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UFC vs. Boxing: And The Winner Is.....

Updated on March 2, 2016

The Octagon and the Squared Circle

UFC's Octagon is used for mixed martial arts competition. The rounds are five minutes long with one minute rest in between each stanza.
UFC's Octagon is used for mixed martial arts competition. The rounds are five minutes long with one minute rest in between each stanza. | Source
Boxing's Squared Circle is used by Prizefighters and in the professional ranks they measure anywhere from 16 x 16 all the way up to a 24x24 .
Boxing's Squared Circle is used by Prizefighters and in the professional ranks they measure anywhere from 16 x 16 all the way up to a 24x24 . | Source
Anderson Silva, seen here fighting Stephan Bonner, is one of the best in the UFC's history. He can fight you standing up or on the round.
Anderson Silva, seen here fighting Stephan Bonner, is one of the best in the UFC's history. He can fight you standing up or on the round. | Source
Sugar Ray Leonard, seen fighting Tommy Hearns, is one of the best boxer punchers in boxing's history.
Sugar Ray Leonard, seen fighting Tommy Hearns, is one of the best boxer punchers in boxing's history. | Source
Iron Mike Tyson, seen snapping back the head of Razor Rudduck, has knockout power in both hands not to mention an iron chin.
Iron Mike Tyson, seen snapping back the head of Razor Rudduck, has knockout power in both hands not to mention an iron chin. | Source

It Stands To Reason

One thing that both the mixed martial arts and boxing experts agree on, are the fact that both sports use different fight techniques and there are different rules. With both sets of athletes being in top physical condition, then the fighter with the most experience at his certain skill set will win.

If a boxer fights a UFC fighter in a boxing ring, the boxer will win easily eight out of the ten. If a UFC fighter is fighting the boxer in the Octagon then the roles will be reversed and the UFC fighter will then win easier. It is two different sports with different styles and every one knows that styles make the fights. Randy Courtoure easily beat legendary boxer James Toney in only one round in the Octagon. Now reverse the roles, if James Toney were fighting Randy Courtoure in the square circle, we all know that Courtoure would be punished unmercifully. You see, it just depends on the fighter's skill set. You pick a few things a fighter is good at and then you focus on those few things that a fighter does well.

One can argue that a UFC fighter is better than a boxer but, the fighters have different styles and different strengths.

I am a fan of both contact sports however, I have been watching boxing for a lot longer.

* Please share your thoughts on this topic as well as Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts in general in the comments box located at the bottom of this sports article.


Prize Fighting

Boxing rounds are three (3) minutes each and championship caliber fighters will fight for 10-12 rounds. In boxing you can only score points with a closed glove and you can win by decision or by knockout. Boxers punch harder due to the fact that they pivot and use their legs and shoulders. They also punch harder because this is their only means of offense. Therefore, they are well rehearsed in striking to the head and body. Boxing takes stamina like Soccer or MMA to succeed at the highest level. The top elite level requires stamina, skills and experience and of course a bunch of heart. One thing is for sure, whether it is boxing or the UFC, being in excellent condition is a top priority for safety's sake.

A boxer that throws a perfect left hook or right hand with full speed, power and accuracy and uses their legs and upper body to put full weight behind their shots, is a deadly boxer indeed. Boxing takes year round training in order to compete and the highest levels of the game. When a boxer signs for a bout he usually trains anywhere from 6-10 weeks and that does not include road work which is a requirement 5-6 days a week in this sport. You can tell come fight time whether a boxing match, UFC fight or Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight, if a fighter has properly prepared themselves or not. He/she will not get tired as easily or quickly if they trained hard during training camp.The stamina will be there for the later rounds, if need be, if the opponents can last long enough.

Mixed Martial Arts

UFC fighters battle five minute rounds and they range in between 3-5 rounds per bout. The main techniques used in MMA are Judo, Karate, Boxing and Wrestling. In the Octagon, you can win by knockout, decision, or tap out. Mixed martial arts fighters have to be able to fight on the ground or the stand-up position in the Octagon in order to win. It is of up most importance that you know how to defend against submission holds. Mixed Martial Arts or MMA requires stamina, skills, and experience in dealing with grappling and submission holds and needless to say heart in order to thrive in this combat sport. You MUST be very tough and willing to work hard to make it in this sport.

Safety is the most important factor in the Octagon. A referee must do his or her job diligently in order to keep the fighters safe and out of harm's way.

I have been to two Mixed Martial Arts fights and they were very entertaining. One was held in the state of Alabama and one was held in Mississippi.

Martial artists train hard and it requires conditioning and stamina to be a true ground grappler.

Boxing vs. UFC

Boxing and the UFC are always debating which is the best sport. Both sports are excellent and both have their advantages.
Boxing and the UFC are always debating which is the best sport. Both sports are excellent and both have their advantages. | Source

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UFC vs. Boxing Argument

Both Sports Can Coincide Together

Boxing and MMA can survive side by side. Both sports are different from each other with different skills and completely different rules. Just like Football, Baseball and basketball all thrive at the same time, Boxing and UFC can also thrive alongside each other. One minute I hear boxing is dead but then Forbes announces that boxer Floyd Mayweather was the highest paid athlete in all sports. Both sports have something in common and that is they are both entertaining and dangerous.

Boxing Punches

Jab
Strait Right
Left Hook
Right Uppercut
Left Uppercut
Right Hook
Overhand right
Bolo Punch
Check Hook
 
Strait Left
 
Ten of the Best Punches in the sport of Boxing.

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