The legendary former pro-wrestler ’Rowdy’ Roddy Piper is well-acquainted with MMA, having a son who fights and trains with Team Quest. So his comments on the sport are interesting because he isn’t just another uninformed critic.
At a press event recently, Piper was asked what he thought of the current MMA scene and while he is generally supportive, he has two issues. The first is that he thinks there are too many people involved with MMA who shouldn’t be, and that schools aren’t being restrictive enough in who they teach potentially very dangerous techniques to.
The second is his opinion that fighters are “killing their longevity” by training without headgear and sparring very hard, especially in the run-up to fights. With MMA being such a new sport there are no really deep medical studies available at present as to the long-term effects of participation although it is generally accepted that there is less risk of brain trauma than in boxing, which has a much heavier emphasis on head contact.