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Old 05-31-2008, 02:23 PM
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saw this article on Yahoo Sports this morning. pretty good read for people not too well versed in the sport:

John McCain once called mixed martial arts “human ****fighting.”
Indeed, he did. The Arizona senator and presumptive Republican presidential nominee gave MMA the label detractors have mouthed like trained parrots.

McCain helped the drive to push MMA off cable television around 1996. In other news from that year, the Yankees won the World Series. But here in 2008, the Red Sox are the reigning champions and likewise, McCain changed his tune. In fact, McCain recently told Britain’s Daily Telegraph, “The sport has grown up. The rules have been adopted to give its athletes better protections and to ensure fairer competition.”

MMA was once banned in nearly every state.
Actually, only one state, New York, enacted a mixed martial arts ban into law, a statute that remains on the books (hence why Saturday’s CBS show is across the river in Newark, N.J.). The difference is the UFC refuses to promote in places that don’t have a sanctioning athletic commission, an entirely separate matter from an outright ban.

Mixed martial arts was a rules-free freak show until the UFC’s current ownership came in and cleaned up the sport.

Current UFC owners Zuffa LLC bought the company in 2001, and deserve the bulk of the credit for making the sport a success in North America, which came after years of backbreaking work.

But the notion that casino magnate Ferttita brothers and UFC president Dana White cleaned up the rules is a fairy tale. Referees had the power to stop matches as early as UFC 3 in 1994; the first time limit was instituted not long after, and weight classes came into play by 1999.

In 2000, the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board instituted the current rules since adopted by most state athletic commissions, known in the business as the “unified rules.” UFC later took those regulations and pitched them to influential states like Nevada and California on the way to getting sanctioned in those states.

Mixed martial arts is a haven for white trash.
This is perhaps the most egregious stereotype of them all. If anything, one can make a convincing argument that the industry-leading UFC is among the most internationally diverse offerings on the American sporting scene.


Last Saturday’s UFC 84 featured fighters from the United States, Canada, Brazil, Japan, Korea, Cameroon, Great Britain and Croatia. The roster of UFC’s current champions features a native Brazilian (interim heavyweight champ Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira); an African-American (light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson); an African-Brazilian (Anderson Silva); a French-Canadian (welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre) and a Pacific Islander (lightweight champ and full-blooded Hawaiian B.J. Penn).

MMA contributes to the level of violence in our culture.

The base components of MMA, like jiu-jitsu, judo, taekwondo, and Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling, teach people discipline and respect. Women’s self-defense classes based on utilizing MMA techniques are popping up all over the country. This would seem to indicate self-empowerment, not reckless violence.

Both the U.S. military and police departments from coast to coast teach soldiers and police officers how to use mixed martial arts maneuvers for self-defense. If MMA is good enough for our nation’s peacekeepers, it should be good enough for the rest of us.

Mixed martial arts is inherently more dangerous than other contact sports.

In the 15 years since modern mixed martial arts came into being, one fighter, Sam Vasquez of Houston, has died as a result of injuries sustained in a sanctioned MMA fight.

Vasquez’s death was unfortunate, but society has always accepted the risk of catastrophic injury and death in high-profile sports. Rarely does a football season pass without a player being carted off the field with a severe spinal injury; an Arena Football player died in Los Angeles a few years back after a violent collision; and of course, it is rare a year goes by without a death in boxing.

Not enough proof? OK then, consider a 2006 study conducted by the Johns Hopkins Journal of Sports Science and Medicine “Incidence of Injury in Professional Mixed Martial Arts Competitions,” which found that while MMA competitors had slightly more minor injuries than boxers, MMA fighters had a far lower incidence of major injury and brain trauma. This year, the British Journal of Sports Medicine conducted a similar study and came to similar conclusions.

MMA is unskilled bar-fighting; while boxing is refined and genteel.

The glare coming off that pile of Olympic and world championship medals won by MMA practitioners in disciplines like Greco-Roman wrestling and judo should be enough to dispel the notion MMA doesn’t require skill.

Regardless, the wheezing “in my day” arguments from grey-haired boxing writers too set in their ways to learn anything new continue unabated. The mental gymnastics required to declare MMA “barbaric” while ignoring that boxing has a body count greater than every other contact sport combined make these sort of columns must-reads in their own perverse way.

In MMA, when a fight hits the ground, the referee is instructed to halt the match at the first sign the fighter on the defensive can no longer intelligently defend himself.

Boxing, on the other hand, features the standing eight count, in which a dazed pugilist who has been knocked to the mat has to immediately scramble to his feet, regardless of whether the cobwebs have cleared, and come right back out to potentially absorb more brain trauma from the person who just put him down.

Which sport is barbaric, again?

Mixed martial arts fans are bloodthirsty and just want to see people get knocked out.

Well, yeah, fight fans tend to get excited by knockouts, whether in MMA, boxing or kickboxing. Likewise, baseball fans tend to react louder to 500-foot home runs than they do to a well-executed bunt; and basketball fans get out of their seats for a thunderous dunk, not for the pick that cleared the lane so the dunk could occur.

If you watched a complete mixed martial arts card, instead of cherry-picking knockout clips, you’ll find that the average MMA fan is educated to nuances of the sport, and react as much to a subtle shift of position on the mat that creates an opening for a potential submission attempt as they do any other aspect of the game.

But of course, learning this requires research, something sorely lacking from the bulk of commentary slamming the sport.

Hey, this is America. You have the right to detest MMA if you wish. I can’t stand watching volleyball. But if I was assigned to cover it, I’d at least make an effort to get the basics of the sport correct rather than concoct a lazy rip job. Is it too much to ask the same for MMA?
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Old 05-31-2008, 02:28 PM
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MMA is unskilled bar-fighting; while boxing is refined and genteel.

The glare coming off that pile of Olympic and world championship medals won by MMA practitioners in disciplines like Greco-Roman wrestling and judo should be enough to dispel the notion MMA doesn’t require skill.

Regardless, the wheezing “in my day” arguments from grey-haired boxing writers too set in their ways to learn anything new continue unabated. The mental gymnastics required to declare MMA “barbaric” while ignoring that boxing has a body count greater than every other contact sport combined make these sort of columns must-reads in their own perverse way.

In MMA, when a fight hits the ground, the referee is instructed to halt the match at the first sign the fighter on the defensive can no longer intelligently defend himself.

Boxing, on the other hand, features the standing eight count, in which a dazed pugilist who has been knocked to the mat has to immediately scramble to his feet, regardless of whether the cobwebs have cleared, and come right back out to potentially absorb more brain trauma from the person who just put him down.

Which sport is barbaric, again?
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Old 05-31-2008, 03:17 PM
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Would you like to elaborate on your well-thought out point with more evidence as to why you have these feelings? Do you also realize that the person in your avatar once had a promotional contract with an MMA organization?

The article was well-written. Whenever people are exposed to something new, people act in different ways. Anyone with enough disdain for a sport to stalk its forum and troll every thread falls into an insecure group of folks that need routine and lack of change in their lives to be mentally stable. That lack of change can exist in people who hide from the outside world, such as people in a group home or in a prison.
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Flawless just gets pissed whenever a black guy gets KO'd by a lighter skinned opponent. ='[
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Would you like to elaborate on your well-thought out point with more evidence as to why you have these feelings? Do you also realize that the person in your avatar once had a promotional contract with an MMA organization?

The article was well-written. Whenever people are exposed to something new, people act in different ways. Anyone with enough disdain for a sport to stalk its forum and troll every thread falls into an insecure group of folks that need routine and lack of change in their lives to be mentally stable. That lack of change can exist in people who hide from the outside world, such as people in a group home or in a prison.

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im pretty sure mma is just white americans who got pissed they are hopeless at boxing so they made a fad, the fad will pass and a new fad will emerge......america is the land of fads
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im pretty sure mma is just white americans who got pissed they are hopeless at boxing so they made a fad, the fad will pass and a new fad will emerge......america is the land of fads
100% Agreed. I couldn't sum it up better. The next thing we will see Head butting competition after minorities take over MMA.
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Lol boxing only uses hands, where MMA uses pretty much all parts of the body to attack.

I watch both weekly and I enjoy MMA. One becuse the fights tend to be more exciting.

2nd im so bored of corruption, politics and scandals in boxing that if the fight goes to points its too damn predictable. Although some MMA's are abit dodgy. Speaking of ppl being dodgey, boxers continually dodge each other.

The reason MMA was not big before was "white americans" could make more money from big boxing fights with house hold names.

Now they can reach to a more world wide ordiance with MMA. Therefore it is getting bigger.

Either way I get best of both worlds.
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Lol boxing only uses hands, where MMA uses pretty much all parts of the body to attack.

I watch both weekly and I enjoy MMA. One becuse the fights tend to be more exciting.

2nd im so bored of corruption, politics and scandals in boxing that if the fight goes to points its too damn predictable. Although some MMA's are abit dodgy. Speaking of ppl being dodgey, boxers continually dodge each other.

The reason MMA was not big before was "white americans" could make more money from big boxing fights with house hold names.

Now they can reach to a more world wide ordiance with MMA. Therefore it is getting bigger.

Either way I get best of both worlds.
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