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Boxing is winning this round

Dana White did a great job of kicking boxing’s ass last year. During the whole De La Hoya vs Mayweather buildup, one of the biggest talking points right up there with the fight itself was ‘Will this save boxing from the assault of MMA’. Half the people involved from the fighters to the announcers spent waaaay too much time talking about mixed martial arts.

Dana White for his part mocked the card as a one-fight piece o’ shit, while selling up UFC 73 – Stacked on the basis that it was an entire card of wicked sweet fights. He also offered to have Mayweather fight Sean Sherk in MMA. Both were smart moves and sold the two main reasons MMA is making waves over boxing – MMA cards are always great from top to bottom, and if you want an indication of who’s the best at ‘fighting’ the MMA guy will always win.

The Dana most definitely won that round (fortunately no one in boxing took the Sherk/Franca fiasco and threw it in our faces), but this latest round isn’t going so well for him. The Anderson Silva / Roy Jones Jr situation has spun out of control, with Roy Jones Jr keeping the topic in everyone’s face. It’s hard to continue thinking of MMA as the top combat sport in the world when Dana White is actively disallowing a match between a boxer and an MMA guy. There’s huge logic gaps in that, but it boils down to the same gut feeling: last time Dana went on the offensive and boxing blinked. This time boxing is the one on the attack and the UFC is the one keeping their heads down hoping everything will go away.

6 COMMENTS
  • Stellar53 says:

    Dana should start sticking it in RJJ’s face that he won’t accept a mma fight. IMO, Dana is smart not to let Silva fight Jones. It would be a super fight and RJJ even said he would do it through the Zuffa promotion and they would all make lots of money and that I believe. On the other side, if RJJ knocks out Silva in the first, fifth or any round it is going to look bad for Silva in the eyes of the average fan. Silva won’t get a chance to show his mma skills against RJJ to be fair. If Silva beats RJJ that would be the greatest thing for mma but I really don’t see it happening….

  • Márcio says:

    April 28, 2008 – 10:08 am by fightlinker
    “It’s hard to continue thinking of MMA as the top combat sport in the world when Dana White is actively disallowing a match between a boxer and an MMA guy. There’s huge logic gaps in that, but it boils down to the same gut feeling: last time Dana went on the offensive and boxing blinked. This time boxing is the one on the attack and the UFC is the one keeping their heads down hoping everything will go away.”

    I can’t see your point on this one. He’s disallowing a boxing match, where all the advantages would go to the boxer. I never heard Dana say that MMA fighters are the best boxers in the world. Did you?
    Jones Jr. only cares about the paycheck, if he really wanted to make this fight happen he would accept two separate fights, one under boxing rules and other with MMA rules. But he has publicly stated that he isn’t interested in that.
    If Dana would go along with this shit I would be calling him a fucking idiot. This seems like a loose-loose situation for the UFC. MMA doesn’t need boxing to legitimize itself we are way beyond that, for once I give props to Dana for standing his ground and not let himself be pressured.

  • He doesn’t have to let it happen, but he does need to step up and point out that a boxer can be a boxer in the UFC but a MMA fighter isn’t allowed to be an MMA fighter in boxing. That’s the fundamental difference, and why MMA fighters are more ‘real’ than boxers. But Dana ain’t doing nothing to shut down this assault from Roy Jones Jr, he’s just saying no to Silva. He needs to get out there on the offensive because now our sport is the one looking like we’re ascared o’ boxing

  • Autoguy says:

    imo most mma fans want to see this fight and would not look down on Silva if he were to lose. fuck boxing fans and what they think.

  • Márcio says:

    fightlinker: I get what you’re saying but only die hard boxing fans (the same retards that keep saying there’s no skill involved in MMA) will believe that MMA is scared of boxing. Doesn’t take alot to realize that 99 out of 100 times a boxer would get destroyed fighting under MMA rules.
    As for me, the longer Dana can keep his big potty mouth shut… the better.

  • stink47 says:

    wonder when silva will be back in action. he’s had an operation and doesn’t seem to want to fight anybody else apart from Roy

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