When UFC fighters are reported to get beat in street fights (unprofessional events) does it hurt the legitimacy of the sport?
recently it was reported George was knocked out after punched Ross Pearson's boxing coach Erin Beach (who is a boxer). I am also aware it's a rumored story
Similar stories come to mind:
Don Frye (UFC champion and hall of famer) getting knocked out by a bodyguard (though he was drunk)
Tito Ortiz (former UFC champion) getting knocked out by Lee Murray
Wanderlei was reported to get knocked out by Krazy Horse (a lightweight) when he was pride champion, after being choked out by same sized Cristiano Marcello
I'm sure there's more but that's off the top of my head...
Do these kind of stories hurt the sport (where a pure boxer beats an MMA fighter in a street fight) or do they get written off as in "anything can happen in a fight"?
It definetly hurt my respect for Don, Tito, Wand and George