I grew up watching boxing with my dad who idolized Ali, Ray Robinson, Jack Johnson, and Joe Louis. Those guys were bigger than sport. Icons for what they did in—and out—of the ring. I also covered boxing earlier in my journalism career and I've seen more live fights than I can remember. I was in the building when the Executioner knocked out Tito Trinidad in front of tens of thousands of his Puerto Rican fans.
But that was then and this is now. Sorry I'm not sorry but, the truth is, mixed martial arts is better than boxing. Here's why.
By Orlando Lima @limachips who will be live-tweeting UFC 135 from @complex_sports starting at 9pm on Saturday (9/24)