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MMA vs. Boxing, Chapter XXXVIII: In Which Bob Arum Calls Us a Bunch of Skinheads and Homosexuals

What’s the best way to get an ancient boxing promoter to go off on a hilariously offensive rant about MMA?  Send a young whippersnapper like Ariel Helwani to a press conference with a microphone and a shirt without a tie, then have him just mention the UFC and watch the bullshit fly.  Following up on Dana White’s shot at the boxing world this week, Arum comes right back with his own attack on MMA, calling it a sport for skinheads who like to see homosexuals rolling around the mat together.  That he said this to Helwani, an ardent MMA-lover who happens to have a shaved head but who also happens to be Jewish (and married, to some poor woman, no less), is what we’re going to go ahead and call poetic justice.

Arum goes on to level all the usual accusations against MMA.  He says the fighters can’t throw a punch or take one, that the audience is all redneck white guys, that the UFC isn’t selling nearly as many pay-per-views as they claim, and that the Charleston will never go out of style (that last one may have just been implied, but you get the point).  Basically it’s nothing you haven’t heard during Thanksgiving dinner at your grandfather’s house, only Arum stops just short of calling the internet a form of black magic.

Of course, he’s wrong about MMA only having white fans, just like he’s wrong about MMA fighters being just a bunch of white dudes with tattoos.  But that’s to be expected.

Bob Arum is 77 years old.  The sport he’s promoting is losing ground to something he doesn’t like or understand, and when he’s confronted with what should be a simple question — will the winner of this big fight face the winner of that other big fight? — the best answer he can come up with is, probably not, I don’t know, it depends on who wins.

That’s boxing’s big problem.  Like DW said, they can’t/won’t give their fans what they want.  Instead they keep throwing fights together that nobody is really dying to see and hoping that what the bout lacks in fan anticipation can be made up for with promoter hype.  That’s why boxing is struggling and MMA is thriving.  It’s not because the skinheads have taken over and, as skinheads are known to do, immediately supplanted real violence with homo-erotic performance art.  It’s because guys like Arum think they can tell fans what they want to see.

And, okay fine, also because we’re all a bunch of racists who somehow also love simulated gay sex so much that we’ll pay $49.95 to see it once a month.  There it is.  God, it actually feels kind of good to get that off my chest.  Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I need to go call my dad and tell him something.

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Fisicoculturismo- September 27, 2011 at 12:47 pm
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UFC fan- September 20, 2009 at 10:57 pm
don't ya just hate being the only guy laughing at your own shit? sad huh?
glenwo2- September 18, 2009 at 11:49 am
UFC fan vs. 831 Son in a Loser-gets-Bob-Arum'ed-up-the-a$$ match.


glenwo2- September 18, 2009 at 11:46 am
Socal Tot Says:
Fri, 09/11/2009 - 15:20
Let's compare boxing and MMA to sex. Boxing is restricted to the missionary position. MMA has the freedom of all positions. I prefer MMA.

>>> So would I. Ummm...Why are you called Socal Tot? Isn't a "Tot" a shortened name for Toddler or something?

Hmmm...did you get your parents' permission before joining this site? LOL.

UFC fan- September 12, 2009 at 7:13 pm
831son the only thing you could cripple is my cock with your mouth! shut your cocksucker little califag.
EDoggFunkMonk- September 12, 2009 at 9:21 am
I have to agree with the homosexual comment. When you see a greased up GSP rolling with another man it makes you want to.... It makes you grab the vaseline and a box of Kleenex.
831 Son- September 11, 2009 at 9:37 pm
Seeing how you are probably a 130 pound little girl, your bitch ass guaranteed cant back up anything you say. Fucking little worm, you wouldn't ever open your little mouth like that in public because you know you would get smashed. Kill yourself and do your parents and the world a favor. Or if you want to man up for once in your life, lets set this up so I can cripple your ass for life.
UFC fan- September 11, 2009 at 9:17 pm
"831 Son Says:
Fri, 09/11/2009 - 15:51

Someone find UFC fan's address so I can go fucking merk that worthless loser."

I have told you before you worthless cunt, you mess with me you die, they wont find the body in all the alligators I would feed your parts too, simple as that , so stop trying to be bad or hardcore you are nothing but cali-trash, and you wont ever be anything more than that, go back to suck-drying those jocks in "your gym" you fucking pussy bitch.
I Hate Bisping- September 11, 2009 at 8:46 pm
He shoots up cars? Why didn't youi come up with something clever to show your racism? Something like,.."Mayweather created his version of the potato launcher. A watermelon launcher. His sales pitch goes,"The Watermelon Launcher, a Gun black people won't run from!""

831 Son- September 11, 2009 at 3:51 pm
Someone find UFC fan's address so I can go fucking merk that worthless loser.
TimReaper87- September 11, 2009 at 3:39 pm
Let Rampage hit him see if they can throw lol
BackbaconBilly- September 11, 2009 at 3:25 pm
Grandpa Arum, that shifty eyed bastard looks like he just dropped the kids off in his depends, man has no clue about anything outside of boxing!
Socal Tot- September 11, 2009 at 3:20 pm
Let's compare boxing and MMA to sex. Boxing is restricted to the missionary position. MMA has the freedom of all positions. I prefer MMA.
Clyde- September 11, 2009 at 1:45 pm
Who else would love to see a boxer getting clinched by Anderson Silva and then hear Bob talk about taking a punch? There's more than one way to skin a cat, just because you're still using a piece if jagged flint to make the cut, doesn't mean the rest of us can't use these opposeable thumbs and make something better.

