Sports department for the student run radio station 90.3 WRST at UW-Oshkosh
A couple weeks ago there was an article posted on Yahoo! Sports that was very controversial involving what a South Dakota Legislator said. Gov. Dennis Daugaard and state house Rep. Steve Hickey went out on a limb in late February to regard MMA cage fighting as the child porn of sports.
To start out this weeks edition of the MMA blog post, I would like to say this is absolutely absurd for these legislators to say this on a national level. It is understandable that they don’t want any sanctioned MMA cage fights in their state. That’s great, no one is asking you to hold large sanctioned fights that bring in large revenue every event that is held.
Hickey posted this in his blog on his regards to MMA.
“MMA Cage Fighting is the child porn of sports. The psychological community will tell you that desensitization to violence works exactly like desensitization to porn.”
Hickey would go on to further explain himself and try to make sense of what he is saying in his blog at http://bit.ly/W7MsE4, but how are you going to compare a sport that has referees and doctors on sight to help prevent the violence of fighters having severe injuries or possible death. A study done by researchers at Johns Hopkins university stated:
‘Mixed Martial Arts competitions have changed dramatically since the first Ultimate Fighting Championship in 1993. The overall injury rate in MMA competitions is now similar to other combat sports, including boxing. Knockout rates are lower in MMA competitions than in boxing. This suggests a reduced risk of TBI [traumatic brain injury] in MMA competitions when compared to other events involving striking.”
Comparing MMA, or Mixed Martial Arts to the average sports fan is very different because the objective is to hurt your opponent the most in hopes that you win the fight. There are other sports that in their own respective way, hurt their athletes much worse then what happens in MMA. Look at the evolution of the NFL, and football in general. There have been suicides from athletes due to brain trauma that they have experienced from concussions and other injuries throughout their career. This is a tragedy in its own, but their haven’t been any of these occurrences within MMA. Maybe the sport is too early in its years of being established, but to say it is more violent then Football or some other sports is ridiculous. Especially going out of your way to say it is the ‘child porn of sports’ is out of line in so many levels.
Before anyone goes ahead and judges something, do your research and really understand what goes on with the sport. In the Yahoo! sports article, it states it perfectly at the very end and I will do the same for my post. Unregulated MMA, is the danger here, Governor. It’s not regulated MMA. Educate yourself.
World of Sports
Last week I went on a rant of how dominant the Blackhawks have been in the NHL. They have now dropped two straight games, but still made it through the first 26 games of the season they having only lost 2, count that 2 games on the season. This is amazing and would like to give a hand to their continued success this season as they will for sure be in contention for the Stanley Cup again come playoff time.\
Tyler Lance, WRST Sports Director