With the announcement of “Lights Out” James Toney signing with the UFC to presumably fight in June or July, and the soon to be Ricardo Mayorga Shine Fights debut, the world of MMA seems to be in a state of Boxing vs. MMA discussion.
While many will claim (and rightfully so) that the best of James Toney ended, oh...eight years ago, many more will look at the name cache he brings and look to the glory years for indications on his future in the UFC.
While I could write a long winded op-ed scolding you all using fine examples like Ray Mercer's run in K-1 and amateur MMA as testaments to the level of difficulty facing these fine gentlemen in a new sport. Instead I've decided (with the help of my esteemed colleague Brian Oswald) to craft some Boxing vs. MMA matchups that could be both competitive and compelling.
Because I wanted to focus on keeping these bouts competitive you may notice these fights would all pretty much happen on the feet. I figure the adaptation to a cage, new gloves, and new striking techniques is all by itself a ton to ask these boxers.
It would simply be a gross miscarriage of justice to ask them to deal with elite ground based fighters in their debuts.
Here's 10 fights that could really settle the MMA vs. Boxing debate once and for all! 3 x 5 min rounds, Unified Rules, 4 oz gloves, in the cage.