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Boxing vs. UFC

Updated on March 6, 2013

UFC vs Boxing -- Which is the better sport?

There is something inside males that causes us to ask the question "Who would win in a fight?" This process starts very early on. I remember as a child wondering if a tiger could beat a lion, how tough my dad was, and most importantly could the Hulk beat up Superman?

For better or worse, it's there. Blame it on the testosterone. So given the fact that "boys will be boys," a very common, very popular, and hotly debated question today revolves around which is the better sport, UFC or boxing? Who is the most skilled fighter, a boxer of a master of MMA? (And can my dad beat up your dad?)

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Randy Couture vs James Toney

Boxing vs. UFC

Which is the better sport - UFC or Boxing?

Many UFC fans would argue that a boxer could never win against a master of MMA. While a boxer may be skilled with his hands, a UFC fighter can use his entire body as a weapon. If one style of fighting doesn't seem effective, he'll simply switch to another. Once a UFC fighter takes a boxer to the ground, it's all over. A boxer doesn't know what to do when he's on his back. Boxing is a dying sport they say. UFC is overtaking boxing.

Conversely, a boxing fan may feel that a UFC fighter wouldn't last 2 minutes in the ring with a professional boxer. In boxing, defense is every bit as important as offense which a UFC fighter is not accustomed to. This gives the boxer the edge. Also, once you remove a UFC fighter's ability to use his legs or tackle his opponent, the fight is basically over. If a UFC fighter is forced to rely solely on his fists, a boxer wins every time without question. Regarding the question of which is the better sport, popularity is not the sole decisive factor. Boxing has been around far longer than UFC in the US. Boxing has its share of problems right now but they are self-inflicted. The sport of boxing is beginning to rebound and gradually making a comeback.

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Boxing Is a Better Sport than UFC

In my opinion.

Personally, I prefer boxing over UFC. UFC feels very "high school" to me. Many of the spectators and participants seem to be the Wal-mart crowd. Most UFC matches quickly end up with two guys rolling around on the floor, hitting each other in the face with their elbows and knees. Didn't we already see this as kids after school in the parking lot? Sorry but I outgrew that scene years ago (and honestly the rest of you should have too). While I don't mind a little blood, UFC is far too gory and just plain brutal.

The sweet science of boxing offers poetry in motion, skill, grace, speed, and precision. Defense is equal in importance to offense. While boxing is obviously a violent sport, it is controlled violence that doesn't become anywhere near as out of control as UFC.

Simply put, I am entertained by boxing and frankly a little disgusted by UFC.

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Floyd Mayweather

Boxing vs UFC -- The Final Round

Who will score the knockout?

That having been said, I do not believe boxing is necessarily a "better" sport than UFC or vice versa. Nor do I believe UFC is overtaking boxing. Boxing certainly has its challenges ahead, many of which are uphill. Corrupt promoters and self-serving boxing superstars (*cough, Floyd Mayweather, cough*) are not doing the sport any favors.

Regardless, pitting these two sports against one another is an unfair comparison. This is an "apples and oranges" argument as boxing and UFC are simply different sports. I do, however, believe UFC is not for me just as boxing may not be for others and I accept that. This isn't a matter of right or wrong, good or bad--it's a matter of preference.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Last time I checked, everybody in America shops at WalMart at some point. I think someone has an overindulged ego, get over yourself.

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      pbrandon65 4 years ago

      I prefer boxing, simply because I grew up watching so much of it, but both are very tough sports to participate in.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @Odradek: Yes there is women fighting in the ufc.

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      ImmatureEntrepr 5 years ago

      @golfgpswatch lm: Very well put. :)

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      golfgpswatch lm 5 years ago

      Neither is better, they are two great sports and I love them both.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Nothing in boxing can compare to Mayweather v Pacquiao because that fight isn't happening.

      Boxing & MMA are two very different forms of combat. MMA combines striking and grappling. Combines boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, bjj, judo, karate, kung fu, etc. Disparaging it means you are basically disparaging every other combat sport.

      MMA isn't for everybody but all sports are like that. I have no interest in golf, tennis, basketball, soccer and dozens of other sports.

      Give me boxing, mma, wrestling, judo, track & field, weightlifting, football. The rest, don't care just like they probably don't care about what I like.

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      Odradek 5 years ago

      Boxing is the best. It's great that women can now represent their countries in the Olympics. Is there UFC for women?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      boxing all the way. For example, i don't think anything in UFC can compare to a Mayweather vs Pacquiao matchup.

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      leapyear84 5 years ago

      awesome lense..i did one similar to this one...you should check it out

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      Didge 5 years ago

      awesome . . .

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I do find myself watching both boxing and mixed martial arts and both have their good points and bad. When MMA first started I can remember some of those ground submission fights lasting a long time with not much action. I'm glad they fixed that problem.

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      JJGJJG 6 years ago

      Boxing needs stars and young fans, the UFC is becoming the sport of the younger generation and if boxing doesn't develop talent soon they will become horse racing

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      ImmatureEntrepr 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Heh.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I prefer apples to both boxing and UFC.

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      pittfan33 6 years ago

      I am a diehard boxing fan, but ufc has grown on me in the last year or so because they always put the best matchups out there

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      apples to oranges...i prefer apples to a mixed basket of fruit. alot of mma fighters have a base in boxing.

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      JamesPittman LM 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Very good answer I agree 100%.

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      proboxingfans 7 years ago

      I agree with you that boxing is the better sport, but I'm a fan of both, and they are very different from one another. They should be treated and viewed as separate sports.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I'm a fan of MMA and boxing. Both can be very exciting and both can be horribly boring depending on the style of the fighters. I agree that neither can be greater than the other. They can only be compared because both are a form of martial combat. For me it's like comparing a very graceful martial art like Tae Kwon Do to a very rugged and lethal martial art like Krav Maga. Each was created for a unique purposes and each lives up to that purpose in a meaningful way.