Well I've been training since I was 5, and have been doing MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) aka "Cage Fighting" since I was 18.. My views of male male relationships probably differ from the people posting on here, though I've run into some guys on here who view it the same as I do which is awesome, but that's another topic. I've never thought about sex, nor have I gotten turned on, or got off on fighting. The sport is just a modern day version of what the Pankration fighters did back in ancient Greek times. In fact the rules are still somewhat the same. Pankration just basically means all powers, since it was a mixture of different disciplines which is why people believe all of the martial arts/fighting styles we have in the world today, were influenced by what the Greeks made up since so many of the moves of Pankration look like Asian fighting styles, even western like boxing/wrestling. Its believed Bodhidharma (the grandfather of all asian martial arts) was influenced by what he saw by the Greek soldiers when Alexander invaded India. The Greek soldiers were using Pankration.
Mixed Martial arts basically speaks for itself, a mixture of different arts. Some guys need this sort of thing, I love the sport because I love the training, and testing my skills against another man who has maybe trained just as hard as I have. Then there are some guys in the sport who do it because they simply enjoy hurting people. They love the idea that they can beat the shit out of someone, and not go to jail for it.. I don't have much respect for the guys like that. MOST of the guys in this sport including myself really don't like the way society today views the way a man should be, or how men behave today. So you'll find most of the men in these sports to be pretty traditional in what is supposed to make a man, a man. Basically they believe most men today are soft, and don't know how to be men, and this does not mean having to be all big and muscular, breaking people's heads, and screwing X amount of chicks, cause I know guys like that too, and they'd always turn into little boys when things got rough.
The cage fighting started up because people wanted to know which fighting style was more superior in a real fight with no rules. UFC was the first to do this, and this was during the ugly time of the sport, and it wasn't that popular, and banned pretty much everywhere except Vegas, its still banned today in some states. By the late 90's like 98 99 ect, UFC got changed around a lot, new president Dana White wanted a more respectable image,which is awesome, and MMA has now become extremely popular. In the early days of the UFC they'd have a guy fight 3-5 guys in one night, which was crazy, they don't do that anymore. I remember Royce Gracie would just crush every guy he had to fight, and because of that people though his family's style of Jiu-jitsu which his grandfather was taught by a man who moved from Japan to Brazil, who was from a long line of Samurai, was more superior. Because he'd just rip everyone up. Today they don't allow certain fighting styles in it anymore, If I remember right I believe Ninjitsu is one of them, I haven't seen anyone today use that, its mostly Boxing mixed with kickboxing muay thai, wrestling and most of all jiu-jitsu, along with other styles of karate.
I think its awesome Pankration is coming back, they're actually talking about putting it back into the Olympics, after it was boycotted and banned, by the Spartans way back in the day, because they believed it wasn't violent enough haha. so I think that's pretty damn amazing.
Whether they are in the sport because they love it, love the training and hard work, and testing their skills against another, or just love hurting people, and disrespecting their opponents, everyone's got one thing in common and that's the whole love of warrior culture. If you don't have that love for warrior culture, and don't live it, then you just don't make it in this sport period
I've never run into anyone who does it, because they "get off" on it, that's something that just turns on some gay dudes, dunno why.. I've had my fingers broken, my nose broken twice, my ribs broken, haha nothing sexy or hot about that. The two men in the photo Beaux is Tim Silva, and Jeff Monsen (both of em are assholes too haha). As for the John Cena photo... He's just an entertainer, doesn't do real wrestling, and he sure as hell is not an MMA fighter haha.. That study is also very bogus, and is part of what people call "The gay agenda".. Nothing wrong with being gay, but it gets a bit creepy when people try to throw gay into everything. I know gay men who are into the sport, and love it for all the same reasons as I mentioned earlier, and can't stand it when other gay men ask em if they get turned on by it.
Some of these guys in the sport like myself are all so into the warrior culture, they'll have a special relationship with one, and ONLY one guy. They'll be close with all their teammates and other male friends, but will remain close with that ONE guy until death pretty much. That kind of relationship is what they call a "Bromance" today, nothing new about it, it was the same with the Pankration fighters in ancient Greek. As far as intimacy goes there was no anal penetration because both men viewed each other as equals, and saw the whole being penetrated thing the woman's role. So neither man wanted to penetrate the other, or in a way dominate each other because they were supposed to be equals... Though they could go about and snatch up slave boys, basically others they didn't view as equals, kissing is cool, my buddy and I have even joked around saying if for whatever reason both our girls didn't want to give us head, we'd help each other out ha, then of course there was that time we did the whole frot thing (look it up), which is pretty much what the guys in such relationships did with each other in old times.
Then there are some guys in the sport, we call Vikings haha. They get off on the whole domination and humiliation thing, can't do that to girls too much because if and when she goes to the police he can basically kiss his fighting career goodbye. However another man, will be too ashamed, and embarrassed to let anyone know another man forced himself on him, ESPECIALLY if they aren't behind bars. So then the guy of course gets away with it.
Its only gay if you're having gay thoughts in your head about the sport haha
The article had me cracking up though.