I'm sure Ken was coached a little, but he knew his shit, and he retained what he was coached, completely. He presented everything perfectly. Just debunking everything McCain was saying. He literally made him look and sound retarded.
He knew what fighters had gone to college, what professions they had, such as teachers, instructors, police officers, etc. He knew the percentages of submissions, ko's and stoppages in the UFC, and pointed out that the ko percentage was much smaller than the other two. He pointed out all of the safety precautions, fighter physicals, check-ups before and after the fights. He pointed out there was a referee (and gave Big John's background), and that the referee could step in and stop a fight at any time.
He made McCain admit to being a boxing fan and advocate, and then tore him up. He talked about deaths in boxing. He actually knew the number of boxers who have died in this century, or have suffered brain damage from the sport. He even gave names and examples. Pointed out that NO deaths had occured in MMA, nowhere in the world.
He pointed out that the point in boxing is to punch your opponent so many times in the head that you knock him out. Pointed out that in a single boxing match, a fighter is taking, at times, over one hundred blows to the head, with padded, heavy gloves, and with each strike, the brain was being rattled. He pointed out that in MMA, the majority of strikes only do superficial damage. Cuts, bruising, etc.
Here's one of the best exchanges:
Ken: "What's Roberto Duran's nickname?"
McCain: "I...I don't know, off hand."
Ken: "No, the name he was given after the Ray Leonard fight?"
McCain: "Oh, uh...'No Mas' "
Ken: "Yeah. Because he quit in the middle of a boxing match. He was considered a coward for what he did. In our sport, it is honorable to quit, to submit to your opponent. No man is considered a coward for submitting to their opponent."
McCain, getting redder andd redder, and pissed because he was looking so stupid, then goes onto say that it would be hard for a fighter to give up if he was being choked unconscious. Ken pointed out that all the fighter had to do was repeatedly slap the mat with an open palm, and the fight would be stopped. Again, something McCain would've known if he had just done the research.
He brought up Royce, and his background, and that he was a three time UFC champion, and that he had submitted every single one of his opponents. He also pointed out that they weren't showing any clips of submissions or grappling.
Larry even changed his tune as the debate went on. McCain seemed to be all alone, and he was getting more and more defensive. Ken was THAT good. He just flat out dominated and destroyed McCain in that debate.
It was funny as hell, and awesome as a fan, to see my powerful state senator utterly destroyed by a "barbaric, uneducated" fighter.
Whether you like Ken or not, he loves the sport, and he stands up for it, it's fighters, and it's fans.