It is a no-brainer that mixed martial artist is a dangerous sport.
As boxing slowly loses its appeal, many sports enthusiasts have tuned into a more brutal form of entertainment, which involves elbow strikes, kicking, neck cranks, and headlocks.
But after a violent and chaotic event hosted by the Ultimate Fighting Championship last October 6, an Irish media outlet is calling for an end to the promotion’s “bloody freak show.”
UFC 229: Tony Ferguson wins lightweight bout against Anthony Pettis by TKO due to Pettis breaking his hand pic.twitter.com/cU9QAg7szU
— Major Sports Alerts (@sports___alerts) October 7, 2018
The UFC 229 held last weekend at the T-mobile arena in Las Vegas, Nevada was nothing short of amazing for MMA fans. It was a total war, a one for the books, as the events delivered everything the viewers wanted to see – intense rivalries, violence, blood, and a shot at history.
Before the headliner kicked off, undefeated Dominick Reyes prevailed in his light heavyweight bout against Ovince Saint Preux. He waxed hot early and made powerful punches and kicks to the body before landing some brutal left hands that left his opponent shaky, with blood flowing around his face. The commentator even described Saint Preux as “a bleeding stuck pig.”
The lightweight showdown between Anthony Pettis and Tony Fergusson starred in a major bloodbath in the co-main event, much to the delight of the fans. As what the commentator yelled in excitement, “These guys aren’t just bleeding over each other, they’re bleeding all over us!”
Then came the main event, that was not as bloody the as the earlier fights, but was total chaos. Seconds after Khabib Nurmagomedov choked out Conor McGregor, the reigning lightweight champion leapt over the Octagon and flying kicked the Irish star’s teammate, Dillon Danis. The incident led to bigger brawls inside and outside the arena.
UFC president Dana White called the post-fight fracas “disgusting and a black day for our sport.”
— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 7, 2018
“Time to Ban UFC”
After blood, violence, and chaos marred the UFC 229, an Irish media outlet has called for the ban of the promotion for its role in “putting people in the cage and dehumanising them.”
Joe Brolly of the Independent penned a powerful piece entitled: “The Time Has Come To Call a Halt for the UFC’s Bloody Freak Show.”
He argued that MMA is “not a sport but a sold and marketed like the violent video game market.”
“No rules, violence is good. Smash up a bus (a UFC spokesperson said next day “Dana is very pissed off about this.”). Gloat over your opponent shitting in the cage as you literally beat the shit out of her. Knock a rival supporter unconscious as part of the fun. Kill a Portuguese kid. Let it all spread like wildfire amongst the kids.”
“McGregor is a superstar because being violent and out of control is great, lawful business. It is the ultimate pornography. The UFC are missing some tricks. Think of how much more money they could make if the winning fighter, still drenched in blood, got to have sex on stage with a glamorous prostitute as part of his prize. Or better still, what about offering any female in the audience $50,000 to come up on stage and screw him? That would bring in millions more in revenue. PPVs would go off the charts. The kids would love it. The best girls would become superstars. Why not?”
“People thrill to this extreme violence. Putting people in a cage, dehumanising them, and watching them attack each other with everything they have, brings us to somewhere primitive inside us. It is why the spectators in the Coliseum cheered as the sword was thrust home. It is why kids all around the globe know who Conor McGregor is. It is why, not long ago, the Dublin city fathers were going to offer him the freedom of the city.”
Finally, he concluded that the promotion should pay the price of its violent culture.
“It’s not McGregor’s fault, nor any of the fighters. Nor the referees. Nor the promoters. Nor the audiences. The law permits it. And it shouldn’t. Time to ban UFC. It would be a sad day for Dana White, but maybe, just maybe, that is a price worth paying.”
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