Posted by cmill21
I wasn't saying hoost was the best of all time, he's one of the best IMO though. He was awsome for his whole career(pretty long one). I think Ivan is great as well. It's hard to classify someone who is fighting in K-1 as the best Muay Tai fighter ever since they can't use all of their strikes as Mastadon stated. I would like to see K-1 have some shows or an off shute with full tai rules. I would love to see some of the guys utilize all of their tools. Best K-1 fighter of all time, my vote automatically goes to Andy Hug for his kicks, punches and of course the man fought and won just over a month before he passed.
I thought you would have voted for Cro Cop! And I'm not joking, he was much better than Hug, sure Hug had a GP win, but GPs arent everything. Le Banner doesn't have one, but he beat Hunt 3 times, beat Hoost and KTFO'd Aerts. Hug was inspirational, but people give him more credit than I think he is worth. Aesthetically, his kicks looked good, but just like Feitosa's they wernt all that powerful. Sure Hug had some wins over good names, but they were decisions, mainly won out by Hug's evasive way of fighting. His arsenal was let down by poor punching skills and relatively weak kicks. His axe kick was good, but the top guys just evaded it, and aside from that he didn't have anything espescially powerful. Inspirational yes, but in no way was he the best of K-1.
As for Tony Jaa, he is amazing. A fantastic show of Muay Boran and Muay Thai. I consider myself very lucky to learn Muay Boran techniques along with ring Muay Thai. Jaa's gymnastic ability is just out of this world.
One of my mates, who knows pretty much nothing about Muay Thai or Martial arts in general, asked me about Jaa, it went down something like this;
(Paul) "Hey Dave, you do Muay Thai, like in Ong Bak right?"
(Paul) "Can you do the moves that Jaa does in that film?"
(Me) "The techniques, flying knees and elbows, spinning kicks and what not, yeah I can"
(Paul) "Can you fly around like he does?"