posted on Oct, 12 2009 @ 03:43 PM
reply to post by Dr Love
Let me also add, in the heavier weight classes, I'd absolutely give it to MMA, but as the weight classes get lighter, the advantage would shift to
boxing just because of the hand speed and accuracy. JMHO.
I could not disagree more. Fighters like Miguel Angel Torres come to mind. Those smaller mma fighters are fast
. Torres uses muay thai as fast
as any boxer uses their hands. Torres has also, repeatedly, called out Floyd Mayweather because of Mayweather's moronic critique of mma.
The checkers: chess analogy is, I think, flawed. It is kind of a put down to boxing. I see it more as a speed skating: Ice Hockey relationship. The
speed skater can skate faster, but the hockey player has a greater diversity of skills on the ice. The hockey player cannot just focus on skating
around the rink as fast as he/she can, but they have to be fast, and the speed skater needs to focus on the speed.
Many of you forget that a lot of this guys coming into MMA are world class kick boxer, maui thai, and other striking combat sports. So to say a boxer
would absolutely win at striking is a fallacy.
Mirko 'Cro cop' Filipovic comes to mind. In his prime he was an amazing
kick boxer. His head kicks are as fast as a punch. He has many
legendary KOs in Pride. Also, his loss to Fedor Emelianenko was one of the most epic matches I have ever seen. For those of you who don't know, Fedor
Emelianenko is the top rated heavyweight in the world. Cro Cop puts people to sleep with his legs.
Ultimately, we cannot say which is better even if we can say who could beat who up. It is a preference thing, and I prefer MMA. I watch boxing on
occasion, but i don't go out of my way to view a match.
As a side, anyone who is slightly interested in MMA or just wants to see what it is, watch the WEC on Verses (tv channel). The WEC is the little
brother of the UFC and it focuses on smaller weight classes. You don't have to buy it, its on all the time, and they are mostly world class fighters.