• Publication date: January 5, 2011

16 Fighters, 12 Countries, 1 Champion The Contender Muay Thai: Art of the Eight Limbs

Muay Thai Boxing is an 8-point contact fight that requires not only physical agility, but also a strong sense of one�s mind and heart. 16 top fighters from across the globe are gathered in Singapore for a chance to become The Contender.

Muay Thai Boxing is an 8-point contact fight that requires not only physical agility, but also a strong sense of one�s mind and heart. 16 top fighters from across the globe are gathered in Singapore for a chance to become The Contender. Muay Thai is a form of fighting whose origins, along with some of the form�s top fighters, lie in Thailand, where it remains a national sport. None of the show�s participants are amateurs, and all have proved themselves countless times to be competent fighters. This, however, will be their first encounter with the best of the best, and only one man can win.

One intimidating factor for some participants, specifically those of Western origin is their competence in the arena against Thai fighters, who due to constant cultural exposure, possess a slight upper hand in many respects. Australia�s John Wayne refuses to be intimidated though, and believes his hard work and skill outweigh any possible cultural limitations. Trevor, a native of Canada, has his own mental obstacles to overcome: one day prior to arriving in Singapore he married his wife, despite the chagrin of friends and family who suspect he may value fighting over responsibility.

All 16 men will be under the tutelage of Stephen Fox, a Muay Thai expert who runs the world famous Koh Samui gym; his notoriety in the fighting world landed him the title of Vice President of the World Muay Thai Council. He is accompanied by the program�s attractive host, Jaymee Ong. Some of the countries represented in the arena include Sweden, Thailand, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore, France, Australia, Canada, Scotland, and the United States.

Each week two men will battle; only one can win. The loser will be sent home, while the winner will maintain the chance of winning $150 thousand in cash, not to mention the honor of calling himself the Ultimate Muay Thai fighter. Participants will be housed together in a plush loft, supplied with the healthiest foods, and have access to top-notch equipment and training facilities. In this environment the world�s greatest fighter is ripe for harvest.

A second season of The Contender: Muay Thai is currently in the works. Perhaps these awesome fighters will inspire you to become the next world champion!

Showing On: MBC Action

Year: 2008

Duration: 60 Minutes

Genre: Game Show, Reality TV, Sport

Starring:

Dzhabar Askerov

Rafik Bakkouri

Zidov Dominik

Naruepol Fairtex

Yodsaenklai Fairtex

Stephen Fox

Joakim Karlsson

Bruce Macfie

James Martinez

Soren Monkongtong

Jaymee Ong

David Pacquette

John Wayne Parr

Jose Sans

Trevor Smandych

Alain Sylvestre

Sean Wright

Kim Khan Zaki

Created By: Mark Burnett

Rating: NA