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Boxer Destroys UFC Legend in MMA Bout: Ray Mercer vs. Tim Silvia

Updated on April 26, 2017

When Contact Sports Collide

Ray Mercer fought Tim Sylvia in Birmingham, Alabama in a mixed martial arts bout. Mercer won the bout with one punch.
Ray Mercer fought Tim Sylvia in Birmingham, Alabama in a mixed martial arts bout. Mercer won the bout with one punch. | Source
Former UFC Champion Tim Sylvia against Merciless Ray Mercer from the world of boxing. Sylvia had a height and reach advantage heading into the fight.
Former UFC Champion Tim Sylvia against Merciless Ray Mercer from the world of boxing. Sylvia had a height and reach advantage heading into the fight. | Source
Merciless Ray Mercer knocked out Tim Sylvia in ten seconds. Mercer threw and landed a hard right hand that knocked Silvia out cold.
Merciless Ray Mercer knocked out Tim Sylvia in ten seconds. Mercer threw and landed a hard right hand that knocked Silvia out cold. | Source
Merciless Ray Mercer knocks out the undefeated Tommy Morrison in the fifth round in defense of his WBO Heavyweight Championship. It was a brutal knockout featuring 13 unanswered blows to the head.
Merciless Ray Mercer knocks out the undefeated Tommy Morrison in the fifth round in defense of his WBO Heavyweight Championship. It was a brutal knockout featuring 13 unanswered blows to the head. | Source

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Olympic Gold Medalist Ray Mercer

Ray Mercer won a gold medal in the 1988 Olympic Games and then he won the WBO Heavyweight championship as a professional.
Ray Mercer won a gold medal in the 1988 Olympic Games and then he won the WBO Heavyweight championship as a professional. | Source

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.

* Please leave your thoughts about this match in the comments box located at the bottom of this page. Also, I would love to hear your thoughts on MMA and boxing in general.

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Ray Mercer vs. Lennox Lewis

Ray Mercer, right, lands a right hand on Lennox Lewis. Mercer lost a close decision to the three time heavyweight champion.
Ray Mercer, right, lands a right hand on Lennox Lewis. Mercer lost a close decision to the three time heavyweight champion. | Source

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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      Buster Johnson 20 months ago from Alabama

      MMA fighters can not box well as evidenced by Rousy getting flattened by Holly Holm, hall of fame boxer. She ended t with a kick but her skills in boxig wonthe bou.

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      Eli007 20 months ago

      Mercer just got a lucky knock out hit On tim lol and for the record kimbo slice as an mma fighter defeated ray mercer tho lol. In reality Anywhere outside a boxing ring an mma fighter would destroy a boxer every time in all phases of combat: on the ground, in a clinch, grappling and during stand up(tho in punching/melee range it would be both fighters trading blows like what happens in boxing). Mma fighters are superior to boxers anywhere outside strictly boxing(unless the pro mma fighter had a pro boxing career before transitioning to mma). And a lot of boxing fans say mma fighters cant box....news flash they can. For stand up mma fighters train in boxing mostly cuz in ufc they use their hands more than anything else when on the feet. Also in boxing everything stems from the feet. Mma fighter just gotta attack the legs and bye bye great footwork and putting weight on legs and balls of feet to throw power shots. Trap the boxer in a clinch and knee the boxer in the torso and cripple them there goes rotation of torso and hips for torque for punches. That combined with leg kicks takes away most of the boxers arsenal(footwork, throwing power shots) and their punching power wont be as powerful. Mma fighters are stronger since they weight train daily to be stronger For wrestling and jujitsu, judo and sambo so they can throw, slam people and not get tossed aside or thrown down easily when grappling. As mentioned above boxing stems from footwork. Take the boxer off his feet he's done for on the ground like a fish outta water while the mma fighter is still dangerous. And to one of the commenters on this post ufc isn't weak and to the guy that says boxing is tougher and more popular you are wrong. Mma is way tougher and is a big sport not a niche sport and mma is more popular cuz it's the fastest growing sport in the world. You boxing fanboys who talk mad shit about mma without knowing anything about the sport need to shut up. Smh

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      Buster Johnson 3 years ago from Alabama

      I just believe in general a boxer will be beat up in the Octagon but any and all UFC fighters will be embarrassed as well in the squared circle

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      Chicufridis 3 years ago

      Tim wouldn't last in a novice golden gloves match.

      Mercer can punch and he landed, simple.

