Can guys that fight Muay Thai with 4oz have success in the UFC?

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  1. SalvadorAllende

    SalvadorAllende Interim Belt

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    I'm a big striking guy so I might be a little biased... but there are levels in striking and specially in the lighter weight classe where guys are faster and more athletic.

    One of the reasons "K-1 level striking" didnt translate that well into MMA it was because guys with bigger gloves shield up (ala Overeem/Saki) to protect themselves which is impossible with 4 oz gloves. Others had more MMA-friendly styles and could adapt better (Adesanya).

    Well.. ONE FC has been putting Muay Thai fights (K-1 rules too) with 4 oz gloves and the striking of these little fellas is amazing. I don't think there are many guys in MMA could hang with them. Guys Horiguchi or Cejudo come to my mind but they are the absolute elite.

    Anyways... this MT guys are getting used to fight in small gloves so they have a different approach about defense and distance.

    I can't help to think that if a few of those guys manage to develope some Jose Aldo level of TDD and sprawls (bif if) they will be able to be amongs the best.





    What do sherdoggers think?


    I exclude heavier weight classes because it seems is much easier to lay and pray guys there. At 125 and 135 guys are much more explosive and are harder to control on the ground.
     
  2. Medulla Omoplata

    Medulla Omoplata Mayberry Comptroller

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    no their brains are full of muay thai now, no room for wrestle.
     
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  3. Pitier of Fools

    Pitier of Fools Brown Belt

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    Yes. If I had world class striking and Jose Aldo-esque take down defense, then I'd be a title contender too.

    And if @PrideJitZoo had world class striking and Jose Aldo-esque take down defense, then he wouldn't be getting tapped out by 115 pound girls.
     
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  4. Azderiel

    Azderiel Purple Belt

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    Depends on the guy. Stick some 4oz gloves on some fat old 40 year old thai boxer and of course he'd not have success.
     
  5. Lentäjä

    Lentäjä Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card

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    Depends on the style of the fighter. Some strikers (like Adesanya) have stance and style that fits MMA, others who prefer more close quarters striking struggle because MMA striking is different.
     
  6. Foghorn Leghorn

    Foghorn Leghorn Green Belt

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    Your striking tends to start to look like shit once your biggest concern is being taken down. I mean they can learn but it sure ain't easy
     
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  7. Jarvan

    Jarvan Brown Belt

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    this has been done to death

    use the search bar

    with that said... THEY ARE DIFFERENT SPORTS
     
  8. Chris Hernandez

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    If take down defense is good, they will do good, if take defense bad... they will spend the fight on their back getting GnP'd so not good...
     
  9. SalvadorAllende

    SalvadorAllende Interim Belt

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    Muay Thai with MMA gloves is a new thing.. asshole.
     
  10. CleverNameEh

    CleverNameEh All out of bubblegum

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    Anyone can be successful in the UFC if they have high level fighting skills and train for it appropriately.

    Any other dumbass questions?
     
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  11. Azzy

    Azzy Blue Belt

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    I'd wanna just see how many MMA guys Liam Harrison could drop with just leg kicks.
     
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  12. Andre Xiong

    Andre Xiong Silver Belt Professional Fighter

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    Two words: wrestling.

    One word.
     
  13. Jarvan

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    ok, it's still not MMA.
     

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