Despite its ancient history as a self-defense martial art akin to kickboxing, I had read that muay thai had gone through a rough patch. It was revived some years ago as a popular glitzy sport activity and held in large modern arenas...but it wasn't what I wanted. I wanted those bouts that had been relegated to seedy areas, with gambling and other nefarious activities. It was this side of muay thai that I had in mind.
Via Thomas Menk