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.

Stop it.

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.

Well, maybe from Ali vs Fraizer.
Or Ali post-Parkinson's Disease.
Too soon?
Michael Bisping claimed before his Dan Henderson fight that he barely ever got hit in training. That must be some great head movement! And I bet that he would never be so dumb as to circle Henderson's famous right hand...
Hmm... maybe some of this boxing terminology is getting lost in translation.
Well, then look at Maia. A world champion grappler that has succeeded in MMA. He has known that to really survive you have to adapt and train. If for nothing else than to survive the 10 seconds it takes to get a well-timed take down...
Son of a b****.
Okay, so maybe some of the fighters on the upcoming card don't quite have the appreciation or the dedication to the "sweet science". Then again, maybe it is over rated.
I mean, let's take a heavyweight with huge heavy hands and a history of first round knockouts and put him against someone that is more prone to working range and patience with timing. I think we all know how that would end.
Are you starting to understand?