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The UFC’s New York Seduction Drive: Day 1


(Human cockfighters: They’re just like us!)

According to this New York Times article, today marks the beginning of the UFC’s public campaign to legalize MMA in New York State. Eleven years after it was banned by killjoy governor George Pataki, Zuffa has launched MMAFacts.com to massage NY lawmakers into realizing that MMA is safe family entertainment. And at no small cost: Prior to the launch of the site, Zuffa made a $25,000 donation to the state Democratic party, hired a political consulting firm used by current New York governor Eliot Spitzer for media relations, and has had the $10,000/month Albany lobbying firm Brown, McMahon & Weinraub on retainer since November.

Anyway, take a gander at the site, which combines positive news coverage (“Associated Press: Anheuser-Busch ad deal is milestone for Ultimate Fighting”), original fluff pieces (“MMA Events Draw Tourism and Tax Revenue to Host Cities”), explanations of the sport’s honorable history, and good old-fashioned charticles. But the best part is the athlete profile page, where dudes like Keith Jardine, Kenny Florian, and Joe Lauzon — awkwardly stuffed into button-down shirts — try to explain that MMA fighters are just as educated as you are, if not more so, and don’t turn to the sport because they can’t do anything else. (Lauzon’s an IT guy!) But unlike the other guys in their office-ready wear, Matt Lindland keeps it real in his IFL jersey. It’s very possible that no photos of him wearing collared shirts actually exist.


(Top to bottom: Most Likely to Succeed, Best Smile, Ugliest)

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Noah- March 9, 2008 at 9:48 pm
What the hell was I thinking? I obviously meant "Top 10" in my first post, not "10 ten"!
Noah- March 9, 2008 at 9:46 pm
I just found the "Ugliest mugs in MMA" list, but I don't think a top ten list does that category justice. The Cagepotato staff should regroup on this, a top 30 would be easy to come up with!
Noah- March 9, 2008 at 9:42 pm
I thought that Jardine might win the ugliest award, but he's surprisingly normal looking when he isn't busy looking like trailer trash. Matt Lindland, you are the champion. I'm about to search the website, but is there a "10 tep ugliest fighters" list? That could easily be made into a top 20 or even 30 list for that matter!

Another good list, if it hasn't already been made, would be the "10 ten fighters who look like nerds but could kick your ass" list. Just throwing some ideas out there.
Todd- March 9, 2008 at 6:42 pm
I think Jardine's picture is a particular highlight.
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