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Why Is MMA Still Considered More Brutal Than Boxing?

So, why is MMA still considered more brutal than boxing?

Is it really more brutal to begin with?

Just recently I was getting my hair cut by my Filipino-American barber, who not surprisingly loves Manny Pacquiao. I haven’t met a Filipino yet who doesn’t worship him?

Well anyway, we start talking about Manny Pacquiao, Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather and somehow I couldn’t help myself by throwing in my 2 cents about MMA.

Oh, yeah, now I remember why.

Some time ago I heard that allegedly Floyd Mayweather was considering to compete in MMA.

And I thought well that might be interesting. Now he’s got the striking, moving, conditioning and all that. But what about kicking, grappling, groundfighting etc.?

Well, I guess the name Floyd Mayweather alone would draw some crowds, including PPV, right?

Then my barber said something that got me thinking.

He said that MMA is just simply brutal.

Looking at some of the stats leads me to believe that there might just be a couple of misconceptions through misinformation (intentionally and unintentionally).

There have been way more serious injuries, mainly brain injuries, and some cases even deaths involved in boxing.

And I’m not even going to comment on ear nibbling.

Looking at injuries occurring in MMA you can easily narrow these down to (and I don’t downplay the pain experienced) some like broken nose, pulled ligaments, broken bones (arm, leg) etc.

Yes, some fighters do draw blood during a match especially through cuts around the eyes.

However, what I have noticed is that MMA fights are stopped way faster than boxing matches, when it comes to a MMA fighter with no guard up and taking a beating and this isn’t even figuratively speaking.

This is all to prevent the notion that MMA is more brutal than let’s say boxing.

Yes, in the early days of MMA/Ultimate Fighting/Cage Fighting, whatever you prefer, the rules were ifferent, the level of fighters’ fitness was different, fights were catered to a way smaller group of fans, not necessarily to the broader masses of today.

Especially, UFC with ownership and management of the last couple of years have made major efforts to clean up their act in order to banish the reputation of “human cockfighting” and making it mainstream consumable and so less apparently brutal.

So, why is MMA still considered more brutal than boxing?

A Different Kind Of Rumble In The Jungle

Who else has vivid memories of that absolutely unforgettable boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) on October 30, 1974?

This fight was promoted as and even today it is simply known as “Rumble In The Jungle”.

Ali won in the 8th round by KO after fighting a very clever bout by wearing Foreman out or better letting Big George wear himself out.

But there is a different kind of “Rumble In The Jungle” that I want to introduce to you today.

Several years ago I was watching “The Rundown” starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Christopher Walken and Seann William Scott.

There is one fight scene that takes place in the Brazilian jungle that always gets my attention, especially because one of the jungle fighters is played by Erne Reyes Jr. and he does an incredible job.

But I will let you be the judge:


Seann William Scott has a point when he refers to these fierce jungle fighters as “Speedy little bastards.”

Agree or disagree?


Filipino-American Boxing Sensation Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton

Our unofficial series on female boxers and other martial artists who inspire girls and women to get going continues right here, right now.

I always enjoying getting my hair cut by my favorite Filipino-American barber who never fails to let me know what’s going on with Manny “The Pacman” Pacquiao.

But this time I wanted to know if he could share anything else exciting Filipino, besides “The Pacman”.

I didn’t have to wait very long for his input, while he was skillfully trimming my sideburns.

Yeah, there’s this young lady who happens to be a very attractive Filipina boxer and who can fight like a female version of Manny “The Pacman” Pacquiao and she is the reigning Super Bantamweight world champion.

Her full name is Luciana Bonifacio Julaton. She was born on July 5, 1980 in San Francisco, California. She is the daughter of Filipino immigrants Cesario Julaton II and Ahmelia Bonifacio.

For Danny, my barber, that’s Filipino!

For everybody else, that’s Filipino-American.

When she was little, her father made her train in martial arts whereas she admits that she had no interest in boxing at the time.

Only years later as a karate black belt teaching at WestWinds Martial Arts and Boxing School in the S.F. Bay area she got involved in boxing and trained by Angelo Reyes.

At age 24, Ana made her amateur boxing debut and only 3 years later in 2007, she was ranked #2 among all female amateur boxers in the United States.

At this point of turning pro, she approached veteran trainer Freddie Roach and eventually became part of Roach’s large stable of boxers, alongside Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao and former world champion Gerry Penalosa.

After her first professional fight in October 2007 which she won and which was followed by several other successful fights, Ana fought against Kelsey “The Road Warrior” Jeffries in September 2009 for the vacant International Boxing Association (IBA) super bantamweight title in women’s boxing and won again.

She then went on to defeat Donna Biggers and became the first female World Boxing Organization (WBO) Super Bantamweight champion on 4 December 2009.

After defending her title against Mexican Jessica Villafranca earlier this month in Mexico, Ana Julaton’s record is now 10 wins (1 KO), 2 losses and one draw.

Considered one of the quickest boxers around, Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton is a great ambassador of female boxing in my book.

The Burqa Boxers: Afghanistan And Female Boxing

As if boxing weren’t tough enough.

