And all I think an MMA fan would have to do is point out that in a Muay Thai fight Silva's clinch to knees would probably have Jones out in the first round, not to mention any fight with grappling involved. I mean you can keep boiling down and kernelizing, but it doesn't prove anything except that we are talking about different rulesets and thus different skillsets.
It's like how the best all-around baseball player probably isn't also the best homerun hitter.
True, but MMA is the young newcomer/rookie trying to prove it belongs to the group of seriously taken fight sports.
Boxing has been around forever and now that MMA is becoming more popular and its stocks are rising, the boxing people are trying to shoot it down by claiming that there is no skill involved in MMA.
Like in baseball, the veteran doesn't have to prove anything to the rookie, but the rookie must show its claws. Only then he will be taken seriously. MMA is the rookie, boxing the veteran.
We can go and say that playing by our rules most of the boxers wouldn't stand a chance. And it's true. But since they "got here first", we, and by we I mean MMA, need to prove them we must be taken seriously.
The only way to do it is to enter THEIR game and beat them with THEIR rules. That's just the way it goes.
And don't get me wrong, I agree with you that RJJ would get his ass kicked in muay thai or MMA, but I can't agree that Silva losing to RJJ in a boxing match simply wouldn't affect anything just because it's their ruleset ect.
Sorry but I'm a teeny bit of a realist