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Monday, Nov 19, 2012

Full Contact Fighter’s “The Daily Takedown:” Recent Comments Show UFC Still Has To Educate Public and Itself About The Sport

Did Joe Rogan (left) cross the line with his comments about Martin Kampmann on Saturday?

By Joshua Molina

Two days after Georges St. Pierres’ thrilling comeback victory over Carlos Condit, the MMA world isn’t talking about a GSP vs. Anderson Silva Superfight.

No, it’s all about Twitter, and what people are saying on it.

In a comment that speaks for what many people think about MMA, popular Sports Illustrated basketball writer and CBS sports analyst Seth Davis said he doesn’t want his sons watching UFC because it’s too gay.

“Looking on news sites showing picture of two muscular bloody men in homoerotic fighting pose….Sorry, I’ll never get this UFC thing I’m a prude on this but I’m also a dad. I don’t mind my sons watching boxing, but I wouldn’t want them watching a UFC bout.”

Davis should probably spend about 30 seconds in MMA training.

It’s a guarantee that after he gets punched in the face, feels his arm on the verge of snapping, or the breath getting squeezed out him, that all homoerotic thoughts or worries he has will disappear pretty quickly.

The truth is, however, that as much as the UFC wants to be like the NFL, it will never be, simply because it’s extremely difficult for some people to get beyond the proximity of the bodies, and appreciate the skill of the sport.

Mainstream sports writers should take time to understand the sport, or keep their mouths shut.

Davis has since apologized and deleted the tweets.

Speaking of inappropriate comments, Twitter, Bleacher Report and several forums reported that UFC color commentator Joe Rogan said during the   preliminary show on FX leading up to UFC 154 that “Martin Kampmann comes from behind more often than Lance Bass.”

Rogan, even though he’s a comedian, should avoid stereotypes and sexual innuendo in his commentary. He gives guys like Davis good reason to be skeptical of the sport.

Finally, Miesha Tate appears to be doing a great job promoting herself in her attempt to show the world that there’s more to women’s MMA than Ronda Rousey.

Rousey called out GSP, who recently said he had a hard time watching women’s MMA because he’s not comfortable watching women fighting.

Tate responded calling GSP ignorant.
“Being old fashioned is fine, but us “modern day” girls aren’t asking for your protection, we are asking for your acceptance and we are fighting for equality. If everyone felt about MMA as GSP thinks he feels about WMMA, then he wouldn’t have a job.”

While Tate is overreacting a bit here, it’s nice to see her speaking out and establishing her own idendity. Rousey haters can complain all they want about about her getting all the media attention, but the only way to stop it, is to give the media something and someone else to focus on.


posted by JoshuaM @ 4:10 pm
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