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Old 11-05-2009, 08:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Consequences of a death in the UFC

There is no question that it has to happen sooner or later. I don't think it is something the UFC can easily recover from and might threaten the sport in certain places.

People may argue that boxing has deaths all the time yet it has thrived for years, however MMA isn't as established as boxing it also doesn't have the traditional history that boxing has. For this reason it has less people in high places to protect and to speak well of the sport.

Dana's common argument is that there has never been a death or serious injury in the UFC for so many years, so when a death does occur there will be lots of pressure on the UFC from the usual sources. IMO this gives people a lot of ammunition against MMA as a whole.

Maybe I am being a little over dramatic, but would the UFC recover from a death? (especially a high profile fighter)
Would they have to add further to the rulebook to stop being banned again?
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Old 11-05-2009, 08:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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They aren't as established as boxing but they are established enough now that the sport will continue on unchanged when the inevitable happens. It would have meant the end of the sport in the early days but MMA, while still young, has enough legitimacy now that it will be viewed the same as the deaths in boxing - tragic but an unavoidable by product of a combat sport.
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Old 11-05-2009, 08:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i think it would definitely set the ufc back a bit but theyd be able to get passed it
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Old 11-05-2009, 09:06 PM   #4 (permalink)
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In all honesty, I don't see it slowing the UFC at all if a fighter does lose his life. There are so many saftey precautions already in place that there are few areas you could tighten the rulebook up. The only serious injury I see that could happen is from a slam that ends up spiking a fighter on their neck/head.

This is a contact sport, deaths happen in all contact sports unfortunatly. Football continues to thrive despite deaths and career ending injuries on a yearly basis. Soccar has had its share of deaths both ingame and fan-caused. Boxing, as you mentioned, has deaths occur on a yearly basis as well.

Deaths will happen and we will move on. Saftey precautions will be tightened if needed but I cannot forsee the UFC or sport dieing off because of one incident when it has had a near-spotless record for almost 20 years. The only MMA associated deaths have been due to pre-existing conditions. One in which a fighter was denied a license in America but fought in Ukraine and died from his.injuries. (Correct me if I'm wrong)

The most severe injury at this point has been Corey Hill's leg break at the UFC fight for the Troops, but he is supposed to make a full recovery and return to fighting.
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But all of the sports mentioned above, have not faced the criticism that MMA has faced since day one.

There are no sports similar to MMA in the mainstream (except boxing) so we can't compare them to other sports that have deaths.

IMO one of the reasons MMA took so long to grow was because it faced so much resistance from anyone that wanted to make a name for themselves in the political world.

I think a death would at least halt restriction to new places for a pretty big time frame, 2 deaths in close succession could be disastrous IMO.
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I really dont see a death happening In the UFC.
In some smaller local cage show, yes, but the guys who fight In the UFC are all In great physical shape and someone dying In the octagon from a punch/kick seems highly unlikely to me.
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I really dont see a death happening In the UFC.
In some smaller local cage show, yes, but the guys who fight In the UFC are all In great physical shape and someone dying In the octagon from a punch/kick seems highly unlikely to me.
Really don't think that it will come from a punch or kick. I believe it will be a choke that kills. Either held a little long or a crushed larynx. Just my opinion thought.
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what happened to boxing when there was deaths? Not much the sport would live on.
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what happened to boxing when there was deaths? Not much the sport would live on.
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I think it would largely depend on how the person died. If it was a knockout punch, then that wouldn't be nearly as bad as a choke where the guy didn't tap out or didn't tap fast enough.

If it was after repeated beatings it would look way worse than if it was a just a one-shot Carwin bomb (kind of like my first point).
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