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South Dakota Representative Attacks The Sport; Compares MMA To ‘Child Porn’ & Calls For Ban | MMA NEWS


A South Dakota representative is calling for an alright ban of mixed martial arts, a sport he likens to ‘child porn.’

According to the Argus Leader, Republican state rep. Steve Hickey penned the following in a blog post in response to South Dakota state senator Mark Johnson’s call for a state athletic commission to regulate combat sports:

“The conversation on violence in society has to start somewhere so why not with our most violent sport or form of entertainment? Decent and civil societies have to draw the line somewhere; with smoking we draw the line after tobacco and before pot; with “adult entertainment” we draw the line at child porn. With violent combative “sports” I suggest we draw the line at cage fighting. The line should be drawn after boxing, wrestling and legitimate martial arts. They are violent too but the line needs to be drawn somewhere. Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) or “cage fighting” is over that line – in fact, even the martial arts people I talk to tell me they hate cage fighting because it is a smear on legitimate martial arts.

MMA Cage Fighting is the child porn of sports. The psychological community will tell you that desensitization to violence works exactly like desensitization to porn. You know how porn progresses… a peek at topless isn’t enough, it all has to come off, then a pic is not enough… it goes to video then to virtual and then to the devaluation and mistreatment of women, human trafficking and sex crimes against women. Violence works the same way. Boxing wasn’t enough so they took the gloves off, then they allowed kicking, kneeing people in the head, then elbows to the face, then they put a cage around it. The point is to knock the other guy unconscious while pay per view crowds cheer it on. Why not nunchucks? In Rome they’d gather in colosseums and bring out prisoners and entertain themselves by making them fight to the death. That wasn’t enough so they brought out the helpless and the hated and brought in the hungry lions. Crowds cheered.

In South Dakota this week there is a bill, Senate Bill 84, which is an attempt to legitimize cage fighting in South Dakota. It’s billed as “economic development.” If that’s all we can come up with for economic development we are in trouble. And our decisions on our tolerance for things violent shouldn’t be about money. If we want to attract dirty and bloody money why not legalize prostitution or bring back the gladiators? We need to stop and think about why two governors in our state have been reticent to appoint people to a boxing/MMA commission.”

Johnston, R-Sioux Falls, and others support creating a South Dakota Athletic Commission that would regulate combat sports such as boxing, kick-boxing and mixed martial arts. South Dakota, like Montana and Alaska, has no such commission, meaning those events either avoid the state or happen without oversight.

With no commission, Johnston has argued that athletes are getting hurt or even killed fighting in unsanctioned bouts. The athletic commission created in Senate Bill 84 would be able to create rules.

The state’s governor, Dennis Daugaard, also chimed in on the issue:

“I’m offended that the state would legitimize cage-fighting and the bloody violence that those kinds of spectacles create,” Daugaard said in January. “I think it’s interesting that we declare that it is a crime for one human being to strike another, and yet the state now proceeds to legitimize, and label a sport, cage-fighting.”

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0 Comments to South Dakota Representative Attacks The Sport; Compares MMA To ‘Child Porn’ & Calls For Ban | MMA NEWS

  1. Nuitari X says:

    What an uneducated jackass! Let a fighter get a standing 8 count in boxing and then get smashed in the head about 20 more times. But that’s ok cause it’s not in a cage right? Idiot.

    • GOT RID OF FITCH (finally) says:

      Maybe someone should force him to watch a few Jon Fitch fights. Hopefully he has insomnia and is cured and changes his mind altogether. Does anyone know what a representative really is? They less power than afriggen Mayor of clownsville. Small state (popoulation wise) like South Dakota doesn’t even make a blip on the screeen in washington. ANYONE can move to South dacota and run for house of representatives. Its about a 20 k a year position where they vote a few times and with like hundreds and hundreds of U.S representatives in the U.S his little problem with MMA means nothing. Dana White has more power in his pinky finger than this idiot could dream up in 100 lifetimes. I knew a represetative in Alaska which is like South Dacota and he was just an average joe real estate agent. I never even saw an ad in paper where he ran for the position if that tells you how less ofa position this guy holds. he can’t do sh’t to MMA or UFC and besides who cares if MMA is legal in South Dacota. Place is a waste land and you couldn’t fill a 1000 seat civic center there. THis guy is going to get eaten alive by UFC if he persists

      Comparing MMA to child porn is about enough to piss Dana off and UFC lawyers will sink that bast’ard and get him thrown out of his 20k a year job

      All is good in world of MMA now that Fitch is finally RELEASED. I don’t think I have ever been so happy

      hey BLAH BLAH BLAH I know you’re los’er a’ss is still hiding under another username on this website so i jsut wanted to tell you I TOLD YOU SO, too bad about your boy Fitch. I think its so funny how you fought tooth and nail saying Jon Fitch is best and will NEVER be released. ha ha ha your boy Fitch is GONE for good

      Does anyone know what username Bla bla bla is using these days? Biggest friggen TROLL to ever come to Bj penn.com

      last I remember bla bla bla was hiding under the username GetRid of Get rid of Fitch. REal ingenious there blah blah bla. I bet you don’t have the b’alls to say one friggen word after you said Fitch would NEVER get released. YOU KNOW NOTHING about mma you fuc’in troll

      i proved all of you 2 or 3 Fitch fans in world. I have been telling you for last 2 years Fitch’s days were numbered

  2. danielrchargers says:

    “even the martial arts people i talk to”

    Martial arts people say Martial arts is a smear on martial arts?
    fuck this guy.

