couldnt agree more mate iv tried boxing and a couple of styles that fall under mma catagory and still believe that mma is the way forward. it seems to offer much more in terms of technical fighting with a very strategic element too. plus iv never been so tired after a couple of rounds of kickboxing when iv taken a barrage of sweeps to the legs.
Im joining a new kickboxing club in a few weeks to help with the running training actually.
I agree MMA in my opinion is the better sport. Though it does look more brutal and vicious at first glance, it is the far more tactical sport. For me it is the much broader range of styles and disiplines in the same ring during a fight that pleases and entertains.
The fitness levels, stamina, determination and courage are imense far more than I could hope for.