There is some unfortunate news to pass along in the combat sports world. On Wednesday, Muay Thai legend Ramon Dekkers was riding his bike his hometown of Breda, The Netherlands, when he collapsed after feeling light headed. On top of his successful Muay Thai career, Dekkers was a coach at the famed and successful mixed martial arts gym, Golden Glory, that is home to many notable fighters including UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem and former Strikeforce women’s champion Marloes Coenen.
Dekkers was 43-years-old.
After news of his passing, many mixed martial artists came forward to show their support and condolences to his family and their appreciation for his life.
Just heared that the legendary Ramon Dekkers has died.My condolences go out to his family.
— Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem) February 27, 2013
RIP. My ultimate fighting hero. twitter.com/MarloesCoenen/…
— MarloesCoenen (@MarloesCoenen) February 27, 2013
Another Muay Thai legend, Duke Roufus, took to the famed MMA website The Underground to share his own condolences.
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
It is a big loss for the combat sports community and Dekkers will certainly be missed.
In honor of Dekkers legendary career, here is a video of some of his great moments from his Muay Thai career: