Thursday, 26 March 2009

MMA going mainstream?

Well, the fact that I came across this article on the Telegraph's website testifies to this idea that Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is becoming more and more mainstream. The journalist who wrote this article about TUF (The Ultimate Fighter) coming to the UK has "recently added" MMA to his portfolio. Probably due to the anticipated increase in demand.

So for those who don't know (I didn't) TUF is a reality game show based on MMA. Sure we've seen Pop Idol, Strictly Come Dancing,  Dancing on Ice: all 'reality' based shows whereby contestants are on subsequent weeks knocked out. Well watch out UK, the contestants on TUF9 may well be getting completely knocked out!


Sue C said...

I read this article from the Telegraph and I have to say the whole thing leaves a bit of a sour taste in my mouth. The whole idea of this kind of contest goes against the principles and ethos of martial arts to me. I get the feeling these guys just want to slug it out with each other to prove who's the toughest.

I'm not against the concept of practicing more than one martial art which I suppose by definition makes you a mixed martial artist but the concept of 'ultimate fighter' goes against the grain for me. I think they should re-name themselves mixed combat fighters (MCF) and leave martial arts to true believers.

Littlefair said...

I think you're right: it's gladiatorial and they DO want to slug it out to see who is toughest!

Whether it should be labelled as a 'martial art' is certainly a moot point. I mean there is the noble art of boxing a martial art? This is also a pugilistic style where the aim of the game is to get the opponent on their backs.

What do you think?

Sue C said...

Since I've learnt some sparring I have a bit more understanding and respect for the sport of boxing than I did before. However, by definition it isn't 'martial'. To me it's just a sport.