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Boxer Destroys UFC Legend in MMA Bout: Ray Mercer vs. Tim Silvia
When Contact Sports Collide
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Olympic Gold Medalist Ray Mercer
Boxer vs. MMA Fighter
It should be noted that Ray Mercer is no joke. As a professional boxer he tangled with the best of his era for nearly twenty years. He won a Gold Medal, WBO Heavyweight Title and is known for his chin and his power. If Mercer had been kicked in the head or taken to the ground he would have been destroyed. But leg kicks or knees was gonna get him knocked out.
Merciless Ray Mercer won the Gold Medal in the Olympics for the sport of boxing in the Heavyweight Division. He also won the WBO Heavyweight Title by destroying Tommy Morrison in a hard to watch, brutal 5th round knockout. In his prime his losses were extremely close and they were mainly from the best including Evander Holyfield and Lennox. His record in boxing stands at 36-7-1 with 26 knockouts to his credit. His kicking boxing record is 2-2 but he is new to the sport and bases his attack only on the boxing aspect.
Tim Sylvia has an MMA record of 31-8 with 20 knockouts and 4 submissions. He won the UFC Heavyweight title 2 times and he has fought the best in the MMA world. Among his greatest wins and losses were fight matches against Randy Courture, Frank Mir, Andrei Arlovski and Ricco Rodriguez.
The bout took place in Birmingham, Alabama at the BJCC in 2009. At the bell to start the fight in the Octagon, Sylvia landed a leg kick on Ray Mercer. Mercer stepped back and then launched a huge right hand that knocked Sylvia out cold. Mercer jumped on Sylvia landing one more blow as the referee stopped the carnage. The whole match only lasted 10 seconds. Mercer was jumping around like he just won the heavyweight title. After all the trash talk Mercer was completely ecstatic to win with such ease.
Overall, I believe that if a great boxer gets in the octagon, he will lose to an average Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter 9 out of 10 times. And vice versa. If a legendary MMA fighter steps into the squared circle against an out of shape and past his prime boxer the boxer will hurt the UFC fighter 9 out of 10 times as well. Ray Mercer in his Mixed Martial arts debut knocked out former two time champion of the UFC with one shot. That was that 1 out of 10 that happened. When your participating in contact sports anything can happen. Anytime a master of an art is taking on a newcomer in his sport the experienced athlete will have a decided advantage. On the other hand, anything an happen in combat sports.
Originally, the bout was going to be a boxing match but it could not get sanctioned. Ray Mercer had no formal training in any contact sport except for prizefighting. Both Mercer and Sylvia talked trash back and forth at the press conference to build up the fight. Ray Mercer seemed to be generally angry at Sylvia and his whole team all the way up till the bell rang. After what happened, just imagine if Floyd Mayweather got in the boxing ring with an MMA fighter. On the flip side of the coin James Lights Out Toney who has won boxing titles in the Middleweight, Super Middleweight and Cruiserweight divisions got tapped out by Randy Courture in one round in the Octagon. Anyway, you look at it they are both excellent sports and I love both of the arts.
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Merciless Ray Destroys Tommy Morrison
Birthplace of Ray Mercer
Ray Mercer knocks out Tim Sylvia
Ray Mercer vs. Lennox Lewis
Mercer Struck First
If Ray Mercer had of missed the first punch he threw he would have ended up getting tapped out on the floor. As it turns out he leveled Silvia with the first strike which came from a fast, accurate right hand. The power that Mercer put behind that shot with his whole body behind it made it a knockout blow. Merciless Ray Mercer took his only shot at winning and it paid off for him. Mercer would lose the ground game but in boxing Mercer had power, an iron chin and underrated boxing skills.
If you recall. As a boxer Ray Mercer won a gold medal as a heavyweight boxer in the Olympics and he had many devastating knockout wins as a professional including knocking Tommy Morrison out in five rounds with a 22 punch flurry. Bottom line is that most times a boxer wins in the squared circle and an MMA fighter will win in the Octagon. Lest we forget, Ray Mercer was a top heavyweight for a decade and the former WBO Heavyweight champion. Silva is no bum. He just got caught flush by a big punching heavyweight. Boom biddy bye bye.
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