If you read my posts, you'll see that overall I'm pretty positive about MMA training and techniques and when I criticize it's self defense application I'm usually talking about how to refine it's focus if your goal is self defense rather than competition, not a criticism of MMA as a good choice for self defense training. I also respect and have primarily practiced TMA's. So, I'm NOT trying to start a TMA vs. MMA thread here. With that out of the way... While I was reading @KPM 's Sparring vs. Self Defense thread over in the Wing Chun forum it got me thinking about the ways in which MMA does not model self defense situations very closely. Obviously, people bring up the rules and talk about eye gouges et. al., or the one on one nature of the sport, or the artificial environment lacking in broken glass. While I don't dismiss these arguments completely the way many MMA fans do, I think that these represent reasonable safety limitations and that you're going to have some sort of safety limits on your training whatever art you do, you just need to be aware of them and find alternate drills and training methods to account for them. Now, one of the big differences between sparring/MMA competition and self defense situations that is only somewhat related to safety is duration. Being a sport, MMA frequently has a format something like 5 minute rounds with a one minute rest for up to 5 rounds. Most any self defense situation is going to be over in less than a couple of minutes unless you've really pissed someone off and they chase you for blocks. This leads me to my thought experiment, and I'd love to have people with more MMA experience than me weigh in. What impact would it have on strategy, training methodology and the techniques used if instead of multiple 5 minute rounds MMA bouts were limited to a single 1 minute round? This is a thought experiment, so I'm not suggesting really doing this, just theorizing on how MMA might be different if people were looking at the same kinds of purses and endorsement deals, etc. but the fights were MUCH shorter. Thoughts?