When the former boxing champ battled the former UFC champ in MMA – Don’t blink

Monday, June 08, 2020

What happens when you pit a world-class boxer against a world-class MMA fighter? History has taught us that if it’s an MMA fight, the MMA fighter will have a significant upper hand, but if on the other hand, it’s a boxing contest, the boxer will likely reign supreme… but not always.

When former WBO heavyweight boxing champion Ray Mercer and former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia collided at Adrenaline MMA 3: Bragging Rights, Mercer blasted Sylvia with a venomous right hand just 9 seconds into the very first round of their bout— scoring a dramatic knockout victory and proving that while anyone may have a puncher’s chance, being a prizefighter will significantly increase your odds.

What Is The UnderGround?

Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez begins his greatest work with a description of the beginning.

“At that time Macondo was a village of twenty adobe houses, built on the bank of a river of clear water that ran along a bed of polished stones, which were white and enormous, like prehistoric eggs. The world was so recent that many things lacked names, and in order to indicate them it was necessary to point.”

The UnderGround was founded when mixed martial arts was so recent that many things lacked names, including the sport itself. Kirik Jenness had written the first book on MMA, the 600-page “Fighter’s Notebook.” But there was no known market for it, so the Internet seemed the only possible source.

They grabbed some URLs for $200 each (there was no GoDaddy yet 🙂 and the best sounding one was SubmissionFighting.com. They partnered with an early, early news site called FightingTalk, and the founder of that site suggested calling it “The UnderGround.”

That was in 1998.

Eventually, too many people showed up looking for weird things, so they switched to another URL they had acquired – mixedmartialarts.com. Then the UFC switched to UFC.tv, so they switched to MMA.tv. Then when the name mixed martial arts became official, they eventually moved their site for the hardcore fanbase back to mixedmartialarts.com. In time they opened up a social-driven site with broad martial arts and combat sports appeal at MMA.tv.