Fighting Family Legacy
On the WLC: King of Nine Limbs’s nine-fight card, seven athletes will enter the ring with the experience that no training can ever teach. That is the experience of coming from the renowned fighting families. The event takes place at at Mandalar Thiri Indoor Stadium in Mandalay, Myanmar on August 2 on Canal+ and UFC Fight Pass.
The only fight on the preliminary card will feature two young men from Karen State in Myanmar. Saw El Kaluu is the nephew of 1996 Golden Belt Champion Saw Thae Aung, one of the great fighters from that decade who was even invited to Germany to compete, which was unheard of during that time. His opponent, Saw Lin Lin, also has a legend in his family as his uncle is Yoe Yoe Lay, a famous fighter in the 1980s.
The other Myanmar vs Myanmar fight on the card renews a storied fighting rivalry with Htet Naing Aung taking on Sai Maung Maung. Their fathers faced off twice in the past in the 1990s, with Sai Maung Maung’s father having the upper hand having won one fight while the other was a draw.
Vietnamese fighter Nguyen Tran Duy Nhat is arguably the most popular martial artist to ever come out of Vietnam. A multiple-time SEA Games Gold Medalist, his popularity in his home country is unrivaled and it is understandable considering his lineage. His mother is a former mixed martial artist Nguyen Thi Ngoc Anh (more commonly known as Minh Anh Ngoc) and in an era where females competing in martial arts was not as socially accepted, revolutionised the sport and became a sensation. She took on all comers till eventually legend of her prowess spread and no one wanted to face her.
Cambodia’s Eh Yanut, who is making her world lethwei championship debut in the women’s division, has the longest line of fighting history. She is the fourth generation of combats sports in her family and her father, Eh Phouthong, is widely considered by many to be the “Muhammad Ali” of khmer boxing.
Another fighter on the card, Hein Tun Aung’s father was also a popular fighter on the lethwei circuit twenty years ago. At WLC: King of Nine Limbs, these young upstarts have the opportunity to continue their fighting families’ legacy at the biggest lethwei event in history.