Walter Scott's Personality Parade(in the newspaper) had a question about the UFC last Sunday:
Q:What is your opinion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship bouts that are becoming the favorite bloodsport in Las Vegas and on TV?
A: We agree with Sen John McCain, who called that type of sport "a human cockfight". It should be banned.
So I posted a response on their forum:
It is sad to see that years after the Ultimate Fighting Championships adopt rules sanctioned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission there are still supposedly responsible journalists misrepresenting this sport.
Some facts: There is no biting, eye gouging,hair pulling,kicking a downed opponent,groin striking, or any other "dirty" fighting techniques allowed. You can't even twist fingers. Techniques that are allowed are a combination of kickboxing and grappling rules that emphasize the safety of the athletes. Consequently, there have been few major injuries and no deaths in the U.S. due to mixed martial arts competitions, a record which puts boxing to shame. Boxing is responsible directly for over 500 deaths(check the records on both of these points)since records of such things have been kept. A fighter named Doug Dredge died in the Ukraine from blows to the head received in an MMA fight. It was then found that he had ignored a doctors order to not fight due to a recent concussion. The UFC requires an exam that would have prevented him from ever fighting. This is the only known death in MMA in 70 years of this sort of fighting taking place in Brazil and Japan, often with much less restrictive rules.
In closing I would ask that you check with Sen. McCain before you use him to support your position on this subject again. He has changed his view with the times. I hope the same can be said for you once you educate yourself. Feel free to contact me with any questions you might have, I would be happy to enlighten you.