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Simon Marcus
Born (1986-11-05) 5 November 1986 (age 30)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Other names Bad Bwoy
The One
Nationality Canadian
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 84.8 kg (187 lb; 13.35 st)
Division Light heavyweight
Reach 76.5 in (194 cm)
Style Muay Thai
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Team Champ Camp
Trainer Kru Howard Wright
Years active 2006–present
Kickboxing record
Total 52
Wins 47
By knockout 26
Losses 3
By knockout 3
Draws 2
Amateur career
Total 23
Wins 19
By knockout 5
Losses 2
Draws 2
last updated on: 2 February 2015

Simon Marcus (born 5 November 1986), also known as Simon Sor Suchart, is a Canadian-Jamaican Muay Thai kickboxer who competes in the light heavyweight and cruiserweight divisions. Born in Toronto of Jamaican descent, he took up Muay Thai at sixteen and achieved success as an amateur initially by medaling at three international tournaments as well as capturing the North American Cruiserweight Championship. Having turned professional in 2009, he had a breakout year in 2012 when he beat Kaoklai Kaennorsing for the WPMF World Light Heavyweight title and defeated Joe Schilling twice in a notable rivalry.

As of 1 May 2017, he is ranked the #1 middleweight in the world by Combat Press.[1]

Early life[edit]

Marcus, a Jamaican Canadian, was a troublesome child but excelled in sports. He was charged with assault and expelled from school for fighting at the age of fifteen. After moving to a new school, he discovered Ajahn Suchart Yodkerepauprai's Siam No.1 Muay Thai gym nearby and promptly began training there. He would then give up on Muay Thai for two years, however, as he pursued basketball and served three months in a youth detention center. Upon being released from detainment, he returned to the gym with the goal of making it as a professional fighter.[2]


Amateur career[edit]

Beginning his amateur career in 2006, Simon Marcus came to prominence by taking a gold medal at the 2007 IFMA World Championships at −81 kg/178 lb before finishing runner-up the following year. In 2009, he became the WKA Amateur North American Cruiserweight (−86 kg/189 lb) Champion, and defeated Artem Vakhitov in the finals of the World Combat Games 2010 −81 kg/178 lb Muaythai division to claim gold there.[3]

Turning professional[edit]

Marcus turned professional in 2009 and won his first pro titles in Thailand the following year by claiming the Thaphae Stadium Light Heavyweight belt and the Northern Thailand Cruiserweight strap. 2010 also saw his take notable wins over Filip Verlinden, Kun Khmer legend Eh Phoutong and Japanese Kyokushin stylist Ryuta Noji.[4] He ended the year with a first round knockout of Chinese sanshou fighter Guo Hang Hang in Foshan, China.[5][6] Guo and Marcus then rematched at the Wushu vs. Muaythai event at the Hefei Olympic Sports Center Stadium in Hefei, China on 11 June 2011 where Marcus once again came out on top, winning on points after battering Guo with low kicks throughout the fight.[7]

With his profile now rising, Marcus was scheduled to face former Rajadamnern Stadium champion Kaoklai Kaennorsing in Anaheim, California, United States on 13 August 2011 but the bout fell through.[8] He would then sign with the short-lived Muaythai Premier League, and debuted with a unanimous decision win over familiar foe Artem Vakhitov at the Muaythai Premier League: Round 1 in Long Beach, California, United States, on 2 September 2011.[9][10][11] Another big fight then fell through for Marcus as he was expected to go up against L'houcine "Aussie" Ouzgni at the Muaythai Premier League: Round 3 in the Hague, Netherlands on 6 November 2011 but Ouzgni pulled out on short notice.[12][13]

Rivalry with Joe Schilling, and first world championship[edit]

In January 2012, he entered the top ten in the world rankings for the first time in his career, coming in at #9.[14] On 25 February 2012, Simon Marcus and Joe Schilling went head to head in a bout to determine North America's top light heavyweight at Lion Fight Promotions: Battle in the Desert 5 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Both men agreed to a "winner takes all" scenario, meaning that whoever came out victorious would take 100% of the fight purse,[15][16][17][18] and the fight ended as controversially as it began. In round one, Marcus tripped Schilling, sending his head slamming into the canvas. As Schilling returned to his feet, clearly hurt from the throw, Marcus stormed in and knocked him down with a left hook. He was able to beat the count but Marcus went on the attack again and knocked Schilling out with a right elbow soon after.[19] After the fight, Schilling's camp made the accusation that the sweep that Marcus used to daze him initially was illegal and appealed to the Nevada State Athletic Commission to have the bout result overturned to a no contest, which was rejected.[20][21]

