In my world I'm trying to make a combat sport that is so super that normal humans can't join. But I'm going back and forth with Peak Humans and Metahumans.
To give you guys a clear definition of the terms.
Peak Human= Batman, Jason Bourne, Kill Bill, Fast and the Furious, Any action hero/normal human in fiction.
Metahuman: X Men, My Hero Academia, Spiderman, Hancock, any superhero/superhuman in fiction.
Peak Human MMA
Peak Human MMA has this perfect balance since all the fighters are still "normal humans". So they are all on the same level. The peak humans don't come with unique, vague, and broad superpowers that would cause a lot of different variables in a combat sport. Cough cough like the Metahumans.
But the problem with peak humans is that it's not easily recognizable. What I mean is. What makes peak human MMA different from normal human MMA? Don't get it twisted now. No real-world human can do the shit, Batman and John Wick do. But on the outside looking in Peak Human MMA just look like Normal human MMA to a casual. Of course on the inside peak, human MMA is different from normal human MMA.
But It's not like the average Joe automatically sperate a fictional human from a real-world human, to begin with. The normies view peak humans as real humans. Because peak humans are always portrayed as real humans in fiction for the most part. So that takes away my Super MMA field. Because the fighters are still seen as " real humans" by the majority. So my Peak Human MMA would just be another exaggerated Hollywood Action fight club Film.
I feel like if don't take the Metahuman MMA route. I would be missing out on an amazing concept that is not seen that much in fiction. Outside Dragon Ball Z tournaments and Fighting Games like Mortal Kombat and Street Fighters. Doesn't matter if it's an original concept or not. MMA Fighters with superpowers is an awesome concept. Who wouldn't one see superpowers like Pyrokinesis, Telekinesis, Super Strength, etc in an MMA setting? That sounds like a great concept on paper.
But only on paper though. The problem with Metahuman MMA is there are way too many variables and moving parts. Because the Superpowers are too specific, vague, broad, and unique. Each Fighter will have their own power that operates with different rules and mechanics. Even if the powers are the same they can still work differently. I.E. not every Telepath, Speedsters, Element user, etc is the same. And don't forget about the Fighters that would have multiple different powers like Superman.
When it comes to power levels. Now that's a whole other variable. Power levels are too hard to define in a Metahuman MMA setting. Because the superpowers are too broad, vague, specific, and unique. In other words, any weak character with some type of tricky cheat code hax can defeat a stronger character with a much more bigger power level.
This meaning if Batman had pressure point powers that can work on anybody, he could defeat the Hulk. Even though Hulk has a much more higher power level. The broad/unique/specific/vague nature of superpowers gives a huge middle finger to power levels in Metahuman MMA setting lol.
I'm stuck between Peak Human MMA and Metahuman MMA. I don't what would be a better super combat sport for the world.