Human cock-fighting: Ultimate Fighting Championship is heading to the UK

Two fighters grappling in a mixed martial arts...

Two fighters grappling in a mixed martial arts event. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I remain to be persuaded that beating someone half to death is sport.  Something about the savage beast within?

Human Cock-Fighting

Boxing,
kick-boxing,
outfoxing the opponent
with a medley of moves.
Tae kwon-do, jujitsu,
karate, kung fu,
all-in wrestling too.
Mixed martial arts.
How did it start?
Why do they do what they do
in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
To afficionadoes it’s “UFC”,
though god only knows
why they do what they do;
it all seems madness to me.

Human cock-fighting is what it’s been called.
No holds barred.
Well maybe a few
but you have to be hard
or else you’ll be mauled.
You’ll be beaten and punched,
throttled and kicked
and you’ll know when your licked
when your body’s been mangled
or lying unconscious, gratuitously strangled
or when your arm’s dangled
broken and useless down by your side
or your kidneys are crushed, bleeding inside
or your head’s feeling dull
from the fractured skull.

Why do they do what they do?
Machismo?  Maybe money?
Egotistical glory?
And why do we watch?
We watch ‘cos it’s violent, it’s bloody, it’s gory.
That’s why.
Anticipating some day that someone will die
from a punch or a kick
or a well-honed flick
of a hand hardened like steel on the karate block.
The savage triumph of the Human Cock.

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17th August 2013 – headline from the Independent

Notes:  “Human cock-fighting: Ultimate Fighting Championship is heading to the UK.”  UFC is the biggest proponent of mixed martial arts (MMA) in the world. It was created in 1993 with the goal of determining which is the most effective martial art – boxing, jiu-jitsu, kick-boxing, wrestling, karate, even sumo  In its infancy, it marketed itself with the tagline “There are no rules”, and its violent nature drew much criticism. Labelled “human cock-fighting” by the American senator John McCain, it was regarded as an underground movement.  The rules have now evolved and it has sought to shed the worst of the “cage-fighting” connotations. Head-butting, groin strikes, kicking an opponent in the head when they are down, all have been outlawed, while open-fingered gloves are now mandatory, to reduce injury.  It’s big business.  UFC claims to be the world’s fastest-growing sport, broadcast to nearly 800 million households in more than 145 countries, it is the world’s biggest pay-per-view event provider.

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4 thoughts on “Human cock-fighting: Ultimate Fighting Championship is heading to the UK

  1. Darwin’s theory of evolutions seems to have produced regressive, aggressive genes to create brutal minds, with bodies to match. I have seen clips of caged fights that resulted in death.
    Your poem is an appropriate reminder that such violence is a like drug that destroys the human spirit. Great poem

  2. Pingback: Human cock-fighting: Ultimate Fighting Championship is heading to … | Kids Martial Arts

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