Originally Posted by loyalyolayal
So how does that work?
is it legal? is it illegal?
is it a guy? is it a girl?
Hehe. T-I-T - this is Thailand. Nothing is ever clear.
Well I was led to believe back in March (?) that it had been outright illegalised, then the entire internet followed suit. Rob Cox in Bangkok though is adamant that the status is still simply "unrecognised", though, which means not illegal per se, just not legal. For legality, the Sports Association has to recognise and endorse it.
On the other hand, Master Toddy *confirmed to me it was outright illegal in April '12, in Bangkok, when they did the WMC show (4-man tourney feat. Saiyok, Jordan etc) where the WMC were going for Olympic recognition to get amateur MT into the Olympics. So perhaps the "ban" story that got leaked (which I obviously jumped on) about how it would be harmful to MT was just smoke and mirrors so that the Olympic bid could go down, and then DARE and the rest just played it up by "going underground"...
No complaints though. Those guys are great, and I loved being in a warehouse with everyone shouting "Kumite, Kumite!"
From a more regional, non-BKK perspective, my sponsor literally hired Chaweng Stadium on Samui, greased a few local palms (golden handshake with ze cops) and it went down fine. Albeit most of the fights were Muay Thai, but still...
Point being, One FC will have no problem there with Chatri (Evolve owner) being a rich Thai.