Coming away from the glorious city of Bangkok, Thailand offers a lot of things for people to engage in whilst visiting the beautiful country.

Phuket is one of the main tourist destinations off the mainland of Thailand.

Phuket is a destination that many people dream of visiting due its breathtaking views from the beaches and its notoriety for having astonishing places to hike up too.

Phuket is also a known location for Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters from around the world to come and train at due to the hot climate and excellent training facilities.

Another pivotal reason that fighters come to Thailand to train is due to the Thai national sport being Muay Thai which is a key component in MMA.

The gyms that MMA fighters train at all have amateur classes so you could be training at a location where one of your icons from the fight game has trained at

Read on to find out more about the facilities and who has trained there!

Tiger Muay Thai

Tiger Muay Thai is the most popular MMA Gym on the island of Phuket. It’s authentic and quality MMA training has made itself a “home away from home” for many MMA fighters.

Tiger Muay Thai have a strict training schedule where they have certain times that are only available for professional athletes to train with each other.

With over 722,000 followers on Instagram, Tiger Muay Thai also caters for anyone regardless of ability or size.

That means it doesn’t matter if you are a world champion looking for a training camp away from home or you are a traveller who wants to try something unique, TMT will cater to your needs.

Tiger Muay Thai also could allow you to be taught a training class by a professional fighter because many of the fighters training at TMT often come and help train classes for beginners.

Tiger Muay Thai is the official gym that UFC Bantamweight Champion Petr Yan holds his training camp. UFC Featherweight Champion Alexander Volkanovski also partially trains there.

Phuket Top Team

Phuket Top Team is another top MMA gym that many fighters have come from around the world to train at. Phuket Top Team prides itself on being at the hub of martial arts in Asia and a spectacular location in Phuket.

Phuket Top Team doesn’t have a schedule as filled as Tiger Muay Thai. They have 5 classes which are catered to 100 people each time but their training is still to a high quality.

They have specialist training programmes at their facilities that also contain accommodation.

Some of the biggest names that have trained at Phuket Top team include the former UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping, one of the biggest names currently in world MMA Jorge “Gamebred” Masdival and former UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz.

AKA Thailand

AKA Thailand is the second gym created from the world famous American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, California.

AKA Thailand’s main trainer is former UFC Fighter Mike Swick. AKA Thailand has the same training regime that is in the San Jose facility that is enforced by AKA founder Javier Mendez.

AKA Thailand therefore attracts many people as they want to train at a facility that has a brand that has won numerous World Championships.

AKA Thailand has held training camps for numerous fighters such as former 2 weight UFC champion Daniel Corimer and former UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley. It has even hosted the “King of Instagram” Dan Bilzerian.


It is clear to understand that Thailand isn’t just full of natural beauty and it is also a passionate country known and respected for its love of MMA and the home of many top level fighters worldwide.