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Old 06-15-2011, 06:17 AM
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...purely from a fan perspective.



This is an excellent article! Really well-thought out and well-written. Don't let the 15 talking points deter you - it's worth the read!

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Like many fight fans, I fell in love with boxing fan from an early age, and became progressively intrigued by the scintillating lure of arguably the purest sport on earth, which involved two men enclosed in a ring vis-à-vis, with a view to ultimately disconnecting his adversary from consciousness, thereby determining the better individual combatant. Isn’t this, after all, the very essence of all sport, the veritable embodiment of competition?

Then along came MMA and the UFC, which assured us that this is “as real as it gets”. Inspired by “Vale Tudo” tournaments in Brazil, the UFC and the sport of MMA have roots in the ancient Olympic combat sport of Pankration in 648 BC”.

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Plus, it's nice to have a parent organization that makes fighters fight each other. All that crap that goes on in boxing about fighters ducking each other, choosing inferior opponents, saying the "money ain't right", "that person isn't a draw", etc. is ridiculous. The best should fight the best, period.
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Plus, it's nice to have a parent organization that makes fighters fight each other. All that crap that goes on in boxing about fighters ducking each other, choosing inferior opponents, saying the "money ain't right", "that person isn't a draw", etc. is ridiculous. The best should fight the best, period.
They should also get paid real money.
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...purely from a fan perspective.



This is an excellent article! Really well-thought out and well-written. Don't let the 15 talking points deter you - it's worth the read!




Read it all here.
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Too late!!


I suppose I could summarize for those who are afflicted with ADD...

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It is generally anti-MMA boxing fans that express such a grievance since this cohort invariably constitutes combat sports’ version of a “snob”, whist conversely MMA fans tend to simultaneously display an admiration for its pugilistic predecessor.
I disagree that this mostly lies on "anti-MMA boxing fans". I've been a fan on MMA since the early UFC days in the 90's and I've followed boxing my whole life. There are just as many hardcore MMA fans who trash the sport of boxing on the internet as there are old school boxing fans who don't like MMA. It's a tired old debate, and boxing has continued to thrive and stay relevant all over the world, and it will continue to do so. Don't get me wrong, MMA is awesome, but it's also the new fad in an age where young kids are able to sit at screen and share their opinions with the world 24 hours a day. Boxing has been a popular sport since long before this country had the Pony Express, let alone Facebook.

Boxing has a deep and storied history that cannot be destroyed, no matter how high the popularity of MMA continues to soar. In the end, it's all the same and it's called "prize-fighting". Boxing has set the standard for prize-fighting for hundreds of years and the reason the sport of MMA even has a chance to exist in it's current state is because of it's older brother Boxing. Of course there is always the sister of MMA's current state, and that is "professional wrestling".

It's funny how the article tries to paint boxing guys like Arum and Sugar as being evil anti-MMA tyrants, while suggesting that Dana is a huge boxing supporter. Sure, Dana gives boxing some love from time to time and we all know he is a fan, but why does the writer fail to mention all the crap Dana talks about boxing simply to promote the UFC? Of course, on the other hand, we all know the UFC will gladly use a popular boxer like Mike Tyson (now a HOFer as of last Sunday, big ups to Iron Mike) to help boost ratings on their tired and watered down reality show that even most respectable MMA fans are completely sick of.

These kind of articles and debates are great to dig up every now and then, but they ultimately should end in the same conclusion....It doesn't matter.

People who have the urge inside of them that drives them towards spending their time and money on watching two grown men beat the crap out of each other will do it no matter what the rules or glove size is. It's more on the front lines now that we can all bitch and moan about what we like or don't like with so much exposure to the world, thanks to the internet, but the game is still the same. If they sell it to us, we will buy it. It don't matter if it's Silva/GSP or Mayweather/Pacquiao.
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See, this horrible photoshop only helps make a case for boxing on entertainment value....

Had Chuck Liddell worn a sombrero and the colors of the Mexican flag when he fought Tito, like Floyd did against Oscar De La Hoya, maybe those fights would have sold over 2 million PPV buys
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These kind of articles and debates are great to dig up every now and then, but they ultimately should end in the same conclusion....It doesn't matter.
Well!



I thought it was really interesting though, JB. I was hoping you'd comment as I know you are a big fan of boxing as well as MMA.
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I thought it was really interesting though, JB. I was hoping you'd comment as I know you are a big fan of boxing as well as MMA.


Well you got me!

I had a feeling I was being baited...
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They should also get paid real money.
That's a concept that is not easily grasped.

What is "real" money?

To most people, the salary that a low end fighter makes is much better than their dead-end job. It also offers a sense of greater glory that most people lust over to no end. So, most people shut off their compassion when it comes to athletes in contract negotiations, and assume he should follow whatever emotional tie they have. Especially those fans who have an emotional attachment to a team that has been left by superstar (see, all the Cavs fans who became Mavs fans last Sunday)

The best thing I can think to compare it to is how everybody always has the most logical advice on how to deal with relationship problems, until it's THEIR relationship. As silly and callous as the commercial probably seemed at the time, the question was still valid....what should I do?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdtejCR413c
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