• In this March 3, 2016 photo, One Championship Strawweight champion Dejdamrong Amnuaysirichoke attends a press conference for his upcoming Mixed Martial Arts, MMA, match in Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand will host its first major MMA event on Friday, May 27, 2016 despite the country's traditional Muay Thai kickboxing style being the foundation of its fighting technique. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

    MMA comes to heartland of Thai kickboxing

    BANGKOK (AP) — Of all the various fighting styles that combine to create the burgeoning sport of Mixed Martial Arts, it is Thai kickboxing which is at the core of the new discipline. Yet it has taken until this week for Thailand to host its first major MMA event.