Michael ‘Tomahawk’ Thompson has become a dominant force in the muay thai community in recent years. His explosive style has proven to be tough for his opponents to deal with, and he is partly responsible for re-popularising the spinning-back-elbow in the local muay thai scene. With over 50 fights experience, Michael has achieved so much already, but much lies ahead for this young world champion.
Michael began training muay thai under Daniel Bell, when he walked into Ironfist as a young teenager, and had his first fight and win within a few months. Ironfist mentor, Allan Bell, still tells the story that he saw Michael as a future world champion from the first time he saw him train, but he could never have known the true potential of this 15 year old boy. His amateur career lasted until he was 19 years old, after winning a WKA Australian title at the Mansfield tavern, he officially turned professional.
Early into his professional career, he gained the opportunity to fight for the prestigious WMC Australian title, and after stopping Jeff Lanes from New South Wales, he cemented his name as a force to be reckoned with in the 63kg weight division, but it wasn’t until his first encounter with ‘Flip’ Street where his name would be recognised throughout the muay thai community. Flip was the clear favourite coming into the bout. He was considered a bit of a veteran in the 63 kg weight class, and at the time, the best in Australia. The ‘Tomahawk’ really came to fight that night, knocking Flip down multiple times with his, now famous, spinning-back-elbow and taking home the victory.
Since then, Michael has gone on to win a WKN, a WKBF, and a Mad-WMC world title, along with many other accolades and victories over renowned opponents. At the age of 25, Michael has a big future ahead of him, and with him now being a part of The Fight Centre – Brisbane, we are proud to have him represent us inside of the ring, and out.