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(Video courtesy HDNet/InsideMMA)

On tonight’s episode of HDNet’s Inside MMA, the guest panel is shown an inflammatory clip from New York Assemblyman, Bob Reilly, in which the oblivious councillor compares "Ultimate Fighting" to dogfighting and prostitution, and let’s just say the guests are not impressed.

Before we get to that, here’s what Reilly’s latest bout of verbal diarrhea contained:

"Wait! Let’s have dogfighting and make money. We could make money off of dogfighting. We might make more money off of dogfighting than we could make out of human fighting. We certainly could make money off of prostitution as they do in Nevada. We don’t want prostitution here and we don’t want dogfighting here and we don’t want Ultimate Fighting here."

First of all, we already know that human fighting makes more than dogfighting. Ask Floyd Mayweather what he made for his last fight. Why aren’t they going after boxing?

Secondly, Reilly is a bit confused if he thinks that the biggest motivation for the hoards of MMA supporters is money. How much do any of you stand to make if New York okays MMA in the state? I know I’m not going to make a cent from it.

Thirdly, what does prostitution have to do with the argument? It’s like Reilly is trying to lump the two together to demonstrate that anything that comes out of Sin City, like the UFC, must be morally wrong.

I’m shocked that he hasn’t tried to inject religion into the debate.

Now for the panel’s response.

UFC color analyst Joe Rogan hit the nail on the head after watching Reilly try to explain his ridiculous analogy.

"That is the dumbest argument,"  Rogan says." Dogfighting and prostitution?"

HDNet and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says he has received equally idiotic emails from Reilly and that the senator simply just can’t be reasoned with.

"Let me tell you how full of shit this guy is. He’s emailed me a bunch of times and he says, ‘Mark, I’m shocked that you support MMA.’ I’m like, Are you kidding me? I’m a big fan." He’s like, ‘It must be just about the money,’ Cuban explains. "I’m like, ‘Look, I’m not gonna lie, it’s good for my business, but have you watched it? Do you understand it at all?’ He’s like, ‘Let me tell you what I really don’t like…’ It wasn’t all the money shit that he was talking about. He was like, ‘It promotes violence and kids are gonna go out and beat the hell out of each other and it’s gonna increase violence."

If MMA is legalized in New York, kids are not going to be any more exposed to the sport than if it isn’t. It’s up to parents to decide what their kids are watching on TV and if they decide to take a kid to an MMA event, that’s up to them.

I played hockey and watched the sport religiously growing up and I saw some pretty terrible violence over the years while following the NHL, but never once did I go out and crosscheck an opposing player from behind or two-hand a guy over the head with my stick because I knew it was wrong.

MMA is not an illicit activity outside of a few states and kids train in the sport across the world every day. Taking away people’s right to watch, compete in, or even report on the sport in their home state is unconstitutional. Not everyone likes porn, cigarettes or alcohol, but we have the right to choose whether or not we partake in them. That’s the freedom of living in a country like America.

Rogan takes the argument right out of my head and summarized the sentiment better than I could have.

"This is a stupid argument. That guy’s anti-American. Anyone who wants to keep you from doing what you want to do, that’s anti-personal freedom," Rogan says. "That’s fucking disgusting."

Tonight’s episode airs at 9:00 pm ET on HDNet, right before MFC 26: Retribution.

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Dick Renegade- February 4, 2011 at 7:19 pm
@Seoul Brother:

Listen, chief, I happen to live in Clifton Park, so let me set the record straight for you: this so called "redneck mecca" you speak of has both a Wal-Mart AND a Target, not to mention a combo Taco Bell/Long John Silver's. We even have several non-white residents. Also, as you may have been able to ascertain, we also have the MOTHERFUCKING INTERNET (as of late 2010). Who's the redneck NOW?
Seoul Brother- September 12, 2010 at 11:39 am
@Chute Box Bad Boy: I wouldn't do that to even Mumbles. At least start him off on some Bob Arum wings and ribs and then present him with a main course of salted Bob Reilly cracka-ass-crackas.

You want a good laugh? Go to Clifton Park's website (hxxp:// I thought I was being punked with that site much like Landover Baptist or ChristWire. If Christopher Guest or Mike Judge wanted to make a mockumentary about a redneck mecca, they could do far worse than Clifton Park. With Bob Reilly as the resident tranny bordello madam.
Chute Box Bad Boy- September 11, 2010 at 7:52 pm
I would feed his bitch ass to mumbles.
825IVER- September 11, 2010 at 8:09 am
last time i seen rogan lose his cool was on fear factor.
Abidon- September 11, 2010 at 2:49 am
"We don't want prostitution here"

Yeah there is no prostitution in NY...
smiledriver- September 10, 2010 at 11:23 pm
Now now the distinguished gentleman from New York is using the best arguments that 1994 had to offer.

