Mixed Martial Arts And Ethics Essay

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Mixed Martial Arts: A Controversial New Breed of Sport "In its December 6, 2006 profile on Ultimate Fighting, USA Today writer Marco della Cava states, ‘Football and baseball may be American pastimes, but for a high-tech generation weaned on immediacy, such sporadic action doesn't compare with UFC's short and definitive flurries of violence’" (Dallas-Based Fight Company Enters the Cage). According to an editorial in Market Wire, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), commonly recognized as cage fighting, is the fastest growing "Sports Entertainment business in the world" (Dallas-Based Fight Company Enters the Cage). However with the recent success of the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), the world’s largest and most highly recognizable MMA …show more content…
Since the sport of mixed martial arts was first introduced to the United States in 1993, it has been the subject of much heated political debate. The opponents of mixed martial arts have leveled numerous arguments against the sport, and under the leadership of Arizona Senator John McCain, they even succeeded in forcing the sport from national pay-per-view carriers, and convinced several states to ban the sport (Silverman). The four-year forced hiatus that the sport experienced from 1997 until 2001 was a direct result of the political onslaught headed by Senator John McCain (Silverman). Though on the surface, this event may look to be a terrible set of circumstances for the sport of mixed martial arts, but in reality this hiatus allowed the sport to almost totally reinvent itself.
With the sale of the franchise to Zuffa LLC, new owners Dana White and brothers Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta completely revamped and regulated the rules and procedures they felt were appropriate. Such rules included no eye gouging, fish hooking, groin shots, kicking or kneeing to a downed opponent, enforcement of padded gloves, etc. However the sport still carried much of the negative stigma that was associated with the unruly nature of early UFC events as the

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