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There’s an old saying in combat sports that “styles make fights.” Fight aficionados and martial artists have long sought to answer the eternal question of which system of strategies, tactics and techniques provide the greatest likelihood of victory.

We take an in depth view at how Saen Paranchai, a clinch specialist, was able to capture the Lumpinee Stadium featherweight title from decorated out-fighter Panpayak Jitmuangnon in a massive upset.

We compare to one of Saen's bloody decision losses to see what strategic and tactical adjustments Panpayak should have made to face a clincher.

We see one match where the muay khao style was clearly dominant and another where Saen was beaten and bloodied. This does not necessarily mean that Yodthongthai is a more skillful fighter than Panpayak. Rather, this illustrates the importance of deploying the right strategy over raw technical skills.

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