Overeem: A cage is safer than a ring

source: thegarv.com
 

I like the idea of a ring, but I think a cage is more safe.  You can’t fall out of it.  Basically I trained a lot of stuff the past five years.  The whole way to prepare for a fight.  Did I train in a cage?  I think a cage is one fact of MMA today.  I think everybody who is professional needs to keep his surroundings in consideration.  You need to work with it.  You need to use it to your advantage.  So yes, I’ve been training differently now than five years ago.

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TheGARV site profile image  

6/9/11 3:04 PM by TheGARV

 Yamma pit?

slamming site profile image  

6/8/11 6:43 PM by slamming

Just LOL at the practicality of a ring for a sport with a heavy grappling element.

ranier wolfcastle site profile image  

6/8/11 4:56 PM by ranier wolfcastle

 cage is waaaaaaaaaaaay better for mma

KingstonHawke site profile image  

6/8/11 4:47 PM by KingstonHawke

Cage is safer, and guys can't intentionally go out of bounds... the end.

KingstonHawke site profile image  

6/8/11 4:47 PM by KingstonHawke

Cage is safer, and guys can't intentionally go out of bounds... the end.

Steve4192 site profile image  

6/8/11 3:38 PM by Steve4192

Nah.It is much harder to press someone up against the ropes than it is to press them up against a cage. In a ring, they can kick their feet out underneath the ropes and sprawl all the way out, whereas in a cage you are stuck. Of course, the flip side is, the cage makes it much easier to get back up after a takedown.

JBob300 site profile image  

6/8/11 3:27 PM by JBob300

i think everyone talking about how the cage causes wall n stall is on crack. sure it does, but that didnt stop anyone in pride from holding someone against the ropes or corner...the yellow cards did.

Steve4192 site profile image  

6/8/11 2:12 PM by Steve4192

DREAM's White Cage is made out of fishing nets. Fighters said it is abrasive as hell and give you 'cage burn' when you are pressed up against it. Also, a lot of rings use a fine mesh to hold ring ropes together, but those have also been known to slice people up (Shigeki Uchiyama lost a chunk of his ear to that stuff).The North American style rubber coated cage mesh might suck for the audience, but it is clearly safer for the fighters.

reddsharkk site profile image  

6/8/11 2:00 PM by reddsharkk

Fucking lol

Snu'dByMur site profile image  

6/8/11 1:52 PM by Snu'dByMur

Fishing line?And I blame "wall n stall" on refs not separating fighters quickly enough. I think I've seen <10 fights in my entire life where there was a ref that could recognize that the action was going no where and reset the fighters before I looked at the clock to see how long they were there. I don't understand why this isn't being addressed.. it's not a rule change or anything major, just reset the damn fight when no fighter is improving to a dominant position. And pummelling back and forth with over/under while your opponent's back is against the cage is NOT a dominant position.