From Bangkok to the Desert: RUF 53 Showcases Muay Thai Mastery in Arizona
Last night, RUF 53’s Muay Thai Super Series took center stage and delivered an unforgettable evening of battles for die-hard fans. Muay Thai, known as the “Art of Eight Limbs,” originated in Thailand over a thousand years ago. The tradition has evolved over time, and today, it is recognized for its devastating strikes using fists, elbows, knees, and shins. Rituals and customs, such as the “Wai Kru Ram Muay” dance, performed by fighters before bouts, still preserve the deep cultural heritage of the sport.
Before their bouts, several fighters performed the Wai Kru Ram Muay dance throughout RUF 53’s Muay Thai Super Series. This captivating ritual serves not only to pay homage to Muay Thai’s rich history and cultural heritage, but also to show respect for their trainers, opponents, and the sport itself. In our event highlights, we’ve included photographs of these pre-fight dances, giving an intimate glimpse into Muay Thai’s grace and discipline.
The night featured 12 exhilarating fights, and here’s a rundown of the results:
Amateur Title 115 lbs: Leandro Martinez emerged victorious over Victor Aguilar in a unanimous decision, with all three judges scoring the bout 49-44.
Amateur 133 lbs: Nakrarin Thepracha defeated Anthony Salas by unanimous decision, with scores of 29-28, 29-28, and 30-27.
Amateur 145 lbs: Tim Hourihan earned a unanimous decision win over Cameron Hickman, with scores of 29-28, 30-27, and 30-27.
Amateur 145 lbs: Juan Delgado dominated Danny Thammavong, securing a unanimous decision victory with scores of 30-26 across the board.
Amateur 133 lbs: Everett Alanis edged out Justin Soukesone in a closely contested split decision win, with scores of 29-28 for Alanis, 29-28 for Soukesone, and 29-28 for Alanis.
Amateur 170 lbs: Everett Carlson scored an impressive KO win via punches over Terry Steele at 0:33 of round 3.
Amateur 160 lbs: Martin Castellanos outlasted Jahfear Bukari, winning by split decision, with scores of 29-28 for Castellanos, 29-28 for Bukari, and 29-28 for Castellanos.
Amateur 133 lbs: Jorge Figueroa cruised to a unanimous decision win over Dustin Brett Gaszak, with all judges scoring the fight 30-27.
Pro 140 lbs: Jhalani Battle-Williams triumphed over Zacary Desa by unanimous decision, with scores of 30-27 across the board.
Pro 160 lbs: Zack Fox won a close split decision over Jonathon Hoglund, with scores of 29-28 for Hoglund, 29-28 for Fox, and 29-28 for Fox.
Pro 145 lbs: Jose Aquino secured a unanimous decision victory over Jordan Bautista, with all judges scoring the fight 30-27.
Pro 145 lbs: Antonio Martinez edged out Andrew Rivera in a split decision win, with scores of 29-28 for Rivera, 29-28 for Martinez, and 30-27 for Martinez.
This is just the first drop, more photos coming soon!