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My husband had flown to Las Vegas to see a fight. I couldn’t decide whether his recent interest in live bouts at the MGM Grand was better or worse than another guy’s passion for, say, the hilarious Americana of strip clubs. I noticed I didn’t exactly boast to friends about his new hobby.


Blood Sport - NY Times article

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“I don’t know what kind of technique was used there, but there was a lot of kicking and punching.” Jim Brown

Post #1   3/16/09 10:59:10AM   

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wow she must be really old ... lol

Post #2   3/16/09 11:18:04AM   

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I just want to know what fight she was watching where she saw eye gouging and biting going on.

Post #3   3/16/09 11:23:30AM   

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The Ultimate 2008 was a bad show to watch for a first timer (from a violence perspective).

The Kongo/Turk finish and the Rampage/Wand finish were both pretty brutal.

Post #4   3/16/09 11:27:33AM   

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a kind of red-light district with weird geniuses for tour guides who made the whole experience seem culturally crucial.


Joe Rogan, in particular[...] is so intense, relentless and silver-tongued that he made me feel as if I had wasted my life among slow-moving hayseeds and listless moralists until I lucked into the white-hot center of existence here with him.



I thought it was a good article by someone who ultimately doesn't like MMA, yet who in some fashion enjoyed watching it, even if it was just the once. Clearly tongue-in-cheek, and well-written.

Post #5   3/16/09 11:39:10AM   

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the first page of the article sums up the reason why mma is having such a hard time lobbying in certain states and why its still not as mainstream as it could be. Its nice that she allowed her opinion to change somewhat as she watched the event, but she's still basing her knowledge off one card rather than what the sport is as a whole. People like this are very confident in their opinions and love to share them... and although she's not saying the same ignorant things she was before, she's still misrepresenting the sport because she's basing her opinion off one card. I'd say that upwards of 90% of groin strikes are accidental, but from the kongo - alturk fight she'll probably believes otherwise. People who want to have a public and respected opinion of this sport need to edumacate themselves

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She's hooked

Post #7   3/16/09 12:59:42PM   

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A very funny account of what MMA looks like from the outside.


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Post #8   3/16/09 1:18:36PM   

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I just want to know what fight she was watching where she saw eye gouging and biting going on.


An eye poke is different from an eye gouge. Eye gouging was illegal even in the early UFC and it rarely ever happened then. And ive never seen biting in an mma event let alone the UFC. Its safe to say a fighter would not be invited back in the UFC if he did bite someone. Only mike tyson and chris brown bite their opponents.

Post #9   3/16/09 1:30:14PM   

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Posted by breakdown5

I just want to know what fight she was watching where she saw eye gouging and biting going on.



Her comment about that is a little unclear. All she saw was the groin shots, but she mentions that it's illegal along with biting and eye gouging. The way she words it though, it could be misconstrued to mean she saw biting and eye gouging.

Post #10   3/16/09 1:30:37PM   

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I find it funny that she b*tches about the price of the PPV while her husband probably spent $500 bucks on his ticket and then a whole bunch more on his beers.

And to top it all off either they live in Vegas where the UFC is the least of her worries or her husband is flying there.

She is obviously a self righteous bigot who prefers to complain about everything in the world by blogging about it instead of just enjoying life around her.

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It’s genuinely sad to see another article with such an archaic perspective on a completely legitimate sport. I, as well as many others, would find the coverage more beneficial if it revolved around factual information and not solely reactionary emotion. Someone’s view on MMA is a good litmus test of someone’s intelligence because nearly all the complaints about the sport are completely unfounded. Research has shown that it is actually safer than all of the top four popular sports in America. I find it truly sad that blatantly ignorant op-ed pieces are considered “journalism.” “New” does not equal “bad” or “scary.” It’s simply different than what you are used to, and that’s a good thing. — Asher Blocker



You tell em smart person!

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HOLY.... she took MMA and * it by 100000000000000000000000 of what it really is, i mean come on that article is so over the top, its not hard to tell this lady is pushing 60 and bringing in over 100k, goddamn i wanna burn the NY times down now, this article actually pissed me off

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I actually thought the article was well written and leaves you with a nice "aftertaste." She was obviously against it in the beginning but it is obvious that there is something that "Joe Rogan calls DNA & Chimpanzee" that made her imposible to resist watching the entire event. Who knows she might just be the newest addition to the MMA fan base.

One part I couldn't believe about the article was:

"But they don’t kill each other. In these fights, which also incorporate kickboxing, muay Thai and judo, sometimes an opponent just “taps out.” "He gets tired and kind of . . . lets go. (Seriously, they don’t die.) Tapping out is just one concept from the steroidal lexicon of mixed martial arts.

Wow, oversimplification?

Post #14   3/16/09 2:15:05PM   

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Posted by king_katool

HOLY.... she took MMA and * it by 100000000000000000000000 of what it really is, i mean come on that article is so over the top, its not hard to tell this lady is pushing 60 and bringing in over 100k, goddamn i wanna burn the NY times down now, this article actually pissed me off



The terrorist talk.

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