UFC not legalised in Victoria - Amateurish article
Herald Sun Report by Ron Reed
There are a couple of points about this article that really frustrate me as an MMA fan.
- The author of this article is clearly uneducated on the topic of MMA, and can't even bother to properly research his material. For instance, he fails to note (probably doesn't even realise) that MMA isn't banned in Victoria - just the cage for which the UFC is famous. I've watched a couple of Kickboxing/MMA cross promotions held in Melbourne on TV. He also seems to assume that George's professional debut was in 2008, which is also very incorrect. Sotiropoulos began his professional career in 2004. Ron Reed may have been confused with George's UFC debut, but even that was in 2007 at the TUF 6 Finale.
- The article conforms to the media hype of MMA (or UFC as the Ron states, he makes no mention of MMA as a whole, and probably thinks the UFC is the entirety of the sport) being the most violent sport in the world - it seems as if most of his "information" is merely gleamed from things he's heard from other articles, as opposed to researching the subject himself. The general tone of this piece (correct me if I'm wrong) is that these violent Americans are going try and legalise this silliness in Victoria, and that regular people (hence Ron mentioning the poll in which most people thought the UFC was animalistic and barbaric) wouldn't like this to happen.
GAH! It's amateurish garbage like this by uninterested two-bit "journalists" (who is obviously trying to pander to a particular demographic of reader) that give me the shits. This type of article does nothing to educate people about MMA at all.
And, I know, crap like this isn't new, plenty of newspapers/news programs/internet cack articles like this out all the time. This one just shits me even more because its so misinformed and poorly researched.
Ah... vent complete.