Originally Posted by Noblet10
If these fighters in Thailand were genuinely better, they would go fight somewhere else for more money just like Buakaw has done. My guess is the actual skill level in K-1 and other promotions is higher in general than MT fights in Thailand. The money is also higher, and that is the main reason Buakaw fights there instead of Thailand.
He may have had mixed results against unknown Thai fighters, but that happens in combat sports. One mistake, and you are done. Also, in more well known events, he can study his opponent to come up with a game plan. He can't really do this against an unknown fighter. Anyways, the best will fight where there is more money.
Stupid white belt at his best. Or rather an ignorant kickboxing fan?
Muay Thai is the sport of over 500 years of history, and it has become
the national sport with high level competition in the last century.
So BJJ in Brazil is terrible than Judo, catch wrestling, and other grappling styles
because the bjj practitioners didn't go outside Brazil before the UFC?
Or the boxers in Japan or the US are suck because many of them never
go outside their countries?
Muay thai level is very high, this is proven by the fact that despite the differences
of muay thai rules and K1 or any other rules. Muay thai fighters still beat
many fighters even in their debut in that rule.
The good example is in Buakaw's debut in K1 tournament he became champion, just
like his debut in s-cup. Or even Khem's debut in S-cup he did very well and arguably
beat Souwer if not for the shoot point, or at least with the shoot point included
he still draw with him.
Why do you think people have to leave their countries to prove they are the greatest
when their country is already the home of one of the greatest proving ground in the world?
Most muay thai champions don't even care for foreigners to remember them,
they want their countrymen to remember them.
The talent pool in muay thai runs deep, K1 max champion, shoot boxing champion,
K-2 runner up, K-1 grandprix semi finalist (despite being the smallest and youngest in
history of K-1) Going to Japan and start the long rivalry between Karate, Kickboxing
and muay thai? Not to mention fighters who beat Sanda's champion.
Hell you can even count world boxing champions or Shooto champion.