The world’s fastest-growing and most devastating combat sport, Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) Thailand, is BACK!! 

The fight is set to return for its second time, but even more epic on Saturday, May 7th, 2022, live from the world-renowned and multi-award-winning Royal Cliff Hotel’s Pattaya Exhibition And Convention Hall (PEACH). The event will go live at 6:00 PM ICT and will be available worldwide on the BKTV app.


BKFC Thailand 2 ‘Iconic Impact’ is brought to you by Nick Chapman and Vathanai Vathanakul. Nick is a former MMA champion and the CEO of BKFC Thailand. He is a prominent figure in the Thai fight scene, often refereeing large-scale fights, promoting events, managing fighters, and contributing to the growth and excellence of the Thai combat sports fight scene. His business partner, Khun Vathanai Vathanakul, is the president and the son of the founder and owner of the Royal Cliff Hotel’s Group and PEACH (Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall), where he is looking to bring world-class hospitality and an elite lifestyle side to this exciting sport.

As a team, they are looking to promote Thailand as a hub of world-class combat sports competitions in Asia. BKFC Thailand CEO Nick Chapman says, “Our aim is to inspire and enable the incredible fighters, coaches, and gyms in Thailand to achieve sustained competitive excellence and build an additional lucrative enterprise around our activities. BKFC Thailand endeavors to bring many opportunities, fun, and excitement for everyone here in Thailand.”

BKFC Thailand 2 will be headlined by two title fights. In the main event, former boxing multi-division world champion Sirimongkhon Lamthuan will be looking to add the inaugural BKFC Thailand Light Heavyweight Championship belt to his collection in his home country against Russian Muay Thai standout “Street Fight Mike” Mikhail Vetrila.

The co-main event will put the inaugural BKFC Thailand Strawweight Championship title on the line as French regional Muay Thai and Lethwei world champion Souris Manfredi faces Greek striker and multiple Muay Thai champion Fani Peloumpi.

The card will host several other exciting bouts, including decorated kickboxer Tofan Pirani versus Arash Mardani, a world-class wrestler coming off 3 straight wins by way of KO in boxing, Muay Thai, and BKFC, and BKFC Thailand 1: “The Game Changer” main event winner Keivan Soleimani versus 300-fight combat sports veteran Paitoon “Rock” Jaikom.

There are also three rematches set between bitter rivals. At heavyweight, Iran’s Akbar Karimi will try to get revenge on a former Muay Thai foe, Steve “Panda” Banks from the USA. In the lightweight division, a pair of 25-year-olds from Thailand’s underground fighting circuit are set to go to battle in a grudge match that has been brewing and gaining attention on social media for a few years when Naeem Binhar goes up against Sornchai “Maseng” Kantiphong. Finally, the originally scheduled main event for BKFC Thailand 1: “The Game Changer” between Tee Jay Chang and Fabiano Hawthorne has been rescheduled. As their feud rages on, a rematch of their previous bare-knuckle boxing match, which Hawthorne won by a controversial fourth-round stoppage, will take place.

Before all of that, however, four more thrilling bouts are set to take place. Pongpisan ‘Ton’ Chunyong, a crowd favorite, returns to action following a very impressive victory at BKFC Thailand 1: ‘The Game Changer’ to face 200-fight boxing and Muay Thai veteran Sudan ‘Sitpholek’ Kulubon. Another bout guaranteed to impress features 20-year-old Thanatorn “Mahaheng” Kamwan, who has already headlined Muay Thai shows in some of Thailand’s biggest stadiums, but he has to face a stiff test against 78-fight Muay Thai veteran Thodsaphon “Konkom” Wannahat. Another exciting bout features former Asian boxing champion Sadudee Srimueang, who will make his BKFC debut against Thailand’s sixth-ranked super welterweight boxer Phatiphan “Tiger” Krungklang. Lastly, the card will be kicked off by former two-division WBC World champion Usanakorn Thawinsuwanwang as she battles fellow experienced boxer Benjamat Phakra. Overall, fighters from ten countries will be represented, and all have extensive striking backgrounds, making for an exciting night of fights. The full fight card is listed below.

