Combat sports in Trinidad & Tobago

Combat sports have a rich history in Trinidad and Tobago, with a strong following of both local and international events. The country has produced many notable fighters, and has a diverse range of martial arts styles that are practiced and appreciated by many.

In this blog, we’ll explore the history and current state of combat sports in Trinidad and Tobago.

Trinidad and Tobago’s most popular combat sport is boxing, with a strong amateur and professional scene. 

The country has produced several world champions, including Leslie “Tiger” Stewart, Ria Ramnarine and Giselle Salandy. Many local boxers are trained in gyms throughout the country, with a high level of support from the community.

Kickboxing is also popular in Trinidad and Tobago, with several gyms offering classes. The country has produced several world-class kickboxers, including Neil “Predator” Frederick, Kenneth “Iron Man” Bishop and former world kickboxing champion Prince Lee Isidore. The sport has a loyal following, with many fans attending RABZ events and supporting local fighters. 

Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a relatively new addition to the combat sports scene in Trinidad and Tobago, but it has quickly gained popularity over the years. Several local MMA promotions have emerged, such as CUFF and RuffnTuff, with fighters from the country competing both locally and internationally. Trinidad and Tobago has produced several successful MMA fighters, including Omar “The Terror” Smith, Joash “The Honey Badger” Walkins and Dwayne Hinds, who previously made an appearance in ONE FC.

Another popular combat sport in Trinidad and Tobago is Taekwondo, which is practiced by many throughout the country. The sport has a strong following among children, with several schools and organizations offering classes and tournaments. 

However, as with any sport, there are challenges that must be addressed. Many fighters in Trinidad and Tobago struggle with funding, resources, and frequent competitions, making it difficult for them to compete at the highest levels. There’s also a need for more support and investment in local gyms and promotions to help develop the next generation of fighters.

Despite these challenges, combat sports in Trinidad and Tobago continue to thrive. With a strong community of fighters and fans, and a rich history of producing world-class talent, the future of combat sports in Trinidad and Tobago is bright.