I'm back with another installment of the MMA Tete-A-Tete: Coarsening the Discourse. Eugene S. Robinson author of Fight: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Ass-Kicking but Were Afraid You'd Get Your Ass Kicked for Asking is my counter part for this edition.
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Topics covered include:
- Eugene and I respond to some comments from WWE legend "Rowdy" Roddy Piper (see that video below) in which he diagnosed the two biggest problems facing MMA as "idiots learning dangerous techniques" and too many injuries resulting from over-training.
- Eugene has an idea to save The Ultimate Fighter -- it's something he got from his years in the music business: a Talent Development Director modeled on the old music biz job role of Artist Development Specialist. He feels if there's someone thinking long-term about developing fighters, more fighters will grow into stars.