Saiyok Pumpanmuang vs. Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee Announced for Thai Fight

Today, the Thai Fight organization announced a superfight between 70 kg favorites Saiyok Pumpanmuang and Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee.

This is relatively big news, not just because it pits two of the top 70kg Thai’s within the Thai Fight organization against each other, but also because it is going against the typical “High level Thai vs. inexperienced Farang” fight-style that has plagued the organization for nearly a year.

Saiyok Pumpanmuang is still, in my opinion, in the top 5 heavy Thai’s in the country, along with Yodsanklai, Aikpracha, Sitthichai, and Kem. He has only two losses against farang fighters: 1 of which was a loss via cut to one of the most talented foreign nak muays of the current generation: Mootje Kamal, and the other was a freak injury against the very young and talented Dylan Salvador. Saiyok has bounced back with two consecutive victories, and will be looking to make it three against Sudsakorn.

While Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee isn’t at the level he once was, he is still very capable, and poses a threat to anyone in the 70kg division, evidenced by his recent win over NasserK fighter Michael Piscitello earlier in the year. Sudsakorn has been one of Thai Fight’s most stable and largest stars, known for his colorful personality and vicious knockouts. While it might be too much of a stretch to say that Sudsakorn was being protected by Thai Fight (Only as much as their other stars) I think it’s fair to state that he certainly could have been facing better competition.

It is possible that Thai Fight was driven to create this match-up in response to the wide positive reception MAX Muay Thai received earlier in the week. The Thai Fight brands needs a surge of excitement to bring the spark of interest back to Western audiences, and while this is a good start, there will need to be many more matches like it in order to spur a truly renewed interest in the promotion.

Stay tuned with FSA, and we’ll have more details about Thai Fight as they come.

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