Combat sports like MMA and boxing have always had a stigma of being a barbaric sport associated with it. The uneducated and opponents only see the violence and jump to conclusions, while the fans know there is more to combat sports then just punching each other in the face. Take “Fight the City” as an example who are using combat sports, along with the art community as a platform to do something positive.
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When it comes to today’s choice in fight entertainment, more and more Americans are turning to mixed martial arts. MMA is the fastest growing sport in the United States, combining boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, jiu jitsu, karate and all other types of martial arts. MMA requires skill and determination, stamina and fearlessness.
This weekend will be one of the biggest fights of the year in Las Vegas and will not take place in any type of octagon or cage setting. Undefeated (41-0; 25 KO, 16 Dec) Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. will be defending his WBC welterweight championship against “Vicious” Victor Ortiz (29-2-2; 22 KO) and given the history of the pay per view purchases generated by Mayweather, the argument that boxing is the more lucrative sport with a dedicated following could be echoed if sales are like anything past in comparison to UFC ppv purchases.
Gary Shaw is one of the most influential figures in boxing. He served on the New Jersey Athletic Commission for almost thirty years before becoming a promoter. Between 2006 and 2008 Shaw played a critical role with the mixed martial arts promotion Elite XC.
In what seems to be the newest stronghold strike for elite fighters like Georges St. Pierre and Miguel Torres, who you can see at this weekends UFC 130. The MMA Jab until recently has been under utilized to keep opponents at bay but after seeing fighters like the Diaz brothers, and BJ Penn use it successfully the trend is gaining steam as MMA fighters have picked up elite boxing traits to evolve their game.
Nick Diaz has to be a prime example of this, making considerably less than the champions around him, and taking a lot of damage in the process. Diaz has once again expressed his feelings on how Strikeforce doesn’t have any more competition for him and that they don’t pay enough for the fights he wins.
The thing that makes combat sports so different from any other sports is the amount of different offensive techniques that you can apply without duplicating one. Mixed Martial Arts is the combination of all combat sports (Boxing, Kick Boxing, Wrestling, Karate, Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, etc), there are more techniques than any one person can learn in their lifetime.