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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?)

Randy Couture vs James Toney
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.

Boxing vs UFC -- What's your opinion? - Vote here!

Which is the better sport, UFC or boxing?

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    • anonymous 4 years ago

      milliseconds hands speed,stamina, footwork,.boxer is far quicker than ufc fighter..so how the ufc fighter can take boxer on the ground.?move forward and grab?

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      boxing by far is a beter sport there is a reson the ufc guys fight ufc. they cant cut it as boxers and there is no argument there why would i get beat by submission in 2 minutes or win for that mater and not even take a near a purse as boxing offers. the top ufc fighter are no where near what the top boxers earn. if those so called ufc fighters could cut it in boxing trust me they would the benefits are so much beter but its obvious they cant.. and im sorry i dont want to see guys rolling around dry humping each other for 5 rounds with no clue of clear scoring. if i want to watch mma its k-1 or muay thai but we rarley get to see it because the ufc is a monopoy. boxing is world wide the ufc is like the wwf if u wanna play u gotta not get paid. i would take a paquao marquez fight or a gotti ward fight any day over ufc's best ko. there is nothing more exiting than the sweet science of boxing as opposed to a guy getting in a lucky punch after two guys swing wildly there is a reson any kid off the street can train for 2 to 3 years and move up quick in the ufc ranks there is little skill involved.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Boxing all da wU

    • Johnny0 4 years ago

      I like boxing better. More strategy and endurance required. If you compare the best boxing fights against the best UFC fights, I have to say I would rather watch the boxing match. Grappling just not exciting to me and seems a lot of UFC fights end up grappling most of the time. Get rid of grappling in UFC it would more exciting to me.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Boxing the sport is better, but UFC is run infinitely better. Boxing's management is a mess. Overall though, the top boxing matches are better.

    • pittfan33 6 years ago

      i would say boxing is the more cleaner defined sport, but ufc is starting to get marquee names and the better matchups. ufc doesn't take 5 to ten years to get the top fighters to fight

    • proboxingfans 6 years ago

      I agree, boxing is better, but I'm a fan of both.

    • RedSportNiac 6 years ago

      I haven't watch UFC yet.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      All I know is that boxer Ray Mercer knocked out UFC champ Tim Sylvia in 15 seconds..LOL

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      A good boxer could beat the hell out of a good ufc fighter.

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      • BenHill123 3 years ago

        UFC wins for me. Boxers will be better strikers and in some ways its preferable for self defence as you really don't want to go to the ground or anything in real life where there may be all sorts of rubbish on the ground and possibly more than one opponent. But UFC just have a versatility that boxers lack because their training is not as broad. http://www.amazon.co.uk/BLOC-IT-Boxing-Kickboxing-...

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Who would win in a street fight? Exactly, mma teaches you how to fight real life. Boxers? Really?

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Royce Gracie has already answered this question.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        UFC... simple. think versus... what can a boxer do to a UFC fighter? punch him so his ass can get wooped then dropped to the ground?or take his punches? boxing in my opinion can in no way win over UFC... look all the endurance, strength, and versatility a UFC fighter goes through compared to boxings all so plain learn-how-to-punch tactics which in all you do is punch for points. why not pur one pro boxer in the ring with someone thats a pro UFC fighter and see who lasts.. i seriously doubt the boxer would make it clean unless he gets lucky.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        ufc goes hard, i would love to see a boxer fight a ufc fighter. and loy; mayweather vs pacquao doesn't comare to anderson silva vs jon jones.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Always been a fan of boxing but, it seems like every time I pay for a fight I end up kicking my self for doing so.... Boxing is nothing but, a bunch of managers and fighters trying to get rich on one fight. I promise my self not to ever pay for a fight after the last two Mayweather fights. It's all hype in my opinion. UFC has genuine hungry fighters who for the most part are in it for the love of the sport (of course there are always exceptions). Besides that, when have you ever been at a place (restaurant, sports bar, etc...) where they have a boxing match with two guys that are not known on TV and grabbed your attention, NEVER. Boxing matches are only exciting when the fighters are known or when there was a lot of media hype around it. On the other hand MMA fights all together, being UFC or not, are exciting. You can watch an MMA fight with fight card full of unknown fighters and I assure you people will be watching. It will take a boxer years to get peoples attention and get people to order a PPV fight, when it would take an up and coming MMA fighter one impressive fight to get people to order PPV. I will say one thing, UFC fights are a lot more often and there for if you are a fan you are looking to drop some serious cash in in the course of a year. It can get overwhelming when you have back to back PPV fights that you don't want to miss, specially since the initial target is a younger crowd acording to Dana White. With that said I believe there is an art to each sport, what I can not stand is when people like who ever wrote this article bash on the opposite sport. Saying that UFC is a teenagers thing and that whoever follows this sport needs to grow out of it, is an ignorant statement. There is just as much art to it as there is to boxing, as much dedication, and as much hard training, if not more.... I am not a fighter or a critic but, if boxing wants to come back fighters, managers, and all behind the scenes personnel need to show some respect to the fans. DO IT FOR THE SPORT NOT FOR THE MONEY!!!

