Liam “The Hitman” Harrison: Top 5 Muay Thai Finishes

Liam Harrison (aka “The Hitman”) was born on 5th October, 1985 in Leeds, United Kingdom. He holds a pro record of 89-24, with 48 victories won by way of knockout

Regarded as one of the best Muay Thai fighters to come out of the UK, Harrison is an 8-times World Muay Thai Champion and has held titles under various promotions.

Harrison’s fighting style is renowned for being aggressive, with a powerful left hook and devastating low kicks. Harrison is a pressure fighter making use of his kicks and punches to walk down and knockout his opponents.

At the age of 13, Harrison started off his fight career in Leeds at the world famous Bad Company Gym. Undefeated in his first 29 fights, he came to earn himself the fitting nickname ‘The Hitman’.

He is still ranked as the no.1 Muay Thai fighter in the super lightweight charts, which amazingly, he has held since the age of 17.

Harrison has fought champions, and all the top Thai and European fighters, as well as having a trilogy fight with legendary Thai fighter, Saenchai.

Now you have some background context into The Hitman’s fight career, let’s have a look at his most devastating and vicious moves – as we breakdown Liam Harrison’s Top 5 Muay Thai Finishes! (In descending order)

5. Vs. Andrei Kulebin (March 31, 2012)

This fight was for the Muay Thai Warriors welterweight title in Manchester.

To start, both fighters stood in the center of the ring exchanging heavy blows, with Harrison landing multiple low kicks. Harrison also managed to land a clean elbow and few powerful right hands.

Round 2 began with Harrison landing several low kicks, causing Kulebin to switch to southpaw stance.

At 1:33 of round 2, Kulebin is swept off his feet, forcing him to struggle back to standing after taking a brutal beating to his legs.

There is visible damage to Kulebin’s leg, with repeated leg kicks by Harrison continuing in the third round.

At 2:33 of round 3, Kulebin is forced to wave off the fight, with Harrison winning by way of dominant leg kicks.

4. Vs. Charles François (Aug. 26, 2017)

François, an accomplished fighter, held a 44-19 pro record having already won several world titles in Muay Thai and kickboxing.

In round 1, Harrison immediately establishes his trademark, heavy, low kicks. Harrison catches a François body kick and replies with a swift combination of punches and kicks.

In round 2 François finds more success, as he manages to knock Harrison down with a combination of punches, ending with a powerful, low kick.

After being knocked down, Harrison re-establishes his power punches and backs François to the ropes.

François, like many other previous opponents Harrison had faced, was forced to switch to southpaw to avoid having his left leg further damaged. Towards the end of the second round, Harrison checks a kick which seems to cause François some discomfort.

At the start of round 3, François walks into a Harrison left check hook which knocks him down. Harrison, sensing blood, immediately goes after his opponent and knocks him down for a second time.

The third and final knockdown comes as Harrison throws a flurry of punches, forcing the referee to stop the fight giving “The Hitman” a blazing finisher and the third-round TKO win.

3. Vs. Rayan Mekki (March 25, 2017)

This fight was for the world title belt under the YOKKAO fight promotion, with Harrison coming in as the more experienced fighter.

In round 1, both fighters exchange shots, with Mekki landing an elbow which cuts Harrison towards the end of the round.

Mekki managed to keep Harrison at a distance in the first round and also did so in the second, using his reach and speed to hit and evade. Mekki then lands the same elbow which creates an even deeper cut in Harrison’s forehead.

Despite looking beaten up from the first two rounds, Harrison increases the pressure in the third-round, walking Mekki down with oppressively heavy kicks and punches.

After both fighters fall from a clinch, Harrison catches Mekki with a clean left hook.

At 1:22 of round 3, Harrison lands a jab and straight right, which knocks Mekki down. Eager to continue, Mekki walks into another flurry of punches, which knock him down again.

The finish comes 40 seconds before the end of the third round as the referee calls the fight to give Harrison the win by TKO.

2. Vs. Numphon PK Sterio (Nov. 25, 2007)

This fight was for the Lightweight World title, and Harrison who was previously defeated by Numphon sought revenge and to retain his title.

To start, both fighters exchange low kicks and look to establish range.

In round 2, Harrison comes out more aggressively as Numphon is forced to fight off the ropes.

The third round proves to be a continuation of the second, with Harrison scoring the cleaner shots. He lands powerful body shots and repeated low kicks to Numphon’s left leg before managing to sweep Numphon to the canvas.

In the early goings of the fourth round, Harrison lands two elbows from the clinch position, and after an exchange of punches and kicks, Harrison lands a left hook, which dazes his opponent.

Then, Harrison ups his pressure and aggression, catching and sweeping Numphon to the canvas for a second time in the bout.

Shortly after, a left hook knocks Numphon to the canvas, as he struggles back to his feet. Then Harrison lands a flurry of punches which knock Numphon out for the win.

1. Vs. Mohammed Bin Mahmoud (Jan. 10, 2020)

Fighting under the prestigious ONE Championship brand, Harrison eagerly sought to get his first win under the promotion.

In round 1, both fighters exchange shots and Harrison backs Bin Mahmoud to the ropes.

The first knockdown comes at 1:32 as Bin Mahmoud walks into a left hook. The second knockdown comes immediately after as Harrison lands a flurry of punches and an elbow.

At 1:56 into the first round Harrison knocks Bin Mahmoud out, for an emphatic KO win!

So there we have it folks, 5 of Liam Harrison’s best Muay Thai finishes!

Liam continues to fight in various events, and now has one of the most in-demand seminars worldwide which takes him travelling all over Europe and the US. If you’re into combat and kickboxing, definitely consider attending!

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Rashaad Mangera

Rashaad's passion for the martial arts and MMA comes from practising combat sports from a young age. He has practised Karate, Boxing, Muay Thai and Jiu-jitsu which has strengthened his confidence immensely over the years. Additionally, he's grown up watching many martial arts movies and always had an interest in the technical aspects of watching live combat sports events.

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