Buakaw added to his legendary resume on the weekend with a hard-fought victory over fellow fighting icon Saenchai at BKFC Thailand 5 at the sold-out Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall in Pattaya, Thailand.
The impressive win came in a first-of-its-kind, special rules bare knuckle Thai bout.
Buakaw, who’s widely regarded as the greatest Muay Thai kickboxer of all time, admits to having mixed emotions about his victory over Saenchai, who he considers a good friend.
“I really appreciated the opportunity to fight such a high-level opponent, but at the same time he’s my friend. We both fought hard and put our friendship aside for the fight because we’re professionals, but after the fight I was glad it was over,” he says. “It has been a great journey working with BKFC on this event and I’m really pleased they were able to make it happen.”
Buakaw is now 2-0 under the BKFC banner. After indulging in some nice food and a bit of rest-and-relaxation time after his victory on the weekend, he’s already training for his third matchup in the Squared Circle.
Buakaw has his sights set on another legend – MMA superstar Conor McGregor, who shocked the world earlier this year when he stormed the BKFC Squared Circle at BKFC 41.
“I’ve told BKFC I’d fight absolutely anyone under this new rule set, but it has to be a big name. I’m ready to go to war with anyone. I want someone to really test me,” he says.
“My ultimate fight would be against Conor McGregor in a bare knuckle Thai fight, but I wonder if McGregor would even take a fight like that against me.
“I doubt it."