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Regarding Deborah Glick

April 23, 2015

You wouldn’t know it from reading our stuff, or from talking to us individually or even looking at us – but we can handle ourselves. Even though we’re getting older, we’re still confident of that. We haven’t forgot what we were taught.  We’re not that far out of shape. We haven’t lost the edge. We always, always walk away, but if we really had to do so, we could turn around and defend ourselves.

We know this sounds weird, ominous and perhaps a little boastful, and we apologize for that, but we wanted to establish at the beginning of this post that as a result of military service, martial arts training, high level athletics, and growing up where you had to prove yourself, that we’re not soft.

In fact, there was time when the activity in question held tremendous appeal for some of us. We were into it. And we were good at it.

What? We’re talking about fighting. In this regard, our mindset was as follows: We knew there were opponents who were bigger, stronger, faster, had better technique and more stamina than us.  But we also knew, or at least believed, that nobody was all of those things at once. The thrill, then, was trying to figure out what we needed to do in a contest to prevail.  Never are you more alive than in a situation like that.

Ok, what’s the point of our apparent celebration of violence?

It’s this: We implore Deborah Glick and Danny O’Donnell and others in the Assembly to keep the faith. They are absolutely right in opposing legalization of MMA in New York.  MMA is simply the most corrosive and disgusting thing in society.

To explain why, we have to horrify you. When you are fighting and your fist or foot connects with the face of an opponent and knocks him out, you know exactly what you’ve done. In fact, time slows down for you. You hear the thud. You see his eyes roll back. You see the body go limp. You see him crumple and fall.

If you’re a decent human being and not an idiot and sick fuck, you stand back at that moment. All of the fight goes out of you. You have concern for the person you just defeated.

You don’t continue to attack an unconscious person. It is not, it is not, it is not the case that you’re still caught up in the moment and you can’t stop yourself.

MMA advocates say that’s what happens – but it’s bullshit. MMA encourages fighters to “finish.” That means jumping on the opponent who has been just rendered unconscious and continuing to strike him while he is defenseless.

This is the money shot, the highlight reel in this “sport.”  They love it when someone gets knocked out and the opponent continues to pound the senseless figure on the canvas. The referee is supposed to intervene to “protect” the downed fighter, and wave off the contest, but that’s part of the sick, disgusting show, too.

It’s because of this grossness that we oppose MMA.

We could actually accept and even be enthusiastic about martial arts contests in which opponents try to match their skills, fight hard, but have true respect for each other. But not those contests in which the combatants are instructed and encouraged to attack unconscious opponents.

MMA says “that’s what people want.”  But think about that. What kind of sick and stupid culture applauds such a thing?

Please, Ms. Glick, what do you weigh? 98 pounds?  Won’t you please stand up to this barbarity? Won’t you continue the fight?

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    April 23, 2015 1:45 PM

    Either none of you have ever seen a regulated MMA match. Or one of you is a pawn of the Vegas Culinary Union. Either way, ignorance is bliss.

  2. Anonymous permalink
    April 23, 2015 2:43 PM

    Hard core.

  3. Anonymous permalink
    April 24, 2015 3:50 PM

    To the person who wrote the first response: Just watch an MMA fight? Are joking? You can watch virtually any fight and see something disgusting. But how about Souza v. Okami. Okami is out, and Souza hits him nine times as he’s lying on the ground. The announcer says: ” Okami is out and the blows just rain down on him. Wow. What a performance”

  4. Anonymous permalink
    April 24, 2015 9:35 PM

    I would love meet the person who wrote the first response. I would love to stand by as that person googled the term: “Worst MMA Beatdowns” and then watched the videos that come up. What could that person possibly say to those videos? That this is a sport?

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