Vince McMahon Sr. and the Dawn of Television

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Professional wrestling, as opposed to sport, is the fulfillment of bourgeois ideology. As Roland Barthes explained in Mythologies, “a boxing match always implies a science of the future…the wrestler’s function is not to win but to perform exactly the gestures expected of him.” The sport viewer may anticipate a certain outcome, but cannot guarantee that his expectation will be satisfied, whereas the professional wrestling fan knows the overall arc of the story. And like the pleasure experienced when the detective reveals the killer at the end of a whodunit, the outcome of professional wrestling is cathartic. It is wish fulfillment. It is a morality play.

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UFC ABC to vote on revised MMA judging criteria, including change in 10-8 round language

ABC to vote on revised MMA judging criteria, including change in 10-8 round language
E. Casey Leydon, MMA Fighting

A revised version of MMA’s judging criteria will be voted on at the Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) convention next month, MMA Fighting has learned.

Earlier this year, the ABC’s MMA rules and regulations committee unanimously passed new scoring language, including the adaptation of a more liberal definition of a 10-8 round, according to committee chairman Sean Wheelock. The proposed criteria will be voted on by the ABC’s general body at its annual convention Aug. 1 in Las Vegas. If voted into MMA’s unified rules by the ABC, the proposed changes would go into effect Jan. 1, 2017.

The proposed new criteria will have judges evaluate the damage, dominance and duration of a round. If a round contains two of those three characteristics, a 10-8 must be considered. If a round has all three, then a 10-8 — or even a 10-7 — must be the score. A 10-7 score calls for “overwhelming dominance” and “significant damage” with a referee stoppage warranted.

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The Physics of Head Stomps, Soccer Kicks, and MMA’s Other Taboo Weapons

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Watching Wanderlei Silva grab the ropes that edge the Pride ring and stomp his poor foe’s head into the canvas, it’s hard not to feel it in your gut. It’s like you’re watching the scaffolding of a sport fight and all of its contrivances start to buckle, threatening to fall apart into sheer chaos.

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As MMA turns focus to China, UFC’s Li Jingliang brings advice home to country’s fighters

Li Jingliang

By: | July 16, 2016 5:15 pm

Four years ago, UFC welterweight Li Jingliang couldn’t even get a visa to enter the U.S. Now he’s the face of Chinese MMA, greeted by clamoring fans at Beijing Capital International Airport.

Fresh off of his third UFC win, a knockout victory over Anton Zafir (7-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale this past week in Las Vegas, Jingliang (11-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC) is back in his adopted hometown of Beijing after a month of training in Sin City. And while “The Leech” revels in his role as China’s elite MMA competitor, he told MMAjunkie about a time when he was left behind as his teammates were brought to Nevada by the UFC for an international development program.

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Dana White to Speak at Republican Convention

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Earlier this week we reported that a former UFC press flack had been hired by Donald Trump to run his presidential campaign’s rapid-response operation. Well, today in uncomfortable political/MMA dovetailing news, it looks like UFC President Dana White will be speaking on Trump’s behalf at the Republican National Convention next week. Which is one giant step for White, one huge leap for mixed martial arts, and one depressing kick in the teeth for those of us hoping MMA was growing into a civilized member of society.

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How Joanna Jedrzejczyk Defended the Crown

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Another night, another big fight in the march towards UFC 200. This time it was Joanna Jędrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha in the gutsiest slog in the history of their young division. Gadelha made a good case through the first six rounds that her and Jędrzejczyk have fought, but the last two were all Jędrzejczyk. It is hard not to feel for Gadelha, she lost a hotly disputed decision in their first fight over three rounds, came in and dominated the first three rounds of this match, and still wound up losing. But that’s fighting, the numbers on the record don’t make exceptions for how well you did or how hard you tried, the only thing that matters is the ‘W’ or ‘L’.

 

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Tearful Jon Jones Denies Taking Banned Substance

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A visibly shaken Jon Jones took part in an impromptu press conference just minutes ago, telling the assembled reporters that he was surprised and saddened by reports from the USADA, the UFC’s anti-doping partner, that he had been flagged for a potential anti-doping policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection on June 16. Jones has subsequently been removed from his long-awaited championship fight this weekend against Daniel Cormier at UFC 200.

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The Tactical Guide to UFC 200: Aldo vs Edgar

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It has been seven months since Jose Aldo was crisply starched at the hands of Conor McGregor. His last victory came a full year before that in a back and forth war with Chad Mendes. Mendes made the UFC’s only featherweight champion look less clinical and more hittable than ever in their October 2015 barnburner. Then, after a year out of the ring, hours of bitter back and forth in the media, and another postponement, Aldo entered the cage with McGregor only to immediately rush himself onto the counter left hand that the Irishman had been hanging out for everyone he has met since his Cage Warriors days. Reach back to the start of 2015 though, perhaps to February when he paralyzed a timid Ricardo Lamas with technical superiority in every area of the game, it seemed unthinkable that we would reach this point. Doubting Aldo? Doubting Aldo.

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Top 5 Asia-Based Fighters ready for the UFC and beyond

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has been edging itself into the Asian market slowly but surely. With past events in such locations as Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Macau and the Philippines, the largest promotion in the world still seems intrigued in the birthplace of martial arts and its athletes.

Just recently, another UFC Fight Night was announced in Manila for later this year and more events are rumored to be in the works in countries like South Korea, Japan and India. As a result, the UFC will be looking to sign the highest level of talent from regional promotions to fill up the fight cards.

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