Mixed Martial Arts
Extracts taken from The New York Times
For four years, the Ultimate Fighting Championship has lobbied the New York State Legislature to overturn its 1997 ban on live professional mixed martial arts fighting.
But it has failed. So on Tuesday, the U.F.C. adopted a new strategy: it sued the state in Manhattan federal court, saying that the prohibition is unconstitutional. The complaint accuses the state of enacting the ban because of the violent message it believes the sport conveys.
““While there surely are spectators who watch solely because of their misconceived hopes of seeing ‘violence, ” it says, “countless fans watch M.M.A. because of the variety of positive messages conveyed.”
The lawsuit also says that the ban makes no sense given that other sports and activities at least as violent, like boxing, football, ice hockey, downhill skiing, rodeo and tightrope walking over Niagara Falls, are allowed.
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I would like to take issue within the U.F.C lawsuit that spectators have misconceived hopes of seeing violence.
Pinning somebody underneath yourself then using your elbows and bandaged fists to beat them around the head until they are senseless is definitely violence not sport.
There isn't a single fighter or member within the U.F.C who isn't aware of the message they are conveying to society in allowing this within the rules. As the U.F.C becomes ever increasingly popular the message especially to young viewers is once mounted in a fight it is perfectly permissible to beat someone unconscious using your elbows and fists. A claim that certain types of U.F.C spectators and viewers are not susceptible to this subliminal message is ridiculous. If someone watches a thousand U.F.C fights then gets involved in fight in society once he has his opponent pinned or mounted can it really be claimed the U.F.C are not promoting the next action? Especially at a subliminal level?
Although hard to believe it could be said that in a society as violent as ours many of the crowd at U.F.C events are waiting for this exact sort of violence to happen ( The Money Shot). So does greed once again preside over human moral decency?
I am not claiming that by watching martial arts like boxing most actions can be replicated in a fight as they takes years of training to perfect. Smashing your elbows into someone face whilst they are physically pinned underneath you takes zero practice or training and is easily replicated. The results of a fatality are huge in this situation.
I am not advocating a ban on the publicising and broadcasting of U.F.C as a sport I am advocating a ban if this barbaric act is not removed .
The claim within the lawsuit that the ban makes no sense as sports such as downhill skiing are as violent is laughable.
Rome was a technologically advanced race such as ourselves if we allow more and more barbaric behaviour to filter through are society as barbaric as the Romans is exactly what we will become.