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Ramon Dekkers:  Ramon's Injuries

     

 
While he fought his way to the top, a lot of injuries set in and set him back for a time, before he eventually came back to the top. He doesn’t know exactly what happened with his ankle but after almost 200 fights, his ankle was finished. He had 6 operations in 2 years on the same leg. And even his doctor said, “It’s over. You can’t fight anymore.” But Ramon had to fight. He wanted to fight.

After 2 months in the hospital, Ramon started training. He worked hard for 3 months and as he says, it was tough. But after 2 years, he was fighting at the same level as before the surgeries. At that point he started changing and developing new techniques to be more like a ‘southpaw’ and he trained for other combinations as well. He didn’t kick with his right leg anymore – only with the left. Even his punches were different because he couldn’t stand and walk and move on his feet like he had done before.

Though his injuries were always an obstacle in his training, as soon as Dekkers was well, he was back in the gym, working like a madman on the heavy bag, doing the repetitions necessary to develop his power. He also worked many drills with partners. After every injury Ramon had a special schedule for his training program. He and Hemmers trained in a special way to get him back to the fighting level. He knew that because of his injuries he had weaknesses and he tried to strengthen other weapons and work more on his defense techniques so that he would not be handicapped.
 

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Dekkers (at some point before his injuries) had taken his kicking to the next level as many people thought he was starting to kick just like a Thai. It was both power and commitment that made him great. And with that power and commitment, sometimes came the injuries because Dekkers always trained with the intensity of a madman, doing everything – including those kicks – with full power. There was no holding back, just like he was always punching with the intention of knocking somebody out.

One of the reasons why he had so many injuries on his shins and ankles in his later years was because of these kicks. There was always full power behind them and he didn’t care if somebody blocked. Of course, those kicks were so fast that they usually could not be blocked. But when they were blocked, then of course, the injuries were really quite great. But that did not deter Ramon Dekkers. He kicked anyway.

As the years went by, it became clear that Ramon was becoming more and more susceptible to cuts. Of course, fighting a very difficult martial art like Muay Thai where you can use hard contact like the elbows and the knees, Ramon knew that he would get cut in fights. That’s of course almost unavoidable. But the cuts became more and more of a factor. All the scar tissue that Ramon had developed during all his fights became a big problem for him. Sometimes an elbow would open up a huge cut on the side of his head, which would finally result in his losing the fight.
 

 
Dekkers was never deterred by the blood. He would always come back and try to go for the knockout. But it was becoming more and more as if the Thais were starting to figure him out and use their own techniques (using those elbows in the clinches) against him. It was starting to frustrate the man from Holland. But that frustration only led him to be that much more determined to not only re-establish himself in the hearts of Thailand but also in the hearts of the fans around the world – with that punching and kicking style that had made him famous throughout the universe of fighting. Even under those typically Thai techniques like elbow, he outclassed some of his Thai opponents. He cut a man like Sangtienoi with an elbow, which is really amazing. No other foreigner had been able to do that. No other “farang” foreigner had been able to cut the Thais with the elbows – to fight like Thais. And he was out-gaming them, beating them at their own game. They sometimes made him bleed; but he also in return made them bleed.
     

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  Ramon Dekkers: Multimedia The Beginning

Fame And Glory In Thailand

Interview

Titles

Injuries

Full Contact Karate - Muay Thai

Best Fights

Cor Hemmers

Technique

End Of A Great Career

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