After former WEC Lightweight champ Ben “Smooth” Henderson dominated Mark Bocek he enthusiastically asked the crowd if he could “get an Amen”, it must have been awkward for Henderson to have so many people quizzically staring at him in silence. Immediately the conversation on MMA message boards and twitter turned to whether or not God has a place in MMA. To some it seems odd that people thank God for helping them turn another mans face into chopped meat, but MMA is a dangerous sport and fighters are putting their health on the line everytime they step into a ring or cage to fight someone. Im not a religious man but Im ok with hem thanking a “higher power” after they come out of a fight as the winner. We all like to talk about the physical toll of fighting full time, but we rarely talk about the toll it must take on someones psyche to beat someone up for a living. To be honest, Im just a fan. I’ll never truly understand what a fighter goes through to stay motivated.
Like I said, Im just some dude. Sometimes its even hard for me stay motivated enough to write on this blog. If I have to call on God, Vishnu, Buddha, Anderson Silva or Homer Simpson, what business is it of yours? As much as we all like to bother Ben Henderson and Jon Jones about their faith, its REALLY easy to ignore it. Faith plays an important role in peoples lives, asking them to leave it outside of the cage is a bit ridiculous to me. Isnt the fact that they entertain us with great fights enough? This isnt politics, their beliefs have no effect on our day to day lives. I think rather than asking them to leave their faith outside of the cage FOR US we should all try to leave our contempt for religion out of our appreciation for their fighting abilities. I know I talk about this in almost every blog I publish, but I’ve reached a point in my MMA fandom that has me seeing these fighters as human beings, not super human robots. They are susceptible to the same shortcomings that we all fall victim to everyday. Its what makes MMA such an amazing sport, we get to cheer on actual people.
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