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I'm also inclined to say Dutch Muay Thai. Traditional Muay Thai, though awesome for pure kickboxing, is too slow and plodding for MMA. It's just asking to get taken down or swarmed with punches. Dutch MT, on the other hand, has most of the strengths of traditional MT, but with more boxing-influenced footwork and punching. Think Martin Kampmann.
Pure boxing is pretty sweet too. Footwork, head movement, feints, and punching power -- hard to go wrong with that! (You know, unless you get dead-legged.)
I'm also partial to Sanda, though my opinion might be biased as a practitioner. The kick-catch takedowns are perfectly suited to MMA, as they have a tendency to 'disarm' your opponents in that they'll be hesitant to throw kicks at you for fear of getting dumped on their heads. When that happens, it's that much easier to land your own kicks. Assuming that you have a strong ground game, I'd argue that Sanda is a better striking art for MMA than Muay Thai. But at the highest levels, Muay Thai is (IMO) the better striking art.
Though this is off topic, I'd like to share my thoughts on the whole "eye gouges, groin shots, throat strikes, etc" thing... That's a really cheap excuse for ineffectiveness that a lot of bad TMA guys use.
Fact 1: Anyone can do most of those things, purely on instinct. It's not exclusive to Krav MAGA or Kung Fu
Fact 2: The only type of training tha REALLY matters in the end is alive training (ie: with resistance), such as sparring or non-compliant drilling. People don't train eye-gouges or throat shots in this manner, so talk of those techniques is all hypothetical.
Besides, if you can't land a normal strike on that person, thinking that you could land a shot to a smaller area like the throat or eyes is absurd. These things can turn the tide against a relatively even opponent, can overwhelm an inferior opponent, and/or are great sucker shots, but they won't make up for a significant disparity in skill.
Imagine the best fighter or martial artist you know... Do you think an untrained street fighter could defeat them if the street fighter could use dirty tactics and your chosen martial artist couldn't? If so, find a new idol, because (barring fluke) that shouldn't happen.
In closing, dirty tactics are not a magic button.
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