I thought since we were having a lively debate about MMA and Nak Muay’s it would be an appropriate time to share this clip with you.
Many thanks to Muse for passing this one along. This will probably be one of the very rare times I post an MMA clip on this site. I’m posting it because this clip features to accomplished Nak Muay’s. Berneung Sakhomsin (now at tiger muay thai) is a former WMC champion and SingJok Legacy Gym is a former Lumpini stadium champ, currently with Ole Laursen.
I read that both these Nak Muay’s made their MMA debuts earlier this year. There are a few Thai Nak Muays in the states who are slowly transitioning into MMA. It pains me to see them crossing over but these are my own personal hang-ups. I need to get over it. With a lot of the Thai Nak Muay’s living in the States it’s about the only fights they can get. MT in the States isn’t half as popular as MT in Europe, fight purses are generally small and match making for them is a bitch. It makes financial sense for them to cross over.
Watching this clip the only thought I had was how undignified? I know I sound like a complete twat… but it’s honestly how I feel. It’s hard for me to articulate, maybe it’s this particular video and the location, but I felt like these guys were on the set of some Van Damme movie.
I know these guys took up fighting from an early age to make a living. They get paid to fight. I understand that, I also understand that there’s life after MT that this is something they can get into to make even more money but for some unexplainable reason, I feel like this is beneath them. I know I’m not articulating this very well, but am I alone? Does anyone else feel like this is “beneath” them? I can just chalk it up to me being a MT snob? Maybe it’s because I have a profound respect for these Nak Muays and all that they’ve acomplished. Maybe I feel it’s a shame that those accomplishments aren’t financially rewarding enough.
I know in the previous post there was some debate over the striking skills of MMA fighters in general. This is what you get when you throw in two very good strikers. So what do you think?