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- Jun 21, 2003
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I came across this article on another forum and thought I'd post it here for discussion. The main point of the article seems to be the discussion of the differences in strikes between MMA and Boxing.
As Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) skyrockets in popularity, the resistance of mainstream media outlets (Sports Illustrated and ESPN) has historically probably been due to a fear of pro-wrestling combined with old-school boxing writers lack of understanding. Boxing writers love boxing; and they often feel, correctly, that MMA fighters usually arent the best boxers.
They may not realize that the guy in there who is boxing so badly is an Olympic wrestler and submission expertbut strict boxing fans mentally turn-off the moment the fight hits the ground, and so are unable to appreciate the skill and art of ground-fighting. Ground-and-pound is a rough art. But MMA fans who get the ground game will take as much joy from a ground war as they will a stand-up one.
There is more to the debate, howeverMMA striking is fundamentally different than boxing, for a variety of reasons. Over years of observing the sport, I kept noticing pro boxers making the switch to MMA and getting out-struck. When Jens Pulver fought Takanori Gomi in 2004 in Pride, Jens had been winning pro boxing fights and knocking people out; I thought there was no way in hell Gomi could stand with him, but Jens was outgunned by a bigger man and lost by TKO.