The UFC: God's Gift To MMA?

Dorothy WillisSenior Writer IJuly 28, 2009

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


I can hear you all yelling at me right now.

And the things you are yelling are not complimentary to my 63 year old ears.

It's all right, though, because I no longer expect anyone to agree with me.

It's enough that you still are willing to listen.

I do want to go on record as saying that MMA is probably not God's favorite sport.

Furthermore, I do not believe that God would be quick to endorse the UFC as run by Dana White.

Recently, since I swore off the UFC, I have read so many positive Dana White comments it has made me rather ill.

It seems Dana is thought to be just as indispensable to the sport of MMA as Michael Vick is to the NFL.

Though that thought is wholly reprehensible to me, I guess it is a sign of the way the world is going to Hell in a hand basket.

Please remember that Grandma has lived through the era when the New York Times reported that God was dead.

Now don't ask me if that was before or after the Beetles claimed to be bigger than God, for whatever reason, I don't remember the sequencing of these events.

Since that time, however, I remember people thinking they saw the face of God on a piece of toast and more recently in bird droppings, so I know things have gone from bad to even worse.

Somehow, I never thought I would see the day when people would consider that God was reincarnated into the body of Dana White.

This upsurge in his popularity and fans' belief that he "created" MMA and can therefore do no wrong, appals on old tired soul like me.

Remember folks, I am talking about the man who reassured the world that Kimbo Slice was a flash in the pan who could be beaten senseless by BJ Penn.

Yes, that was before Penn was beaten senseless by Georges St-Pierre, but what could Dana have been thinking to let Kimbo into the TUF 10 series after making that silly statement.

And yet fans eat up every word he says even if it does starts with an F.

How discouraging to an old hag like me.

My generation was not allowed to use that word as we were coming up in the world.

Not at school or at home--it was a spanking offence in either place, and no one would question the necessity for the swat.

Amazing that the F words are no longer deemed offensive by the Dana-doters.

So now everyone says that whether Dana White originated the sport of MMA or not, he is the one who made it the success it is today.

Could the sport have survived until now without his magic touch?

Not according to his followers.

They may drink beer instead of kool aid, but they believe in him just the same.

Whew, and do not think to criticise him in their presence unless you have an inflatable donut handy to sit on afterwards.

That's right. No matter your age or wisdom, you will be the recipient of their ass tearing wrath if you dis on Dana.

Believe me, I have experienced it all too often.

I do listen to my readers on occasion, except when it comes to matters concerning Georges St-Pierre or Dana White.

Once I backed down on the subject of Brock Lesnar's greatness.

That was a big mistake. From now on I am sticking to my guns on that big goofball!

After many harsh words on BJ Penn, I have decided that he deserves a break.

Never having been a Kimbo fan, I am quite confused to have him appearing on TUF.

Suddenly, I have realized that I do tend to like all of Georges' teammates.

There are other gyms besides Greg Jackson's and Tristar, I have simply never had the occasion to look up any of their addresses.

Having converted my husband to enjoying the UFC PPV's I am no longer the one who will decide to buy them or not.

It may be impossible to swear off the UFC events when I can hear my husband watching them from the bedroom, which will be my only refuge should I continue with my boycotting plans.

I will never concede or be convinced that Dana White created or is the savior of MMA, though, no matter what anyone else has to say.

When I do pass on, all of you who disagree with me will receive a sign.

I will not go silently into that good night.

Plus, I plan to tell God on all of you! 


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