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If you don’t know much about asian fighters, here’s some info. Yi-Long is known as Shaolin monk, though some people add “fake” in the beginning of the phrase, since there is no official affirmation of that. Anyway, he was born in 1987 in China and has a record of 30 wins and 4 losses. Buakaw Banchamek is 32-year old muay thai fighter from Thailand, he signed up with K-1 in 2004 and in five years got quite a name due to his wins over Mike Zambidis, Albert Kraus, Andy Souwer and Yoshihiro Sato. In 2009 he quit K-1 and took to pure muay thai. Buakaw is reported to study BJJ now, so maybe we’ll see him in the cage some day.
A fight between Yi-Long and Banchamek was announced by Max Muay Thai for December 31, 2013, but it was cancelled. The reason was the fact that Buakaw was under contract to Thai Fight and they threatened to sue Max Muay Thai if he fights on their card. Besides, Thai Fight accused Max Muay Thai of copyright violation, because Max Muay Thai used some logos and pictures belonging to Thai Fight.
Well, all controversy is over now. It’s absolutely unpredictable who’s going to win this fight. Yi-Long may seem sloppy or overconfident sometimes but he had a great number of decent fights and wins. As for Buakaw, he’s an example of what a muay thai fighter should look like. He’s good at striking and his endurance is just awesome. Check Youtube for numerous videos of their fights which can help you make your own predictions. By the way, one of Yi-Longs fights can be found at Double-Knockout.com.