Hesperia resident Craig Buchanan is set to defend his WBC Muay Thai US National title in World Championship Muay Thai on Saturday, April 17.


Buchanan, who is the current WBC MuayThai national middleweight champion and IKKC Muay Thai World Champion, will take on Salt Lake City star Kwame Stephens (34 wins, 9 losses). Stephens is currently ranked No. 3 in the world by International Kickboxing Federation (IKF).


The championship will take place at the Buffalo Bill's Resort and Casino of Primm Valley, Nevada.


Buchanan (16 wins, 3 losses) devoted his life to martial arts, starting with kung fu when he was 10; he later saw how tough Muay Thai fighters were in the ring, and realized that he had to change his training to Muay Thai. Ever since he's been training, teaching and fighting Muay Thai, one of the oldest martial arts and the fastest growing striking sport in the world, which utilizes eight limbs of your body, including knees and elbows.


Buchanan also owns one of the largest family-oriented training facilities in the desert. Understanding the safety issues, he created a strong self defense program as an integral part of kickboxing, judo and American boxing instruction. The training center has also become a home for high school students in need of mentoring and learning about the basics of discipline and respect that goes hand in hand with any martial art practice.


A lot of Buchanan's time is also spent on training law enforcement officers and military personnel.