It's election day, and there are a few political issues in the mixed martial arts would we should mention.
First, Steve Cofield interviewed Barack Obama and asked him about criticism not from John McCain or Sarah Palin, but from Matt Hughes, who claims that Obama is a disrespectful tax-raiser. Obama was even-keeled in his response, which you can hear below:
Click below to hear Obama directly address Hughes' statements (ESPNRadio1100 w/Cofield & Cokin):
Secondly, Sherdog asks a bunch of people in the MMA world who they're voting for, and I find it interesting that most have nothing to say about the fact that McCain was America's most rabidly anti-MMA politician in the 1990s. UFC fighter Karo Parisyan says that's the main reason he's voting for Obama, but most people in the MMA world don't seem to hold McCain's opposition to MMA against him.
Of course, you could also make the argument that McCain was good for MMA because he forced it to be sanctioned and regulated. In that respect, the case could be made that McCain is the better candidate from the MMA perspective.
But I would still worry that a President McCain would be bad for MMA. McCain has made clear that even though MMA is now regulated, he doesn't like the sport, and his history as a legislator is to try to make things he doesn't like illegal.
Having said all that, I have a feeling that no one is actually basing their vote on MMA.
Barack Obama Responds to Matt Hughes, Would President McCain Be Bad for MMA? originally appeared on MMA FanHouse on Tue, 04 Nov 2008 06:36:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.