MMA media can be greatly improved using this simple trick.

MMA media can be greatly improved using this simple trick.

Imago | ZUMA WIRE by Louis Grasse

One of the things that MMA promotion does is sadden me not to contact them when I report something that criticizes the promotion. After that, I do my best to contact them and promote other fights. when reporting about their actions I try to make the same effort in the comment section whenever possible. I say try because I don’t know if I ever did that. But I know that more often than not I reached out This is again after I received the ear. So I guess lesson learned and you know this is a good lesson as it makes the list I filed more complete.

I mention this because too often the MMA media doesn’t get a response from parties who should be forced to comment on specific situations.

There are two recent examples that I would like to mention. Both involve weight loss and, therefore, the health and safety of fighters. When it comes to the health and safety of boxers The promotion and sports commission should have a stake in these topics.

The first trailer leads up to UFC 291. In the lead up to the fight with the press, heavyweight fighter Derrick Lewis had the following statement, as reported by several MMA websites:

“I lost 25 pounds in three days, not eating, just water, maybe just a little bit. It was a huge eye opener and it was at the back of my head during the fight. I really feel like I’m dead and I’m thinking about all the other fighters who have been through that, they’ve passed out, come back, and can’t fight. They don’t let fighters fight. good things that happen at [UFC Performance Institute]And they gave me everything I needed to get up and walk out of there. It was a very scary time.”

What was missing in every report I saw – and I looked at most of the big name MMA sites – was any attempt to get the UFC to comment on Lewis’ claims. During a UFC media event where UFC PR representatives were almost on hand. The Nevada State Athletic Commission should be asked to comment. I saw the MMANews website contact NSAC for comment.

The second incident happened after the UFC on the ESPN 50 card happened in Lewis’ case. This is a very weighty event. The fighter in question is Jake Hadley, who writes on social media:

“Losing a fight something went wrong before going into a fight. I almost died during the diet. I really saw God in a fraction of a second. unable to return the water like normal felt that it had a huge effect on my performance. Because I can’t do pushups like normal. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m never fat.”*

Hadley’s weight loss situation took place in Nashville, Tennessee. Because of this, MMA media members reporting on Hadley’s problems, and again, several people should contact the UFC and the Tennessee Athletic Commission. I couldn’t find a single incident where the website did so.

I’m not pointing the finger here. It seems so. And as I’ve recently pointed out, my reputation as a “troublemaker” and “troublemaker” doesn’t give me any benefit in making that claim. in my defense I’m here as someone who was slapped in the face by an aforementioned anonymous MMA promoter for not contacting them for comment. MMA to present a complete and authoritative story. in which the expression of opinions can be done

That doesn’t mean the Sports Commission or the UFC will respond. There’s a high chance they won’t. But just stepping out and reporting that they’ve taken that step lets readers, fighters, and promoters know that the media is watching these situations and that they won’t let them. slick without comment The next step is to ask these questions to people like UFC president Dana White when he goes to court after a UFC event.

The MMA media has to do this better. Ignoring promotion and/or sporting committees makes the MMA press look more like a transcription service than a journalist.

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Trent Reinsmith

Trent Reinsmith is a freelance writer from Baltimore, MD. He has covered the sport for over 15 years, with a large focus on MMA. Trent focuses on the day-to-day business of MMA — in and out of the cage — for Bloody Elbow.

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