Dave Leduc, also known as “The Nomad” (nicknamed after his globe-trotting lifestyle), born on December 13, 1991 is a professional Quebec muaythai and K-1 fighter.
Back in 2014, Dave was invited to battle at the very controversial and notorious Prison Fight against a veteran Thai fighter that’s currently serving time at maximum security Klong Pai prison in Bangkok. He was the very first Quebec fighter to be invited to, as well as the first Canadian to win in Prison Fight.
In early 2016, Dave Leduc was officially signed with the world renowned Tiger Muay Thai fight team. Only four muaythai athletes were chosen out of hundreds of fighters who applied from all over the world.
2016 has been a fruitful year: after ten glorious combats in a row, Dave has been approached with an offer he couldn't ignore - a lethwei match (Burmese bare-knuckle boxing). The fight is scheduled for August 21st 2016 at Yangon national stadium (Myanmar, formerly known as Burma) against an undefeated champion in the sport, Too Too, who's presently at 34-0. This is going to be Dave's debut fight in lethwei, currently 13-1 in muaythai with a 10 win streak. Quite a confident decision for a young athlete to have accepted this fight which, consequently, solidified his reputation as a fearless opponent.
With head-butts among the array of painful blows permitted, lethwei is often referred to as "the more dangerous, unforgiving, brutal cousin of Muay Thai." (Source)
Similar to Indochinese kickboxing, lethwei is one of the oldest forms of martial arts. "Carvings on the temples of Bagan, which dot the central Myanmar plains, appear to show pairs of men locked in combat, suggesting the sport is over a 1,000 years old."
For those who aren't familiar with the sport, here's a quick rundown of its basic principles:
"Participants fight without gloves or protection, wrapping only their hands in hemp or gauze cloth. Fights are traditionally held outdoors in sandpits instead of rings, but in modern times they are now held in rings. Popular techniques in Lethwei include leg kicks, knees, elbows, head butts, raking knuckle strikes, and take downs. Matches traditionally and ultimately would go until a fighter could no longer continue.
In earlier times, there [were] no draws, only a win or loss by knockout. No point system existed. Extreme bloodshed was very common and death in the ring was no surprise. Nowadays in the match, if a knockout occurs, the boxer is revived and has the option of continuing; as a result, defense, conditioning, and learning to absorb punishment are very important." A win is by knock-out only.