Muay Thai Mexico: Interview With Mariana de Lira, Baan Singto, Guadalajara

Mariana de Lira Portrait

Mariana de Lira

Mariana de Lira is a Mexican muay thai fighter training under Carlos Singto Navarro at Baan Singto muay thai gym in Guadalajara.


Mariana de Lira’s stats:


Record: 11-1
Fight Weight: 55 KG
Fight Name: FURIA
Date Of Birth: 24/01/1986


Please tell us about your muay thai history.


I started training muay thai about 5 years ago. I just got to some MMA gym because a friend told me just to go to exercise ourselves. I trained very irregularly in that gym. Then I started listening to comments of one particular muay thai professor Carlos Navarro. Good comments and also comments about being very strict. So I started having curiosity of this professor. One day I took a free class with him and I loved it. From that day till now, I train with him. 6 months later I made my debut in muay thai. I was crying so much before that fight, I was so scared and nervous, but I just saw Carlos’ face and I knew he was going to quarrel me, I remember his exact words, “Ya deja de chillar y ya es tu turno” (Stop crying and it’s your turn). I was going to back away, but I was more afraid of Carlos, of what he would had told than for the real fight. So I went up there and did it; it was my first win. And then a haven’t stopped fighting. Since that day, every fight I had, I feel a little bit less jitters.








What is the current state of muay thai in Mexico for women?


Women’s muay thai in Mexico is increasing each day more and more. It is easy for an ametur to have fights. Even though I have to mention that I had to fight against the same girl 3 times. As I already mentioned, women muaythai is increasing each day, but there are not a lot of women. Or sometimes it has been difficult to get a fight because there are new girls fighters coming out, but they have 1-3 fights, and in my case now I have 12, so sometimes they don’t want to. And there is no money to get girls from outside Mexico.


I really don’t know the answer about if it is easy to be accepted in another gym because I have just been in 2 gym. And in my actual gym I was quickly accepted because I was the girlfriend of one of the loyal students in that school.


I think women are taken seriously in muay thai because we have earned the respect of our teammates, our professors and all the people that surrounds this sport. And as time passes by, we (women) are becoming as important as men.


Mariana Baan Singto


Are there any changes you would like to see made about the current state of muay thai in Mexico?


To educate people that are in this sport, as well as people in general, to respect and not talk behind the others.


What is an average day for you like in Guadalajara?


I wake up around 6:30-6:45, I go to have a run, lift weights or do cross fit. I come back around 9:00 to my house and take a bath, have breakfeast and go to work. I work with my dad as human resources. Around 3:30 I go to my house and eat, then I come back to the office and I go out at 6 o’clock. Everyone thinks that because I work with my dad I really don’t work that much, but it is the opposite. Then I come home and I walk my dog, then I just chill out a little bit and then I go for my muay thai traning. I wait all day for this hour to get up and train muay thai. I do my training depending if I have a fight coming out or not. I finish, get home, have a very big dinner, a shower, watch a little bit TV and get a good sleep.


What do love most about training?


What I love the most is when a big fight is coming, make very good sparring and feel that and winning that battle. That feeling after that training is so satisfying that I have no words to express it.

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Mariana de Lira muay thai


And about fighting?


I really hate the feelings I have minutes before my fights, so when I am up there, giving the best I have, when they have raised my hand because I won the fight, it’s like heaven.


What has been your greatest challenge?


My greatest challenge has been keeping me fighting, sacrificing a lot of things so I can be the fighter I want to be. Sacrificing, I mean no parties, not staying out late, always trying to get good hours of sleep, leaving beside friends and sometimes family. I don’t stay at my boyfriend’s because he’s a fighter as well, so he always supports me on what I do.


Who has been your toughest opponent?


My toughest opponent has been a girl named Mariana Ramos. She is heavier than me, so I have to come up 2kg more and she had to cut down a pair of kilograms. In that time she had twice the experience than me. I went up there and gave my best. I lost, everybody talked about that fight being erroneously stopped. Even though I lost, the opponents were talking bad things about me.


Do you have any closing comments for your fans?


I am really grateful with all my friends and family and even though I sometimes don’t see them that much, they are always in my fights shouting my name.


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Muay Thai Mexico: Interview With Mariana de Lira, Baan Singto, Guadalajara

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 A minimalist with no fixed address. A pursuer of dreams. After a six month adventure training muay thai in Thailand in 2007, Laura Dal Farra returned to her native Canada, sold most of what she owned, and boarded a plane set for Bangkok alone. She spent the next 3.5 years training in traditional muay thai gyms, pushing her limits, and embracing the unknown. Realizing little was being written on the subject, she began to blog about it. Laura Dal Farra is the founder of Milk.Blitz.Street.Bomb.


  1. Sin duda la mejor peleadora que conozco y mas aun la mejor persona, yo como su futuro esposo la apoyare en todas sus peleas y en todo lo que haga es un orgullo estar compartiendo parte de su carrera como peleadora de muay thai y una excelente campeona

  2. Lindsey says:

    Mariana! I met her and her husband at Kiatphontip in Bangkok while they were are on their honeymoon! We all trained at the same gym for a few months, and she and her husband are truly kind and genuine people. I can’t wait to go visit them in Guadalajara!

  3. Nice! I’m interested in going to Guadalajara as well. I think it’d be great to see what is going on in the muay thai scene and train with Mariana and Carlos at Singto.

  4. Luanda Smith says:

    Hi Laura. Started a FB page about female muaythai in Spanish Would like to share this interview but like to do it in Spanish so will need to translate it… will you agree? Best regards

    • I think that’s a great idea Luanda! If you’d like, I can add the translation in Spanish to this interview, credit the translator and link the article to your Facebook group for cross promotion.

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