In terms of the actual fights - did MT in Thailand really decline?

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  1. TonyK

    TonyK Brown Belt

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    There's an ongoing tradition (of which I was a part of for a long time) of romanticizing the "Golden Era" and finding reasons to barely watch any new MT, but I actually think that from a pure technical standpoint, we have today (or at least had in recent years) fighters that show better skills and conditioning that 80% of the fighters in the late 80's-early 90s. I get that the purses are probably not the same and not everything gambling did to the sport is positive, but good god, a fight like (I'm just throwing a random example out there) Palangpon vs Rungnarai is amazing to watch regardless of era.
     
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    Cocakillbana Black Belt

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    Yeah, I don't think the ability is all too different. The way in which the fights play out often are, but that doesn't mean the capabilities have dropped off the edge like a lot of people think.

    The current thing is never as good as it used to be. That's how sports, generations of people, music, movies, etc... are looked at a lot of the time.
     
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    Snubnoze707 High Level

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    Just seemed to be more constant aggression back then, but skill wise not different IMO.
     
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    DastardlyMass Brown Belt

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    I think in terms of ability the very top guys probably are now. But outside of the very few greats of today I do not think the next step down of fighter could compete with the 2nd tier golden era guys. It is probably more a function of the depth then anything else thou
     
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    depth of competition a lot lower nowadays than what it was, many fighters in many divisions now struggle to find viable opponents, wouldn't have been the case back then and as mentioned, there a lot of fighters competing on the midweek shows that wouldn't have been able to back then. Think maybe back in the day fighters had a little more variety to there game, not so many out and out power clinchers. The fights also tended to start a bit quicker and you didn't have anywhere near as much of the waiting to the 4th round to get going style as you do nowadays.
     
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    that's a shame
     
  7. TonyK

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    Who knows better than you, that considering the sheer size/scale of this sport, you're bound to have great fights here an there in any era :D If you'd take 5 random fights from 2010-2016 and 5 random fights from 1987-1994, chances are that the 80-90s ones will have a faster pace, though.

    But what I did notice, clinchers today seem a bit more well rounded, guys like Lamnamoon and Panomtuanlek sometimes tended to struggle badly when they couldn't force their game on the fight, more than Petboonchu or Saen.
     
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    It seems that guys were more willing to throw hands back then. There seems to be a lot more hand fighting and clinching these days. Am I bsing or is there truth to that?
     
  9. TonyK

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    This is not something that can be supported by facts...
     
  10. Jeffie

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    i agree, it has declined
     
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    I saw Saiyok running in Lumpini park at midday on a saturday, by himself. He didnt seem to be noticed by anyone but me.

    I think in the golden age he would have been swamped by fans and/or photographers.
     
  12. manlyseaeagle

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    Someone told me Thai's are mostly into Soccer these days ?
     
  13. Jeffie

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    yes but they are not as good at it like muay thai. nowadays they prefer a sport they are shitty at
     
  14. Vinzr

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    They are in love with it. Go to a gym in Thailand and you'll see them training in football jerseys and throughout the day in between sessions they'll be kicking a football around.
     
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    yeah, I think the same thing can be said for MMA. it was more aggressive and more "kill or be killed" mentality as oppose to "looking pretty" and playing points.
     
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    Sure you can, you analyze N number of fights from both eras, and do the math on the punch count. That tells you whether or not dudes punched more or less often.
     
  17. manlyseaeagle

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    Sad to hear maybe MMA can feel in the void if MT is in decline.
     

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