This got met thinking based on the recent comments by Anthony Joshua and Tony Bellew on their potential interest in having an MMA fight and some of the comments in the thread on Anthony Joshua's recent comments. A few posters suggested that WME might consider more cross over fights based on the financial success of the McGregor-Mayweather fight. MMA is still a relatively new sport and even in its short professional life. From the no holds barred bare knuckle no rounds version in the early ufc, to the soccer kicks, stomps and knees to grounded opponents in pride fc to the modern rules found across mma. The UFC and MMA could increase their market share by appealing to fans of different combat sports such as boxing, kickboxing and muay thai. Certainly MMA has its loyal fan base but it seems logical that it might need to evolve and adapt its rules in order for it to be the primary sport combat form. It may need to adapt its rules in order for fighters to pursue MMA over boxing, muay thai or kickboxing. So I was curious as to what kind of boxing/muay thai/mma hyrbid sport could be developed that would incentive professional boxers, glory kickboxers and professional muay thai fighters to transition into or sport more like mma. Maybe this other sport could be used as a transition sport for strikers to eventually transition into mma or maybe it would lead to mma evolving its rules to this new sport. If this was to be created it would potentially attract a number of boxers and kickboxers that are highly compensated. This could lead to an increase in compensation to mma fighters who partake in this hybrid sport and it could also possibly lead to higher compensation for mma fighters. This hybrid sport could potentially draw in high end talent from boxing and kickboxing and could potentially lead to it becoming a preferred destination for fighters. It seems like most boxers and kickboxers and muay thai fighters are open to the idea of fighting in a cage, using mma gloves and being able to strike with all 8 limbs. They also seem like they would be receptive to clinch fighting, greco wrestling and dirty boxing. So aside from evaluating the time frame of rounds (whether they stay mma related or more boxing related) the key thing would be figuring out how to integrate grappling into this sport. For the most part wrestling would have to become something secondary. It isn't that entertaining and won't be entertaining to the fans of striking sports. So they would need to remove the ability to stall by holding the opponent or laying on the opponent for a significant length of time. It would seem reasonable to include ground and pound and submissions so it would most likely make sense to have a time limit of the ground to inflict serious damage or sink in a submission. This shouldn't be an issue for mma fighters or mma fans as most would assume that a trained grappler should take very little time to submit a boxer or kickboxer. Overall these are just some initial thoughts and maybe some other posters have some ideas of how this sport could work.