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Ramon Dekkers

Updated: 2009-02-09
Ramon Dekkers

Facts

Country Netherlands Age 45
Club Team Dekkers Height 172 cm / 5.6"
Style Muay Thai Weight 0 kg / 0 lbs
Website http://www.diamonddekkers.com/ Categories MAX

Titles


Results Total Win KOs Loss Draw
K1 Fights 2 1 1 1 0
Other Fights 152 127 98 20 5
Statistics 154 83% 64% 14% 5

Description

Ramon "Diamond" Dekkers (born September 4, 1969) is a Dutch former professional kickboxer famous for being an eight time Muay Thai and kickboxing world champion. He was the most famous foreign kickboxer in Thailand in the 1990s. He was also the first foreigner to be bestowed the "Muay Thai Fighter of the Year" award.

Ramon Dekkers was a skilled fighter with powerful punches and kicks, and had a tendency to go head-to-head with his opponents, which made him a favorite around the muay thai fight fans.

Biography

Ramon Dekkers was born in Breda, North Brabant (a province of the Netherlands). Ramon Dekkers loved the challenge of fighting.

He began learning martial arts for the first time at age 12, when he studied Judo for a few months. He then started training to become a boxer for a year. After that, Dekkers started practicing Muay Thai under Cor Hemmers. He was awarded his first title at age 18, when he won the Dutch National Championship on November 15, 1987.

Career

Early years

Ramon got involved in the martial arts around 1986. He visited a gym in Breda where he first witnessed Thai boxing. He started training at the Breda gym. Ramon's future stepdad was the gym's trainer who later became Ramon's coach. Ramon trained for about 3 months - his mother dropped him off every day, brought him to the gym, and picked him up after training. Cor saw that Ramon had the potential to be a good fighter. Ramon was 16 years old. Hemmers had been building a team and had no real fights by that time. Before Ramon's first muay thai fight, Cor discussed it with Ramon and his mother. During Ramon's training, Cor became more and more involved with his mother, and the two eventually married.

Wins and losses

In his first fight at 16 years of age, Ramon won in a spectacular KO against a well-established older boxer. Ramon went on to win many more fights by knockout. He only weighed about 55kg, but some opponents said he was much stronger than he looked. As he kept on knocking people out, his name grew in the Muay Thai world as an up-and-comer.

In the beginning of his career Ramon's manager was Clovis Depretz, the manager of legendary Rob Kaman. This explains why Rob Kaman was at ringside during many of Ramon's matches, including his farewell fight. They often trained together and became good friends. He and Ramon were dubbed by many as "The Double Dutch Duo" in Thailand.

Dekkers fought some of the best fighters Thailand had to offer. Sometimes he won, sometimes he lost. His losses were because of different factors. Especially in the beginning it was hard for Dekkers to fight at full Thai rules. The scoring methods were different than he was used to so he lost a lot of point decisions. He also lost because he never refused a fight, even when his opponent had much more experience or was a lot bigger.

Dekkers would fight anyone, any time, even though he was recovering from injuries. And lastly, sometimes the Thai were just better than him. Nevertheless the Thais had and still have great respect for Dekkers determination and ability.

Some of his biggest wins include: Richard Nam, Gilbert Ballantine, Nangpon, Cherry S. Wanich, Coban Lookchaomaesaitong (twice), Joel Cezar (twice), Sangtenoi "The Deadly Kisser", Joe Prestia, Decharwin, Pralomran, Hassan Kassrioui (twice), Marino de Florin.

Some of his notable losses are: Gilbert Ballantine (twice), Jomhod, Sakmongkol, Coban Lookchaomaesaitong (twice), Sangtienoi, Nangpon, Richard Nam, Orhono, Joe Prestia, Chanoy, Rayen Simson, Jerry Morris, Luiz Guilherme "GNOMO", André Mezentsef "GRINGO".

Farewell Fight

On Sunday, March 18, 2001, Ramon Dekkers fought his farewell fight against Marino de Florin in Rotterdam. The Netherlands' legendary "Golden Glory" team took on the rest of the world. In a bid to witness this his had his work cut out for him. The fight went the distance with Dekkers clearly in the driver's seat, displaying the style and aggression that had kept him at the top for so long.

After the fight ended in a KO in round 4, Ramon joined the "Golden Glory" team members center stage for a thrilling finale. Rob Kaman came down the rampart, Golden Glory torch in hand, presenting it to Dekkers, who in turn passed it to each team member, as video clips of his victories were shown on the display screens - an unforgettable moment in the history of Dutch Thai Boxing and Kickboxing.

His Comeback

After his retirement Dekkers kept himself busy training his two teams, Team Dekkers and Team Golden Glory. In 2005 however, Dekkers stunned the fighting world. Although he was retired, he agreed upon a contract with K-1, where he had to fight on MMA-rules against Genki Sudo. Dekkers, who never had fought under those rules, and took the fight by a few days notice, lost without chance by submission (ankle lock).

However, manager Bas Boon also arranged at least one more standup fight on regular K-1 Rules. Dekkers fought American Duane Ludwig in a superfight during the K-1 Max 2005 event. A few days before the fight Dekkers got heavily injured, tearing a ligament in his shoulder. But Dekkers wouldn't be Dekkers if he didn't continue fighting. The entire fight he punched only with his left arm, so he could not even setup his famous boxing combinations. Nevertheless Dekkers showed he had still the skills, knocking Ludwig down in every round, and took the fight with a comfortable point decision.

His final retirement was a superfight against Joerie Mes at the K-1 Grand Prix 2006 in the Netherlands event on May 13, 2006. After both suffering a knockdown in the second round, it was Mes who earned the point victory. Immediately after the fight Dekkers took the mic and announced his final retirement.

Fight history (partial)

Rankisoen (15 November 1987) Kevin Morris (14 April 1988) Mungkordum Sitchang (12 February 1989) Namphon Nongkee Pahuyuth (18 February 1990) Issara Sakkreerin (27 November 1990) Boon Chai (18 December 1990) Orono Por Muang-Ubol (1991) Saengtiennoi Sor. Rungrot 'The Deadly Kisser' (22 March 1991) (3 September 1991) Coban 'the Crusher' Lookchaomaesithong (21 April 1991) (6 August 1991) (28 February 1992) Sakmongkol Sitthichok (26 November 1991) Joel Cezar (1991) Gilbert Ballantine (1992) Joe Prestia (1992) Chanoi (1993) Decharwin (1993) Taro Minato (2 June 1995) Hector Pena (15 October 1995) Jomhod Kiatisak (1996) Fernando Caelos (16 March 1996) Gerald Mamedeus (1997) Raven Simson (1997) Richard Nam (27 February 1998) Hiroshi Yoshitaka (26 April 1998) Takayuki Kohiruimaki (25 December 1999) Akeomi Nitta (1 November 2000) Marino Deflorin (18 March 2001) Duane 'Bang' Ludwig (20 July 2005).

MMA

In 2005, Dekkers was challenged to fight in K-1 HERO'S, under Mixed Martial Arts rules. He fought the popular Japanese fighter Genki Sudo and lost by a heel-hook submission in the first round.

Information from Wikipedia


Eye witness reports / Comments

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Nejc (136 posts)
Posted: 2007-12-27 at: 09:32
Now this is the best of the best of the best of the best!! :D He's a psycho muay thai killer! You can see it in his eyes!! ;D Love it.
Sidekick (492 posts)
Posted: 2008-04-22 at: 08:59
I am with you all the way, man.....he is a very touhg guy.
I mean, try to imagine to go to Thailand and become the first fighter to win the award for best foreign fighter.....not bad!
OSU!
Mike (2 posts)
Posted: 2008-07-03 at: 08:53
The very best of the best...never seen anyone kill the way 'the diamond" does
Daniel, Sweden reporter (2501 posts)
Posted: 2008-07-10 at: 09:06
legend
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