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MMA as an Olympic Event?
YES!! 12 31%
Yes, but not for a while 7 18%
Yes, but will never happen 9 23%
Other sports first ie. sambo, bjj, muay thai... 4 10%
No 7 18%
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Just wanted to try this out. How many people feel that, if properly regulated, MMA should be an olympic sport? Pankration was an Olympic event in 648BC. As part of the hisory of the Olympics, I feel that it should be included.

Post #1   4/24/07 3:34:42PM   

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Never happen. Pankration- maybe -, JJ- maybe -, even old Rings rules -maybe- , but "unified rules" mma- never. Even olympic boxing sucks. They aren't interested in adding any kind of real combat sport. Just my opinion, but I think there's about 0 chance.

Post #2   4/24/07 5:10:29PM   

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There is already a movement to get Pancration in. They are aiming for 2012 at the earliest.

Post #3   4/24/07 5:11:22PM   

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MMA is not big enough world wide yet to be an olympic sport

Post #4   4/24/07 5:22:06PM   

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It'll never happen. Just look at Olympic boxing. They have 20 ounce gloves and head gear, and have to fight eight times in the course of the Olympics. You can't duplicate that level of safety in MMA, and you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who could fight that many fights in that short of time against top competition. Plus you'd be unable to cut weight, so the classes would be all screwy.

I think submission grappling is a possibilty down the line, but never full on MMA.

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Post #5   4/25/07 2:18:59AM   

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Far too many technical issues like Svartorm noted, and there is the issue of the sports legitimacy. As naive as we may consider them, some people believe its still a brutal blood sport, and unless everyone is in agreement that it is a real, worthwhile sport it wouldnt be considered for the olympics.

Even if it was accepted as a sport by them, the technical issues would stop it ever happening.

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I'd actually completely forgotten that aspect about Olympics. Something like 60 countries have to recognize the event as a sport before it can be added, and theres no way MMA would get that many.

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Post #7   4/25/07 2:49:47AM   

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Who voted NO?

Explain why?!

Post #8   4/25/07 9:08:06AM   

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Posted by tomp6581

Who voted NO?

Explain why?!



Read the posts??? They lay it out pretty well...

I had actually voted yes, read the thread and now have changed my mind... Good points guys.

Post #9   4/25/07 12:49:50PM   

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I voted no for many reasons.

1) There are too many sports in the summer Olympics as it is

2) Wrestling, TKD, Judo and boxing are already Olympic sports. I really like watching wrestling and judo, but there is just not enough coverage on TV regarding them and I find that having MMA in the Olympics would be redundant to the other combat sports already in the Olympics. While MMA may be more popular than wrestling, judo, etc. I think these events are under-appreciated as it is and deserved their coverage (and more) in the Olympics. My fear would be that MMA would eliminate these fine sports from Olympic coverage and that is not a good thing.

3) The UFC and Pride are essentially the Olympics of MMA. They are also increasingly becoming more and more international. I think to put MMA fighters in the Olympics would be redundant in the sense that it wouldn't be much different than what we already have. This is why I am not a fan of soccer/football in the Olympics. There is already an international event that is HUGE for these sports. Hockey is the exception since international tournaments are not as big as the Olympic ones.

4) Due to the intensity of MMA, I can't see how you can make a really successful round robin or elimination card for the fighters without running the risk of guys getting injured or just beat up. Skeptics might say, well what about the GrandPrix or old UFC tournaments. Well, just think of the difference in the number of fighters that would be represented in the Olympics. Even if most major countries entered one fighter per weight category, there would still be at least 10x more fighters (and thus more fights) that would have to take place to be able to crown a winner.

Post #10   4/25/07 1:04:56PM   

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Pride GPs take place over a minimum of two non-consecutive events, or two two consectuvive events providing there is a sufficient gap between the events. Now, Pride GPs, having proved such a successful and popular format, take place over 3 events, starting in June with Total Elimination, September sees Critical Countdown and the Final Conflict happens in November, and that is for 16 fighters to fight, recover, prepare adequately for their next opponent and then fight again, the process for 16 people takes a long time.

The olympics is only a few weeks long, and would feature many more than 16 competitors. The logistics of such a tournament happening within the Olmypics just arent feasible.

Post #11   4/25/07 1:19:41PM   

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It may never happen but it is in the works and being talked about with the IOC. MMA is not being considered, Pankration is. The Governing body behind it is currently lining up the requiered amount of countries for submission to the IOC. The big selling point is that it has already been an sport and is getting serious consideration. Still might not happen, but at least someone is serouisly working on it.

Post #12   4/25/07 3:43:21PM   

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hell no, some one like riggs could go in there knock a couple of bitches out and be named the best in the world

Post #13   4/25/07 4:51:33PM   

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I just want to see ADCC style grappling. Don't really have much else to say, it's kinda slow paced sometimes. I think you either get it or don't.

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Posted by Mastodon2

The logistics of such a tournament happening within the Olmypics just arent feasible.



Isn't that what I said?

Post #15   4/25/07 4:55:39PM   
 
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