Top 15 Reasons Why MMA Is Better Than Boxing

For decades, boxing has been considered the preeminent combat sport. But in recent years, a new challenger has emerged in mixed martial arts (MMA). While both sports are brutal and require a great deal of skill, there are several important reasons why MMA is a superior sport to boxing. 

MMA Is A More Well-Rounded And Complete Sport Than Boxing

MMA is a young sport that has only been around for a few decades. It is a full-contact combat sport that incorporates various other martial arts techniques, including boxing, wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, and Karate. MMA fighters are considered some of the world’s most well-rounded and complete athletes. 

They must be proficient in striking, grappling, and submission fighting. They must have a great deal of stamina, strength, and conditioning. On the other hand, boxing is a sport that has been around for centuries. It is a striking-based sport, and while boxers must also be in excellent condition, they do not need to be as well-rounded as MMA fighters. 

Boxers only have to worry about opponents throwing punches at them. As a result, MMA is a more well-rounded and complete sport than boxing.

MMA Involves Much More Techniques And Styles

While boxing and MMA involve striking an opponent, they are two very different sports. Boxing is focused primarily on punches, and boxers typically wear padded gloves to protect their hands. In contrast, MMA fighters often use various techniques, including kicks, knees, and elbows. 

MMA fighters typically wear less padding on their hands, and the bouts tend to be more brutal. While some people enjoy the technical aspects of boxing, others prefer the raw excitement of MMA. But one thing is for sure: both sports can be incredibly addictive. For many people, the adrenaline rush of stepping into the ring or cage is unlike anything else.

The Ground Game

Anyone who has ever stepped into a boxing ring knows that the sweet science is anything but simple. The stand-up game requires a mastery of footwork, head movement, and punches thrown from various angles. 

But while boxing may look like two fighters flailing away at each other, the ground game in MMA makes it even more complex. In addition to stand-up striking, MMA fighters must also be proficient in takedowns, grappling, and submissions. 

Not only do MMA fighters have to be in excellent shape, but they also need a high level of technical skill. As a result, the ground game in MMA is much more complex and exciting than boxing. The result is a sport that is far more demanding physically and mentally than boxing.

There Are Many More Ways To Win In An MMA Fight Than In A Boxing Match

MMA fights are often won before they even start. By studying an opponent’s previous fights, a good MMA fighter can develop a strategy to exploit their weaknesses and take them out of their comfort zone. This is difficult in boxing, where fighters tend to have more focused styles and techniques. 

In addition, MMA fighters can use various techniques from different disciplines, making it more difficult for opponents to predict their next move. Lastly, MMA fighters are not limited by the same rules as boxers, giving them more options for taking down an opponent. As a result, there are many more ways to win in an MMA fight than in a boxing match.

Both you and your opponent have more chances to mess up in MMA. Therefore you have to have a more practiced eye to catch your opponent’s mistakes and capitalize on them.

The UFC Has Done A Better Job Of Marketing MMA To The Mainstream Than Boxing Has

There’s no denying that boxing has seen better days. Once the undisputed king of combat sports, the sport has been overshadowed in recent years by the rise of mixed martial arts. While boxing still boasts some of the biggest names in sports, the UFC has done a better job of marketing MMA to the mainstream. 

One key difference is that UFC events are more than just a single fight. They feature multiple fights on the card, which helps to keep fans engaged even if the main event isn’t inspiring. In addition, the UFC has done a better job of promoting its fighters as personalities. Rather than simply relying on their fighting skills to sell tickets, the UFC has worked to create narratives and build up rivalries between its athletes. 

As a result, MMA events tend to be more entertaining and generate more interest than boxing matches. In the end, the UFC has been more successful than boxing in recent years in marketing combat sports to the mainstream audience.

More Martial Artist Can Be Included 

There are only so many ways to punch someone. In boxing, the same few techniques are used over and over again. As a result, the sport can be repetitive and boring for some people. 

Mixed martial arts, on the other hand, is a much more diverse sport. In addition to stand-up striking, it includes takedowns, grappling, and submissions. This means that a broader range of martial artists can be included in the sport, making it more attractive to fans. 

Wrestlers, Muay Thai fighters, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners, and more can all compete in the same sport, which helps to keep things fresh. In addition, MMA fighters often have to train in multiple disciplines, giving them a well-rounded skillset. 