In a very conservative and rather traditional society and country like Afghanistan it’s not only the physical training aspect of Western boxing that makes it a challenge.

It can be more than just a challenge. At times it can be even life-threatening if you are an Afghan female and striving to become the best boxer you can be.

A group of Afghan girls and women doing just that are simply known as the ‘Burqa Boxers’.

The burqa is the outer clothing worn by women in some Islamic traditions to cover their bodies in public places and yes, that would include countries such as Afghanistan.

Well, the girls and women we’re talking about today are certainly respecting that part of it all, even or especially while training.

However, even within their own families some of these female boxers are experiencing harsh criticism to say the least.

At times they have received extreme threats that prevent them from training, as in the view of their critics in their home country of Afghanistan the boxers are not complying with Islamic law and traditions.

To me these boxers and coaches appear to be very dedicated and most of their friends and families to be supportive of their pursuit to be the best that they can be.

Chilling memories become all too real, when you think of them training at Kabul’s Ghazni stadium where years ago the Taliban would execute women.

At this same place, 17-year old Olympic hopeful for this year’s London games Sadaf Rahimi trains among dusty floors, broken mirrors and hardly lit hallways.

It didn’t surprise me when I heard that there is a lack of appropriate training equipment. They don’t even seem to have a boxing ring.

And yet Rahimi and her peers are determined to continue to float like a butterflies and sting like a bees.


The Legendary Samart Payakaroon And Fighting Smart

It’s been some time since my last post. Things have been crazy busy and I hope you guys are doing well.

I have been wanting to write about a former Muay Thai and Western boxing champion for the longest time and today seems the best day to do just that.

He’s been referred to as the Muay Thai equivalent of Muhammad Ali. In some circles even as the Bruce Lee of boxing. If you have never seen him fight before, then you’re in for a treat right after the end of this post. Just stay with me, alright?!

Samart Payakaroon was born Samart Thipthamai on December 5, 1962 in the Chachoengsao Province, Eastern Thailand. Samart is considered a Muay Thai legend, having amassed a jaw-dropping career record of 129 wins and only 19 losses and 2 draws in different weight classes. But Samart didn’t call it a day after dominating the Muay Thai ring for years. He went on to become a WBC World Champion in the 57 kg weight class.

He started his training with his older brother Manus at their family’s home. His official M.T. career started under Petaronsiminit and he then transferred to Camp Sityodthong to train under Master Yodthong at the age of 12.

His entry weight was 35 kg and at the end of his Muay Thai career Samart fought in the 57 kg weight class.

Samart was the Lumpinee Stadium Champion in 4 different weight classes in 1980 and 1981.

Lumpinee Stadium is THE modern symbol of Muay Thai. It is an indoor arena with a seating capacity of close to 10,000 and is run by the Royal Thai Army. Security is managed by armed Military Police officers.
And yes, gambling is part of the deal at this venue.

Interesting fact about Samart is how technical his fighting style was. Instead of simply standing in front of his opponents and duking it out, he would manage the ring extensively and create openings to wreak painful havoc.

You can imagine that as an accomplished Muay Thai competitor Samart’s kicking abilities were nothing short of extraordinary, but just as impressive was his striking arsenal which created a boxing career after he ended his Muay Thai tenure.

In 3 years from starting his boxing career in 1982, Samart had a fighting record of 11-0 which gave him a shot at the WBC Super Bantamweight title. With a K.O. against Lupe Pintor he became Thailand’s 10th world champion.

Samart ended his professional boxing career with an impressive 21-2 record.

According to latest information, Samart teaches at his very own camp, at the Poptheeratham Gym.

And he doesn’t stop there. Throughout the years, Samart has created a name for himself in the entertainment industry by acting and singing in numerous productions.

But let’s have a look at what he is most famous for.

By the way, if you don’t enjoy the music, just turn down/off the sound, just like I did. Haha.

Can Autism Be Overcome By Martial Arts? Just Ask Monique Sciberras.

I’m not sure when I first heard about autism. I’m not even sure that I had even heard about it  before watching the Oscar-winning movie “Rain Man” starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise way back in 1988.

I guess you can say that autism got quite a bit of exposure through the film and Dustin Hoffman’s character, Raymond Babbitt.

Autism is a disorder of neural development. It is characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior.

According to studies, these signs all begin before a child is three years old.

Autism affects information processing in the brain by altering how nerve cells and their synapses connect and organize; how this occurs is not well understood.

Autism has a strong genetic basis. In some cases, autism is strongly associated with agents that cause birth defects.

It is controversial when it comes to proposed environmental causes, such as heavy metals, pesticides or childhood vaccines.

The global prevalence of autism is about 1–2 per 1,000 people, however, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports approx. 9 per 1,000 children in the United States. The number of people diagnosed with autism has increased dramatically since the 1980s.

And then there’s 10-year old Monique Sciberras from Australia who was diagnosed with mild autism several years ago.

According to her parents, Monique has been able to thrive through her martial arts training and overcome her disability.

She has become a force to reckon with in karate, kung fu, boxing, Muay Thai and weapons.

I came across some video footage that deserves to be shared with you, wherever you may be right now:

For more about Monique Sciberras, click here.