      Now, I would love to see JDS in a stand up fight with Mercer.

      If Ray had good, knowledgeable Martial Arts coaches training him he could have done much better as a kickboxer.

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      hp 3 years ago

      UFC are amateurs compared to champion boxers and contenders.

      Aren't a lot of the UFC champs boxing wash outs?

      Man, the way they drop their hands is nuts!

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      dave jameson 3 years ago

      ufc is weak

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      Buster Johnson 4 years ago from Alabama

      Do your homework, idiot. Boxing is the number 2 sport in the world behind soccer. UFC is not a big sport, it's a niche sport. Jon Bones Jones (my fav.) would not last two rounds in a boxing ring with an out of shape fighter. Boxing is far more popular, dangerous and look it up to learn.

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      Jesse 4 years ago from Australia

      lol boxers die and john McCain wanted the UFC banned. that makes sense. There has been deaths in many sports such as horse racing. It doesn't make horse racing any better than MMA or boxing. There has also been deaths in MMA. Sam Velasquez is a good example of that. boxing is also not tougher than MMA. You based this hub from a lucky shot by one boxer and than you delete peoples comments because you know there right and don't want to be proven. I don't care about this any more so you can have the last say. Your a stereotypical American that has no common sense and thinks what they say has got to right because they said it.

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      Jesse 4 years ago from Australia

      wow so you moderate my comment because I proved you wrong what a joke lol

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      Buster Johnson 4 years ago from Alabama

      No UFC fighter in history can last one round in a boxing ring with a top 20 boxer, wake up dummy.

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      Jesse 4 years ago from Australia

      boxers are not faster punchers than MMA fighters it depends on the persons individual talent EG Vitor Belfort and Chuck Liddell punch like there flyweights (at their primes). Also boxers are not fighters there a bunch of cavemen that are only one dimensional. invite any boxer to fight Cain Velasquez or Frank Mir and they will get smashed. It's a joke waiting to happen! Ray mercer got a lucky shot on Tim Sylvia and all of a sudden boxers are better than MMA fighters LOL. Kimbo Slice did terrible in MMA and now he is undefeated in boxing.

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      Tommy Joe 4 years ago

      Give me a break, Toney was 90 pounds over his best fighting weight when he fought Couture. I watched the fight. Toney didn't even try, it was nothing but a pay day for him. Couture himself may have been past his prime but from appearance alone was obviously in better shape than Toney, and was also closer to his actual fighting weight. To use this as an example of boxer vs MMA fighter is absurd. If MMA fighters had a clear edge, the UFC would be actively encouraging boxers to oppose their fighters. If a grappler comes out as a grappler, stays low and respects the boxer's superior speed and natural ability, he might have a chance. Otherwise he's liable to get killed. Over 200 pro boxers die world wide each year. Sure, maybe some shouldn't be in the ring - but even known boxers, good ones, top boxers, have died from single shots in the ring. I'm sorry, I don't think you know just how much faster boxers are with their hands than the MMA guys. I'm not saying the boxer is going to win every time, but I think the top boxers will beat the top MMA guys fighting at the same weight. I have also noticed in the short ten year span I've been watching the MMA that the body style of the typical MMA fighter is changing from that of a wrestler to more of a well rounded fighter with striking ability. Regardless of who is better between the boxer and MMA figher, the reality is that guys who otherwise would have got into boxing who now get into the MMA will dominate that sport as well. You can teach the basics of grappling to a boxer, but you're not going to turn a grappler into a puncher no matter what you do. Under current rules with those small gloves, I'm sorry, I think a boxer is liable to kill an MMA fighter. And if those who run the MMA were so sure of their sports superiority over boxing, by now they'd be clamoring for boxers to challenge their guys. And they're not. Too many losses at the hands of boxers would set the emerging MMA back on it's heels. Better to wait a while for more natural boxers to get into MMA, which by body type alone I can see is already happening.

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      Cliff Mendrez 4 years ago from Philippines

      Didn't hear about this fight until now. Reminds me of the Couture-Toney fight.

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      Jesse 4 years ago from Australia

      kimbo slice defeated mercer though lol

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      Nathan Bernardo 4 years ago from California, United States of America

      I haven't watched any MMA or UFC in years, so I wasn't aware of this fight. That is amazing, but the one hard shot that nails it could be the shot that ends it; kind of shows you that you just don't know how it's going to go. Also shows that the quicker you end it, the better off you are.