*An ongoing series highlighting things I don’t know about and am not willing to Google. If I randomly stumble across answers in books, newspapers, television, documentaries, word of mouth, or even the internet, so be it.
Mixed Martial Arts.
I spent some time watching some UFC/MMA/Weirdness yesterday and I remain baffled by the whole thing. I think it starts with my general uneasiness with seeing people punched in the face, let alone kicked in the face, elbowed in the face, kneed in the face, choked in the neck, or locked into some limb twisting arm, leg, or ankle lock.
Back in October, Malcolm Gladwell wrote a New Yorker article which drew parallels between dogfighting and the NFL . . . I was reminded of this article while watching two fellows beat each other into oblivion in a chain link octagon. Gladwell cites head injury story after head injury story from the National Football League, which I can’t help but think, many of the same stories exist in the Mixed Martial Arts community — as well as some of the dogfighting parallels.
It seems odd that this hugely popular sport (UFC, etc) is almost entirely based upon of the very same practices, fighting and head shots, that another popular sport — professional hockey — is at the very least debating getting rid of altogether.
I will say, what I have seen from watching UFC, the level of sportsmanship which exists between two people engaged in such intense controlled violence is unbelievable. I’m sure it isn’t always so, but in my limited exposure, I found it to be quite surprising.
Some people are really into it. Some people like the idea of fighting for sport. I do understand there is a whole technical side to the sport, and I wouldn’t want to diminish the level of athleticism or skill involved, and developed by you average MMA participant . . . I just don’t fully get it. I don’t really want to get it either . . . So I’m going to leave it alone.
Read Gladwells article here. It’s a good one.
I like music. I especially like listening to music. But really. Music in the pool? I guess. Thanks to Bruuks for the link.