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Prepare yourselves, Potato Nation. What you are about to see in the above video from MyFox New York is not like anything you’ve ever seen. Unless you’ve seen MMA before. In that case, yeah, it’s pretty much the same thing you’ve seen before. Still, it shocks the hell out of this Fox affiliate. They found it so deplorably violent they went ahead and added bullwhip sound effects to it. That should solve it. Oh, and did they mention that one guy works for the MTA? His eye is swollen. Now you know why the G train is never running.

Funny thing is, I’ve actually attended this underground fight series before. It was at a gym in Queens (represent!), and aside from being amateurish (which is what you expect from amateur fighters), it was a pretty normal night of MMA fights.

Now, we could go back and forth about whether this kind of unlicensed, unsanctioned event is keeping MMA illegal in New York, or whether keeping it unlicensed and unsanctioned is only making inevitable events like these needlessly dangerous, but I’d rather not have that discussion. Instead I’d rather discuss news outlets that want an excuse to show violence, while still managing to look down their collective noses at a sensationalized, edited, voiced-over version of the sport of MMA.

What’s next, Fox? Reporting about how bad porn is while showing porn?

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Jay Blaze- October 12, 2008 at 11:15 pm
Anyone else notice that the poster says it takes place in Queens but the news reports it was in Bx? Yeeeaaaahhhh anywayz, I wanna get in on this action, I'm a aspiring Mixed Martial Artist. But yeah, if Boxing is legal, wrestling is leagal, and kids can checc each other on the ice playing hockey, why not MMA? Its damn near a culmination of all these sports. Better than "professional" wrestling.
airipsus- September 11, 2008 at 4:34 pm
put a bra on ya cunt this aint a 70's femenist rally
knightrida- September 11, 2008 at 4:20 am
Queens represent!!!
KTFO- September 11, 2008 at 3:28 am
Man, that guy's eye was hurt, that would never happen in boxing. Oh, and the guy worked for the MTA, did you know that?
Derly- September 11, 2008 at 3:04 am
Whoever called this poor journalism is wrong. This is great they accomplished their goal. Which was to get people's attention by showing how brutal things get. No it's not good for the sport, but really I know a lot of people who would love that video and completely agree with it.

And yea of course the underground fight clubs feel scummy. Especially when this underground league has very few rules. This is where I agree with Narcisist, because I thought it was horrible when they started to tell the reporter how few regulations they put in their league. These seem like the guys that are decked out in Affliction, getting too drunk, and trying to fight everyone at the bar so they can be just like their favorite fighters. Instead they found someone with a ring and a basement they could use.
Narcisist- September 11, 2008 at 1:14 am
Where the hell is the Contact page? You guys can see my E-mail we need to talk shop I didnt know you SOBs were from NYC. I should have known the second the humor made sense to me...

Someone here E-mail ME!!!!!! Narcisist
Narcisist- September 11, 2008 at 1:11 am
You know what everyone here blasting the reporters needs to blast the morons who are here telling the reporters that Headbutts are allowed. How the hell did anyone think this was a good idea to tell Fox Five News of the underground spot?

Did they think they were going to come in and tell all of NYC how great it is? WTF!

People here still call it ultimate Fighting for Christs sakes, you want MMA to become legal this is the best way to keep it illegal. The UFC is trying to keep its name away from $hit like this because of that. Didnt anyone think about what would happen to the guy from the MTA he is F#$%ed and his pension is now done if any of his supervisors see this.

I love MMA and its upsetting that in the greatest City in the world its not legal but this wont help us. keep it quiet do shit on the low.

itsyourboyerik- September 11, 2008 at 12:38 am
wahhhhhh video doesn't work anymore!
Flyweight- September 10, 2008 at 11:29 pm
Don't worry. Fox is looking out for your best interests.
mmmiles- September 10, 2008 at 11:28 pm
I think it's better that these things go on as they are until there is proper regulation.

For one, it is a strong incentive to regulate it - as long as you can get that idea at the table that is.
Furthermore, from an economic point of view, creating demand creates more demand. If these fight weren't going on, the sport would not be growing the same way in NY, and with growth comes opportunities. If a legitimate boxing promoter, for instance, sees money in an MMA event, pressure for regulation could start coming from different directions.

That being said, there's always a dirty feel to unregulated MMA. Yeah, it really is dangerous, and the cost of a serious accident could be enormous, from a PR point of view.
Andrew- September 10, 2008 at 11:27 pm
Gotta love the sound effects they throw in. Remnds me of a 60's Batman episode. KAPOW! BLAM! BOOM!
Ronny Z- September 10, 2008 at 11:11 pm
Let Me Guess! My Fox New York is having a slow news day, and they need some to spike up ratings. What we have here is another example of how today's media is blurring the line between news and entertainment. In their quest to give us infotainment, the quality of journalism is going down. It's all about the money, and there's plenty of flip-flopping in the mainstream press that needs to called out of the carpet.
shitwhistle- September 10, 2008 at 10:40 pm
Yeah, that's pretty bad. I can't imagine that's the first time that chick saw MMA.
The fact that one's a dentist, one's a MTA employee, one's a butcher, a baker, a candlestick maker.... that only shows how normal it is. Normal dudes who like gay foreplay, err, I mean fighting.
It's competition, for shit's sake. It's not like any of these adults are being forced to do this.
Anonymous- September 10, 2008 at 10:14 pm

lol that was sad...
Anonymous- September 10, 2008 at 9:49 pm
They seem to be looking at MMA through as though its the real life version of the movie Fight Club.

Poor journalism - but then again, it's Fox, and they're not in the journalism business, they're in the business business.
Trey- September 10, 2008 at 9:39 pm
I cannot believe this crap! It is like MMA just came out... WTF? All i can say is i really hope the nation rubs off on New York, just a tad bit... and they call the south a bunch of dipshits!!! Get with it! Hey BG, how's it hangin?