Ok, after a couple of lighter-hearted posts, I have this...
Today is the anniversary of the tragic boxing mis-match between Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini and Duk Koo Kim in 1982. Moments after the match was over, Kim collapsed into a coma. He died days later. Per Wikipedia, Kim's mother committed suicide four months later and the referree of the bout committed suicide the next year. Mancini was haunted for years . For more on this story, check out this ESPN article. This Mancini-Kim fight changed the boxing rules pretty dramatically.
So, a few weeks ago I read someone commenting that MMA was so much safer than boxing because the flexibility in the MMA ruleset does not force the athletes to stand and take a pounding as in boxing. I don't box and I don't do MMA, but I know several of my readers do one or both of these, so I figured y'all would have some perspective on this.