I’m off to the Licensing show today so limited posting.
BUT BEFORE I GO, I wanted to address the controversy over my TUF coverage over the past few months. I’m not sorry I did it, and would do it again, but it was very time consuming, and I do think my efforts in the future should be directed towards the main focus of this blog, namely, “nerd news you can use.” I really enjoyed Rafael Kayanan’s very knowledgeable commentary, however, he need to do that regularly somewhere.
Why did I do it? Well I have been an MMA fan for a while, and I have always liked the fighting, whether it was boxing or a HK martial arts flick, and this is a compelling real world application of that. Like many people, I naturally segued into it when the WWE began to lose me. Not that the UFC is an “exhibition” like pro wrestling. These fighters are real athletes who must train to get to world level, and I respect that. Also, I love pro wrestling, but the injuries and death are beginning to get me down. Believe it or not, for a “real bloodsport” MMA is a lot safer than wrestling. There are injuries and broken bones here and there, but nothing like the wholesale physical destruction wrestlers deliberately subject themselves to. I was greatly saddened by the death of Sherri Martel just the other day. She was only 49, and the cause of death is not known but any way you slice it, that’s way too soon. Beat pal Shane Helms is at home for a year with a broken neck, and he’s just lucky to be walking. (Get well soon, Sugar Shane!) It’s all sad. I know MMA has its problems, too just like any sport, but the competitors aren’t quite as fucked up…yet. (Yes I heard about Gracie. I’m reserving judgement.)
Anyhoo, I set myself the task of recapping TUF as a bit of a writing test to see if I could do that kind of narrative. I think I learned a little, and I know Mike Baron enjoyed it, so case closed.
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