Join Date: May 2006
Location: New York City, New York
The "human cockfighting" is a reference to John McCain (American Republican senator from Arizona, a state where MMA is now legal). That doesn't seem like a connection that the BMA should be looking to make from a political standpoint, but it's also not accurate.
John McCain was criticizing a sport that, at the time, had no rules. The BMA decided to misquote an American senator by using the wrong context, I guess they hoped no one would notice.
Firstly, it doesn't sound like these self righteous crusaders know how rigorous medical examinations and preparations are for these fights. From a fighter standpoint, the medical restrictions are enough of a pain in the ass as they are, without a group of doctors telling us that what we are doing is wrong.
The "civilized society" bit is what really gets me. She doesn't want this to be about the medical side, beside she knows that no one has died as a result of MMA and the "brain trauma" injuries that she's talking about don't happen.
She's just another person who wants to crusade against the sport because she thinks it's too violent. Every civilized society has had a combat sport, we're one of the few that is making it controversial. Every society dating back to the Greeks has used combat sport as a form of entertainment, and compared to them, we're pretty subdued.
Anyway, if I ever met this woman I'd tell her what I tell every person who thinks we should ban the sport:
If you don't like it, if it's not for you, don't watch it, but some people love this sport, some people need it to make money. Who the hell are you to tell people that they can't be a part of something that they are passionate about?
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