Well, isn’t this the most fascinating observation: it appears that Mixed Martial Artists with the most tattoos lose more matches.
Mind you, this isn’t a scientific survey, just an observation based on a few UFC fights. The results of this unscientific survey, however, indicate that perhaps a deeper study should be done.
To be specific, out of the last three UFC fights I watched on television people with the most tattoos lost their matches, 67% to 33%.
Two thirds to one third, that means the untattooed fighters are winning twice as often, twice as much, however you want to figure it.
There are a couple of things that I had to take into account in this analysis, and these factors could skew the results.
One factor was deciding, when two fighters with tattoos were fighting, which fellow had the most tattoos. Usually, but not always, this seemed fairly straightforward.
Another factor that seemed to figure in, be it loosely, was the type of tattoo. This factor is very hard to pin down, as the fighters are in motion and the camera doesn’t always pick out and define the tattoos. The single thing that seemed to prevail, however, was that people with religious tattoos seemed to lose more than people with straight forward (not sure what that means, but there it is) tattoos.
Now, here comes the speculation as to why.
One thing that immediately came to mind was the fact that members of the Yakuza, when they do reach old age, tend to die of organ failure–I believe it was liver. One doctor surmised, with graph and gusto, that the ink on the body stopped proper oxygen intake. This would indicate that the liver depends on oxygen ingested through the skin more than other organs. This was presented as a straight forward study, but I have a lot of questions, and would like to get a copy of that document. And then perhaps even be able to read the ‘medicalese’ involved.
The other factor potentially behind this idea that tattooed MMA fighters lose more than non-tattooed fighters, is the fact of symbolization.
When somebody gets a tattoo, the sole reason is that it ‘looks cool.’ This would indicate that a person is more concerned with looking good than function; would indicate that learning to fight is secondary to appearances. This is an intriguing thought, and one which I would put more credence in than the previously mentioned medical opinion.
At any rate, I will be glued to the tube, searching for factors that explain this phenomenon. Who wears what tattoo? How many tattoos? What percentage of the body is inked? Can punching power be linked to ink? Is endurance suspect when a fighter has more artwork on his flesh? Obviously, a wide door has opened here.
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