Monday, June 25th, 2007

Sports picksJune 25, 2007

Kimbo Slice defeated Ray Mercer Saturday night in both fighters’ Mixed Martial Arts debuts. On the entire face of sports this fight wasn’t even a pimple – and as recent events in the MMA world have shown, it could have been much worse.

After a long battle to bring MMA out of the barrooms and into the living rooms of mainstream America, ESPN had begun coverage and reporting on fights, history and most importantly the sports television network had finally given MMA equal sports billing. MMA had finally separated itself from pro wrestling.

The UFC was now on Sportscenter then along came Tommy. Former heavyweight boxing champion and “formerly” HIV+ Tommy Morrison made his much-hyped MMA debut – well sort of.

In an unsanctioned, unlicensed and under regulated “fight,” on an Indian Reservation, Morrison needed to pass no blood work, needed no physical to pass to gain entrance into the cage. Morrison then changed all the rules to make the match a boxing match within an MMA cage. The unscrupulous promoters duped the audience and sports world into thinking this was an MMA match when in fact all it was a shameless publicity stunt.

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