One of the most prestigious awards a nak muay can earn has gone to the man they call ‘The Executioner’ – Kulabdam. . .
THE FIGHTER OF THE YEAR IS KULABDAM!
This year’s winner of most highly coveted award in Thailand is the “Muay Executioner” known as Kulabdam.
Only the best of the best are nominated for the Sports Writers Fighter of the Year award. No winner is without controversy, as each nominee is certainly so deserving of the award.
The Fighter of the Year award is considered the most prestigious a Muay Thai fighter could receive. A panel of committee members vote for who they believe deserves the title the most, based on fight stats and characteristics in and out of the ring.
SPORTS WRITERS FIGHTER OF THE YEAR AWARD
This year, the nominees were: Kulabdam, Kompetch, Petchmuangchon, Rungkit, and Yodlekpet.
Winning with a staggering 9 votes out of the 11 members, Kulabdam earned the award handily. However, like many before and after him, many people outside of Thailand simply just don’t know who Kulabdam is. Let’s learn a few facts about him.
Kulabdam, who fights employing a Muay Maat style, has won many of his fights via KO. He is nicknamed “The Executioner” for a reason – every fight he’s in, it’s war! He tries to bring his opponents down with powerful punches.
He was undefeated for nearly two years when he ran into his only recent loss against Muangthai via points at the end of 2017. This fight against Muangthai (see below) was arguably fight of the year. What the hell are these guys’ chins made of?!
After that fight, he fought Genji Umeno and won to become the current Lumpinee Boxing Stadium champion at 140 pounds. He is also the current Thailand national lightweight champion and he is ranked #3 at Channel 7 Stadium.
Kulabdam is set to receive the award on May 14th in Bangkok.
(Title image courtesy of LoSo Nak Muay on Twitter.)
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