Should it be banned?

What exactly is MMA?

MMA means Mixed Martial Arts and is a contact sport that allows a wide range of fighting techniques including striking, kicking, and grappling. A lot of people either like MMA or don't. For those who don't like it think it shouldn't be a sport, be banned, etc. MMA is more than just cage fighting until submission or K.O.

Rules and Regulations

People who think MMA is out of control fighting need to realize that there are more than enough rules and regulations that go into this sport. To name a few:
  1. Butting with the head
  2. Eye gouging of any kind
  3. Biting
  4. Spitting at an opponent
  5. Hair pulling
  6. Fish hooking
  7. Groin attacks of any kind
  8. Putting a finger into any orifice or any cut or laceration of an opponent
  9. Small joint manipulation
  10. Striking downward using the point of the elbow
  11. Striking to the spine or the back of the head
  12. Kicking to the kidney with a heel
  13. Throat strikes of any kind, including, without limitation, grabbing the trachea

What makes it a sport

The definition of sport is an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature. MMA inquires all of these skills which makes it a sport.

Why it shouldn't be banned

MMA is a way of life for a lot of people in the world, professional or not. Not just MMA but martial arts, so if you have to ban MMA you have to ban all martial arts. People all over the world love to watch MMA and other fighting sports.

Learning MMA is good for you overall

There's a lo that goes into learning MMA. It not just teaches you how to fight but it teaches you how to defend yourself if you are in a dangerous situation. MMA is also a good exercise if you are just trying to stay fit.

MMA brings in revenue

We also know that the UFC is very profitable. According to credit rating agency Moody's, the UFC had a debt-to-EBITDA ratio of approximately x4.6 in 2012, on debt of approximately $510 million. What this means is the UFC’s EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortizaion) was roughly $110m. Moody’s reports that in 2011, the ratio was x3.3. The UFC’s EBITDA generally ranges from between 20% and 30% of revenues.
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