Manson Gibson

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Manson Gibson
BornManson Howard Gibson
(1963-05-05) May 5, 1963 (age 56)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Other namesThe Master Blaster, The Thai Killer, The Black Bruce Lee
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight80 kg (180 lb; 13 st)
Super Middleweight
Light Heavyweight
StyleKickboxing Taekwondo
Northern Praying Mantis
Fighting out ofChicago, Illinois, United States
TeamWindy City Gym
Kickboxing record
By knockout80
Mixed martial arts record
By submission1
Amateur record
By knockout8
last updated on: October 12, 2012

Manson Howard Gibson[1] (born May 5, 1963) is a retired American kickboxer and a 12-time Muay Thai and Kickboxing World Champion. He was known for his vicious use of spinning techniques and wild, unpredictable style. Sometimes referred to as the "Thai Killer". Gibson was one of the United States' greatest kickboxers and is credited with over 100 wins and more than 80 KOs, including around 40 via headkick.

Biography and career[edit]

After a series of early career wins and claiming titles such as the K.I.C.K. Super Middleweight World Championship, Gibson found the competition at home (aside from two losses to Rick Roufus) uninspiring. So in the late 1980s and well into the 1990s, while many American fighters were fighting one another for a multitude of so-called "world titles", Manson headed across to Japan where he fought and beat top fighters such as Caesar Takeshi, Tosca Petridis and Changpuek Kiatsongrit, often fighting under different rule sets such as Shoot Boxing, K-1 and Muay Thai.

During his period spent fighting in Japan, Gibson entered the inaugural K-2 Grand Prix in 1993. K-2 was a short lived series of tournaments held by the K-1 organization for Light Heavyweights and the 1993 event was held in Tokyo. In the tournament quarter finals he faced the highly decorated Ernesto Hoost, with Hoost, the recent K-1 Heavyweight Grand Prix runner-up, the strong favorite and on his way to becoming a legend. Gibson proved in that fight that he could hang with the world's best, knocking Hoost down with his trademark spinning backfist. However, despite the knockdown, the match went to an extra round where Gibson again knocked down Hoost, this time with a sidekick. Gibson lost a split decision.

Gibson returned to the United States around 1998, defeating a legend in Coban Lookchaomaesaitong. The match in Compton, was one in which Gibson had the MC announce himself as the "Thai Killer" and at the end of the fight did back flips next to the prone Coban. That year Gibson also won the I.K.K.C. Muaythai world title by defeating Maurice Travis, also in Los Angeles. Over the next couple of years he would defend his I.K.K.C. world title four more times with the highlight being a second victory over seven-time World Champion Changpuek Kiatsongrit – although as with the Coban fight his match antics left a sour taste in the mouth.

On April 7, 2000 Gibson won the I.K.F. Pro Muay Thai Rules Light Cruiserweight North American title in Green Bay Wisconsin when he defeated Phil Petit of Sik Tai, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada by KO with a spinning backfist in the first round. Gibson retired his title in 2005 when he moved up in weight. When Gibson won this title it was called the Light Cruiserweight title but the weightclass was different: 175.1 lbs. - 182 lbs. The weightclass range was later changed but Gibson's title remained Light Cruiserweight.

Around 2002 age started catching up with Gibson who was approaching his forties and he lost his I.K.K.C. world title to Frenchman Manu N'toh. A win against Heath Harris in 2004 for the I.K.K.C. proved he could still be competitive, although his opponent Harris had only had a handful of professional fights prior to the encounter. Always one to try different fighting styles Gibson had a brief foray into MMA in 2006. By the end of 2009, with the losses stacking up after a series of unsuccessful title fights, Gibson retired.


