MMA and Boxing: We Are Not Enemies
"My combat sport is better!"
"No, my combat sport is better!"
That's all I hear when I have to listen to two idiots argue over the virtues of mixed martial arts versus boxing.
We are not enemies.
Boxing and mixed martial arts are no exclusive of each other. Without boxing, MMA would still look like the slap fighting that it was back in the 90s, little better than those old Toughman competitions that we all knew and loathed for their exposing real-life fighting for anything other than the Bruce Lee movie we wanted it to be.
And boxing should be thrilled to see that MMA has revitalized people's love for the simplicity of a punch. I'm yet to go to an MMA event where people booed because there was "too much striking".
If you want to argue about $$$, fine. Leave it at that. But don't compare the two or argue that one is more superior or more realistic or any other bulls*** like that. Leave the "liar liar pants on fire" jibs to the playground.
Let's face it MMA fans, people and fighters alike love some good striking.
Look at the line up for the UFC on Fox 2 that is coming up this weekend.
Rashad Evans fancied himself something of a Mohammad Ali when he faced Lyoto Machida.