Kru Lamsongkram Chuwattana’s Golden Era Weekend

AKA Thailand’s Head Muay Thai Trainer, Kru Lamsongkram Chuwattana, had quite a busy weekend in Bangkok reconnecting with old friends — and not just any friends: Golden Era Muay Thai champs Sagat Petchyindee and Jaroenthong “Ped” Kiatbanchong.
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Sagat Petchyindee

Sagat Petchyindee is one of the greatest fighters of all time, and the inspiration behind the Sagat character and final Boss in Capcom’s Street Fighter video games. He is also the grandson of famous Thai fighter, Suk Prasathin Phimai.

In his prime, Sagat captured 11 belts. He is a 3x Lumpinee champion, 3x Rajadamnern champion, Muay Thai World Champion, Kickboxing World Champion, IBC Boxing World Champion and WBC Asian Boxing Council Champion.

While he is mainly known in Muay Thai circles, he has had a great impact on MMA too. Tristar’s head coach, Firas Zahabi, trained under Sagat back in the day and has subsequently passed on that knowledge to top MMA stars such as Georges St-Pierre and Rory MacDonald.

Check out this video of Kru Lam and Sagat training together:

Jaroenthong Kiatbanchong

Jaroenthong began fighting at 12 years old in Nakhon Si Tammarat and went on to rack up an impressive record of 151 fights, with 120 victories and two draws. He is a 3x Lumpinee champion and WMC champion at 135 lbs with wins over Ramon Dekkers, Samransak Muangsurin, Therdkiet Sitepitak and Payanoi Sor Thasanee. Jaroenthong also fought in boxing, winning a Gold medal at the International Games in Surathani and a Bronze medal at the King’s Cup. He is renowned mostly for his fight smarts and boxing skills.

Jaroenthong is one of the few Golden Era champs that had the foresight to save the money he won from fights and invest it in his future. He now owns a franchise of gyms in Bangkok. He has retired from fighting and lives comfortably while helping grow the sport of Muay Thai across the country.