MMA Fighters Have Higher IQ’S

March 30th, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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Just some clarification here: the exceptional (not someone like me – an amateur with marginal skills and talent) MMA fighter is smarter (much) than the average person. Seems counterintuitive, right? You mean a “dumb jock” who inflicts and endures extreme physical punishment is as smart as say an Elan musk? YOU BET!!!

I can turn this into a long essay, but I won’t( just basically throw out the facts and a quick explanation). Mixed Martial Arts is simply playing chess with one’s body. Not unlike chess, there is an infinite # of variables, choices, strategies, etc.

To focus on just one discipline or part of MMA, take for example BJJ, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, there are innumerable attacks and counter-attacks. As Rickson Gracie used to say, paraphrase – you make a move, I counter, you make another different move, and I counter with something different. Now I attack and you counter, etc. …this goes on forever if nobody is submitted, gassed – out, gives up, etc. Now consider all of the other aspects of MMA: striking arts, wrestling, Muay-Thai, Judo, boxing…and more.

I haven’t even gotten into timing, gauging distances, angles….on and on. And what about the psychological component? So just a little WhaDaYaThink. What do you think? I can write a book on this subject which would include not only the intelligence necessary to fight, but the obvious toughness, discipline, training, living with chronic injuries, obsession with winning, the devastation of defeat, etc. Fighting is the oldest, most primal, creative, and by far the greatest sport man has ever engaged in.

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5 Responses to “MMA Fighters Have Higher IQ’S”

  1. Michael Tabor Says:

    This is Just a MUST-READ (SHORT BLOG) by the great Sam Harris on BJJ

  2. le duke de fromage Says:

    Michael, I am a fan of MMA style of fighting after years of suffering the decline of boxing as a sport. While I admire the style of fighting I do notice that rule changes and the level of proficiency of fighters have been declining the quality of the sport. I hope that MMA does not fall to the level of pro boxing which in most cases is a shadow of what it once was. NO doubt popularity, commercialism, and greed combine to dilute what was a pure event. Not to mention the health and mental issues involved. I believe pro football is fast becoming overexposed, overpriced, and a shell of its former greatness, this due to all the factors mentioned. Currently there just isn’t enough good talent in MMA to satisfy the TV beast. As a result the sports suffers with inferior matches. Over time that is the death notice of any sport.
    Briefly I must mention your statement that MMA fighters have higher IQ’s, while correct does not account for the risks of fighting in such a violent and dangerous sport. Any fighter must seriously consider the likelihood that as he or she ages the damage both physically and mentally will increase dramatically the longer he or she fights .That does require a higher IQ to properly access the risks.

  3. Michael Tabor Says:

    Well for one thing The regulatory bodies are really cracking down on steroids, testosterone replacement therapy, HGH, etc. So, the truth of the matter is for the 1st 15 years of the sport(except for the 1st 2 years when Royce Gracie introduced BJJ…strength didn’t matter, now everyone has the same toolkit. no more secrets), just about everyone was jacked – up on something. So, I don’t think the skill level has dropped (it has actually gotten better) it’s just that it’s hard to cheat now. The cardio is still the same, but the strength factors have been curtailed.

    There certainly seems to be fewer superstars with the obvious exception of Connor McGregor who is easily the moist celebrated and highest paid MMA fighter to date.And the biggest fight of all time is coming up with McGregor vs. Mayweather which is really a farce. Simply stated: In a boxing match, Mayweather is going to destroy McGregor, in an MMA match, McGregor would completely annihilate him in less than 30 seconds (Just 2 different sports). Another thing that is ruining the MMA sport is the “shit talking”. I mean Connor can fight better than anyone and I think his “shit talk” is genuine but a lot of other guys(and gals) are faking it and it’s sometimes very uncomfortable to watch (this is real fighting, not professional wrestling) But that’s entertainment for you.

    Having listened to numerous fighter re: health issues (esp. head trauma) most fighters are in denial or they just block it out until they retire. The sport is only 25 years old, but you can now see all the cumulative physical abuse they’ve suffered through. Just like old retired football players, some fighters can’t walk and have many cognitive issues. So, yes I agree, as smart as these fighters are,you have to wonder. I guess being so gifted at something (fighting) is a curse really.

  4. Michael Tabor Says:

    Joe Rogan says it all here – The PASSSION and enthusiasm made MMA – Just unlike any other sport

  5. Michael Tabor Says:

    I have to throw this up – Dana White’s favorite and mine too….Hughes vs. Trigg

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