Mixed martial arts versus boxing. Ever since the emergence of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, people have been talking about who will win if a pure boxer and a mixed martial artist fight each other in the cage or in the ring.
The former had already been answered when Randy Couture fought James Toney last August 2010. The fight only lasted three minutes and nineteen seconds, with "The Natural" winning by submission.
After the fight, MMA pundits and fans concluded that a boxer will not last in the cage with an elite mixed martial arts practitioner, which is pretty evident in the way Couture defeated Toney. However, many are still wondering, what if the two sports practitioners met in the boxing ring instead of the cage? What if boxing rules were used instead of MMA rules?
We all know that pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva has already campaigned for a fight with his boxing idol, Roy Jones. The fight did not come into fruition because of contract rules in the UFC that prohibit its fighters to box. This led many to speculate what could have ensued if the fight happened.
Nonetheless, we may find the answer when Nick Diaz meets Jeff Lacy in a boxing match being campaigned by the Strikeforce Welterweight champion. Unlike Anderson Silva's case, this fight might happen, as Diaz's Strikeforce contract allows him to fight in one boxing match.
If the fight happened and one camp emerged victorious, what will be the likely scenario? How will it affect both sports? What are the questions that would likely emerge?