Tuesday, August 18, 2009
[Editor's Note: CBS is pulling the video, so watch this while you can. The bludgeoning begins at the 4:30 mark.]
I don't know the whole backstory, but apparently Carano was considered the Danica Patrick of MMA. A pretty face with some talent, but no real track record, boosted up to exploit her sex appeal for TV and PPV ratings. Heck, it worked because I Tivo'ed this one while I was out of town on vacation. Cyborg (is that her real last name?) as you can see, isn't exactly the prettiest young thang, so this was billed as Beauty vs The Beast.
Beast (obviously) won.
I've been sorta kinda trying to get into MMA the past few months since boxing is clearly a sport past its prime and I need my gratuitous violence quota filled somehow. But by trying to pass off gimmicky fighters (ie: Kimbo Slice) in the name of ratings, I wonder if this sport is dumbing itself down waaay too much to be taken seriously.
One thing not dumbed down, and definitely taken seriously: Cris Cyborg's punches. Ouch.
Question: Do you watch MMA? Did you peep Cyborg/Carano? Does the sport undermine its legitimacy by thrusting folks like Cyborg and Slice to the forefront to draw in casual viewers like me?
 Let's face it: lady look like a dude.
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