Anger Is an Energy
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Many prominent fighters grew up on what is poetically described as the wrong side of the tracks, though of course their stories of neglect and family violence have gained attention over those that are more pedestrian. Eugene S. Robinson argues that combat athletes, boxers, kickboxers and MMA fighters, bear the burden of being too handsome, which naturally leads them to become targets in bar rooms and parking lots. Once seen as the scrapyard for fighters, bare-knuckle boxing is gaining legitimacy as a sport, in the way that MMA transitioned from what in the 1990s Senator John McCain called 'human cockfighting' to a multi-billion-dollar industry. Professional fighting calls for a pantomime of feuds, which necessitates anger and ego, even if that's embellished a few notches.

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