Opinion | Feb 28 2018

Is MMA really more brutal than boxing?

Olympic bronze medallist and UFC cornerman Tony Jeffries on MMA versus boxing
Michael Bisping
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MMA has a reputation for being one of the most brutal and bloody of all contact sports, which it is and part of the reason it was the fastest growing sport in the world. But the reality is boxing proven to have a greater risk of serious injury, according to research from the University of Alberta.

Researchers at the university reviewed 10 years’ worth of data from medical examinations following mixed martial arts and boxing matches and found that MMA fighters face a slightly higher risk of minor injuries. But boxers, however, are more likely to experience serious harm from concussions and other head trauma, loss of consciousness, eye injuries, smashed noses and broken bones.

We see way more blood in MMA over boxing. That’s because in boxing when it looks like the blood is running into your eye, the referee calls the doctor in to check it out, we’ve seen some MMA fights where the faces are that red they look like a scene from a Quentin Tarantino movie.  Which makes it look worse than it is.


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