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When it comes to long-term fighter health, is ignorance bliss for MMA fans?


Hey everybody!

Wanted to get everyone's thoughts on something that's been bothering me for awhile now. Despite being an overall sensitive dude/pacifist, I love MMA. Love it like Lloyd Irvin loves being a BALLER. Love it like Nick Diaz loves....wait, what was the question again?

Anyway, I've always had a hard time reconciling my love of MMA with the fact that I'm endorsing and supporting something almost completely at odds with the philosophy by which I live my life. Hurting someone (or something-I'm mostly vegetarian and usually carry bugs outside when I find them at home) is about the least appealing thing in the world to me. Yet, I love MMA like Benton20 loves posing for homoerotic pictures with every fighter he sees :)

Only the (blissfully) ignorant would deny that many fighters' future lives are going to be a living hell-a living death, if you will. Orthopedic problems are only the beginning-I'm talking brain trauma and the depression, rage, and sometimes suicidal or homicidal actions that follow. This is scary stuff, and very, very real. And, on some level, we're all responsible for it. If there were no fans to support men and women hurting each other, they would be much less likely to do so. I know they're consenting adults, and in some cases making a much better living than they might otherwise. MMA may even prevent some of them from terrorizing us. But does that make glorifying violence morally OK? I really don't know.

Will all this stop me from following and watching MMA? Perhaps someday it will. All I know is that, at the very least, I have to be honest with myself and recognize the effects of the brutality I enjoy, and accept my role in it all. Sometimes it's easy for me (Anderson Silva vs. anyone) and sometimes, not so much (Shogun-Hendo). What about you? Are you troubled thinking about how Wandy or Edgar might end up, or are you blissfully ignorant? Or, have you thought it through and somehow accepted and made peace with the long-term effects of sanctioned violence?

\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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