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It all started in the early 90’s, when you had veterans like the Gracie’ Family, showcase their talent of Brazilian Jiujitsu and prove to the masses that size does not matter and it was less about precision in striking and more about take-downs and defence.
Boxing has always been in the front line when it comes to combat sports, but over the last 20+ years, the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championships) has really picked up the pace of creating an electrifying revolutionary way of looking at fighting and competing in this modern era.
These days, with more rules implemented and weight classes in place, new-comers and hard core fans have more sight of seeing what the Sport is all about, instead of having that stereotype view that many of the naïve share.
Unfortunately, the downside of fighting in a Cage is limited. Numerous injuries can occur, as it is predominately no holds barred - so unlike boxing where there are many rules set in place, a cage fighter can literally use any part of their body to strike and submit (Of course, the obligatory rules like no biting, no eye gouging, no low-blows still hold true).
Secondly, fighters pay is always up for speculation as in some cases, you do not have to be the best and can still earn a considerable amount from sponsorships and endorsements, especially if you have the correct look.
The upside of fighting in a Cage can for some, particularly the Top individuals (Like Conor Mcgregor, Ronda Rousey, and Jon Jones) be very beneficial for status and financial security, however, you have to be Pay Per View material in order to reap the rewards.
The UFC was recently sold for $4billion which means whether you love, hate or deny, Fighting is in our DNA and that figure proves that this Sport is here to stay. However, does it still have the widespread cultural identity that boxing, even in its ashes has today?