Zab Judah: Anybody can be an MMA fighter, it's not a skill

One thing that seems like it will never go away is the boxing versus MMA debate. While there are many that are fans of both sports, UFC President Dana White being a prime example, there are many more that focus their attention on the sport that they love and deride the other sport, like say, boxing promoter, Bob Arum.

Zab Judah, who has said, in the past, that MMA is more fun to watch than boxing, has lent his voice to the debate.  The good folks over at, caught up with the champion boxer and this is what he had to say about MMA, “MMA? I mean hey, it is what it is. It’s something people like to see. You know? I think the difference between MMA and boxing is anybody can be a MMA fighter; it just takes, you know, brutality. You know what I’m sayin’? It’s not a skill level thing. For me to get in and get your arm in a lock and try to pop it off, you know, as fast as I could? Anybody could do that. But when it comes to boxing, boxing is a skill; you know what I’m saying? It’s an acquired entree. It’s not for everybody.

What do you think LowKicker’s, will the boxing versus MMA debate every die and if so, what will it take to get to that point?

  • Jizzle11

    If you’re so confident, step into the octagon and see what happens to ya

  • Keyboard Contender

    Its not “A” skill, its many…..

  • MereDictum

    Yea Zab, boxing is a skill; so is public speaking, “now what I’m sayin’”

  • dray12

    He does have a point, just failed to articulate it well.

  • skillett

    Boxing is also Martial art, Zab you dingbat!

  • abcdefgh

    I’d like to “Couture” him in to a little pile of “Toney”.

  • dropkickmurphy

    I like watching him do the chicken dance on youtube…you got knocked the f… out biatch

  • David Saucier

    You know what im saying?

  • IChokePeople


  • Keyboard Contender

    please, arrive at the point?

  • Sonny123

    yaa yaa you know what I’m saying. Hey can I have my arm back.

  • biggermmafan

    what a moron

  • mindkontrolle

    ****ing dumbass

  • nickp44

    Wtf is an “acquired entree” ?


  • Dabs

    What??!! Not once did he say that boxing would beat up MMA so I don’t know what you’re talking about. I also believe that what he says is correct. MMA incorporates all the martial arts and is very diverse there for it tends to attract different types of people. Boxing is for the kind of warriors that want to go toe to toe in a slug fest. Werdum, Maia, Aoki – Great fighters but boxing was not their thing.

  • Brasil

    I bet good money a 1 year Bjj white belt could sent his a** to the hospital.
    English is my second language and i can convey my toughts better than this A**hole. Moron……

  • Jack N. Meoff


    These guys never cease to amaze me with their ignorance. Put your money where your mouth is or STFU. They are so afraid of continuing to be over-shadowed by the success of MMA and the UFC that they don’t know what else to say. Pathetic

  • biggidybigz

    His answer SHOULD have been:

    “MMA? I mean hey, i don’t really know anything about it so i shouldn’t say anything or i’ll risk sounding like an idiot…”

  • gspfan8

    i think its time to call Uncle Randy Couture again

  • Mike Perryman

    Boxing and MMA are two different breeds of animal. Boxing has been around and has had a chance to evolve into the spectacle that we know today. Back in the early 1900′s it was more like MMA than what they call boxing today. The fights went till there was a winner, when you knocked your opponant down, you could maintain a dominant position and give him shots as he would get up. It was more of a blood sport than now. And that’s why they call it Mixed Martial Arts; because it a mixture of many different styles of fighting- including boxing Zab….. not just boxing. You probably couldn’t put your lil sister in an arm-bar

  • JoeFaceHood

    He must be related to Nick Diaz….you know what I’m saying?

  • fauxartist

    . Judah is a thug, and not a verygood one anymore. The only Boxer with any chance to transition to MMA is Andre Berto. His Father was a world Champion or at least world class and his (andre’s) brother currently fights MMA. They train together in multiple disciplines to keep each other sharp.

    Zab.. Street fighter doesnt mean kick anyones azz Just ask crazy horse Bennet and look at him getting choked out in the locker room after talking smack. I’m sure you all can find it on you tube


  • fauxartist

    addendum to above. Bertos father was a dutch Kickboxer and all of Hatian decent ( not that that is important) Didin’t want to mislead that Dad was an MMA champ of any kind.

  • gm1

    Yeah the sad thing is it would take an unrated MMA fighter with NO Skill to whop his ass….Keep the car running baby….it would take long to finish this joke….

  • mindkontrolle

    nah, someone who could provide a nastier beating.

  • Sonny123

    say uncle Randy

  • bluntsandbeers

    your name is Zab judah… nough said.

  • kalmander

    Stupid ass mofo…

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  • Krogan

    Don’t be silly OP obviously the debate will die when boxing is dead, that just goes to reason.

  • RabbitPuncher

    B-Hop came around after he took the time to see what MMA is all about. Maybe this joker oughta do the same.

