“Arguing against MMA may be on the wrong side of popularity, but the right side of history,” protests Sports On My Mind’s MODI, who after observing last night’s debut of EliteXC on what used to be considered the Tiffany Network, figures CBS is all too willing to pander.

MMA is violence™s greatest reality show. Yes, there are other examples ” but even pro wrestling and TV are fake. And viewers KNOW they are fake. MMA supporters make a good very case that it is not more dangerous to the fighters than boxing, football, and other sports ” but they are missing the point. The real issue is whether it is more dangerous to the VIEWERS as other sports. The brutal imagery IS barbaric and brings out the very worst in us ” and our society. And now it is mainstream. Yes, imagery and marketing matters. The Internet clips that made Kimbo Slice such a phenomena in the first place matter. The symbolic œcage matters. The œanimal references matter. The striking opponents while they are defenseless on the ground matters. The knees to the face matter. The excessive blood matters. It matters when fighters like James Thompson walking with grotesque œcauliflower ear only to be popped into a pool of blood by the right and intentional strategic blow. It matters when CBS announcers excitedly exclaim œHe batted that ear like a piñata!  It matters even more when kids are watching. And it matters when the spectacle is given legitimacy by the Executive Director ” David Dinkins Jr. and son of New York City mayor. All of it matters, whether the fighter is seriously injured or not.