Muay Thai = Simplified Silat Salaams all, As Muay Thai is simplified/Westernized silat in a ring using gloves, it is not fair to make a Muay Thai fighter fight a silat player. Even without weapons the silat player has the advantage of having his fingers. True, silat players don't normally train like gamblers' fighting-cocks till they bleed in pain like Muay Thai fighters do, but an average 8 hours a day silat player at the age of 72 would easily walk-over the average Muay Thai fighter twenty years his junior. Good silat is the best martial-arts possible, if anything is better, the good silat would absorb it and make it its own-lah. Having said this, good silat has been in dialogue and war with good Chinese, Japanese, Arab and Indian MAs for a long-long time. Silat is the original Mixed Martial Art and is also a philosophy. It is true. Bram.