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    Friday, July 11, 2008

    No Holds Barred: Todd Hester on the Soul of Mixed Martial Arts 

    On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with our colleague Todd Hester, who is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Gladiator Magazine.

    Todd is someone who has been immersed in the combat sports for many years. He started training with the Gracies in the late 1980's, covered the first UFC in 1993, and has been ringside or cageside for countless MMA events all around the world.

    Now, in a provocative new editorial called "Redemption and Transformation", in the current edition of Gladiator Magazine, he argues that MMA has lost its soul.

    Commenting on what grappling, jiu-jitsu, and mixed martial arts are really about, he wrote, "it isn't about the fighting." He also argued, "fighting for the sake of pure violence is basically immoral."

    In a lengthy interview, we discuss the transformation of mixed martial arts from, as he called it, the "cerebral" sport it once was, to its current state which celebrates "mindless, juvenile violence." We also discuss what can be done to change the sport of mixed martial arts into something which plays a more positive role.

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    Listening to the Mr. Hester interview -- my sentiments exactly. It is often difficult to put into words the frustration of seeing craft turn into crap as we have seen with the continued water-down process with MMA.
     
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    Listening to the Mr. Hester interview -- my sentiments exactly. It is often difficult to put into words the frustration of seeing craft turn into crap as we have seen with the continued water-down process with MMA.

    By Blogger Maxomillion Solaris, at 5:07 AM  

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