I hate to bring up a prehistoric topic on this board, but in the eyes of the younger generation of casual combat sports fans and the diehard MMA fans it seems like the use of MMA gloves are the standard for true striking prowess in the world of prizefighting. Whether this is absolutely true or not I can't say, though I personally disagree based on my chosen sport, this opinion is pure bias naturally, i can't be arsed to try and figure that out. Now in my 8 years of Muay Thai, I haven't even put on, let alone touched a pair of MMA gloves, but i have held pads for quite a few MMA fighters in a secondary supportive capacity for fights. I.e. not as the main striking trainer, but as the supplemental kickboxing dummy/consultant, and only if they absolutely need me to help out...MMA was never my thing, but i seem to be called in for a lot of favors. Even then, when i did help out, i mostly worked with fighters on using punches to setup the kicks, knees and elbows in a very simplistic way that i thought best suited the sport, a sport that i have never done tbh. So i was basically the "theory padholder". Anyway, with the introduction and popularity of promotions like caged Muay Thai in Australia as well as the resurgence special "bareknuckle" fights in Thailand which already exist in other SEA countries, i'm wondering if it is a good idea to introduce MMA gloves to kickboxing and boxing in the states. Now this is very, very unlikely to happen, but what would be the pros and cons of introducing 4-6oz MMA gloves into amateur/pro striking competitions? Kickboxing, Boxing, Muay Thai etc. The only thing i can think of is quicker knockouts and more broken hands. Anyone think there would be a big change in fighting style? Maybe more conservative striking? I think it might change Muay Thai a bit i.e. more aggressive punching (if it is true that a bare knuckle/MMA glove produces a KO quicker, based on the caged Muay Thai fights ive seen, it might be true), punches score the least in Muay Thai because of cultural perceptions of the hands being "padded" and the other limbs being bare, also the bodily damage based scoring system and gambling of traditional Muay Thai make punching less (unless you have significant KO power) the smarter idea. I know being seen as "badass" by some casual fans isn't what MuayThai/kickboxing/boxing is about, so this is all hypothetical and i'd like the guys with lots of striking and MMA experience to chime in on this. Again, all hypothetical so purists don't get your panties in a bunch, lol.