Though MMA has gained popularity recently, it existed for many years. Bruce Lee is said to be the father of MMA. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), introduced in 1993, made MMA so popular. Muay Thai has also been practiced for many years. It uses punches, kicks and grappling moves. Here are the major differences between MMA and Muay Thai.
In MMA, you anticipate a takedown attack. But in Muay Thai, the fighter gets ready to defend against various kicks. The stance of the fighters also depends on their background. For example, an MMA fighter who has a background in Muay Thai will have a different stance compared to one with a wrestling background.
Muay Thai has little lateral and defensive movement. They will stand on the ground most of the time, defending attacks with kicks, punches, etc. The MMA fighters, however, move a lot during fights. They move forward, backward or laterally while attacking or defending the opponent.
The defense in Muay Thai involves checking kicks and blocking attacks. There is no lateral movement. The MMA fighters, on the other hand, jumps back from attacks, uses head movement, goes for a takedown, and more.
Though MMA and Muay Thai look similar, there are some sharp differences between the two. You need to watch the two forms of fights and notice the differences. You should learn the rules and moves of each type of fight in order to learn more about their differences.