The female Muay Thai scene has grown tremendously over the last several years. It has grown beyond the local shows in Chiang Mai and Phuket to weekly televised events that are live streamed to an international audience.
Thai Fight also showcased its inaugural female matchup in their first event since the covid-19 lockdown. The bout featured prodigy Phetjeeja Or Meekhun and Australian fighter, Celestial Hansen, paved the way for more to come on the popular promotion.
The increasing exposure provides more competing opportunities for professional female Muay Thai fighters, also called Nak Muay Ying (Thai: นักมวยหญิง). This translates to a growing pool of talents.
The factors have contributed to an increase in the quality of female fights, bigger fight purses and revenue from sponsorships.
Top Female Muay Thai Fighters Now
In no particular order, here is a list of the top female Muay Thai fighters to watch now:
Stamp Fairtex is one of the top female Muay Thai fighters competing in the world today and her list of accomplishments can attest to that. Her Muay Thai record is also a testament to how formidable she is in the art (63-17-5).
Stamp (Real Name: Natthawan Panthong) started learning the art of Muay Thai at age 5 and just a year later, she was already competing. Along the way, she won the championship at a local stadium and also became Thailand’s Northeastern champion. She later moved to the Fairtex Gym in Pattaya at age 18 in order to further hone her skills and realize her dream of being a world champion.
In 2018, Stamp signed a contract with ONE Championship. Her ONE debut was a smashing success as she snatched the ONE Atomweight Kickboxing World title. And in her very next fight, she cemented her status as one of the premier strikers on the planet by also winning the ONE Atomweight Muay Thai World championship.
Stamp has since lost both ONE world titles, although she has set her eyes on setting another record. She aims to win a third world title in ONE Championship, this time in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), where she has a perfect record (5-0).
Wondergirl Fairtex (formerly Nat Jaroonsak) is one of the fast-rising stars of women’s Muay Thai. She is already making a buzz since her ONE Championship debut.
Originally from Bangkok, Wondergirl started training Muay Thai at the age of 6 under her father’s watchful eyes at their family gym, Jaroonsak Muay Thai.
She later on moved to Pattaya to train at the famed Fairtex gym and become a better fighter. She has amassed more than 50 fights while winning a couple of national titles along the way.
Her career at ONE Championship is off to a smashing success. She won her first two Super Series bouts by stoppage. The first one was against Brooke Farrell via first round TKO and the next was against KC Carlos via Doctor Stoppage because of a cut in Round 2.
A highly technical and explosive powerhouse, Wondergirl is definitely the female fighter to watch now.
Allycia Rodrigues just recently achieved what is perhaps the biggest win of her career when she beat Stamp Fairtex to capture the ONE Championship Women’s Atomweight Muay Thai title.
Before that, she started her Muay Thai journey in her native Brazil, where she won a stadium title while being undefeated in 2017. She then moved to Thailand to pursue her dreams of Muay Thai greatness.
She sharpened her skills out of Phuket Fight Club and she captured the Ayutthaya Pink Belt title in March 2019 by defeating the 12-time WMPF World Champion Thananchanok Kaewsamrit.
This led to her signing with ONE and challenging for Stamp’s world title. Rodrigues prevailed by majority decision in the main event of ONE’s A New Breed last August 28.
Sawsing Sor Sopit
Sawsing Sor Sopit is one of the most experienced and decorated female Muay Thai fighters from Thailand. She boasts a formidable record of more than 200 fights with over an 83 percent success rate (170 Wins – 30 Losses – 4 Draws).
Sawsing hails from Sing, Sing Buri, Thailand and she started training Muay Thai at the age of 9. She won her first world title back in 2010, the WMC women’s title for 115 lbs.
From there, she added a host of other world titles. In 2012, she won the World Professional Boxing Federation (WPBF) title at featherweight (126 lbs.). That same year, she also took the featherweight belt at S1. In 2017, she won the WMC belt for super-featherweight (130 lbs.).
Sawsing most recently captured the Thai national title by defeating Scotland’s Erin Kowal.
Lommanee Wor Santai
Lommanee Wor Santai, a.k.a., the “Killer Elbow” is a female Muay Thai fighter from Thailand who uses the Muay Femur style. That means she is a technical fighter that uses all of the techniques and weapons available to her to outclass her opponents.
Lommanee is one of the fighters out of Thailand. She has a sensational record of over 100 fights and only 8 losses.
Many observers of the sport consider her to be a fixture of the women’s pound-for-pound best female Muay Thai fighters. Among her list of achievements include being an 8-time champion in Thailand, a WMC World title at 48 kg and the 2015 IFMA Word Title, also at 48 kg.
Supergirl Jaroonsak is another female Muay Thai fighter from Thailand who is steadily on the rise. She also happens to be the younger sister of rising star, Wondergirl Fairtex.
Just like her older sister, Supergirl started training Muay Thai at the gym owned by their father, Jaroonsak Muay Thai gym. She showed promise early on and has managed to amass more than 40 Muay Thai fights under her belt.
Supergirl is well known for her spearing knees, a dangerous technique that has brought many of her opponents down. In fact, she used it to full effect in her ONE Super series debut against Milagros Lopez at ONE’s A New Breed II event last September 11 in Bangkok.
Janet Todd travelled a different road than other Muay Thai champions. Being born and raised in the USA, she didn’t have the opportunities that others have. Muay Thai training and growth in the US is lagging compared to Europe and Asia.
