|Gerald Ng (CEO)|
Zay Thiha (chairman)
Sein Phyo Hlaing (Executive Director)
|Owner||Myanmar Lekkha Moun Co Ltd|
The promotion revolutionized the millennia-old Burmese martial of Lethwei with new innovations to showcase it to the world. WLC events combine the historic traditions of Lethwei with live entertainment, pyrotechnics, enticing fighter entrances, music and dancers.
The success of ONE Championship's mixed martial arts events in Myanmar caught the eye of Zaykabar Company Vice-Chairman Zay Thiha, who decided to bring world-class Lethwei events the world. The businessman started Lekkha Moun Co in 2015 and the World Lethwei Championship was officially founded in August 2017 by Zay Thiha and investors, as a subsidiary of Lekkha Moun Co.
In 2017, WLC signed Myanmar's top Lethwei fighters Tun Tun Min & Too Too. The first WLC event, titled WLC 1: The Great Beginning, was held on 3 March 2017 at Mingalardon Event Zone in Mingaladon Township, Yangon, Myanmar.
Signing Dave Leduc
In March 2019, the promotion announced that it had signed Lethwei superstar Dave Leduc to an exclusive contract. The exclusive contract would make it impossible for him to defend his various titles from other promotions. Leduc held a press conference at the Karaweik Palace in Yangon to announce that he was vacating tree of his four Lethwei world titles. For Leduc's promotional debut, WLC signed former UFC welterweight Seth Baczynski. Leduc knocked out Baczynski with punches to win the inaugural Cruiserweight World Lethwei Championship. WLC 9 had a great success on UFC Fight Pass and won awards in Asia. Leduc received a belated $50,000 fight-night bonus for his main event performance and marketing efforts.
While on the Joe Rogan podcast, Dave Leduc announced that the organization had plans to host an event in the United States. At the pre-fight press conference for WLC 11: Battlebones, WLC executive director Sein Phyo Hlaing revealed plans to expand globally in 2020, beginning with Cambodia, Thailand, Japan following with the first show in the United States in the fourth quarter of the year. As the promotion expands internationally, it plans to get even more recognizable names to compete in Lethwei.
ONE Championship partnership
First female fight
In 2019, WLC announced it will commit to the female Lethwei division with a dedicated female match at every event. It held its first female fight after the announcement featuring France's Souris Manfredi and Eh Yanut from Cambodia at WLC 9: King of Nine Limbs on 2 August in Mandalay, Myanmar. Manfredi became the first winner of the newly created women’s division by defeating Yanut.
Sky Net was the first television channel to broadcast the WLC events live in Myanmar and were then delayed telecast in over 40 countries worldwide. Eleven Sports in Singapore aired WLC fights for the first time in April 2018.
UFC Fight Pass
In 2019, the WLC marked Lethwei history by signing a deal with the Ultimate Fighting Championship and having its first Lethwei event broadcast live on UFC Fight Pass. WLC 7: Mighty Warriors was transmitted live on 2 August 2019.
Sponsors of World Lethwei Championship have included companies such as Fuso, AGD Bank, Sky Net, UFC Fight Pass, Canal Plus Myanmar, SPEED Energy Drink, 5BB Broadband, Max Myanmar Group and Consumer Goods Myanmar Co.
|11||WLC 11: Battlebones||31 January 2020||Thein Pyu Stadium||Yangon, Myanmar|
|10||WLC 10: Fearless Tigers||4 October 2019||Mandalar Thiri Indoor Stadium||Mandalay, Myanmar|
|9||WLC 9: King of Nine Limbs||2 August 2019||Mandalar Thiri Indoor Stadium||Mandalay, Myanmar|
|8||WLC 8: Karen Spirit||5 May 2019||Chit Tu Myaing Park||Hpa-an, Myanmar|
|7||WLC 7: Mighty Warriors||22 February 2019||Mandalar Thiri Indoor Stadium||Mandalay, Myanmar|
|6||WLC 6: Heartless Tigers||29 September 2018||Thuwunna Stadium||Yangon, Myanmar|
|5||WLC 5: Knockout War||2 June 2018||Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium||Naypitaw, Myanmar|
|4||WLC 4: Bareknuckle-King||17 February 2018||Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium||Naypitaw, Myanmar|
|3||WLC 3: Legendary Champions||4 November 2017||Thuwunna Stadium||Yangon, Myanmar|
|2||WLC 2: Ancient Warriors||10 June 2017||Thuwunna Stadium||Yangon, Myanmar|
|1||WLC 1: The Great Beginning||3 March 2017||Mingalardon Event Zone||Yangon, Myanmar|
|Cruiserweight||Dave Leduc||August 2, 2019 (WLC 9: King of Nine Limbs)||0|
|Middleweight||Naimjon Tuhtaboyev||January 31, 2020 (WLC 11: Battlebones)||0|
|Light Middleweight||Sasha Moisa||August 2, 2019 (WLC 9: King of Nine Limbs)||0|
|Light Welterweight||Antonio Faria||February 22, 2019 (WLC 7: Mighty Warriors)||0|
Myanmar National Champion
|Light Welterweight||Saw Htoo Aung||September 29, 2018 (WLC 6: Heartless Tigers)||0|
World championship history
- Weight limit: 83 kg (183.0 lb)
|1|| Dave Leduc
def. Seth Baczynski
|WLC 9: King of Nine Limbs
|August 2, 2019||206 days
- Weight limit: 75 kg (165.3 lb)
|1|| Naimjon Tuhtaboyev
def. Too Too
|WLC 11: Battlebones
|January 31, 2020||24 days
|2|| Too Too
def. Michael Badato
|WLC 3: Legendary Champions
|November 4, 2017||818 days||1. def. Vasyl Sorokin at WLC 4: Bareknuckle-King on February 17, 2018|
Light Middleweight Championship
- Weight limit: 71 kg (156.5 lb)
|1|| Sasha Moisa
def. Artur Saladiak
|WLC 5: Knockout War
|August 2, 2019||206 days
|2|| Artur Saladiak
def. Saw Ba Oo
|WLC 3: Legendary Champions
|June 2, 2018||426 days|
Light Welterweight Championship
- Weight limit: 63.5 kg (140.0 lb)
|1|| Antonio Faria
def. Saw Htoo Aung
|WLC 7: Mighty Warriors
|February 22, 2019||381 days
The WLC uses the modern Lethwei rules also known as tournament rules first established in 1996 by the Myanmar Lethwei Federation.
Each bout can be booked as a 3, 4 or 5 round fight with 3 minutes per round and a 2-minute break in between rounds. Championship bouts are 5 round fights with 3 minutes per round and a 2-minute break between rounds.
In the event that a bout goes the distance, it will go to the judges decision. The 3 judges will score the bout based on number of strikes per round. Fighters have a maximum of 3 knockdowns per round and 4 knockdowns in the entire fight before the fight is ruled a knockout.
|Weight class name||Upper limit||Gender|
|in pounds (lb)||in kilograms (kg)||in stone (st)|
|Flyweight||112||51||8||Male / Female|
|Bantamweight||119||54||8.5||Male / Female|
|Featherweight||126||57||9||Male / Female|
|Lightweight||132||60||9.5||Male / Female|
|Light Welterweight||140||63.5||10||Male / Female|
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