Multi-time world muay Thai champion Ramon
Dekkers died Wednesday at the age of 43, according to a report
from Dutch newspaper BN DeStem.
The Dutchman reportedly collapsed while riding his bike in his
hometown of Breda, and efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.
Regarded by many as a western pioneer in the muay Thai world,
Dekkers began his training as a teenager in 1986 and would go on to
post a career record of 186-33-2 before hanging up his gloves for
good in 2006. Known as “The Diamond” and “The Turbine from Hell,”
Dekkers distinguished himself with an aggressive, boxing-heavy
attack and retired with 95 knockouts to his credit.
Late in his career, Dekkers competed in one mixed martial arts bout
-- a short-notice showdown with Genki Sudo
under the K-1 Hero’s banner that saw Dekkers submit to a heel hook
in 2:54. A longtime representative of the Netherland’s Golden Glory
gym under vaunted trainer Cor Hemmers, Dekkers also became a coach
for the fight team in his later years.