Pankration can be considered an earlier version of MMA because both allow participants to use a variety of unarmed fighting techniques including stress holds, punches and kicks to the head. The same argument that followed Pankration continues today with  MMA or “Ultimate Fighting”. Many have argued that these events are barbaric and require brute force more than skill, and therefore cannot be considered a sport. People of this belief over the years want it to be banned. In ancient times, many athletes argued that Pankration required just as much skill as brute force. Today, there is no doubt that MMA requires brute force, seeing as how beefy the participants are. However, the brute force is undoubtedly complemented by a plethora of skill. The fighters combine the fast footwork of boxing with kickboxing, Muy Thai, Brazilian Jujitsu, Judo, and wrestling. Essentially, you do have men just beating the living shit out of each other in the middle of the ring, just through world renowned fighting forms that are considered art forms by those who practice them regularly. I’m not sure if that justifies the argument for pro-MMA, seeing as how many view the sport as a “simulated bar fight”. Despite opposition, MMA is legal at the pro level today in 37 states, and many argue that boxing, football, snowboarding and skateboarding actually cause more injuries and death.

Nevertheless, for those who enjoy competition, mixed with skill, violence, and ultra-levels of testosterone, MMA provides the perfect recipe for quality entertainment. For all you pansies out there who just can’t bear seeing a bit of blood, just don’t get involved, turn off the TV if you have too, and don’t ruin the fun for everybody else. No one is hurting you personally. In my opinion, MMA is an exceptional idea. The character of men you see training for these fights require a mental and physical discipline that would only be useful in some branch of the military. Although there are always exceptions, most of these men have no place being in a white collar, nine to five position. They obviously generate much more revenue, and feel more personally fulfilled by participating in MMA. At the end of the day, shouldn’t it be their decision to get bloodied up in the ring if they want too, and ours to choose whether or not we want to watch? I mean, no one has died yet. Sure there have been concussions, but the same thing happens in the multi-billion dollar football corporation. Reporter Kai Jackson sums it up pretty well, “While fighters are in the ring pushing it to the limit, everyone else is seeing dollar signs. Professional fights bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars at the gate. Some even rake in millions. Once Maryland starts hosting the events, 10 percent of all money collected at the gate goes straight to the state. That’s money well spent for most rabid fans.” Although there might have been a strong push for the elimination of such a sport, now that there is so much money involved, and if you believe in the philosophy that everything is economics, I really do not see this sport coming to a sudden collapse anytime in the near future.

Clemmit, Maria. “Extreme Sports.” 3 April 2009. CQ Press Electronic Library. Web. 27 September 2010.

Jackson, Kai. “Mixed Martial Arts Controversy comes to Maryland.” 12 May 2008. Google. Web. 27 November 2010.

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