To find a sport more similar to MMA and the UFC, look no further than boxing where two combatants punch each other in the head and body until one can no longer stand. How is boxing any less "barbaric" than the UFC? In boxing, verbally submitting and quitting is seen as an act of cowardice so a man would rather take unnecessary punishment than admit defeat. In the UFC, the mindset is different — the athletes in the UFC are all OK with submitting to their opponents. Admitting defeat and verbally submitting is not seen as an act of cowardice and is not frowned upon like it is in boxing. Now looking at deaths, the UFC has been around for almost 21 years and there's yet to be a single death. Boxing sees numerous deaths per year. In fact, since 1920 until today, there have been over 900 boxers who have died (professional and amateur) due to injuries suffered in the ring, yet where is the outcry? In the U.S., from 1993 until 2011, there have been three deaths from injuries sustained in an MMA fight (not UFC sanctioned fights). That's an average of 0.17 deaths per year. Boxing in the U.S. averages 2.7 deaths per year — almost as many as MMA has since it's inception. Why is boxing not condemned and under the same scrutiny? In fact, John Hopkins University came out in 2006 with a study clearly stating that the sport of MMA was safer than boxing and no more dangerous than American football.