MMA Becoming Boxing

Discussion in 'Cageside - MMA Discussion' started by WEWEREONABREAK, Oct 5, 2019.

  1. WEWEREONABREAK

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    I don't just mean entire cards full of literally who's with 1 fight you care about. I mean fighters starting their careers by fighting people who have no business being in the cage with them. I don't want to single people out but, to make the point, I have to.

    Ottman Azaitar is a recent example. Some very weak fighters on his record. But I what made me feel the need to point this problem out was a fighter from tonight's card. Nadia Kassem.

    Her opponents' records, going backwards, are as follows:

    Pro:

    10-5 (9-4 when they fought)
    5-5 (5-3 when they fought)

    Those are okay. And even so, if you're in the UFC, you take what you're given. But then you have...

    0-1
    0-3 (opponent making debut when they fought)
    0-6 (opponent 0-4 when they fought)
    0-1

    Amateur:

    1-1 (opponent making debut when they fought)

    There's something wrong with this. Boxing has been doing it forever and it's really gross. I really hope this doesn't become more common but I fear it will.
     
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    the first 5 fights in a pro career are basically "should you be a pro" fights. If you come out of those fight undefeated, you'll start getting matched up with .500 fighters. Basically, everyone who was 5-0 and lost some fights. :)

    In boxing, the record padding comes in during the next 10 fights, because a 10-0 boxer is legit but not as marketable as a 20-0 boxer.
    I think UFC is just dealing with shallow talent pools in some divisions, so you see 'pro' records like Nadia's.
     
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    It seems a recent phenomenon that mixed martial artists are fighting true cans at the start of their careers.

    In any case, should someone be able to get into the UFC on a strength of schedule that amounts to 1-11? That person may very well be elite but they've yet to prove it.
     
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