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Have you ever watched Mixed Martial Arts?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on July 7, 2008

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Photo of Seth Cole

“Once at a friend’s house. He loves it, but it’s not for me.”

Photo of Bethie Marshall

“Actually I have. I thought it was really exciting. I think it’s really cool to see what they are capable of and which martial art works best in each situation.”

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“Absolutely, all the time. I actually sell sports equipment for MMA, so I might be a little bit biased, but I think it’s probably about where NASCAR was 10 years ago. As long as they play their cards right, it should be huge.”

Photo of Kimberly Doubek

“I have seen it a couple times. I thought it was interesting that they would want to compete in something so dangerous with so few rules. But I might watch it again just to see how crazy those guys are.”


ms_canada 9 years, 9 months ago

prospector - should that be codpiece???????

Flap Doodle 9 years, 9 months ago

It's like pokemon but with people, right?

killjoy 9 years, 9 months ago

No, but if I ever get a lobotomy, I might.

fu7il3 9 years, 9 months ago

I watched a Ninja Warrior marathon one day. I watched it for hours. I couldn't get enough. It's like Jackie Chan gave birth to a game show.

Robert Marble 9 years, 9 months ago

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jonas 9 years, 9 months ago

snap: More like Dragonball Z with non-animated characters, if you ask me. Waiting for the first guy to power-up to Super Saiyajin.

fu7il3 9 years, 9 months ago

There is a science to the grappling arts that a lot of people don't appreciate. Injuries to the brain are less severe in general than occur regularly in boxing. If people took time to understand MMA and grappling as a sport in general, they would find that the athletes are among the most skilled and well-conditioned athletes in the world.

sunflower_sue 9 years, 9 months ago

RobertMarble says: "Perfect examples of intolerant, small minded people! Curb the sniveling arrogance, girls." Spoken like a true, intolerant, small minded sexist pig!Have I watched mixed martial arts? Um, I've seen all 4 "Karate Kid" movies. That count?

whiskeysour 9 years, 9 months ago

I have to admit, I am a fan, at least of the UFC and some of the more established and organized promotions. I certainly don't fit into the category so articulately described as "white trash". I'm well educated - having earned a master's degree and now working on a PhD - self sufficient, and a productive member of society. It seems that most on this board, and probably throughout society miss understand or willfully ignore the commonality between mixed martial arts and other established sports and activities within society. Broadly speaking, this type of knee jerk reaction to mixed martial arts willfully ignores violence in all facets of acceptable societal activity. This is especially true of activities such as football and wrestling, popular among youth participants and adult fans, which rely upon physical domination of another. Wrestling certainly has long historical roots, going back to ancient Greece and more than likely beyond.More specifically, the commentator who described "violence as trendy" and somehow indicative of a degradation of American culture clearly does not understand the long history of prize fighting (boxing) going back well into the 19th century. Perhaps, if I should be so cavalier as to recommend a bit of a history lesson, a reading of Elliott Gorn's "Manly Art: Bare- knuckle Prize Fighting in America" which to summarize, details the use of prize fighting by lower classes to assert masculine identity within society, might illuminate just how enduring physical tests of strength are in American life. Even prior to American society, physical tests of strength which pitted two contestants against one another have long been staged. Moreover, the label of "two grown men hugging" or do not accurately describe mixed martial arts. Participants utilize a variety of techniques to "control the octagon" and strike their opponent including jujitsu, muay thai boxing, judo, and traditional boxing and kickboxing. Certainly wrestling and grappling are present, but only as one available aspect of the sport. In an Olympic year it is ironic that mixed marital arts is being criticized because almost all components are themselves individual Olympic events: wrestling, judo, and boxing. Before the participants are themselves degraded, I think it would behoove everyone to understand who they are as individuals without making blanket generalizations something that this forum unfortunately is notorious for. In this regard, I would point people to which demonstrates that many mixed martial artists left full time, well paying careers to pursue fighting full time. They are not, you'll find, "white trash" men without other options of providing for themselves.

rumor_man 9 years, 9 months ago

If there were women who were in mud or oil, I might watch it once in a while. Until then....

monkeywrench1969 9 years, 9 months ago

Fu7If you have checked out Fight Science on National Geographic channel they support your point that the elite MMA fights are some of the most fit skilled fighters in the world. A very good episode:

fu7il3 9 years, 9 months ago

I haven't seen it, but I'll definately be looking into it. Thanks for the heads up.

beatrice 9 years, 9 months ago

I prefer the reality of professional wrestling. psssttt, somebody ask Robert Marble about his guns. He loves his guns, his guns, hissssgunns, hissss precious. (Could that be where he gets his bravado?)

