Speed in the Muay Thai ring is a highly sought-after skill set for athletes. Speed comes from spending lots of time training and practicing the execution of your strikes, movement, and footwork. There is something quite incredible about watching fighters in the ring who have spent years upon years developing their speed to become some of the fastest fighters in the world.
Top 5 Fastest Fighters In Muay Thai History
If you want to watch some of the fastest Muay Thai fighters in history, check out our list of the five of the fastest in the ring. Whether they’re known for their speedy strikes, movement, or thinking, these fighters are some of the fastest in Muay Thai history. If you are looking to watch some thrilling fighters who leave you wondering how they moved or thought so quickly, these fighters will entertain you and give you some new concepts and skills to work on for your own game.
1) Sam-A Gaiyanghadao
Easily at the top of the fastest fighters in Muay Thai history is Sam-A Gaiyanghadao. There is no doubt that he can claim to have the fastest Muay Thai roundhouse kick. Sam-A’s kicks are not only incredibly fast, but they pack a ton of power behind them as well.
Sam-A is one of the best Muay Thai fighters in the world. With more than 30 years of training and competition under his belt, as well as boasting more than 360 wins in the ring, he has racked up a high level of experience and a host of fans worldwide. Sam-A is a fun competitor for spectators to watch, pairing great defense with excellent offensive strikes, namely his wickedly fast left roundhouse kick.
No doubt, Sam-A has spent hours upon hours drilling his fast kick over the years, and it is evidenced in each of his matches as the speed of his kick is unparalleled to any of his competitors.
If you are looking to watch a Muay Thai fighter with arguably the fastest kicks of any current Muay Thai athlete, look no further than Sam-A Gaiyanghadao and his incredible matches.
2) Lerdsila Chumpairtour
An all-time favorite fighter with a great deal of speed in his striking approach is Lerdsila Chumpairtour. Lerdsila is another engaging fighter who is playful in the ring, making him a favorite fighter among fans. His evasive style paired with his incredibly fast striking makes for thrilling matches.
Coming up through Jocky Gym for his training, he was one among many fighters who developed an evasive and speedy style of Muay Thai. Lerdilsa really dove in and became a fast striker, both in his punches and in his kicks. Not only is he a fast striker, but he is also incredibly quick and elusive fighter. His quick head movement is unparalleled and allows him to quickly defend against head kicks and other incoming strikes.
If you are hoping to find a fighter to watch that is not only fast with their strikes, but also fast with their head movement be sure to check out Lerdisla’s matches for some amazing speed.
Who better to name on the list of the top five fastest Muay Thai fighters in history than a fighter who is known as one of the best all-round fighters? Saenchai is an obvious choice for this list, notably because of his well-rounded game, with speed utilized in many areas of his game.
Not only is Saenchai a playful and seriously fun fighter to watch, providing spectators with a great and entertaining fight, but he is also one of the best Muay Thai fighters to ever step into the ring. He’s made a name for himself with his quick defenses, his quick and sharp delivery of strikes, and his impeccable and quick movement around the ring.
Saenchai is often on the smaller side compared to his opponents and has learned to leverage his speed and timing to defeat those who are often bigger and stronger. His blitzing combinations thrown with quick speed and his fast counter-striking kicks catch his opponents off-guard regularly, and he uses his quick movement to get himself back to the outside range quickly after striking.
If you are looking to watch one of the best all-round fast Muay Thai fighters, it’s unlikely you will find anyone who fits better than Saenchai.
4) Nong-O Gaiyanghadao
Nong-O, one of the most decorated Muay Thai fighters ever, is certainly on the list for the fastest fighters in history. His striking, sweeps, and movements are all quite quick, but what really lands this fighter on the list is the quickness of his mind and decisions.
Nong-O is an incredibly cerebral fighter. His movements and strikes are never wasted, but rather thrown with precision and calculation. Because he approaches the ring in such a cerebral way, he is quicker to think through his strikes and movements, and outpaces his opponents by striking before they even have a chance to realize it is coming.
Nong-O uses the full arsenal of Muay Thai quite well. His thoughtful and smart approach to Muay Thai has yielded a well-rounded game where you will see him utilize all eight limbs with high-level skill, in addition to some seriously impressive sweeps. His ability to outthink his opponent lands him on this list for being one of the fastest Muay Thai fighters in history.
If you are interested in watching one of the smartest fighters who utilize a cerebral approach to find speed ahead of his opponent, be sure to check out Nong-O’s fights.
5) Samart Payakaroon
Samart Payakaroon was one of the great fighters from the “Golden Age” of Muay Thai. As one of the greatest all-time fighters, he is well regarded for his incredible punching, thrown with both speed and precision.
Samart is another fighter that embodies a cerebral approach. Much like Saenchai, his smaller size dictated that he find a way to beat his opponents, and for Samart, that came by utilizing his high fight I.Q. Samart approached his opponents with speedy decisions.
His defense was remarkable and quick, and he used his movements to keep his opponent’s from landing significant strikes. His offense followed right along with quick decisions and precise strikes as well, landing him multiple titles across multiple weight classes.
His quick thinking led to impeccable offense, defense, and huge successes in Muay Thai. If you are looking to watch one of the all-time greats utilize a cerebral approach to quickness in the ring, be sure to watch some of Samart’s fights.
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