Mainstream Publicity For MMA: Good or Bad?

Seth MeltonCorrespondent IJuly 15, 2009

LONDON - JANUARY 17:  (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) UFC president Dana White attends the 'Octagon' private view at Hamilton's Gallery January 17, 2007 in London, England.  The exhibition showcases work by photographer Kevin Lynch documenting the world of Ultimate Fighter Championship (UFC) events.  (Photo by Claire Greenway/Getty Images)

In the aftermath of UFC 100, I have read a lot of articles over the unsportsmanlike talk, hits, and whatever else people want to complain about.

I feel there is more talk about the brutality of the sport now, because it is finally reaching out to more and more people.

Was Brock Lesnar's taunting so disrespectful and distasteful?

Was Dan Henderson's second punch TOO much?

UFC has come a long way in defending its fighters as the years have gone by. I mean it was labeled as "No Holds Barred."

There was no biting, no eye gouging, and the system frowned on (but allowed) techniques such as hair pulling, head butting, groin strikes, and fish-hooking.

Submissions were held on for too long in the first few UFC events. You would watch fighters tap over and over again.

Trash talking has been going on for years in every sport, before games, after games, and during games. I mean we should just learn to live with it.

There will be those we love to see win and those we love to see lose. It is the same in every sport; everyone has a team they hate and a team they love. In this case, there are fighters they love and fighters they hate.

Referring to Henderson's second punch, there is adrenaline, training, and reaction that goes into this. It was the moment he knew he could finish the fight. He trains to finish the fight, and he reacts until the ref stops him.

Now that UFC is reaching more and more people, especially with all the hype behind UFC 100, more people will call the sport into question.

Before you call the sport into question, I just want people to go back and do a little research to see that the UFC has made vast improvements to protect their fighters.

Dana is a fan of the sport and it is his business. He does NOT want his fighters hurt and wants nothing bad for the sport.

UFC will continue to evaluate its rules for the better of the sport and the fans. Just give it time.