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Tuesday, Nov 06, 2012

Full Contact Fighter’s “The Daily Takedown:” Fighters Should Avoid the Race Game in MMA

Benson Henderson (photo via UFC.com)

By Joshua Molina

Benson Henderson, relax.

The last thing the UFC needs is a world champion throwing around racist comments.

In a recently published interview, Henderson referred to Chael Sonnen as an average white guy.

“He is of average speed, average athletic-wise, white guy, average-looking, and he wrestles guys. He holds guys down – that’s his game. Who wants to see that? That’s not a super-marketable (style). But as soon as he starts talking, he’s very marketable. And he knows that.”

There’s nothing average about Sonnen.
He’s a Division 1 All-American Wrestler and the only guy to come close to beating Anderson Silva in the last decade.

But nevermind that, why is Henderson mentioning race at all? Does Henderson believe there’s some correlation to being average and being white? The sly racial epithet has no place in MMA.

And if Sonnen is 6’1″, 185 pounds, and Henderson is 5’9″, 155 pounds, what does that make Henderson?

So what’s worse than TKO’d on Pay Per View? Getting TKO’d while on steroids.

Stephan Bonnar tested positive for a banned substance thay he used before the Silva match. What’s scary is that Bonnar tested positive, the day of the fight.

What would have happened if Bonnar somehow won? Was he so concerned about winning that he disregarded consequence?

Bonnar never really had a chance against Silva. He was scared from the opening bell. But clearly this was no “Rocky” story, because Rocky never cheated.

What a sad ending for a guy that never should have accepted the Fight with Silva if he didn’t think he could win.

It’s the second time in his career that Bonnar has tested positive.

It’s hard to believe Andrei Arlovski fought for $30,000 at the World Series of Fighting. He KO’d Devin Cole, giving him a $30,000 win bonus, for a total of $60K

This is a guy who was reportedly making $500,000 a fight in Affliction before the company folded.


posted by JoshuaM @ 8:14 pm
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