  • 2004 I.K.K.C. Pro Muay Thai Light Heavyweight World Champion -81.3 kg
  • 1999 I.K.F. Pro Muay Thai Light Cruiserweight North American Champion -84.5 kg
  • 1998-02 I.K.K.C. Muay Thai Light Heavyweight World Champion (Four title defenses)
  • 1989 Shoot boxing Hawk Class World Champion -75 kg
  • Ring Fighting Arts World Champion
  • U.K.F. Super Middleweight World Champion
  • K.I.C.K. Light Heavyweight Champion
  • K.I.C.K. Super Middleweight World Champion
  • W.A.K.O. Super Middleweight World Champion
  • W.K.A. Super Middleweight World Champion
  • I.K.L. Middleweight Champion

Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing Record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

MMA Record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

See also[edit]


  1. ^ NSAC report of WCK Kickboxing
  2. ^ "They Had Their Shots Are Their Replacements Stronger Opponents? (Manson's record by 28-06-2007 103-9-2/63 - has at least fourteen losses inc. defeats to Adam Watt & Shonie Carter)". Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. ^ "Results from December 5th, 2009 – WCK Muay Thai At Buffalo Bill's". Archived from the original on 2010-10-05. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  4. ^ "Aguilar Takes Home The IKF Gold!". Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  5. ^ "Grachev's Victory Over Gibson (Mentions date venue & brief result)". Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  6. ^ "LIGHT CRUISERWEIGHT IKF WORLD CHAMPION Denis Grachev (Rankings & result)". Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  7. ^ "Mari's Minute World Championship Muay Thai Recap "Hot Summer Fights" (Fight report)". Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  8. ^ "Warner's Last Show Of 2004 (Photos & result)". Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  9. ^ "Topic:Fights In San Bernardino (Results)". Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  10. ^ "Manu Ntoh Muay Thai Instructor (mentions victory over Gibson in 2002)". Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  11. ^ "Topic:W.c.k. Pay Per View". Retrieved 2011-06-08.
  12. ^ "Topic:Master Toddy Show (John Wayne Parr on same card)". Retrieved 2011-06-08.
  13. ^ "Topic:Vegas Results". Retrieved 2011-06-08.
  14. ^ "Topic:W.c.k. Ppv Las Vegas New Poster&press Release". Retrieved 2011-06-08.
  15. ^ "The 10th Annual World Shidokan Invitational results (Japanese language)". Retrieved 2011-06-08.
  16. ^ "Manson KO'S Petit In Green Bay!". Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  17. ^ "TONIGHT Petit Meets Gibson In Green Bay, Wisconsin USA (Gives info on Stellwagen fight as well)". Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  18. ^ Black Belt Feb 2000 - The Master Blaster (info on Coban fight). Retrieved 2011-06-08.
  19. ^ "Topic: Manson Gibson (info on Coban fight)". Retrieved 2011-06-08.
  20. ^ "Travis Pulls Out Of World Title Bout With Gibson (Info on earlier fight between pair)". Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  21. ^ Black Belt July 1998 (Info on IKKC title fight). Retrieved 2011-06-08.
  22. ^ Black Belt Aug 1995. Retrieved 2011-06-08.
  23. ^ Black Belt June 94 - Fourth HardKnock Event Has International Flavour. Retrieved 2011-06-08.
  24. ^ "Seido Kaikan Kakuto Tensho Kakutogi Olympic II Commercial Tape 7/30/92". Retrieved 2011-06-08.
  25. ^ "Martial Arts Japan Kick Boxing Association 3/21/92". Retrieved 2011-06-08.
  26. ^ "Gibson, Manson (USA) vs. Sayidkhan (Thailand)". Retrieved 2011-06-08.
  27. ^ "1990~1991 (Old Kickboxing News - in Japanese)". Retrieved 2011-06-07. External link in |publisher= (help)
  28. ^ "Manson Gibson vs Caesar Takeshi". Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  29. ^ "1985~89年代のNEWS (Old Kickboxing News - in Japanese)". Retrieved 2011-06-07. External link in |publisher= (help)
  30. ^ "Manson Gibson's Professional Record". Retrieved 2011-06-08.
  31. ^ "Combat Do Fighting Challenge 10 Official Results". Retrieved 2011-06-08.

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