Muay Thai highlight of Yoddecha Sityodtong.
Yoddecha is a Muay Thai legend from Ratchaburi, Thailand. When he was 7 years old, Yoddecha's family took him on an outing and abandoned him on a street corner as they were unable to provide for him any longer. He was forced to fend for himself and do what he could to survive on a daily basis.
During this period, a street gang captured Yoddecha and enslaved him. If he didn't sell enough street food for the gang they would burn him with cigarettes and whip him with a belt.
After years of abuse, Yodecha's life changed dramatically when he was rescued from the gang by Vichai Sityodtong - a student of Kru Yodtong at the famous Sityodtong Muay Thai camp in Pattaya, Thailand. Vichai took him to the camp to start a new life with his new Kru who treated him like a son, giving him food and a bed to sleep in.
Yoddecha had previously assumed that he would be a slave for the rest of his life and had never considered becoming a fighter, but he felt as though he owed his life to Kru Yodtong and was mesmerised by the fighters at the camp who inspired him to achieve his dreams. He is quoted as saying, "On an average day, I ran 40km in addition to my four to five hours of Muay Thai training. I did it six days a week for 11 years straight before I became a world champion."
As well as being ranked #1 in Bangkok's Lumpini stadium, Yoddecha fought all around the world in places like Italy, Australia, Japan, China and Croatia. He is now a coach at Evolve MMA in Singapore.
Fight record: 145 wins/37 losses.
"Muay Thai gave me a reason to live when I had none." ~ Yoddecha Sityodtong
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