On Friday night, combat sports fans were treated to one of the greatest heavyweight bouts in mixed martial arts history. Antonio Silva and Mark Hunt had a thrilling fight in the main event of UFC Fight Night 33 that left everyone standing and immediately joined the all-time classics.
Social media was buzzing after the fight and many were applauding the incredible efforts by both men in their back-and-forth battle, but there was at least one man watching the fight that didn’t belong. Enter Australian journalist Phil Rothfield.
Rothfield wrote a blog about the fight and never once appreciated or applauded the men for their fantastic performance. Instead, he called for the sport to be banned in his country and called the UFC a “bloody disgrace.”
When you read Rothfield’s post, it just goes to show that there are still so many uneducated people out their watching and passing immediate judgement on the sport.
Here is one of the gems that Rothfield wrote:
SINCE when is kicking, elbowing, kneeing, punching and stomping an opponent classified as sport?
First of all, Phil, it is illegal to stomp an opponent. Knees, soccer kicks and stomps are banned under the unified rules of mixed martial arts.
That was clue No. 1 that the article was going to be a mess. But then, he went on.
On Saturday night on Fuel TV I witnessed the brutality and bloodshed of the UFC – apparently, and worryingly, the world’s fastest growing sport.
This was nothing but barbaric savagery that should be banned in this country.
The fact women were allowed to fight on the card was an even bigger disgrace.
Sorry, Phil, but women the women who are fighting in the octagon are women that have trained for years to become the best. They are women that have dreamed of reaching this moment in their career and there is no reason for anyone to take that away. A disgrace? Having people be able to do what they want and reach the peak of their sport is not a disgrace, it is part of what makes the world so great.
There are no rules that say you can’t do what you want to do just because you are a woman or because you are a different size or color from someone else. We broke down those barriers years ago and it is time to move forward. It’s called progress.
Finally, there was this:
People have been sent to jail for less than what happened inside a cage on Saturday night.
Yes, they have. But those people are also not highly trained professionals that are competing in a sport against others that have spent their life training. These are people that are true athletes, not some knuckle head drunks outside of a dive bar puffing out their chests.
These people sign a contract, have a set of rules and have doctors cageside and a referee inside of the cage to ensure their safety. Whether you like it or not, MMA is one of the safest sports out there and you need to get over the old-school thoughts and ignorance.
The sport is growing and for good reason.
If you don’t like what you see when you turn on an MMA bout, turn it off.
There is no need to go off spouting nonsense to turn people from a sport without knowing or understanding what they are watching. If there is anything that’s a disgrace, it is passing judgement about a sport before you even give it a real chance.