On the streets, if you talk shit, you can, or at least should, expect to get hit. In MMA, trash talk, whether it’s real or contrived, has become par for the course, a means for competitors to bolster their prominence in the public eye.
Somewhere along the way, the martial artist in mixed martial arts has become closer linked to that of a professional wrestler in this age of social media. Instead of packing heat in punches being enough to propel a prizefighter through the game’s thickets, it’s important that they torch their opponents behind the keyboard or a microphone.
Here is a taste of what an MMA fan’s Twitter timeline can devolve into:
Some fans will always be marks, gobbling up any back-and-forth like a sweet treat; others have come to accept such behavior as a necessary evil; and the remainder find it to be a detriment to the sport. Regardless of your position, the squabbling will only continue to amplify until the two can, finally, square off in the cage.
Prompted from the A to Z Challenge at: http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/.