Ong, you are right. When I use the term kickboxing I am refferring to anyone who punches and kicks, but I think we have to remember the significance of all kinds of striking, no just Muay Thai and western striking systems.
I am, personally, a freestyle striker and I still learn alot of my stuff from watching the Muay Thai guys and just trying my own stuff.
Kickboxing, especially with elbows and knees, is the best takedown defense in MMA. So I think that we have to say that the Thai, who developed the knee and elbow striking, have the biggest influence on MMA striking.
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