Main Event – BKFC Thailand Light Heavyweight Championship

Sirimonghkon Lamthuan (Thailand) vs. Mikhail Vetrila (Russia)

Co-Main Event – BKFC Thailand Strawweight Championship

Souris Manfredi (France) vs. Fani Peloumpi (Greece)

Light Heavyweight Bout

Tofan Pirani (Sweden) vs. Arash Mardani

Heavyweight Bout

Steve Banks (USA) vs. Akbar Karimi (Iran)

Welterweight Bout

Paitoon “Rock” Jaikom (Thailand) vs. Keivan Soleimani (Iran)

Lightweight Bout

Sornchai ‘Maseng’ Kantiphong (Thailand) vs. Naeem Binhar (Thailand)

Welterweight Bout

Tee Jay Chang (UK) vs. Fabiano Hawthorne (Brazil)

Featherweight Bout

Sudan ‘Sitpholek’ Kulubon (Thailand) vs. Pongpisan ‘Ton’ Chunyong (Thailand)

Flyweight Bout

Thanatorn ‘Mahaheng’ Kamwan (Thailand) vs. Thodsaphon ‘Konkom’ Wannahat (Thailand)

Lightweight Bout

Sadudee Srimueang (Thailand) vs. Phatiphan ‘Tiger’ Krungklang (Thailand)

Catchweight Bout – 60kg

Benjamas Phakra (Thailand) vs. Usanakorn Thawinsuwanwang (Thailand)

About BKFC Thailand:BKFC is a globally recognized organization thanks to the efforts of BKFC President and CEO, Dave Feldman. Through staging exhilarating, fast-paced bare-knuckle fighting events, BKFC has reached new heights in the USA, Europe, and Russia.

As the birthplace of the world’s most incredible combat sport, Muay Thai, Thailand is uniquely primed to adopt BKFC as some techniques from Muay Thai are permitted under BKFC rules. Muay Thai fighters are already familiar with close-quarter hand-to-hand combat as Muay Thai incorporates clinching (plum), grappling, hand fighting, and striking using punches, simultaneously.

While these remain foreign concepts in western boxing and most other martial arts, they are legal under the BKFC rules, giving Muay Thai fighters several distinct advantages in the unique arena: – formalized paraphrased Squared Circle Unlike MMA’s cage or a conventional four-sided boxing ring, BKF (Bare Knuckle Fighting) takes place within a unique circular roped stage. Fighters can’t get stuck in a corner, making fights dynamic and constantly evolving. This was a really dynamic and exciting treat for the audience to watch.

Muay Thai fighters have been fighting with bare knuckles or with roped hands for hundreds of years. Thai people are some of the toughest and fiercest fighters on the planet, so we believe that we will be seeing world champions in BKFC coming out of Thailand very soon.

BKFC Thailand will present a series of bare-knuckle fighting events to be held in Thailand. Our events will encompass a traditional bare-knuckle boxing style while utilizing a specifically created rule set that emphasizes the half Thai clinch with punching strikes allowed inside the clinch.

This is new, this is exciting and it is as real as it gets. Bare-knuckle means bare-knuckle in this sport. Fighters do not tape or wrap anything over the knuckles; it’s gloves off, toe on the line, and knuckle up!!

BKFC Thailand would like to thank:

Fighters Friend Natural performance-enhancing herbal extractions, for their amazing support.

Italasia who supply imported beverages to the Hotel and Restaurant industry with an exclusive selection of Wines imported from around the world, Premium Spirits, Mixers, Mineral water, and Coffee.

Yuth Sports Gear for providing all our fighter and official clothing. Yuth Sports Gear is focused on bringing affordable sports clothing and equipment to all types of sports including BKFC Thailand.

Come and be a part of something truly special and exciting and check out BKFC Thailand 2 ‘Iconic Impact’. You can buy tickets via this link. Call 080 317 4131 or subscribe to the BKTV App via this link:

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You can also keep up to date with everything that’s happening on the main BKFC website and on social media on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok, @BAREKNUCKLEFC

It’s history in the making and not to be missed!

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