Monday 5 December 2016

MMA leaders must answer some difficult questions

Ger Gilroy

Published 20/04/2016 | 02:30

John Kavanagh. Photo: Sportsfile
John Kavanagh. Photo: Sportsfile

The sport of MMA was under attack last week and struck a defensive pose. Perhaps understandly. It has been badly served by the silence of key stakeholders.

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The MMA journalists have been left fighting fires with mixed results. The fighters and the coaches and the leaders of the community have largely been silent. We need to hear from them.

They are all pioneers of a new sport that a large group of people will always have issue with. There is no fighting that. A chunk of society will forever be deaf to any arguments about how the sport teaches discipline, changes lives or represents an ancient tradition.

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