Modern Day Cock Fights Or The Ultimate Chess Game?  

ThickStick_4U 42M
5 posts
1/26/2006 12:07 pm

Last Read:
12/23/2008 12:37 pm

Modern Day Cock Fights Or The Ultimate Chess Game?

I take a lot of shit over my interest in the sports of boxing and mixed martial arts. They tend to be the Howard Sterns of sports, you either love them or you hate them. Some of my closest friends argue that they are simply modern day cock fights. They try to convince themselves that the reason I am so fascinated by them is because of the blood and sheer violence. I admit, I do like to see a knockout end any type of sanctioned fight, but there is so much more behind why I admire these sports so much.

These sports always offer a certain element of surprise; their not the least bit predictable. The entire thing could change at any given moment. It amazes me that these same people who label boxing and MMA boring, get excited by watching basketball. Come on, in basketball a team scores practically every time they take the ball down the court, what's so exciting about that? For the most part, the same team keeps the ball until they shoot it, then, usually the other team gets it back and does the same thing. Wow. Football tends to be the same way. One team has the ball, runs plays and either scores or has to punt. The other team gets it and does the exact same thing. Yawn. Sure, there's always exceptions such as a steal or interception, but fore the most part, these sports are too predictable and uneventful for my tastes. This is also why I enjoy hockey so much, there is shot clock, no innings, no 4 downs. There is a constant change to the game, scoring doesn't occur each time a team takes the puck down the ice and scoring is never a "given".

Ok, back to my original thoughts. To me, boxing and MMA are a battle of the wills, a thinker's sport. Think about this, why do so many people become more interested in baseball or find it more exciting to watch once the playoffs start? It becomes much more of a chess game than the regular season. For anyone who has tried to knock around a heavy back for 3 minutes, with only 1 minute of rest in between, you know what a physically draining workout it can be. Plus, these bags don't even hit back. Boxing is all about wearing the opponent down while avoiding his shots. There is a great amount of strategy and anticipation involved. Different styles call for different strategies and no two fighters are ever the same. MMA is very similar, but in my eyes, MMA is THE ultimate chess game. It is not uncommon for a striker (a stand up fighter who likes to trade blows) to be up against a grappler (one who prefers to keep the fight on the ground who typically likes to submit their opponents). These are two totally different styles so of course it's going to keep things interesting. Often times, these guys need to anticipate numerous moves and outcomes before making a single move. If they don't, it could very well be a short night.

Both of these sports include the best of the best in the entire world. As far as the blood goes, it's a part of any sport but yes, more so in these two. However, these are sanctioned fights which is why it's so hard for me to agree with anyone who labels it along the lines of cock fighting. Sure, referees make mistakes, they're human, but the primary interest of every referee in boxing and MMA is the SAFETY of the fighter. Unfortunately, many people just see the blood and assume these are two barbaric sports with nothing but meatheads trying to kill one another. If they truly took the time to research the sports, I'm sure they would find there is a lot more to the sport than meets the eye. Especially in MMA, there is a GREAT deal of respect for one another. No silly endzone dances, no overpaid contracts being signed (OK, maybe not boxing LO, none of the bullshit that steers me away from some of the mainstream sports.

Let's not forget about the preparation or mental aspects either. Many times, these athletes will go into some sort of seclusion for weeks to prepare physically as well as mentally for a fight. Any given fight could simply come down to who wants it more. Who can dig down deeper and push themselves to victory? Who will crumble and give in? These are tremendous mental obstacles to overcome, especially late in a fight when your body is telling you to it's easier to just quit. These athletes are alone, they have no team mates to bail them out of a jam. In my eyes, these athletes are the true modern day warriors.


Legs7776 41F

5/19/2007 7:27 am

Soooo, which light heavyweight is gonna come out on top on the 25th? Liddell or Jackson?


Become a member to create a blog