(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.