Hey, I’m not saying you should have to spend six weeks at Big Bear to fight in the “Saturday Night Rumble” down at your local YMCA. I’m just saying that if you haven’t done at least some full-power sparring before you get in there that your coach has done you a disservice ad is hurting the sport.
One or two guys like that would be one thing, but an entire card full of them leads me to believe that either this is a promotion made up entirely of Bullshido McDojos, with a few competent fighters getting in by accident, or that this promoter is willing to scrape the bottom of the barrel on talent and doesn’t care if the fighters are going to get hurt because of it.
Either way, I think it falls on the coaches. If some of these guys entered themselves and misrepresented their abilities to the promoter, I don’t think there’s much an amateur organization can do to police that. After all, even Royce Gracie was 0-0 at one point. However, one of those kids could have ended up against me.
If he went in there having never been punched before, with no idea of how to slip a punch, with his mouth half open and his chin up, there’s a good chance that with 4oz gloves and an uppercut I’d have put him in the hospital. Then people get sued, parents talk to the press, and coaches have to answer questions on the local news about “why they’re promoting human cockfighting in our town.”
MMA is still recovering from the underground video image that nearly got us shut down in the 90’s. Dana White knows this, and it’s why he’s being tyrannical about policing his organization. The rest of us should take the hint, and do the same.