Joanna Jedrzejczyk: There are just a very few successful MMA fighters with a pure Muay Thai background in the UFC. Joanna Jedrzejczyk is definitely one of them. She is known mostly as a mixed martial arts fighter but she is also a former multiple Muay Thai and Kickboxing champion.
She is a current UFC strawweight champion and she manages to combine a spectacular stand-up striking with strong takedown defense.
She simply devastates her opponents with a diverse combination of powerful kick and punches and her takedown defense skills help her to stay off the ground.
All of her bouts are very spectacular and just a pleasure to watch. She is a well-rounded fighter and a dominant striker. Read more about Joanna Champion
Nieky Holtzken is a two-time European champion and one of the best Dutch Kickboxers in the world.
What is the reason that he is on the list of the best Muay Thai kickboxers? The main reason is that Dutch Kickboxing, as opposed to American Kickboxing, is based on Muay Thai.
Nieky has competed in K1 formula and fought with many Muay Thai fighters, including Buakaw. He is a very skilled fighter who can deliver devastating low kicks and also has great boxing skills.
He is a very technical kickboxer and his bouts are just a pleasure to watch.
Julie Kitchen: the Queen of Muay Thai. For many years she was the female face of Muay Thai in the UK and the US. A multiple World Champion, she is more of a technical fighter than a knockout finisher.
She is especially at delivering powerful knees and elbow strikes from the clinch. Julie has retired from professional fighting in 2012 and she is regarded as one of the best Muay Thai kickboxers in the world. Read more about Julie Kitchen
Joseph 'Bazooka Joe' Valtellini from Canada. Just like Holzken, he is more of a Dutch Kickboxer than a Muay Thai fighter. His main strength lies in his powerful punching techniques and his incredible stamina.
His fight against Dutch kickboxing legend Nieky Holzken is one of the best K1 Glory fights that I have ever watched.
He is a very explosive fighter and all of his fights are very spectacular and most of them end up with a KO/TKO. It's just a pure pleasure to watch him in action.
Jordan Watson proudly represents Bad Company gym from Sheffield in the UK. I remember watching his fight with Buakaw in 2010.
He wasn't intimidated at all and he delivered a lot of powerful kick and punches to the body. He has lost that fight by the decision but he forced Buakaw to use his best weapons.
He may not be on the same level as Buakaw or Yodsanklai Fairtex (yet?) but he is the best British junior middleweight fighter. And also one of the best in Europe in his weight category.
Amanda Kelly: She is a tough and talented Thai kickboxer and also a double Muay Thai world champion. She fought, and won, with a welterweight WBC Muaythai champion Julie Kitchen. This alone makes her one of the best Muay Thai kickboxers in the world.
She is well known in Britain and, thanks to her 2012 fight with Julie, she did get some recognition in the US too.
She has made some bad decisions later on when she started her career in MMA. She ended up with a poor record of 1 win and 3 losses. She's been training and perfecting her skills in KO Gym in London and also in Thailand. She has recently started a personal trainer career in London.