The Radish wrote: I've always said put a real boxer in the cage with one of those guys and see how long they last. I'd wager an old fat out of shape Roberto Duran could put most if not all of those cage fighters on the floor in a pretty rapid time frame.
Really disagree. This has been tried, over and over. A pure striker in a MMA bout gets destroyed. An MMA fighter goes for the take down, gets him on the mat, fight is over.
No matter how talented a boxer is, if he finds himself on the mat, game over. Without a doubt. And he will eventually end up on the mat, having to grapple, it's just a matter of when.
Now there has been some striker/kick boxer type fighters who have had some success, but they learned to defend take downs, and learned to grapple a bit to get back on their feet. But those skills at an elite level would take years and years to master. A boxer couldn't learn something like that in a few months. It would basically be changing sports and devoting themselves to MMA full time for years, abandoning their old sport.
Put an MMA fighter in boxing gloves, in a boxing match, the boxer wins. Put a boxer in an octagon in an MMA bout, MMA fighter wins. Pretty simple.
I literally put about 10 seconds into this search, googled 'boxers who tried mma', my first result, didn't even look past it.http://fightland.vice.com/blog/another- ... ken-by-mma
it was too late for the former boxing champion-turned-mixed martial artist; the time for heeding was past, and Mayorga, soft around the middle now and with only one MMA fight to his name (an ill-gotten TKO victory over a tomato can he beat with an illegal knee to the spine), walked into a cage in Nicaragua and promptly and inevitably got submitted by middleweight Rene “Level” Martinez, who may never be as good a mixed martial artist as Mayorga was a boxer (a world champion in two divisions, a 29-8-1 record, a cover story in Ring Magazine), but who, unlike Mayorga, is actually a mixed martial artist and not a dabbler and who did exactly what any mixed martial worth the name would do and has done every time a boxer dares/dared to try MMA: He took him down as soon as humanly possible and submitted him. No need to stand in the way of an artist’s fists when there are other options on the table.
Mayorga is only the latest in a long line of professional boxers who have deluded themselves into believing that skill sets between combat sports are transferrable and that toughness is enough to win a fight. From James Toney to Ray Mercer and now to Ricardo Mayorga, the list of the hopefuls whose hopes were quickly dashed by a choke is growing long.