Saturday 21 April 2018

Daragh Keany: The naysayers have their day - but MMA fighters devote their lives to their sport

Reporter Daragh Keany tests his mettle against Conor McGregor. Photo: David Maher / Sportsfile
Reporter Daragh Keany tests his mettle against Conor McGregor. Photo: David Maher / Sportsfile

Daragh Keany

Long before this week's tragedy, I found myself defending the sport of MMA on a regular basis. I frequently found myself discussing the reason I am a UFC Fight Pass member, why I spent a small fortune travelling to Las Vegas last December to watch 13 seconds of combat, and why I regularly pull all-nighters glued to the telly watching a series of title fights from various packed-out arenas around the world.

I have read countless opinion pieces this week about how the sport should be banned and how disgusting and violent it is. Every narrow-minded naysayer who doesn't have a grasp of what MMA really is has come out of the woodwork and had their say.

I've heard it all before. Genuinely I have.

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