US Muay Thai Open (IFMA Qualifier) Who's going??



Siam Fight Productions, in collaboration with the United States Muaythai Federation (USMF) and the United States Muay Thai Association (USMTA) seek to unite the best fighters, coaches, and fans throughout the United States by hosting the first official International Federation of Muaythai Amateurs (IFMA) sanctioned tournament in the U.S., the U.S. Muay Thai Open.




The U.S. Muay Thai Open's goal is to prepare U.S. Muay Thai athletes for dominance in international competitions, to show solidarity with the international Muay Thai community, and to propel Muay Thai towards recognition as an Olympic sport.




The USMTO has been designed especially with Olympic hopes in mind. The tournament is based closely on standards established by the International Federation of Muaythai Amateurs (IFMA), the only Muay Thai organization in dialogue with the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It's also sponsored by two of the most important American Muay Thai groups: the United State Muay Thai Federation (USMF), IFMA's official American partner organization, as well as the acclaimed Siam Fight Productions, known for their success in supporting the sport's youth. With the USMTO, these experienced groups have come together with a precise goal in mind: sending a message directly to the Olympics.

A successful USMTO will represent a bold shift in the US's position, in contrast to the country's reputation for absenteeism in the Muay Thai community. The importance of this reversal can't be overstated: as one of the most influential nations in the Olympics, Americans must demonstrate broad support for any potential event in proportion to their numbers and resources. The USMTO is an ideal opportunity for American fighters and gyms not only to educate themselves about the importance of IFMA, global solidarity and individual involvement, but also to make a tangible show of support for IFMA and therefore send a message to the IOC.

http://usmuaythaiopen.com/

ttt for USA Amateur fighters, good tournament to get some quality standup experience.. A large number of the professional strikers in the world have a good amount of experience in IFMA..



Artem Levin vs Yodsanklai Fairtex

Let's catch America up with the rest of the world, a big problem in the USA is the way the amateur system is structured..

It's a long swim over the pond so I wont be there! But it looks great. It would be cool to eventually see Muay Thai in the olympics.

Tbh we have a similar problem over here with the amateur circuits, there are so many organisations, it's too splintered!

ya problem over here is everybody is in a rush to go pro without developing their skill sets then they wonder why they are 2-8 and can't get a fight..

anybody??

dan black - 

Artem Levin vs Yodsanklai Fairtex

Let's catch America up with the rest of the world, a big problem in the USA is the way the amateur system is structured..


I don't really get how Yodsanklai can fight amateur. He's probably been fighting full thai rules since he was like 14?

Professionals are allowed to fight in the A-Class division its based more on skill and experience than if you had been paid to fight or not.. There are a lot of "professional" MMA fighters out there that are low level amateur when it comes to technical striking ability..

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dan black - Professionals are allowed to fight in the A-Class division its based more on skill and experience than if you had been paid to fight or not.. There are a lot of "professional" MMA fighters out there that are low level amateur when it comes to technical striking ability..


Bang on the money

The 2015 US Muay Thai Open

The 2015 US Muay Thai Open is happening this weekend. FOX 10's Richard Saenz spoke with the organizer and one of the champs Travis Clay about the sport and the open.

Posted by FOX 10 Phoenix on Monday, April 20, 2015

Great interview. You simply can't beat the atmosphere at these all day tournaments. If someone is in the area and not fighting, a lot can be learnt by just taking some food and watching!

Ya hopefully they will be able to do more of them, I think the biggest problem for the American fighters compared to European and Asain fighters is lack of experience and ring time especially when it comes to kickboxing..



Clean sweep.. :)