Who are the Best Muay Thai Fighters in the world in 2023? Who reigns supreme as the top pound-for-pound Muay Thai fighter right now. We have compiled a list of the top Nak Muays currently competing in the sport of Muay Thai. These are the top pound-for-pound Muay Thai athletes who are making waves this year.
We’ve done our homework and put together a list of Nak Muays who aren’t just competing—they’re dominating. These are the real deal: the best pound-for-pound fighters who are making their mark and shaping the future of Muay Thai right now.
- The Best Muay Thai Fighters in the World
- 10. Tawanchai P.K. Saenchaimuaythaigym (130-31-2)
- 9. Chaila Por.Lakboon
- 8. Nadaka Yoshinari (49-6-1)
- 7. “The Angel Warrior” Panpayak Jitmuangnon (248-35-41)
- 6. Lamnamoonlek Tded99 (130-17-2)
- 5. Dani Rodriguez (41-0-0)
- 4. Kumandoi Petchyindee Academy (62-17-5)
- 3. “The Iron Man” Rodtang Jitmuangnon (271-42-10)
- 2. Khunsueklek Boomdeksian (78-6-3)
- 1. “The Kicking Machine” Superlek Kiatmoo9 (135-29-4)
- Other Notable Muay Thai Fighters
- Final Thoughts
The Best Muay Thai Fighters in the World
10. Tawanchai P.K. Saenchaimuaythaigym (130-31-2)
The dangerous Tawanchai P.K. Saenchaimuaythaigym has earned acclaim as a feared and powerful striker. The 24-year-old athlete has been putting together a very impressive resume in the competitive 70 kg division.
The crowning moment of this young fighter’s career was earning a world title in ONE Championship when he defeated the highly skilled Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy. Petchmorakot had ruled the division with an iron fist until the youthful Tawanchai showed up to take the throne for himself.
Throughout his career, Tawanchai has collected many wins by way of knockout making him a crowd favorite. Whether he does it with a head kick, leg kick, left hand, or right hand, this Thai-born fighter can end the fight with any limb. He is one of the most popular and best Muay Thai fighters currently on the ONE Championship roster.
9. Chaila Por.Lakboon
The 26-year-old Chaila Por.Lakboon is having a highlight 2023, easily one of the most accomplished years a Muay Thai fighter could possibly have. With four calendar victories, he has picked up world titles in both Rajadamnern Stadium and the Petchyindee True4U Championship.
Along the way, the skilled Thai-born Chaila has defeated notable fighters such as Yothin FA Group, TomYamGoong SorSor.Pakorn, Somraknoi Muayded789, Narak SorJor.TongPrachin, Petchrung SitNayokGaiPadriew, Petchsamarn Sor.Samarngarment, and Ronachai Tor.Ramintra, among many others. For 2023, he is easily one of the Best Muay Thai Fighters currently active.
8. Nadaka Yoshinari (49-6-1)
Japan’s Nadaka Yoshinari has made a major impact in the world of Muay Thai. The 22-year-old striker has picked up a major Muay Thai title in one of the smaller weight classes, typically dominated by Thai-born Nak Muay athletes.
In spite of his young age, Nadaka has been able to earn world titles in major organizations such as the World Muaythai Council, 2 titles in World Boxing Council Muaythai, Lumpinee Stadium, two titles in Rajadamnern Stadium, and several others.
With 49 career victories, has had a professional record clad in gold titles and knockout wins. Impressively, the young striker has earned 32, an impressive 65 percent, of his matches by way of knockout. He is certainly among the Best Muay Thai Fighters currently active.
7. “The Angel Warrior” Panpayak Jitmuangnon (248-35-41)
At just the age of 27, Panpayak Jitmuangnon is one of the most experienced athletes in Muay Thai, with nearly 300 professional bouts to his name. In that time, he has also defeated some incredible fighters and picked up impressive world titles. “The Angel Warrior” is most known for his intelligence and strategy in Muay Thai.
Throughout his storied, career, Panpayak earned renown as a four-time Lumpinee Stadium champion and a two-time Rajadamnern Stadium champion. These are impressive accolades for any fighter across any generation.
In that time, the Thai-born athlete was able to defeat some impressive names such as Chamuaktong Fightermuaythai, Kaonar P.K.SaenchaiMuaythaiGym, Superlek Kiatmoo9, Sangmanee Sor Tienpo, Saeksan Or. Kwanmuang, Rodlek Jaotalaytong, Chalam Parunchai,and Sam-A Gaiyanghadao among many others. Easily, Panpayak is one of the best Muay Thai Fighters today.
6. Lamnamoonlek Tded99 (130-17-2)
Lamnamoonlek Tded99 is a Thai-born fighter who is well known for his impressive set of skills. In just the past year, the 25-year-old has picked up world titles in RWS Rajadamnern Stadium and the World Muay Thai Council. Among active athletes, he is one of the Best Muay Thai Fighters right now.
Known for his grit and composure, he has been able to defeat notable strikers such as Buakhiao Por.Paoin, Samingdet Nor.Anuwatgym, Chorfah Tor.Sangtiennoi, Mongkolkaew Sor.Sommai, and Duangsompong Jitmuangnon, among many others.