Linda Aikins 9 years, 9 months ago

er, no. Not with exciting reality shows on, like life with Tori or the Lohans or the one WWF guy with the blonde hair and the divorcing wife?I don't watch those either.Happy Birthday Ceal!'prospector, our mutual lady friend that we've discussed had a birthday this weekend. Go figure!

ms_canada 9 years, 9 months ago

No, and don't think I ever will. Oh, by the way, I believe someone has a birthday today and I want to be the first to wish her the very best birthday yet. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CEALLACH, and many more. Way to go girl and you make sure the gang takes you out for a great meal!!!!!!!

sunflower_sue 9 years, 9 months ago

Happy birthday Ceal!!! Wooooo Hoooooo! (My nephew's also)

sgtwolverine 9 years, 9 months ago

Ninja Warrior is hilarious and remarkable; I highly recommend it.

Ceallach 9 years, 9 months ago

Thank ya, thank ya, thank ya! Having a great day. No work, spa manicure this morning, lunch at First Watch, and a ticket to visit mother and sibs in the Rio Grande Valley. Don't even have to drive through Waco :) Woo Hoo!As for the question, no I haven't watched MMA and I don't care for boxing or wrestling (televised that is).

Linda Aikins 9 years, 9 months ago

Multi, I am so glad you are a Bob and Tom fan. I love their stuff, and think the prank caller one is great. I didn't realize they were all on YouTube! Thank you!!!

Linda Aikins 9 years, 9 months ago

ha ha Emily! I finally got it.Your comment reminds me of one of the parts of the Mr. Obvious Show!

Robert Marble 9 years, 9 months ago

HAHAHA......that really got the low intellect crowd stirred up. Consumer, in addition to failing the IQ test you failed reading comprehension as well. I clearly stated I don't watch the stuff- my point was merely slap the whiners down for knocking those who did. Instead you throw a tantrum about wifebeaters? You'd better switch to decaf, kiddo.

Robert Marble 9 years, 9 months ago

oh hi beatrice! You're still whining about the firearms issue? Sheesh, that thread was weeks ago- why carrying such a grudge? With all that bedwetting you must be changing your linen twice a night.

Bone777 9 years, 9 months ago

MMA is a true combat sport. Anyone who really wants to watch a sport where there is usually a definitive winner and loser, this is the sport for you.

monkeywrench1969 9 years, 9 months ago

It is very clear people still have the mind set to badmouth things they don't understand. Fighting in the ring in many ways is the closest to testing your skills as a fighter without doing something illegal and potentially get arrested for "testing yourself." Most people in every type of sport or activity have some way to test or compete against each other. If you fight you do point sparring, forms competions with and without weapons and breaking of boards. Many forget before the times of liability most martial arts had a form of heavy fighting or challange matches to see if you could measure up or went school against school. It is interestingly enough in the first Olympic games at its conception they had a competion known as Pancrase in mordern circles which was the first MMA event which included strikes and grappling and in some cases ended in severe injury and/or death of one of the competitors. Now most would say the Greeks were the great scholars and creators of everything that is great. I don't think they had any trailers around the temples back then. Even today Pro wrestling was affected by liability. Much of what you see in the WWE came from a very brutal form of wrestling called Catch as Catch Can wrestling which had many of the same holds and submissions as Brazilian Jiujitsu but was defeintiely geared more for street fighting. Around the time of the early 1900s, they had been holding catch prize fights and someone said "hey we could make more money at the county fairs and other expos by having the same guys fight with a set winner and plan the whole fight without the good fighters getting injured all the time." Hence WWF WWE etc.

gogoplata 9 years, 9 months ago

I love MMA. But not as much as the original Ultimate Fighting Championship with no rounds, no judges, no time limits, and very few rules.

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