A Thai Fight reality show has been rumored to be in development as far back as 2012 of last year. Two days ago, in Sam Phran, Thailand, just over 50 kilometers outside Bangkok, 32 experienced farang fighters came together to begin shooting the long awaited series.
Similar to the popular show “The Contender,” the Thai Fight reality series, tentatively titled “THAI FIGHT KAAD CHUEK” will pit two opposing teams of nak muays against each other over the course of a month and a half until only one fighter remains. The show is scheduled to air on Channel over 5 weeks from July 3 to August 5. A 150,000 euro reward is expected for the winner.
Leading the rival squads will be Thai Fight favorites, Sudsakorn sor Klinmee and Saiyok Pumpanmuang, who themselves will meet on the show’s final episode in December.
Fights on “Kaad Chuek” will be conducted as typical Muay Thai bouts, with one noticeable difference. Instead of using typical boxing-style gloves, contestants will instead have their hands bound with the Kaad Chuek rope.
In the oldest of forms of Muaythai, dating back several centuries, fighters adopted a rule that would lessen the amount of wrist sprains and other injuries that could be contracted by bare knuckle boxing. The nak muays began to bandage their fists in a skein of hemp son to gain firepower and protect their fingers. This became known as Kaad Chuek. Kaad Chuek fighting is still a popular form of martial arts, and is regularly practiced in areas of Laos and Burma.
The contestants on Thai Fight won’t be fighting with rope only, however. The fighters will also be required to wear what looks like an mma glove beneath the kaad chuek wraps to absorb some of the force from the hands and on the face.
You can take a look at the full cast line-up below, and be sure to stick with FSA for any future updates about the show.
1 Sudsakorn Klinmee (Thailand)
2-Saiyok PUMPANMUANG (Thailand)
3 BUNTHEN-Sen (Cambodia)
4-Crice Boussoukou (South Africa)
5-Sohanne BENGANA (Algeria)
6-Youssef BOUGHANEM (Belgium)
7-Michael PISCITELLO (France)
8-MERINO Carlos (Spain)
9-Jawad NACI (Morocco)
10-Dimitri MASSON (Switzerland)
11 Christopher TARTARI (Luxembourg)
12-Tuntun MIN (Burma)
13-Robert BUMINA ANG-(Philippines)
14-KOSTINTANOF Dima (Ukraine)
15-Kazbek Zubarev (Russia)
16-Mochamad Rizaldi (Indonesia)
17-Isa ALEMDAR (Iran)
18 KO Hyun-Jung (South Korea)
19-Bokhayov SEREJEI (Belarus)
20 Vladimir RIHAs (Czech Republic)
22-David DOUGE (France)
23-Salahdine AIT NACEUR (Morocco)
24-David Calvo MARTINEZ (Spain)
25-Gentile MARTIN MEONI (Austria)
26-Rosario Presti (Italy)
27-Lahoucine idouche (Turkey)
28-Amadou BA (Senegal)
29 Sebastian POOL (Monaco)
30-Samo Petje (Slovenia)