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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…

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The cast for The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 11 has been set. The coaches will be two legends of the UFC, Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz!

Here are the fighters:

Kyle Noke
Age: 29
Record: 16-4-1

Kris McCray
Age: 28
Record: 5-0

Nick Ring
Age: 30
Record: 10-0

Kyacey Uscola
Age: 28
Record: 18-15

Seth Baczynski
Age: 28
Record: 11-5

Jacen Flynn
Age: 31
Record: 8-2

Costantinos Phillippou
Age: 30
Record: 5-1

Charles Blanchard
Age: 24
Record: 7-2

Chris Camozzi
Age: 23
Record: 12-3

Josh Bryant
Age: 29
Record: 10-0

Brent Cooper
Age: 31
Record: 5-1

Rich Attonito
Age: 32
Record: 7-3

Cleburn Walker
Age: 26
Record: 9-4

Charley Lynch
Age: 25
Record: 6-0

Norman Paraisy
Age: 23
Record: 5-1

Court McGee
Age: 24
Record: 9-1

Victor O’Donnell
Age: 27
Record: 8-1

Greg Rebello
Age: 27
Record: 9-2

Jordan Smith
Age: 24
Record: 10-0

Ben Stark
Age: 27
Record: 3-1

Warren Thompson
Age: 24
Record: 5-0

Clayton McKinney
Age: 27
Record: 4-2

Woody Weatherby
Age: 27
Record: 7-3

Brad Tavares
Age: 21
Record: 4-0

James Hammortree
Age: 23
Record: 4-1

Joseph Henle
Age: 26
Record: 3-0

Lyle Steffens
Age: 27
Record: 5-2

Jamie Yager
Age: 25
Record: 2-1

Looks like some really good MMA fighters in the mix again this season. I’m sure there’s at least one future UFC champion in there somewhere.

Season 11 of “TUF” will debut March 31, 2010 on Spike TV. Apparently there will be a new format that is going to be revealed on the first episode.

I am a huge fan of both Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell so it’s hard for me to decide who to root for at this point. However, I have been a fan of Tito since way back in the day so I am leaning that way. Either way I am just ready for some exciting cage fighting action from the newcomers of the MMA/UFC sports world.

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The Ultimate Fighting Championships presents UFC 111 on March 27, 2010 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

There are two world titles on the line in this event… The welterweight championship match between Georges St-Pierre and Dan Hardy as well as the interim heavyweight championship match between former two-time heavyweight champion Frank Mir and the number one contender Shane Carwin.

Here’s the full fight card:

Georges St-Pierre vs. Dan Hardy
Frank Mir vs. Shane Carwin
Ben Saunders vs. Jake Ellenberger
Jon Fitch vs. Thiago Alves
Jim Miller vs. Mark Bocek
Nate Dias vs. Rory Markham
Ricardo Almeida vs. Matt Brown
Kurt Pellegrino vs. Fabricio Camoes
Rodney Wallace vs. Jard Hamman
Rousimar Palhares vs. Tomasz Drwal
Matthew Riddle vs. Greg Soto

Looks like there are going to be some really good fights, as usual. I can’t wait to see these great MMA fighters battle it out in the cage!

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