Monday, January 3, 2011
This attitude demonstrates 2 things:
1) A misunderstanding of what is happening in the mixed martial arts arena.
2) A very fucked up line of differentiation.
See, as you probably know, an MMA fight may look, to the casual observer, like ''two guys in gay positions'' if it's on the ground, or ''too violent'' if it's standing up. I'll leave the too violent part for the second argument though, and focus for a minute on the first.
There is much going on in a mixed martial arts fight, even when there is seemingly nothing happening. Two guys on the ground in ''gay positions'' aren't just sitting around doing nothing. They are jockeying for advantageous positions. One is trying to improve his, and the other is employing methods of blocking the other from doing so. They are also both doing the reverse.
When they are standing up, whatever things people want to apply to boxing in terms of ''art'' or skill set, applies to MMA as well. The level of striking ability has skyrocketed in MMA, and now, many of these guys are very high level strikers, training with world class boxing experts, and this is in addition to the submission, grappling, kickboxing, etc training that they have to endure. If you ask me, it takes a lot more skill to utilize your whole body and all of your faculties than it does to excel at striking while standing up (and excel they do, boxers are of course the best stikers, no doubt).
Now, as for boxing fans drawing screwed up lines of differentiation, I think that's pretty self explanatory.
I mean, somehow, punching is alright (they have gloves on!!!) but punching and kicking, elbowing, submission hold, etc is ''barbaric.'' So it's not the smashing of another person's face that's barbaric, it's whoch part of your body that you utilize which takes you across the line into barbarism?
The thing is though, I would actually agree that it is barbaric. As long as you admit that ALL OF IT is barbaric. See, I'm an odd one. I enjoy mma from time to time (I don't regularly follow it or anything) and I appreciate what they do, but I also stop and ask myself, ''why am I watching this?'' I recognize how ridiculous it really is.
However, how the hell is boxing any better?
What, it's sightly less barbaric? What a ridiculous argument. It's still two men in a ring beating upon one another. It is still violence, and it also resembles human cockfighting. Hello people? Ring? Two people fighting? Crowd? Bets? Money being made? Training before fights to maximize your lethality? Check check check check check check! You cannot say the one is like human cockfighting and the other is not. To do so is to be rather selective and hypocritical.
It's all violence, it's all completely ridiculous, and if the boxing fans want to point fingers at the MMA fans, they should look in the mirror first. This elucidates this perfectly:
Whose house is of glass, must not throw stones at another.
[1640 G. Herbert Outlandish Proverbs no. 196]