Muay Thai or Thai boxing is the cultural martial art of Thailand. The origin of Muay Thai dates back several hundred years, and was, essentially, developed as a form of close-combat that used the entire body as a weapon. Kickboxing is mostly referred as sport-fighting using kicks and punches and sometimes throws and bows representing a certain martial art or can be practiced for general fitness, or as a full-contact sport.
Muay Thai is recognized as a very effective striking base within MMA, and is very widely practiced among mixed martial artists. Fighters (some of whom have won titles) employ a broad range of tactics born of Muay Thai. Many techniques associated with muay Thai are often seen in MMA, such as punches, elbows, clinch fighting, high kicks, leg kicks and knees.