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The Rise of Muay Thai: A Global Phenomenon

Discover the rise of Muay Thai as a global sport and the reasons behind its popularity. Learn about the exciting developments in ONE Championship and the unique twist in Muay Thai fights.

Muay Thai, the ancient martial art, is rapidly gaining popularity and becoming a global sport. ONE CEO and Chairman Chatri Sityodtong believes that its appeal lies in its status as one of the best striking arts available. In an interview with Just Scrap Radio, Sityodtong explained that Muay Thai is efficient, simple, and devastating, making it a favorite among elite world champion mixed martial artists.

Embracing Muay Thai

While ONE Championship initially focused on mixed martial arts , the organization has expanded its offerings to include other disciplines, such as Muay Thai. This move has been well-received by fans and has brought attention to Muay Thai stars like Rodtang Jitmuangnon, Joseph Lasiri, and Tawanchai PK Saenchai.

A Twist in the Gloves

To further enhance the excitement of Muay Thai fights, ONE Championship has introduced a unique twist. Fighters now compete wearing 4-ounce gloves instead of the traditional 8-ounce gloves. This modification has led to higher finishing rates and more thrilling matches.

The ONE Friday Fights Series

In addition to incorporating Muay Thai into its events, ONE Championship launched the ONE Friday Fights series. This weekly show takes place at the renowned Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok and showcases top Muay Thai fighters from around the world, as well as promising talents from Thailand.

Muay Thai’s rise as a global phenomenon is a testament to its thrilling nature and the dedication of athletes and fans alike. With ONE Championship’s continued support, the sport is poised for even greater growth and recognition on the world stage.

Fighter Nationality
Rodtang Jitmuangnon Thailand
Joseph Lasiri Italy
Tawanchai PK Saenchai Thailand