Man, I’m such a fucking cynic. They announce another MMA ‘reality show’ on Fox Sports Net and instead of being excited I just think “Man, more fucking garbage MMA”. Am I jaded? Am I spoiled? Or is it because so far all this small fry MMA is about as fun to watch as kittens getting chop sueyed at a Mongolian restaurant.
Behold SUN Sports’ GI vs PRO show, which will feature … get ready for it! Army guys trained in MMA fighting average guys trained in MMA. This would be interesting if not for the fact that 85% of all regional shows in the states already feature armed service veterans fighting, sometimes against non-vets and sometimes against eachother. And that’s not so surprising considering the number of people the US has cycled through Iraq over the past two wars. And let’s not forget how lots of those people have issues now that can only be sorted through expensive therapy the army ain’t going to provide. But I guess the cage is a good place to let off some of that steam without ending up in jail.
But who knows, perhaps I’m just being a jaded asshole as usual. Perhaps there’ll be a fun twist and they’ll be pitting crafty Vietnam vets with jungle psychosis against unsuspecting MMA fighters. Now that’d be something I’d like to see … right up until the vet gouges out some dude’s eyes while screaming incoherently about someone named Charlie. But as it stands, this looks like one big infomercial for army recruitment.
Oh, as a side note, kudos to SUN Sports for surviving after HDNetFights cut their legs out from under them, stole away Guy Metzger, and took them off HDNet. I was pretty sure they were gonna go tits up after that but it looks like they’ve managed to think outside the box to stay alive.