Yesterday during our monthly mailbag radio show, someone asked us “What lame excuse will Dana White use to convince us that MMA is safer than boxing now that a MMA fighter has died?”. Well, I figure the excuse that it’s so rare that someone dies, compared to boxing where boxers literally fall into your lap and die. From Kevin Iole:
I’ve covered several deaths in boxing and had one fighter, Martin Sanchez, literally fall into my lap at ringside after he was knocked out. He died a few hours later.
That’s some creepy fucking shit. Honestly, there’s a certain amount of threshold most fans will take before turning away from a sport. I think *watching* a fighter die would sour me of this sport, but I really don’t know. I guess we’ll have to wait till it happens and I’ll see how I feel. Maybe after witnessing it on TV i’ll say “Maybe if I was there I’d feel worse about it” and then “Maybe if he’d fallen into my lap” and then “Maybe if I had known him”. And in the end I’ll be like “Okay, so what if he was my best friend? The next Ultimate Fight Night is stacked!”
All in all, it’s a pretty weird train of thought, and that train track leads to creepyville. So I think I’m just gonna stop thinking about it and look at those Randy Couture puppy pictures some more.