Look, I’m what most would consider a casual fan of mixed martial arts (MMA). I don’t know what a rear naked choke is but I know that I know I don’t want one. I also haven’t watched a boxing match since Mike Tyson went to prison. Why? I’m American and as such, I don’t have the attention span for the jab, jab and hug system that boxing seems to reward.
Conversely, MMA has a way of limiting all the pomp and circumstance surrounding a fight and giving up the goods in a hurry. A good match has the ability to pull out the otherwise dormant primal urges of an average accountant and compel him to spit out a half-eaten chicken finger with a growl after watching someone’s foot find anothers face.
There are many reasons why MMA is becoming more and more popular. Here’s five of our favorites:
MMA Doesn’t Have a Don King
Don King’s resume is pretty colorful. After dropping out วิจารณ์มวย of college, King went on to run an illegal bookmaking operation while being charged twice for murder. While the first charge was dropped after it was determined to be justified homicide (the slain man was attempting to rob King’s gambling house), the second charge stuck. In this case, King stomped an employee to death over $600.
Even Mike Tyson, whom most people would rate just above a slug on the humanity scale offered this about King, “(King is) a wretched, slimy, reptilian motherf–. This is supposed to be my ‘black brother’ right? He’s just a bad man, a real bad man. He would kill his own mother for a dollar. He’s ruthless, he’s deplorable, and he doesn’t know how to love anybody”.
The point of this brief history lesson is that you know a promoter with this colorful history isn’t in the game to earn an honest living or further the sport that he loves. He is in it for the money, power and the ability to create a celebrity status normally reserved for the talented.
Perhaps the deeper issue is more about how the business of boxing has traditionally operated. In boxing, each fighter is essentially a free agent. The elite can hold out for what they consider a proper pay-day while hand picking their opponents. In MMA it’s much simpler. Fighters sign contracts with an organization that determines who fights when and against whom. Because of this, the upcoming fights are known far in advance and don’t waiver unless there is an injury. While you could debate the merits of pay scale of a MMA fighter versus a boxer, the MMA set up is better for fans as it knocks out the Don Kings of the game.
MMA is More Creative
Note that I didn’t say ‘artistic’ here. It will be hard for any MMA fighter to exemplify the thunder and fury of Mohammed Ali or a handful of other legendary boxers. However, the fighting tactics available for a good MMA offer a wider spectrum of fighting creativity to come into play. It also forces fighters to be balanced. You can be a great striker or have the ground game of an Olympic wrestler, but if you lack a single discipline, a savvy MMA fighter will discover, expose and punish you for your lack of balance. Watch a single fight of Anderson da Silva and you will quickly understand the depth of knowledge that some MMA fighters possess.