But it was in the19th century andreignof Rama V that Muay Thai would start to grow really fast as a sport. This was thanks to the King himself, who was a big fan of Muay Thai matches. The key moment came when king RamaVII (1925-1935) decidedto, insomeway, regulate the sport and make it safer by creating a set of rules. From then on, fighters started wearing gloves, groin cups, and the training methods became much safer.
The sport would start to spread all over the world in the 1970s and 1980s. This was a time when foreign kickboxers would start traveling to Thailand to compete against Muay Thai fighters. Many of these fighters would later go back to their countries, and open up Muay Thai gyms to spread this combat sport in the west.
In modern times, Muay Thai is often seen as the best striking martial art. It is well spread all around the world, matches are very popular, and it also plays a big role in modern MMA.