As a result, MMA is a much more exciting and diverse sport than boxing.

There Are Only Three Main Organizations

The three leading MMA organizations are the UFC, Bellator, and One Championship. It is not uncommon for a boxing champion to hold 4 or 5 belts for the weight class. This provides more stability and structure than boxing, which has multiple organizations and weight classes for each.

This can be confusing for fans to keep track of, and it often leads to title fights that lack the excitement of an actual championship bout. In contrast, MMA title fights are much more prestigious, as each organization has only one champion per weight class. 

As a result, it’s easier for fans to follow MMA than boxing. There are fewer weight classes to keep track of, and the events are typically spread out evenly throughout the year. 

MMA Is Still Evolving

Unlike boxing, which has been around for centuries, MMA is still in its infancy. The sport is constantly evolving, and new techniques are being developed continuously. This makes it more exciting for fans to watch, as they never know what they will see next. 

It was in the early 1990s that MMA started to gain popularity in North America with the founding of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Since then, MMA has exploded in popularity and is now one of the most popular sports in the world. Even though MMA has come a long way in a short time, it is still very much in its infancy and is constantly evolving. This blog post will look at some of how MMA is still growing.

One of the biggest things that have changed in MMA over the years is the rules. When the UFC was founded, there were no rules; literally, anything went. Fights often ended in one-sided bloodbaths, and very little technique was displayed. 

As time has gone on, however, more and more rules have been put in place to make MMA a more fair and exciting sport. For example, eye-gouging and biting are now illegal, and fighters can only strike certain areas of their opponent’s body. 

Some people believe that these rules have made MMA less exciting, while others think they have made it more exciting by forcing fighters to be more strategic. Either way, it’s clear that the rules of MMA are still evolving and will continue to do so as the sport grows.

Finally, it’s important to note that MMA is also evolving on the business side. For example, we’re starting to see more women’s divisions being created within promotion companies like the UFC. We’re also seeing an increasing number of events being held in countries all over the world. As MMA continues to grow in popularity, we can expect even more changes on the business side of things.

The Dominant Style Of Fighting Is Evolving

Another significant change we’ve seen in MMA over the years is the fighting style. In the early days of UFC, most fighters came from a background in one particular martial art (usually Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, or wrestling). These days, however, more and more fighters come from multiple martial arts backgrounds. 

The style of fighting in MMA is still evolving, and we’re likely to see even more diverse styles in the future. This is mainly because MMA has become such a global phenomenon. So fighters from all over the world are bringing their unique styles to the sport. This has resulted in some fierce competition and some genuinely incredible fights.

MMA Is More Realistic Than Boxing

MMA would be a much more effective fighting style in a real-world scenario than boxing. Boxing only allows strikes with fists, while MMA allows strikes with fists, feet, knees, and elbows. MMA also allows takedowns and grappling, which boxing does not. MMA is a much more well-rounded fighting style that is more effective in a real-world scenario. 

This doesn’t mean boxing isn’t a good fighting style—it’s less realistic than MMA. In a real fight, you want to use all the tools at your disposal, and that’s what MMA allows you to do. You can defend yourself with boxing in a real-world scenario, but MMA would give you a better chance of coming out on top.

MMA Is Not As Corrupt As Boxing

For a long time, boxing was seen as the world’s most popular and marketable fighting sport. It had a rich history dating back to the late 1800s, and some of the biggest names in sports were boxers. However, over time, boxing’s popularity has begun to wane.

One of the main reasons for this is that boxing has become increasingly corrupt. Numerous cases of fight-fixing, unfair judging, and doping scandals have tainted the sport and caused many fans to lose interest.

In contrast, MMA (mixed martial arts) is a much newer sport that only began to gain mainstream attention in the early 2000s. While there have been some controversies in MMA, such as fighter mistreatment and issues with weight cutting, the sport overall is not nearly as corrupt as boxing. In this article, we’ll look closely at why that is.

There Are Less Long-Term Head Injuries In MMA Than Boxing

In boxing, fighters constantly strike each other in the head with powerful punches. This can lead to severe head injuries, both short-term and long-term. Studies have shown that boxers are more likely to suffer from long-term injuries than any other group of athletes. For example, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) or degenerative brain disease.

MMA fighters are also constantly striking each; however, there is less focus on head strikes. In addition, MMA fighters are also trained in grappling, and submission holds, which can help limit the amount of damage done to the head. As a result, there is less chance for long-term head injuries in MMA than in boxing.

