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MMA vs Boxing: SEGA decides

Mixed Martial Arts is back in the headlines and for once it’s not Irishman Conor McGregor pulling the strings. The success of UFC 226 in Las Vegas this summer has everyone raving about the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A heavyweight championship match between Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier headlined. It was sold to the paying public under the banner of “The Superfight” and it didn’t half live up to the hype.

MMA has had a long-running and well documented rivalry with professional boxing for the number one contact sport slot. The noble art is generations older than the UFC promotion but there are followers on each side who would happily debate until they are blue in the face that their preference is the true king of combat. 

Neither side are backing down

That was never more evident than when millions of wagers were placed on McGregor to knockout Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match. Mayweather – who considers himself the best ever (TBE) – won that contest at a canter, but it’s likely Conor would dismantle the American if they were ever to meet in the octagon under MMA rules.

MMA versus boxing, who wins? A strong argument could be made for each sport being the most popular, most exciting and highest-grossing in the combat sports arena. There will never be a decisive answer to the question of the top dog in the fight game.

Our team of sports fans and Sega nerds have come up with a bulletproof method of settling the debate once and for all, leaving no grey areas. It’s so simple, in fact, we are astonished no one has thought of it before. To decide the best between the sports, we put the best MMA games against the best boxing games on Sega. That should bring an end to it and let us all get on with our lives. Here goes.

Best MMA game on Sega

There are many MMA games on various consoles that have proven a knockout with gamers. Sega doesn’t have all the titles but it does boast one of the best in the Ultimate Fighting Championship which was available on Dreamcast. It’s unlikely this game will see too much action these days and is, more than likely, enjoying a long retirement in attics and charity shops worldwide. In its prime though it was a real contender.

The UFC game was visually impressive, and the graphics astonishing for the time. The sound effects were quite something, too, from the atmosphere generated by the crowd to the exertions of the fighters when the camera gets up close and personal. Another highlight is stand-up fighting, involving kicking and punching.

Where the game lets itself down is the groundwork, wrestling and grappling. The controls for this were seen as being far too fiddly and not nearly as responsive. It didn’t seem to suit southpaw fighters too well either with programmers leaving many “lefties” out on purpose in an attempt to improve the play. 

If you want to enjoy the Ultimate Fighting Championship game on Sega it’s still available to buy at some retro sites and online marketplaces but we suggest staying on your feet as opposed to targeting the ground and pound.

Best boxing game on Sega

Ready to Rumble Boxing. Ah, the memories. This was and is a classic and rated as the pound-for-pound champion of boxing games on Sega and, in our opinion, most other consoles. It doesn’t possess the kind of impressive graphics as a modern-day Knockout Kings, but it is funny, user-friendly and exciting. 

Choose between the hard-hitting champions and the comedy characters. The combo moves are exaggerated to make them even more appealing to non-boxing fans. There are no tricky controls. Simply come out swinging when the bell goes. 

Fire this game up, and we promise you’ll love it as much today as you did at the time, and if you are new to Ready to Rumble Boxing on Sega, then you’re in for a treat.

With the best bit of MMA games being in the standup fighting, it’s obvious boxing wins hands down here. The controls are simpler, which makes it easier to play and more fun. Forget technique and try to learn tricky combos and get right down to the serious business of beating your opponent unconscious, digitally, of course.

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