UFC number six ranked heavyweight, Tom Aspinall, has weighed in on the boxing vs MMA debate.
In March, former UFC middleweight champion, Michael Bisping visited the talkSPORT studios and argued in favour of the sport that has given him a living when co-host Simon Jordan said he didn’t like the brutality of mixed martial arts compared to boxing.
Bisping said: “I’m a big boxing fan as well, I was raised on boxing, but mixed martial arts is the most technical sport on the planet.
“You’ve got to master so many different Olympic sports, wrestling, boxing, karate, taekwondo, judo – these are all Olympic sports. The only thing is we do them all together.
“And now, to the layman, which is obviously yourself who hasn’t put the time and effort into learning about the sport, when you see somebody hit the ground you think, ‘Wow, that’s very vicious because they’re following them down’.
“What happens is, you get a concussive punch to the face, you’re down, you take one more, they stop it.
“In your sport, which you love so much and which you say is not as brutal, many, many people continue with the standing count.
“They then go to the hospital afterward and, sadly, ten to 15 fighters per year, around the world, pass away. We have yet to have anyone pass away with mixed martial arts.”
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When asked about the exchange, Aspinall was in complete agreement with Bisping. “[Simon Jordan] needs to educate himself a little bit more on the sport,” he said.
“Because, as Bisping said, boxing is so dangerous especially in the smaller weights they can hit each other 200-300 times a round for 12 rounds and that is unbelievable.
“With the smaller gloves on it’s actually a little bit safer because once you get buzzed and you…
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