The Muay Thai Varsity Match saw five fearless fighters from KCL battle head to head with long-time rivals UCL for the first time since 2014.
Muay Thai is an intense combat sport, originating in Thailand, which bestows upon fighters an â€˜eight-limbâ€™ arsenal due to the deadly combination of fists, elbows, knees and shins. Commonly referred to as â€˜the art of eight limbsâ€™, Muay Thai fighters can be likened to artists, painting portraits of strength and agility.
Dedication and determination was etched on the faces of fighters from both teams and is a testament to the expressive character of the sport.
Coached by the super heavyweight world champion Muay Thai fighter and trainer, Daniel â€œThe Warriorâ€ Sam, the KCL team underwent intensive and vigorous training and diet months prior in preparation.
The first match saw KCLâ€™s Eleanor â€œThe Mighty Midgetâ€ Lansner face â€œTroubleâ€ aka UCLâ€™s, Maxie Chopard. Numerous punches were exchanged and both girls proved their proficiency in the â€˜clinch kneeâ€™ over four rounds where the competition was painstakingly close. When the referee yelled â€˜Time!â€™, it seemed as if either fighter could win at that point but UCLâ€™s Chopard reigned triumphant.
Up next, Danny â€œThe Noseâ€ Majidian, representing KCL was up against UCLâ€™s George Kuhn. Kuhn proved a strong opponent for Majidian. However, Dannyâ€™s expert kicks and brutal punches proved too much for his competitor, and the decision point was awarded to KCL.
The third round saw KCLâ€™s India â€œDiamond in theâ€ Brough fight valiantly against UCLâ€™s Zita MÃ©hÃ©sz, aka â€œQueen Crush â€˜Emâ€. Living up to her nickname, India proved her great potential, but Zitaâ€™s continuous combination punches crushed the competition and crowned her the decisive queen of that match.
The fourth contest was an intense match. The unwavering self-assurance and confidence of KCLâ€™s Saqib â€˜Superâ€™ Javaid ultimately reigned supreme over UCLâ€™s Muhammed Ashraf Yusoff. This intensity now left the Varsity match at deadlock with teams going neck and neck into the final round.
The last fight was met with a multitude of anticipation as it would decide the final winners of the competition. KCLâ€™s Mike â€œThe Liabilityâ€ Vilen-Letts, a Muay Thai machine known best for his brutal roundhouse kicks, found his match in UCLâ€™s equally adept Marc Newall aka â€œThe Sadistâ€. As the two battled it out bravely with kicks, knees and punches, the referee ultimately decided the round was a draw.
As the two fighters left the ring, tensions escalated and the crowd swiftly became agitated with the decision. No more than a minute later both Mike and Marc returned to the ring, limbs armed at the ready to fight one last round that would decide the entire competition. To say the atmosphere was tense would be an understatement.
Although both fighters fought with strength, determination and expertise, ultimately there could only be one winner. This time around the victory was afterÂ UCLâ€™s Marc Newall, which placed UCL as the champions of the 2017 Muay Thai Varsity competition.
Whilst there was a faint feeling of disappointment shared by the KCL side, there was a stronger collective determination that the team would be back next year stronger than ever and determined to reclaim their title of Varsity Champion â€“ with all eight limbs at the ready.