UFC: The Official Sport of the MAGA Right?
It’s getting harder to escape this clown world. With its endless bogus manias and phantasmal salacity, escapism now requires seeing something real, something visceral. That might explain the increased draw of the ultra-violent spectacle of Ultimate Fighting Championship.
From the economy to politics to culture or even medicine, it seems every aspect of shared experience is built on a house of cards or is even entirely fake. Even the strongest forces perceived to be against this status quo are unreal. President Donald Trump may be authentic in his own way, but even his supporters understand he’s a showman.
Sportsball only gets you so far these days when everything is woke. Sure, some will argue that only returning to the land, traditional religion, and raising a family offer the fullest escape from the forces of woke.
But what the UFC brings to the table can’t be denied, and it shouldn’t be dismissed.
There’s a reason why the popularity of mixed martial arts (MMA), particularly the UFC’s product, continues to climb.
In May 2020, UFC 249 was held in Jacksonville, Florida, the first professional sports event produced post-Covid lockdowns. Less than 20 years prior, in 2001, MMA was only sanctioned in two states. In 1996, Senator John McCain called it “human cockfighting.”
In a generation, the bloodsport went from the underground to the foreground of cultural impact. Now viewed in 900 million homes around the world, it’s global, but not globalist.
And it’s not simply about the violence.
UFC president Dana White runs the multi-billion dollar business like a monarchy. There are no unions, no team owners. And yet, no employees were fired throughout the coof. In fact, all contracts were upheld! He even planned to buy his own “Fight Island” if that was what was necessary to outlast the WuFlu.
White embodies a certain winning spirit that many Americans miss adoring. Actually, many Americans too young to have grown up with any traditional American heroes yearn for this as well. Don’t forget Trump’s support among the youth.
White also speaks directly to the people, unabashedly.
“I believe that this country is a fucking mess right now,” he recently said on a podcast. “And there’s never been a time where there’s more opportunity than there is right now. You got people that aren’t going back to fucking work cause they are living off the government. You’ve got businesses that got destroyed that have been around forever through this pandemic.”
He continued: “Whatever your fucking dream is, whatever your goal is, there’s never been a better opportunity than right now.”
“Right now is the time that you run over all these fucking guys that are sitting around crying and whining and bitching about their life. Now’s the time. I don’t know if there’s ever gonna be a time like this again in our lifetime.”
White also refuses to endorse Black Lives Matter. Indeed, he goes to bat for his fighters who are vocally anti-BLM. And that’s just the start.
Jorge Masvidal, UFC title challenger, openly talked smack about Communism and was one of Trump’s strongest sports advocates in 2020.
Rose Namajunas, female strawweight champion, had choice words about Communism and head kick KO’d her Chinese opponent Weili Zhang to win the title for the women’s strawweight division.
Lightweight competitor Beneil Dariush dedicated his victory to victims of Communism.
Jon Fitch, Welterweight championship contender and top 5 Welterweight in the world at one time, supports Ron Paul.
Colby Covington, interim welterweight champion and perennial WW contender, is an outspoken Trump supporter.
MMA in general is filled with non-PC voices and those who break the norm. Its growth in popularity should not cause us to be cynical about “bread and circuses” but rather encourage us that a fighting spirit is alive in people...millions of them. They just need the right leader to get behind.