- 21 October 2008
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Yeah he's a fair weapon and a good bloke unlike that flog Mundine
Do you think the mixed martial arts scene will ever detract from boxings numbers?
Probably be a long time coming till MMA has the same cred as boxing does though. Don't you think? Boxing has huge tradition, where MMA is - at this stage, a brightly lit, and quite lurid presentation in comparison. And this coming from a fan.
If it lasts long enough to get some real history, I'll be happy, but I think it may be in danger of becoming just another wrestling melodrama in the way that fights are choreographed. I have no evidence for this, it's just a gut feeling about its possible direction. I hope it never happens.
The format is very new, that is correct, but the arts they use are not.
You could argue that the two most prominent styles in that MMA ring are muay thai and ju-jitsui.
Both of these have been around longer then boxing, so there is plenty of culture and history to back it.
These days people just want action, they want blood, they want to see people get hurt. MMA brings this.
You are right, the old champions were what its was all about, and here is why we enjoyed watching them more.
They slugged it out, they wanted to put each others noses through the back of their heads. These days, you watch the likes of lennox lewis and floyd mayweather, argueably the best of this generation, they are purely tactical strategical fighters. For them it was about preservation and beating their opponent on this scorecard.
In my opinion we all have a primeval urge to want to see two people beat each other up, the problem with boxing today is it is more about winning on the scorecard, the tactic is to hit lightly, quickly and not be hit.
You watch tyson fight, if that doesnt getting you pumped for a fight then nothing will. You watch lennox lewis fight and i garantee you change the channel to MMA
So i say to the boxers out their, harden the **** up. Go for knockout or go home. If i wanted to watch strategical dancing for 1 hour i would have gone to the ballet.
You are saying Lennox Lewis hits lightly and quickly? LOL.
Yeah Tyson was one scary mutha in his heyday. I remember watching him enter the ring on the few fights I saw televised, and the excitement was unmistakeable. The guy was a genuine fighter. Too bad he stooped to biting guys on the ear later on.
MRC do you know why the PPV numbers are higher? Because more families now have tv's then they did before. Because more people have foxtel then there was before. Those numbers prove nothing for popularity.
So all of a sudden, in the last couple of years, the % increase in PPV numbers correlates closely with those of new cable connections? I don't think so. Go get proof, I will take whatever bet you want to make....
If it lasts long enough to get some real history, I'll be happy, but I think it may be in danger of becoming just another wrestling melodrama in the way that fights are choreographed.