  • cranestyle

    Boxing is soooo last century.

  • OscarJoseGuerrero

    I love boxing and I love MMA. I almost think I like boxing just a little bit more. But we all saw what happened to ol’ james toney. Why see it again with his dude? Both sports take skills end of story,

  • TheKaybs

    I grew up watching boxing, but it died when tyson went crazy and they starved everyone else in the sport. Zab is a f’n idiot. Boxing is like the Old remote control cars attached to the wire. They can only go forward and reverse left. MMA is a future car compared to boxing, which happens to have older roots than boxing and a naturalists gladiator style which can never die, even after us humans are long gone.
    Besides the fact that MMA incorporates boxing, boxing is a martial art like anything else. The reason you don’t see any good boxers left in boxing is because they all recognize the greater potential in MMA and scramble over at first chance now. Zab’s Backyard (what I know is Best attitude) mentality will leave him no further than his backyard.
    You know what I’m sayin?

  • ogobska

    boxing is “a” dying sport. the only and last fight i would watch is pacquiao-mayweather. end

  • jesse

    i dont get why boxers act like mma athlets are any different in quality. alot of these guys that are in mma would have probably gone to boxing if the ufc wasnt around. there the same people from the same planet. the only difference is that mma is life style, boxing is more of just a contact sport. i dont think any kind of athlete lives and breathes there sport more than mma fighters.

  • 51MUSCLE

    Follow James Toney and step in the cage and find out. Yea you can put an arm lock on someone and try to snap it, if you know how to apply that lock. Or maybe you have to transition from something else to that move. I guess that’s all just luck along with the hundreds of knock outs in MMA fights. Just another guy trying to help keep the boring sport of boxing alive. I like boxing, that’s all we did as kids, we grew up on it. But the truth is, MMA is a legitimate sport that takes training, heart, skill, and a set of big ones. You have to learn several combat disciplines in order to be in the cage, where as boxing you just have to stand and throw punches,zzzzzzzzzzzz. Let us know when Zab’s MMA debut is so I can come and laugh at that ass.

  • freshone

    WOW, lets see Zeb, either your trollin or you really are that stupid, please please please sign a contract with any MMA promotion, I would love to see the look on your face as it went from smug, arrogant prick to “oh shit I can’t breath or, crack, my arm my arm”

  • LIL ABNER 70

    It’s like apples (MMA) and oranges(Boxing).Everyone knows that apples can crush oranges all day long ! Boxers have a lucky punch chance. And, we know those are few and far between.

  • 1Sasquatch

    We have all seen someone dominate because of one skillset from time to time in MMA. During his prime, Zab may have indeed won a number of fights with his boxing skill. Still, just as in a streetfight, it always ends up on the ground eventually. The first decent fighter he faced with a good wrestling base would have exposed him. I boxed as an amateur for three years, am a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and have spent time studying 7 other martial arts including, my current stint as a white belt in BJJ. Of all the martial arts, the guy I fear the most is a high level wrestler… with some experience in ground and pound.

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  • CV_MMA

    And its what he showed he is LOL a Fkin IDIOT!!

  • JoAnna

    What an ignorant comment. Step in the cage with one of these bad boys and get your ass knocked out fast with a knee to the face or tapout when you get pefect standing guillotine in 10 seconds or less. MMA fighters kick ass.

  • TheRealDeal

    Zab is the Paul Daley of boxing.

  • TheRealDeal

    You are right Zab, MMA is not a skill.

    It is MANY finely tuned SKILLS COMBINED.

  • JQuest

    This is just another example of a big mouthed boxer who is completely uneducated about MMA. Not a skill? It is a multitude of skills. Boxing, though I enjoy it as well, showcases only the skill of good hands. I hope his ignorance winds up with him taking on one of the top featherweights in MMA. I’m thinkin Jose Aldo, Mark Hominick, Mike Brown, Hatsu Hioki, Chad Mendes, Diego Nunes, Manvel Gamburyan, or Kenny Florian would be perfect to hand this douche a much needed reality check.

  • BigRed

    Zab never had skills he should go back to the Gym and acquire some, or fight dirty you know wat i mean.

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  • OperationCWAL

    Judah vs rampage!

  • Curecka

    just another ignorant boxer in a dying sport….boxing has only 1 fight anyone cares about anymore….i’ve been doing martial since i was 6 i’m 30 now and believe me it takes SKILL to apply an armbar Judah…matter fact let me see u apply 1 on m e if it so easy and i’ll show how easy i can make u tap out.

  • ancientalienMMA

    does anybody remember when Kostya Tszyu Knocked Judah the F&*K out.. was awesome watching Judah do the chicken dance trying to scrammble to his feet, MMA will only get bigger and more skillful.. it’s scary to think how talented a UFC fighter will be 10 years from now.

  • Mike Perryman

    Kostya was one of my all-time favorite boxers back when he was in it. He made Zab look like a little girl in there.