Finally, the long overdue battle between two masters of bare knuckles – Buakaw vs. Saenchai is officially on. We’ve confirmed this through a formal announcement from Nick Chapman, the CEO of BKFC. The news about this fighting championship was received with total excitement by fans just like you across the world. Many can’t wait to witness it live.

The most thrilling part of the announcement was the signing of both Saenchai and Buakaw. The brawl was initially scheduled to take place on 18th March in Thailand. However, due to the intricate boxing rules in Thailand, there was some confusion and it had to be called off.

It was the most depressing news in the world of boxing. To the delight of many fans, the fight is back on. It’s scheduled to take place at BKFC this fall (4th November). The event will kick off at Royal Cliff Hotels Group, Pattaya. Ticket sales for the fight will open on 17th August.

Battle of Bare-Knuckle Legends: Buakaw vs. Saenchai

Saenchai and Buakaw stand out among the most successful Muay Thai fighters in sports history. The two have over half a century of experience in this sport and over 550 impressive wins. You don’t see such records often.

  • Saenchai

Saenchai is a legendary Muay Thai fighter from Thailand. Widely regarded as one of the greatest Muay Thai fighters of all time, Saenchai has had an illustrious career spanning over three decades. With his unmatched skills, exceptional technique, and unimaginable flexibility, he has earned respect and admiration from both fans and peers around the world.

Born on July 30, 1980, in Buriram, Thailand, this legend’s journey in this sport started all the way in 1988. He was merely eight years old back then, and over the years, he has managed about 317 wins. He’s now earned recognition as a several-time Lumpinee Stadium champion. Additionally, he has earned multiple world titles from WBC and WMC and is a three-time winner of the King’s Cup.

  • Buakaw

Buakaw on the other hand also has major accomplishments that make him a worthy opponent in this brawl.  Like Saenchai, he has built a reputation as the greatest fighter in the world of Muay Thai. Over the course of his fighting career, he has amassed over 240 wins. Beyond that, he has won the WMC title several times. He has also secured the K-1 World Max title a couple of times. In 2014, he was the WBC Muay Thai Diamond champion.

Buakaw Banchamek, born Sombat Banchamek on May 8, 1982, is a legendary Muay Thai fighter from Thailand. Renowned for his exceptional skills, razor-sharp technique, lightning-fast strikes, and unwavering determination, Buakaw has become a household name in the world of combat sports.

Buakaw’s journey into the world of Muay Thai began at a very young age. Growing up in a small village in northeastern Thailand, he quickly developed a passion for martial arts. At the tender age of eight, he started training under the tutelage of a local trainer. His dedication and discipline soon paid off, leading to his professional debut at the age of 15.

As a young fighter, Buakaw quickly made a name for himself, showcasing his fierce fighting style and immense talent. It didn’t take long for him to gain recognition in Thailand and eventually attract international attention. In 2002, he rose to global prominence by winning the prestigious K-1 World MAX tournament, defeating some of the best fighters in his weight category. Buakaw’s name continued to attract attention as he consistently dominated in the ring.

Predictions for the Saenchai vs. Buakaw bare-knuckle fight

While it’s difficult to make predictions about who will win this battle, there are a few factors that will influence the outcome of the fight:

  • Catchweight of 68.5kgs

Buakaw normally fights at around 72kgs, so the lower catchweight means that he needs to weight cut. This could be an advantage for Saenchai, who normally weighs less.

  • Size and strength

While Buakaw will be forced to weight cut, there is no question that he is the bigger and more powerful opponent. This could put him at an advantage over Saenchai.

  • New ruleset

BKFC gave Saenchai a say in the ruleset for this battle, and the new ruleset evens the playing field for the two fighters. For instance, the clinch has been reduced to 2 seconds to allow Saenchai to use range and striking to his advantage over his taller and stronger opponent.

  • Experience in Kard Chuek

Saenchai has experience in Kard Chuek – the Muay Thai style of fighting where the fighters’ hands are bound by hemp ropes. Given that this is a bare-knuckle fight, this puts him at an advantage over Buakaw, who usually fights in gloves and has only fought bare-knuckled once.

  • Agility and speed

Fans argue that Saenchai has a higher fight IQ, with more spatial awareness, and shorter reaction times. Buakaw might be stronger, but Saenchai’s speed and agility more than make up for this.

About Nick Chapman: The CEO of BKFC Asia

Nick Chapman is a name that doesn’t go unnoticed in the thrilling world of combat sports. Having started out as a fearless fighter and developed into a promoter and referee, his career path is quite extraordinary. Today, Nick Chapman is the CEO of BKFC Asia, a prominent combat sports organization specializing in bare-knuckle fighting.

With a proven track record in the industry, Chapman has played a pivotal role in the growth and success of the company. His extensive experience in combat sports, combined with his business acumen, has allowed BKFC Asia to establish itself as a leading platform for bare-knuckle fights across Asia.

Through strategic planning and effective collaboration with fighters, promoters, and sponsors, Chapman has successfully promoted numerous high-profile events. He’s also been consistent at attracting a loyal fan base and elevating BKFC Asia’s reputation in the combat sports community.

With his strong leadership skills and dedication to delivering thrilling fight experiences, he continues to drive the growth of BKFC Asia. As a result, he has solidified his position as a trailblazer in the world of bare-knuckle fighting.

Nick’s Future Plans for BKHC

A visionary in the world of combat sports, Nick has outlined his future vision for expanding the Bare-Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) across Asia, especially Thailand. He aims to elevate the organization to new heights, tapping into the growing interest in bare-knuckle fights.

One of the key aspects of Chapman’s vision involves expanding the BKFC by hosting more events and reaching a broader global audience. He’s strategically showcasing BKFC across the world and securing lucrative partnerships. That includes broadcasting deals with major sports networks. Through these efforts, he aims to establish BKFC as a premier combat sports organization.


Muay Thai fans have very high expectations of the dream match between Buakaw and Saenchai at BKFC 5 in Thailand. Both fighters are expected to showcase their incredible skills, agility, and versatility in the ring, providing the audience with an unforgettable spectacle. Buakaw’s power and precision combined with Saenchai’s slippery defense and unique techniques will create a captivating battle.

Considering that both these legends are unparalleled opponents in the Muay Thai arena, the fight is expected to end with a close decision. This dream match becoming a reality will not only solidify their legacies but also satisfy the desires of countless fans who have long anticipated this matchup. The widely-promoted event will undoubtedly stand out as a historic moment in the world of combat sports.