  3. danielrchargers says:

    This dude must have JUST STARTED watching MMA.
    These athletes know what they are getting into, they know that its KO or be KO’ed, Submit or be Submitted.
    Its not like Promoters sign a fighter, then after the signature is writen they say. OH YEAH YOU COULD GET KNOCKED THE FUCK OUT.
    This is fucking blasphemous. MMA is a legitimate sport where a man/woman dedicates their LIFE to training HARD and working on techniques that people only tream they could preform. FUCK this man and FUCK his desire to tarnish a sport on the grounds he feels necissary. MMA is nothing like Child porn, THIS sport did not grow From Boxing but from JuiJitsu.
    Child porn grew from Legal Porn. so this clown fuck is just peicing together bullshit that and using the Label CHILD PORN to scare everyone. fucking terrorist.

    • GOT RID OF FITCH says:

      Whats ironic is at least once a year its on the news of another politician who is busted for child porn. i wouldn’t doubt a bit if this clown is jsut trying to direct suspician away from himself. H e sure sounded like he knew how thinsg work in porn world or whatever he was spewing. How can anyone beleive anything a politicina says. Wasn’t Chael Sonnen a representative of some sh’thole town in Oregon that had like 300 voters but then and he didn’t even have a someone running against him. I wouldn’t doubt if it was about same way this clown in South Dacota got his seat in house. NOONE CARES about a represenattive they don’t do sh’t. Anyway after Sonnen was convicted of FEDERAL FELONY FRAUD it put a damper on his political career. He can never handle money for anyone ever again or be in a position of any kind of public trust. Its ok forSonnen to abuse steroids that are monitored by the DEA and show up to a title fight with about a hundred times more testosterone in bhis system than he was actually prescribed then have the UFC back him on everything and make Sonnen their number one go to guy. How many people in thsi world would leta convicted (FEDERAL) FELON be an announcer.

      Still can’t beleive Fox T.V would hire someone like Sonnen

  4. Tony Kamps says:

    He has a problem in his progression of boxing too. They started with the gloves…off, they made them put gloves on. Same in MMA, they started with gloves off (except for Art Jimmerson who wore one glove) and then they put gloves on. This Representative is uneducated, and if his “martial arts” people that he is talking too really think that MMA is a smear on martial arts, they too are uneducated.

  5. danielrchargers says:

    Economic development is NOT ALL MMA is used for.
    What the Fuck is Football? FOR ECONOMICAL PURPOSES in each CITY. YOU FUCK.

    If all YOU can come up with is MMA IS JUST AN ECONOMICAL THING-ITS TO VIOLENT.
    Zuffa and others will CRUSH you.

  6. smmu says:

    eat him alive Dana!

  7. toto says:

    i wanna hear dana and chael insulting this faggot lol :D

  8. dave says:

    It’s one State Rep in a tiny almost irrelevant State. These aren’t people that go to Washington. A State Rep is more like your neighbor lady that lost her job last year and decided to run for State house and didn’t have an opponent and therefore pretty much won by default. Clearly from reading the illogical drivel coming out of his mouth he’ll never serve another term and he’ll go back to bussing tables or changing tires or whatever he did last year.

  9. The Way Of The Dutchman says:

    So he’s been talking to a few tae-bo practitioners and suddenly he knows how ‘the martial arts people’ think MMA is a smear on legitimate martial arts?

    MMA is a combination of the same ‘legitimate martial arts’ he’s speaking of.

  10. UFC 84 Forever says:

    The second he said that they took the gloves off I just started laughing.

    Way of the dutchman had it right, that is probably EXACTLY what happened.

  11. Shane Sekiya says:

    I would be more insulted, but the comment is coming from a source that does not know what they are talking about and has not done their homework. I thought we had educated people in the government? I guess not. If you were to meet and learn about the life of MMA fighters, you would understand how disciplined they are and for the most part, good people. You hear about them stopping crimes and catching crooks. People who commit violent crimes are rarely an MMA fighter or any type of Martial Artist. This is because when you train and learn these arts, you learn about yourself, others, and life. You learn to respect people and in fact you learn that “fighting” should always be done in a controlled environment(Sports duh!) and not in the home, or school, or any other part of daily life unless self defense is necessary. You learn that it is only considered violence when it is abused. What do you think soldiers learn in the military? Would you call their training child porn? Ultimately this comment from Argus & Dennis should hurt their reputation, but the general public unfortunately isn’t much educated on the sport either.

  12. Dan Planalp says:

    Stupidity must be in the air if they think there are no rules or gloves maybe they should study the sport before they try givinf their opinions

  13. Shane Mead (@Shaneoo88) says:

    “We draw the line after the deadly, toxic, addictive cigarettes and before the enlightening, fun, harmless medicine, Marijuana. Republicans…who else would we mock?

    • SGrulez1 says:

      I’m conservative on a lot of issues, but when republicans say stupid shit like that it makes me feel ashamed to agree with anything they ever said, ever.

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