alright guys so a Russian boxer died over the weekend from from damage that he took in his contest now this is a very tough topic it's a very serious topic I am terrible with names and when I get a name wrong I feel that it's very condescending to do so I'm not going to attempt the name but the Russian boxer was in a contest and he was just getting hit a lot right that's that that's the sport and he was failing in terms of competing with his opponent wasn't getting out the way he's taking a lot of shots now in between rounds buddy McGirt very respected very famous boxing coach is seen caught on camera caught a microphone pleading with his fighter let me stop the fight and he's pleading he's saying the word please then he starts upping his language he upses tony is very strong with his opponent but with his fighter but ultimately he does leave it to the fighter just give me the nod say I have your permission I'm gonna stop this fight and he told me you're just getting hit a lot you're getting hit too much or gonna hit let's stop the fight buddy McGirt did a great job I just want to offer that because I'm well aware that in the evidence that we have now that's gonna be very hard for buddy I don't think any of us will judge him I certainly hope that we want it but if we do judge him let's come to the right conclusion that he saw what he saw he was right in his analysis and he pled with his fighter to allow him to stop the fight they I can assure you have their own deal coach McGirt and his fighter have their own deal behind the scenes of what to do in that kind of situation I think it became very obvious that their deal was buddy you bring it to me and then let me make the ultimate decision that's what it certainly appeared to be so very tough very tough spot for everybody but so many people have brought the question of what can we do to make sure this doesn't happen in the future now whenever this happens in combat you know the black guy that he gets and I don't like to shun from this because it's very real it's very serious and it is a contact sport I would just like to remind you we see this in all sports a swimmer recently died a basketball player a number of years ago died he was actually chewing gum on the court football players are you see some of these things I just don't want it to be a total black eye to this sport sport of combat if we're being fair here and we're being mature about it but whenever I hear the question of what can be done to prevent this in the future guys the answer is simple and the answer is obvious and it's right in front of us so let's either pretend that we do care or let's stop pretending it's one of the two but the duration and the length of these contests is not what the human body was made for and it is silly and it was ridiculous the fact that he was even scheduled to be out there for 12 rounds is silly and it's ridiculous and before you push back on me the Commission's agree with me they agree with me in the respect that it used to be endless rounds way back in the eighteen you can fight a hundred rounds now a round was different back then every time there was a knockdown that was called a round I understand that but when the regulation came and they went to fifteen rounds when I was growing up watching Sugar Ray Leonard it was 15 rounds they looked and said that's not right they pulled it back to 12 I appreciate and applaud that but they still don't have the right number why is it that when we hear of these stories and yes they are few and far between I'm aware of that but they are never zero in the amateurs why are amateur boxers or amateur wrestlers or Taekwondo or judo or any other form of combat not subject to these dark moments and before you tell me it's because their uniforms are different you were wrong they are not and before you tell you their skills and their power are different that is silly and ignorant of you because every single professional has an amateur background all of them 100% so it's the same guys doing the same thing they were just calling it amateur so what is the difference the difference is the rounds the difference is the amount of time allotted that they are allowed and expected to be out there there is no other difference so we either shorten the time of the combat and of the competitions and we show everybody that we are forward thinking that we are observant and understanding and compassionate or we don't we leave it the way it it but there's no room to go both ways anymore every single piece this sport has been revisited over time putting rounds in putting a parameter in the way you wrap the hands the fact that you way the men win you weigh them in the rehydration we are having conversations on weight cutting that is actually showing grounds of gaining steam and sanctions and provisions are being put in place we are having more provisions on weight cutting and sanctions and provisions being put in place while there is absolutely zero dialogues on the agenda zero pieces brought forward to any Commission or the ABC itself to look at the duration in the sport of boxing I mean as completely it's completely messed up but they've tried to fix it over time now these fighters are fighting once and twice a year on a good year a guy might get three fights and people are doing that and they're saying well they need to recover in between fight they need to recover in between fights isn't that a sign for you of what bad must be happening in the fight isn't that a huge glaring flag for you the amateurs will go to two or three fights in a weekend the Olympic Games five fights over the course of four days and they can do it and they're fine and they can go have lunch and breakfast and go on about their families in their lives afterwards what's the difference the rounds that's the only thing that is different in mixed martial arts we came up with 30 minutes of fighting that's now held exclusively for championship and main event fights for reasons that are beyond explanation to me but that's the way it is that was an arbitrary number picked the night that hoist Gracie fought ken Shamrock completely arbitrary to anything they were supposed to go out there and they were advertised that they would go out there with no time limit the promoter of the event as minutes start tacking on to this contest that's getting long and drawn-out and showing no end in sight realizes I have a pay-per-view window and they're gonna throw this show right off the air he then made a decision unilaterally went across the ring yelled to the referee to tell the athletes that at 30 minutes were stopping this and calling it a draw draws were also set and advertised prior to the event to be not a thing promoter did the right thing I'm just suggesting for you why he did it it was very arbitrary he made it up he made it up on the fly and people looked at and go ahead that was that was about the right amount of time we can a time frame looked right that is not based on any level of intelligence we then stopped doing tournaments and other things that the sport was having at that time because the skills have gotten better the blows got too much and the guys just gonna take it what we kept that time everything has been revisited from the hand raps to the drug testing to the gloves you wear to the Commission to the sanctioning to the pre-fight test everybody all the way down to what a downed opponent is everything has been revisited but an arbitrary made up number of the duration of the contest lives on

