Larry Merchant: UFC made street fighting a 'so-called' sport

by Chris Robinson | source: boxingscene.com
 

Boxing commentator Larry Merchant is a long-time foe of Mixed Martial Arts, in the manner of a toothless cro magnon telling a Geico commercial looking youngster that he wouldn't use that crazy fire stuff if you paid him all the delicious termites on the savanna.

On September 17th, Merchant got into a verbal spat with Roger Mayweather, and snarled what is perhaps the single most dubious sentence ever uttered in a boxing ring "I wish I was 50 years younger and I would kick your ass." Lifelong boxing fan Dana White finally stopped forever holding his feelings back, and spoke his mind.

"The guy is senile, he's out of his mind. He's up there berating Floyd, but Floyd can't say anything back to you? You've been disrespecting guys your whole career, and guess what, you can go back 60 years, you're not kicking Floyd's ass, okay? Give me a break. And what's Floyd going to do? A 102-year-old guy just said that to him."

Now Merchant responds.

“Let’s see, anyone who can make a multi-million dollar business out of street fighting has to be respected,” Merchant said “My opinion is that anyone is allowed to put up a tent, put on a show, and invite people to come. And obviously he’s had a lot of success. Good for him.”

“I don’t watch (Mixed Martial Arts). I don’t get a so-called sport in which you can have a 6-2 record and be called a world champion. I just don’t appreciate the finer points of MMA."

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TheLuckyMilkMan site profile image  

9/28/11 10:48 PM by TheLuckyMilkMan

may MMA never bee what boxing is now

AlexanderTheGreatJJ site profile image  

9/28/11 12:49 AM by AlexanderTheGreatJJ

Typical old man, very narrow minded, doesn't like change etc... Nothin to see here

chew22 site profile image  

9/28/11 12:26 AM by chew22

And LOL at Larry Merchant. He should have retired with Sugar Ray Leonard. Just goes to show running your mouth doesn't take conditioning.

jaseprobst site profile image  

9/28/11 12:25 AM by jaseprobst

"On September 17th, Merchant got into a verbal spat with Roger Mayweather, and snarled what is perhaps the single most dubious sentence ever uttered in a boxing ring "I wish I was 50 years younger and I would kick your ass." Lifelong boxing fan Dana White finally stopped forever holding his feelings back, and spoke his mind."First, it was Floyd, not Roger.Second, how does someone hired to write for a boxing site get this wrong, all while flaunting AP Style rules for writing dates?

chew22 site profile image  

9/28/11 12:24 AM by chew22

Because boxing promoters have a unified organization that cuts cans instead of putting them on a card.Oh, wait...Yes, boxing title holders are more seasoned. It's just a tomato flavored seasoning.

Asian Keyboard Warrior site profile image  

9/28/11 12:15 AM by Asian Keyboard Warrior

Im sure he meant freestyle fighting. His term street was just an attempt to discredit the sport because of dana

stonepony site profile image  

9/28/11 12:11 AM by stonepony

You guys realize this might be DW angling to get on FMJ's good side? How many relevant fights does FMJ have left in boxing? How many people would like to see him with tiny little UFC gloves on?

stonepony site profile image  

9/27/11 10:37 PM by stonepony

You do know there can't be more than one GOAT don't you? Fedor shouldn't even be in the conversation. Anderson stepped up to fight the best competition, and he's smashing the best competition in the best organization. Fedor coasted and dodged the UFC, and took absurd fights in fringe organizations to keep his streak going. He settled for SF instead of the UFC because it's the junior-varsity league and he (and his management), figured his legacy would be protected there. Oops. He never even got in to contention for the SF hw belt.And no, he's not old. He's the same age as Lesnar, and he's younger than Carwin, and he wouldn't be able to beat either. The only reason people call him old now is because he stepped up in competition and showed his true colors. Like 95% of the rest of Pride fighters who tried to transition, they're all magically considered to be old the moment they take a step up in competition.Fedor had what, 30 fights before he fought anybody of consequence? Can you name anybody he fought before he won the Pride belt? Without looking it up?

chroniccomics5 site profile image  

9/27/11 10:24 PM by chroniccomics5

He got in a verbal spat with Roger Mayweather, was that who Larry was talking to?Well, I still doubt a 50 year younger Larry Merchant could beat up the current Roger Mayweather.

Don Brodka site profile image  

9/27/11 10:16 PM by Don Brodka

agreed. it gets old hearing people that feel like they must choose a side.  Apples to oranges.  



 

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