Okay, so I am writing on a sports blog about a non-sport item. But since this story appeared on a sports website, I guess I can make the parallel.
Apparently at a recent MMA event (UFC 96 or 4,273 or whatever) a guy by the name of Matt Hamill KO’ed the holy hell out of some poor sap named Mark Munoz. The knockout came courtesy of a kick, but that does not matter; it could have been a monkey wrench. That is beside the point. The point is Hamill hammered the consciousness out of Munoz for the win.
Now, apparently this cat Hamill was fighting in front of his hometown (or at least his home state) and was estatic of his ass-kicking of Munoz. However, the knockout was so “vicious” that Munoz was being treated for the injury while Hamill auditioned for Dancing with the Stars. They even “almost” brought out the stretcher for this loser Munoz.
Apparently many “expects” in MMA found Hamill’s antics over-the-top and disrespectful. While some have wondered if they should give Hamill a pass because of his “disability” (Hamill is deaf…which strangely enough does NOT affect his fighting ability, nor his intellect), others have noted that Hamill knew Munoz was in “seriously bad shape” due to the number of people surrounding the fallen loser.
Ok……what the hell!? MMA is a “sport” (sic) that sells itself of people getting knocked the f*** out with brutal kicks to the head and fists of fury on a guy pinned against the “cage.” Any ad for MMA that runs on television is filled with guys getting knocked unconscious before they hit the mat. It sells itself on the violent aspect of it. Hell, they advertise a “knockout of the night” typically that will show someone going comotose. When searching for a clip of the knockout, I came across another match where a guy uppercutted his opponent, essentially knocking him out. The cat then pounced on the fallen loser and got off three or four unguarded shots to the face before the referee finally stepped in; all the while the crowds is going nuts! This is the kind of stuff that MMA wants to promote. Hamill was playing his role for the betterment of MMA in general, and the UFC — it is good for business! Hell, it got me to write about it.
The “outcry” over the Hamill celebration speaks to the ridiculous and hypocritical natural of MMA as a “sport” (sic). Dude knocks out his opponent, which is what he is supposed to do; celebrates his KO towards the fans, which is what anyone would do in his situation; and the MMA “media” blasts him for doing essentially what the business wants its fighters/entertainers to do. I guarantee that fans were not that upset; they probably loved the knock out and fed on the celebration. Yes, there was an injury, but this is a competition that is predicated on violence, pain (and pain thresholds) and essentially creating injuries. Furthermore, it was not like Hamill was standing over Munoz doing pelvic thrusts and saying “Can you hear me now?” He celebrated towards the fans. Admonishing Hamill for that is akin to admonishing the Dutch team for celebrating its (second) win over the Dominican Republic.
This is one reason why I do not watch MMA; the hypocrisy.
NOTE: before some slapper tries to claim that I am an MMA-hater (or that I hate MMA because I love boxing [there tends to be a polarized fan base when it comes to the two]), understand the argument first off. And second, it should be clear I am no fan of MMA. This is not to say that I have not given it a chance (several occasions, including watching UFC PPVs). Nor am I stating that it does not possess a legitimate entertainment value. But I just have not enjoyed any match that I have seen. It is mostly a lot of boring moments with a few spurts of excitement. I feel the same way about boxing; not a fan of boxing for the most part. Both MMA and boxing bore me and while I have given it several chances, instances like this turn me away from it even more.