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ESPN’s Wednesday Night Death

Half the worriers out there are waiting for the mainstream press hammer to drop and castrate the sport of MMA over this whole Quinton Jackson thing. Various assurances have been levied from different sites that the sky isn’t about to fall over all of this, and I’d agree wholeheartedly. After all, you’ve got way worse shit going on in different sports: the all holy Patriots cheating, allegations of refs rigging NBA games, and so on and so forth. But if you want to see a good example of a sport that continues to limp forward despite one nasty incident after another, check out boxing and the kind of shit that happens on a regular basis:

The evening got off to a bad enough start after a poor end to Fox Sport’s broadcast of James Toney vs. Hasim Rahman II (cut stoppage following a headbutt…ruled a TKO because Rahman complained of blood in his eye) and as I switched over to the better fight of the evening but things were getting increasingly brutal prior to the very scary end as Diaz collapsed.   I will say however that Diaz’s corner disgusted me by trying to prop up a very visibly hurt fighter who was having trouble answering questions from the ref before the start of the round.   That kind of display is just shameful.

Diaz has had emergency surgery to relieve some of the swelling from the bleeding on his brain and remains in critical condition and as of the last updates I have seen is still on a ventilator.

Brent from BloodyElbow declined to turn the topic into a discussion ‘on the relative dangers and merits of boxing vs MMA’, prefering to push for thoughts and prayers for Oscar Diaz. Myself, I’ve never been a big believer in the power of prayer and I think thoughts are useless without action. Therefore I’m all about using this trajedy to voice the idea of something needing to be done in order to make boxing safer. How situations like Oscar Diaz’ happen at all in a regulated sport blows my fucking mind.