Originally Posted by hto63
But fighting is their job, right? Their chosen profession.
Isn't that all there is to being a professional?
Celebrity athletes do, say and represent stupid things all the time. And it's their right to do, I understand they can act as role models but guess what, everyone makes mistakes, everyone has flaws and not everyone in the public eye deserves or even wants to be a role model.
These people became professional cagefighters because they like to fight, they don't want to be a self-censored media personality and probably don't know what to expect when they first go pro.
Like it or not, wanting to beat up and dominate another person for a living isn't "normal", it's not really compatible with the reality of life for most people, even fans. And certainly not the people already prejudiced against MMA. Fuck them, imo. The sport seems to be doing pretty OK without them.
Obviously, this topic about mainstream appeal of the sport is a very deep and complex one but as someone who thankfully doesn't have to concern himself with those things I can say EVERYTHING about this little brawl was good and nothing at all was bad, especially because nobody got injured. Looking forward to this fight even more now.
Sorry, but I disagree with you.
Professional means you behave professionally. That means you don't fight outside the place and the time you signed (a very lucrative contract) to do. And you do not jeopardize it neither.
You are also wrong comparing MMA with "other sports".
MMA stands for Mixed Martial Arts. And in most Martial Arts, the way you hold yourself is paramount.
So I am sorry to say this, but IMHO you are wrong in all accounts.
Fighting like animals like they did is just dumb, and also goes against everything that being a professional stands for.
1) it is out of place.
2) Innocent people could get hurt
3) They could get hurt and jeopardize their fight. Heck, they are the main event! That means an injury could cancel the event and impact every other fighter in that card!
4) it is simply bad publicity.
They fight? Yes, they do. it is their job.
But it is supposed to be inside the cage, with a referee and judges. And rules!
So all in all, they did everything wrong. And you allowing it does not help it neither.