What is the difference between Muay Thai and MMA gear?

If you are a beginner to MMA or Muay Thai training and are unsure of what to wear to class, you have reached the right place. 

In this article, we will discuss the right gears that are suitable for your training needs.

What is MMA and Muay Thai?

Mixed Martial Arts:

Mixed Martial Arts, or MMA, is a combat sport which uses different fighting styles such as Boxing, Muay Thai, Wrestling, Judo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and many more. MMA utilizes striking, grappling, submission and groundwork. 

Muay Thai, or Thai Boxing, is a specialized form of Mixed Martial Arts. It is also called the art of eight limbs because of the utilization of both hands, elbows, knees, and shins.

Both Martial Arts are considered combat sports. Muay Thai may be a part of Mixed Martial Arts training.

Are uniforms required?

Conor McGregor. Credit: mmajunkie.com

Professional fighters are often seen with MMA fighting gear or Muay Thai gear. These gears are specialized pieces of clothing worn by fighters to achieve an optimal range of movement during their fights.

Added technology to their gears are also observed and is regulated by an International Federation to make sure that the fighters are safe during competitions.


For MMA, there are different types of shorts, the most popular style for MMA boxing shorts is basically board shorts with reinforced stitching, inside drawstring, and split seams. These styles have evolved over the years to cater specifically to MMA fighters and practitioners.

For Muay Thai, shorts have a similar functionality. The cut of Muay Thai shorts provide freedom of movement due to the wide legroom. The satin finish and vibrancy of colors pays homage to the culture and tradition to the olden days of Thai boxing. 


MMA fighters wear an open-finger glove for better grappling and submission attacks, while Muay Thai practitioners use Boxing gloves. Some Muay Thai practitioners also use shin guards and foot wraps during training. These are the basic differences between Muay Thai and MMA Gears.


In a gym setting, there are little rules as to what you can wear to class. The main idea is to keep comfortable during high intensity training.

If you are committed to training in either MMA and/or Muay Thai, I would suggest that you invest in gears that are specifically designed for your sport.

These gears are designed to give maximum functions and eliminate the possibilities of injuries caused by friction and burns. They will also reinforce your mobility compared to regular gym wear.

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