Human Cock Fighting vs The Sweet Science: What’s more dangerous, MMA or Boxing?

Which sport is more exciting? Which sport has the tougher fighters? Which sport requires the most skill? Boxing and MMA are constantly being compared to one another.

It’s a side effect of being by far and away the two most popular combat sports going right now. One of the most popular debates that it seems like every fan has had at some point and time is, the which sport is safer debate.

If you’ve ever watched any MMA event at all, you know it doesn’t take long for the Octagan to start looking like a scene out of “Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” It’s a bloody violent sport, there is absolutely no denying that.

And while some of the fights may be bloodier than the backseat of the car John Travolta was driving in “Pulp Fiction,” the actual amount of punishment they are taking is often times less than their boxing counterparts.

Part of the reason for that misconception, is because faces bleed like a none other. All you need is one little nick above the eye, and next thing you know it looks like you just played bobbing for apples at Dracula’s Halloween party. The abuse they are taking is far more visible than it is in boxing.

In boxing, on the other hand, we are privy to the real bloody gory fights far less often. The way boxing gloves are constructed gives them far less of a chance to actually open someone’s face up with a punch.

The gloves also have far more padding than the UFC gloves, so you can throw a much harder punch without it hurting your hand as bad. That’s part of the reason guys like Floyd Mayweather can box with a broken hand.

Just because your hands are more protected, however, doesn’t mean your head is. You’re still getting punched in the head, but now it’s with more velocity because you aren’t concerned about damaging your hands. Your hands are also heavier now due to the gloves. That combination allows the boxer to accumulate much more damage, as opposed to the thin MMA gloves which allow for quicker knockouts and much less long term damage.

But just because they are less gory doesn’t mean they are any less dangerous. Boxing is actually considered by many to be the more dangerous of the two sports. The biggest contributing factor is that in MMA, you not only have the option to end the fight with a KO, but you can also submit the other fighter, where as in boxing a KO is your only option.

Another element that makes boxing more dangerous is the 10 count. That’s when one boxer knocks another down, and they have ten seconds to get back up to their feet.

For those of you who have never been knocked down or out from punches, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. It blows. One second you’re standing up and watching the fist come toward you, and next thing you know you’re laying on the ground trying to piece together what just happened.

The last activity one should be engaging in at that particular time is to continue fighting, but that is exactly what boxers do. Sometimes multiple times a match.

According to this research paper, “Athletes with multiple concussions were 7.7 times more likely to demonstrate a major drop in memory performance than athletes with no previous concussions.”

Those experts assume that everytime a pro gets knocked down or out, they have a concussion. So boxers sometimes sustain multiple concussions a night. Now if that memory drop came from merely having multiple concussions in your life, imagine what it could do to you when you receive multiple in a night. That’s sadly why so many boxers have such traumatic brain damage after their careers.

With all that being said, one shouldn’t confuse MMA with being safe just because it isn’t as dangerous as boxing. That’s saying like Charles Manson is a good guy just because he wasn’t as evil as Hitler.

In MMA not only are you still gonna get all bloodied up when your head gets cracked open, but you also are running a much higher risk of breaking bones, tearing tendons, and you still a chance for brain damage. They may not have the 10 count, but often times the fighter will punch the KO’d fighter a few more times in the face before the ref can get over and split it up.

The Connor McGregor vs. Jose Aldo fight is one of the best examples of that. I don’t think you have to be a doctor to know punching an unconscious guy can’t be great for his overall brain health.

But even if MMA has it’s flaws, MMA Coach John Navarro still finds it far more safer than boxing. When asked the question about which sport he would rather have his kid compete in his response was, “MMA. Makes him more well rounded as a fighter, and he has a far less chance of sustaining long term neurological damage.”

So at the end of the day, when it comes to deciding which is more dangerous, one really has to decide what matters more to them. If you want a better chance of remembering your childhood, and your ok walking with a limp, than MMA is for you. And if you don’t really care that much about being that great at the memory games, but you don’t have a ton of interest in bleeding out of your face or having your arm snapped, then give boxing a go.

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