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MMA vs. Boxing....Friend vs. Friend.....

Posted 02-21-2008 at 07:21 PM by

[INDENT]This has long been a topic of discussion/arguement with a friend of mine and myself. Our main arguements consist of which sport right now is more exciting, which is more popular at this point in time. Of course I'm always on the side of mixed martial arts and him on the side of boxing. A little history on myself, I AM a long time boxing fan since probably about six. MMA or the UFC in general started when I was about thirteen. Ever since it's inception my interest in MMA has grown and grown and my interest in boxing has pretty much died to the point where I only watch Klitchko or PBF.[/INDENT][INDENT]First off right now how many hardcore boxing fans are out there? Sure you have you're degenerate gamblers and such who watch strictly to try and get the lights turned back on but the sport is in decline. As far as recognition by the general public you have an aging De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather. The heavyweight division is in sad shape but has potential to step up a little with the unification thing they have going. Besides that boxing has been tainted by gambling scandal and mob influence for years. I don't like watching a fight and not really knowing if it's legit. [/INDENT][INDENT]One thing my friend always insists on is there is entirely too much hugging and dry humping in MMA. (I guess he forget about the standing love fests in boxing)There was a time when the ground game kind of turned me off save the ground and pound. Now adays I see these ground artists who are so skilled the ground game is more like a chest match and I compare the banging stand up more to checkers. I am now a big fan of submissions almost as much as the stand up game. My favorite fighters are guys who excel at both or are dominant in one and still very good at the other. Though MMA as a whole doesn't share boxing's tradition (though many of the respective arts go back thousands of years) I feel it has surpassed it in terms of excitement and knowing to fighter's are putting it all on the line instead of a possible alterior motive. [/INDENT][INDENT]Taking a look at my channel guide on cable I see dozens of shows every week dedicated to the sport of MMA. I do not see nearly as many boxing shows (unless you count boring rematches on Showtime and HBO). This to me probably speaks in terms of popularity what's on top right now. I mean the networks want what the people are gonna watch right? Boxing will always have it's dinosaur purists but in terms of growth I believe MMA is booming right now. It used to be friends of mine back in the days meeting up at someone's house to watch a boxing pay per view. Now a days? It's the latest UFC, WEC, or Elite XC card. In closing with markatable stars like Lidell, Rampage, Fedor, Cro Cop, GSP, Anderson Silva, Kimbo Slice, Tito Ortiz, and Randy Couture I believe the MMA game has surpassed boxing in terms of big name marketability as well [/INDENT]
{Sorry guys if I'm a bit off, it's been a crazy week}
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