I at all times hear discuss what’s “for the good of the fighter” or “for the safety of the fighter.” But I typically discover myself asking, “When was the last time we saw a change in MMA that really and truly benefited the fighters?”
Maybe my reminiscence is shot. But nothing appears to pop up!
Let’s have a look.
Weight measuring system? Lots of discuss, numerous indignation, however we’re nonetheless placing these athletes by way of a merely asinine course of of maximum dehydration after which an excessive athletic competitors within the type of a battle 24 hours later. We discuss it again and again, however then we simply carry on at it. This needs to be some of the idiotic processes in sports activities historical past.
So let me ask a query right here: We all bought handled to a merely superb battle final weekend between Marvin Vettori and Paulo Costa. Listen, let me make it clear: I don’t help the antics that led to the battle being contested at 205 kilos. But that being mentioned, it appears fairly apparent that the standard of this battle, the punishment that each males have been capable of take, and each males’s general performances have been enhanced by the truth that neither of them needed to endure excessive dehydration throughout a pre-fight weigh minimize. It appears to me that this stares us proper within the face.
How about the truth that we would like these guys and ladies to go in there and “let it all hang out,” take all of the dangers, but when they lose for doing it, all they go residence with is what? A loss. If they do it just a few instances, their complete profession finally ends up the identical: misplaced.
How about judging? Fighters nonetheless don’t perceive totally the backgrounds of those that are judging them, and extra importantly, what precisely they’re searching for whereas they rating fights. I fail to notice any effort on the market bettering on this example.
Years begin and finish. The sport grows its fan base. Economics carry on reaching new heights. But the individuals who truly step within the cage and make it occur hold getting the quick finish of a rising stick. They are usually not the first voices being consulted about what should be accomplished. Instead, the athletic commissions, the promotions, the followers, they aren’t actually listening to anything apart from the trash speaking on social media.
These guys and ladies are usually not preventing for the cash. Well, not just for the cash, anyway. They are preventing for the problem, for the glory – for the love of preventing.
And we’re watching it for a similar cause!
But I ponder: Will the world ever get up to the large injustice being accomplished right here? Perhaps nobody will hear, merely for the truth that it’s all working simply effective for the powers that be. But the souls making it occur stay caught in the identical place, affected by the identical points, whereas everybody else will get the profit. That has to vary.
Alex Davis is a lifelong practitioner of martial arts and a former Brazilian judo champion. A founding member of American Top Team, Davis at present oversees the careers of a lot of distinguished Brazilian fighters, and he lately launched a department of the famed ATT camp in Las Vegas. Davis is an everyday contributor to MMA Junkie, sharing his present views on the game constructed by way of his views that date again to the Brazilian roots of contemporary MMA.