Is the use of the cage good or bad for the proliferation of the sport in terms of public acceptance and/or growth? What advantages or disadvantages do you guys see to mma in a cage vs mma in a ring from a fighter's standpoint? Consider the following in your response: opponents of MMA in the US cite the "barbaric" nature of the cage as one of the reasons why the sport is simply too violent to be allowed. the cage does allow for a more controlled environment with no danger of falling out, though it somewhats limits visibility in live performances. the ring is an already accepted venue of athletic competition and adds an air of civility to sport that can be described as "the sweet science (boxing), evolved". as a downside, people can and have fallen through the ropes with the nearly five foot drop resulting in serious injury. also consider the fighters trapped against the fence vs. the move to the middle of the ring restart.