Luke Cummo wants to reform MMA - no head contact


Luke Cummo recently posted a vlog in his YouTube channel that is a little unusual, even for the often unusual Cummo.

In short, he wants to remake MMA into an event called the League of Assassins, taking out head striking, among other changes.

“It’s called MMA but it’s very dangerous," said Cummo. "Trust me. I’ve been there. It’s damaging - to children… As a parent, I would never recommend fighting for somebody’s baby. It’s a mindless, stupid industry profiting from the spilled blood of the innocent, honest to god.”

“You have to put on gloves… but then you’re gonna kick and you’re gonna knee and you’re gonna elbow the other guy - somebody’s baby. There’s no padding on those things… and that’s another living being over there, a precious life. I feel for you as a soldier. I used to be one. You’re not a stupid beast. Nobody is. You’re not a programmable killing machine. You are, still, now and for all time, your parent’s baby to be cherished and nourished, not to kill or be killed. That’s old school, we’re cutting edge over here.”

“It’s called Against the Cage and we are reforming the current system of martial arts practice to be more safe and enjoyable for all ages and experience levels because your practice over here… it could be fun, it could be really fun, seriously. But up to this moment you could’ve been locked in a cage, unfortunately, and taught that it’s OK to hurt someone else - or worse. But it’s not. You’re a living being and your life is worth far more, far, far more than what has been acceptable in the past in this promoted live-hard, die fast lifestyle. No. We’re going to live long and prosper, baby!”

“Getting punched in the head is not healthy, trust me. I did it for years and I’m messed up because of it. That’s why I’m telling you, it’s for everybody’s best interest. Don’t let those babies do MMA. If they are, if you’re dead set on practicing martial arts which I think could be a beautiful thing, what I do is called the League of Assassins…We don’t do knockouts, that’s silly. Why would you want to do that? Then it’s game over. Don’t break any bones, that’s not good either.

"When we do our training in the league, we say it’s only one league, all one. And we’re doing it together; we don’t want to hurt anyone. We want to build up value. And every time you do a technique, you get more value and we can rank up. In this league, there’s some mythical beasts instead of belts. It’s a whole system."

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Jack Carter site profile image  

5/21/13 10:51 PM by Jack Carter

Eh, I don't feel good about participating in this anymore

Meastt site profile image  

5/21/13 10:17 PM by Meastt

I just went to his channel and he has uploaded lots of vieos in the last 12 hours......they are NUTS!!Please Mods....

Cyril Jeff site profile image  

5/21/13 9:25 PM by Cyril Jeff

I've had the pleasure of working with Luke in the past, he's a good dude that loves his fam, I'll always wish him the best, whether its popular or not...

MMAdotCOM site profile image  

5/21/13 8:55 PM by MMAdotCOM

i would bet this is fake. look at the guy in the background laughing

The Lurker Below site profile image  

5/21/13 1:02 PM by The Lurker Below

I know most of the focus will go towards Lukes different feelings toward the sport.I think the points he brings up about kids MMA is in the right direction at least.I cringe for 15-25 minutes watching my favorite fighters compete. These are highly trained grown men.I have no interest in seeing kids (not sure what the cut off age would be that's a whole other discussion) compete. The goal in MMA is damage and that should not be a focus in youth sports.I'm sure there is a way to have kids learn earlier and earlier but seeing some videos out there makes me shake my head..

NiteProwleR site profile image  

5/21/13 12:53 PM by NiteProwleR

I've heard the phrase "thats someone's daughter" but "thats someone's baby"?!

Chicago Bum site profile image  

5/21/13 12:49 PM by Chicago Bum

Does anyone know how luke is messed up from the head shots he has taken? Does he have some crazy medical problems now Bc of his ufc fights?

Morgz site profile image  

5/21/13 12:44 PM by Morgz

I was a fan of Luke's MMA career.   All in all seriousness, looks like there is some connection between him and childhood autism (the T.E.A.M. Lukey tag on the video).  If that's what he's supporting, then good for him, and I don't want to bash that.  

KingofBJJ site profile image  

5/21/13 12:27 PM by KingofBJJ

Hmmm.  That's an interesting concept, but I don't t hink it would win as many fans as it would lose.  Protection on the knees and elbows sound fair though, since they can do more damage than fists in many cases.

Yussarian site profile image  

5/21/13 12:07 PM by Yussarian

Luke is not a Pride fan.