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How To Score Muay Thai Fights

Scoring Muay Thai remains a mystery to many for the simple reason that fights are not scored the same around the world.

Most places used the 10 Point Must System, however, this is not the case for Muay Thai scoring at the stadiums such as Lumpinee and Rajadamnern. Luckily our friends over at Evolve MMA put together a great article highlighting how Muay Thai is scored in the stadiums.

They explain everything from how the scoring works and how just because you might have narrowly won 4 rounds you could still lose the fight in the fifth round. They also break down the misconceptions of the first and fifth rounds in a Muay Thai fight.

You can read the section on Muay Thai scoring vs. the 10 Point Must System below. The entire article can be seen here at Evolve MMA’s website.

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The basic understanding of scoring at the highest and most professional levels in Muay Thai have often eluded not just fans of the art, but even the practitioners themselves as well. This is likely due to the fact that the scoring system in Muay Thai can be considered one of the most unique when compared to other combat sports around the world.

From how strikes are scored, to how rounds are judged; the Muay Thai scoring system differs significantly from the systems the average fight fan may be used to. Because of this, fight fans, practicing martial artists, or even professional fighters who are used to the usual 10 point must system used in popular combat sports like boxing or mixed martial arts (MMA) tend to get confused and frustrated with how a Muay Thai fight is scored.

Which is why if you are a Muay Thai practitioner yourself, or are looking to get serious about Muay Thai, it is extremely crucial that you understand and familiarize yourself with the scoring system used in Muay Thai. So here’s a simple guide to scoring in Muay Thai to help get you started.

The Basics: Muay Thai Scoring System vs. 10 Point Must System

A Lumpinee Stadium scorecard

In Muay Thai, it is important to first note that judges score every fight in its entirety as opposed to the standard 10 point must system found in combat sports like boxing, kickboxing or MMA – where a set number of points are given to fighters for each individual round based on the performance in that round alone. And although every round is still listed with a 6/7/8/9/10 point recording system on a Muay Thai judge’s scorecard, the difference is that whatever is recorded and noted per round is meant only to help the judges paint an overall picture of the fight.

For example, in a five-round boxing fight, if fighter A very narrowly drops three or even four rounds to fighter B according to one judge, that one judge’s scorecard would have accumulated strictly to a total of 30-27 or 40-36 points in favor of fighter B. This gives fighter A no hope or chance of winning the fight on the scorecards at all heading into the final rounds. The only way left to win would then be to pull off a knockout, an outrageous amount of knockdowns or force a referee stoppage.

However, Muay Thai judges are constantly keeping in mind the fighter who is ahead and the extent of that fighter’s lead throughout the fight. So if the example above takes place in a Muay Thai fight, the extent of fighter B’s lead would be very minimal. Therefore, it would still be very possible for fighter A to muscle away that lead from fighter B in the final rounds.

In other words, fighter A would still be able to win the fight on the scorecards even without a knockout or referee stoppage in the final round. That is only if the margin of difference in who won the earlier rounds was indeed very narrow and fighter A is able to rally back and dominate the final round convincingly enough to overcome the slight difference from the earlier rounds.

You can read the entire article here.

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