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Bob Reilly to Appear on Inside MMA Tomorrow Night to Demonstrate His Ignorance About MMA

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Assemblyman Bob Reilly is the man leading the charge against legalizing mixed martial arts in the state of New York, and tomorrow night on “Inside MMA,” the sport’s most vocal critic explains his opposition in Part One of an exclusive two-part interview.

“What attracts people to Ultimate Fighting unfortunately is the violence and violence is not good for our society,” Reilly says. “The difference between mixed martial arts and every other sport is that in mixed martial arts the purpose is to damage your opponent.”

On tomorrow night’s episode Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten are joined on the panel this week by Randy and Ryan Couture and Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard, all who strongly disagree with Reilly’s statements. 

“I think it’s an uneducated view,” says Randy Couture. “He doesn’t understand our sport. We’re not crazy, we’re not dangerous, this is not violence, it’s a combative sport.”

Also on this week’s show, the Coutures discuss their respective recent victories in the cage, and Lombard talks about his upcoming title defense. 

Plus, Ron Kruck has breaking news on a Bellator fighter who isn’t letting a recent diagnosis with leukemia keep him out of the gym, and the “Inside America’s Gyms” series continues with a look at the Grudge Training Center in Wheat Ridge, CO. 

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Shatski- September 4, 2010 at 9:31 am
@Great American, paste the URL but change the "http" to "hxxp." The Potato Nation has this figured out already.

One of the worst parts of Reilly's arguments is that he keeps citing Pride rules. What merit does citing the rules of a defunct, foreign MMA organization have? Other than to take advantage of viewer ignorance while giving interviews to help his cause. The douche. The UFC doesn't follow the same rules as Pride and that is the main MMA organization worldwide, much less in the U.S. Reilly is an ignorant ass. Wish I had the cable hooked up in time to watch that.
Great American- September 3, 2010 at 7:14 pm
Google "Whalen to Reilly:Enough already with the MMA." I'd post the link but it gets flagged as spam.
Denoginizer- September 3, 2010 at 2:47 pm
Oh, I didn't mean in order, just the 3 parts.
And it also applies to the WWF.
flyingogoplata- September 3, 2010 at 10:09 am
@ Denoginizer

If all sports leagues followed the "adjective-noun-sport" formula as you've called it then wouldn't it be the National Association Basketball, or National League Hockey, or National League Football???

Just sayin'.
Aryan- September 3, 2010 at 7:58 am
He's got a good point..for me to poop on.
Fried Taco- September 3, 2010 at 7:41 am
I wonder if Bas will start singing Baba O'Reilly by the Who...
Ballkick- September 3, 2010 at 7:33 am
@Gerard Gordeau

Yea this guy doesn't know what he's talking about.I live in this guys district and they're about to have a primary and I'm pretty sure he's gonna get voted out.

and therein lies the rub!.....coming up to a political campaign you say?.....and he has latched onto this issue?....and now he's getting publicity from his opposition? Oh! I am so surprised! What a service he is doing for his constituents. This isn't pandering at all.

definitely vote for James Whalen.
Viva Hate- September 3, 2010 at 5:49 am
Never trust a politician and that includes Sonnen.

At least he is actually going to explain himself unlike most of the spinless jellyfish we call politicians.
Shaky- September 3, 2010 at 1:53 am
You just hit the nail on the fucking head!

Are all people in governance this dumb and ignorant?
I guess, pretty much. That's the problem when you think you know better than everybody else and therefore should tell them how to do things.
the goal is NOT violence, that's just a beneficial side-product. The goal is to prove who the better fighter is, taking into account all these various disciplines and philosophies that have been developed over millennia.
Nikloai- September 3, 2010 at 12:44 am
I think he has a point about the violence

I'm not saying mma is about violence! I'm saying the casual fan, which far exceeds the hardcore fans, may see it as only violence cuz they may be just as uneducated as Mr. Reilly

Reilly's argument then becomes, if a large group of people are perceiving mma as just senseless violence (lol the "Just Bleed" guy comes to mind) then maybe watching mma makes people more inclined to be more violent then they would normally be

so again, it has NOTHING to do with what MMA is, it's about how it's being perceived by the casual fans

i happen to agree that people who watch violence will in effect become a little more violent

...but i disagree about a little violence being a bad thing. However, if you're arguing this you will NEVER convince Reilly
Chopyo- September 3, 2010 at 12:32 am
oh yea bob, i guess the purpose of boxing isnt about damaging ur opponent?
TrouserSnout- September 2, 2010 at 10:57 pm
Hey Denog, what the fuck do you think UFC stands for ???
swc52583- September 2, 2010 at 9:54 pm
I'm ashamed to be from the same state as this asshole...this guy is the reason that I can't go to an event in my home state and my friends that are training cant get a fight in their home state this guy need to stfu
Denoginizer- September 2, 2010 at 9:19 pm
These arguments shouldn't be surprising or angering anyone. The only part I hate is calling it 'Ultimate Fighting'. It's such a stupid, dumbed-down way of addressing the sport, and the fact that he switches between mma and Ultimate Fighting is so ignorant.
Denoginizer- September 2, 2010 at 9:18 pm
Bob should tell Jon Fitch that the purpose of MMA is to damage your opponent.
Gerard Gordeau- September 2, 2010 at 9:16 pm
Yea this guy doesn't know what he's talking about.I live in this guys district and they're about to have a primary and I'm pretty sure he's gonna get voted out. James Whalen is pretty much the only guy who supports legalizing mma in New York for obvious reasons. So if you live in this district or know someone who does definitely vote for James Whalen.
Gardeninja- September 2, 2010 at 9:11 pm
Bob Reilly is one of those "guys" who likes to pee sitting down while thumbing through old copy's of Good Housekeeping. "He's" a lifelong pussy who has a hate-on for anything that even whiffs of manliness. I wish someone would spike "his" Geritol with testosterone so "his" ovaries would drop and "he" would finally have a pair.
Ballkick- September 2, 2010 at 8:07 pm
Politicians are like diapers.
They both need changing regularly, and for the same reason.
Nuff said!
fatbellyfrank- September 2, 2010 at 8:01 pm
@ Darciesdaddy, I hope you corrected them and said" No his name is actually Nick Ring"

And yeah, that would make you pause and think if you really want to check this local custom out!
darciesdaddy- September 2, 2010 at 7:48 pm
And mediumrare, I agree. The weak know peace only at the whim of the strong.
darciesdaddy- September 2, 2010 at 7:46 pm
Fatbellyfrank, imagine my confusion when visiting friends in the Philippines, and they asked if I wanted to go to the cock ring.
LSpyker- September 2, 2010 at 7:17 pm
This guy can't think he's gonna win. No one outside of the mma fanbase will watch this, everyone will disagree and he will have gained nothing by doing it.
RPS13- September 2, 2010 at 6:52 pm
thank god he explained mma to me. i wondered what all the fighting was about.
MediumRare- September 2, 2010 at 6:38 pm
We don't have a problem of too much violence in modern western culture. We have a problem of not enough violence - too many modern effeminate men shy away from violence rather than confront it.

Those that can't confront violence are easy prey for predators. A culture with too many of these pussies is easy prey for predatory nations.

Train every man to handle violence and you will see violent crime almost disappear.

And bring back pistol duels. Fuck yes!
Joedirt- September 2, 2010 at 6:18 pm
Bruce... dude... fetus fights... the twin rivalry. Brilliant. PPV ultrasound.