How could someone train in a sport that is considered one of the most brutal sports in the entire world lose to a boxing champion? How could this be? First we have to understand the rules of both Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing.
In Mixed Martial Arts, there are three rounds. Each round is three minutes in length with one minute rest between rounds. Championship rounds can go up to five rounds. As stated earlier, each round is three minutes in length with a one minute rest between rounds. Mixed Martial Arts use brute force and strength to overpower your opponent fast and quick. You can also use all parts of your body as weapons against the other, except for head-butting, which makes it for a more versatile and unrestricted sport. Due to this, we have a cause and effect relationship. The cause of using all parts of the body would have an effect of landing more illegal blows because it is not really controlled. Once your opponent is down, the aggressor can continue to pound away, within the specific guidelines, until the referee stops the bout, resulting in a knockout for the aggressor. Mixed Martial Arts competitors must have stamina and endurance to handle at least five rounds of fighting.
In Boxing, it can be up to ten rounds. Each round is three minutes in length with one minute rest between rounds. Championship rounds can go twelve rounds. Boxing uses brute force and speed, along with endurance, to overpower your opponent. Generally, Boxers would take about two or three rounds just to get used to their opponent compared to Mixed Martial Arts. Boxers only use their hands as means of delivering punishment to the other fighter. Because of this, there are not as many illegal blows because it is a bit more controlled. Once your opponent is on the canvas, the aggressor must go to a neutral corner so the referee can begin the ten-count. If the fighter is unable to get up during this ten-count, the aggressor wins the bout by way of knockout. The referee can also stop the bout for safety reasons, causing the aggressor to win by technical knockout. Boxing competitors must have stamina and endurance to handle up to twelve rounds of fighting.
Now we understand a bit more about Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing, we can make a determination about what happened to Conor McGregor. Don’t get me wrong, I think both fighters are very exceptionally good fighters. Conor’s record is twenty-one wins with eighteen by knockout and three losses. In my book, that is a damn good record. Floyd’s record is forty-nine wins with twenty-seven by knockout and no losses. In my book, that is perfect. I understand many people don’t like Floyd Mayweather Jr. Maybe it is because Floyd is cocky. I personally like Floyd Mayweather Jr. and I believe he has a right to be cocky. If you had his record, would you? I know I would. He backs up his cockiness. I believe conditioning was what cost Conor McGregor the bout. Conor’s conditioning could have been about five rounds or so because he is used to having that type of endurance. Floyd’s conditioning is a lot longer because he is used to having the type of endurance to go twelve rounds or longer.
This fight reminded me of the Muhammad Ali versus George Forman fight in Zaire, Africa. Muhammad forced George to punch himself out in the early rounds. When Muhammad saw the opportunity, he seized it with great fashion to win the bout. I believe that is what happened in this fight. Floyd allowed Conor to hit him with some hard shots, thus getting tired as the rounds went on and Floyd seized the opportunity to take command in the latter rounds. If Conor trained for endurance for the latter rounds, I am sure it would be a good fight until the end. Endurance is the key in most bouts, as well as skill. Conor is heavily skilled in the Mixed Martial Arts world. Floyd is heavily skilled in the Boxing world. Floyd improves his record to fifty wins and no losses. I toast both fighters for a job well done. I long time ago, I called Muhammad Ali the cerebral assassin in the heavy weight division. I use the same term with Floyd Mayweather in his weight class.
~CF Boston Brian