World’s First Wheelchair MMA Event Scheduled For Later This Year
Now here’s an idea that couldn’t possibly be considered objectionable by anyone: wheelchair MMA.
Yep, that’s right. On the heels of the 2012 Summer Paralympic Games that just wrapped up in London, it seems the Ultimate Cage Fighting Championships (the UCFC, not to be confused with the UFC) and a group called the Wheeled Warriors are teaming up to promote the first ever MMA event featuring wheelchair-bound fighters. They haven’t set a date for the event, but they say it will take place in Yorkshire, England, later this year.
Collin Woods, who heads up Wheeled Warriors, released the following statement regarding this new endeavor:
“We have come together to bring both amputees and wheeled fighters into the ring to compete just like any other…It is clear this concept is well-received and ahead of its time as very few would expect something of its kind to come to fruition so soon. To conclude, this is a great collaboration which surely will improve sports and will continue to grow for the foreseeable future. Both sides are gaining opportunities.”
Now, as I’m sure you realized, I was being sarcastic when I said this idea won’t receive any criticism. Obviously, it’s sure to receive a lot of criticism.
Why? Well, it’s not that anybody will have any objections to the mere idea of people in wheel chairs beating the crap out of each other. I think pretty much everybody agrees that people in wheelchairs have a right to do any damn thing they want. And if that includes MMA, well, more power to them.
However, I would think some people might wonder whether such an event is just an attempt to exploit these athletes, turning them into a kind of circus attraction.
Now, some might respond to this by saying, well, these people probably know full well what they are getting into. And that’s probably right—we shouldn’t be condescending and assume these fighters are naive. However, what they choose to do has ramifications for how society perceives everyone in wheelchairs. And while the ramifications might be good, they might also be bad.
Of course, exploitation in sports is nothing new. Ever heard of a little thing called the Lingerie Football League?
In any case, what do you think? Is wheelchair MMA a cool idea, or a little screwy?
Hat Tip – [Fighters Only]