Lion fight matchups3This old match between Malaipet vs Caio, is as one sided as it gets in Muay Thai fighting. The first time I watched this fight I knew something wasn’t right when Malaipet’s opponent came out in MMA shorts.

Anyone who wears MMA shorts in a Muay Thai fight either comes from a pure Kickboxing background or is an MMA fighter taking a Muay Thai fight. It’s always a bad sign when you see guys in a Muay Thai ring who aren’t even wearing proper Muay Thai shorts.

While they say anything can happen in a fight, skill and experience will often determine the outcome of a fight. Unfortunately for the fighter in MMA shorts, he did not have much of a chance against Malaipet in this fight below:

Good for the Crowd, bad for Fighters

When it comes to mismatches, you don’t get more mismatched then this. This fight was the equivalent of a NBA player playing against a high school basketball player in a one on one match. In Thailand, foreign fighters who end up fighting skilled and experienced Thai fighters are  almost always given a big size and strength advantage to balance out the scales. While 90% of the time the foreigner will lose, they still have a 10% punchers chance to win by knockout.

If you haven’t read my article on Lion fight mismatches make sure you check it out.

Whenever I see these kinds of mismatch fights I always wonder what is going on in the mind of the promoters behind the scenes. Is the promoter trying to build up Malaipet’s profile to casual fans or did they actually think that Caio had a chance (unlikely)? Either way, while the casual fan might get excited when they see a knockout like this, I can’t stand it.

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The problem is that most casual Muay Thai fans don’t really care about even matchups. A close fight on points is often boring, while a mismatched one sided affair is exciting and brutal. Since you need these fans to sell tickets, fights like this satisfy that demand for knockouts.

What is the Coach Thinking?!

If you ever have a coach who is willing to put you in the ring against a fighter who is going to completely outclass you, change gyms. While Caio’s coaches had the decency to throw in the towel after his third knockdown, they shouldn’t have allowed their fighter to step into the ring in the first place.

Your coach should be the person who knows your game better than you do. They should know how good their fighter is and put him against opponents who are evenly matched. Fighters will always listen to what their coaches say. If a coach tells a fighter that he can beat his opponent, he will believe him.

The sad truth is that Caio’s coach probably did believe he could win the fight, which is another reason he should change trainers. Since Caio doesn’t come from a Muay Thai back ground, his coach might have to assumed that his style could overcome some of Malaipet’s experience. Ring experience is one thing, but this kind of experience is enough to turn someone off fighting for good.