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Why MMA Is The Only Sport We Should Pay Attention To
The roles of star player, GM, and owner, are all wrapped up in one.
I grew up obsessed with one thing: athletics. It was what I ate, slept, and breathed on a near daily basis. I paid attention to all the major professional sports in the United States, with the exception of baseball (something which I may touch on). So much so, that the 10 year old Addy Adds correctly predicted the first four picks of the 2005 NBA Draft, something which some experts failed to do.
Needless to say, the realization in my former teenage years that I was not in fact going to be a professional athlete was one of the toughest pills I had to swallow as I was coming of age.
Fast forward to college, and my roommate Chris, reminded me of my 10 year old self, except in the present. He could tell you how inefficient Monta Ellis was or wasn’t, what a team’s offensive efficiency was with a particular player on the court, and also tell you where that same player played college ball, among a plethora of other statistics.
I could keep up with Chris because of my many years of watching and playing not just basketball, but many other sports as well, and to a certain degree, he was impressed with my ability to easily converse with him about the NBA.
Fast forward to 2022, and I am sitting across from conservative radio talk show host, John Fredericks, at an Applebee’s, who tells me he has no plans to watch the NBA again, due to the politicization of the league and its over political stances it foists upon fans. Indeed, for that reason and several others, I don’t watch athletics, or as we like to say in the independent media, “sportsball,” anymore.
Never mind the fact that you are paying attention to a man or men who don’t give a single lick about you and who work for mostly Jewish owners who simply want you to buy tickets and merchandise. And for several years, as I worked on myself, I was completely tuned out.
This was until I became hooked by the world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), and cage-fighting.
What piqued my interest was not the sport itself, but what some of the guys in the sport were saying. It was clear to me that UFC CEO, Dana White, rather than try to control the tongues of hundreds of trained killers, made a wise business decision and opted to let them say more or less whatever they wanted.
Whether it was the political commentary of Jake Shields or the societal teasing of the current UFC Middleweight champion, Sean Strickland, I deeply appreciated the fact that there were some men who had not yet allowed a cancel-culture society to castrate them, and cut their tongues out.
Even so, a guy like Strickland makes Dana White nervous, and anyone perceptive who was reading in between the lines could see that White gave Strickland his championship belt begrudgingly. White knows he cannot control what Strickland will say next, and even for the CEO of the no-holds-barred UFC, it makes him nervous.
I don’t fault people for using pro athletics as a form of escapism. I found out earlier this year after being completely burnt out from staring into the abyss and reporting on the dark side, having my work stolen, and having to pull teeth in order to get paid for work I had already done; Everyone needs to “escape” every once in awhile.
It’s okay and indeed necessary, to occasionally stop and smell the roses.
In this regard, MMA is my escapism of choice, for more reasons than one.
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Addy Adds is a 100% independent author, writer, investigative journalist, independent video producer, radio talk show host, and editor. His work has been stolen by hundreds and viewed/read by millions. Once called the “best young mind in political journalism,” with his work also described as “genius,” Addy Adds turned down an in-field recruitment from the CIA during his coverage of Brazil in 2022, the first known instance of such an event to be caught on video.