Originally posted by Ginga
Incorrect. Most special forces are trained in close combat, one on one, so as an observer, just out of curiosity, it would be "fun" (interesting) to
see who comes out on top. At the end of the day that's what both are trained to do so let's see who is the better.
* At no point do I claim that special forces soldiers aren't trained in close combat
* MMA fighters and soldiers are not trained to do the same thing
By all means cross training MMA as a soldier is not a bad idea, that doesn't make the comparable.
Comparing soldiers who are trained in multiple different tasks and to work as a squad with MMA fighters just isn't relevant to me. Similar
* Soldiers vs construction workers - they both dig holes
* MMA with body builders - they both lift weights
Most of the time a special forces soldier in the vast majority of units purpose is to stay out of hand to hand combat, or even stay out of combat
altogether. They're trained to run long distances carrying weight for prolonged periods, escape and evade, and use large varieties of equipment.
Their muscle mass reflects the purpose they are trained for. They will use every means to avoid engaging in hand to hand unless absolutely neccessary,
and will use a knife or shovel before using bare fists and grappling.
An MMA fighter is trained to be at peak physical fitness and perfection to operate for 10 - 20 minutes at a time using purely their hands in small
areas in controlled environments fighting another opponent at a specific size. That's not to say they would be at a disadvantage, since they're not
running up and down hills carrying 100lbs plus of stuff, losing weight and muscle mass and learning piles of other relevant skills. They're not
jumping out of helicopters, learning E&E, practicing first aid, learning to shoot, lead, follow etc etc etc ... They focus on crafting their body,
eating right, and training right all day long just for one task.
It's just two different things regardless of how similar they appear to be.
Approaching a target quietly over a period of days in a combat environment undetected... my money isn't on the Ultimate Fight Championship leading
leading an offensive here.
Winning a series of professional one on one fights (even to the death as silly as that is) without a dramatic shift in training regieme ... I doubt
any special forces team would volunteer thinking they would come out on top.