In , Feldman tried to give bare-knuckle fighting its legally sanctioned and regulated debut in Florida but the hype was eventually doused by what Feldman believes to be a pervasive misperception of the sport.
So they pulled the rug out from under us about three weeks prior to that event. Bareknuckle fighting has built a negative reputation over the years as being more brutal than gloved combat—especially now with the growing conversation around chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, injuries. The logic basically goes like this: As important as safety is, former UFC champ Ricco Rodriguez is touting bare-knuckle fighting for another reason: Having been in the industry for so long, Rodriguez has experienced first-hand the struggle of negotiating a decent salary.
So that was one of the reasons why I went and fought all around the world.
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By KC Ifeanyi 4 minute Read. Design The exploitation, injustice, and waste powering our AI. For the uninitiated the fights can make for uncomfortable viewing. Broken noses are common. Blood is regularly spilled because of the sharp contact of bone on bone. As conversation around concussion in all sports has intensified, the issue of chronic traumatic encephalopathy CTE is leading sports authorities worldwide to examine the impact of blows to the head on the long-term health of athletes.
In boxing and other combat sports, such impacts are essential rather than incidental. Proponents of bare-knuckle fighting suggest, counter-intuitively, that removing gloves actually helps keep athletes safer in this regard. Some medical bodies, like the Australian Medical Association, believe that irreparable damage is being done to fighters in the meantime and have called for MMA fights — and by extension bare-knuckle boxing contests — to be not just regulated, but outlawed altogether.
UFC only made its debut in Western Australia last year after the state government lifted a ban on cage fighting. The Australian Medical Association reacted strongly, condemning government sanctioning of "a spectacle that celebrates the brain damage of its participants". If people want to see this, and there's fighters who want to participate, why not? Rawlings's fights didn't pay off for her at first, but she does earn a wage from her fighting now.
Not at superstar level, but a living wage.
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His own personal little fight club. My sister was a lover not a fighter and I would win every time. The prize was a dollar coin and a cent coin. And I would take the cent coin every time because it was bigger. He never told me. I think she showed all the fans this can be a mainstream sport for everybody," he said.
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Whether you view bare-knuckle boxing as the future of combat sport or a barbaric relic of another age that should remain only in history books, the reality is that, in the US at least, it is happening. Rawlings views the challenges the sport is facing in a fight for broad credibility as similar to those that UFC has in large part overcome in its move to a multi-million-dollar mainstream promotion.
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