Boxing or MMA: Which is more dangerous?

Due to the results of the Donaire-Montiel bout, the question got raised yet again. Montiel suffered a hairline fracture on his skull.

Common points for the risks in both boxing and MMA:

  • There are instances when a knockout is due to a punch to the head.
  • There are instances when a knockout is due to body blows, specifically kidney shots or punches to the solar plexus.

Referee stoppage is also a common ground for winning in both sports.

Here is probably the most logical reason boxing is dangerous:

  • More often than not, the fighters get a lot of head blows.

Here are some points why Mixed Martial Arts is dangerous:

  • There are instances when a knockout is due to a kick to the head.
  • There are instances when a knockout is due to a knee to the head.
  • There are instances when a knockout is due to an elbow to the face/head.

Aside from strikes, there is another safer way to win in MMA – submissions. When one fighter applies a submission move and the other fighter taps, the fight gets stopped. As simple as that.

While MMA might seem more barbaric as per the general public’s say, in my opinion it still is safer given that there is an option to finish the fight without needing to punch or kick the opponent.

Disclaimer: Written above are based on how I see it as a practitioner of both sports and as a fight fan.

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