posted on Apr, 20 2008 @ 03:23 PM
I’ve been an ardent fan of mma (mixed martial arts) for years. Since the early 1990s this sport has grown by leaps helped in part by the UFC
(Ultimate Fighting Championship) Pride fighting, K1 and other organizations. Although I love watching, I believe this craze is having a profoundly
negative effect on an already brutal society. In my opinion, there are far too many insecure, dim-witted, directionless males in America who seem
unnaturally obsessed with trying to prove their manliness. And to have shows like ‘The Ultimate Fighter, and ‘Fight Night Live’ which glorifies
violence, and makes heroes out of nobodies for their ability to hurt others thrust upon these fragile minds watching at home equals big trouble.
I’ve researched the causes of violent behavior and acts of aggression by the general public at great length in hopes of making a documentary on the
subject. While my project was never finished two of my major concerns continue:
#1. Although random acts of violence are not new or exclusive to America, they are a growing problem. Today more than ever it seems nearly every baggy
panted kid in the city, every average joe whose had a couple of drinks and gets irked by somebody else, suddenly thinks he’s a ufc star and wants to
showcase his talents on the streets or in the barroom (especially when he thinks he can easily win a fight and get away with it.) Moreover, if he has
a couple of friends willing to back him up, lookout! It can be impossible to extinguish the rage. Just about anyone can wind up a victim, you just
need to look at someone wrong, say the wrong thing, or appear physically or mentally weak and you can wind-up seriously injured or dead.
#2 Having witnessed many barroom brawls and street fights in my day, I see a disturbing trend as of late: nowadays it seems after a victim has been
knocked unconscious he often receives an additional five minutes of kicks and punches to the head by his attacker. Meanwhile the assaulter’s friends
cheer him on and even join in. It is like a moment in time the winner of the fight wants to relish and share with the world so he can be immortalized
by his friends and be thought of as a real tough guy.
As much as I love watching mma on TV, I do not have faith that my fellow man is mentally equipped to deal with it. With all the money these
organizations make I think they should put a slice of the pot toward teaching Americans to keep the fights in the ring. In addition, I think their
should be greater punishments than currently exists for the thugs who start street fights, and even greater punishments for people who continue
beating on other people who are already unconscious.
Obviously, this epidemic is not limited to just males as we have all see by recent troubling events committed by little teenybopper girls. Crazy
stuff. There are even grown women who will now go for a double leg takedown and try and ground and pound another woman with little provocation.
Though it would be somewhat hypocritical for me to talk about aggression in women, as nothing would give me more pleasure than to be pummeled by a
jaw-droppingly attractive woman for hours, but that‘s getting off topic.
Your thought? I’ll be gone for a bit so I won’t be able to respond.
edit: just removing all caps from the title
[edit on 22-4-2008 by chissler]