May 17, 2023
20. Inside The UFC's Pseudoscience Crisis
It’s hard work beating people up for a living. A professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter typically trains year-round, fusing fighting disciplines such as boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, and Brazilian Ju Jitsu with concurrent resistance and endurance training. They must carefully balance stress and recovery to bring improvements rather than injuries and infections, and then, during fight camp, they complete an intensive eight- to twelve-week training program that culminates in a grueling weight cut to shed 10 percent of their body weight (approximately fifteen pounds for a lightweight fighter). And that’s just to get ready for the contest. They must then enter the cage to trade punches, kicks, elbows, knees, throws, holds, and submissions with another professional fighter while an adoring crowd bays for blood. The two continue until someone gives up, loses on points, or loses their consciousness. Given the clear imperative to perform and recover, why is it that so many fighters use products and services that, by modern scientific standards, are so patently useless?
* The Skeptic's Guide to Sports Science BOOK: https://www.nbtiller.com
* Skeptical Inquirer magazine: https://www.skepticalinquirer.org
* Original article & references: https://skepticalinquirer.org/exclusive/inside-the-ufcs-pseudoscience-crisis/
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