Having just established himself as the continent's premier nak muay at his weight class, he then earned his first world title shot and his long-awaited fight with Kaoklai Kaennorsing was set for 16 March 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand, with the vacant WPMF World Light Heavyweight (−79 kg/175 lb) Championship on the line.[22] Marcus dominated the action over five rounds, and walked away with the unanimous decision victory and his first world title at professional level.[23]

On 21 April 2012, Marcus defeated two opponents back to back without rest at the Qianjiang World Muay Thai King Challenge in Beijing, China. He firstly knocked out Green Spangler before beating Li Shuai via decision in his second fight.[24][25]

Due to the controversy surrounding the ending of their first fight, Marcus and Joe Schilling rematched at Lion Fight Muay Thai VI in Las Vegas on 12 May 2012 in a WBC Muaythai World Light Heavyweight (−79 kg/175 lb) title eliminator.[26][27][28] It was close this time, with both men exchanging menacing shots. Marcus' knees and throws from the clinch would be the deciding factor, however, as he was awarded the majority decision (47-47, 48–47, 49–46).[29]

Artem Levin vs. Simon Marcus[edit]

Marcus moved up to #6 in the world rankings[30][31] and was expected to face Artem Levin, widely considered the world's best light heavyweight kickfighter, for the Russian's WBC Muaythai World Light Heavyweight strap at Battle for the Belts in Bangkok on 9 June 2012.[32][33] However, Marcus withdrew from the bout for unknown reasons and was replaced by Joe Schilling.[34] Levin would then also withdraw.[35]

Levin vs. Marcus was then pencilled in for The Battle of Champions 7: School vs. School event at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, for the vacant WMC World Light Heavyweight (−79 kg/175 lb) title on 16 November 2012[36] but the event was cancelled.[37]

He instead returned to action with a third round elbow KO of Sweden's Sadibou Sy at Muay Thai in America: In Honor of the King in Los Angeles, California, on 1 December 2012 to end the year with a perfect 6–0 record.[38][39][40]

Marcus once again beat two opponents in one night on 10 January 2013 when he knocked out both Arthit Hanchana and Wang Anying at the Foshan China vs. Thailand event in Foshan.[41]

The much-anticipated fight between Simon Marcus and Artem Levin was scheduled for the third time and set for 21 December 2012 in Ekaterinburg, Russia,[42][43] and then 23 February 2013,[44] before eventually settling on 15 March 2013 at Lion Fight 9 in Las Vegas[45][46] with the inaugural Lion Fight Light Heavyweight Championship on the line.[47][48][49] Although a closely contested bout, it was Marcus' clinching skills that once again made the difference as he took the unanimous decision win and establish himself as world #1.[50][51][52][53][54]

He had been expected to face Steven Wakeling under Oriental rules at Glory 5: London on 23 March 2013 in London, England,[55] but he was replaced by Eddie Walker in that fight in due to the Levin match coming just a week before.[56]

World #1[edit]

In a close fight, Marcus defeated Dmitry Valent by split decision at C3: King of Fighters in Chengdu, China, on 27 April 2013.[57][58][59] He was initially set to rematch Kaoklai Kaennorsing at Muaythai Superfight on 13 May 2013 but the event was moved back to 14 June 2013[60][61][62][63] and Kaoklai was replaced by Suriya Prasathinphimai.[64] He defeated Suriya by unanimous decision to retain his WPMF belt.[65][66]

He fought to a controversial majority draw with Chidi Njokuani on the Push Kick Promotions: Muay Thai World Stand Off 5 card in Las Vegas on 29 September 2013.[67][68] Njokuani started the fight well, using footwork to control the ring, but Marcus soon got inside and began landing knees and elbows from the clinch. In round two, Njokuani was twice given time to recover from illegal strikes, an elbow to the back of the head and a low blow. Each time the fight continued, Marcus would begin to again work in the clinch and Njokuani repeatedly turned his back, so the referee decided to break the fighters continually. Marcus was docked a point by referee Tony Weeks for landing a second low blow in round three and the fight turned into a brawl towards the end. When it went to the judges, the bout was declared a majority draw with two judges scoring the bout a draw and one scoring the bout for Njokuani. Simon Marcus then took to the microphone, calling Chidi Njokuani a "bitch" for his unwillingness to fight in the clinch and questioning the judges knowledge of the Muay Thai scoring system. These post-fight comments led to a heated confrontation between Marcus and Chidi's brother Anthony as they scuffled back stage.[69]

