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A great tribute written by Bas!! Awesome and must-read!

A great tribute written by Bas!! Awesome and must-read!
A great Legend

About 25 years ago, the time I was competing in Thai Boxing myself, I went with my buddy to an event because my bud had a fight. Before his fight he called me to the ring because there was a kid fighting a “grown up”, the kid looked like he was 16 years old but he was 18 years old or so, skinny, blond with a mullet. My buddy said “Check this kid out”. I said “He’s gonna get killed” because the opponent was like 25, tattoos, long hair, scary looking and bigger (I believe a few weight classes up, that happened in Holland when an opponent wouldn't show up)

My buddy said “Just keep watching”, the big guy kept attacking and the skinny dude just moved, moments later WHACK!!!, the skinny kid gives the guy a low kick, the guy gets horizontal in the air and falls, I was like WTF?
And that was the first time I saw Ramon just destroying his opponent, it wasn’t even close.

Ramon was one of these guys who NEVER complained when he would lose, which was almost never, and when he would lose a fight, that would, most of the time, mean that he took like three fights in a row in Thai Land, had a broken foot and/or hand and would fight with those injuries. But even when he would fight with a broken foot AND hand, and lost, he would never mention in interviews that he was injured.
His coach Cor Hemmers told me a long time ago that he would never complain during the fight as well, he would come back to his corner and just say “My hand is broken” and that would be it. Not “What now? What should I do? Is there a "back up" game plan?” etc, none of that, he just state it was broken and that was it. One time he reset his shoulder in the minute break because he threw it out during the fight and then he simply continued fighting again.
As many of you know he received the Thai Royalty Award on the Kings birthday, first foreigner ever to receive that. He was also the first foreigner EVER to receive the “Fighter of the year award” in Thailand, which before then always went to a fighter from Thailand. Really think about this, it's been there in Thailand for hundreds of years, the first Thai Army was created in 1238 and the hand to hand combat was "Thai Boxing"

In two weeks Ramon was suppose to come visit me, we were going to shoot a big segment for his “life documentary”, the segment would be called “Legend vs Legend”, in where he and I would sit down and talk about the phenomenal career he has had.

I had a great idea to start the documentary, have a person ask “Explain in one word or short sentence who Ramon Dekkers is?” and then ask that question to every top striker on the planet. Peter Aerts, Ernesto Hoost, Gokhan Saki, Zimmerman, Badr Hari, etc but also ask the top Mixed Martial Artists the same question because trust me, they know him. Have about 30 to 40 people giving their answers really fast, one after another, and that would be the opening for the Documentary

I already heard that they are still going to do the documentary in honor of Ramon and for the Children’s Foundation he had set up in Thailand
This picture is from last September; he and his wife were visiting his brother Carlo, who is the head striking coach at my gym. We were at “Paradise Cove” in Malibu and had a great time. Talked about a TV show in Holland we all loved, “Jiskefet”, one of the segments of the show was called “Debiteuren Crediteuren” and one of those was called “Stiften”, we laughed so hard about this, I memorized whole segments from that TV show. Even when he went back to Holland we were exchanging Youtube clips from this particular show. Trust me, it's hilarious, every Dutch person will tell you this.

Very down to earth person, super nice guy, anybody who has met him will tell you the same, we will miss him dearly

RIP Ramon
A great Legend

About 25 years ago, the time I was competing in Thai Boxing myself, I went with my buddy to an event because my bud had a fight. Before his figh...t he called me to the ring because there was a kid fighting a “grown up”, the kid looked like he was 16 years old but he was 18 years old or so, skinny, blond with a mullet. My buddy said “Check this kid out”. I said “He’s gonna get killed” because the opponent was like 25, tattoos, long hair, scary looking and bigger (I believe a few weight classes up, that happened in Holland when an opponent wouldn't show up)

My buddy said “Just keep watching”, the big guy kept attacking and the skinny dude just moved, moments later WHACK!!!, the skinny kid gives the guy a low kick, the guy gets horizontal in the air and falls, I was like WTF?
And that was the first time I saw Ramon just destroying his opponent, it wasn’t even close.

Ramon was one of these guys who NEVER complained when he would lose, which was almost never, and when he would lose a fight, that would, most of the time, mean that he took like three fights in a row in Thai Land, had a broken foot and/or hand and would fight with those injuries. But even when he would fight with a broken foot AND hand, and lost, he would never mention in interviews that he was injured.
His coach Cor Hemmers told me a long time ago that he would never complain during the fight as well, he would come back to his corner and just say “My hand is broken” and that would be it. Not “What now? What should I do? Is there a "back up" game plan?” etc, none of that, he just state it was broken and that was it. One time he reset his shoulder in the minute break because he threw it out during the fight and then he simply continued fighting again.
As many of you know he received the Thai Royalty Award on the Kings birthday, first foreigner ever to receive that. He was also the first foreigner EVER to receive the “Fighter of the year award” in Thailand, which before then always went to a fighter from Thailand. Really think about this, it's been there in Thailand for hundreds of years, the first Thai Army was created in 1238 and the hand to hand combat was "Thai Boxing"

In two weeks Ramon was suppose to come visit me, we were going to shoot a big segment for his “life documentary”, the segment would be called “Legend vs Legend”, in where he and I would sit down and talk about the phenomenal career he has had.

I had a great idea to start the documentary, have a person ask “Explain in one word or short sentence who Ramon Dekkers is?” and then ask that question to every top striker on the planet. Peter Aerts, Ernesto Hoost, Gokhan Saki, Zimmerman, Badr Hari, etc but also ask the top Mixed Martial Artists the same question because trust me, they know him. Have about 30 to 40 people giving their answers really fast, one after another, and that would be the opening for the Documentary

I already heard that they are still going to do the documentary in honor of Ramon and for the Children’s Foundation he had set up in Thailand
This picture is from last September; he and his wife were visiting his brother Carlo, who is the head striking coach at my gym. We were at “Paradise Cove” in Malibu and had a great time. Talked about a TV show in Holland we all loved, “Jiskefet”, one of the segments of the show was called “Debiteuren Crediteuren” and one of those was called “Stiften”, we laughed so hard about this, I memorized whole segments from that TV show. Even when he went back to Holland we were exchanging Youtube clips from this particular show. Trust me, it's hilarious, every Dutch person will tell you this.

Very down to earth person, super nice guy, anybody who has met him will tell you the same, we will miss him dearly

RIP Ramon