Australian press say "the violence has finally brought home"

Ultimate Fighting Championship’s first Australia card received mixed emotions from the local press. UFC 110 was declared as the most succesful overseas UFC event, with 17,873 spectators and a massive $2.5 million gate, but it looks like not everyone in Australia is happy to see “the blood sport” in the area.

Popular South Australian newspaper gave a negative review to Dana White’s “violent show”, putting poll named “Should cage fighting be legalsied in South Australia?” with options like “Yes, it’s great” and “No, it’s barbaric”. The article itself, was everything but objective to the sport:

“It was also in Jamie Te Huna’s broken arm. And in Brian Foster’s dislocated knee. It was in Stephan Bonnar’s bleeding forehead, over the welt under his eye and into the blood running from his mouth.”

“It was in all of that … this threat of violence that finally became real when the UFC finally arrived in Sydney yesterday.”

UFC President Dana White stated that the promotion’s next destination in Australia is Melbourne, where Mixed Martial Arts are not legalized just yet. Australian reception much better than the one UFC received in Germany, where almost every media source wrote negative articles about the sport.

Ultimate Fighting Championship’s next international voyage will be to Abu Dhabi, UAE, where  UFC will present their stacked UFC112: Invincible fight card, headlined by the UFC Middleweight Title fight between Anderson Silva and Demian Maia.

You can read the full Adelaide News article here. Do not forget to vote.


  1. Profile photo of Gabe


    February 22, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    It sounds like Australians are massive pussys…

  2. Profile photo of UrHype


    February 22, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Anytime its new somewhere they get mixed reviews.
    The first time I saw UFC there were fighters wearing no gloves and headbutts and headkicks. It even got my blood pumping a bit.
    Through time, I barely even flinch when a massive shot lands.
    (more so when the fighters I really care about are fighting though)
    But it takes a little time for people to get mentally conditioned to understand their seeing skills above violence.
    It wsnt accepted here at first either except by a small few & now we cant wait to see it.
    I dont think it has anything to do really with a countries location or people’s courage.

  3. Profile photo of cranestyle


    February 22, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Does anyone ever pop a knee, break an arm or get their head cut open in aussie rules football? You bet your *ss they do.

    It’s a sport. The guys fighting know the risks. If you don’t like it, don’t watch.

    People always talk crap about things they don’t understand, but it really bothers me when these “crusaders” try and impose what they don’t know on other people.

  4. Profile photo of Lowkickdodger


    February 22, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    You can also read their review on childbirth. Much too violent and bloody. We should end these things.

  5. Profile photo of lionkill


    February 22, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    i imagine the aussies conservative party is out to kill this just like the US conservative party was out to kill it here in america.

  6. Profile photo of kamari


    February 22, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Are we discussing the same Australians that began slaughtering thousands of stingrays after Steve Carwin’ The Croc Hunter’ died, because that wasn’t violent or bloody.

  7. Profile photo of MMAeveryDay


    February 22, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Better to be bloody than uneventful from a fans point of view. It’s a sport, shit happens, get over it.

  8. Profile photo of UrHype


    February 23, 2010 at 12:21 am

    Chael Sonnen ring a bell?
    Hes an actual fighter running for a republican office, show me a liberal fighter running for office…enough said, a lot of people especially liberals run their mouths and dont know crap.

  9. Profile photo of Gazman


    February 23, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Steve Carwin or Steve Irwin? And that’s entirely off the point.
    UFC gets mixed reviews everywhere . . . . . . INCLUDING the U.S, the country in which it was created. It was even almost taken off U.S television at one point, because of all the negative reviews of violence.

    So, next time you TRY and write something as a smartass, how about you don’t soil the name of a man who was greater than you or I, ok?
    R.I.P Steve Irwin.

  10. Profile photo of Gazman


    February 23, 2010 at 12:27 am

    UFC gets mixed reviews everywhere . . . . . . INCLUDING the U.S, the country in which it was created. It was even almost taken off U.S television at one point, because of all the negative reviews of violence.
    Hasn’t been almost taken off our tv . . . . .
    And it says “MIXED REVIEWS” not “ALL AUSTRALIANS HATE THE VIOLENCE” . . . . . . . so please, stop offending a country, when it was a few idiotic reporters who wrote it.

  11. Profile photo of likesfights


    February 23, 2010 at 12:59 am

    if people dont like it then dont watch it

  12. Profile photo of Murdoc


    February 23, 2010 at 1:32 am

    A-hoy there matey I guess seeing a little blood is to much fer The little laddies

  13. Profile photo of Murdoc


    February 23, 2010 at 1:33 am

    F-ck yeah bro!

