Cheyanne Vlismas is training in Phuket. The UFC strawweight is currently at Tiger Muay Thai training alongside the likes of Petr Yan and Khamzat Chimaev.

Vlismas had extensive amateur experience before turning pro. The 27 year old earned a UFC contract after impressing on Dana White’s Contender Series and had been booked to face Loma Lookbonmee in her second outing for the promotion.

Loma used to train at Tiger Muay Thai so that could have been a potentially awkward encounter. But the Thai fighter left to join Bang Tao Muay Thai last year so the two strawweights managed to miss each other.

Suitable sized

Vlismas withdrew from that fight after contracting Covid-19. But she didn’t have to look too far for suitable sized training partners as ONE Championship’s Noelle Grandjean has been working out alongside her.

She posted a photo of the pair of them together at Tiger Muay Thai on her Instagram account and announced that she ‘has been blessed with some killer training partners’.

Grandjean is coming off the biggest win of her career. She earned a $50,000 USD bonus for knocking out the totally outmatched Lea Bivins at ONE on Prime Video 3.


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Sharpening their tools

Vlismas will be looking to bounce back from a decision loss to Cory McKenna at UFC Vegas 66 last month. Neither strawweight currently has a fight booked but they are clearly using the time off to sharpen their tools.

They also have very different skillsets with Vlismas holding a black belt in taekwondo and Grandjean holding a black belt in judo. Tiger Muay Thai is a real melting pot with fighters travelling from all over the world to train there.

Former UFC bantamweight Petr Yan is based permanently in Phuket, Meanwhile #3 ranked welterweight Khamzat Chimaev and #6 ranked Fiziev spend much of the year training in Thailand.

Even dictator’s sons are getting in on the action with Ali Kadyrov joining Chimaev at Tiger Muay Thai last week. It seems like Phuket is the place to be right now.