I am a fan of both and I get very annoyed by the boxing VS MMA debate, especially with the boxing community.
Because of a lot of elitism unfortunately mostly among the boxing the community I feel that they’re hurting themselves regarding MMA.
The reason why it seems to me to be so one sided among the competitors themselves is that while a boxer trains in boxing and MMA fighter tries to train in many disciplines INCLUDING boxing. Most MMA fighters are actually big boxing fans, and try to train with top boxers when they can
There’s a link on the UFC showing MMA 170 contender training with Oscar Dela Hoya in Puerto Rico UFC® : Ultimate Fighting Championship®
My point is that MMA isn’t just about grappling but is also a showcase for different martial arts and because of it peoples interests in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai and wrestling have grown.
Because of the acrimonious tit for tat argument between boxing and MMA the fact that boxing plays a HUGE part in MMA is overlooked.
GSP – current WW champ trains with the Canadian Olympic boxing team in Montreal. His in and out footwork played a huge part in his domination over Matt Hughes
Many MMA fighters have pro or amateur boxing backgrounds.
Randy Couture at age 43 beat 6’8 260 Tim Sylvia by improving his boxing and head movement.
The footwork, head movement and hand speed from boxing is of vital importance to succeed in today’s MMA world
By not embracing the importance of boxing in MMA professional boxing is missing an opportunity to showcase themselves even more in a different light and not grabbing the interest of a whole generation and demographic
Just my 2 cents