What Do You Consider "A Fight"?
I was surfing sherdog the other day and noticed that they just put up the UFC 1 and 2 DVDs for sale. While describing the events, they took a jab at the quality of the fighters and matches by putting quotation marks around the word "fights" when refering to the event. I understood the point they were trying to make, being that many of the fighters were not well rounded and did not have any idea what they were doing at times, but it also got me to thinking; back then there were absolutely no rules whatsoever and the fighters were more mismatched, if anything, quality or not, those fights were more real then than they are now in current MMA (especially considering some of the injuries in the first couple UFCs). Going deeper, this got me thinking, what actually makes a fight a fight?
I think to help draw the line between legitimate and bullshido matches and training methods, we should discuss what a fight is to each person and why. Also, which of the following methods would be good training vs. bullshido or overkill.
Copy and paste the following and write 'yes' or 'no' to each catagory if you would consider it a bonafide fight. Also mention which are effective training methods in your opinion. Explain yourself as you see fit. Forgive me if there is a little grey area in some of these catagories.
- An impromtu street fight
- A planed street fight (challenge match)
- A sanctioned no rules match (early UFC)
- A modern MMA match (UFC rules and standards, for the sake of argument)
- A Muay Thai match (bare-knuckle)
- A San Shao match (takedowns, but no grappling)
- An american kick boxing match (gloves and no clinching)
- A boxing match
- Full contact karate (no kicks below waist, headgear worn)
- Free sparing (typical dojo sparing rules, but no breaks between hits)
- Point sparing