Fight State- Muay Thai fighter Bandasak Chaiyasan was suspended by the World Muay Thai Council today when X-Ray images surfaced showing that he had fought with a titanium shin implant without disclosing it to the athletic commission during a bout on May 16th in Chiang Mai, Thailand. These x-rays emerged just days after his recent victory via headkick KO.
Upon waking up, Chaiyasan’s opponent said the following:
“I have never felt anything like that. I have been fighting for 7 years and I have never felt anything like that kick.” – Noppadon Chalor
I'm not exactly a professional martial artist or anything, so I am going to have to plead ignorance on this one. You mean to tell me you can't just inject lethal weapons into your body to aide you in a winning a fight. I mean I have watched Muy Thia before. Always seemed to me like it was no holds barred. Don't tell me anything goes if you aren't allowed to reinforce your leg with car parts prior to a big match. Furthermore, does this mean that handicapped people with prosthetic limbs can't participate? Seems a little discriminatory to me. I thought 2015 was all about even playing fields. Everyone is allowed to participate in anything and be subject to the same rules. If Lieutenant Dan gets to fight with a titanium leg then how come Bandasack Chaiyasan can't.
I suppose this is easy to say as I am not the person that had to step in the ring with him, but I just don't give a shit that this guy had titanium is his leg. Whatever increases the entertainment value. Sure, it might suck for Noppada to get skull bashed in by a roundhouse kick, but you can bet your ass it would be worth millions upon millions of YouTube views. Give me more titanium in mixed martial arts. More steroids in baseball. More bounties in football. More open ice hits in hockey. It's not my concussion. These leagues all say that the product is for the fans then give the fans what they want, the most violent, engaging product possible. I refuse to sit here and criticize this man for his, and his surgeon's, dedication to success. Noppadan should use this experience to his benefit in the future. After all, if you can withstand a dozen kicks from a titanium leg then you can withstand anything inside the ring.