What? You’ve never heard of Adrien Broner? He’s the WBA welterweight champ and latest boxer to wax poetic about the shortcomings of MMA as a sport:
The golden quote:
Right now, you can go into MMA, learn all the submission moves and be a world champion. It doesn’t matter how long it takes. I don’t give a fuck what you do, you can try to come over to boxing, and you won’t ever be a world champion. I’m not disrespecting you, but I’m just saying, that’s how it works.
Well, shiiiit. Here I was thinking I would never hold a belt in the UFC when apparently all I have to do is pack on a few pounds, start learning all the submission moves, and d’arce choke Ronda Rousey into the history books.
There’s nothing new about this sort of attitude among some boxers since MMA has become a legitimate threat to their sport. But giving a pass for this sort of ignorance because MMA is a “relatively young sport” is getting kind of old. The kind of ignorance Broner is displaying is the willful kind: he’s 24 years old – the UFC was formed when he was 4 years old. Broner would probably be dismayed at a poll in which sports fans were asked which welterweight name was more recognizable: Adrien Broner or Georges St. Pierre.
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