Muay Thai star Malaipet, 25, will be stepping into a cage for his fourth MMA fight tonight.
The fighter, who resides in Upland, Calif., and fights on the Elite Challenger Series on Showtime, has been a professional fighter for 17 years.
You read that right -- 17 years. Malaipet turned pro at age 8, when he earned about a dollar to fight in a small Muay Thai club show near his hometown of Gajapuri in rural Thailand.
The plan wasn't originally for little Malaipet to ...