Bangtao Muay Thai & MMA has quickly became a hub for elite martial artists and athletes, attracting UFC, One Championship, and PFL stars from around the globe. Our world-class training facilities and experienced coaches, offer fertile ground for developing skills and training amongst champions. The gym’s reputation, professional environment and track record of producing successful fighters, makes it a hotspot for those looking to make their mark in the MMA world and puts the Thailand MMA scene on the map.
Fighters who train with us…
Current UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion Zhang Weili has made Bangtao her home gym for many of her camps in preparation for the UFC. Here she trains with Frank Hickman to work on her wrestling, as well as takes part in MMA, BJJ and sparring sessions with fellow fighters.
Featherweight Champion & Bangtao co-owner, Alex Volkonovski regularly visits the gym to train for upcoming UFC fights as well as for the enjoyment of “training in paradise”.
Bangtao’s wrestling and sparring classes is where you will often find UFC star Darren Till. During his training camps in Thailand, he has trained at the gym to gain valuable live rounds with fellow professional fighters.
Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett
During Paddy The Baddy’s recent holiday to Phuket, he stopped by Bangtao Muay Thai & MMA to attend the Muay Thai sessions and hit pads with our coaches. Following his visit, his promised to return for more training in the future.
PFL star Brendan Loughnane is a familiar face at Bangtao. Whilst training in Phuket for upcoming fights in the PFL, he visits the gym most weeks for sparring and wrestling sessions.
UFC Lightweight fighter Rafael Fiziev is another regular at the gym. You can usually find him in the fitness area with head coach Andrew Wood, working on his strength and conditioning on the run up to fights.
Bangtao is not only lucky to have Brad Riddell fighting out of the gym, but also coaching. After recently relocating to Phuket, Brad now coaches Kickboxing and MMA, as well as takes part in the sessions for his own training.
Strawweight fighter and first Thai local in the UFC, Loma Lookboonmee has trained at Bangtao from the doors opening. She has helped build the Thailand MMA scene, whilst she works her way up the female strawweight devision and paves the way for many other Thai’s to follow in her footsteps.
Meng Bo is another Chinese female fighting star who has spent fight camps at Bangtao in preparation for One Championship. She is also joined by team-mate Mulan Muyanan.
Entertaining fighter Topnoi Kiwram is another successful local who made Bangtao his home and helped push the Thailand MMA scene, being one of the first male Thai MMA fighters. Topnoi is also an accomplished trainer and when he’s not on the mats developing himself, you will find him in the Muay Thai area helping others.
Ranked #1 Light Heavyweight Jiri Procházka is currently training at Bangtao in preparation for his return to the UFC octagon. We are excited to have another champion on the mats and look forward to his journey on regaining the title.
Road to UFC
Originally from Chiang Mai, rising star Peter Danesoe recently relocated to Bangtao after the rise in the Thailand MMA scene, to train and fight for the gym. His first fight since the move was on the Road to UFC, where he won by a textbook flying knee KO.
British professional boxer and Heavyweight Champion of the World, Tyson Fury, recently visited Bangtao for an afternoon of training amongst his fans. You can find him sharing the love for the gym with Brendan Loughmane here.