How to prevent fatal injuries in combat sports…

41 thoughts on “How to prevent fatal injuries in combat sports…

  • July 27, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    In Britain, when a corner man throws in the towel it's up to the referee to decide when the fight ends. He does not have to accept the corner man's wish to end the contest.

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  • July 27, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    Boxing is literally a game of CTE. It's not even real combat.

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  • July 27, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    Maxim already looked like a destroyed man ,something weak about his frame and his lack of power and control of his gait and demeanor…like he went through to many wars….

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  • July 27, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    The ref could have taken it upon himself to stop the fight knowing that most fighters hearts won't allow them to give up even when they should

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  • July 27, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    It can happen in any sport especially if you are not ready. It's the risk they take from basketball to mma. Oh and stop taking peds and act like you dont it will help

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  • July 27, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    @Chael Sonnen= Amateur boxers also wear headgear and use bigger gloves than the pros, makes a big difference…

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  • July 27, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    There is a 60 second concussion assessment device currently used by the Golden State Warriors, the PAC-12, the US Military and more. Why not boxing? It’s called EyeSync

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  • July 27, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    This is also the same chael sonnen who questioned if boxing was a real sport ..

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  • July 27, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    Weight Cutting should be Controlled

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  • July 27, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    Is the fatality rate of contact sports higher than that of high voltage electricians? Soldiers? Police? How about construction? Taxi drivers and chauffeurs? Firefighting? People accept that there are risks associated with certain types of jobs. The fatality rate of contact sports is relatively low, compared to other professions, but has a much higher potential payout than any of them.

    These people took a job where one of the risks is that you might accidentally get punched to death. Do what you can to mitigate the risks, as all those professions do, but don't do it at the expense of making those sports less entertaining, and therefore less profitable for the person who is taking the life and death risk.

    Also agree boxing matches should be shorter.

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  • July 27, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    So sad this kind of thing should be prevented Chael Sonnen speaking facts. I feel that fight should have been stopped in the 7th round. He was showing no signs of improvement it was being tagged the whole fight they could have thrown the towel in her earlier just sad to see these tragedies rest in peace to both these Fighters that have passed away in the last week

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  • July 27, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    In boxing the reason is money. Promotions best friend is time. To fulfill the highest potential exposure for an event the build up and months of promoting is needed.

    Other reason… mental health
    It is scientifically proven athletes who experience head trauma, concussion symptoms (knockout) the brain needs at least 1 year to recover or the potential for serious or fatal injuries increase

    In all I believe the scheduled duration within a contest should be and will advised it's only a matter of time

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  • July 27, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    With less rounds the rounds could actually become more interesting to watch.

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  • July 27, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    Apollo died in Rd. 2.

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  • July 27, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    new rules for boxing.
    one 3 minute round,
    no drug testing,
    fighters don't get paid if it goes the distance.

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  • July 27, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    Head gear + bigger gloves

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  • July 27, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    Fighters can't be the ones who make that decision. It is hard to ask a fighter to say I don't want to fight.

