Promoter Frank Lee will take Edmonton’s fighting scene to the next level in Muay Thai Mayhem II on Saturday.

“It’s definitely a world-class event featuring four professional fights and various amateur fights,” said Muay Thai Mayhem’s Dean Panas. “The punches and knockouts, everything everyone likes about mixed martial arts is Muay Thai.”

Lee added: “Muay Thai is the best type of standup fight, and I’ve brought the top champions to Edmonton so people can see a real standup fight.”

After starting a Muay Thai movement by teaching in 1980, Lee is bringing Muay Thai Mayhem to Edmonton so people can see the world’s best in their backyard.

Getting its start in historical Thailand, where Thais were forced to defend themselves from invaders using hand-to-hand combat, Muay Thai kick-boxing is an all-contact sport that is fast and punishing.

“I want to win each fight,” said Nonsai, the world champion from Thailand.

On his first visit to Canada, Nonsai hopes to dominate the ring while fighting for the World Muay Thai Council Championship.

Another competitor, Edmonton’s Nick (the Quiet Assassin) Penner, added: “I love fighting in Edmonton. It’s an adrenalin rush.”

Penner had his first fight at age 15, and with an expected 1,500 fans eyeing the cage this weekend, he will be tough to beat as one of Canada’s most talented kick-boxers.

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