Loma Lookboonmee is a veteran Muay Thai fighter and UFC strawweight competitor, and she’s now been promoted to purple belt in BJJ too. She’s an incredibly talented striker who has been training in Muay Thai since she was a small child, competing in both that sport and Boxing before she ever transitioned to MMA. By the time that Lookboonmee made her professional MMA debut back in 2018, she had already become a three-time IFMA Muay Thai world champion and had racked up a 6-1 professional boxing record.
She fought for different promotions across both Asia and the US to put together a 3-1 professional MMA record in the atomweight division and earn herself a callup to the UFC. Unfortunately for her and many other female fighters, the UFC doesn’t actually have an atomweight division so when she made her debut for the promotion in 2019 she had to move up to strawweight instead. Lookboonmee made history in doing so though, as she became the very first person born in Thailand to sign a contract with the UFC.
Since then, Lookboonmee has put together a 5-2 UFC record and advanced her overall professional MMA record to 8-3, putting herself right on the edge of the top 15 in the promotion’s official strawweight rankings. While she is undoubtedly a striker first and foremost, she has been dramatically improving her grappling in that time as well. Loma Lookboonmee actually registered the first submission win of her professional career at UFC 284 and has now been promoted to BJJ purple belt just a few weeks after that impressive performance. Given that she’s still just 27 years old, Lookboonmee has plenty of time left on the clock to round out her game even more and work her way up to a title-shot in the UFC strawweight division.
The news that UFC strawweight competitor Loma Lookboonmee was promoted to BJJ purple belt was announced in a post to her official Instagram account: