Resident Slow Guy
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: On a plane
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Years Riding: Since May 21, 2011
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Awww fuck yeah that's what I'm talking about. Maybe I'm a little biased, but K-1 > UFC any fucking day. But Muay Thai > K-1 > UFC all day every day.
Buakaw is the shit. I'm a huge fucking fan of him. Masato is NOT overrated however Buakaw did smoke the shit out of him back in 2004 when he first burst onto the K-1 scene and won the title. They keep modifying the K-1 rules to favor the Japanese fighters. If this was full blown Muay Thai rules, elbows, full clinch and all, then the Muay Thai fighters would dominate, especially the ones from Thailand. But as I said, K-1 keeps changing the rules so that if favors the Jap fighters so there is a modified clinch. It is basically broken up before they can even start doing some real damage. The reason for this is so that it keeps the fights fast paced, i.e full of punches thus favoring "kickboxers", and Shootoboxers rather than the clinch, elbow, knee style of Muay Thai fighters from Thailand. The Dutch style of Muay Thai incorporates a lot of western boxing and not a whole lot of clinching so it works well in K-1.
As for Buakaw, the clinch is how he dominates along with his kicks since in Thailand in full MT rules, punches are scored the lowest while kicks are scored the highest. So in 2007, Buakaw lost to Masato because they took away his clinch and he wasn't much of a "boxer" even though he incorporated that into his repertoir recently. But it still sucks. MT fighters from Thailand have shitty boxing with the exception of Anuwat and Samart Payakaroon. Right now what people in the MT world want is to have Yodsenklai in K-1. Then to have him and Buakaw in the finals. That would be the dream match.
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