Things went from bad to worse before they got better Friday in the world of MMA, as fighters were released and suspended.
However, Mark Hunt reminded fans why they still care and tune in in the end.
Hunt scored a knockout victory over Roy Nelson in a battle of heavyweights at UFC Fight Night 52 Saturday, becoming the first to finish “Big Country” inside the Octagon. Hunt delivered for the Japanese fans who turned out at the Saitama Super Arena, and for the UFC following a stretch of breaking news they likely would rather soon forget.
Anthony Johnson, who has scored impressive wins over Phil Davis and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira since returning to the promotion earlier this year, was indefinitely suspended following a report stating he was abusive towards the mother of his children. “Rumble” made a brief statement via Facebook, but has gone quiet since.
Thiago Silva was terminated from his second contract with the promotion after a video from his ex-wife was released that showed another side of the fighter. Earlier this year he was released after being arrested and charged with assault and numerous other items, but all of those charges were thrown out when the victim left the country.
UFC president Dana White resigned Silva shortly after, but they have once again parted ways.
It’s been a whirlwind few weeks for both the UFC and sports in general. Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, Jameis Winston and countless others are getting the headlines because of all that is wrong with the world.
Hunt, Nelson and others who stick by the rules and try to do what is right have been regulated to the second story and back pages. That needs to change, but the only way it can is if we keep the bad out of the sport.
Just remember before you decide to totally abandon MMA or the NFL or any other league and sport out there, there is always that light at the end of the tunnel.