Originally Posted by JaPo
How is having a 'spine' anything to do with having concerns about brain damage to fighters? If anything, it's more spineless to simply ignore the fact we get entertainment from watching fighters incur potentially significant brain damage. As fans, we're with them for the good times. Not the times in which they can't form a coherent sentence and scarcely remember much of their career at all. You do realise delivering a massive blow to an unconscious person's skull is probably not a good thing, right? When fighters such as Jeremy Stephens do this with likely full knowledge that their opponent is sparko it says something about their personality.
We get it. It's a "fist fight", "the most primal of all sports". That doesn't mean the people we watch are mindless fighting machines stripped of any human feelings or compassion for their opponents and fellow fighters.
I did not mean to imply that you should hit someone if you KNOW they are unconscious. Obviously this is plain morally wrong. But I think people are severely overrating a fighters ability to judge that and make rational decisions while they are fighting.
Also, it just isn't their job. In fact, they are instructed to go until the ref stops it. Also, people act like follow up shots are attempted murder and they are just not. It's not like they were playing basketball and then a guy randomly knocks another guy out and pounds his face in.
These guys are on a shit ton of adrenaline and trained for months for a 15 minute moment and they have to make sure they put the guy trying to kill them away.
No one wants to see a guy brain damaged... but it's a very real possibility and there's simply nothing you can do. No one is forcing them to fight for a living-don't act like fans are somehow taking advantage of them. They are doing what they choose and making money. I really believe we will watch someone die live on TV one day and it is scary but that's just the reality.
In a way, in order to live you have to be willing to die anyway.
Shots after the KO don't concern me half as much as guys who don't know when to hang it up like crocop. The ref usually does a good job preventing those shots.