For example, a grappler can go his whole career without receiving as many blows to the head as a boxer will in one fight. MMA also has weight classes and rounds, which further help limit the damage that fighters take.

You Have A Bigger Chance To Succeed In MMA Than In Boxing If You Start Out 

It’s no secret that the world of boxing is a tough one to crack. The sport has been around for centuries and has produced some of the most iconic athletes in history. To be successful in boxing, you need to start young and dedicate your life to the sport.

To be successful in boxing, you need to have several years of experience and put in countless hours of hard work. You also need to be signed with a major promotional company and have access to top-tier trainers and facilities. In other words, it’s easier to become successful in boxing with the right connections or a perfect fight score.

In contrast, while it’s still difficult to become successful in MMA, it’s easier than in boxing. This is because there are multiple ways to become successful in MMA. For example, you can start a promotional company or build a social media following. You can also compete in smaller regional promotions until you eventually work up to the big leagues.

The bottom line is that if you’re starting late in life, your best bet is to train for MMA rather than for boxing. In boxing, the average age of retirement is 35 years old. In MMA, it’s closer to 45. This difference may not seem like much, but it’s huge.

The reason for this is simple: boxers take a lot more punishment than MMA fighters do. Because of the nature of the sport, boxers are constantly getting hit in the head with hard punches. And it takes a toll on their brains over time. This damage cumulates until it reaches a point where it’s no longer safe for them to compete.

MMA fighters, on the other hand, rarely take clean shots to the head. They might get battered and bruised in exchange, but they rarely take blow after blow to the skull like boxers. This difference in exposure to brain trauma is one of the main reasons why MMA fighters have a much longer shelf life than boxers.

There Is More Room For Creativity In MMA Than In Boxing

For one thing, MMA fighters have to be well-versed in multiple disciplines, whereas boxers only need to worry about one. An MMA fighter might have a background in boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, jiu-jitsu, wrestling, or other disciplines. This means they have a more comprehensive range of techniques and can use them in whatever combination they see fit. A boxer’s options are much more limited.

Another factor is the difference in rule sets. Boxing has strict rules about what types of punches can be thrown and where they can land. There are also rules about clinching and grappling. In MMA, those rules are much laxer. This allows fighters to get creative with their striking and grappling and develop new and innovative ways to finish their opponents.

It is common to see weird submission attempts or unique strikes in MMA that you cannot see in boxing. For example, the Gogoplata or the Twister, which are rare and complex submission attempts, can only be seen in MMA. This allows MMA fighters to showcase their creativity in the cage, which boxers cannot do.

Hurricane kicks, spinning backfists, and other techniques that have become popular in MMA would never be allowed in boxing. This is because these techniques are not viable in boxing.

The Fights Are More Spectacular And Unpredictable

The answer, quite simply, is that the fights are more spectacular and unpredictable in MMA than in boxing. In boxing, there are only so many ways that a fight can play out. Two people enter the ring; they trade punches for a few rounds, and then one person either gains an advantage and wins, or both fighters get tired, and the match ends in a draw.

Sure, there are occasional knockouts or technical knockouts. Still, boxing matches tend to follow this reasonably predictable pattern for the most part. MMA, on the other hand, is much more free-flowing because fighters can use various techniques from different disciplines, such as kickboxing, jiu-jitsu, and Muay Thai.

The action is often more fluid and less constrained than in boxing. This fluidity leads to fights that are more spectacular and unpredictable, which in turn, makes them more exciting for spectators to watch.

For example, Michael Pereiras backflips onto his opponent to deliver a devastating kick to his opponent’s face. This maneuver isn’t seen in boxing matches, demonstrating how much variability there can be in MMA fights.


MMA and boxing are two very different sports with different rules and requirements. While both can be exciting to watch, MMA offers more creativity and unpredictability opportunities than boxing. MMA fighters also take less damage than boxers over time, allowing them to compete at a higher level for extended periods. Ultimately, it is up to the individual viewer to decide which sport they prefer. Still, it is undeniable that MMA has become a popular and exciting spectator sport.

Gregori Povolotski

I have been practicing martial arts since 2007. For as long as I can remember, I have always had a huge passion for combat sports, especially Muay Thai and boxing. Helping people on their martial arts journey is what drives me to keep training and learn new things. Read More About Me

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