In a recent series, I wrote about why I thought your favorite sport sucks. Everyone has a right to like or dislike a particular sport or even defend it against someone like me who thinks that aspects of their sport are incredibly boring and lame. When it comes to MMA, I found myself with a stronger opinion, about the sport as a whole, which I wanted to share.

For background, I’ve included the original content from my previous article and elaborated below it.

MMA (UFC/Bellator)

Popular view: These guys are just like boxers but with a worse attitude, right? Too much violence for me.

Reality: Let’s right off the bat address the violence aspect of MMA compared to boxing. MMA fighters do in fact wear smaller 4-ounce gloves. In boxing an athlete is forced to wear larger gloves that protect the hands, which in turn allows the puncher to inflict maximum force against their opponent without injuring their own hands as easily. What does this essentially translate into? Harder punches being thrown!

What makes boxing even more dangerous compared to MMA? In boxing, after an opponent has just been knocked down and concussed the referee will give them every opportunity to stand back up and then send them right back in front of the person who just knocked them out. This will repeat until the braindead opponent is unconscious in many cases. Now let’s switch back to MMA where the job of the referee is to protect the fighters from taking unnecessary damage by stopping the fight when a fighter can no longer (or should no longer) continue. Submissions can result in broken limbs or an unconscious fighter, but generally fighters are smart enough to tap out before it gets to that point.

Combining striking and grappling makes for a much more dynamic and exciting event than the dying sport of boxing. Honestly, think about how many boxing gyms versus MMA gyms are in your town and tell me boxing isn’t a niche sport nowadays.

Now that I pointed out why MMA is better and safer than boxing, let me channel my inner Chael Sonnen and address some common issues with it. MMA fighters spent decades fighting for pennies, and now that there are legitimate opportunities to make money there are so many fighters who don’t, well…fight!

As a fan of this sport, it bothers me to no end that after having a fight promoted for months, the likelihood of it being cancelled due to a pre-fight injury is incredibly high (although promoters may say otherwise). Let me clarify: there are plenty of active fighters on the UFC and Bellator rosters; but there are only a handful of stars. You know, the people that you actually want to tune in to watch. Out of that bunch, injuries or an entitlement to hold-out for the matchup that they feel they deserve causes so many fight cards to fall apart. Let’s not forget the difference between a fighter that is broke and starving versus a fighter that has since made millions in their career: The desire to put your body on the line isn’t quite the same at that point.