While Mixed Martial Arts has become the latest 'big thing' among Americans,
many critics say that the sport is too violent, too barbaric, and most importantly
too dangerous. MMA after all is a sport where the fighter's goal is to either knock
the opponent down or pin him into submission. Its supporters however will say
that the sport is not any more violent than any combat sport such as boxing.
It raises the question: what do the statistics say on the issue? So far there has
only been one death in a sanctioned MMA event, with the tragic death of Sam
Vasquez in a Renegades Extreme Fighting Event that took place on October 30,
2007. Sam Vasquez was knocked out in the third round and was taken to Saint
Joseph Medical Center’s Critical Care Unit after losing consciousness shortly after
the match. Vasquez had two surgeries to remove blood clots in his brain and
went into a coma shortly after the second surgery. Vasquez never came out of
the coma and died 42 days after the fight on November 30, 2007. Vasquez's
death was officially determined to have happened because of complications due
to blunt trauma of the head with a subdural hemorrhage. Sam Vasquez's death
was the first of its kind in a sanctioned MMA event. Compared to boxing, which
had 52 deaths in 2007, that number is relatively low. Many experts say that MMA
is much less dangerous than boxing because there are far less blows to the head.
Boxing is in no way any more violent or barbaric than MMA and is a much more
dangerous sport to participate in. MMA's premier leagues all have safety
regulations to prevent serious injury and death from happening. MMA is here to
stay and Americans need to accept it and the violence that will come with it.
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