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Malaipet looking to make bigger name for himself in MMA

Muay Thai or MMA? Malaipet isn't about to argue which type of fighting's better; he'd rather let his fists do the talking.

Originally Published: October 25, 2007
By Michael Woods | Special to ESPN.com

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 ...

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