Breaking Down The Foundations: Muay Thai In MMA

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Edson Barboza

Black prajied in Muay Thai, and multiple title winning Brazilian Edson Barboza is the prime example of how the art can be executed to perfection in MMA. The UFC lightweight has some of the most amazing highlight reels finishes in the promotion’s history.

Junior doesn’t open his body to takedowns as a traditional Muay Thai stance would, instead using explosive movements in measured bursts to be able to deliver the most powerful strikes possible. With MMA foot movement blended in to his Muay Thai striking base, Barboza is a formidable foe. We don’t see as much clinch work from Edson, also leaving him more space to fire off massive kicks to the thighs, head and body.

A lot more precise than Wanderlei Silva’s style, but equally as scary.

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