[Marxism] Capitalism and the rise of Mixed Martial Arts

David Walters dave.walters at comcast.net
Thu Jun 5 17:49:56 MDT 2008

Some random thoughts on the biggest growing sport in world history.
--David Walters

If any you few sports fans out there in Marx-land haven't noticed, the 
fastest growing sport *in the world* is Mixed Martial Arts. It 
officially was launched in 1993 under the auspices of the Ultimate 
Fighting Championship, to this day, the largest and best financed of the 
fight promotions internationally. It has, now, bypassed boxing as the 
most watched marital art, in both audiences and revenue. I've been 
watching it since then...

UFC No. 1 was fought as a no-holds-barred, bare-knuckled, anything-goes, 
no-time-limits-fight-until-submission (or knock-out, or...loss of blood) 
fighting match...and done in an eight-sided metal 'gage' six feet high. 
It was, for all intents and purposes, true gladiator style fighting sans 
weapons, and, death. Everything else was the same. Especially the blood.

The clearly vicious nature of this style of fighting was compounded by 
the fact that the early UFC had no weight divisions. A 150 lbs 
Afro-French kick boxer could (and did) go up against a 350 lbs Sumo 
wrestler from Osaka. Ouch-Squash! Exactly. The amount of blood spilled 
and numerous (but ultimately minor) injuries and breaks brought this 
sport to the attention of the more conservative elements of the 
capitalist State. Moves were made to ban it, and in fact, about 24 US 
states still ban it. Az. Senator John McCain was horrified and called 
hearings. Yet the popularity grew, made so by pay-per-view on cable and 
satellite. And it grew.

The term "Mixed" in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in the beginning meant 
mixed 'styles': the aforementioned "Kickboxing vs Sumo" "Jujitsu vs 
Boxing" "Karate vs Judo" "Panktraton (a Greek MMA) vs Sambo (a Russian 
MMA that goes back to the Civil War days)". This is the way the MMA was 
promoted until the last 10 years or so. Because of the rules it was 
evident that the "traditional" fighter from boxing, karate, etc known as 
'striking sports' because you stand up and throw kicks and punches was 
useless if you were taken to the mat by an experienced wrestler or 
ju-jitus expert.

Full: verleft.blogspot.com

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