  14. Profile photo of JacksonMcFly


    February 23, 2010 at 2:23 am

    go back to having your ass sucked dry Ruediger…… The UFC always gets mixed press in its first visit.

  15. Profile photo of kamari


    February 23, 2010 at 2:56 am

    Sorry if i made you shed a few tears,how many stingrays did you kill koala joe????

  16. Profile photo of Krogan


    February 23, 2010 at 4:49 am

    lol pretty funny that the vote is currently 97% Yes, its great.

    I have lived in South Australia and its a great place but politically its a sad back water state.

    The most hated man in Australia is the South Australian Attorney General who has for years been preventing Australia from getting a MA18+ rating for video games, with the argument that they are to violent.

  17. Profile photo of Metatron


    February 23, 2010 at 5:10 am

    It’s only the wankers down under that are frightened. Sooner or later they’ll see how much money they can make by hosting the sport and they’ll quiet down. The darn wankers. They’re all the wankers that washed over from the UK and the GOP here in the US.

  18. Profile photo of AnAmerican


    February 23, 2010 at 5:43 am

    I wonder why the UFC hasn’t had any events in Brazil. I bet it would get a fairly warm welcome there.

  19. Profile photo of Gazman


    February 23, 2010 at 6:14 am

    You know what? I’m not replying to any more of your posts . . . . . because if you don’t have the common decency to recognise an GLOBAL hero like Steve Irwin, and you belittle his name on the internet, than you don’t deserve a reply.
    I also find it funny that you didn’t write anything about my comment on how it recieved mixed reviews in the U.S aswell :/

    Well, that is all. No more replies :D
    Bye bye “kamari”, you disrespectful **** :)

  20. Profile photo of grapplure


    February 23, 2010 at 6:25 am

    what about mcain does that ring a bell he compared mma to cock fighting

  21. Profile photo of kamari


    February 23, 2010 at 7:29 am

    Chill out folks, i didnt disrespect Irwin at all, he was a good man, but if you think he was a global hero, then you also think Dog the Bounty Hunter is a legendary icon.

  22. Profile photo of SumHo


    February 23, 2010 at 9:29 am

    True, although there is a difference: they are not *trying* to break limbs, pop knees, or cut open heads, they are trying to move the ball up the field. That is where the violence comes in. I am not saying that I entirely agree, but it is undeniably a violent sport and not for everyone. It is ignorant to say that everyone that doesn’t enjoy it is a moron.

  23. Profile photo of Accyfist


    February 23, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Silly boy.

  24. Profile photo of Accyfist


    February 23, 2010 at 10:43 am

    If any of the people who rushed into an overjoyed torrent of prejudice at the thought of a few members of another nation disagreeing with you had spent time reading the article, particularly checking the VOTE NOW part, you would have seen that over 97% said it was great and they’d love to see more.
    What the hell is the matter with some of you? Pathetic!

  25. Profile photo of UndefeatedOfWest


    February 23, 2010 at 11:42 am

    If it wasn’t for mccain, UFC would have never been sanctioned.

  26. Profile photo of cranestyle


    February 23, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Hmmm. Well, I don’t watch much aussie rules football, but I used to play and watch american football, and I can tell you there are usually guys on every team that do try to hurt people in contact sports.

    It is a violent sport, as you say, and not for everyone. And like most sports, you have to learn something about it before you can really appreciate it.

    I agree that it is ignorant to call people who don’t enjoy it “morons”. But I also think it is ignorant to judge something as unhealthy or negative just because it offends your personal sensibilities.

  27. Profile photo of ScottishLad


    February 23, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Ok some fights can get bloody……don’t watch it then! Not to everyone’s taste but I f*cking love it!

  28. Profile photo of UrHype


    February 23, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    you missed the point entirely, I discredited his one sided view, as I said above(if you read it) it recieves MIXED reviews.
    Dont let being a liberal blind you from truth.
    Personally I vote independant because the dems and rebublicans are both wrong today.

  29. Profile photo of David Saucier

    David Saucier

    February 24, 2010 at 9:39 am

    I felt bad for Bonner i guy really needing a W gets the fight stopped from a cut due to a head butt, what a battle between Bonner and Krystof i dont know who got fight of the night but they should of been in the top of the heap.

  30. Profile photo of SumHo


    February 27, 2010 at 11:19 am

    I also used to play and watch football, among other sports. And that’s why I don’t any longer. Too many meat heads mindlessly crashing into each other for the win.

    I have studied martial arts since a child and what I take from it is the technique and temperment of the mind and body. Blood and injury is naturally going to result from liberal application of that training. I believe also, particularly here in the States, that some people – fans and athletes alike – go over board in wanting to see blood. I fall more in line with the Fedors and Anderson Silvas of the world who rely on technique as well as graciousness and respect in and out of the combat arena.

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply