Is is a sport?

Posted: July 21, 2008 in Random

I imagine that at least one of our overly caffenated staff at OLC will have a comment or two about this debate, but I have to ask the question.  The question is whether or not Mixed Martial Arts is a sport and if so, why its not on ESPN (mainstream) by now.

My hope is that someone knows what I am talking about, but if not you need to watch Spike TV and check out the UFC.  Basically, someone decided to make boxers learn how to kick, made Karate people take off their bathrobes, threw them in the ring together with a minimum number of rules then said, “Let’s get it on!”

I don’t know that I am looking for a debate, because when you consider other “sports” that get time on ESPN, you have to wonder what is going on.  Read up on the average UFC fighter’s training regimate, their credentials, and then watch them in action it will make you want to punch a bowler or kick a NASCAR driver in the shins.

So the real question is what is it going to take to get some love?  I know that it’s a bloody sport and that it’s fighting, but people seem to love Ali and all he did was knock people out and talk trash.

Come on, do you wanna fight about it?

  1. Mitch Moyer says:

    ok…here i am. It’s not really a debate. Today’s MMA fighters are some of the most conditioned and well rounded athletes in the world. They have truly embraced some of the most effective arts and combined them into a real sport. Most promoters are still trying to hold on to a dying sport (boxing) and have a hard time letting anyone else into the arena of mainstream promotion. Except for the intensely conditioned sport of poker.

  2. alex says:

    UFC, fight clubs, mixed martial arts, and whatever else you can think of is HUGE out here. All the growing up kids of soccer mom & OC working dad can’t wait to beat the living crap out of each other… the local indian casinos host the leg breaking blood baths every weekend. So I guess you see where I land on this one. Maybe I just don’t get it.

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