The first bouts have been announced for the next World Lethwei Championship event titled “WLC: Fearless Tigers”. The bare knuckle fight-show takes place at Mandalar Thiri Indoor Stadium in Mandalay, Myanmar on October 11. The event airs on Canal+ in Myanmar and UFC Fight Pass.
In the main event, Myanmar’s elite counter striker Thway Thit Win Hlaing (3-0) is set to go up against German-Thai power striker Burutlek Petchyindee Academy (1-0) in a match up of undefeated strikers. In the co-main event, newly signed Burmese-English superstar Nicola Barke faces Hungary’s multiple-time champion Bianka Balajti in a female Light Welterweight match.
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Thway Thit Win Hlaing is one of the winningest fighters in World Lethwei Championship. He has dispatched of Saw Ba Oo, Shwe Yar Mann and Shan Ko in the first three World Lethwei Championship events before taking a brief hiatus. He is now back in action and ready to conquer again with his precise style of counter striking.
Burutlek Petchyindee Academy made an instant impact in the world of lethwei when he knocked out former Light Welterweight Myanmar National Champion Kyaw Zin Latt with one powerful punch in his debut. That impressive performance has won him a date against Thway Thit Win Hlaing.
Nicola Barke is a Burmese-English striking specialist who is one of the biggest rising stars in the world of combat sports. Barke has won multiple championships in England and China and will now make her way into the world of lethwei. Nicknamed “The Burmese Python”, she has won an ardent fan following in Myanmar and will compete in the birth country of her mother for the first time at this event.
Bianka Balajti is a multiple-time muay thai champion in Europe. Originally from Hungary and now residing in Vietnam, Balajti unleashes ferocious power at her opponent with wild abandon and will provide a stylistic clash against Barke, who is a technical striker.
“‘WLC: Fearless Tigers’ is the first supercard in World Lethwei Championship history,” said World Lethwei Championship Chairman U Zay Thiha stated. “WLC will showcase lethwei to the world with a 13-fight card featuring both World Lethwei and traditional rules. I am beyond excited for the main event between two of the best strikers on the roster in Thway Thit Win Hlaing and Burutlek Petchyindee Academy.”
“‘WLC: Fearless Tigers’ will also see the debut of superstar Nicola Barke. She has all the potential to become the next big martial arts superstar and this fight will be an important first fight for her career trajectory. This is a night that will go down in the annals of history books as one of the greatest nights in lethwei.”
Among other bouts featured on the card, two of the biggest stars in lethwei, Shwe Yar Mann and Phan Thwe face off against each other. In addition, two World Lethwei Championship veterans, Yan Naing Tun and Tha Pyay Nyo, also do battle.
Other bouts will be announced shortly. The current lineup can be found below.
Thway Thit Win Hlaing vs. Burutlek Petchyindee Academy
Nicola Barke vs. Bianka Balajti
Shwe Yar Mann vs. Phan Thwe
Yan Naing Tun vs. Tha Pyay Nyo