MMA Fighter vs. Boxer: Who Will Win The Fight?
MMA and Boxing, the two world’s top combat sports came together on 26th August when Conor McGregor took on Floyd Mayweather Jnr in Las Vegas.
In other words, the world’s biggest MMA fighter to ever come from UFC-McGregor- took on the most successful boxer in the boxing world- Mayweather.
It was the biggest fight in the history of combat sports. It was a multi-million dollar fight that’s directly related to our today’s topic:
Between an MMA fighter and a boxer, who will win the fight?
To answer this question, let’s get into more in-depth details of how the super fight went down…
McGregor vs. Mayweather:
As you already know, Mayweather got the win while McGregor portrayed an amazing heart.
We, the fight fans, remember the general dismissiveness of chances of McGregor just before the fight. He just didn’t belong in the ring with his boxing opponent. He couldn’t land a punch. And this made him, together with his fans, take solace in his knockout defeat.
He looked like he understood the boxing icon pretty well, and this single point made for the entertaining fight.
At the start of the fight, it was crystal clear that Mayweather had difficulties figuring out McGregor. But with time, he has gotten more opens and started landing with regularity.
Remember that McGregor tired- as he has always does when participating in longer MMA fights. Most people believed said that this cardio led to McGregor downfall as opposed to some who believed he just wasn’t in a capacity to compete with Mayweather.
It’s also worth noting the McGregor made his opponent step up his aggression- enabling him to score some impressive finish he hasn’t always exhibited in most of his fights.
After the fight ended, Mayweather openly admitted that McGregor was way better than he expected.
The MMA fighter, on the other hand, was full of enthusiasm as he was apparently pleased with the fight he has staged. He went ahead to secure a massive payday and even raised his status in the process.
Watch the video below to see how the fight went down…
MMA Fighter vs. Boxer: Other Crossover Clashes
While the McGregor vs. Mayweather was the biggest fight ever in the history of MMA-Boxing combat, similar matches have been held in the past.
Let’s look at the most noteworthy of these fights below:
1. Anderson Silva “The Spider”
This is arguably the best example of UFC fighter boxing. Anderson Silva, regarded as an all-time best MMA fighter, entered the boxing ring twice. First, it was in 1988 (after only two professional MMA bouts), when he lost to Osmar Luiz Teixeira. Second, it was in 2005, before he has joined UFC when he beat Julio Cesar De Jesus.
2. Nick Diaz vs. Alfonso Rocha
In 2005, Nick Diaz, a pro-MMA fighter, took some time in between his UFC wins- UFC 51 and UFC 53- to take on Rocha- who was just making his professional debut.
The fight wen 7-4, it took a total of 6 full rounds, with Diaz taking the day via unanimous decision.
3. Vitor Belfort vs. Josemario Neves
Just one year after Diaz’s victory, Vitor Belfort (former UFC Light Heavyweight champ at that time) knocked down a boxer by the name Josemario Neves up to three times in the first round, making him the winner.
4. Donald Cerrone vs. Geoffrey Spruiell
In the year 2003, Donald Cerrone (an MMA fighter) lost to the boxer, Geoffrey Spruiell.
5. Carlos Condit vs. Donnel Wade vs. Mark Hunt
In 2004, Carlos Condit lost to Donnel Wade. And to Mark Hunt (0-1-1 in two professional combats).
If the results gotten over the years following MMA and boxers clashing is anything to go by, then we can safely say that neither of the two combat sports is more effective than the other.
In general, the effectiveness of the two sports depends on the situation.
In a professional match, an MMA fighter is likely to lose to a boxer under boxing rules and vice versa.
In a no-rules, unarmed fight to death, MMA fighter will definitely knock down the boxer.
In case of a strict self-defense situation, MMA would help you escape grappling holds while boxing will help you keep multiple attackers away.
In any case, it’s important to note that MMA comprises the pure boxing skill set as well.
Overall, who becomes the winner- between an MMA fighter and boxer- depends on situation.