Originally Posted by Hiro
It's all well and good stating that there's no proof Ali's Parkinsons is related to boxing, but turn and look at the many ex-boxers who can no longer string a coherent sentence together. Accumulative brain damage from combat or contact sports such as football is real and that is the issue. There's plenty of studies out there - the evidence is overwhlming.
Will it stop me loving MMA? No but I'm still very concious of how some of the fighters of today and yesterday might end up in a similar state as some boxers.
Take James Toney, for example. During the Countdown to UFC 118 they used subtitles to make his speech understandable for people. I'm not a fan of boxing, so I don't know if this is the way he always spoke, but something tells me that this is the consequence of his career.