UFC 8: Junie Browning Needs an Intervention

Dorothy WillisSenior Writer IOctober 9, 2008

OK. If we took a vote, how many of you think Junie Browning needs an Intervention?

After watching last night's UFC 8 I became so offended I just have to get this off my chest.

Why on earth did Dana White allow the "possibly" alcoholic psychopath with an anger control problem Junie Browning to remain in the house?

Is it not enough that MMA fans have to worry about the sport being ruined by a possible fatality in the octagon?

Do we now have to worry that a young fighter hoping for a career in the sport will be killed by a very inappropriate choice for a contestant going into an alcoholic rage in the house?

Does it take a 62 year old former psychiatric nurse to recognize the danger of having a 155 pound loose cannon (with everything except a flashing red "Danger" light affixed to the top of his head), in a house supplied with free liquor and two weight classes of fighters reeking of testosterone?

What is Dana thinking?

Will the next season involve letting scorpions, rattlesnakes and Gila monsters loose in the house at night to increase the hazards to the hopeful contestants?

How far will Dana go, and why must the contestants have more jeopardy than the fights they are facing?

What in the name of heaven is going on at the TUF house?

Perhaps besides bringing their protective cups, the fighters should bring Mace, guns and switchblades or hunting knives for their personal protection.

So now I, a grandmother of six, am left with the opinion that Junie (and perhaps Dana himself), need an intervention to put a halt to this insanity.

On the adolescent psychiatric unit we had to use a "basket hold" to prevent patients from harming themselves or each other.

I am not sure if this would be enough to subdue Junie, but on the unit I also learned of an intervention the adolescents were particularly fond of using on their antagonists.

A blanket party.

This intervention could not be used on patients, of course, but I can see why it appealed to them for settling scores in their own lives.

A blanket is thrown over the offensive person and a bunch of his "fans" beat on him until he gets the message that he has done something to offend someone and probably should not repeat the particular offence in the future, to protect his health and well being.

It is anonymous, brutal and in the eyes of those performing the intervention, effective in getting rid of their frustrations while leaving a definite impression on the recipient.

While I would never suggest such an intervention because as a nurse I took an oath "to do no harm," I have to admit that I went to sleep wondering how Junie survived the night without receiving a blanket party.

If ever there was a contestant who needed his own private "quiet room" to spend the night in, locked from the outside, it is Junie.

Junie is why straight jackets were once popular.

Personally, I feel that Dana is to blame for criminally continuing to supply alcohol to young men who clearly can not handle it.

There aught to be a law against this in Nevada and I hope the fighting commission will intervene and see that this practice, which is televised and definitely sets an abhorrent example for impressionable young people, is discontinued before a fatality results.

In the past there have been fighters from this series who have gone on to criminal acts which have not reflected well on the UFC (rape, kidnapping and domestic violence, see Jeremy May).

Leaving a string of young alcoholics in the wake of the show is certainly nothing to be proud of, and not something that should continue.

Is this to be Dana White's legacy along with his "do you want to be a f'n fighter" speech?

As a grandmother, I certainly hope not!


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