UFC 100 Aftermath: An Open Letter to T.J. Simers of the LA Times

Dorothy WillisSenior Writer IJuly 12, 2009

Unfortunately, Bleacher Report's system did not do a great job with my photo, Mr. Simers, but I ask you...does this look like the face of a fan with bloodlust?

Before I retired from nursing, I was often told that I had a kind face and caring disposition.

Well I am 63 years old now and MMA is my favorite sport, bar none.

I make no apologies to you or anyone else of the male gender for having this preference.

Even as a RN I never was fond of blood, but, as you may acknowledge, people in distress at times bleed huge amounts, so I could not very well avoid it.

Maybe you have either not reached my age of maturity, or have not shared my life's vast amount of experiences with sports, birth, life, and death.

Even in grade school I remember bloody results from track events.

What is your experience with athletics?

It used to be that I thought I was a bad mother because, before the days of OxiClean and modern detergents, I seemed to be the only mother of two JFL players who could not get the blood stains out of my sons' white football pants.

Their baseball uniforms from age eight to high school did not do much better in impressing the other mothers that I even used a washing machine.

Both my sons were in martial arts and never shed a drop of blood.

They learned discipline and respect.

As teenagers they typically, for martial arts students, did not fight at school.

Wrestling may have raised a few welts and given both boys bruises, but did not result in bleeding.

My children were hurt worse on our own property or when riding rodeo than they were in martial arts.

Somehow, I have to believe that you, sir, are exploiting a single result from a very rigorous sport.

It is true that death is a possibility, but I have, because of having multiple sclerosis and thus spending my days reading or watching the news, learned of deaths occurring more frequently in training camps for football and baseball than from learning or practicing MMA.

If I am wrong, I am sure you will correct me.

My sons' hard-ass, arrogant high school coach punished my youngest son for missing a day of "hell" week with bacterial pneumonia (he had a doctor's excuse which made not a whit of difference).

Drugs and alcohol have taken the lives of more of my son's peer group than lives lost due to MMA.

Do you have a life? Do you read the daily news?

MMA can have a greater effect for the good of our youth than for their determent.

Few drunks or drug addicts can maintain a career in MMA than in the NFL, NBA, or any sport you can name.

Proper nutrition, conditioning and training are required to become skilled enough to undergo fighting for three five-minute rounds, or five-minute championship rounds in the UFC.

My Lord how I wish that someone more worthy of writing about my favorite sport had sat in your seat!

What a waste of premium space and lack of understanding!

If you think shedding blood is the purpose of MMA, then you, Mr. Simers, have definitely missed the whole point.

At least you had the privilege of viewing the victory of my favorite fighter and role model for the youth of the world, Georges St-Pierre.

Go ahead, I dare you to find fault with his performance.

No, he is not Dana White's favorite fighter in his UFC organization, but I feel that like the high school football coach I mentioned earlier, Dana is more impressed by prestigious names and people whose integrity he can buy.

Do not throw Brock Lesnar at me as a typical example of a fighter in the UFC.

Believe me when I say that I can win that war of words with you.

You are not qualified to report on my sport.

Maybe you should limit your expertise to marbles or badminton.

I hear the injuries and death rate are quite low or nil in those sports.

* This article was written in response to T.J. Simers, who writes sports articles for the LA Times. His article was titled "This is what the UFC crowd was cheering for" and was posted July 12, 2009.