Fight like a man -- Remember the stigma MMA used to have?

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  1. CoffeeAndBeer

    CoffeeAndBeer OG from 1993

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    I used to enjoy hearing ignorant people talk down on MMA, disparaging the clinch and ground aspects of it, as well as kicking... as if it was less man-ly way of fighting than just 'throwing hands'.

    I laughed in people's faces sometimes.
    But there aren't as many of those people anymore, I miss them.

    Here's Norm MacDonald (huge sports fan) at the 1998 ESPYs talking about Kickboxing for example.




    Other examples...?
     
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    CoffeeAndBeer OG from 1993

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    CoffeeAndBeer OG from 1993

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    Artie Lange...

     
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    ShinkanPo Mr.Hopeless Romantic

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    Yeah usually those who thinks its not manly to kick are the ignorant, warfreak types who would kill for a potato.
     
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  5. BisexualMMA

    BisexualMMA Don't Put My Name in the Name of Steroids!

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    I wouldn't be here if I didn't like and respect MMA as a sport.

    But on my playground, if you got into a fight, you boxed and kept it to boxing or you were a bitch.
     
  6. Bobby Boulders

    Bobby Boulders My Lovin' Is Digi Platinum Member

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    I grew up in Oklahoma where wrestling is a rite of passage so I never had to deal with any of this.
     
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  7. Katsumi Yamada

    Katsumi Yamada Gold Belt

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    I've never been in a street fight outside of school that didn't involve stomps and soccer kicks to be honest.
    They were rarely stayed 1 on 1 either.

    I guess UK people fight dirty
     
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    HomeRun916 2JZGTE

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    Holy shit that's actually pretty damn funny.

    The end is great.
     
  9. CoffeeAndBeer

    CoffeeAndBeer OG from 1993

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    That is just funny now-a-days.
     
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    Buff Trash Belt Degenerate

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    I have a friend who's been coming to watch it with us now and then when we have a few people round... he still asks "which one is the gay one" at the tale of the tape... My bros friend. I want to kill the guy.
     
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  11. Cptn1NSAN0

    Cptn1NSAN0 shows no mercy

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    I wrestled in HS so mostly these kind of comments came from casuals who I'd invite over to watch fights after I moved out of my folks'. I usually just kept my mouth shut since I was cool with the guys but plenty of stupid shit was said all the time.
     
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  12. Kick Strickland

    Kick Strickland Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card

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    When I was in like 9th grade I got into a fight with an explosive classmate in gym class while playing basketball. I ended up kicking the dude in the head with a roundhouse. I had been in TKD at the time and I didn't plan on kicking him it just happened out of muscle memory I guess. It didn't hurt him at all but he just stopped and had this shocked look on his face. I did too. Then everybody watching started howling and laughing and shit. People thought I was some sort of 155 lb badass after that. I wasn't, but they thought I was and that's what counted. Me and dude ended up being friends after that, too. lol
     
  13. 45ACP

    45ACP I'll Be Back Belt

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    First fight I ever got in was in 7th grade. It was against one of the school bullies who had been picking on me all year. It was also right in the middle of a class room full of students before the bell rang, so the teacher hadn't shown up yet.

    My dad had been teaching my brothers and I TKD for years (He's a 2nd degree BB and former instructor). One year our christmas present was head gear and these weird open-palm boxing gloves that, looking back on it I guess were kind of a precursor to mma gloves (this is probably around 1987-88 - I think I actually still have them). The reason for those gloves was that he wanted us to be able to grip. So he'd pit my brothers and I against each other in full-contact mma matches complete with clinching and take downs. It was fun stuff, wars in the living room between my brothers and I with my old man as the ref.

    Anyway, I've never been able to remember what this kid did that finally sent me over the edge, but I remember standing up from my desk and just spamming him with RHKs backing him up until one finally knocked him into another desk right as the teacher walked in. He hadn't even thrown a single punch and had this look of complete bewilderment on his face. Teacher was like "what's going on in here?" and nobody said anything so neither of us got in trouble.

    That kid never picked on me again and actually even ended up becoming one of my friends. Needless to say I never heard anything negative about using kicks in fist fights from any of my peers.
     
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  14. dije1

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    TV show making fun of bjj in 2006. Starts at 15:00.




    Besides me, most of my relatives don't follow mma. We're a boxing family.
     
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  15. Horse Style

    Horse Style Silver Belt

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    You usually hear nonsense like that growing up when a fight breaks out. Most people were only exposed to boxing and think that's the manliest way of fighting or some shit. Funny enough, the average person "throwing hands" is anything but boxing. Just a series of terrible haymakers until someone gets lucky and acts like they are the toughest person in the world
     
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    45ACP I'll Be Back Belt

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    Hahaha, almost the exact same story as mine. I didn't plan on kicking this dude either. I didn't even think about fighting at all since it happened so fast. The kid probably just smacked me in the back of the head or broke my pencil or something and that was the straw that broke the camels back. I just stood up from my desk and started kicking him in the head, lol.
     
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    Kick Strickland Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card

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    lol yep, it's funny what happens when your instinct takes over. For me I had done TKD for like 3 years and had been skateboarding for like 10, and doing hackey sack and all kinds of things like that, so my leg dexterity was really good. But truth be told I couldn't throw a good punch back then to save my life. I could freakin kick though, lol.
     
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  19. 45ACP

    45ACP I'll Be Back Belt

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    That was actually pretty hilarious
     
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  20. Dizzy

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    Idk, but whenever I hear that phrase I think of Ken Leung saying it in Rush Hour in a Chinese accent.

    "Fight likuh man."
     
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