in their convertible car.
The Woman vet was in the driver seat, with the male counterpart in the passenger seat.
Woman was slower to unclip her seatbelt giving the Willfm perceived advantage in the opening moments of their jiu-jitsu bout.
She was noticably stronger from the get go and WillFM struggled to get up. She urged him to and even allowed him. Goaded him throughout. He was defensive minded.
Ref’s urged her to work. She first got to work on his neck securing a guillotine finish. They proceeded to round 2 from there. Once again clipped into their seats. This time she was faster with the seat belt, unclipped escaped to the backseat and proceeded to manhandle WillFM threatening to slam him out of the vehicle. In the end she opted for another guillotine submission in the backseat of the car.
She was pronounced as the victor soon after.