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Facefrack Says, in 9-11-2013 at 01:14:33 from    

Some really interesting questions! The large-scale assumption among fighters that no one is going to die seems naive to me, although I hope that if someone eventually dies from fight injuries (I think a few have, but not in the UFC), we don’t scale back our interest in the sport. The athletes know that the sport is dangerous (or if they don’t know, they would if someone died) n keep fighting because they are fighters. We all reach for that metaphor when we think about what it means to succeed. We are all fighters in some sense. Also, watching MMA n other sports creates a collective diffusion of anger, etc. that would otherwise be released into meaningless violence – violence that would be much more likely to spin out into more destructive spasms bloodshed. What I’m really saying is that there is no death that would stop me from watching the fights on fight night barring my own. In the name of fighter safety, however, a more sophisticated n critical process for choosing referees needs to be developed.
And while we are at it, we should have all of the judges be either former fighters or trainers. In how many fights have we seen the wrong guy get his hand raised? Also, the judges scorecards should be made available to the corner men immediately after each round, so that the fighters KNOW they need to step it up n get a knock-out or submission. It would make for a more exciting 3rd round.


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