Mia Kang: I’m a model, I’m fighting because I want to (Exclusive)


Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Mia Kang to make muaythai debut, training with Saenchai

Mia Kang is a 28 year model who recently appeared in the prestigious swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated magazine. Known more for her dazzling looks than for her devastating kicks, Kang now is aiming to show the world that she’s much more than just a pretty face, but that she can fight as well.

In episode 120 of The FightBox Podcast, Mia Kang discusses what motivated her to take up muaythai. She also talks the potential dangers it could have to her modeling career.

“I have to plan accordingly in case something does happen. I’m fully aware of the potential outcomes,” she said.

While some might just brush this off as a publicity stunt, Kang is dead serious about her professional debut. She has sought out preparation from some of the top trainers. This includes the famed Hollywood Hino of the Church Street Gym. When in New York she trains at The Wat and in Thailand at the Yodyut Gym. Another big revelation came as Kang mentioned that before her highly anticipated debut she is also scheduled to train with muaythai legend Saenchai.

The Sports Illustrated cover girl also explained the ins and outs of being a model and what that entails. She discussed her background, revealing that she first started at the age of thirteen. “Modeling is a business and you are your own product that you’re trying to sell,” said Kang, who not only graces the pages of glamour magazines, but also has an education spanning everything from philosophy to financial law.

An educated, beautiful and strong woman, Mia Kang is out to lead by example and embolden women to become anything they would like to be. “Women should be multidimensional and that should be recognized that we can be whoever the hell we want to be,” she said.

In addition, this episode also takes a look at two big MMA events that happened recently, including UFC on Fox 24 and Rizin 5 from Japan. For fans looking for more great muaythai episodes, I recommend listening to my interview with the current UFC women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk. She is a former multi-time world muaythai champion. Also, there is a more recent episode featuring Nathan “Carnage” Corbett. As well an older interview with Australia’s John Wayne Parr. Next week my guest is stand-up comedian and podcast host Inappropriate Earl.