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Old 12-23-2011, 05:57 PM   #1
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The phrase is thrown around quite often by visitors to this section.. Do any MMA fans really believe Boxing is more technical?

Boxing
-"The Sweet Science"
-"Hit and not get hit"
-Essentially defending and scoring punches

Mixed Martial Arts
-Striking
-Grappling
-Submission (chokes, joint locks and manipulation)

Never thought about it much until now, but I don't see any truth to this statement. I believe Mixed Martial Arts to be the "sweeter science".. More strikes and skills at you're disposal, not to mention to defend and acquire.

Boxing, Muay Thai, BJJ, and other forms of grappling are large pieces of Mixed Martial Arts.. How in the world can Boxing be "more technical" if you are only defending and blocking punches?
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Old 12-23-2011, 06:05 PM   #2
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Boxing is more technical because the level of skill in boxing is much much much higher. TO be a top boxer you must have mastered the sport, where as in mma some become champion in 2 years like jon jones or brock lesnar.

To put it simply, top boxers are much better at boxing than top mma fighters are at mma

MMA is very young though so its not a very fair comparison
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Old 12-23-2011, 06:21 PM   #3
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MMA is 'looser' because there are so many more weapons and combinations available at any given time. Boxing is considered more technical because the fighters have better mastered the co-ordination of a more limited arsonel of weapons. The term 'the sweet science' preceeds the birth of MMA by 50 years or more.
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Old 12-23-2011, 06:24 PM   #4
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Boxing is more technical because the level of skill in boxing is much much much higher. TO be a top boxer you must have mastered the sport, where as in mma some become champion in 2 years like jon jones or brock lesnar.

To put it simply, top boxers are much better at boxing than top mma fighters are at mma

MMA is very young though so its not a very fair comparison
This is it put perfectly. It's also the same with other sports like wrestling, BJJ etc.
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Old 12-23-2011, 07:36 PM   #5
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The boxing of today is more restricted and thus more refined.

But what is boxing? Is it the restrictive amateur style shown in the Olympics, the slug fests of Ward/Gatti or the unlicenced style (such as recently seen in Snatch for example) which IMO is barely a shade off some MMA bouts?
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Old 12-23-2011, 07:48 PM   #6
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Good stuff, keep it comin
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Old 12-23-2011, 08:01 PM   #7
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The boxing of today is more restricted and thus more refined.

But what is boxing? Is it the restrictive amateur style shown in the Olympics, the slug fests of Ward/Gatti or the unlicenced style (such as recently seen in Snatch for example) which IMO is barely a shade off some MMA bouts?
MMA has certainly evolved into a very good to watch sport, and the packaging of the product is first class. I think there is still room for improvement though. Two guys in a loose clinch leaning against the fence and watching the clock tick down is not great entertainment.
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Old 12-23-2011, 09:22 PM   #8
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Boxing is more technical because the level of skill in boxing is much much much higher. TO be a top boxer you must have mastered the sport, where as in mma some become champion in 2 years like jon jones or brock lesnar.

To put it simply, top boxers are much better at boxing than top mma fighters are at mma

MMA is very young though so its not a very fair comparison

Jones and Lesnar have been wrestling (which is arguably the best stylistic base for MMA) at a high level for most of their lives. It's not like you're talking about two guys who had absolutely no experience in combat sports before they started training MMA.
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Old 12-23-2011, 09:27 PM   #9
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Boxing is more technical because the level of skill in boxing is much much much higher. TO be a top boxer you must have mastered the sport, where as in mma some become champion in 2 years like jon jones or brock lesnar.

To put it simply, top boxers are much better at boxing than top mma fighters are at mma

MMA is very young though so its not a very fair comparison
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Old 12-23-2011, 09:39 PM   #10
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Ask someone to draw cats all day long. Day after day after day. Nothing but cats.

Now ask them to draw a dog.
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Old 12-23-2011, 11:34 PM   #11
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Weird but thought-provoking analogy!
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Old 12-24-2011, 05:49 AM   #12
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Ask someone to draw cats all day long. Day after day after day. Nothing but cats.

Now ask them to draw a dog.
There is something funny about this
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Jones and Lesnar have been wrestling (which is arguably the best stylistic base for MMA) at a high level for most of their lives. It's not like you're talking about two guys who had absolutely no experience in combat sports before they started training MMA.
is it really have mma most talented stars just come from that base
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Old 12-24-2011, 08:57 AM   #14
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Boxing is more technical because the level of skill in boxing is much much much higher. TO be a top boxer you must have mastered the sport, where as in mma some become champion in 2 years like jon jones or brock lesnar.

To put it simply, top boxers are much better at boxing than top mma fighters are at mma

MMA is very young though so its not a very fair comparison
That is a very good post.
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is it really
Yes, really.
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