What's the better combat sport: boxing or mixed martial arts? | The Tylt
What's the better combat sport: boxing or mixed martial arts?
If you want to watch a sport with brutes fighting in a cage, 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 both 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.
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 a 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, but you must also be well versed in using and defending against elbows, knees and feet.
In a grapple, you need to 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 game of hands-and-feet placement to get in 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, much more than boxing does nowadays.
The best combat sport is MMA and it’s not even close.