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Is MMA Having the Best Week Ever?

There’s been a rash of MMA coverage in traditional media recently, and while it’s not always favorable — or respectful, or accurate in any way — every little bit helps, right? Here’s some of what unsuspecting non-fans have been exposed to as of late…

— Last night’s episode of Lewis Black’s Root of All Evil on Comedy Central focused on “Ultimate Fighting” vs. blogging, with comedians Andy Daly and Patton Oswalt debating which activity is more offensive. Watch the above video for Lewis Black’s opening statements, and click here to see Andy Daly’s really, really, really, incredibly lame condemnation of the sport. From the repeated use of the phrase “Ultimate Fighting” instead of “MMA,” to the bizarre/hostile fantasy of Kimbo Slice being choked with his own intestines, it’s the kind of retardedly uninformed outsider commentary that makes Fowlkes’s forehead vein pop out. (As for the MMA vs. bloggers debate, they’re both equally worthless, and I cry myself to sleep every night while cuddling my filthy dog.)

— Today, the New York Times published a feature on cauliflower ear, and how it’s become a badge of honor for practitioners of “mixed martial arts or ultimate fighting” (hey, progress!). Let me just say first that the NYT is always late to the party with their trend pieces, and by the time they inform their elderly readers about what’s so hot right now, the kids have stopped doing it completely. So you should expect this whole cauliflower ear thing to fall out of fashion any day now. The article’s actually kind of interesting, although it does contain one very FAIL-worthy passage:

With minimal subtlety, cauliflower ear announced itself to a national audience during a Saturday night broadcast on CBS on May 31, when a British fighter’s ear exploded in a shower of blood and pus. The match was stopped as a technical knockout, causing no small controversy among fans, rival promoters and some mixed martial arts officials.

The declared victor, Kimbo Slice, had been promoted as the star of the show. The loser, James Thompson, who had been winning on the scorecard, insisted he was ready to continue despite his bloodied ear. In hindsight, some considered the size of his ear and the volume of its gush suspicious. One popular theory held that his ear had been pumped full of blood for dramatic effect.

Word? How popular could that theory really have been, if in all the coverage of the incident on news sites, blogs, and message boards, it was never once suggested by anybody? Blood doping on your cauliflower ear? Dude, no. Though we give the Gray Lady props for suggesting that their readers watch this video.

— Speaking of the Times, Randy Couture‘s autobiography Becoming the Natural (written with Sherdog‘s Loretta Hunt) will debut at #33 on the New York Times bestseller list on August 10th. Randy will be doing an in-store book signing today at the Las Vegas Barnes & Noble, starting at 7 p.m.

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Bootylam!- August 4, 2008 at 7:57 pm
Black and Oswalt are funny but FUCK THEM! For short, fat, non-threatening pussies who probably grew up in the suburbs or a close knit community it's easy to have opinions like that. For someone who had to worry about even walking out the door, my opinion is going to be just a little more well formed than theirs. Pseudo intellectuals like them don't accept the fact that fighting is just as much a part of us as our dicks. Go get fatter, softer, and keep hoping they don't stop having roasts on Comedy Central.
mmmmm..cauliflower- July 31, 2008 at 1:55 am
i wanted to chew on his ear til it popped like my favorite snack...gushers. of course, he is british, so it would probably be bland.
Fedor Emelianenko instructional DVD- July 30, 2008 at 10:05 pm
I have to admit that Thompson's ear during his fight with Kimbo indeed looked mesmerizing... :)
Steven- July 30, 2008 at 8:32 pm
The Root of All Evil is a somewhat mediocre show -- which is sad, because Lewis Black is a very funny guy -- but MMA fans *have* to learn to laugh at themselves in public more easily. Being ridiculed on national television is the epitome of becoming mainstream.
rob enderle- July 30, 2008 at 7:43 pm
Ok, so Thompson didnt inject extra blood for more special effect but has ANY blog ever asked anyone at Elite how they couldnt foresee this happening considering how huge the ear was?
No one even brought it up? C'mon, that is ridiculous.

Maybe they didnt pump him full of blood but this little 'oops we forgot' served as great backup in case JT didnt fall down 20seconds into the fight like he was supposed to.

i dont buy for a second the syringe story but that Elite let him fight instead of having it looked at by a doctor is also very unlikely unless they wanted an easy out for Kimbo.
Im surprised they didnt break JT's legs and have him fight in a wheelchair.
Jeffro- July 30, 2008 at 7:36 pm
What about, "Baby, you make me wish I had three hands."
Cauliflower Ear- July 30, 2008 at 7:30 pm
The person who wrote the NY Time article is an idiot. I agree with Scott, most cauliflower ear comes from wrestling, but the writer doesn't mention that.

And to think JT syringed his ear up with extra blood? ridiculous.
Scott- July 30, 2008 at 7:15 pm
"Is your son into mixed martial arts? Check his ears." - sounds like some poorly thought out drug PSA.

This is pathetic. While there are people who embrace the look, very few people actually want cauliflower ear from training. If you notice, the people in the article are all dumbass high school kids.

Everyone that I know who does BJJ and is susceptible to cauliflower ear wears head gear. And why is this concentrated on MMA? Wrestling in high school is a huge cause of cauliflower ear.
Geerad- July 30, 2008 at 7:14 pm
You forgot "SCREW YOU!!!" as he sinks the massive drill bit into Benny's torso.
a. silva's heatseeking missiles- July 30, 2008 at 6:57 pm
Sorry, the best quotes from Total Recall are:

1) Honey, let's go to Mars. ---->Arnold

2) You blew my cuvva!!------> Arnold going fucking crazy in that mind chair

3) Ahghaghgaghahahghaghaghaghaghaghhhahahahafhaghaghagag-----> Arnold

4) Quaid....... Quaid..........--------> James Thompson's ear

5) Consider daat a divorce--------> Arnold
Jimbo Slash- July 30, 2008 at 6:52 pm
I thought the Root of All Evil show was hilarious.
captain asshammer- July 30, 2008 at 6:48 pm
wow lewis black you are fucking hilarious
Noah- July 30, 2008 at 6:46 pm
Three best quotes from Total Recall:

1) The Dome will crack! - Weird mullet man with glasses

2) See you at the party Richter! - Ahnold, who else?

3) Who is it this time, my mother? - If I have to tell you, you are lame.
Earl- July 30, 2008 at 6:34 pm
I kept waiting for Thompson's ear to start pleading with Quaid to join the Martian revolution. "Quaid. Quaid. Start the reactor. Free Mars!"
xocgx- July 30, 2008 at 6:32 pm
It's important to note that the NY Times is known for its accuracy in World/National reporting...not American trends/sports...

think of the times' perspective on the sport as what the average american who knows NOTHING about MMA would think.

Of course, didn't we see mainstream SPORTS papers/mags/shows talking about MMA the same way 2-3 years ago?
Anonymous- July 30, 2008 at 6:13 pm
That guy makes me want to vote Republican
ME- July 30, 2008 at 6:03 pm
I agree, I read many website and blogs on MMA and not once did I see any that thought his bloodied ear was a setup
Anonymous- July 30, 2008 at 5:55 pm