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The Rearview Mirror: Five MMA Trends We Hope To Have Left Behind In 2011

“Listen, I know we’ve had our moments, but before you make your list just hear me out…” (Photo: Gossiboocrew.com)

We’re only a few hours into the new year, but unless your head hit the pillow just as the ball dropped, you’ve probably already carried some of your bad habits with you into 2012. We are creatures of habit, and change doesn’t come naturally to us. If it did, we wouldn’t make such a big production out of our ‘New Year’s Resolutions’. The sport of mixed martial arts and its fans are no different. Here’s a quick look at some of the bad habits we’ve picked up and poor decisions we’ve made over the past 12-months. Let’s hope we can leave them behind in yesteryear.

 

“Faggot”, “Cunty”, Rape Jokes, Etc.

“That’s why pencils have erasers.” (Pic: MMAMania.com)

2011 was a year that pushed the envelope of political correctness, even for a sport largely celebrated for its ‘anything goes’ mojo. After witnessing a gruesome motorboating accident, debating the proper way to address a woman, and being dragged along for Michael Bisping’s one-man homophobia tour, fans heard so many rape jokes that, well, let’s just say they became commonplace.

If I cared about people’s feelings I probably wouldn’t read this site and I certainly would write half of what I do, so don’t look to me to carry the torch for easily offended. And while I also think that it’s certainly not in the best interest of any public figure to use divisive, hateful language, it’s their right to speak their mind and live or die by their words. Lastly, although these incidents have been used by our enemies to suppress our mainstream progress, I don’t think anything short of an in-Octagon death can stop us now.

So why am I opposed to this controversial language? Simple: I don’t want a poor choice of words coming between me and great fights. We’ve already seen one fighter cut, albeit briefly, for an off-color joke, and I don’t want it to happen again. Had the UFC pulled the plug on the Brock experiment after his UFC 100 tirade, we would have missed out on many of the highs and lows of his polarizing career. And just imagine how less interesting the welterweight division would be right now if Diaz’s many past crimes were held against him. If we continue down this road, a major star is going to cross the line and we’ll all be deprived of great fights. That’s why it’s time to draw a line in the sand.

Which brings me to our next item…

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KeithHackneyWindmillPalmStrike- January 2, 2012 at 1:55 pm
I refuse to give up rape jokes and I refuse to read the rest of this article.......I'm going to assume you have Seagal on this list and I refuse to stop talking about Steven Seagal's ancient arts of the deadly stuff
SouthAfricanMMA- January 2, 2012 at 6:40 am
Training partners refusing to scrap in the Octagon.
dannny65- January 2, 2012 at 5:58 am
steven seagal what a bell end
FilmDrunk- January 1, 2012 at 10:46 pm
If we can't at least rally to the defense of Miguel Torres when he says something blatantly non-offensive, the PC police are going to ruin everything. EVERYTHING. Zero tolerance for fake outrage.
Chromium- January 1, 2012 at 7:20 pm
@CP: Oh c'mon, Steven Seagal is pure comedy. What a cunty thing to wish for.
DARKHORSE06- January 1, 2012 at 7:06 pm
Also, I want to see more Segal, not less.
That goofy bastard is just about the best thing I hae going in this crazy world.
DARKHORSE06- January 1, 2012 at 7:02 pm
I wouldn't mind saying adios to:
1. "Hypergonadism."
2. Condom Depot (who the hell needs that many rubbers?)
3. Bedazzled Tap Out T-Shirts.
4. Ben Rothwell because he fucking totally sucks.
5. Cain Velasquez because he's Mexican.
Payday- January 1, 2012 at 6:53 pm
Top ten: multi-page live blogs and articles.
itsgalf- January 1, 2012 at 5:07 pm
I second the notion to leave behind the damn photo viewer
the glza- January 1, 2012 at 4:58 pm
Lol Warsaw!
CrushCo- January 1, 2012 at 4:34 pm
@Danga & Skeletor: Dibs on the Aftermath?
DangadaDang- January 1, 2012 at 4:23 pm
Don't worry skeletor, I'm gonna be here until the day you die, which I will liveblog from your bedside, coincidentally.
cecils_pupils- January 1, 2012 at 3:53 pm
Outgoing Trend: therapeutic use exemptions for TRT
Incoming Trend: eating assloads of horse meat
RwilsonR- January 1, 2012 at 3:23 pm
Pic viewers that don't work with iOS, and barely work on other computers.
...And what Fred said.
skeletor- January 1, 2012 at 2:15 pm
Didn't even think that needed to be said Danga.
Clyde- January 1, 2012 at 1:48 pm
Good call Danga.
DangadaDang- January 1, 2012 at 1:30 pm
Danga.
TheWarsawExpress- January 1, 2012 at 1:25 pm
...if they were called "suprise jokes" people wouldn't get so offended.
Motivated Penn- January 1, 2012 at 1:09 pm
I'll build on your suggestion, Skeletor:
Explaining hype trane derailment as caused by either an adrenaline dump, or gassing, and not an all-out asskicking.

Looking at you Mayhem Miller.
Buster Hyman- January 1, 2012 at 1:04 pm
XENO
Get Off Me- January 1, 2012 at 12:48 pm
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Fried Taco- January 1, 2012 at 12:32 pm
next page > and CAPTCHA
skeletor- January 1, 2012 at 12:23 pm
Fighters claiming they had an "adrenaline dump".
jimbonics- January 1, 2012 at 12:19 pm
Trend #6:
 
Cruddy 'Featured' sections at the top of homepages on MMA sites.
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