First Sanctioned MMA Bout Between Disabled Opponents: What Do You Think?

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    Jul 23, 2013 9:13 PM GMT
    The first sanctioned MMA bout between disabled opponents will take place in Florida in August. One fighter has Down Syndrome. The other has mild cerebral palsy. There has been an outcry from people saying their disabilities should rule out a fight (including the Florida Boxing Commission and the promoter's financier). I really don't see this as much different from Special Olympics. I say good for them for breaking barriers and challenging restrictions other people have set. My only problem is the bout seems wildly overmatched. The guy with cerebral palsy has competed in the Special Olympics (although I'm not sure in what event since the Special Olympics doesn't hold MMA competitions) and the Paralympics as well as competing in Muay Thai competitions. The guy with Down syndrome has only fought in two exhibitions.
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    Jul 23, 2013 9:16 PM GMT
    Challenged people have the right to do what ever they want to but, just the same, I think I'm going to throw up.
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    Jul 26, 2013 8:46 PM GMT
    The promoter has pulled out of this so it looks like it's not going to happen. I feel sorry for the guys who trained so hard and were excited about doing this but on the other hand I'm not sure the people who brought this thing together were entirely acting out of the goodness of their hearts.
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    Jul 26, 2013 11:01 PM GMT
    Wow this is a new low for the promoter making sick or injured ppl fight that's sick
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    Jul 27, 2013 1:52 AM GMT
    Coach_Mike saidThe promoter has pulled out of this so it looks like it's not going to happen. I feel sorry for the guys who trained so hard and were excited about doing this but on the other hand I'm not sure the people who brought this thing together were entirely acting out of the goodness of their hearts.

    I'm happy for the handicapped guys to have found something they like to do, even if its something I personally hate. I'd have no problem with people making money from the fight, however this would probably get marketed as a "freak-show" and people would come less for the fight than for the "freaks". At which point it's not liberating anymore, but fad. At which point the handicap is the selling point and not their fighting skills.
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    Jul 27, 2013 4:06 AM GMT
    Who the hell would want to watch two disabled kids throw punches @ ea other? Just seems terribly wrg!
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    Jul 27, 2013 4:35 AM GMT
    Maybe there is still hope for an exhibition match?

    I know on the surface it feels uncomfortable thinking about two persons with disabilities going at it in the octagon, but if they know what they are doing and have been well trained then why should they be prevented from pursuing their dream?

    Would this be different if the contestants had matched physical disabilities (i.e. both contestants were quadraplegics)?

    Here in San Francisco I see "differently abled" folks doing all kinds of "everyday things" and it is inspiring. They get treated just like anybody else.
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    Jul 27, 2013 4:38 AM GMT
    I love MMA, but this would be uncomfortable for me to watch.
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    Jul 27, 2013 5:07 AM GMT
    Scruffypup saidI love MMA, but this would be uncomfortable for me to watch.

    +1
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    Jul 27, 2013 5:25 AM GMT
    It's Florida. How am I not surprised. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jul 27, 2013 5:36 AM GMT
    There are already disabled fighters in MMA


    Kyle Maynard


    And Nick here is an animal.