I’ve done some post in the past about Muay Kaad Chuek. For those new to Muay Thai, Muay Kaad Chuek is Muay Thai fought without gloves, but with hand hemp wraps. It’s damn close to fighting bare knuckle… actually it’s probably worse then bare knuckle as the wraps can make your fist harder then a bare fists, and the wraps afford you a little bit of protection.
A few times a year the Thai and Burmese get together at border towns and hold muay kaad chuek contests… as you can imagine they don’t typically drag on. This particular clip is Saiyok fighting on one of these shows.
I recently caught wind that one of my favorite nak muay, Pornsaneh Sitmonchai was going to be making his Australian debut. I was a bit surprised to see that in addition to fighting in Australia, he was going to be doing it in a cage. There seems to be a bit of a trend that’s going on in Australia at the moment, where nak muay are fighting under full muay thai rules, in a cage wearing 4 oz mma gloves. At had seen a clip of JWP a few months back competing on one of these shows. My initial reaction was a bit negative, probably because of the whole MMA connotations, after my initial prejudice it occured to me it’s just the western version of Muay Kaad Chuek.
I’m not sure if the promoters in Australia are doing this to win over the MMA audience… but I guess I’ve come to terms with what it is… Pornsaneh or Neh, will be taking on rising Aussie star Michael Thompson. Thompson has had about 40+ fights and appears to have some heavy hands. Should be an interesting bout, I know Neh is known for taking his fare share of shots to the dome, but he really can’t afford to be doing that with 4 oz. gloves.
What do you think? Would you be interested in seeing more of these shows? Do you think we should just leave well enough alone?