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.

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KMiller is the founder of Martial Arts Movie Junkie. He enjoys all aspects of the genre and loves discovering new projects and supporting those that share the same passion he does. You can contact him at kmiller.mamj@gmail.com for any questions or requests.