Fight commentator and author Sean Wheelock is a man with great insight. Mr. Wheelock can speak knowledgeably about various fight promotions and fighting styles. He is currently an announcer for Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship.
In 2018, Mr. Wheelock came to Las Vegas and inducted past CYInterview guest, UFC co-founder Art Davie into the UFC Hall of Fame at the Palms Casino Resort. CYInterview was on hand for that evening’s event and spoke to Mr. Davie after the induction [see here].
Sean co-authored Art Davie’s memoir, Is This Legal? The Inside Story of The First UFC from the Man Who Created It about how the first UFC event came to be. This upcoming November 12th, 1993 is the 30th anniversary since the first UFC took place in Denver, Colorado.
Sean says the UFC was looked at as an outlaw sport almost 30 years ago. Today, the UFC has a deal with ESPN. ESPN is owned by the Walt Disney Company. He says mixed martial arts is now more accepted by American culture:
“To see that it’s gone from an absolutely illegal sport where Chuck Norris thinks the police are going to shut it down to being Disneyfied and I mean that in the best possible sense, I mean, that’s phenomenal. That’s credit to Art and that’s just a massive shift that we’ve had in our culture.”
Speaking about being a fight commentator for Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, Sean said this:
“It feels like an MMA show. 90, I am guessing, but I’m saying 95, 96 percent of our fighters come from MMA rather than straight boxing. Our audience is an MMA crowd. It just has more of the MMA feel.”
You can watch the entire CYInterview with Sean Wheelock for a broad discussion on MMA, boxing, and much more.
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