Combat sports occasions do not come any bigger than The Tanko Main Event. This is the place where champions are born and the greatest chapters in Muay Thai history are written. Set against a breathtaking backdrop of pyrotechnic displays and high-definition multimedia screens, The Tanko Main Event is set to erupt at the USN Arena in Bolton on May 14th 2016.

“I have attended the last 3 The Main Event shows. A great opportunity to witness the incredible talent in and around the sport, it is always a fantastic atmosphere at the shows and I look forward to attending the next one!”

Gemma Atkinson
TV actress and Muay Thai practitioner

“I’ve been to a few Muay Thai shows and The Main Event is by far the best. It’s really well organised, the entrances with the fireworks and dancers are great. I’ve never seen anything like it before, the promoters really know how to do things properly!”

Anthony Crolla
WBO intercontinental boxing champion

“I was shocked at how many people attended the last The Main Event show, it was fantastic. The standard of fights was very good, you really get your money’s worth here. I'd tell anyone to make sure you get to your seats early so you don’t miss the opening fireworks display!”

Joe Gallagher
World renowned boxing coach

“The Main Event is the stand-out show on the calendar for me outside of the UFC. The fights are very well matched and the venue is always packed to the rafters. Great atmosphere and a top day out. I highly recommend it to any combat sports fan!”

Mike Wilkinson
UFC star

Muay Thai

Muay Thai is an inimitable combat sport with a rich and illustrious history. Originating in Thailand, this fighting art has seen a surge in popularity in recent years, and now has a prestigious UK stage in the shape of The Tanko Main Event. You can discover everything you need to know about Muay Thai before The Tanko Main Event begins by visiting our exclusive “Learn” page.

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Past Events


Road to the Main Event 2015

Taking place at the Village Hotel in Ashton-under-Lyne for the second year in succession, The Road To The Main Event 2015 pit the nation’s most talented, hungry young fighters against one another.


The Main Event 2015

Taking place in front of an electrified crowd at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, The Main Event 2015 saw some of the most memorable Muay Thai matches of recent years.


Road to the Main Event 2014

The first instalment to the The Main Event feeder series was an enormous success, with a handful of aspiring Muay Thai pros battling it out for a competitor place at the country’s key combat sports occasion.