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Old 09-12-2009, 11:57 PM   #91 (permalink)
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I think the number one lightweight is debatable between Penn and Shinya Aoki and you forgot the other three(four if you include superheavyweight) weighclasses.
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Old 09-13-2009, 03:03 AM   #92 (permalink)
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Right now, amateur MMA is a mess. They have to figure that out before the sport can ever go Olympic.
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Why, you don't think they will let pros do it if it went Olympic?
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Old 09-13-2009, 11:52 PM   #94 (permalink)
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I think it being an amateur event would be a good idea now that i think about it more. It's obvious the major players ie Fedors Machidas would dominate now. But an olympic spotlight would give up and comers a chance to thrive and if your arent and havent been signed to a major promotion it could get you some exposure besides just praying to make it on the TUF.
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they'd make them wear tons of protective equipment like in boxing. either that or limit striking a lot.

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Why, you don't think they will let pros do it if it went Olympic?
some events they don't, such as boxing.
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Old 09-14-2009, 01:09 AM   #96 (permalink)
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Why, you don't think they will let pros do it if it went Olympic?
Maybe they will, but how will they qualify? There's no established structure.

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Old 09-14-2009, 06:45 AM   #97 (permalink)
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The more I think about it this is something that sounds good in principle. But the execution would be hideous for fans of mainstream MMA.

The sports current rules/regulations would have to be completely overhauled for olympic competition. So thats going to mean pads/protection galore. Perhaps a strike counter. Do you really think someone will be able to win by brutal elbows on the ground in the Olympics...

For people who think this would be a way for Fedor and Lesnar to square off once and for all without organisational ties. You're dreaming.

I'd advocate an amateur/three pro fight limit on competitors. The same way Olympic boxing is a million miles away from pro boxing. It would have to be the same for MMA for so many reasons.
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MMA in the Olympics

with Brazil hosting the 2016 olympics, why not have MMA which originated with Vale Tudo in Brazil, and BJJ added to the olympics. BJJ doesnt even have to be added as a separate style but just added to the already existing style of judo.

in the 2008 china olympics wushu was an additional sport (with Sanda winner Zhang Shuaike of China, Cai Liang Chan of Macao and Muslim Salikov of Russia. note there was russian in every final though.)

currently there are these hand-to-hand martial arts in the olympics: freestyle wrestling, greco-roman wrestling, judo, boxing, tkd. with the addition of rugby and baseball after dropping baseball and softball, why not add mma and bjj instead of golf and field hockey. they could make mma like pankration focusing on boxing and wrestling with submissions. use headgear when doing stand up striking like in boxing, and ban strikes on the ground like in judo. it will be watered down, but better then nothing. and for those looking for health and safety, it will be healthier then the hunchbacks of field hockey. also im not a fan of shooting/archery and classify them together with golf, bowling and billiards which mma and bjj could replace

those are the sports i think should be in the olympics:
Men
MMA/Vale Tudo/Pankration/whatever you want to call it
Wrestling
Judo
Grappling
Kickboxing (Karate, Wushu, Muay Thai, TKD, doesnt matter)
Boxing
Fencing
Athletics
Weightlifting
Swimming
Water Polo
Cycling
Triathlon
Modern Pentathlon
Sailing
Canoeing
Rowing
Basketball
Rugby
Football (soccer)
Handball
Volleyball
Tennis
Table Tennis
Badminton

Women (im not being sexist, but women can only compete with men at "artistic" sports)
Diving
Synchronized Swimming
Gymnastics
Equestrian
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Old 09-09-2010, 05:14 PM   #99 (permalink)
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Wushu was not part of the Olympics. Special permission was given to allow a Wushu tournament to be held alongside the Olympics, but it wasn't considered an actual Olympic event.

If I'm not mistaken, they are no longer adding any other events to the olympics, period.

So, if you want to see MMA in the 2016 Olympics, better start writing letters to Brazil telling them to start rallying for permission for a MMA and/or BJJ tournament to be held alongside the Olympic games.

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Old 09-09-2010, 06:22 PM   #100 (permalink)
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yes wushu was an extra sport, but the only extra sport in the olympics.

Grappling and MMA could also be added as an extra sport without official medals (BJJ and vale tudo in brazil).

they replaced baseball and softball with rugby and golf and will not adding any more for the next 2 olympics. every olympics theres voting of what sports to include and exclude
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