Friday, July 28, 2006

Hooray for MMA

Quick, name a professional boxer! Sorry, Lennox Lewis is retired. Nope, the Klitschko boys don’t count either. C’mon think! Oooh, good one, but that Big Russian needs a name. Still can’t think? You have 17 different weight classes. Give up? Now if you did pass this little test I’m sure you…No, I know you said either, Floyd Mayweather, Bernard Hopkins, Winky Wright, or Jermaine Taylor. And the only reason you thought of them is because they were in the news recently. Now name a Mixed Martial Arts fighter! If you happen to watch The Ultimate Fighter, then I’m sure you just rattled off about ten guys from the last season alone. And if you haven’t seen it, then you still knew guys such as Liddell, Shamrock, Hughes, Sylvia and Arlovsky, Tito Ortiz, and Rich Franklin all from the UFC, Wanderlei Silva from PRIDE, or Bob Sapp from K-1…….Need I continue? The point is Mixed Martial Arts has clearly taken the reigns from professional boxing by a long shot. Like I mentioned earlier there are 17 different weight classes and 4 different sanctioning bodies, or organizations in boxing.The World Boxing Association (WBA), The World Boxing Council (WBC), The International Boxing Federation (IBF), and The World Boxing Organization (WBO). Whoa! That means there are a potential 68 different champs in Pro Boxing. In the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), and Pride Fighting Championship (PRIDE) there are only 4 weight classes each. Only 8 champs! And fighters hop from organization to organization all the time. MMA promotes it’s fighters by televising shows on the Fox Sports Network and Spike TV almost everyday. When do you see boxing? Unless you watch "The Contender" or old Ali highlights on ESPN Classic, you see it once a month on HBO. Boxing is doing so terrible right now that former heavyweight Tommy Morrison, who is 40 years old, is considering a comeback. Why? Because he knows he could storm through the ranks and contend for a title. While boxing is suffering from a decrease in popularity, on the other hand the UFC is seeing its popularity soar. And until Professional Boxing has a solution to its poor promotions, television ratings, and its fan base, then Mixed Martial Arts will remain the “king” of fighting.


Blogger pete silva said...

before i finish reading the story i had to tell you who i thought of:
my man pretty boy Mayweather, arturo gotti, i had another but i lost it.

4:24 PM  
Blogger pete silva said...

so you punked me on pretty boy, but i got arturo gotti. your still a bantumweight

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


4:28 PM  
Blogger Situ said...

MMA is king in my book. Just overall more exciting to watch than boxing. I still would have bet some serious cash that The Machine Gunn was deceased.

4:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He was thought to be dead of AIDS, but really he survived HIV?? aren't they the same? At least Wilt cant touch his record. :)

6:05 PM  
Anonymous WILLIE B said...

Just so yall know i was thinking of Manny Paquiao, one of the best lightweights in the game

8:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Silva Boyz's Poppa in Saudi seconds Manny Paquiao. Keep up the good work guys....

9:00 AM  

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