Posted by NatedawgThaM
Anderson Silva was pretty much another chutebox MT brawler except with above average technique with great speed IMHO until he started training with BTT and Blackhouse. He started training with great boxing coaches and that's when he started being elite. It was the perfect combination. If you can use Muay Thai's deadly strikes mixed with boxing's accuracy and footwork not to mention also the patience he has with figuring a guys timing out, then you pretty are the best MMA striker bar only fighters who do the same thing. Plus Anderson is the best P4P fighter in the world. He's a one in a million kind of guy.
Most of my perspective of Muay Thai comes from Chutebox, I'll be dead honest. But I did have a friend back it up by saying Muay Thai pretty much is standing toe to toe seeing which one lasts longer with deadlier strikes then in boxing. And he looks up to guys like Rob Kaman and watches some kickboxing/Muay Thai.
If you gave me names, I was gonna youtube em' and see if I was right or wrong. Because most of my argument with boxing being better for MMA is boxing is more based on giving maxmium damage while taking minimum with great footwork and ring control. And that's because with MMA you use those baby 4 ounces and if you don't stick and move, your always in a Houston Alexander situation. Drop your opponent first or get KTFO. You probably do more damage with Muay Thia but I thought the defensive part of boxing made it better. But of course if you prove me wrong like you said you could with listing names, then good for you, I was wrong. I got learned...
First of all Chute box "Muay Thai" =/= real Muay thai.
Whatever you see in MMA being referred to as "Muay Thai" is not real, authentic Muay Thai, but most often a watered down version of the basics being taught to people in a style modified for MMA use.
Some good technical Nak Muays, doing real Muay Thai...
Buakaw Por Pramuk
Masato (Uses his hands more, but has his roots in Muay Thai)
Kid Yamamoto (MMA, but trained with some awesome guys in Thailand for a while)
Saenchai Sor Kingstar
Narupol Fairtex on occasion when he isn't doing his Yodsaenklai Fairtex impression
Having trained authentic Muay Thai under a trainer who trained in Thailand, I can say that it is most definitely not just too guys standing still and broadsiding eachother. We get taught the importance of footwork, circling, cutting off the ring etc, good ring control is part of being an effective Nak Muay. Even Yodsaenklai, who doesnt use quick or technical footwork, still has amazing ring control, and always manages to push his opponents towards a corner. We are taught to be mobile, even with the strong blocks that MT teaches, because it's better to not get hit at all rather than to block.