Until they change rules, MMA will never rise beyond level of grotesque spectacle
Since the astonishing rise of Conor McGregor from ordinary beginnings to the single biggest name in his chosen field, MMA has become the most controversial sport in this country.
To the uninitiated, the average bout can look like nothing more than a brutal scrap outside a chipper at closing time. To the sport's many devotees, however, it is a sublime synthesis of a variety of martial arts and is a testament to the training, discipline and skill levels of the competitors.
But any calls for more understanding of the intricacies of the sport must fall on deaf ears following the death of the Portuguese fighter Joao Carvalho yesterday.