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to shave my head and have the gay sex while not buying PPV boxing.
Richard Fitzentite- September 11, 2009 at 1:40 pm
Attention old, racist, boxing nutthuggers...what does the MMA community call it when you put on boxing gloves? Answer: Practice. I'm pretty sure most boxers would not be able to take a punch if they were getting hit with 2oz gloves instead of the throw pillows that they are used to.
Jesus Frijoles- September 11, 2009 at 1:39 pm
All this from one of the two major figures that have ruined boxing. I am a little older than a lot of you guys and can actually remember when boxing was popular, champions defended their titles and contenders contended for a title shot. Along comes this fuckheaded old racist prick and the spawn of Satan himself, Don King. Pretty soon we had fifteen different sanctioning bodies, 35 weight classes, and fixed fights galore. Everybody took their worthless belts and went off in the corner never to fight a quality contender again.Boxiing has no one to blame but themselves for the loss of their audience. No one will pay to see tomato cans getting knocked down by "champions" that wouldnt be qualified to suck Marvin Haglers dick, let alone fight him.Christ Bob, die already. Go get a shave and have one of your mob budies slit your fucking corrupt, crepe paper throat. YOU killed a sport I loved,now live with it you greedy old fuck.
Sneaky Pete- September 11, 2009 at 1:19 pm
Hey, I still like boxing. There's the minor fact that there's fifty belts, and I can care less about any of the 'fighters' holding any of them. Oh, and the corruption. I love it when a fighter clearly wins and their opponent gets the unanimous decision.

There's nothing transparent about the world of boxing. It's a bunch of old dudes in smokey back rooms putting matches together to try to squeeze as much money out of an event. There is no real attempt to put the best fighter up against the best fighter.

Contrast that to Joe Silva. If you have two fighters with unbeaten records, guess what? They're going to fight. He does attempt to protect fighters at times, but at the top, you know the best will fight all real up-and-comers. I love that.

But, I still will watch boxing for the same reason I'd watch judo, or bjj tournaments. But MMA is the chess to their checkers.
UFC fan- September 11, 2009 at 1:14 pm
He is so right. I don't see any Blacks in MMA and no Mexicans or puerto ricans, all I see are crackhead whiteys with tats on meth running around having homosex in a ring! No one will take MMA serious, and there wont EVER be a NIGGER in the whitehouse..........oops uh Bob we have a problem!
Joeykk- September 11, 2009 at 1:09 pm
Following this interview Bob Arum was escorted to a big white van, where he was taken to Old Hags Retirement home. He is currently living there receiving his daily sponge baths, scrabble games, and beatings from the staff.
richorama- September 11, 2009 at 12:14 pm
old people ftw
Komodo- September 11, 2009 at 12:13 pm
Wow... he was on a good roll, but then turned into a monumental fuckhead.
Fuck that crusty fuck.
virpz- September 11, 2009 at 12:10 pm
Ariel as an ectomorph u look pretty bad. 4 liters of water, 1kg of chicken breast, 1/2 kg of sweet potatoes on a daly basis. warm up banging big ass hot chick and workout 3 to 4 days per week. 3 months and u should look much better.
Lysol- September 11, 2009 at 12:07 pm
Smitty Says:
Fri, 09/11/2009 - 10:21
When they call us "THE blacks"..........that's one of my favorites!!! Funny shit!

Smitty, what are you doing here? You're black, presumably straight and presumably with hair. You clearly don't watch MMA, because stereotypes are always true.
Viva Hate- September 11, 2009 at 11:08 am
"Back in my day boxing was for real men, the micks and the i-talians to beat each other up and we did not let no coloreds get in the way until the trouble maker Ali came along an raised some cane. Boxers didnt need gloves when I was a kid because they were tough and rugged not like MMA which is for the gays! Back in my day I would walk through 20 feet up snow, up hill, both ways, bare foot, and half naked to watch Gene Tunney fight, thats the way it was and we liked it."

I found that missing tidbit from the interview as well.
J-Dog- September 11, 2009 at 10:59 am
MMA is really the evolution of combat sports. I USED to be a big boxing fan. That is, until I discovered MMA. Then I totally forgot about boxing. I watched too many boxing fights take almost a fucking HOUR to get through (12 rounds plus breaks), with very little action. What a snooze-fest boxing is! MMA is so far superior in all regards.

That dinosaur Arum is a racist, closed-minded idiot. I like how he says Dana is his good buddy and he has all this respect for him. I bet dana would give him a big "fuck you" straight to his face.

On a final note, at first sight I didn't really like Helwani. He has grown on me a ton. That guy is a very slick speaker, he rarely hesitates, rarely says "uh"... he knows his game and he's very sharp. I like how he didn't pause for one second when he was offended and he put it right in that guy's face "hey I find that offensive". Good for him. Mad respect for Helwani!