Originally Posted by Iron Duke
It makes them fight because there are 90 degree right angles.
Due to these right angles it is much easier to cut a fighter off,hem him in and force him to start fighting.
Since the octagon is so massive and essentially circular in shape, a fighter can dance around and move away from the opponent alot more easily.
PRIDE fights are for the whole, more exciting than UFC fights,because the ring forces them to fight.
The restarts? big deal, it takes 5 seconds to put the fighters to the middle of the ring.
The ring is dangerous? I always thought that claim was bullshit,how many fighters have fallen out the ring and injured themselves that they can't continue to fight? few,if any
A fighting arena should be uniform and safe, the cage is neither. The biggest fighter in the sport, in the biggest fight in the sport, fell through the ropes in a fairly high paced point in the fight and was lucky not to have been a few more inches out or Fedor vs CroCop would have ended as a big dissapointment.
Ropes encourage fighters who are being GnP'd to duck under the ropes and get a restart, taking away from the advantage gained by the offensive party. Groundfighting is just not ment for a ring, look at Ebenezer Fontes Braga triangling Brandon Lee Hinkle using the ropes as part of the choke, or the ref dragging an unconscious Sakuraba back in through the ropes against Smirnovas giving him extra time for him to set up his amazing comeback, but also setting him up for further brain damage. Fedor vs Lindland was another fight that showed the ring as being a pain in the ass.
You can grab both a cage and a rope (although you can get your whole hand around a rope), but you cant duck under a cage, and you can't fall through a cage, assuming the idiot in charge of securing the door does his job. (Southworth vs Irvin)
The cage is a more pure form of MMA than the ring
, which forces frequent interference of a third party, which stops momentum and just flat out looks stupid.