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Women's Muay Thai History!

Article By: Alex Minor

On Saturday, December 17, 2022, Stand-Up Fight Series is touching down at the Renaissance Hotel for another action-packed night of premier Muay Thai, and Kickboxing, competition!!! In one of our featured pro bouts, we have Tamikka Brents taking on Katherine Connor in the very first, 9-round, fight in Women’s Muay Thai history.

In one corner, we have Tamikka Brents, a local MMA fighter, from Bridgeton, MO, with an undefeated amateur record of 17-0, 6 pro bouts (3-3), and 6 knockouts. Coming into this featured bout, Brents will be making her competitive Muay Thai debut. Nevertheless, Brents has nearly two decades of experience training as a Muay Thai practitioner. Furthermore, Brents fights out of the Wolves’ Den Training Center, and cross trains with gyms like Watson’s Martial Arts, Maryville Muay Thai, and Peoria Athletic Club. Therefore, Brents regularly sharpens her tools with some of the best strikers in the Midwest. Described as a ruthlessly, aggressive, pressure fighter, with an infatuation for violence, Brents’ singular goal is to experience the joys of Muay Thai, “violence in its most beautiful form”.

In the other corner, we have Katherine Connor, an eclectic martial artist with over 29 years of martial arts experience, and an 18-year tenure as an active competitor/instructor. Based out of California’s Bay Area, Connor has a combined record of 58-8 in amateur Muay Thai, and Kickboxing. In addition to her impressive record, Connor has amassed numerous championships, including a 2006 Round Kick Rumble Muay Thai championship, a 2006 WAKO national kickboxing championship, three Thai Boxing Association world championships, a 2009 World Kickboxing Association national championship, and a 2009 IKF Muay Thai world championship. Despite her long, and storied, career in martial arts, December 17th will mark Connor’s professional debut in Muay Thai competition. Representing Wildside Fitness and Martial Arts, Connor describes herself as an aggressive counter fighter, constantly pushing her opponents to make mistakes that she can capitalize on. Coming into this fight, Connor knows her opponent is very technical. Therefore, she is excited for what she expects to be a beautiful, and bloody, display of martial arts skill.

Coming into this featured bout, both women are coming off considerable layoffs, with four years of inactivity for Brents, and over 10 years of inactivity for Connor. Nevertheless, both women are extremely excited about making their professional debuts in what will be a ground-breaking, nine-round, Muay Thai scrap. With both women wielding aggressive, pressure-heavy styles, there is no doubt this match-up will be a crowd pleaser. Although, the outcome of this matchup is still uncertain, for even though Connor is a much more decorated, and battle-tested, Thai boxer, Brents has the advantage in activity, and youth. Either way, fans will not leave fight night disappointed once they’ve witnessed what will surely be a brutal display of striking mastery.

Tickets to the fight are on sale now! Please visit to reserve a spot in the chaos!!

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