Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Combat Sport Debuts in Bradenton | Nine-Bout Card Will Be Held at Bradenton Area Convention Center on Saturday

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Combat Sport Debuts in Bradenton | Nine-Bout Card Will Be Held at Bradenton Area Convention Center on Saturday

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MUAY THAI FIGHTING

SARASOTA -- The combat sport known as "the art of eight limbs" is coming Saturday night to the Bradenton Area Convention Center.

Muay Thai fighting, which features the use of fists, elbows, knees and shins, hence, the art of eight limbs, will make its debut in the area after a successful card in Tampa.

"It's dovetailing MMA," said co-promoter Tony Driscoll, director of the Sarasota Open. "Their motto is, 'we don't tap out, we knock out.' It's fun to watch, I'd put it that way."

The main promoter of the sport, which can be traced to the 16th century, is Master Mehrdad K. Moayedi, who articulated the main difference between Muay Thai and the popular MMA.

"There is no ground and pound in a cage here," he said. "Only high-caliber fighters with a high degree of skill.

"We are here to fill a void in the fight industry because we offer a sport that appeals to a broad multi-cultural demographic, corporate sponsors and mainstream television."

According to Driscoll, MKM Knockout Promotions, named after Moayedi, is currently working on a television contract. …

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