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Long time Tiger Muay Thai GM Will Elliott leaving Phuket to take up new position at Evolve MMA in Singapore

Long time Tiger Muay Thai GM Will Elliott leaving Phuket to take up new position at Evolve MMA in Singapore

MARTIAL ARTS: When Will Elliot was first appointed General Manager at Tiger Muay Thai in 2008 the camp was already the most successful in Thailand but under his watch it grew to become one of the most popular martial arts destinations in the world.


By James Goyder

Wednesday 25 December 2013, 08:59AM


After playing a major role in Tiger Muay Thai’s success story over the past five years the 33 year old is moving on, having recently accepted a role at Evolve MMA in Singapore. It is an exciting career move for Elliott, who will be working with some of the most renowned trainers and fighters in the world, but he will bring plenty of fond memories from his time in Phuket,

“Working at Tiger Muay Thai & MMA has been a fantastic chapter in my life but I firmly believe that when opportunity knocks you have to take it. I received an offer from the founder of Evolve, Chatri Sityodtong, I have great respect for his business acumen and accomplishments and view working closely with Chatri as an incredible opportunity.”

Initially Elliott came to Tiger Muay Thai for the same reason that most people do, because he wanted to practice martial arts in the tropics. He was subsequently appointed as general manager and has witnessed first hand the explosion in Muay Thai tourism in Phuket and seen countless new camps spring up across the island,

“Back when I first visited Phuket, the Muay Thai and MMA scene was a lot less developed. There were relatively few people training Muay Thai here on the island, and only a small handful of people training MMA but over the course of my stay in Thailand I have seen the local scene flourish and gyms have began popping up left and right, there are now 30 plus.”

Tiger Muay Thai was the first place on Phuket to offer training in MMA (mixed martial arts) which is now the fastest growing sport in the region and Elliott feels this has been an integral part of the Chalong based businesses’ success.

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“Many aspiring MMA fighters flock to Phuket to sharpen their skills and do pre fight camps. Muay Thai is an integral part of MMA and in order to be a successful mixed martial artist it is essential to know Muay Thai,” he said

Evolve MMA has a reputation as being the best training facility of its type in Asia and Elliott will be working with some renowned fighters such as former Bellator 170 lbs champion Ben Askren, UFC 155 lbs contender Rafael Dos Anjos and reigning ONE FC 155 lbs champion Shinya Aoki.

It is an exciting opportunity for the American who says the chance to work alongside all these superstars was simply too good to turn down.

“I have had some great times and a lot of good memories during my period Tiger Muay Thai and of course I will go back to visit periodically but I see going to work for Evolve as an investment in myself and my future and I feel like the sky is the limit in the Evolve environment.” 

Elliott will continue as General Manager at Tiger Muay Thai until the beginning of next year when he makes the moves to Singapore. He leaves behind a business in excellent health and will be looking to help spearhead Evolve MMA’s expansion which includes multiple new sites and an online academy. 

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