Is Mixed Martial Arts Barbaric?

Nicely, I require not notify you that as a person who MMA Announcer Mauro Ranallo explained, “Has extra degrees than a thermometer” that I get asked all the time, “What in the earth are you undertaking preventing in the cage?”

Then the up coming statement is, “It just appears so violent. So barbaric!”

This assertion and line of questioning happened with these kinds of frequency that I definitely had to sit down and talk to myself…. “Is MMA Barbaric?”

I truly failed to trouble with obtaining a dialogue concerning violence since let’s encounter it….

Hockey is violent…

Soccer is violent…

Rugby is violent…

Boxing is violent…

Judo is violent…

By definition lots of sports are VIOLENT. Hell, war is VIOLENT.

Now there are various degrees of violence but, they are all violent or they have the propensity toward violence at some issue owing the the character of the said activity.

But the question is…. “Is MMA or Cagefighting Barbaric?”

Effectively if you do a brief search on the web you will read through how former United States Presidential Applicant and Senator John McCain phone calls the activity “barbaric” and comparable to “human cock fighting.”

You will even study how one particular of the sporting activities stars and practitioners, Chael Sonnen, calls the sport of MMA “barbaric.”


I know proper now you are saying to your self, “So What!?!?” But here is what’s WHAT!


By definition, the phrase barbaric signifies, in accordance to Webster:


a: of, relating to, or characteristic of barbarians

b: possessing or characteristic of a cultural amount more sophisticated than primitive savagery but fewer subtle than advanced civilization


a: marked by a lack of restraint: wild

b: acquiring a bizarre, primitive, or unsophisticated quality

Now, by definition MMA is NOT barbaric!


MMA IS Dangerous.



There is an Factor or hint of barbarism in it? Sure! (but that IS only due to the lack of schooling of the practitioner if such absence of working experience and knowledge exists)…

BUT BY DEFINITION, it is NOT barbaric!!!


But Dr. Ferguson, How

Can You Say That?!?!


  • Effectively, the same way NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson can convey to you that driving at 180 miles per hour is the norm though it is exceptionally unsafe and stupid to some persons to drive a vehicle that quick understanding that an incident at these speeds can result in death.
  • Nicely, the exact same way I can observe a football recreation and look at someone get strike and knocked unconscious and reach my proper hand back into the bowl of chips and dip, slap my boy a high 5 with my left hand and utter, “that’s component of the sport. Really don’t run throughout the center up coming time on a zone defense. Sit down in the zone!”
  • Nicely, the similar way I can look at 12 rounds of boxing with the anticipation for someone to receive mind trauma. (uhhhh, because you DO Realize that receiving knocked out is trauma to THE Mind!!!!! Not your head, YOUR FREAKING Mind!!!

And it is not BARBARIC to those people with a properly trained eye.

Just as War is not barbaric.

For the reason that the activity of Blended Martial Arts is Really Quite Intricate.

As is the activity of soccer. As is war, if you care to analyze army science as I do and have due to the fact war is an Art (remember to see Sunshine Tzu if you do not feel me).

It is additional elaborate than primitive savagery and sophisticated just as highly developed as civilization. You Simply cannot earn or be effective or follow this activity if you deficiency restraint. And as a matter of actuality, this sport INVOKES restraint in its practitioners.

And the Top quality of sophistication is only commonly offered and in Simple perspective to the educated eye.

If you ended up seeing the sport of chess and you did not know how to play. You wouldn’t know if moves of the practitioners ended up “refined” or not, but due to the fact you are familiar with the match of “chess” you would presume a superior level of sophistication.

Nicely, for people who are NOT common with MMA, they make an assumption that there is not a high degree of sophistication with the activity and they could not be even further from the fact. The science of MMA is just as “sweet” as boxing and while the activity is violent by mother nature, as is boxing, it is Extremely Much from staying barbaric.

And all those who call it barbaric are both just one of two things:

(1) Just one, not acquainted with the definition or the term barbaric, or

(2) Two, not qualified to talk on the sport with any hint or sense of authority.

Acquiring an feeling is a person detail…… Owning AN Educated Feeling is another.

To have an understanding of Combined Martial Arts you have to examine it. You DO NOT HAVE TO DO IT to comprehend it. But to recognize it you Have to study it. You are unable to appear at it for a split second and make your intellect up about a activity that you carry an inherent or realized bias to its observation. You can not do that. Nor can you talk amongst a group of folks who believe in your thesis statement without the need of any good quality discourse. These at point is stupid and ignorant.

Blended Martial Arts is definitely a advanced sport.

I do it. And I’m no academic slouch.

Rosi Sexton does it and she holds a Ph.D. in Arithmetic and pretty actually, Rosi is a person of my heroes in the sport and it a thing that I appear up to and genuinely admire.

I do imagine that she is the Very first particular person to struggle with a Ph.D. and I believe I’m the 1st male, in conditions of fighting on tv.

And she is Super Tremendous sensible due to the fact she has her child practicing judo:-)

UFC Jeff Monson does it and he holds a Masters Diploma in Psychology.

Veteran MMA Fighter Dustin Denes did it and he holds a Masters Diploma in Psychology as well.

Former UFC Winner Rich Franklin has a Masters Degree in Education and learning.

You see, in buy for your activity to be Barbaric, it should be practiced by Barbarians!!!

This is why as Mixed Martial Arts practitioners and fans we DO NOT USE the phrase “cage fighting”. We use the term “Mixed Martial Artist.” Due to the fact as a college student of the “Great Arts” of which “Martial Arts” appear from, you can not be BARBARIC in the endeavor to get mastery.

As violent as the Art of War probably…… IT IS Still AN Artwork!!

Believe in me…. “I am a Medical doctor!”

Nicole Thomas

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