5. Dani Rodriguez (41-0-0)
The Dominican-Swiss athlete Dani Rodríguez has impressed Muay Thai followers all across the globe. The 25-year-old Nak Muay has remained unbeaten in the competitive 70 kg weight division. He is a striker that fans need to watch being absolutely one of the Best Muay Thai Fighters in the world right now.
Rodríguez has earned stadium titles in Rajadamnern, as well as WBC European Muay Thai titles. What makes him stand out though is over overall skill level. At close, or range, he is a dangerous and intelligent fighter to contend with.
His undefeated record is even more impressive when one sees who he has faced. Professionally, Daniel Rodriguez has defeated notable fighters such as Thananchai Sitsongpeenong, Yodwicha Por Boonsit, Saenpon Petchphachara, and many more.
4. Kumandoi Petchyindee Academy (62-17-5)
Kumandoi Petcharoenvit, or Kumandoi Petchyindee Academy, is one of the most impressive active fighters today. This Thai-born athlete has been able to earn impressive wins across professional boxing, kickboxing, and, of course, Muay Thai.
In Muay Thai, the 29-year-old fighter has remained unbeaten in 2022 picking up six impressive victories in a row. Prior to that, he was able to earn gold in Rajadamnern Stadium, World Boxing Council Muay Thai, True4U, and Omnoi Stadium. Absolutely one of the Best Muay Thai Fighters of 2023.
Kumandoi is famed for his arsenal of dangerous kicks that he uses to shut down his opponents. Most notably, his lead kick to the body is such a powerful strike that it alone can change the course of a match.
3. “The Iron Man” Rodtang Jitmuangnon (271-42-10)
Rodtang may be the most famous Muay Thai athlete on earth today. Through his highlight reels with ONE Championship, combat sports fans around the globe have taken to celebrating this 26-year-old fighter. “The Iron Man” is known for his Muay Mat (punching) style.
Before his famed career in ONE Championship, the Thai-born athlete only began in Muay Thai to earn money for his family in need. Rodtang began his Muay Thai journey at the age of merely 8 years old because combat sports brought him income.
Rodtang was able to earn Onmoi Stadium Titles before earning the flyweight world title in ONE Championship. Since picking up the crown in 2019, he has been able to defend this throne over five bouts.
Throughout his storied career, “The Iron Man” has been able to defeat notable fighters such as Jonathan Haggerty, Petchdam Petchyindee Academy, three-time Rajadamnern Stadium champion Yodlekpet Or. Pitisak, Saeksan Or. Kwanmuang, Chorfah Tor.Sangtiennoi, and many others. With these victories, he has earned a place as one of the Best Muay Thai Fighters.
2. Khunsueklek Boomdeksian (78-6-3)
The 18-year-old Khunsueklek Boomdeksian has shocked the world with his Muay Thai proficiency. Since starting at the mere age of 9, he has scarcely faced loss in his professional career.
Currently, Khunsueklek has not lost a match going as far back as 2019. And he has had a rabid schedule in that time having fought 11 matches in 2022 alone. In that time, he was able to earn two world titles in the prestigious Onmoi Stadium. An impressive resume earned him a place as one of the Best Muay Thai Fighters in the world.
This Thai-born striker is currently active in Rajadamnern Stadium and ONE Championship. At just the age of 18, he has been able to put together an impressive striking game with long punches and kicks, with elbows on the inside.
1. “The Kicking Machine” Superlek Kiatmoo9 (135-29-4)
Superlek Kiatmoo9 is the best active Muay Thai striker on earth. This Thai-born 27-year-old athlete has a powerful kicking game that he has been able to use to stop the best Nak Muays all around the globe. Plus he has remained unbeaten since 2021.
Throughout his career, he has earned impressive wins over fighters such as Panpayak Jitmuangnon, Superball Tded99, Tagir Khalilov, Rungkit Wor.Sanprapai, Muangthai PKSaenchaimuaythaigym, Jonathan Haggerty, among many others. Overall, he sports a record having 168 career victories. Not just one of the Best Muay Thai Fighters of 2023, but potentially of all time.
The 27-year-old Superlek has had a career surrounded by gold. Since making his professional debut, he has earned world titles in WBC Boxing Council, True4U, Professional Boxing Association of Thailand, two titles in Lumpinee Stadium, and a Kickboxing crown in ONE Championship.
Other Notable Muay Thai Fighters
Above are the top ten Best Muay Thai Fighters In The World pound-for-pound for the year 2023. Below are other fighters who are quite impressive and and made a big difference this year. These fighters could have been ranked in the above list, easily, but we must consider recent losses and level of competition.
Two-time Rajadamnern Stadium champion.
Three-time Lumpinee Stadium Champion. Unbeaten since 2022. Very close to being ranked as one of the top ten Best Muay Thai Fighters.
Earned the ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Championship this year when he knocked out Nong-O Gaiyanghadao in the first round. Many would rank him as one of the best Muay Thai fighters right now.
Very impressive resume of wins and had close matches against Superlek.
Looking at the exciting landscape of Muay Thai in 2023, noting the best Muay Thai fighters in the world, it’s clear that the sport is in good hands, with a new generation of fighters taking up the mantle from legends of the past.
Timothy Wheaton is a combat sports writer who covers MMA, Kickboxing, and Muay Thai. Tim is the authority on kickboxing and combat sports journalist who has covered K-1, PRIDE FC, UFC, GLORY Kickboxing, Bellator, ONE Championship, and plenty more.