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Arbitrary Punishment of Fighters

“You should have known better than to try to cheat the system, and frankly I’m a little disappointed in you.” (Photo: DissectMMA.com)

If it isn’t clear to you why some fighters are given slaps on the wrist while others get fired for virtually identical behavior, allow me to spell it out for you: M-O-N-E-Y. Your top-level mixed martial artists are valuable, proven commodities, while your lower-tier competitors are wholly expendable. To be fair, it makes sense. It’s the same reason that your boss can stroll into the office twenty minutes late, but you’ll get fired the first time you burn someone’s fries.

To a certain degree, I don’t care if they ban someone for a failed drug test or give them a new bag of needles, as long as the punishment is uniform. The same goes for deliberate fouls, excessive trash talk, criminal charges, etc. When one person gets away with it, the rest of the group assumes they get a free pass as well, but that’s hardly the case. And as we’ve seen in the cases of Torres, Fitch, and Karo, punishments are as easily reversed as they are arbitrarily instated.

We have a clear list of do’s and don’ts for behavior inside the cage, along with a list of punishments for those crimes. Is it a perfect system? No, but at least all of the cards are on the table and both fighters and fans know what to expect when someone runs afoul of the rules. A similar set of rules for actions outside of the cage would be a welcome change as well. I’m not suggesting that the UFC start micro-managing fighters, controlling what they do and say until we have hundreds of perfectly respectable GSP-clones walking the straight and narrow. But I am in favor of the UFC deciding what is important to them, taking a few minutes to jot it down, and drawing a behavioral-line in that sand so that fighters and fans alike can know when it’s been crossed.

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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
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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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