Over the past 20 years fans of Boxing and the UFC have quickly seen their sport go down different paths.
Boxing has many problems and the UFC has been and will continue at the forefront of the fighting business.
As a sport the UFC doesn't have the bureaucracy that Boxing has. It's a lot less complicated, and more simple which makes it more exciting for the fans.
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As the sports continue on their different paths I look at five reason why UFC is better than Boxing.
1. You Don't Have That " What's going to happen next?" Moment In Boxing Anymore.
The sheer excitement of Mix Martial Arts in today's sporting world is a lot more than boxing. With the UFC you get all kinds of fighters with all different skill sets and approaches to a fight.
With Boxing you get two exquisite athletes, there's no doubt about that, who essentially train for a one-dimensional fight. Now before I get slaughtered for that statement, there are plenty of one-dimensional UFC fighters, but compare that to boxing and I'll think you find boxing outweighs the UFC, by a long shot.
There are many kinds of stand-up style's in boxing, but with the UFC there are many different unique kinds of fighters and style's within the organisation and within MMA as a whole.
Whether that's wrestling on the mat, Submissions, Takedowns, there is a range of style's which excites the fans and gets people tuning in for the next UFC every time.
2. Women Have Made A Bigger Impact In MMA Than Boxing.
Four years ago UFC President Dana White said that women would never be in the famous octagon as opponents.
One year later and 'Rowdy' Ronda Rousey stepped inside the octagon to face her first of many opponents to come, and is now arguably the biggest draw that the company has to offer.
The dominant Women's Bantamweight Champion has destroyed every opponent that the UFC has thrown at her, and has beat her last three opponents in a combined time of one minute four seconds.
Women have boxed for as long as the sport itself, but I simply don't think boxing does enough for women in the sport. The Olympics help's women's boxing a lot, but if the organization within boxing think that it's good enough for women to get the recognition they deserve every fours year's, that is simply not good enough.
3. Less Weight Divisions In the UFC.
Boxing has way too many weight divisions. 17 in total. There is only a five to seven pounds split between weight divisions until you get to the Cruiserweight and heavyweight splits.
The UFC has a combined 10 weight divisions. Eight for the Men and two for the Women. This is a better setup because of the bigger split. There is between a 10 and up to 60 pound split in the UFC.
This means there a lot more consistency and parity in the UFC than there is in Boxing, which sets up fights to be a lot more interesting.
4. One Champion Per Weight Class
There are Eight champions in the UFC. If a Champion refuses to fight the next No.1 contender in their division, then they are stripped of the title.
It's as simple as that. If they get injured, then a replacement will be scheduled in their place, and sometimes an Interim Championship can be on the line. This is followed by Champion Vs. Interim Champion.
Most Recently, Irish and UFC Superstar Conor McGregor won the featherweight Interim Champion against No.1 Featherweight Chad Mendes, after Champion Jose Aldo was unable to defend his title with a rib injury. This will now set up a fight between the two to decide whose Champ. Not a lot of that happens in Boxing, if any.
Boxing's problem is that they have way to many legitimate sanctioning bodies. They have the World Boxing Council (WBC), World Boxing Association (WBA), World Boxing Organisation, (WBO), and International Boxing Federation (IBF).
This means that over these 17 divisions there is a chance of having 68 different champions. Which means too many can claim they are the best in the world, and that's unacceptable.
In the UFC the split is far larger than boxing, which is more acceptable, and there is up to 20-30 men at any given time who are good enough to be champion with only Eight titles to win.
5. The Big Fights Will Always Happen Because The Best Face The Best.
If the champions of Boxing don't want to fight most likely they will avoid each other for long periods. We've seen this with Mayweather Vs. Pacquiao, and it was totally unfair to the fans of Boxing.
Both boxers are champions, and as the best they most fight the best. These two boxers avoided each other for years, until it finally happened in May 2015. Around 6 years over due.
In the UFC the ranking system shows there's one champion for each division, which means the other fighters within their respective divisions must work their way up until they earn their shot at the championship. They don't necessarily have to be No.1 in their division, but they have to prove they deserve a shot for the title.
The UFC has one matchmaker in Joe Silva, and One Promoter in Dana White. It's simple. You always feel like the best is going against the best. If the No.1 fighter is fighting the Champion then you can guarantee that No. 2 will be fighting a top five opponent, and so on.
Until Boxing can reorganize their system, regulate their sport, and get the best against the best they'll not be fit to polish the UFC's boots.