UFC Quick Quote: The 'ridiculous' sport of MMA is being promoted as something cool to do on television

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"It’s not Jon’s responsibility to save the [UFC 151] card. Dana White has $100 million, why didn’t he pay the fans back or the fighter’s salaries? Jones made a decision that was right for his family; it has nothing to do with the billion dollars the Fertittas are sitting on. It’s ridiculous in my opinion, the whole sport is ridiculous. MMA is being promoted as something cool to do on television. It’s not being promoted as the martial arts lifestyle and something that can enrich and better your life. It’s being promoted with hot chicks and guys with tattoos beating the heck out of each other in a cage. That’s cool and all, but there are a lot of shortcomings to that. I don’t want my family to see that, I don’t want them to hear Dana dropping F-Bombs. The guy who has made himself the star of MMA is the biggest douche bag and loudmouth on the planet and he’s bringing the entire industry down. If there’s no reason for us to be beating each other up than money then we should probably be doing something else. For me it was about surviving, helping people and sharing my knowledge. I don’t think Dana has that going for him, he’s not a martial artist!"

Retired mixed martial arts (MMA) master Frank Shamrock tells BJPenn.com radio there are deeper issues behind the decision by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) to cancel its UFC 151 pay-per-view (PPV) event earlier this month, specifically, how the entire sport is being promoted as something cool to do on television rather than a martial arts lifestyle. Unfortunately, without "cool TV," there probably wouldn't be enough money in the sport to sustain its growth or pay its fighters. But are they mutually exclusive? Can we have a product that makes great television without being "ridiculous?"

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