Danforth wrote:The UFC that you envision would never've received sanctioning or money. Not to mention that the fighters would most likely have to retire by the time they were 30, due to sever injuries that would result from that intense of fighting. AND not to mention the fact that some fighters would get killed or paralized.
Not in the long term, no, but they did do it once at UFC 2. And in the early days a lot of fighters did injure themselves (most common was messing up your arm and or fist from the barehanded punching) and subs went on to win the tournaments.
I'm definitely not supporting that it would be the norm, obviously. It'd be an option for those fighters wanting to do it. The tournament format of the early UFCs supported it. You didn't have to submit yourself to that kind of beatings all the time, there were only a few tournaments annually that you could enter if you chose to. No pressure to collect points, improve standings etc. Now UFC is "just another MMA", when it started out as so much more.
Too bad they don't televise underground Vale Tudo from Brazil... =)
(Fun fact of the day: Only two people have ever been recorded as died from bare-knuckle boxing related injuries. In the United States, four people every year die of gloved boxing injuries. When they didn't use gloves, everyone just aimed for the torso, since hitting your opponent in the jaw often meant breaking your fist. BAN THE GLOVES!)