In fact she discovered the art a little late, in her senior year in college. But she got hooked ever since and has achieved a lot in her short time in the sport. Todd won the IFMA Pan American Championships gold medal and the bronze medal at the IFMA World Championships and World Games.
She got the biggest break of her career when she was signed to ONE Championship and immediately fought for the ONE Championship Muay Thai Atomweight world title against Stamp Fairtex. Although she didn’t succeed, she wheeled off a succession of victories and got the chance to fight for a title once again.
Todd met Stamp Fairtex once more in February 2020 for the ONE Championship Kickboxing Atomweight title. She emerged victorious in their second meet and walked away with the belt.
Alma Juniku is a Muay Thai fighter from Australia. She has managed to achieve success in her career despite facing significant odds early on.
Being from Australia means she didn’t have as many opportunities as her counterparts from other countries, like Thailand. She picked up soccer in her childhood before she learned about and fell in love with Muay Thai at the age of 8.
She improved by leaps and bounds and won the WMC Australia title. Shortly after, she also won major tournaments such as Muay Thai world titles from WBC and IPCC.
In her promotional debut for ONE, she challenged Stamp Fairtex for the ONE Championship Atomweight Muay Thai world championship. She came up short but made an impression with a solid performance.
Anissa Meksen is generally considered to be the number one pound-for-pound female kickboxer on the planet. And that distinction comes with good reason. Just look at her jaw-dropping fight record. It stands at 100 wins and only 5 losses , with 32 of those wins coming by way of knockout.
Meksen, who hails from France, has achieved just about every title and glory in Muay Thai and Kickboxing. Some of her former and current titles are: former WPMF World Muay Thai Flyweight champion, former 2-time Glory Super-Bantamweight champion, and a former France and European Savate champion.
The French kickboxer comes from a European/French kickboxing style rather than Muay Thai. She has also not competed actively in Thailand against the top female fighters.
She was recently signed by ONE Championship where she’ll be competing in ONE Super Series.
Meksen will likely compete for the Kickboxing title at Atomweight which is held by Janet Todd. If she intends to go for double honors, she will have to take on Allycia Rodrigues under Muay Thai rules.
Tiffany Van Soest
Tiffany Van Soest is one of the top female Muay Thai Kickboxers in the world, having gone toe-to-toe with some of the world’s best.
Born and raised in the US, Van Soest started training Shorin-ryu Karate at the age of 8. She eventually achieved a second degree black belt in Karate.
She transitioned to Muay Thai at the age of 18 and has won multiple titles and championships since. Like many kickboxers in the West, she competes in both Muay Thai and kickboxing.
Among her feats are: Glory Women’s SuperBantamweight champion, WBC Muay Thai International Super Bantamweight champion, and Lion Fight Promotions Featherweight title.
Sylvie Von Duuglas-Ittu
Sylvie Von Duuglas-Ittu owns the distinction of being the foreigner with the most number of fights in Thailand. Her fight record now stands at 253 fights and counting.
She initially dabbled in the sport of Muay Thai back in 2008 in the US under the guidance of Kumran Vitayanon, aka, Master K. She fell in love with the sport and decided to move to Thailand in 2012 with her husband. The American fighter has since fought extensively in Thailand and has no plans of slowing down anytime soon.
Sylvie is also a hardworking writer who has documented her Muay Thai journey from the very start. Sylvie has written hundreds of articles and uploaded numerous videos on the subject of Muay Thai over the years.
She is on her way -by her own efforts- to becoming one of the most documented and prolific fighters ever.
Iman Barlow is another top female Muay Thai fighter regarded as one of the best in the world. Her impressive fight record currently stands at 103 fights with 93 wins and 37 knockouts.
She hails from Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, England. Iman started training in Muay Thai when she was about 4 years old. Her mother also used to be a Thai boxer, so that was a major influence on her when she was growing up.
At present, she is the International WBC Muay Thai Super Bantamweight champion and Lion Fight Super Bantamweight champion.
Her other notable achievements include being the former WPMF World Bantamweight champion, former WRSA World champion, and former Enfusion 54 kg. World champion.
Brooke Farrell is a female Muay Thai fighter who was originally from the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. She has since moved to Thailand with her husband, Eddie, to chase her Muay Thai dreams.
Brooke discovered Muay Thai after it was introduced to her by her then boyfriend, Eddie. She was challenged and intrigued by the sport and persevered in her training. After their wedding, the two went on a Muay Thai vacation in Thailand. Shortly after, they sold all of their belongings to move to Thailand.
She and her husband spent the next few years fighting all over Thailand. They recently opened their own gym, Power House Phuket.
Brooke was also signed by ONE recently, although she failed in her first fight in the promotion. She lost to rising star Wondergirl Fairtex this past August.
Marie “Snow Leopard” Ruumet is a rising prospect in the world of Muay Thai who is currently competing in ONE Championship’s Super Series.
She got into Muay Thai at the age of 15 when a classmate introduced her to the sport. At the age of 17, she went on a Muay Thai training holiday in Thailand and that only solidified her love for the sport.
Ruumet made her debut for ONE in August against the experienced Little Tiger from Japan. The young Estonian made a statement with a dominating clinch-and-knee performance to capture the win.
She returned a month later to face the highly-skilled Lommanee on Muay Hardcore in small gloves. Ruumet proved to be the better fighter with yet another overwhelming victory in the 3-round bout.
At just 21 years old, she is definitely one to watch for.
Who else do you think I miss out on the list? Please feel free to leave a comment below and let me know!