Boxing’s Standing 8-count
When the discussion of boxing comes up, Ali, Frazier, Marciano and Joe Louis are just a few of the legends of the ring. Two current legends were scheduled to take part in what would become the most highly anticipated fight in boxing history. However, due to ridiculous demands, greedy promoters, and the diminished value of weight classes, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao will not come to fruition. My personal opinion, Floyd Mayweather is scared and doesn’t want a blemish on his undefeated record. Due to the inability to put the best matchups together, some of boxing’s most popular weight classes (most notably Heavyweight) have only a string of titleholders and not a CHAMPION! The point of the clip is to show a glimpse of boxing’s new opponent, and this one is willing to go toe to toe.
Martial Arts is one of the oldest fighting cultures in history. However, it has seen a boom in the last 20 years unlike any other. As fighters studied various arts and enhanced their skills, the concept of Mixed Martial Arts came about. MMA has now stepped into the ring and is looking to take on the undisputed champion of combat sports. MMA’s biggest organization, The Ultimate Fighting Championship, under the leadership of Dana White has modeled their business plan on not making the mistakes that boxing has. It’s meteoric rise is attributed to taking the world’s best fighters and matching them together without all of the red tape and bureaucracy that takes place in boxing. The biggest factors of the UFC’s success are:
- Few weight classes
– Lower grade/less talented fighters are sent to other organizations
– Matches the best against the best
This past weekend, UFC displayed their staying power and their willingness to dethrone boxing as the leading combat sport. UFC 108 was expected to be proof that the UFC could not succeed for long. With 4 of the 5 UFC champions plus several other headliners sidelined with injury, there was no way UFC could expect people to pay $60 for PPV. This weekend proved that to be wrong. UFC put on a great show and kicked off their 2010 schedule with a bang. With UFC now going global (Canada & United Arab Emirates are only a few of this year’s venues)and topping 1 million pay per view buys, it’s no question that they are prepared to force boxing to TAP OUT!