Wow I’ve been following him but I never knew he was 5’8!!! I’m 5’8 and a bit and 195lbs and I thought I couldn’t compete in muay thai cause I’m too heavy and too short.
If it’s true he’s actually 5’8 I’m pumped as fuck. If it’s not true, that sucks badly lol. Anyways the claim about an 800 squat seems a little out there lol but I’m sure he can squat some big weight, and bench some big weight too. This made my day.
You can compete in muay thai, just cut the weight. Sub 6 foot heavy weights in muay thai/k-1 are rare. Well successful ones are rare.
On video I think Melvin Manhoef is technically better than Alain Ngalani. I haven’t seen much at all on Alain but form what I have seen that is my analysis. If Alain is Dutch his style didn’t look very Dutch.
Melvin is 176cm(5 feet 9) and 90kg(200 pounds). Very close you your height and weight. Though he has had a very rough time against K-1 heavies. He is extremely tough and technically sound with a good combination of speed and power in both hands and throws very good textbook dutch style combinations. Still size is important. Hopefully K-1 implements their -85kg(under 187 pound) k-1 division.
That’s the problem, I don’t want to cut you know. If anything I wanna be 215lbs. I hate how height is a dettering factor. I just watched Melvin vs. Ray Sefo lol and it seemed “easy” for Ray. Just being around 170lbs or so doesn’t really appeal to me. I think I’ll grow a couple more inches. and perhaps be 5’10 cause my dad is taller than me and he said that it wasnt until he was 18 he grew a couple more inches. So I’ll see. I’m sure at 5’10 I’ll have a better shot than being 5’8 and a quarter.[/quote]
I don’t think weight is a very big deal. Height is a very big deal in Muay Thai and K-1. That is because of knees. Not even knees in the clinch because even if you are short those can be defended. Just free knees e.g. Sato in K-1 Max and Semmy Schilt K-1. They just slam knees in between combinations anytime their opponent steps in and also to advance forward, it doesn’t look very damaging but it just wears their opponents down.
I know that you do not want to cut(I know people who think the same) but if you are serious it is worthwhile to think that over very hard. You don’t have to wait till you are 18 to compete. Alot of guys are competing as young teenagers as amateurs. If you try it out then it would help you decide what weight you should fight at.
Even at 170, you could walk around at 185-190. Even at 170 5’8" is short. You will see alot of guys 5’8" at 70kg(154 pounds) just to give you an idea.
I have met Stefan Leko and he is pretty skinny so weight isn’t as big a limiting factor as height I think.
Not to discourage you, just want you to think about cutting down.