      • ceejaycmarshall 5 years ago

        a more pure display of human talent and athleticism

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Fighters that have had a boxing rec, Anderson Silva, Marcus Davis, Nick Diaz, Vito Belfort, Randy Couture & Don Frye i could name more, i used to be a massive fan of boxing some of my friends are pro fighters however it is so corrupt and non entertaining any more, any one can name twenty fighters from the 70's, 80's and early 90's but no one can do it now. if i have the choice between watching the UFC or Boxing i can honestly im with the UFC, boxing is a skill and an art of one thing allways has been, never any proper wars, all about the money and tbh, when should i fighter pick and choose who he should fight, he can avoid the ranked number 1, 2 or 3 and fight some one who has been beat so prolong his record and payday.........thats why people want the UFC, because the fighters know win or lose they get paid and the fighers make an effort to put a show on to prove who really is the best ....................................... and how can any one call it barbaric, thats what there trade is, the learned it and they master it to entertain the masses, majority enjoy it other wise they wouldnt do it, martial arts is a science is an art .................... people are learning fast due to the recession get your moneys worth and the UFC purely defines that word

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Im a 17 years old and a ametaur boxer and I believe boxing is one of the best standup fighting styles one could learn but, ufc is just alot more explosive and more entertaining, u can learn any martial art and use it in the cage, boxings just boxing

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Ray mercer may have knocked out Tim Sylvia, but who cares.. Kimbo Slice made Ray look like a bitch standing up and on the ground. Ray got a lucky punch in the first 15.. Not impressive. Any boxer that steps in the cage with a UFC fighter is going to get there ass beat. Boxing is 1 dimensional. And for anyone that thinks UFC fghters cant box are idiots.. Considering 99.9& of them have Muay Thai and boxing experience. Look what happened to James Tony.. EVERYONE can agree with me on how pathetic that was. That what happens when a boxer doesn't get lucky.

      • JamesPittman LM 6 years ago

        I don't really think this is a fair question. I enjoy UFC more than I enjoy boxing, but it does not mean there are not any good boxing matches anymore. Nov 13 2010 there will be a phenomenal boxing match between Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito. I will be watching that one.

        Comparing boxing to UFC would be like asking if you like track or cross country more. Or even Greco-Roman wrestling to UFC. They are different sports with different rules.

      • humboldt84 6 years ago

        UFC all the way!

      • Paul 6 years ago from Montreal

        MMA is the future!

      • TaekwondoCoach 6 years ago

        UFC has it for me...

        Taekwondo Coach

      Boxing Guestbook - Agree? Disagree? Do you like boxing or UFC better?

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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 4 years ago

          @golfgpswatch lm: Very well put. :)

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          golfgpswatch lm 4 years ago

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

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          anonymous 4 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 5 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 6 years ago

          @anonymous: Very good answer I agree 100%.

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          proboxingfans 6 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 7 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.