the ufc is so fucked up and weird. mma culture in general

jorge masvidal had a big year last year where he positioned himself as a Real Fighter. and ppl loved him. especially after he got into a rivalry with his former friend turned chud colby covington. until masvidal came out as a Q guy and it became clear why they were friends in the first place.

its like a running joke in the mma community how averse fighters are to unionizing. like the ufc has indoctrinated fans and fighters to the mentality of earning decent pay thru bonuses for putting on good fights rather than a base salary. fighters have been fucked out of their individual sponsorships cuz of the at first reebok now venum deals. dominick cruz called out the monster energy ufc ambassador to a charity fight for pressuring ufc fighters to make IG posts on his behalf under threat of losing their deals instead of organizing

not to mention the nazi fight clubs, jon jones and jackson-winklejohn roaming albuquerque and harassing protesters, the revelation that renzo gracie is himmlerfan88 etc

ufc is exactly like the wwe right down to their parallel attempts toward mainstream recognition by sanitizing their image. wwe now has nbc, ufc has espn.

shit is deep into the roots of the sport. down to the history of the gracies who are like the First Family and also capitalists to the bone. all their shit is all about protecting their brand, rigging things in their favor and spinning losses into positives for themselves. their early rivalry with luta livre is really illuminating

one of the most commonly known holds in jiu jitsu is referred to as “the kimura” solely cuz the gracies popularized calling it that after a judo practitioner named kimura beat the shit out of helio gracie and submitted him with it. branding.

@gonzo reminds me of NASCAR drivers deciding to unionize to try to get at least moderate amounts of safety & guarantees their race entries would be honoured, but having to call it something else because none of the drivers wanted to be in a union

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