The first cruiserweight (79 to 84 kg) World Lethwei Championship will be crowned when recent signee and lethwei champion Dave Leduc welcomes UFC veteran Seth Baczynski to the promotion. The pair headlines “WLC: King of Nine Limbs” taking place at the Mandalar Thiri Indoor Stadium in Mandalay on August 2. The bare-knuckle fighting event is televised on Canal+ in Myanmar and on UFC Fight Pass.
Dave Leduc is an undefeated lethwei champion. Originally from Quebec, Canada, he has won multiple titles in other promotions in lethwei, including the Openweight Championship. He has beaten the top fighters including Tun Tun Min and Too Too.
Seth Baczynski is a 11-fight UFC Veteran with notable wins over Matt Brown and Neil Magny. He competed in International Fight League before participating in the Ultimate Fighter. He has won three of his last four fights and will provide a new level of competition for Dave Leduc.
“WLC: King of Nine Limbs will be the biggest event in the history of lethwei, said World Lethwei Championship Chairman U Zay Thiha stated. “Dave Leduc is one of the greatest lethwei fighters in history but he now faces his toughest test to date against Seth Baczynski.”
“I am also very excited to kickstart the women’s division and watch world-class female athletes prove themselves in lethwei. Tune in to watch martial arts striking in its greatest form.”
World Lethwei Championship launches women’s division
The debut of women’s division in WLC will see French Muay Thai specialist Souris Manfredi making her debut against Cambodia’s top female fighter Eh Yanut.
Originally from Bescacon, France, Souris Manfredi has been honing her striking skills at Lookyamo gym in Korat, Thailand. Manfredi has an impressive 15 knockouts in her career so far and has a forward-moving, attacking style that makes all her fights exciting to watch.
Eh Yanut is Cambodia’s top female fighter. She comes from martial arts royalty as her father, Eh Phutong, is considered one of the greatest fighters to have ever emerged from Cambodia. She has stepped out of her father’s shadows with impressive performances of her own and will now test herself against Myanmar’s best in lethwei.
WLC: King of Nine Limbs
Dave Leduc vs. Seth Baczynski
Souris Manfredi vs. Eh Yanut