Blood Diamond is the nickname of UFC fighter Tukkatatong Petpayathai. Born on February 28, 1979 in Thailand, he started his martial arts career by competing in Muay Thai and kickboxing competitions at a young age. He has since become one of the most experienced and successful mixed martial artists on the planet fighting out of Bangkok Thailand. His boxing style is heavily influenced by traditional Muay Thai which gives him a distinct advantage over opponents.
Blood Diamond’s professional MMA career began when he signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 2012 after previously holding championship titles in both regional and international fight promotions such as Top King World Series – Super Welterweight Champion, World Kickboxing Federation (WKF) Japan – Light Middleweight Champion, WBC Muaythai USA – Middleweight Champion, IKBF Intercontinental Kickboxing Federation – Intercontinental Super Welterweight Champion and S-1 World Championship – Super Welterweight Champion.
In his first year with UFC Blood Diamond won three consecutive fights before suffering a split decision loss to current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 173. The fight was highly contested but resulted in Cormier winning via unanimous decision after five rounds of action-packed standup battling from both fighters where Blood Diamond showcased his technical striking skills from Muay Thai background while displaying impressive takedown defense against an Olympic level wrestler like Cormier who would later go on to become champion himself shortly afterwards.
After that bout Blood Diamond continued to compete inside the octagon for another four years going 5-3 overall with notable wins over former title contender Thiago Santos along with Anthony Hamilton, Charles Byrd and James Bochnovic amongst others while falling short against top names such as Corey Anderson (L), Ovince Saint Preux (L) & Gian Villante (D). Following these bouts he decided to step away from active competition due to some health issues but still remains involved within combat sports scene through teaching seminars/workshops around Asia Pacific region where he currently resides alongside competing occasionally at local events whenever possible despite not being officially contracted under any major promotion anymore as well working closely alongside various charities/organizations within Thailand helping vulnerable kids & adults achieve their fullest potential through sport activities like boxing/Muay Thai among other disciplines too amidst also providing humanitarian assistance whenever needed or requested there too!