Ranked: Best Female Muay Thai Fighters in the World 48 kg and Under
As a fighter this isn’t the easiest list to make, but as a journalist documenting female Muay Thai I think it’s an important one to create and upkeep, as a kind of report. As it stands now there is no dependable source where one can see altogether the best female Muay Thai fighters in one place, and have some idea of ranking. Particularly in Thailand, for western readers and fighters, names all blur together and there are hardly any faces when thinking about the top fighters. The WMC (World Muay Thai Council) does not publish their rankings and has receded from the primary place it once had in judging female fighter quality only a few years ago. WMC titles are rarely fought for in female Muay Thai now. The WMPF has stepped up its game, with regularly updated rankings, but these updates tend to be quite partial (lower ranked names have remained unchanged for years) feeling haphazard with their lists with fighters in weight categories they do not belong in, or even long retired fighters among them. It’s not an easy job, keeping these rankings, so I don’t blame the organizations, but rankings are useful and needed for the international growth of the sport. The WPMF also seems much closer to the Japanese fight scene, and at least in my opinion does not accurately reflect the changing quality of fighters in Thailand, where most of the quality female fighting in these weight classes is carried out. Thai female fighters are quite numerous, and most are tested in fights quite frequently.
The P4P Best Pro Female Muay Thai Fighters – 48kg (106 lb) and Under
So without further ado, here is my list. Below it I’ll comment more about the nature of the list and how I came about assessing each fighter. It should go without saying, but maybe nothing goes without saying: in this is a kind of pound for pound list (which, again, is unofficial and created by me), just because one fighter is ranked higher than another fighter does not mean that the higher rank would win in a fight between the two. Besides that fact that anything can happen in a fight, styles do make fights, and many of these fighters are simply different sizes. The factors involved in creating this list are based on some study, personal knowledge and reputation.
[updated Dec 27, 2015]
Criteria I considered, though not always in this order, include:
A standing World title, standing Thai titles, fight frequency, wins against larger opponents, wins against other ranked fighters. reputation in the fight scene, fight style dominance, length of career accomplishments.
My rankings are Thai heavy, in that as a female fighter in Thailand, in these weight classes (I walk at 48 kg, ideally fight at 45 kg), I’ve fought a lot of these fighters, and/or follow their fights in Thai written media. Thai fighters are the most frequently tested. There are definitely holes in my awareness, but in the name of fairness I try to distribute any weakness I have, for instance I rank WPMF champions highly even though I may not have seen them fight much, or at all, and despite the fact that some of these champions do not defend their belts often against top contenders.
Age and weight: I’ve included an approximate weight range for each fighter, as these are different sized fighters. This range when provided is a blend of walk-around and cut weight, just to give a general perspective. Thai female Muay Thai fighters, start so young they can often peak in their mid teens as fighters, lacking a career path beyond. I wrote about this in Judging Youth. So I’ve included where I can the ages of each ranked fighter. The source of this number comes from Facebook (which can fluctuate in accuracy), Meeboard profiles (which also can have inaccuracies), and in some cases through friends who should know.
What this list comes down to is this is an informed, but subjective list – by me – weighing fighters by reputation but also by my personal experience of them. The average size of an opponent of mine in my 125(+) fights in the country has been over 50 kg, so I’ve fought not only in my weight class, but well beyond it most of the time. It complicates things that I’m part of this list – I’m very uncomfortable ranking myself -, but in another sense regarding many of these fighters I’ve very well informed as I’ve been in the ring with them, sometimes multiple times, or watched them in the ring with others.
In disclosure, these are the ranked fighters I’ve beaten at least once: Faa Chiangrai, Cherry Gor. Twin Gym, Saya Ito, Jomkwan Sit Tonsak, Gaewdaa Por. Muangphet, Taksaporn Inthachai, Muangsingjiew O. Wanchurd, Baefirn Bor. Puiboonput, Nong Benz Sit Dobwod, Rungapa Por. Muangphet, Sao Khon Kaen. And these are the ranked fighters I’ve fought and not yet beaten: Loma Lookboonmee, Lommanee Chalamnoi Sit Chayanee, Thanonchanok R. R. Gilalampang. My complete fight record can be seen here.
The biggest reason behind this ranking list is that female Muay Thai needs up-to-date rankings, even if its a subjective list. Other sub 48-ish kg western fighters (or fans) need to see the landscape, they need to know who is fighting at the top levels. Those who follow the sport need to have a sense of what results might mean. I’ll be editing this list as I get feedback, for instance I’ve asked reporters of Japanese fighting if I’ve missed anyone or wrongly assessed. I should also mention that I’ve left off a few fighters because of weight, as a line has to be drawn somewhere. Originally for instance I kept 14 year old phenom PhetJee Jaa off the list because she’s just too small (39 kg walk around), but a big victory up in weight against Faa Chiangrai forced my hand. She just needs to be on it, as she’s beating these larger fighters. A rising fighter though like Sophia Torkos (Coco Puff) of Santai Muay Thai is probably too large to make the cut off (I believe she walks at 55 kg) though she has fought and won against fighters on the list. A fighter like Denise Mellor-Castle on the other hand seems to have moved on from Muay Thai in the last years and concentrated on pro boxing. The Japanese fighter Rena, who I’m told could make 48, does not fight full rules Muay Thai – if she did she might very well be in the top 3. And yes, there may be other fighters all over the world I simply do not know of, pro fighters who fight and do well in the IFMA’s for instance. It’s just not on my radar. My knowledge base is very Thailand-heavy, including westerners who fight in Thailand, and some top Japanese fighters. But the real point here isn’t who is better than whom, but rather a chance to see everyone altogether, all the faces, all the names, as best we can. Ranking just gives it order. At the base of everything, this is just my personal list, just how I see things as a fighter and writer from my experience with many of these fighters, what I hear through the grapevine mixed in with natural holes in awareness.
Because this is meant to be a world list, if you know of someone (or you yourself are someone) who you feel belongs in the rankings please message me or email at sylvieAT8limbs.us and I’ll take a look. This list is not definitive, official, or exhaustive. It’s really a starting point, filling in the gap between what some other organizations are providing.
You can see the WPMF rankings, which I’ve been following for a few years now here:
Notable fights which influenced my rankings, can be seen here: