1. Racism, Xenophobia, and Homophobia in Combat Sports: Mayweather on Pacquiao

    If you haven't heard Floyd "Money" Mayweather's recent rant directed towards boxing's current pound-for-pound king, Filipino boxer Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao, it's worth a listen...

    David Mayeda Written by David Mayeda about almost 4 years ago 1,546 reads 15 comments

  2. Mixed Martial Arts, Fighters Rights, and an Enforced Muhammad Ali Act?

    For those who believe that a society and all its components are best understood through its economic system, we need to examine external regulation if we are to understand and predict future worker-employer relationships...

    David Mayeda Written by David Mayeda about almost 4 years ago 921 reads 3 comments

  3. Mixed Martial Arts: Evolution of the Sport and Its Fans

    Sporting traditionalists frequently grumble when chief administrators alter sporting structures as they cater to new fans demands...

    David Mayeda Written by David Mayeda about almost 4 years ago 1,457 reads 4 comments

  4. Sport or Show? How Society Defines Cheerleading

    Over on NPR, Frank Deford asked if cheerleading is a sport. I must admit, in high school, I absolutely despised cheerleading, precisely because so many cheerleaders considered themselves athletes...

    David Mayeda Written by David Mayeda about almost 4 years ago 672 reads 0 comments

  5. Marxist Mixed Martial Arts?

    Before jumping into a Marxist analysis of MMA, I wanted to follow up on my previous opinion piece posted here a few days ago, titled “Theorizing Violence in Sport: The Case of Mixed Martial Arts (July 23, 2010)...

    David Mayeda Written by David Mayeda about almost 4 years ago 970 reads 12 comments

  6. When Whiteness Matters in Sport: French Sprinter Christophe Lemaitre

    This is not a major social issue, and I am not going to make it one. Rather, I think the way this story is being presented in the media effectively illustrates how race matters and is constructed in particular social contexts...

    David Mayeda Written by David Mayeda about almost 4 years ago 888 reads 2 comments

  7. Theorizing Violence in Sport: The Case of Mixed Martial Arts

    In late June of this year, mixed martial arts (MMA) experienced its second death due to competition from a regulated event. Tragedies in sport and society are distressing enough for those directly involved...

    David Mayeda Written by David Mayeda about almost 4 years ago 3,028 reads 1 comments

  8. America's Favorite Athletes: Results Reflect Societal Values

    A recent Harris Poll tells us some interesting, perhaps predictable, things about sports, sports fans, and ongoing societal values in America...

    David Mayeda Written by David Mayeda about almost 4 years ago 2,627 reads 0 comments

  9. Catching Up With Cleburn "The Spartan" Walker: Round Two

    Some readers may recall an interview from last month which profiled a budding MMA fighter named Cleburn "The Spartan" Walker. This marks the second installment (or "Round Two") that tracks Walker through his budding MMA career...

    David Mayeda Written by David Mayeda about almost 6 years ago 778 reads 0 comments

  10. Beijing Olympics: The Hypocrisy of "One World One Dream"

    Olympics and Political Protest As we approach the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics, it is critical that casual sports fans are reminded of the political undercurrents ensconcing these immanent Games...

    David Mayeda Written by David Mayeda about almost 6 years ago 979 reads 6 comments

  11. Kids and MMA: Review and Commentary on ESPN's Outside the Lines Piece

    (Note: This article was originally posted on MMA: Review and Commentary on ESPN’s Outside the Lines Piece">FightTicker...

    David Mayeda Written by David Mayeda about almost 6 years ago 2,348 reads 7 comments

  12. Cleburn “The Spartan” Walker: The Life of a Young MMA Fighter

    In March 2007 while conducting research in Travis Lutter’s gym over in Fort Worth, TX, I had the privilege of interviewing a young man named Cleburn Walker. At the time, Walker was a true MMA novice if ever there was one...

    David Mayeda Written by David Mayeda about almost 6 years ago 2,224 reads 12 comments

  13. Sporting Violence: The Fans

    The following is the third in a three-part series examining violence in sports, and its role in society. Many have argued that mixed martial arts’ (MMA) recent popularity is an indicator of ...

    David Mayeda Written by David Mayeda about almost 6 years ago 3,956 reads 3 comments

  14. Sporting Violence: The Parents, Coaches, and Child Exploitation

    The following is the second in a three-part series examining violence in sports, and its role in society. This past weekend I attended an amateur mixed martial arts (MMA) event. Overall, it was great...

    David Mayeda Written by David Mayeda about almost 6 years ago 2,896 reads 24 comments

  15. Sporting Violence: The Injuries

    The following is the first in a three-part series examining violence in sports, and its role in society. We all know the benefits sports bring to our world...

    David Mayeda Written by David Mayeda about 6 years ago 12,455 reads 11 comments

  16. MMA Means Fighting and Friendship

    As most readers here know, MMA is not simply about bloodlust and brutality. Unfortunately, since EliteXC made its way onto primetime television, the sport has been cast that way in some media circles (Boulay & Taylor, 6/26/08)...

    David Mayeda Written by David Mayeda about 6 years ago 795 reads 2 comments

  17. MMA Bashing: Mainstream Media Fails to Research before Drawing Conclusions

    I recently read two excellent articles by Danny Acosta and Sam Sheridan that support mixed martial arts (MMA) in the midst of what has been a period of MMA bashing...

    David Mayeda Written by David Mayeda about 6 years ago 1,205 reads 7 comments

  18. From Boxing To MMA: Race and Racism In American Sport

    Politics cut across all social institutions, even those which we too frequently feel are immune from political underpinnings, such as athletics...

    David Mayeda Written by David Mayeda about 6 years ago 4,709 reads 9 comments