Is MMA safer than boxing?


MMA has become increasing popular over the last few years. MMA may seem dangerous at first glance but did you know that MMA is safer than boxing? There has been a lot more serious and fatal injuries reported in boxing than in MMA. There are rules in MMA that keep the fighter safer.

Different sized gloves

The size of the boxing glove makes a difference. Since the glove is bigger and has a lot of padding more impact is absorbed to the head of the opponent. In MMA the glove is a lot thinner making a lot more direct contact with the persons fist. This doesn’t disperse as much impact to the head which makes the MMA glove safer.

Standing eight count

In boxing there is a standing eight count. This rule gives fighters eight seconds to get back up after they’ve been knocked down by a punch. The problem with this is that a boxer can suffer a concussion and then get back up a few seconds later to fight. Getting knocked out after already having a concussion can be very dangerous.

Of course somebody can suffer a concussion while fighting in MMA and continue. However in MMA when the fighter is knocked out or unable to defend themselves the fight is usually stopped. This makes the rules in MMA safer.

Shorter rounds

In MMA the rounds are shorter. Pro MMA has three five-minute rounds or five five-minute rounds for championship fights. In pro boxing the rounds can be anywhere from four to twelve depending on experience. Twelve is for championship fights.

Striking, grappling, and submissions

In MMA kicks and knees are allowed. This means more areas can be targeted such as the midsection and legs resulting in less strikes to the head as opposed to boxing which is just punches.

Fights have been won in MMA before by not throwing any strikes. The grappling aspect of MMA allows a fighter to take the fight to the floor. Once on the floor a fighter can win by TKO or submission. This also makes MMA safer than boxing.


At the end of the day MMA seems to be significantly safer than boxing for a few reasons.

Author: Craig Perez

I post about technology and other topics.

13 thoughts on “Is MMA safer than boxing?”

  1. Really interesting stuff here and really offers something to think about. While there are dangerous aspects to MMA (Arm Bars, Leg Locks, Knees to the dome) I definitely agree that as far as CTE and head trauma goes, Boxing is more dangerous given that it is solely based on strikes. Good read!

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  2. More people have died in the sport of boxing even if you only measure it from the 90’s because of MMA history. Boxing gloves allow the fighters to hit harder without fear of hand fracture. Most MMA fighters are wrestlers who learned BJJ because wrestling has no finishes. It’s not the same as a guy who practices his punches technique for hours on end and another guy who practices punches less than 1/3 of the time. As you pointed out there really is only 1 way to win in boxing vs the several ways in MMA.

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    1. Yeah I mean people can say this or that but boxing is way to barbaric for me. Besides being able to shoot a takedown if your getting lit up is alot funner and cooler if you look at it like that


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