By Curtis Clontz on Aug 15, 2009
Last night was a first in my MMA related career. It was the first time I have ever been embarrassed for a fighter, promotion, or the sport. You can call me naive but I have never seen the sport as a “blood sport”. Last night I witnessed a shady promotion, with shady fighters, staff, and associated people. They are going to get someone hurt or killed! Catch the rest of the story and what they did after the jump!
We have a local fighter here in the Hampton Roads, Va that is very similar to Scott Blevins. He is 0-11 (10 before last night). I am not going to give his name, but I will call him “Spongebob”. Spongebob is one of the types of people that should not be fighting. He doesn’t belong to a gym, doesn’t train, and looks to take a beating.
None of the promotions in this area will allow him to fight on their cards anymore, except for one. I am not going to disclose the gym name or the promotion at this time, but these guys not only welcome Spongebob to fight on their cards, they seem to enjoy it.
The night was an average one for amateur MMA. It included a 6 second KO, some Thai fights, and of course wrestlers…well…wrestling. Then came the second to last fight…
The ring announcer (who also is a member of this gym/ promotion) introduces Spongebob’s fight. He states that this one should be the main event on the card. He pumps SB up like he is a lagit fighter, saying that the fight is going to have fireworks and should be a great one.
SB gets to the cage. He has no one in his corner, no support system, nothing. He climbs in and goes to his corner. They then bring in the opponent. Which just happens to be one of the promoting gym’s fighters (who has fought before). On his way in, he walked past me, and I told him “good luck bro” in a very sarcastic way, he looked at me with a I won’t need it look, and just smiled.
This drove me crazy. Not only did this guy know he was fighting someone that shouldn’t be fighting, he was happy about the easy win.
I made a few other statements that I will leave out, but before the fight I did tell this fighter that “I hope you can sleep good tonight”.
As you could imagine the fight itself was an embarrassment. The rules say you have to intelligently defend himself. Spongebob couldn’t do this from the opening bell. He was severely out matched and had no business in the cage.
Throughout the fight there was a mix of three different types of people in the stands, the drunks that loved the one sided fight, the members of the promotion that loved it, and those that “get it”. The ones that get it, were shaking their heads in embarrassment.
It was terrible, you couldn’t help to wonder if this guy was not only going to hurt, but worse. Later in the first round after a one sided beating, blood coming out of Spongebob’s nose and mouth, the fight was stopped by the ref. It was bad enough for the people around the cage to ask for the fight to be stopped.
The winner of the fight was ecstatic, jumping up and down like he had just done something. It was like he was picking on his neighbors kids, it was not a fight at all.
Then it got worse. The announcer started making fun of Spongebob. People laughed, but it was terrible. I know I keep saying this, but it was a huge embarrassment. Things like this is the reason I can’t go to Madison Square Garden and watch UFC fights! This is why people shy away from the sport and refer to it as a fad instead of one of the next top 4.
On the other side of the story, is Spongebob. He may have been punched in the head too many times, but doesn’t seem to be all there. He is 0-11 and should not be allowed to fight. It says something that the other promotions wont let him. Sure, he keeps getting in the cage, but they keep letting him. It is only a matter of time before he seriously gets injured.
This one fight made the entire event feel tainted, but it was just one fight. Several of the other fights on the card were very good, with talented fighters. There were great gyms such as Bushido MMA on the card that do things the right way.
I want to hear your thoughts. Is this something you see often at your local events?
Filed Under: MMA
About the Author: Curtis works as an associate editor for MMA Opinion. He is the old man of the bunch at 28. Like many of our viewers he is a U.S. Military vet. He has spent almost 9 years in the U.S. Navy. The Aviation Rescue Swimmer spends his time engulfed in the world of MMA. He has written for over 9 different websites and online magazines in all. He helps out with ESPN Radio 1310’s The Fight Zone on a regular basis. Curtis is a sports enthusiast and loves Duke basketball.