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Crime, Punishment and The Perplexing Puritanism of MMA Fans

Back when I competed in taekwondo tournaments (jokes go here) I always remarked that you would never find a sweeter group of guys than the ones who would be trying to kick your teeth in. It almost seemed a little counterintuitive how nice and deferential people were, especially compared to the chippy bitchiness that prevails in non-contact sports like softball.

So given that people associated with fight sports (fans and competitors) don't necessarily hew to behaviors and beliefs you might expect of them, I guess shouldn't be so surprised by the deep, wide puritanical streak among my fellow MMA fans.

Before coming to BE, I might have predicted that a group of people who watch cage fights for fun might be characterized by a certain moral relativism in matters relating to lawlessness, rule-breaking and generally antisocial behavior. If the sport you love requires men to try to maim one another in order to win, I would think you might take something of a broad, non-judgmental view of the men and women who are cut out for that sort of thing.

Boy was I wrong. If you want to know what is absolutely, objectively right and what is absolutely, objectively wrong in this world, ask an MMA fan COUGHtimburkeCOUGH. They will be happy to tell you.

Our collective love for order, moralistic purity and rule of law is so strong in fact, that it apparently overwhelms our love of watching interesting fights, as evidenced by the whole sordid Nick Diaz affair.  Fans were so deliriously happy that Diaz was receiving his just and appropriate punishment for being a bad person, that they didn't seem to mind at all about losing a compelling title fight.

I used to find this attitude bizarre and self defeating, but now I'm coming to the realization that something must be deeply wrong with my own moral compass, since I can't bring myself to care that Nick Diaz is a drug abusing thug or that Paul Daley once tried (and failed) to punch the smirk off Josh Koscheck's face. All I've ever cared about is seeing fun fights, and for that, I have clearly sinned.

Someone get me a knotted cord. I'm going to have to scourge myself pretty heavily in order to catch up.

\The FanPosts are solely the subjective opinions of Bloody Elbow readers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloody Elbow editors or staff.

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