Are you obsessed with MMA fighting? Well, Jackie isn’t. During an interview, Chan stated his reason for disliking the popular sport.
“I don’t like to see ‘ultimate fighting.’ As a martial artist, I find it too violent putting them in a cage,” said Chan “At the end, it’s not fighting anymore. That’s not the martial arts. Martial arts is about respect. When somebody is knocked down, stop. I really respect Sugar Ray Leonard. Come on, [when a guy is down,] stop. Don’t fight. That’s not the spirit. When you’re down, I’ll grab you up. Are you OK? Should we continue? That’s the martial arts spirit. That’s what I want.”
Is anyone really surprised by this comment? Jackie has voiced his dislike for violence before, which netted him the family friendly image as well. I’m sure no one is surprised that I share Jackie’s viewpoint, but I have to say I agree. Although I enjoy martial arts movies more than most people, it is in a controlled environment; the purpose is not to hurt others. I guess I never found pleasure in watching others fight just to prove a point or be tough, and I’d rather know that everyone made it home that day. Maybe I’m too optimistic, but that’s my theory on MMA fighting, at least for now.