Street Fighter's Sagat is actually based on a real Muay Thai champion who is still alive today

See Sagat Petchyindee in action both at the peak of his competitive run and today

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • August 12, 2018 at 6:06 p.m. PDT

The Street Fighter welcome home party for Sagat is still raging right along as the Muay Thai fighting game icon nears his one week anniversary in Street Fighter 5, and we thought it'd be appropriate to shed some light on the initial inspiration for original boss character.

Though Capcom has never officially confirmed it, it's widely accepted that The King was based on a real-life Muay Thai fighter named Sagat Petchyindee, a three time champion of both Lumpinee and Rajadamnern, (two of the most prestigious Muay Thai fighting stadiums in Thailand) as well as a World Champ of both Muay Thai and Kickboxing.

The in-game version of Sagat towers at seven and a half feet with a weight of 215 pounds, but Petchyindee was actually a featherweight fighter clocking in at just over 5'8" and 153 pounds.

In the video below you can see Petchyindee in action during some of the highlights of his in-ring career. The similarities to his video game counterpart are immediately recognizable as he utilizes Muay Thai tactics favoring the use of elbows, feints, knees and walloping round house kicks.

We have footage from MMA analyst Lawrence Kenshin from back during some of the Muay Thai champ's brightest in-ring moments from back in the 70's and 80's.

Having long since retired from his competition days, Petchyindee now trains up and coming fighters in his gym. We found some other footage of his training Sylvie von Duuglas-Ittu. You can view both after the jump.

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