Ever since Randy Couture had James Toney tapping for dear life back at UFC 118 a few years ago, there haven't been too many boxing vs. mixed martial arts (MMA) debates going on.
Many will argue the fight between "The Natural" and "Lights Out" inside the Octagon didn't prove much, seeing as how Toney is a shell of his former self and the fight didn't last too long on the feet. Nevertheless, MMA took one back from the boxing world, as prior to that showdown, former heavyweight boxing champion, Ray Mercer, knocked out Tim Sylvia ice cold in less than a minute inside a cage.
Then again, those were two fighters way past their primes.
So how would two of the most heavy-handed fighters in both sports who are seemingly at their peak fair against one another in current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos and IBF, WBO, and IBO title holder Wladimir Klitschko?
If you ask "Cigano," he is more than confident he can have the Ukrainian sleeping like a baby should they ever exchange leather, telling The Washington Post:
"I could beat that guy, man. Maybe not easy, but I could knock him out. I watch a lot of fights with Wladimir, and I see a lot of holes. Wladimir, the Klitschkos, they're amazing. I like to watch them fight, especially Wladimir, but it's kind of boring. They are really good at what they do, but they are very careful. They don't go to the fight to finish the fight. They stay there in that safe strategy all the time. It's not the Mike Tyson time. Guys don't finish fights."
Though he is confident in his hands against a world-class striker like Klitschko, don't expect "Cigano" to make the jump to the squared-circle anytime soon:
"I love who I am, and I want to stay in MMA. Boxing is going down."
Should he ever get the chance, dos Santos would have his hands full with a prized fighter like Klitschko, who has established himself as one of the most consistent and dominant fighters of his generation. And even though Wladimir has expressed his respect for the sport of MMA in the past, he isn't trading in his 16 oz. gloves for UFC ones anytime soon, either.
How about it Maniacs, who would you put your money on should these two lethal strikers ever find themselves staring each other down in a ring or a cage?
Fantasy predictions, please.