Jan
09

Someone will be Killed, if this Doesn’t Stop… (Backyard MMA)

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I came across this video today and I must say it’s really disturbing.

I honestly don’t feel like embedding the video, and give these guys any more views –which is obviously what they’re looking for by posting it on youtube– of their stupidity filled upload, but in doing so hopefully I can help spread the message that doing this kind of thing is a terribly bad idea.

That being said, I don’t believe that the guys making the videos are bad people. The sport of MMA is exciting; It’s great to watch and super fun to practice so it’s no surprise to me that some young guys are emulating what they’ve seen on TV. The problem is that they’re oblivious to the dangers they face every time they gear up for a scrap.

If these “Backyard MMA” contests don’t stop someone will be killed. Of course no one will have meant for it to happen but it’ll be a tragedy that will change the lives of every participant  –the fighters, spectators and makeshift referee– forever. I can’t imagine the guilt I would feel if I were part of something that ended somebody else’s life. Especially that of a teenager who has so many great years ahead of them.

If you’re reading this, and are currently participating in or thinking of fighting in this type of thing, I do think it’s a dumb idea and I strongly suggest that you don’t do it. But I know that hearing those words is not enough,  so I’ll share with you the reasons why I feel it’s such a dangerous thing to do.

Obviously, the choice is yours to make, but I really hope that I can provide you with some knowledge of the risks involved so that you can make an educated one.

The Dangers:

1) Getting hit by punches, kicks, knees, and elbows is very dangerous when proper training gear isn’t being worn. It may not feel that way while your getting hit because of the adrenalin rushing through your body, but it is.

Even though I’ve fought in the UFC and other big shows, I’ve never hit someone with 4 ounce gloves (MMA style) outside of a sanctioned professional fight. When we train, my sparring partners and I always wear big gloves, head gear and other protective equipment to keep ourselves safe.

2) Head injuries and concussions are some of the worst thing that can happen to you in your life. You may end up depressed, permanently spaced out or confused and in some cases never be able to exercise again.

What kind of life would that be?

There’s absolutely no way that you can trust that an untrained person will stop your fight at the right time. Take too much punishment and you can screw up the rest of your life or worse. For what? It’s not like you’re protecting yourself or earning a living by doing it.

Watch the video below, and you’ll notice that the one guys gets choked unconscious at 0:59 and the other guy doesn’t let go of the choke until…sixteen seconds later!  Then they fight two more rounds after that. That’s totally messed up and that guy could have really been hurt.

3) You’re WAY more likely to get seriously hurt when you don’t learn MMA properly. With no real idea of how to stop punches, kicks or submission holds you’re always a split second away from a serious problem even when you’re winning.

4) You won’t be able to take back an action that severely injures or kills someone else (maybe even a friend). With no doctor nearby –they have them at every professional and amateur MMA fight– chances are that an injured person’s situation will get worse quickly.

Again, this all happened for what good reason? None that come to my mind that’s for sure.

If you want to do MMA, do some searching and join a local  gym. You’ll have a ton of fun, get in great shape, meet some really cool people and learn the techniques that really work all while you’re training in the safest way possible. In a short amount of time you could find yourself in the cage doing what you love to do and maybe one day, after putting in a lot of hard work, you may find yourself battling inside the UFC Octagon.

Believe me it’s an amazing experience…

Here’s the video of the fights…

Comments

  1. Carl says:

    Yeah this is not a good idea. Anyone who’s reading this that thinks it might be good to get fame this way: Don’t be a dumbass. Join a proper gym and train with pros. My school has an AED, playgrounds (playgrounds? really? what kind of example is that setting?) and backyards don’t. Work your way up the latter and do some real fights with orgs. Make your name the right way, not this way.

  2. Keith says:

    Not only is it stupid and dangerous, it’s down right horrible. That was the lamest thing I’ve seen and I could tell by the first 7 seconds of the video. I hate to make the connection, but they do the same thing with Pro Wrestling and people DO get hurt/killed and it’s a big media event and it makes the sport look bad. I imagine the backlash from the media and the government will be double with a real sport.

    The majority of bigger cities have some sort of MMA gyms now. Go get some real training and guidance!

  3. Michael says:

    It will never, ever stop. Kids have been fighting ‘for fun’ for how many generations now? All things evolve. You might be able to stamp out a group of them here and there, but it won’t stop the millions of other kids from thinking they can do the same thing.

    It’s the next evolution of the rediculous trend of backyard wrestling.

  4. Derek C says:

    I dont think these kids are wearing mouth guards. One bad punch and your tounge is gone. These guys you can tell have no training in the defense which is what your protection you can have in a fight. Scary to see!!!

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