I breed betta 5 stars fighter but i don't conduct betta fighting, my customers do it.
I agree with few of you regarding this subject.
Don't matter if you have a ct, vt, super delta, round tail, split tail, hm, hmplkat, giant, wild type, males or females, they are all fighting fish. Plakat fighters came popular because they are very active and healthy fishes not unlike the hm, vt and super delta. A plakat fighter can stay in a horrible water in a small space for several weeks or months without any problem. A hm or vt and super delta will die quickly. Hm may be the prettiest fishes but they are also the weakness comparing to the short tails.
Fighting fish in any part of Asia is part of the Asian society, even today you can go anywhere in Asia, young and old people still conducting fighting fishes.
Most of you can say whatever you want about betta fighting, you would never be able to stop that because it is in their blood.