Mixed Martial Arts new Catch-Phrase: "Stand and Bang"

Leon Horne@@Leon_HorneAnalyst INovember 2, 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)
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The mercurial UFC president Dana White has made the phrase "Stand and Bang" popular by utilizing it whenever two fighters go toe-to-toe with reckless abandon.

In fact, the catchphrase is becoming so popular, it is following in the footsteps of another popular mixed martial arts saying: "Tapout".

An upstart fight-wear company has actually named the company "Stand N Bang." They represent fighters Rob Kimmons, Houston Alexander, and Jeremy Stephens.

Unlike it's predecessor "tapout", which represents the action where an opponent submits by tapping on their opponent or the canvas, "stand and bang" is often being associated with mixed martial art bouts that aren't so much about the martial arts and more about being a bar room brawl. 

This could not have been evidenced more than in episode No. 7 of the current Ultimate Fighter season where Matt Mitrione defeated Scott Junk via decision. 

The fight started off with a bang, Mitrione was throwing crisp combos and landing everything on Scott Junk.

Junk looked out of his league against Mitrione, not defending well and showing no offense whatsoever. 

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After three minutes or so into the first round what looked like a lopsided fight turned into the last five kilometers of an Ironman triathlon. 

Both fighters looked exhausted, particularly Mitrione. All of a sudden Scott Junk started landing punches and finished the first round looking as if all was not lost.

In round two, both fighters were barely able to throw strikes, neither could they keep their hands up to protect their face. Defense did not seem to matter because anything the fighters tried to throw at each other either did not land or had no power. 

Mitrione managed to win the decision, with the only reason being his explosive start out of the gate.

Dana White immediately said the fight looked great, both fighter were "Throwing Bombs" and willing to "Stand and Bang".

The problem with what White said? The fight wasn't great and even though they were "standing and banging," their punches lacked power and martial arts technique went out the window as both fighters emptied their tanks faster then a drag racer on the strip. 

Catch phrases are fun and usually welcomed with open arms. Remember phrases like "Eat My Shorts" from The Simpson's or one of my personal favorites "Chillax ".

One just has to go to urbandictionary.com  to learn about any popular expressions that you come across.

To "stand and bang" is being presented as a good thing, the problem with it is it should not mean to abandon technique and defense or to "swing for the fences".

Of course every fan loves to watch a stand up battle with both fighters taking their shots. When fighters "stand and bang", the fans are usually happy.

That being said, the sport is called mixed martial arts and fights like Mitrione vs Junk are not an accurate representation of what two fighters who like to stand and bang should look like.

If new fans to combat sport want to see the true definition of "standing and banging" please watch Chuck Liddell vs. Wanderlei Silva. 

Hopefully the saying "stand and bang" is here to stay, but for the right reasons.

"standing and banging" should not become synonymous with "bar room brawling" or "street fighting." For if it does, it will fall the way of catch phrases like the Ninja Turtles' " Cowabunga", which was cool at the time, but not cool enough to cement itself forever in a generation's vocabulary. 


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