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Martial Arts Tattoos – Do They Make a UFC Fighter Weaker or Stronger?



Well, this is not the most interesting observation: Martial Artists don’t seem to pay for the biggest tattoos on their body as well in combat.

Mind you, this is not a scientific analysis, but an observation based on observing a few UFC fights on the tube. However, the results of this unscientific survey suggest that a more in – depth study should be considered.

To be specific, of the last three UFC fights I’ve seen mixed TV martial artists with the most tattoos have lost their fights, 67% to 33%.

Two-thirds to one-third, that is to say the unarmed fighters win twice as often as their decorated opponents.

There are a few factors that should be considered in this analysis, and these factors may leak the results, and possibly badly.

One factor in deciding, when two fighters with tattoos were fighting a game, was which man had the most honest meat. Usually, but not always, this seemed simple.

Another factor that seemed to count, albeit loosely, was the type of tattoo a martial artist decorated with. It is very difficult to push this factor down, because the fighters are constantly changing and the camera is not always selecting and defining the tattoos. The only thing that seemed to prevail, however, was that people with religious tattoos seemed to lose more than people with ‘straight’ tattoos.

Now, here comes the speculation as to why this is happening.

One that immediately came to mind was that members of the famous Yakuza gangster groups die when they reach old age – I believe it was liver. One doctor was of the opinion that, with a graph and thick reports, the ink on the body stopped proper oxygen intake. This would suggest that the liver is more dependent on oxygen taken in through the skin than other organs. This was presented as a direct scientific study, but I have a lot of questions about this, and I would like a copy of the document. And then maybe even be able to read and understand the ‘medicalese’ associated with the study.

Another factor that may be included in this notion is that MMA fighters lose more tattoos than non-tattoo fighters, it belongs to someone who is ‘symboled’.

When a person gets a tattoo, the usual reason for it is to ‘look so good.’ That would suggest that one is more concerned about appearances than any actual function; it would suggest that learning to fight is secondary to how it looks. This is an interesting point, and I would add more credit to it than the medical study already mentioned.

At any rate, I will be stuck on TV, coming to the next UFC emoticon, searching for factors that explain this phenomenon. Who consumes what type of ink? How much ink is involved? What percentage of meat is painted needle? Can punching power be linked to the size of the ink stain? Is endurance compromised when a fighter has more artwork on his skin? Of course, a sizable door has just opened.

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