Link: [On ABCNews/Nightline]
I must admit that the most shocking part of that piece to me was the dad saying, “If he wasn’t in this environment, what would he be doing? He’d be standing on a street corner raising havoc." For I can see where something like that would be exploited by strangers when there is enough money to be made, but parents are supposed to be more protective of their own children—right? Besides, aren’t 8-9 year-olds supposed to be in school and then busy doing their homework when they get home after classes end for the day?
Evidently not. For little boys have been fighting mixed-martial-arts bouts in [Carthage, MO], which is a town around 45 miles to the southwest of us here in Springfield, for several years now.
To be quite honest, MMA fighting is not all that appealing to me. For the vast majority of the “action” is merely a couple of guys grappling with each other until one of them looks like he might get hurt, but that’s missing the point by a mile—isn’t it?
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