What's the better combat sport: Boxing or mixed martial arts? | The Tylt
Boxing used to be the unrivaled king of combat sports in the United States, but a challenger has risen to capture the attention of fight fans—mixed martial arts. MMA started as no-holds-barred brawl with little to no rules, but bloomed into one of the premier sports in the country. UFC fighters are now household names. While boxing can still lean on its history, MMA’s variety and star power have made it a threat to knockout boxing as the country's premiere combat sport. What do you think? 👊
What's the better combat sport: Boxing or mixed martial arts?
If you want to watch a sport with brutes in a cage fight, you can go watch MMA. If you want to watch a sport fought with unsurpassed technical fighting skills, welcome to the world of boxing.
There is no unfair advantage gained by using your other limbs or going to the ground to fight. The only weapons you have are your hands. Every punch, parry and guard must be precise to protect yourself, and damage your opponent. That’s why they call it the “sweet science.”
Mixed martial arts is a disjointed mess fought by undisciplined people who will literally claw their way to a fight. There is no art in what they do. Watching two opponents hugging one another on the mat is about as entertaining as watching paint dry.
Real fighters fight standing up, face to face. That’s why boxing is the superior sport.
Let’s face it. Boxing is dying.
No one wants to watch two people dance around each other jabbing for 45 minutes. The real fight is in the cage with MMA warriors.
To the untrained eye, mixed martial arts looks like desperate street fight. But there is a certain elegance hidden beneath the brutality. The technical skills are still there, like in boxing, but they are multiplied dramatically. Not only do you have to be precise with your hand strikes, you must be well versed in using and defending against elbows, knees and feet.
In a grapple, you must be aware of where you are, as well as how you’re using leverage. And within all that “boring” hugging on the ground is a beautiful dance of hand and feet placement to get perfect position for a barrage of strikes or a submission hold.
MMA isn’t the street fight it used to be. Weight classes and rules are in place, and with that has come legitimacy. Leagues like the UFC have consistently churned out better fight cards from the bottom up than boxing does nowadays.
The best combat sport is MMA and it’s not even close.
You think MMA is all about awesome knockouts and sick submissions? Nine times out of 10, you'll get fights that go to the ground with two fighters hugging each other for 25 minutes instead of fighting. In boxing, fighters are required to strike each other without the luxury relying on that boring tactic.
Boxing calling MMA boring is the pot calling the kettle black. There is action going on when fighters go to the ground looking for submission or better striking position. In boxing, you'll get fights were boxers are floating around each other, exchanging jabs every so often and clinching when things get just a tiny bit tough.
Say what you will about MMA, but boxing fans claiming that MMA is a boring sport is laughable.
MMA can scream all it wants about the quality of its product. Boxing, however, reigns supreme in terms of storytelling.
MMA's reach doesn't extend beyond the octagon, whereas boxing still captures imaginations with stories like "Raging Bull," "Rocky," and "Creed." Boxing still captivates with its potent combination of raw vulnerability and toughness, characteristics that speak to people on a personal level that MMA hasn't quite tapped into. Unlike MMA, you don't have to be a direct fan of boxing to enjoy the human side it provides.
As brutal as MMA looks at times, it is the safer sport. MMA fighters are more likely to suffer visible, but less serious injuries like cuts and bruises. Boxers suffer from concussions and brain trauma that can lead to prolonged medical problems in the future.
MMA is a relatively new sport that's just trendy.
Boxing has a rich history that shows where it has been and where it is going. From pioneers like Jack Johnson and Mohammad Ali to the meticulous technique of Floyd Mayweather, boxing has proven time and time again that it is a sport that will live on. These names are etched in sports history forever, while it is yet to be seen whether the best fighters in MMA will be revered in the same light.
Quick, name more than five boxing stars in their primes right now. Having a tough time? There's no shame in that. Boxing is sport of past. Even the sport's biggest star, Floyd Mayweather, is technically retired. While Gennady Golovokin and Canelo Alvarez are stars in their own right, they are not household names—especially for a sport that used to be full of them.
MMA on the other hand, has recognizable names at each weight class. From Jon Jones to Conor McGregor to Holly Holm, MMA has more star power than boxing at this time. That's why MMA fighters are getting the commercial deals and marketing dollars—and not anyone in boxing who isn't named Floyd Mayweather.
Boxing used to be full of colorful characters and personalities like Muhammad Ali, Roy Jones Jr. and Mike Tyson. Those personalities are no longer in the sport. But a colorful roster of characters is thriving in MMA with fighters like Conor McGregor and Nick Diaz. MMA is the sport of the present and future.
"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee."
There may never be a more ferocious fighter to step in any ring than Mike Tyson.
Anderson Silva was not MMA's first star, but he was its brightest for a time.
Jon Jones' career may have been derailed by drug use and injuries. However, he on track to get back into the Octagon to show his unmatched fighting skills.
Boxing will always be better than MMA.— Jesse Gomez (@J_______gomez) May 19, 2017
Boxing has been far & away better than mma so far this year for the first time in a long time. New ufc owners gotta get it figured out— Eric (@WVGauntlet) May 7, 2017
MMA IS MILES BETTER THAN BOXING— Lorenzo (@ElFenomxno) May 7, 2017
The worst MMA fight is 10X better than the best boxing fight— moir fairley (@moirfairley) May 7, 2017
MMA is way better than boxing— Marcelle McCabe (@CelleyMac) April 3, 2017