Matee is a former champion fighter whose nickname, “Dragon Leg”, was given to him for his powerful kicking style. He fought regularly in Bangkok at Lumpinee Stadium throughout the 1990s, considered by many as the golden era of Muay Thai. With over 200 professional fights, he won the Lumpinee belt, the most prestigious championship in Thailand as a Featherweight and fought many well-known opponents. He has been called one of the greatest southpaws in the history of the sport and has also won championships from the World Muay Thai Council, IKF and Pro San Shou.
After sustaining a shoulder injury, Matee came to the US for what he expected to be a short stay. He has since made Michigan his home with his wife and daughter and focused on his teaching.