Letter to the Editor

Letter to the New York Times Editor: Coverage of MMA is offensive and gratuitous

Mixed martial arts fans long for the day that their sport will be legally sanctioned in New York State, but how can that happen when those who are misinformed or have predetermined ideas of what the sport is truly about spread their gospel one of the largest newspapers in the country?

Below is a letter to the Editor of the New York Times that was published on December 19, 2015.  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/20/sports/letters-to-the-editor.html?_r=0

A Sport Denounced

To the Sports Editor:

Re “Conor McGregor Ends Title Bout With One Punch,” Dec. 14: Your coverage of the mixed martial arts fight between Conor McGregor and José Aldo was offensive and gratuitous. The video of Conor leveling Aldo and pummeling his face on the ground was an example of the mindless brutality of this “sport.” The broad coverage of Ronda Rousey, including her loss to Holly Holm, was similarly graphic and unnecessary.

Mixed martial arts may be called a sport, but it is a primitive and disgusting one. It desensitizes its wild-eyed fans, who seem to derive great glee from the barbaric sight of two men or two women brutalizing each other.

Might The New York Times consider ending its complicity with this awful activity?

STEVE NELSON, New York

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