Yodbuangarm Lookbanyai has become the latest in a long line of Muay Thai champions to move to Singapore to become a trainer and fighter at Evolve MMA. The 29 year old retired from Muay Thai in 2010 but is looking to make a comeback and could also start training and competing in MMA.
Yodbuangarm was one of the fighters who helped Lookbanyai become the most successful camp in Thailand during the mid 2000s when he trained there alongside Norasing Lookbanyai and Saengiran Lookbanyai. During his career he has beaten some of the best fighters in Thailand including Kem Sitsongpeenong, Saenchai Sor Kingstar and his new Evolve MMA team mate Orono Wor Petchpun.
Originally from the impoverished Din Daeng area of Bangkok Yodbuangarm is a veteran of around 200 fights who first came to prominence when he won the Siam Omnoi (Channel 3 Stadium) Flyweight belt. As he moved up in weight he would establish himself as one of the top 'Nak Muay' in the country becoming Lumpinee Super Featherweight Champion and Thailand Lightweight Champion.
Since retiring he has trained some top fighters including Pornsaneh Sitmonchai, Yodkhunpol Sitmonchai, Kamookaw Chuwattana and Palangphon Chuwattana. At the age of 29 he still has plenty to offer in the 130 lbs division and, intriguingly, could follow in the footsteps of Yodsanan Sityodtong by making the switch from Muay Thai to MMA.
Evolve MMA has become something of a mecca for Muay Thai with a number of legends including Namsaknoi Yudthagarngamtorn, Orono Wor Petchpun, Attachai Fairtex, Naruepol Fairtex and Lamnamoon Sor Sumalee all currently based there. A more comprehensive list is here: http://evolve-mma.com/classes/muay-thai.html