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Old 07-23-2010, 07:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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MMA vs. Full Rules MUAY THAI

hey everyone! just wanted to get some input on what you guys think about the difference between MMA and full rules MUAY Thai. I honestly think MUAY THAI is a whole culture in itself, whereas MMA is all about ground and pound. what do you guys think?
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Old 07-23-2010, 07:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think that they are 2 very different sports, and the fact that you have to worry about takedowns/submissions/GnP in MMA makes the stand-up game very different.

That being said, I enjoy watching both!
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I think that they are 2 very different sports, and the fact that you have to worry about takedowns/submissions/GnP in MMA makes the stand-up game very different.

That being said, I enjoy watching both!
same here! i love how the stand up fight is allowing full force and stamina, literally no one pinning each other down for points
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Old 07-23-2010, 08:05 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I think that they are 2 very different sports, and the fact that you have to worry about takedowns/submissions/GnP in MMA makes the stand-up game very different.

That being said, I enjoy watching both!
That's very true, but i guess the reason i bring it up is why MMA is so popular here in the states and muay thai not so much?
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Old 07-23-2010, 08:21 PM   #6 (permalink)
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MMA is popular in the US for one reason. The UFC.

The UFC does a great job promoting itself and the owners put a lot of money into the product to make it more appealing to the viewers, as well as bringing in more fans from different demographics.

The Ultimate Figher brought people who enjoyed reality shows or people who enjoy watching fights in general, where as the signing of Brock Lesnar brought a ton of Professional Wrestling fans. I'm sure having that kind of exposure to that many people is bound to bring new interest to the sport and help it grow.

As for why Muai Thai not being big in the US? Who knows if it could be?

Do you know of any large organizations that have tried to promote the sport to the US market?
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well i do know of one company trying to bring muay thai to the states. my coworker told me about http://risarcproductions.com who are the minds behind CHAMPIONS OF CHAMPIONS ELITE
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Good luck with your promotion guys, seriously. I hope you do well!

Muay Thai is practiced hugely in the states between both men and women, but no significant money to be made here as of yet.
Independant pro wrestling still sells out venues, so at the very least Muay Thai should be able to do that too with the right people behind it.
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MMA is popular because of marketing and smaller gloves.
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MMA is all about ground and pound?

BJ Penn (former UFC LW Champ), his last few fights were stand up wars, even if they ended in submission, there was little GnP. He was then defeated in a stand up battle.

GSP, while very GnP centric, uses his striking to get the fight there.

Anderson Silva is ALL stand up and has, in fact, some of the best Muay Thai in MMA, possibly some of the best Muay Thai in the world but I'm not qualified to make that Judgement.

Shogun Rua is a stand-up fighter. Fight with Coleman was a stand up war, ending in Coleman's demise. Fight with Liddel was all standing, ending in a KO. First fight with Machida was 25 minutes of stand-up. Second fight was two rounds of stand up, ending in a KO.

Brock Lesnar is the only champion who is, IMO, based on GnP.
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