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Old 03-29-2012, 10:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Thailand bans MMA

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Thailand has banned MMA.

The Thai sports ministry ruled this week that MMA is “too brutal” and it is henceforth prohibited to stage MMA events in the South-East Asian country.

Ministers said that mixed martial arts is “causing erosion” to the sport of Muay Thai and “damaging the image” of Thailand’s native martial art.

However, there are those in the fledgling Thai MMA industry who think that the government may have been pressured or swayed by the Muay Thai industry.

Muay Thai is huge business in Thailand. It fills arenas all over the country, generates a lot of tourist traffic, airs on television a lot and provides employment for a large swathe of young men who would be otherwise unengaged.

MMA is very new to Thailand but it had the potential to steer would-be star Thai boxers into the cage instead of into the Muay Thai ring. While it has yet to produce any serious MMA contenders, its rich combat sports pedigree meant it was probably only a matter of time.

Former Thai boxers such as Rambaa Somdet and Yodsanan Sityodtong have transitioned to MMA with various levels of success, but the real money would come from someone being able to emulate the kind of international success that Buakaw Por. Pramuk managed when he transitioned to K-1.

None of that will have been seen as beneficial to the Muay Thai industry, which is notoriously conservative, and so MMA has been dealt a crippling blow before being able to get off the ground properly. The ban does not affect MMA training, which - ironically - numerous camps are beginning to offer.
Don't really blame them tbh, they have to portect their economy still a shame though cos I recon there could have been some beasts from there, still could be I suppose but it will be much harder for them
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Old 03-29-2012, 01:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Don't really blame them tbh, they have to portect their economy still a shame though cos I recon there could have been some beasts from there, still could be I suppose but it will be much harder for them
This doesn't suprise me at all, muay thai IS Thailand, btw isnt muay thai more dangerous thAN MMA?
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Old 03-29-2012, 01:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yet they have dog fighting there? Riiiight.
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With rabid monkeys walking around in public, scaring the shit out of tourists.
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It's all about money, nothing else.
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Do they have monkey fights too? I'd rather see that than a poor little doggy fighting, as inhumane as that sounds, their at least closer to humans than dogs, but if i had it my way they wouldn't do that at all.
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Old 03-30-2012, 03:56 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I guess they value their Muay Thai too much. Well MMA is banned in France as well so it's not like this is an isolated incident. Alot of people just aren't willing to accept MMA just yet.
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MMA isn't banned in France, they have a rapidly growing MMA community and 100% Fight has actually been a pretty good domestic organization for French fighters.
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Yep. just about money.

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I guess they value their Muay Thai too much. Well MMA is banned in France as well so it's not like this is an isolated incident. Alot of people just aren't willing to accept MMA just yet.
Eh. I think France's take on it is more due to their nationalistic/jingoistic love for their own culture above all else (as they could actually make plenty of money off of it as the UK is now). It's not like Savate is gentle and safe. It's brutal.
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MMA is NOT BANNED IN FRANCE. ****.

Only the cage is banned.
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