Jose Varela



Internationally acclaimed Muay Thai competitor José Varela, a 2x MTGP World Champion and IMTKA European Champion walked through the doors of Fight Zone London in 2012 having since taken charge of our Thai Boxing classes. With unparallelled enthusiasm, a keen eye for detail and high level experience inside the ring Varela was a perfect match for any top teer gym in England, but it was his warmth and excellent communication skills that captured the hearts of our Muay Thai class. In a short period of time Varela’s work started bearing fruit with a strong team of competitors spawning from his class, rising through the ranks of the Thai Boxing world. Most of these athletes started in José’s class with no previous martial arts experience. Competitors aside, Varela’s class is traditionally one of the busiest and most energy filled rooms in our gym, with plenty of success stories outside the competitive arena. From students who were able to shed the extra pounds they had been trying to lose for years, to others who obtained the self confidence they were lacking in their personal lives. We see José as a true beacon of positive light here at FZL and dare you to try one of his classes and resist his contagious enthusiasm.

Main achievements 

  • MTGP Lion Fight World Champion 2017
  • MTGP World Champion 2016
  • MTGP World Champion 2015
  • IMTKA European Champion 2014
  • UKMF English Title (2009)
  • 4-Men’s Tournament Champion (2011)
  • British Champion (2011)
  • 8-Men’s Tournament Semi-final (2011)