Posts Tagged ‘Todd duBoef’

BOXING VS UFC BATTLE CONTINUES OUTSIDE THE RING

November 20, 2008

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COUTURE/LESNAR MATCH TRIGGERS DANA WHITE/TODD DUBOEF DUST UP

Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports has a great piece today which features a classic boxing versus UFC contest.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times Tuesday, Top Rank Boxing president Todd duBoef blasted the entire sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) as being unsafe. DuBoef based his accusation on the ending of Saturday’s Brock Lesnar/Randy Couture fight where Couture was repeatedly struck in the face.

 

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RANDY COUTURE’S FACE FOLLOWING UFC 91

DuBoef called UFC (the world’s top MMA organization) “nothing more than a tough man contest.” DuBoef’s contention is anecdotal. Studies have concluded that boxing is far more dangerous than MMA. UFC was founded in 1993. Since then, there have been two deaths of MMA fighters (one in an unsanctioned match in Ukraine.) In that same time 71 boxers have died in the ring. In fact, there have been more deaths in fights promoted by Top Rank (duBoef’s company) than in the entire history of MMA.

 

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DANA WHITE: K.O.’S TOP RANK

UFC president Dana White yesterday pounced on duBoef’s accusations. He ripped duBoef’s boss, boxing promoter Bob Arum saying,

 

“Bob Arum is 95 years old and senile.”

White also says he has a study from Johns Hopkins university that PROVES MMA is safer than boxing. As Iole’s article points out, there is such a study. Published in The Journal of Sports Medicine, the study makes several references to the “fact” that MMA is safer than boxing with fewer traumatic head injuries.

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BOB ARUM: “95 AND SENILE”