Actually, what's better than bare knuckle boxing? Boxing with four ounce gloves.
Anybody who is a fan of the original UFC knows that baby gloves make for more exciting fights than no gloves at all. My favorite example of this came in UFC 1 when Gordeau beat the hell out of Tuli and in his next fight Gordeau's hand was badly swollen. It didn't stop him from using that badly swollen hand to pummel Rosier, but many of the early fighters had to cut short their tournament dreams due to broken hands (Hackney vs. Yarbourough in UFC 3).
Of course in non-striking fights no gloves are obviously better. I don't understand why Aoki has to wear gloves. In fact, if he didn't, he'd be an even more dangerous submission artist than he already is.
These kind of stand-up wars are, indeed, very exciting. Nothing quite beats the sight of a dude getting knocked the hell out. This also explains the immense popularity of the ultimate knock out dvd series. I wonder how that compares to the ultimate submission dvd's?
It is no wonder that so many struggling promotions are trying to keep their fights standing. This is where the money is, and everyone knows it. The golden goose is in, what I call, "Baby Glove Boxing" or BGB.
So I pose this to you: WHY NOT ALLOW BGB?