Sen. John McCain plans to order UFC 172


Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was once the most hated man in mixed martial arts, as back in 1997 he tarred it as "human cockfighting" and drove it from the airways.

But fighting is good, and McCain's fight against MMA transformed it, into the world's fastest growing sport.

In an extraordinary transformation, when UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones fight  Glover Teixeira at UFC 172, McCain told Jones he will be buying the PPV.

“I thought that was pretty cool,” said UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta accurately.

“I have to give him credit. Without him doing what he did back in the ’90s to force Regulation, this sport would be dead. It wouldn’t exist. Honestly, for all the negatives he caused, he actually allowed the sport to foster and grow.”

“He wasn’t saying in the past that he was necessarily against martial arts, he was saying, ‘This needs to be regulated. It just can’t be a free-for-all. There had to be some structure to it. Once the states then embraced it, he was comfortable and he’s been a supporter since then.”

McCain and a number of MMA notables met at the nation's capitol to announce support for the Cleveland Clinic Professional Fighters Brain Health Study (FBHS).


tags: UFC   Regulation   John McCain   Jon Jones (detail)  Lorenzo Fertitta   


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HolyHackZack site profile image  

2/5/14 2:13 PM by HolyHackZack

Guess he has never seen Glover fight before

buckshot44 site profile image  

2/5/14 1:59 PM by buckshot44

Thanks Obama.

Zed Wayne Zed site profile image  

2/5/14 1:45 PM by Zed Wayne Zed

Politicians turn on everything in time.Big deal.McCain only went vigilante on the UFC back when to get votes.If there were grey aliens selling cocaine out of tanks back then, he would've targeted that.

Racer X site profile image  

2/5/14 1:42 PM by Racer X

I'm sure that McCain's softening attitude toward MMA has NOTHING to do with his father-in -laws company being a huge Anheuser-Busch distributor. No connection there at all.

StrikingMMA site profile image  

2/5/14 1:40 PM by StrikingMMA

Surely you are not so naive to think that earmarks are the only way these guys line their pocket?Furthermore any time McCain is for or against something you have to find out what his real motives are. They usually aren't pure and even the whole ear marks battle was just his way of trying to appear better than other candidates. He's a politician who sticks his finger into the wind. You can see that from the whole MMA issue.

Big Pookie site profile image  

2/5/14 1:33 PM by Big Pookie

Can't call you dumb for that... imo the more mma is considered a "sport", the less it seems to be a "fight" if you know what I mean.

DiscoNfrno site profile image  

2/5/14 1:31 PM by DiscoNfrno

Sorry. My sarcasm detector needs calibrated.

Jumbo Reverse Shrimp site profile image  

2/5/14 1:31 PM by Jumbo Reverse Shrimp

War monger John McCain.

philipee32 site profile image  

2/5/14 1:29 PM by philipee32

Now can we get a ufc in phoenix?

OmaGogo site profile image  

2/5/14 1:21 PM by OmaGogo

How would it have died if government had not have wounded it so badly? It was growing quite well before McCain iirc.