Here’s old fogey and boxing promoter Bob Arum’s concise and well thought out arguments on why MMA sucks:
“For me, I look at the UFC audience and the boxing audience as being two different audiences entirely,” Arum told Fanhouse’s Ariel Helwani. “UFC are a bunch of skinhead white guys watching people in the ring who are also skinhead white guys.”
When Helwani took offense at that characterization, stating that he covers MMA extensively and, as a Jew, was far from being a skinhead and wasn’t covered in tattoos, Arum laughed and replied, “90% of the people in the audience wear tattoos. I don’t care, that’s up to them. But those are people who don’t have any interest in boxing. They wouldn’t.”
Arum continued, “For me, and people like me, it is not something that they ever care to see. They’ve watched it, it’s horrible, guys rolling around like homosexuals on the ground. It is not a sport that shows great great talent. The guys that throw punches can’t throw punches to save their ass. When they land, they have no chin. These are not like boxers.”
“These are good class guys who have built a terrific business but for me, MMA is garbage and junk,” he said. “That’s how I feel and for people in my generation, it’s garbage and junk.”
When Helmani pointed out that perhaps the differing opinions on the sport were a generational thing, Arum agreed that people of his generation aren’t buying UFC pay-per-views, before adding, “Neither are the Mexicans. And the Filipinos. And the blacks.”
So what do you guys think – did Bob Arum knock Dana White off his pedestal for Most Vile Statement Made by a Fight Promoter? That almost sounds like it should be a new Worstie category. Although to be fair, Arum’s looks worse on paper than Dana’s but sounds less horrible out loud. Is it because we’re used to expecting this kind of shit to spill out of the mouths of old people? The guy is like a dinosaur … a boxing racistsaurus rex, one of the last in the world. Come hear him roar his last confused roar as he’s led off to the museum!