BRUTAL Burmese bare-knuckle fight with notable size difference

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Burmese bare-knuckle boxing, also known as Lethwei, is a very brutal full contact combat sport that we get a glimpse of in the video below. It actually makes standard Muay Thai look quite tame in comparison which is pretty astounding.

Muay Thai is known as ‘the art of 8 limbs’ but Burmese bare knuckle boxing is known as ‘the art of 9 limbs’ due to headbutts being allowed as well.

You’ll notice in the following video that both competitors are wearing wraps on their hands as well. Believe it or not, wraps may actually make the contest even more brutal than it would be without them. This is because the wraps actually strengthen and reinforce the hand, allowing you to throw harder shots.

They also make the hand a more solid object yet they do absolutely nothing to protect whoever’s head you are punching.

This brutal contest involves a pretty interesting clash of styles too between a more kicking centered style (the smaller man) and a more punching-based, brawler type (the bigger guy).

We even see the smaller man drop his larger opponent with a big head kick early on, but the bigger guy is able to get up and keep fighting. Both guys are clearly tough as nails and take a lot of punishment in this bout that ends quite anticlimactically though when the video cuts out.

Lethwei or Burmese bare-knuckle boxing is a full contact combat sport from Myanmar that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. Lethwei is considered to be one of the most aggressive and brutal martial arts in the world because the fighters fight bare-knuckle with only the use tape and gauze on their hands. The use of fists, elbows, knees, feet but more surprisingly, the head makes it a very unusual martial art. Although disallowed in many combat sports, in Lethwei, the use of headbutt is encouraged. This is the reason it also is known as “The Art of 9 limbs”. [Source: Wiki]

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