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The US Army funds a recruitment show – er, MMA reality show

Man, I’m such a fucking cynic. They announce another MMA ‘reality show’ on Fox Sports Net and instead of being excited I just think “Man, more fucking garbage MMA”. Am I jaded? Am I spoiled? Or is it because so far all this small fry MMA is about as fun to watch as kittens getting chop sueyed at a Mongolian restaurant.

Behold SUN Sports’ GI vs PRO show, which will feature … get ready for it! Army guys trained in MMA fighting average guys trained in MMA. This would be interesting if not for the fact that 85% of all regional shows in the states already feature armed service veterans fighting, sometimes against non-vets and sometimes against eachother. And that’s not so surprising considering the number of people the US has cycled through Iraq over the past two wars. And let’s not forget how lots of those people have issues now that can only be sorted through expensive therapy the army ain’t going to provide. But I guess the cage is a good place to let off some of that steam without ending up in jail.

But who knows, perhaps I’m just being a jaded asshole as usual. Perhaps there’ll be a fun twist and they’ll be pitting crafty Vietnam vets with jungle psychosis against unsuspecting MMA fighters. Now that’d be something I’d like to see … right up until the vet gouges out some dude’s eyes while screaming incoherently about someone named Charlie. But as it stands, this looks like one big infomercial for army recruitment.

Oh, as a side note, kudos to SUN Sports for surviving after HDNetFights cut their legs out from under them, stole away Guy Metzger, and took them off HDNet. I was pretty sure they were gonna go tits up after that but it looks like they’ve managed to think outside the box to stay alive.

13 COMMENTS
  • #1 jackal says:

    “Now that’d be something I’d like to see … right up until the vet gouges out some dude’s eyes while screaming incoherently about someone named Charlie”

    thats wrong but funny.

  • Fightlinker Jackal says:

    This shit disgusts me, not to mention that 99% of UFC products are sponsored by the U.S. Army.

  • clint notestine says:

    “Perhaps there’ll be a fun twist and they’ll be pitting crafty Vietnam vets with jungle psychosis against unsuspecting MMA fighters.”
    The winner gets to keep the losers ears as a trophy around his neck. It does look like a recruiting tool but so was that Americas Army game and it turned out to be really good. I’ll be happy to see Tim Kennedy fight cause he is actually a good fighter.

  • Xavier says:

    Bad logo, thought at first glance it would be guys fighting in gi’s vs. guys fighting in traditional MMA gear.

    This would be great if all the military guys lost, ruining the propaganda appeal. Honestly, though, I’ll give them my sure-fire idea for free. Go steal the TUF format with military soldiers “trained in MMA”, but make it so all the losers get an extra two years of military duty attached.

    Then you’ll see some real fucking fights.

  • Accomando says:

    We can all only hope they bring Greg “The Ranger” Stott back into the mix.

    http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/fightfinder.asp?FighterID=179

    He was doing awesome against Mark Kerr until he got kneed in the face.

    The need to revive “The Ranger”‘s career.

  • x5BoltMainx says:

    Lam3!!!

  • Hattori Hanzo Gracie says:

    Awesome!!!
    “Perhaps there’ll be a fun twist and they’ll be pitting crafty Vietnam vets with jungle psychosis against unsuspecting MMA fighters. Now that’d be something I’d like to see … right up until the vet gouges out some dude’s eyes while screaming incoherently about someone named Charlie.”

    Winner gets a four figure Army contract???

  • Rob says:

    “I just think “Man, more fucking garbage MMA”. Am I jaded? Am I spoiled?”

    A perfectly sane reaction in the age of Bodog, the IFL and [god help us all] Iron Ring.

    UFC, EliteXC/Strikeforce, K1 and Dream are really the only orgs that have consistently put on good MMA TV. IMHO, of course. [And K1 and Dream, in Japan only, natch.]

  • The bad thing about this is that even though it is a recruitment tool, I am still going to watch it. Besides, I already served in the army so they won’t be influencing me. A couple of my family members have done 2 to 4 tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, etc., so I don’t think the Army will influence them either…

  • I don’t know if you mentioned it, but they also have “Top Army Fighter” airing on the Military Channel (April 14-16th).

    http://www.truveo.com/Top-Army-Fighter/id/3964789528

  • Ted Dibiase says:

    hey fuck off, my boy Nick Agallar is fighting on this card. virgil might corner him but thats a big “might”. i hate to be alone at night.

  • Hattori Hanzo Gracie says:

    kinda of like the military channel

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