Aussie rag slams MMA invasion; Elvis Sinosic slams back

by Jesse Holland | source:

Our friends over at Watch Kalib Run have posted an interesting article that details the pending mixed martial arts invasion in Australia and the local media’s not-so-enthusiastic reception of it.

The Sydney Morning Herald ran the usual MMA hatchet job when covering the UFC venture into the land Down under, peppering the article with all the tried-and-true anti-fight buzzwords like “human cockfighting” and “brutal,” to name a few.

Our staunch allies at WKR, Zak Woods and E. Spencer Kyte, took their case to Australia’s own Elvis Sinosic — and “The King of Rock and Rumble” wasn’t exactly pleased with the depiction of the sport he’s been calling home for over 12 years.

His scathing reply, after the jump.


My name is Elvis Sinosic. I am Australia’s most well know Mixed Martial Artist (you would no doubt label me a cage fighter). I have been fighting in the sport of MMA since 1997. I read your recent article “Cage Rage coming here” and it read more like a fairy tale than a factual newspaper article. It starts with conjecture stating an opinion that is inaccurate and of someone so irrelevant that it is not sourced at all. First of all the sport is not and has not been referred to as human cockfighting for many years and then only by those who were uneducated to what MMA was. The sport does not promote any sort of “street fighting” as your article claims. If anything it says fighting is for the cage not for the streets.

He even refers to a move called “Pound and Ground”. He hasn’t even bothered to check his facts. When you read things like this you realize that the writer has not taken any effort to check his facts and information. The move is called “Ground and Pound”. It then mentions the absence of a blood rule. Where does he get his facts from? Friday night late night movies? The sport has doctors ringside. The sport allows the referee to stop the match to check for cuts and injuries. Making false claims only makes your paper look like a story book not a newspaper. It even mentions that you cannot throw in the towel. It does not bother to mention that nothing can be thrown into the octagon. It doesn’t then state that the corner can stop the fight by signaling the referee. They just cannot stop the fight by throwing in the towel, it must be done verbally. It then goes on to state that the sport of cage fighting started in 2007. Once again does the writer even bother to check his facts or was that just the first time he saw the sport advertised in his local TV guide? The sport of MMA has been in Australia since March 22nd 1997. The sport has been going on, and safely at that, for over 12years. The false and inaccurate claims and facts just reeks of unprofessionalism.

Then the writer degenerates even further attempting to compare it to fighting animals. Where does he come off? Fighting animals is illegal and unethical. I’m a fighter and was also at one time a volunteer for Sydney wildlife and I find the comparison disgusting. The animals are mistreated and have no choice in the matter. Fighters on the other do have a choice. They choose to fight. They are treated very well by the promoters who look after them and lets not forget that they are also paid for their efforts. Not only that but the sponsors look after their fighters well. When have you ever seen a sponsor at an animal fighting event? Then you have the fans who do look up the fighters. And if you think they are all thugs you are greatly mistaken. Watch the end of a match. You will see two great competitors who, regardless of the result, will congratulate each other in a mutual show of respect, something that is not seen in many less “barbaric” sports. The writers comparison’s are appalling.

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parsell90 site profile image  

10/18/09 5:54 AM by parsell90

any idea on when tickets will be released and who will be selling them?

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10/17/09 7:37 PM by Elvis

Well hopefully they will do a follow up article... A really good article just turned up in Men's Fitness... that is a good sign.

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10/16/09 8:05 PM by Jambo888

... great response...... dear aussie media, harden the f*ck up...

Ryan MacLeod site profile image  

10/16/09 7:32 PM by Ryan MacLeod

IF YOU SMELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL... what the KING....... IS.... COOKIN!!!!!*cues cheesy music*

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10/16/09 7:09 PM by SgtJustinTeplitz

elvis rules

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10/16/09 7:07 PM by Elvis

Can you smell what the KING is cooking? would be better!

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10/16/09 12:42 AM by Ryan MacLeod

That was such a great smackdown it calls for some geeky pro wrestling slang.IF YOU SMELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL WHAT THE SINOSIC........IS.......... COOKIN!!

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10/16/09 12:23 AM by JTB007

excellent job Elvis. thank you.

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10/16/09 12:05 AM by kiwi unit

hopefully the ufc coming to sydney will expand the sport nationally in australia. muay thai is massive in brisbane and thanks to the evolution promotions we see international fights every few months. hopefully this will be the same thing when the ufc come to town. i understand it being held in sydney with sydney being the most recognised city in australia thanks to the olympics. and hoping to see a few aussies on the card come sydney ufc!!! =)

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10/15/09 11:26 PM by Elvis

The state always makes money on big events that come to town. That is one reason I believe that this show will go on. It helps put Sydney on the map globally again and that is a good thing. It will make money for the city. The polies won't let this one go if they're smart. The last thing NSW wants is for the UFC to say fine, we'll go to Melbourne or Brisbane if you don't want us. The UFC should make it clear they want to come to Sydney Australia as their first choice, but it's not their only choice. Elvis