As you can tell from my forum name i train in brazilian jui-jitsu witch is one of the disaplines used in mma(i hate the media calling it cage fighting,it makes joe public think it's barbaric).To say it's not skillful is a serious understatment.
bjj... yeah, well obvious.....?!1?
i used to like WWF until i found out the panda wasn't real.
If you can't see the skill involved Google Anderson Silva, George St Pierre, or Lyoto Machida.
Machida is a good example actually. One of the first karate fighters to be successful in years. He can almost totally avoid being struck or taken down and his strikes are so quick and accurate that it only takes a couple for a knockout.
I don't think anyone has mentioned the advantages of the thinner gloves? They make it much easier to knock somebody out with a clean punch which means the total number of damaging shots to the head is greatly reduced.
A couple of ex BMX champs became cage/ultimate fighting champs recently (Simon Hayes and Pistol Pete Loncarevich).
A name I haven't heard in ages. Used to ride for CW?
Saying MMA is a skill-less brawl is a bit like saying the TDF is just a bunch of drug addicts cycling up hills.
possibly a daft question but why the 'cage' in MMA? Not all contests seem to have one (some would seem to have ropes which come up a bit higher than boxing ones). Perhaps it wouldn't get such a bad press if they weren't behind a fence.
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