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  • July 27, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    How to prevent fatal injuries in combat sports: don't play combat sports.

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  • July 27, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    Chael is right… they have that many rounds to give fans more KOs. But Chael… its combat sports… its totally possible to get killed in a 1rd fight. These men and women are trained killers. They ain't there to slap each other… they are trying to take each others head off.

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  • July 27, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    I would mount G Sensors on the fighters behind the head and if it exceeded a limit the fight is stopped. I would also require a full physical to verify the fighters body is ready to fight.

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  • July 27, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    Chael you're an idiot. Even if I'm amateur my basis is 12 rounds in the deep. 30 in med to high sparring. Also started MMA a few years ago and MMA guys give 2 minutes top of high physical effort before being drained.

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  • July 27, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    I completely agree with chael. Taking blows to the head for 36 minutes is way too long. RIP Maxim

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  • July 27, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    Rounds have nothing do with it

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  • July 27, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    the answer is simple, cancel boxing

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  • July 27, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    Boxing should be banned. It never will but its skin to horse racing..nostalgia of the past and based on betting. The difference between mma and boxing is that there's not the continued and relentless pounding in mma. These deaths in boxing occur due to repeated and long term blows that do not happen in mma. And I cant believe swimming was compared in your video.

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  • July 27, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    The corner was wrong and shouldve stopped the match

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  • July 27, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    Disagree. As far as the UFC is concerned, this is fighting. Most of us thought for a bit that Masvidal might have killed Askren, and I don't think the duration of the bout was much of a factor there. Obviously the aim is not to kill your opponent, but in real life when you are attacked, if you kill your opponent with the first blow, then it feels like that would be the perfect result. In the UFC they are trying to get as close to real life combat as is reasonable. That is why they have 5 minute rounds and 25 minute title fights, because in a real fight you would have as much time as you needed to execute your gameplan, which could be to physically exhaust another high level athlete, that takes time.

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  • July 27, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    I agree with the comments that state coach, ref, etc. ought to act to stop the fight. Sure, they can ask the fighter, but I don't think that should be the only criteria to go by. Fighters are there to fight, chances are they won't concede until it's all over. That's kinda why the corner is there. The Russian might have still received horrible damage and get out of fighting, but he might have lived a normal and somewhat healthy life if his brain wasn't smashed to pieces. I think it really boils down to saving the fighter from unnecessary damage rather than shortening rounds more.

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  • July 27, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    Stop taking steroids

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  • July 27, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    Thats like saying ban all guns because of one accidental death. The top level fighters arent getting hit clean as much. Thats why there are so many rounds. Look at punch stats if you need to, but the eye test will show you also. If a fighter is getting hit too much, their defense is trash and they need to work on something.

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  • July 27, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    Insightful and compassionate video Chael. Keep posting these.

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  • July 27, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    I grew up watching K1. 3 rounds of three minutes. And all was well. Off course in tournaments the finalists may fight 27 minutes in one day (three fights). But still the superfights, 9 minutes were the best. If pro boxing would be 9 rounds. No problem. People would pay the same. UFC. 3*5 quide ok. But 5*5. How would that be changed. I dont have opinion yet..

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  • July 27, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    Chael: too many rounds so they fight 2-3 times a year. BAD
    Also Chael: fight less round and you can fight 2-3 times a month. GOOD. Great common sense.

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  • July 27, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    A sporting contest should never end with a fatality. Wtf!!!

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  • July 27, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    Wear headguards with sharp raised edges. Have the fighters use bare hands. Now you have to pull your punches to the head – score points, but no concussive force – and you knock hell out of people to the body.

    It'll look the same, but it'll be very different.

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  • July 27, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    Chael if you're gonna sit there and say that the head gear that the amateurs wear doesn't reduce risk of injury you are absolutely insane. I agree there are still to many rounds but you're an absolute dumbass to say the head gear doesn't help. If it didn't help why would they wear it you prick.

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  • July 27, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    Lighter gloves- lesser impact. Surprised he didn't bring that up . 4-6oz gloves could help

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  • July 27, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    Fighter should not have a say full stop…… They are in the zone….. U can't stop……. Corner should have full say

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