John McCain made headlines when he called mixed martial arts “human cockfighting,” and that label has unfairly stuck. When anyone actually examines the facts about MMA instead of just listening to the sound bites of whiny old men and scared mothers, it’s plain to see that MMA is not the brutal, inhuman spectacle that its characterized as. While it’s true that it is not a sport for the faint of heart – it is still first and foremost a combat sport about physical domination – MMA is actually far safer than boxing, and even safer than America’s favorite sport, football. MMA has only one death in the ring (Douglas Dedge, in 1998) and that was due to a pre-existing heart condition, not due to injuries sustained in the ring. Just since 1998 over 70 boxers and 62 football players have died, and the rate of catastrophic injury was much higher as well. Both football and boxing have a far higher rate of brain trauma, paralysis, and facial disfigurement. MMA does not deserve the “human cockfighting” label, so don’t be afraid to wear your MMA shirt with pride. MMA is a controlled fury, and Total Domination can easily be achieved without permanent injury.

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