Since the days of gladiators, sports fans have always enjoyed watching two men battle each other in physical combat. While the fighting today is less brutal, and less bloody, than in the times of the Roman Empire, it is still just as fierce.
In modern times the two most popular fighting sports are boxing and mixed martial arts, or MMA. Both feature big name stars competing in highly publicized bouts on pay-per-view television and sports channels in http://www.direct.tv. However, they differ in many ways. So what fighting sport takes the crown?
Differences in Fighting Styles and Rules
The difference between boxing and MMA are the rules and the style of fighting. In boxing, fighters can only use their hands, while MMA fighters can hurt their opponents with kicks as well as holds around the neck or limbs. A boxing match features knockouts and scored decisions which MMA also has but with tap outs similar to wrestling, too.
All boxers fight in styles composed of complex combos and swift defensive stances that change with the situation. Fighters in MMA, meanwhile, have the luxury of integrating various fight styles including karate, wrestling, kung fu, and more.