British kickboxer Nicola Barke is a recent addition to the roster of World Lethwei Championship. The bare-knuckle fighting organisation announced that “The Burmese Python” is expected to make her promotional debut later this year at the event televised on Canal+ in Myanmar and internationally on UFC Fight Pass.
“World Lethwei Championship is the home for world champion superstars and as the biggest bareknuckle fighting organisation in the world, we are excited to welcome Barke into the family, said WLC Chairman U Zay Thiha. “She brings a winning pedigree and is already a well-known star in Myanmar and we look forward to see her shine even brighter on the global stage.”
Barke joins WLC following Canadian star Dave Leduc who signed an exclusive agreement with the organization mid last month.
“It has always been a goal of mine to compete in lethwei, and I am so grateful to World Lethwei Championship for giving me this opportunity to experience lethwei in person,” said newly signed WLC athlete Nicola Barke. “I will prove myself and become world lethwei champion!”
Barke started out in ballet before moving to Taekwondo, where she reached the pinnacle of the sport by becoming a world champion at the ITF World Championships (via the announcement sent out by WLC). Since transitioning to kickboxing, she has won 90 percent of her fights, including winning a 4-woman Tournament competition and becoming British Champion.
Her mother is originally from Myanmar and now, “The Burmese Python” will have the opportunity to test herself in the world of lethwei for the first time.
The resume of Nicola Barke includes the battles against Zhang Ye, Jo Price, Bee Kolcak, among others.