He outpointed Jiang Chunpeng in Foshan on 25 October 2013.[70][71]

Simon Marcus utilized elbows and knees heavily as he outpointed Damian Bujan en route to a split decision win at Ultra Elite Fighters V: Argentina vs. The World in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 15 December 2013 in a fight where the referee was often quick to break up the clinch. The match was also briefly halted during the fifth round after both fighters fell through the ropes.[72][73]

He was expected to fight Shifu Yanzi at Hero Legends in Jinan, China, on 3 December 2014.[74][75] Shifu was replaced by Li Bei, however, and Marcus defeated him by TKO in round one, scoring two official knockdowns.[76]

Marcus won the -80 kg/176 lb tournament at Wu Ling Feng: Kunlun Fight 2 in Zhengzhou, China, on 16 February 2014. His semi-final match with Israel Adesanya was scored a draw after the regulation three rounds and so it went into an extension round to decide the victor, after which Marcus was given the nod by the judges. He then stopped Vehas TopKing with a knee to the body just over two minutes into the first round in the final.[77]

He was expected to rematch Artem Levin in a fight for the WMC World Super-Light Heavyweight (-82.5 kg/182 lb) Championship at Monte Carlo Fighting Masters 2014 in Monte Carlo, Monaco, on 14 June 2014.[78][79] The bout was cancelled, however, in order for fighters to compete at Glory 17: Los Angeles which was held a week later.[80]


It was announced during the Glory 15: Istanbul broadcast that Marcus would be one of eight fighters competing in the Glory 17: Los Angeles - Last Man Standing middleweight (-84.8 kg/187 lb) tournament in Inglewood, California, US, on 21 June 2014.[81][82] He drew Joe Schilling for the third time in the quarter-finals and floored his American rival with a flurry of punches in round two. He outworked Schilling for all three rounds however, the judges scored the match a unanimous draw to send it into an extension round to decide the winner. Marcus was docked a point by referee "Big" John McCarthy for dropping his mouthpiece numerous times and, now forced to go for the knockout, was caught by a counter right cross from Schilling in the last twenty seconds of the fight which left him unconscious on the mat and with the first loss of his professional career.[83][84][85]

At Glory 21: San Diego Marcus faced Artem Levin for the Glory Middleweight Title, in a closely contested bout, the result ended in a controversial draw.

It was announced during Glory 26: Amsterdam, that Marcus would rematch Levin sometime in 2016.

Championships and awards[edit]


  • Glory
  • World Boxing Council Muaythai
    • WBC Muaythai Light Heavyweight (−79 kg/175 lb) Championship
  • World Championship Kickboxing Muay Thai
    • WCK Muay Thai World Light Heavyweight (−79 kg/175 lb) Championship
  • International Federation of Muaythai Amateur
    • 2007 IFMA World Championships −81 kg/178 lb Gold Medalist Gold
    • 2008 IFMA World Championships −81 kg/178 lb Silver Medalist Silver
  • Lion Fight
    • Lion Fight Light Heavyweight (−79 kg/175 lb) Championship
  • Muay Thai
    • 2012 North American Male Fighter of the Year[86]
    • 2013 North American Male Fighter of the Year[87]
  • SportAccord World Combat Games
  • Thaphae Stadium
    • Northern Thailand Cruiserweight Championship
    • Thaphae Stadium Light Heavyweight Championship
  • World Kickboxing Association
    • WKA Amateur North American Cruiserweight (−86 kg/189 lb) Championship
  • World Muaythai Council
    • WMC Open Chinese Championships Winner
  • World Professional Muaythai Federation
    • WPMF World Light Heavyweight (−79 kg/175 lb) Championship
  • World League of Fighting
    • WLF: Kunlun Fight 2 –80 kg/176 lb Tournament Championship
    • WLF: Kunlun Fight 12 –80 kg/176 lb Tournament Championship
  • International Professional Combat Council
    • IPPC World Light Heavyweight (−80 kg/176 lb) Championship
  • Combat Banchemek
    • Combat Banchemek World Light Heavyweight (−80 kg/176 lb) Championship

Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes


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  2. ^ Simon Marcus: The Fighting Prophet. (2012-02-15). Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  3. ^ Simon "Bad Bwoy" Marcus ready for the rematch. Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  4. ^ "Planet Battle" à Hong Kong. Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  5. ^ WMC Mega Event in Fushan, China. (2011-01-12). Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  6. ^ Simon Marcus vs Guo Hang Hang 2010. Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  7. ^ Wushu vs. Muaythai. (2011-06-21). Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  8. ^ Fight Card for Stand Up Promotions "World Class Championship Muay Thai". (2011-05-08). Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  9. ^ Fight card announced for the Muaythai Premier League's "Stars & Stripes" event. (2011-08-04). Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  10. ^ Updated fight card for MPL's "Stars and Stripes" event. (2011-08-28). Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  11. ^ Walsh, Dave. (2011-09-03) Buakaw Victorious in MPL's Debut Outing. Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  12. ^ The MPL Returns on Sunday in Holland. Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  13. ^ Fight Card for MPL's "Baptism by Fire" event on 6 November. (2011-10-17). Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  14. ^ Scalia, Rian. (2012-01-05) Light Heavyweight Rankings: January 2012. Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  15. ^ Five Fantastic Fights in February. Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
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  17. ^ Fight card for Lion Fight Promotions "Battle in the Desert 5". (2012-01-23). Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  18. ^ NSAC approves winner take all scenario for Joe Schilling vs. Simon Marcus at Lion Fight Promotions "Battle in the Desert 5". (2012-02-04). Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  19. ^ Results & Recap: Lion Fight Promotions "Battle in the Desert 5". (2012-02-26). Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  20. ^ Simon Marcus responds to criticism concerning his victory over Joe Schilling. (2012-02-28). Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  21. ^ Joe Schilling's appeal rejected by Nevada State Athletic Commission. (2012-03-12). Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  22. ^ Kevin Ross vs. Choke Eminent Air and Simon Marcus vs. Kaoklai Kaennorsing set to take place on 16 March in Thailand. (2012-02-16). Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  23. ^ Simon Marcus defeats Kaoklai and Suriya Prasathinphimai defeats Chike Lindsay in Thailand. (2012-03-16). Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  24. ^ Simon Marcus talks win against Kaoklai and upcoming fight in China. (2012-03-28). Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  25. ^ Simon Marcus picks up two wins in China. (2012-04-22). Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  26. ^ Joe Schilling vs. Simon Marcus re-match taking place at Lion Fight Promotions 12 May event. (2012-03-11). Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  27. ^ Schilling vs. Marcus official for Lion Fight Muay Thai VI. (2012-03-23). Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  28. ^ Fight Card set for Lion Fight Muay Thai VI: Schilling vs. Marcus. (2012-03-30). Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  29. ^ Results & Recap: Lion Fight Muay Thai VI "Schilling vs. Marcus 2". (2012-05-13). Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  30. ^ Walsh, Dave. (2012-07-03) Rankings – June 2012. Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  31. ^ Rankings – July 2012. Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  32. ^ 7 WBC Muay Thai world titles on the line at Battle for the Belts; Levin, Saenchai, Alamos, McKinnon all in action. (2012-03-29). Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  33. ^ "Battle For The Belts" Gets Artem Levin vs. Simon Marcus, 7 World Title Fights. Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  34. ^ Simon Marcus rumored to be out of bout with Artem Levin, Joe Schilling tabbed as replacement. (2012-05-20). Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  35. ^ Artem Levin rumored to be out of fight with Joe Schilling at Battle for the Belts on 9 June. (2012-05-23). Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  36. ^ Simon Marcus vs. Artem Levin expected to take place 16 November in Russia. (2012-10-21). Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  37. ^ Simon Marcus vs. Artem Levin postponed, new date unknown. (2012-10-23). Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  38. ^ Fights To Watch In December: Part 1. Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  39. ^ MTIA returns with 1 December event featuring Simon Marcus, Julie Kitchen, Rungravee, Coke, and Chike Lindsay. (2012-11-02). Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  40. ^ Results and Recap: Muay Thai in America "In Honor of the King". (2012-12-02). Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  41. ^ Simon Marcus picks up two KO wins in China to start 2013 campaign. (2013-01-11). Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  42. ^ Fights To Watch In December: Part 2. Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  43. ^ Artem Levin vs. Simon Marcus now expected for 21 December in Russia. (2012-11-09). Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  44. ^ Simon Marcus vs. Artem Levin postponed again. (2012-12-06). Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  45. ^ Simon Marcus vs. Artem Levin expected to take place at Lion Fight 9 on 15 March in Las Vegas. (2013-02-06). Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  46. ^ Sanderson, Chad. (2013-02-06) Simon Marcus set to take on Artem Levin at Lion Fight 9, possibly out of GLORY 5. Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  47. ^ Lion Fight 9 – Fights Announced: Marcus vs. Levin, Ross, Schilling, van Soest. Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  48. ^ Simon Marcus vs. Artem Levin official for Lion Fight 9; Tiffany Van Soest, Kevin Ross, and Joe Schilling all in action as well. (2013-02-08). Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  49. ^ March Madness: Muay Thai Fights to Watch This Month. Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  50. ^ Lion Fight 9 Preview. Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  51. ^ Lion Fight 9 Live Updates. Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  52. ^ Artem Levin vs. Simon Marcus a year in the making, but well worth the wait. (2010-06-08). Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  53. ^ Lion Fight 9 Live Play by Play and Results. (2013-03-15)
  54. ^ "Results and Recap: Lion Fight 9 ~ Muay Thai Authority". 
  55. ^ Scalia, Rian. (2013-01-11) GLORY 5 London Fight Card. Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  56. ^ Scalia, Rian. (2013-02-26) Steve Wakeling Now Fights Eddie Walker at GLORY 5 London, 23 March. Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  57. ^ "Simon Marcus vs. Dmitry Valent set for April 27th in China ~ Muay Thai Authority". 
  58. ^ "Fight card for C3 event in China featuring Simon Marcus vs. Dmitry Valent ~ Muay Thai Authority". 
  59. ^ "Simon Marcus defeats Dmitry Valent at C3 King of Fighters ~ Muay Thai Authority". 
  60. ^ Dave Walsh. "American Chike Lindsay Set to Take on Saiyok Pumpanmuang in One of the Most Unusual Cards This Year". 
  61. ^ "Riddick Bowe set to make Muay Thai debut on stacked card featuring Simon Marcus, Chike Lindsay, Saiyok, Kaoklai, and more ~ Muay Thai Authority". 
  62. ^ "Riddick Bowe's Muay Thai debut no longer happening, entire event canceled ~ Muay Thai Authority". 
  63. ^ "Muaythai Superfight featuring Riddick Bowe's Muay Thai debut not canceled, rescheduled for June 14th ~ Muay Thai Authority". 
  64. ^ "Updated fight card for Muaythai Superfight on June 14 in Bangkok ~ Muay Thai Authority". 
  65. ^ Riddick Bowe Brutalized in Muay Thai Debut
  66. ^ "Muaythai Superfight Results: Bowe TKO'd, Marcus remains undefeated ~ Muay Thai Authority". 
  67. ^ "Push Kick Promotions set for September 28th in Las Vegas ~ Muay Thai Authority". 
  68. ^ "Simon Marcus vs. Chidi Njokuani set for September 28th at Push Kick's "Muay Thai World Stand Off Las Vegas" ~ Muay Thai Authority". 
  69. ^ "Push Kick Promotions "World Stand Off 5" Results and Recap: Marcus vs. Njokuani ends in controversial draw ~ Muay Thai Authority". 
  70. ^ "Simon Marcus and Matt Embree set to fight on October 25th in China ~ Muay Thai Authority". 
  71. ^ "Simon Marcus and Matt Embree win in China at Foshan Championships ~ Muay Thai Authority". 
  72. ^ "Simon Marcus vs. Damian Bujan offical [sic] for Ultra Elite Fighters: Marcus vs. Bujan on December 15 in Argentina ~ Muay Thai Authority". 24 November 2013. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. 
  73. ^ "Ultra Elite Fighters V: Argentina vs. The World Results and Recap ~ Muay Thai Authority". 
  74. ^ "::[ Iron Mike Zambidis at Hero Legends - Iron Mike Zambidis ]::". 
  75. ^ "Hero Legends set for January 3rd in China with Simon Marcus, Artur Kyshenko, Mike Zambidis and Yodsanklai ~ Muay Thai Authority". 
  76. ^ "Hero Legends 2014 Results and Recap ~ Muay Thai Authority". 
  77. ^ "Simon Marcus wins WLF Kunlun Fight 4-Man Tournament ~ Muay Thai Authority". 
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  79. ^ "Monte Carlo Fighting Masters Muay Thai Event with Lidon, Pinca, Levin and Banchamek!". 
  80. ^ Monte-Carlo Fighting Masters 2 - Fightcard, resultats.
  81. ^ Dave Walsh. "LiverKick - LiverKick". 
  82. ^ Michael Stets. "GLORY 17: 'Last Man Standing' 8-man middleweight PPV announced for June 21". 
  83. ^ Jay Jauncey. "LiverKick - Glory 17 and Last Man Standing Live Results". 
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  85. ^ Fraser Coffeen. "Glory results: Artem Levin, Rico Verhoeven and Joseph Valtellini take home Glory gold". Bloody Elbow. 
  86. ^ "2012 Muay Thai Authority Awards ~ Muay Thai Authority". 
  87. ^ "2013 Muay Thai Authority Awards ~ Muay Thai Authority".