Every Wednesday, Administrative Editor Jordan Breen welcomes a member of the mixed martial arts media into “Press Row” on the Sherdog.com blog. This week, Breen is joined by Bleacher Report's Jeremy Botter.
After the cancelation of last Sunday's Will Chope-Diego Brandao fight, Botter joins Breen to discuss his own reportage on Chope's checkered history in the Air Force and his dismissal for domestic violence. The two discuss the responsibilities of the media when reporting on such matters, how Chope's background flew under the radar until now, public reaction to the story and whether or not the UFC was right to cancel the fight after the facts came to light.
Breen and Botter also analyze the necessity of background checks for the UFC and other major MMA promotions, how marketability and starpower factor in when fighters are punished for prior bad acts, what antisocial behavior fans will tolerate from elite champions and how people might feel if UFC flyweight champion and all-around swell guy Demetrious Johnson got up to wildly illegal extracurricular activities.
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