It's 2009, and despite the plethora of problem's around the world that plague humanity, the one problem you would think could easily be erased by now, still exists: An intolerance to others, and to things that we ourselves do not understand or relate to.
The old saying is, "We fear that which we do not understand."
The new saying is, "If I don't understand it, it must be gay." —At least that is according to long time professional boxing promoter, Bob Arum.
Here's a quote from Bobby himself:
“I look at the UFC audience and the boxing audience as being two different audiences entirely. Our audience in boxing is ethnic, Hispanic, Filipino, Puerto Rican, Mexican and the hard core boxing fan who can't watch, like me, UFC. The UFC are a bunch of skinhead white guys watching people in the ring who also look like skinhead white guys. 90% of the people in the audience wear tattoos.
For me and people like me, it is not something they ever care to see. They watched it, it’s horrible, guys rolling around like homosexuals on the ground. I mean it's not a sport that shows great, great talent. The guys who throw punches can’t throw a punch to save their ass, when the punches land, the guys have no chins. These guys are not like boxers. There is no way the (UFC 100) pay-per-view generated the kind of numbers they put out.
I know what the numbers were—south of one million. They’re not a public company. Who's to check?”
There are many things said in Bob's statement that portray a terrible lack of knowledge of the sport of mixed martial arts. And beyond that, there is also his atrociously bigot remarks regarding MMA's ground game as "homosexual," and it's fighters and fans being nothing more than "skinhead white guys."
It's clueless public comments like this that still hold this sport back from being recognized as a legit form of professional competition. A complete and utter lack of understanding and a refusal to educate ones self onto the sports rules and techniques, still make the legalization of MMA across America, and to the world for that matter, a long uphill battle.
However, fortunately for us, MMA has one thing on it's side that it's most ignorant of detractors will never see coming...educated fans who know better.
How about them apples?
To Mr. Bob Arum, did you not know that current UFC LW champion BJ Penn was the fastest American to win a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu? He accomplished that feat in an astonishing three years. Something the average black belt in BJJ takes nine to ten years to accomplish.
Did you also know that BJ Penn is also a former World Jiu-Jitsu Champion?
Or that former UFC MW champion, Rich Franklin was a math teacher in high school?
Or for good measure, how about the fact that current UFC MW title contender, Dan Henderson, actually represented America in the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympics for Greco-Roman Wrestling.
Those seem to be pretty heavy accomplishments for the average "white skinhead."
I'm not familiar with a lot of clan members representing America in the Olympics...or teaching math in high school.
But hey, to each his own. When the UFC first started in 93-94, no boxing promoter gave this sport the time of day. Now it seems that more and more boxing promoters seem to have more and more opinions about it. It's a shame that some of them have to be as bigoted and ignorant as the ones that Bob Arum made.
Maybe in a not so distant future, people will actually educate themselves first before they publicly spout off an opinion on an issue they know almost nothing about. But then again if that were the case, FOX news would be dead, and outspoken democrat, Bill O'Rielly would be with out a job.
And if I can't see Bill O'Reilly freak out and scream at teenagers on live television for disagreeing with his opinions, then quite frankly I'm not sure I'd want to live anymore.
To Bob Arum and the rest of the people on the planet who are still consumed with ignorance and intolerance of things they do not understand, I hope you all one day are able to release that burning hatred you have in your heart to those different from you.
Or, that one day you all just suffer slowly from dysentery.
Till then, I hope you all enjoy this upbeat video of Bill O'Reilly losing it. Now dance!