Monday, October 03, 2005

UFC on Spike TV

Ultimate fighting is taking professional wrestling's place on Spike. The gloves irritate me. And I wonder whatever happened to Tank Abbott, who is the only UFC dude I've ever heard of. The pacing is off and they spend so much time on the interviews that I've been watching an hour and only seen two fights. But the fights themselves are interesting to watch. At first, the fighters stand up and throw some punches and kicks. Then, there's some kind of quick bob and dodge and all of a sudden they're twisted up on top of each other and one is forcing the other's face into the fence. They squeeze each other for a while and then, wham, someone's choking someone unconscious. For having such a bad reputation, it's actually a surprisingly non-violent thing to watch. So, while it's promising, I think they've got some shit to fix. Things have to move along more quickly if they want to hold folks' attention. They could take a lesson from professional wrestling in that regard. And, if they're going to spend so long between matches, they could do more to cue us uniformed viewers in to the strategy behind things. And there's something weird about watching two men trying to annihilate each other without purposefully hitting each other below the belt. This is something I've never understood. Fighting--like war--is an utter breakdown in the social order. How do you put rules on that? If you're playing by rules, isn't that an indication that the social order hasn't broken down enough to justify the violence in the first place? So, take the gloves off, boys.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Sarcastro said...

I think Bruce over at Flying Python is the expert on all things UFC related.

10/04/2005 12:04:00 PM  
Blogger Aunt B said...

Shoot, and he was at Mr. Roboto's party and I didn't bother to introduce myself. "Ultimate Fighting," I thought, "who gives a shit?"

And now, I have questions. I really have to stop pretending I'm not fascinated by violence. I'm missing out.

10/04/2005 12:27:00 PM  

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