Why, oh why, does a perfectly good sport--one which anyone with a Phys.Ed. background (like yours truly) will recognize as a real builder of all-round athletes--have a name that sounds like a soon-to-be-banned food additive? Fell into it by entropy? There were alternatives...
Okay, "Ultimate Fighting" will get Dana's panties in a knot, which won't help him outrun Fedor.
"Vale Tudo" is a kick-ass name, but the English translation (roughly "Anything Goes") sounds like a 1930s musical or a zoophiles' field-trip to the nearest farm.
"Freestyle" is front-crawl while wearing skates and/or skis.
What about translating another Brazilo-Portuguese term: Free-fighting? Calling an event a "Freefight" might be seen by some as going against the sport's attempts to improve its image due to the presence of the word "fight"...but boxing events have had titles like "Fight-Night" for decades.
Anything would have sounded better than a name that comes across as some substance you wouldn't want to test positive in.
I know, I know: the horse has already left the barn on this one, but I really needed to get that rant out of my system.
Great sport, shitty title.
Wait, apparently that's been used already by some obscure video game.
Too bad we couldn't just stick to NHB.
Sounds like a steroid.
"Hey man, you got some of that HGH and test?"
"No brother, I got some NHB."
MMA is not so bad, but it gets me more trouble then "vale tudo" which is imediatly reconized by the day to day portuguese man and woman! It's just that, in an atempt to sound p.c. I end up having to explain and repeat "mixed martial arts", first in english and then trying to translate it to portuguese. After the puzzled look in their eyes I just say vale tudo and then it returns to it's bad ass state!
Se vale todo? As a title. That would be hot. But I imagine the spanish speaking crowd would be puzzled.
Originally Posted by Kokujin
Originally Posted by Goju - joe
Lucha Libre? I could see that being a problem.
I think we should hereby rename it to "bloodsport"
We should call it by its original name
How about Human cock fighting?
I like free fighting. It sounds... sexy. Though usually I don't say MMA I say the whole thing, mixed martial arts. But free fighting sounds good.