Boxing vs. Mixed Martial Arts
Although the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) is relatively new compared to professional boxing, MMA has evolved into a very entertaining and increasingly more popular combat sport. MMA continues to cement its footprint in the world of sports entertainment while also causing more and more people to see that it is much more difficult to be a mixed martial artist than it is to be a professional boxer.
For thousands of years combat has been a way for humanity to settle different disputes. Whether it be a dispute between two individual people or a dispute between entire nations. The world and its inhabitants have experienced their fair share of violence and ...view middle of the document...
Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a full contact combat sport that allows a wide variety of fighting techniques and skills, from a mixture of martial arts and non-martial arts traditions, to be used in competitions. The rules allow the use of both striking as well as grappling techniques, both while standing and on the ground. Such competitions allow martial artists of different backgrounds to compete. A lot of the anti-MMA crowd will say it's too barbaric. Of course this is mainly due to ignorance of the rules. MMA has rules just like boxing. There is no biting, poking, low blows, or any of that sort just as it is in boxing. MMA is a sport, not professional wrestling.
The world’s largest mixed martial arts organization, the UFC, began in 1993 as a tournament to crown the world's best fighting style, and featured everything from boxers to a sumo wrestler. There were no weight classes, gloves or rounds. There was no judging and virtually no rules. The only way to win was by knocking out your opponent or making them quit, which is precisely what a scrawny jiu-jitsu expert named Royce Gracie did. Dozens of states quickly enacted laws banning "no-holds-barred" fighting, abhorred by the thought of humans fighting inside an eight-sided cage. Even though limited rules and gloves were eventually introduced, the organization stood on the brink of bankruptcy.
Enter Dana White, who back in 1995 was the owner of three Las Vegas-based boxing facilities, named The Gym who also started his own sports-management company, managing pro boxing prospects. With a desire to push further into the combat-sports arena, White, along with his childhood friends, Las Vegas casino owners Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, became interested in buying the UFC. At the time, UFC allowed athletes to apply boxing, wrestling, grappling, kicking and other martial-arts moves inside a referee-supervised, eight-sided ring. The bouts, which initially set out to determine which combat discipline - boxing, karate, jujitsu or wrestling - was the best, quickly drew attention from young male viewers because of the sport's no-holds-barred action. But it also drew the ire of critics who felt the sport was too violent. In 1996, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who referred to UFC as human cockfighting, began a successful lobbying effort to have its events barred by every state athletic commission. By 2000, the sport was virtually banned across the country. The political backlash led cable operators, who had reaped the revenue benefits of mixed-martial-arts events in the mid-1990s, to pull all such events off pay-per-view (PPV). But White saw potential in the UFC brand.
The Fertitta brothers' Zuffa LLC bought UFC for $2 million in 2001, and over the next three years, spent $44 million putting on live events in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and other venues around the country and distributing events via PPV, according to UFC officials. UFC's profile got its biggest boost in 2005 with the launch of...