No More Exhibition Bouts for Buakaw: Set to Perform “Weapons of the Unarmed” at MAX Jakarta

It appears that MAX has done something very few professional combat sports organizations do- They listened to their fans.

Earlier last month, Buakaw headlined the first ever MAX Muay Thai card in Surin, Thailand against USA’s Malik Watson. While many people thought the fight was going to be a normal muay thai bout, in reality, Buakaw’s shaky contract disputes with Thai Fight forced the main event to be restructured as an exhibition performance. Despite the quality fights put on by Andrei Kulebin, Aikpracha Meenayothin, Enriko Kehl, and Kem Sitsongpeenong earlier in the night, Buakaw’s wild and unusual match with Watson marred the event for quite a few first time viewers.

As of today, it looks like Buakaw will not be “fighting” in Jakarta. According to a recently released promotional poster, the iconic Thai fighter will instead be performing in an “Ancient Muay Thai” styled show called “Weapons of the Unarmed”, set to be featured as the main event of the evening.

Keeping Buakaw within MAX is an intelligent move. His presence alone is attractive to most casual Muay Thai fans and he is still a very recognizable name. Buakaw’s contract disputes with Thai Fight and the pending lawsuit against him certainly played a hand in MAX’s decision, but it appears that this call was made well before Buakaw’s court date was officially announced.

MAX Jakarta will feature a four man tournament starring the likes of Fabio Pinca, Victor Nagbe, and Rhassan Muhare. The show is also set to feature Kem Sitsongpeenong, Aikpracha Meenayothin, and Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong. You can catch all the MAX on June 29 from Jakarta, Indonesia.

Be sure to stay with FSA for all the news about MAX Muay Thai, Buakaw, and Asian Combat sports.


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