Fight Professional Muay Thai in Thailand

What to eat before your fight?
The night before your fight you want to load up on some carbohydrates; sweet potatoes would be your best choice, if you can find them, followed by white rice. On the day of your fight don’t eat anything too spicy or anything suspect. Try to eat what you would normally eat on a training day. Eat your last meal 4 hours before you fight; however, realize that, even though the fights are scheduled to start at 9pm, you might not be fighting until closer to eleven – often they put the foreigners as the main event. An hour before your fight you can (optionally) drink half a Red Bull, for that extra push from the sugar and caffeine.

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What to bring to your fight? The stadium and your trainer will provide most things: the gloves, hand wraps, and metal cup. You need to bring your own mouth guard and Muay Thai shorts. Make sure you wear underwear under your shorts, since they’ll need to put the cup on last minute before your fight. I didn’t and it was a bit embarrassing. I also suggest wearing a sweatshirt to keep you warm before the fight and bring some music to listen to. You’ll often have a few hours of downtime before you actually fight and you want something to keep the nerves down. It’s also a good idea to bring a pair of flip-flops to walk to the ring in, as it’ll be hard to put on normal shoes with gloves on. Film your fight. Bring an experienced cameraman. You’ll regret not having proper video of your fight if you don’t.

Have him take a few photos for you before the fight and, more importantly, film the entire fight. Have him stand on the corner of the ring, on top of the actual ring, and not from the ground or the crowd. Filming from the audience stands requires zooming which makes the picture shaky. Sometimes it’s worth the money to hire a professional. I’ve seen inexperienced guys miss entire rounds thinking they were recording when they weren’t – and I’ve seen it more than once. I’ve also seen some really shitty filming from the audience stands. Ask your gym if they have someone that can film for you – the going rate in Phuket was 1,500 baht for filming (and editing). If you’re asking a friend to film for you it would be courteous to pay for his or her entrance fee. Recently, I discovered how cool it is to have a professional photographer take photos of your fight. I was lucky to have my buddy Michael White, who runs Muay Thai Photography, come to my last two fights.

Capturing the moment through a high resolution photo – as only a digital SLR camera can do – can be a beautiful keepsake photo. Ideally, you would have a professional photographer with a DSLR camera and an experienced videographer. Even if 100% of your fight purse went to paying these two guys it would be worth it. Trust me, when you’re 65 and looking back on your life you’re going to want these memories. Keep up the fight streak. One of my biggest regrets is not taking more fights immediately after each win. You’ll already be in shape and, as long as you’re not injured, there’s no reason why you can’t fight a week or two later. Doing so is the best way to get a lot of experience under your belt. For me, I always schedule my fights at the end of a 3 month fight camp – right before I’m about to go home. The good thing is, I’m really fit and ready by then but the bad is, since I’m leaving, I only get the one fight before I go. This is why I’m planning on staying for 6 months which allows me to start fighting at the end of the first three months and be able to squeeze in a few more over the following three months before I go home. Perfect!

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