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Is MMA really as cruel as people think?

Many people are still afraid of the brutality that this sport brings, but is MMA really dangerous for players as people think?

The following article will decipher the doubts about the security of MMA in your mind.

One of the deaths that led viewers to doubt the safety of the sport was the accident of boxer Sam Vasquez in 2007 on the official MMA arena. 

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Within 15 years of 1998, there were about 8 deaths on the floor that were thought to be related to MMA, but only 3 were to occur on the professional MMA arena. It is thought that until after the death of boxer Joao Carvalho in 2016, the number of deaths related to this discipline just turned 4.

Also from 1998 to 2011, there were 60 deaths in official boxing competitions, which is 15 times higher than that of professional MMA.

Also from 1998 to 2011, there were 60 deaths in the boxing competition, which is 15 times higher than that of professional MMA. Over the past 50 years between 1950 and 2007, Boxing fans witnessed more than 300 boxers dying from trauma especially in the head while this figure at MMA was only 4.

According to statistics, the rate of head and neck injuries for Boxing is 84%, which is also the highest among combat martial arts. 

The next order includes Karate accounting for 74% and the third is the MMA with an injury rate of only about 64%. According to statistics, the incidence of brain tremors in MMA is only about 4%, much lower than the 14% that Boxing brings.

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The incidence of injuries in MMA is higher than in Boxing matches, but the number of brain-related injuries in Boxing is twice as high as MMA.

Professor Shelby Karpman’s survey of 1181 MMA fighters and more than 500 boxing fighters showed that the incidence of injuries in MMA competition is higher than that of Boxing matches (59.4% compared to 49.8% ), but the number of brain-related injuries in Boxing has twice the rate of MMA (7.1% compared to 4.2%).

So why is the death rate and serious injury in MMA always lower than in other fighting martial arts?

In MMA, boxers don’t just use punches and kicks to take down opponents. In addition to those skills, boxers also use wrestling and locking techniques to win

It can be seen that almost all injuries or deaths in the official matches of MMA are always much lower than Boxing. Over the past 10 years, the number of people dying in boxing tournaments has been 15 times the number at MMA.

The reason for such difference is because in MMA, boxers do not only use punches and kicks to defeat opponents. In addition to those skills, boxers also use wrestling and locking techniques to win. 

This is one of the pretty good weapons to occupy safe positions, take down the enemy quickly but does not cause too much danger. Besides attacks, locking, the referee is always the one who appears in time to prevent unnecessary injuries.

The strict rules on the MMA arena both protect the safety of players, while ensuring an “open” environment for all participating disciplines.

Moreover, MMA always has strict rules in competition. 

Many people still think this is a free-spirited fighting game so there are no rules, but in fact the MMA tournaments comply with the strict rules. This is both to ensure the safety of the players and to create an “open” environment for all participating disciplines.