How is UFC different from boxing

"As a boxer I was a depressed alcoholic"

Who can do more: boxer or mixed martial artist? The question is as old as it is nonsensical, believes SPOX. The MMA are simply different - and their triumphant advance can no longer be stopped.

Since the five-time heavyweight and light heavyweight world champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship Randy Couture defeated the boxer James Toney, who until recently was considered a potential Klitschko challenger, on August 28 at UFC 118, the statement that mixed martial arts has been heard from various circles beat boxing.

One has to say - viewed soberly - that anything but a victory for Couture, who has been in the UFC for 16 years, would have been a surprise.

Mixed martial arts are characterized by the fact that techniques and tactics from all recognized sports can be used to achieve victory.

In 2010, a total of 17 years after the founding of the MMA sport, it is almost impossible as a single-topic athlete to prevail against the versatile athletes of the UFC.

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In athletics you could compare boxing with sprinting and mixed martial arts with decathlon. The sprinter will always run faster than the decathlete, but he will only make second place in the decathlon in all disciplines except the sprint.

So if an established boxer like Toney competes with an MMA fighter under the MMA rules, he has just as no chance as the MMA fighter would be if he fought Toney under boxing rules.

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You compare apples with oranges when you say that one sport is superior to another. The statement of many boxing fans and MMA critics that boxers are technically on a completely different level is justified - but the statement only applies to one aspect, a single martial art: boxing.

The mixed martial arts are not exactly that: monothematic. The goal is not to be the best possible boxer, to be the world's best wrestler, or to be the jiu-jitsu ace par excellence. To become a good mixed martial artist, you have to be good at all of these disciplines.

Davis: "I'm a better person today"

James Toney's foray into MMA may have been short-lived, but other former boxers like the Americans Marcus Davis and Chris Lytle and the Italian Alessio Sakara, who competes at UFC 122 in Oberhausen on November 13, have won the Ultimate Fighting Championship , the leading association of MMA sports, has found a permanent home.

Davis, a former Golden Gloves boxer from the American Northeast, got his contract on the UFC reality show "The Ultimate Fighter" and was the first former boxer to establish himself in the sport of MMA.

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"Back when I was a boxer I suffered from depression and was an alcoholic. I was really dissatisfied with my life. When I started training MMA, it was the first time I caught myself since I was a teenager. The training was tough "It took a long time for someone who could only box to make the transition. But I am a happier family man and a better person today," said Davis.

The native Roman Sakara, known as "Legionarius", also admits frankly that the switch was not an easy one: "I started boxing at the age of eleven and then seven years later with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA. I used to be a one-dimensional Striker and therefore had considerable teething problems in MMA sport. Today I can call myself a complete fighter because, although I still prefer fighting on my feet, I am now more than competent on the ground. "

The triumphant advance of MMA cannot be stopped

Chris Lytle may still carry his boxing nickname with "Lights Out", but the firefighter and sports scientist from Indianapolis now wins the majority of his fights by holding hands.

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About his decision to go to the UFC, he reveals: "To be honest, I got into MMA like a virgin. Some of my friends started cross-training and I found it fun and trained for fun. From that developed a whole new career option for me. I saw it as a challenge to learn how to defend myself on the ground, because as a classic striker I had no clue about it. I am fascinated by the technical finesse that you develop over time Sport appropriates. Whoever fights against the best has to work on himself - or he will be left behind. "

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has already left boxing behind financially in several countries - in the USA, Canada, Australia, the UK and Japan.

Regardless of whether you are skeptical of MMA sport or are open-minded about it: One thing is certain, it can no longer be stopped.

Asking about the better martial arts soon becomes pointless

In 2009, for the first time in North America, more children and young people started MMA training than training for other classic martial arts such as boxing.

This is accompanied by a major cultural change, which is also reflected in the media presence of sport.

Soon the popular question of which sport an MMA fighter originally comes from will no longer arise - namely when the first fighters enter the professional league who have learned nothing other than MMA from childhood.

They will not know what to do with the fear of contact of the old generation of traditional martial artists - and the question of better martial arts will seem completely pointless to them.

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