Those of you who have followed this blog for a while know my roots. You know that I come from another blog that was mainly about MMA. Well, I kind of got out of watching Mixed Martial Arts for a while, but lately I have gotten back into it and things are as exciting as ever so I was talking to Tactix the other night and I asked him if he was cool with me starting a weekly column about what is going on in the world of MMA. This is not simply going to be a UFC news column. I am also going to cover Bellator and any other smaller organizations. Basically if it is important to the sport I am going to cover it. So let me jump right in to what I have found interesting the past couple weeks.
On March 16 at UFC 158 Georges St-Pierre took on and destroyed Nick Diaz in a unanimous decision. While this was one of the most anticipated fights to hit the UFC for a very long time, the fight itself ended up not being the biggest story out of that night. GSP came to the cage wearing his Gi like always but the difference from every other fight was what was on his martial arts uniform. It included the rising sun symbol. This caught the eye of what some call an up and coming young fighter named Chan Sung Jung. Now the reason I discredit the “up and coming young fighter” title is because the “Korean Zombie” as he is known has been around and popular for a few years now. He is not up and coming he is just newer to UFC. Well, Jung saw the Rising Sun symbol and was understandably offended. For those of you who don’t know why he would be offended by something that you see quite often in America, please allow me to give you a short history lesson. Under Japanese Militarism many horrible things have been done to many Asian countries. People have been wrongfully imprisoned, tortured, even killed and it is something that is almost swept under the rug by most people. In an open letter written by Jung to GSP he explained that the Rising Sun symbol is much like the German Hakenkreuzflagge (Swastika flag of the Third Reich). GSP and Hyabusa Fightwear, the makers of the Gi, have since apologized for the use of the symbol and have vowed not to use it again in upcoming fights. As of right now the controversy is laid to rest.
The other bit of interesting news that has come out of the MMA world over the past two weeks happened March 23rd when the World Series of Fighting took place in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Again the prime story of the night came from the main event of the night, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson vs. Andre “The Pitbull” Arlovski. The New Jersey State Athletic Commission went on and on about the WSOF getting a new canvas and corner pads, so much so that they almost canceled the show if they didn’t get new ones. That little issue was fixed and the fight was given the go ahead to continue. Most of the night went great, no big deal. The first round of the main event is where things took a turn for the worse. At 5:03 of the first round “Rumble” hit “The Pitbull” with a punch that would not only drop him, but would break his jaw as well. But let’s back up a few steps. Why was the round still going at 5:03? A normal MMA round in America is 5 minutes long. This round ended up going 5:08. That extra 8 seconds gave Johnson the opportunity to land that blow and change the way the fight could have continued. “The Pitbull” was left having to fight the following 2 rounds with a broken jaw. The New Jersey State Athletic Commission needs to pay a little less attention to the mat and corner pads and more attention to the PEOPLE WHO COULD IMPACT THE FIGHT! Sorry about that, I get a little heated when it comes to athletic commissions making stupid mistakes like this. How hard is it to hire someone who knows how to keep time?
I didn’t want this post to be this long, but those two stories were what really interested me over the past few weeks in MMA. The following MMA Update posts are going to be similar but sometimes they will have predictions, recaps of events, or just random stories like this one. Thanks everyone for reading and let me know in the comments what you think about this. If I get good feedback, you never know, maybe I will make it more than a weekly thing.