Dana White Protecting Brand from the Invading Boxer Hoardes

Captain FantabulousCorrespondent IMay 19, 2009

LONDON - JANUARY 17:  (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) UFC president Dana White attends the 'Octagon' private view at Hamilton's Gallery January 17, 2007 in London, England.  The exhibition showcases work by photographer Kevin Lynch documenting the world of Ultimate Fighter Championship (UFC) events.  (Photo by Claire Greenway/Getty Images)

Dana White isn’t keen to see MMA stars face pro boxers. He turned down Roy Jones’ recent offer to face Anderson Silva under MMA rules.


The common consensus is that boxers are in no way conditioned to face MMA fighters, and would last about as long in the octagon, as Anderson Silva lasted in pro boxing.


About four minutes.


I’m not so sure though.  The only reason the fights aren’t happening is UFC blocking the approaches, through their exclusive fighter contracts.


Are they maybe trying to protect their brand and sports image?


If a shot Roy Jones walked into the Octagon, and knocked out Anderson Silva in 30 seconds, the mystique of the sport would be dead.


Therein lies the reluctance.


If second rate punchers like Chuck Lidell (who was a plain average kickboxer) can make a name knocking people out, what on earth would someone like Roy Jones?


A guy who’s made a name blowing away some of the best chins in contact sport, while wearing pillows on his hands?


MMA weight gloves were made illegal in boxing 50 years ago, as the athletes punched too hard, and 10 fighters a year were getting killed.


What's more, boxing gloves slow the fighters hand down considerably. And are designed to do so. Boxers can't punch as fast, or as hard with them on.


What would there speed and power be with 4 ounce gloves?


The fact that MMA fighters still use them is testament to the power difference between the two sports.


Looking at legit, world class fighters like Lidell and Silva’s performances in top end boxing and kick boxing, are they actually equipped to handle the speed, and power of elite boxers?


I understand the theory. MMA fighters would take down boxers, and make them tap out. That’s how they’d win easily.


But at the same time, I’m not sure a MMA fighter would last 30 seconds with a boxer, if it was a case of going toe-to-toe, in a stand up fight.


Boxers are faster, have much better punch resistance, and are much harder to hit. The chances of a MMA fighter actually landing anything of power without being put to sleep on the counter?


I’d say next to none. Bearing in mind guys like Silva have been stopped in 3 minutes by Brazillian club fighters, when they put their chin on the line, in the squared circle.


The MMA guy should win. As boxer’s have next to no training in grappling and submission skills.


But at the same time, MMA is the sport turning down the bouts, not the other way around, so I’m not sure they see it as a fight without risk.


The risk being, how hard and fast boxers actually hit.  They could stop a UFC fight with a single shot.


In striking terms, it would be like facing a three round club fighter.  


So you're asking an MMA guy to basically get in close, and take someone down, without getting caught.


As I said, they should be able to do it eight times out of 10, but Dana’s not prepared to take that sort of risk.


If someone like Roy Jones beat Anderson Silva, under MMA rules, the sport would be in ruins.