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Muay Thai and Kickboxing Legend Ramon Dekkers Dead at 43

(Dekkers, seen here with former Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion and Invicta FC fighter Marloes Coenen. Via Coenen’s Twitter.) 

Some terrible and unexpected news from the world of kickboxing, Potato Nation. Yesterday afternoon, it was made public that kickboxing legend and former Muay Thai world champion Ramon Dekkers had passed away at the tender age of 43. According to various reports, the Golden Glory coach collapsed in his hometown of Breda, The Netherlands during a bike ride after complaining about light-headedness. Attempts to revive him on the scene were unsuccessful and Dekkers was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

Within hours of the announcement of his death, the MMA community took to the internet to express their condolences, including world-renowned trainer and fellow Muay Thai legend Duke Roufus, who posted the following on the UG:

I wanted to express my gratitude & respect to late great Ramon “Diamond” Dekkers. Ramon & Rob Kaman were my early influence in Muay Thai. The first time I saw Ramon was early 1989 via video tape.

I was in a family of very involved in the PKA Kickboxing. My older brother Rick a Champion & my father a coach, manager, promoter, judge & ref. Pursuing Muay Thai was foolish to them at the time but it paid off. I went to Thailand trained at SitYodtong where Rob & Ramon had before me. I wanted to follow in foot steps of their greatness.

I had to the pleasure to see Ramon fight live in France a few times. I never reached the heights that he did as a fighter but he was inspiration for me follow my dream. I am the coach that I am today because of these guys inspiring me.

1994 down the road from SitYodtong I had my Thai Shorts on after training to get a M150 Sponsor re-hydration drink. A Thai guy says to me “You train Boxing? You want to be the next Lamon Dekkaa”? Yes I did! RIP Champ 

Boasting over 180 fights to his credit including 95 KO victories, Dekkers lone MMA appearance resulted in a first round submission via heel hook loss to Genki Sudo under the K-1 banner in 2005.

We’ve placed a fantastic highlight reel showcasing some of Dekkers handiwork below, so give it a look and share your thoughts/condolences in the comments section.

-J. Jones

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KungfuJaysus- March 1, 2013 at 3:00 pm
Ok I apologize for my comments. Sorry for being a dick, which I was. A loss of life is nothing to joke about, unless its the Taliban, then that's just fun to whack them fuckers all day long. I hope that none of this guys family or friends were offended or were upset by what some asshole said trying to be funny. Because it wasn't. I'm sorry.
KungfuJaysus- March 1, 2013 at 8:40 am
Lol!!!!!!! So much fun!!!!!! And I prefer watermelons
Fried Taco- March 1, 2013 at 8:11 am
@KungfuJaysus - laughing at others because he is ignorant! If you don't know who Ramon Dekkers is, then you don't know shit about fighting. Just keep showing us how stupid you are, noob.
DARKHORSE06- March 1, 2013 at 7:50 am
@kungfujaysus. Please go fuck yourself with a pineapple.
KungfuJaysus- March 1, 2013 at 4:01 am
Lmao! Oh no you're gonna teach me respect! If u only knew. Lmao!
augie- February 28, 2013 at 10:23 pm
Rip Ramon NewZealand Love You.
British123- February 28, 2013 at 9:29 pm
Rest in peace, one of the greatest fighters in Muay Thai and a great example for many young kickboxers in my country!
wyteowl- February 28, 2013 at 9:05 pm
I am fortunate enough to have trained with Ramon just last year and get to train with his brother Carlo on a regular basis, he was an amazing fighter and will be sorely missed..
@kungfuhesus.. If you don't care than don't comment,
Sounds like you are in terrible lack of respect for others, you should stop in at Bas' gym and I'm sure we can help you with that.
PingPong- February 28, 2013 at 6:29 pm
KungfuJaysus, don't ever change.
KungfuJaysus- February 28, 2013 at 6:22 pm
Nope, still don't care. And when u die in four years I won't care about that either. Ok maybe I will care if you do. But not this guy. He gave us ubereem. Probably choked to death on horse meat and tried to wash it down with a giant glass of testosterone.
PingPong- February 28, 2013 at 6:09 pm
Whoa KungFuJaysus, The Diamond was one of the few non Thais to be voted fighter of the year in Thailand. He was part of the foundation of Dutch Kickboxing, which brings us people today like Overeem.

On another note, he was 43, I will be 43 in 4 years, he was in tip-top shape. I am not.

I am scared as fuck...
KungfuJaysus- February 28, 2013 at 6:01 pm
Uh, who? Also in breaking news, some other dude that most people don't give a shit about died too.
Fried Taco- February 28, 2013 at 1:43 pm
RIP Ramon, you were one of the greats!