What a chowderhead.
Clinch that stole Christmas- September 10, 2010 at 9:17 pm

spot on.

how can this guy champion the anti MMA movement but not champion the anti war movement?

Seoul Brother- September 10, 2010 at 8:55 pm
@Randle: No, that would be what Reilly calls "pressing the flesh" or meeting his constituents.
Randle McMurphy- September 10, 2010 at 7:58 pm
You associate prostitution with mostly naked men laying on each other.
Seoul Brother- September 10, 2010 at 7:02 pm
Bob Reilly is one of those rare examples of a bipedal homonid that masquerades as a fully evolved homo sapiens. In reality, a genetics test will easily determine that his immediate family involves a chimpanzee, a turkey baster, a ziploc baggie, and a case of PBR.

ASSemblyman Bob Reilly's page can be found at hxxp://

His office info in Clifton Park is there, but if you want some info on what a fucked up podunk hick mecca it is, check this out: hxxp://

Brothers and Sisters of the Potato Nation, cry motherfucking havoc and let slip the dogs of war on this jackass.
BrutusBox- September 10, 2010 at 4:34 pm
+1 @ thrashingmad
ThrashingMad- September 10, 2010 at 4:26 pm
Someone needs to show Bob Reilly Nate Diaz, and ask him if this guy wasn't an MMA fighter, could you really see him doing anything other than robbing gas stations?
Miles- September 10, 2010 at 3:50 pm
The still-shot they have for that video before you play it is fuckin priceless, shows how disgusted they all were better than their words do.
Ballkick- September 10, 2010 at 3:39 pm
Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy.
jimbonics- September 10, 2010 at 3:11 pm
How many pro wrestling events have been held in NY? Because that shit isn't violent at all and kids NEVER try to imitate that stuff.

And yeah, since the canuck had to bring up hockey, disband the NY Rangers. That's bare-knuckle MMA on ice skates. Plus they suck.
SumDumGuy- September 10, 2010 at 2:56 pm
give fried taco and rwr a t-shirt cp!!!
RwilsonR- September 10, 2010 at 2:51 pm
Anyone know what district Bob Reilly represents? We should start a grass-roots campaign to have Ben run against Bob Reilly in the next election. The qualifications seem pretty straight forward:

"In order to be a member of either house of the New York legislature, one must be a citizen of the United States, a resident of the state of New York for at least five years, and a resident of the district for at least one year prior to election."
fastfoodandbeer- September 10, 2010 at 2:37 pm
If Bob Reilly doesn't want to promote violence then maybe he should try to implement bans on New York residence from joining the military, violent military themed video games from being sold in New York stores, any news story that speaks of our wars and military presence in just about every country around the world, any news story that talks about how we dropped bombs over cities and violent gun battles with insurgents, and maybe he should try to stop any New York state tax money from going toward military spending. If he's so worried about what MMA promotes for violence and what kind of message it sends to kids, if a sport where two people agree to test each other's skills in the form of disciplined martial arts and agree to stop when the other has been submitted or knocked out, then why isn't he a part of the out cry of senseless killing of human beings who we are influenced to hate by government and media? I don't know, seems like he's an idiot.
Fried Taco- September 10, 2010 at 2:33 pm
I think Reilly came up with the prostitution angle after watching Nick Lenz and Gray Maynard "fight". There wasn't any real violence, just mostly naked men laying on each other.
dranokills- September 10, 2010 at 2:33 pm
this guy is a senator he couldn't fight an urge to rape a small boy. he has no concept of what MMA really is.
brain- September 10, 2010 at 2:33 pm
What an asshat.
Kid Clam Curtains- September 10, 2010 at 2:31 pm
Mark Cuban has a wicked good tan.
PortlandMMA- September 10, 2010 at 2:08 pm
Well I train NFL because I play Madden constantly.
Denny Slim607- September 10, 2010 at 2:03 pm
I love when people refer to MMA as Ultimate Fighting. They are like the people who say "Let's train UFC." LOL

And I agree with GILL-uh-TEEN

I just picked up a new car, I'm going to go train F-1.
GILL-uh-TEEN- September 10, 2010 at 1:55 pm
I don't think you should be able to voice your opinion until you've demonstrated that you understand the topic. Reilly doesn't understand MMA, so his opinion doesn't matter. If he'd go to a few gyms and an event or two, then his opinion would matter.

He's a politician, he thinks his opinion is gold even when he's uninformed... what's new...