Until recently, I thought the Las Vegas Culinary Union was the biggest threat to our great sport of Mixed Martial Arts. They would contact sponsors and put pressure on them to drop their sponsorship with the UFC, they would (allegedly) use their influence to keep MMA out of New York and more often than not just try to make the UFC look bad. As most people know, this is a beef that stems from the Fertitta brothers having no unionisation in their businesses and the LVCU getting some retribution for this. Or possibly even thinking the Fertitta brothers will all of a sudden back down on unionisation of their Casino due to these attacks.
Now, it seems there is something far more sinister and underhanded threatening the sport. Uneducated journalists. In Australia, for the past year or so, I have been reading articles about the sport in newspapers and Australia news websites. For the most part it is the same old "Human Cock-fighting" angle. People who know the sport have been vocal enough that the writers have stopped using this same argument. Now, their argument has moved to junior MMA. They are using shocking (looking) pictures of kids looking crazy or beaten up and are now saying that parents who let their kids participate in junior MMA are not fit to be parents. It is quite a shocking statement in itself, but when it is from the Telegraph, the biggest and most read paper in Australia, this could go a long way toward banning MMA in Australia. Consider this, it is already banned from going to Melbourne, one of the great sporting destinations in the world.
How do we stop this sort of thing being published? Or at the very least, how do we educate people that it is not as bad as it looks in a quick-written article in a newspaper or website?
Here is the article link from yahoo.com.au news website this morning. It is probably the biggest online news outlet in Australia