Muay Thai has grown so much in popularity, that there is a World Championship tournament held every year, using full protective gear, in an effort to gain Olympic recognition. This is known as the IFMA Muay Thai World Championships. The protective gear encompasses headgear, shin pads, gloves, chest protector and elbow pads. Just because there is use of protective Muay Thai gear, doesn’t mean that the full-fledges pro’s aren’t participating. The likes of Yodsanklai, Simon Marcus, and other big names such as Artur Kyshenko compete in this Muay Thai World Championship tournament.