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Boxing vs MMA

When Randy Couture (MMA legend) absolutely dominated and embarrassed James Toney (Boxing legend) at UFC 118 recently, you would think it would have quieted down the boxing faithful who have always been very open about how they think boxers can beat MMA fighters. I told myself that I was going to stay out of this but after seeing all the boxing fans still running their mouths on the forums and blogs, I decided to speak up.

Let me start with some of the arguments I have seen being made over and over again by the “boxers” about this particular fight between Randy Couture and James Toney…

1) Toney is too old.

That makes no sense at all because Couture is 5 years OLDER than him.

2) Toney isn’t the best boxer anymore.

That may be true but he was the current IBA Heavyweight champion at the time of the fight, so apparently he wasn’t too bad. Even so, the same argument could be made for Couture. He was past his glory days and not one of the top UFC/MMA fighters anymore.

3) Couture didn’t stand up with him.

Why would he? It was a Mixed Martial Arts fight — NOT a boxing match. The whole point of MMA is to be well rounded in your skills so you are more than just a one dimensional fighter. Nobody ever said Couture was a better boxer than Toney. He’s not. But he is a better fighter all around.

4) Why didn’t they (the UFC) choose someone else to represent the boxers?

They didn’t “choose” anyone. It was Toney, and the boxing faithful in general, who are so convinced that they are superior fighters. He came to the UFC looking for a fight and he talked trash all the way to the end. The UFC didn’t go to him.

5) Toney was out of shape.

Well, if that’s true then it’s his own fault. He claims to have trained for this fight for several months and lost a lot of weight for it. Maybe he should have trained harder! Either way he still had the size advantage over Couture.

6) The UFC is for savages so who cares.

Once again this makes no sense to me coming from a boxing fan because in that regard they are very similar to each other. Both consist of two guys (or women) beating the crap out of each other. Blood and injuries are common in both sports.

Alright, now let me get to some facts…

Real fights go to the ground. That’s just the way it is. You rarely see two guys just standing there trading blows with each other in a real world fight. It’s not realistic. And if you can’t take the other person down, defend yourself from being taken down, or know what to do once you are on the ground, then you are at a major disadvantage!

* A boxer has one skill… He knows how to Box! They are powerful and fast punchers, and they are good at avoiding getting punched.

* An MMA fighter has several skills… Wrestling, Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Boxing, Submissions, Judo, Karate, and many more. They can do it all.

Now, please be honest with yourself. Do you really think a true boxer stands a chance against a true MMA practitioner? No way!

Yes, I admit, it could happen. Anything can happen in a fight. A boxer might catch the MMA fighter with a solid punch and knock him out before he has a chance to do anything. However, it is more than reasonable to assume that most of the time the mixed martial artist is going to win. They will take the boxer down and have their way with him — just like Couture did to Toney!

Boxing is just ONE part of mixed martial arts. In a true boxing match the boxer has a distinct advantage. But in a true FIGHT the MMA fighter clearly has a huge advantage.

I do give James Toney credit for being man enough to step up and try to prove his sport is superior. He got embarrassed in the process but at least he tried. That’s more than can be said for the rest of the boxing world who do a lot of trash talking but don’t step up!

Boxing vs. MMA isn’t even a comparison in my opinion!

I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject. Leave your comments below…