Michael Crawford

Gayest. Sport. Ever?

Filed By Michael Crawford | December 08, 2007 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Media
Tags: sporno, sports, ultimate fighting

I am convinced that mixed martial arts aka ultimate fighting is the gayest sport ever. I have even blogged about it a bit at Bloggernista, my home blog. My blogger buddy Amicus who writes the amazing Bootstrapping Andrew Sullivan says no. He offers such sports as synchronized diving and synchronized trampoline (WTF?)

Anyhow, I want to throw the question out to you to get your opinion.

To make my case I offer two things: 1. a brief comment from Brit Mark Simpson, the cultural commenter that we have to thank for the term "metrosexual" and the newer, but no less descriptive, "sporno" 2. a video of American MMA hottie Matt Hughes putting the beat down on some poor also hot Brazilian soul.

Say hello to Ultimate Fighting, a new - and ferociously violent - sport from the USA in which two hyper-fit pleasingly muscled young men in Speedos grapple in a cage in positions that Chi Chi La Rue might blush at. Though in Ultimate Fighting, everyone fights for top.

Or maybe they’re just very feisty bottoms.

What do you think?

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I dunno, synchronized swimming and figure skating rank right up there for me. What's so gay about beating the crap out of each other?

Michael Crawford Michael Crawford | December 9, 2007 12:54 AM

What's so gay? How about two sweaty muscular men wearing tight fitting shorts trying to get one another to submit?

Ultimate fighting definitely has a different vibe than what as stereotypically been considered "gay" sports like synchronized swimming and figure skating. Both of which do nothing for me.

To each his own.

What's so gay? How about two sweaty muscular men wearing tight fitting shorts trying to get one another to submit?

Gee, Michael, you're kinkier than I thought you were! lol!

Hmmmmm... I don't really see much "gay" in this sport either. I'm thinking that a gay sport would have to have noncompetitive possibility, have no limit in terms of number of participants, be open to all genders and sexes, and help one develop a nice ass.

So I'm left with cross-country running as the gayest sport. Maybe I need to rethink my requirements....

Michael Crawford Michael Crawford | December 10, 2007 9:24 AM


I am a lot more complex than I may appear. Don't let the geeky facade fool you.

Why would a gay sport have to be "noncompetitive possibility, have no limit in terms of number of participants, be open to all genders and sexes, and help one develop a nice ass?"

The developing a nice ass part I can see, but isn't it just a little stereotypical to say that it would have to include all of the other things?

I have only been to one ultimate fighting event and my gaydar tingled a few times and not just because the arena was a seething vat of testosterone. There were real live gay men there.

I'm sure there were gays there, but I dunno, Michael.

Beating each other up doesn't seem to "gay" to me.

It depends on the reason you call a sport gay. If it's because there are gays there, then diving, synchronized swimming, etc., would probably beat fighting.

Non competitive possibility because sexuality isn't competitive.

No limit in terms of number of participants because queerness, for me, transcends coupledom.

Open to all genders and sexes, because gender equality is key to queerness.

A nice ass because, well, obvious reasons.

Yeah, these might be "stereotypes" (or maybe just a personal interpretation of sexuality), but I thought that was the point of this exercise.

Otherwise, I'd say cock-sucking. That's a pretty gay sport, lol.

Michael Crawford Michael Crawford | December 10, 2007 10:54 AM

Do you really think sexuality isn't competitive? Surely you were around during the ENDA drama and witnessed competition amongst the groups masquerading as political principle?

And, if you look again at the video clip you'll see that those boys get more than a little exercise.

Electoral and non-profit politics are pretty competitive, but I wouldn't say that sex or identity is.

Let me rephrase, they shouldn't be. LOL, I've had some bad hook-ups that ended up feeling that way. Although maybe I'm just not kinky enough...

Carlos Montano | December 10, 2007 11:20 AM

Me and the BF watched the marathon on Spike this weekend. There was much woofing.

It may not be "ultimate fighting" but I think wrestling has to be the gayest sport....all those muscular, sweaty boys rolling around on the floor in those tight tights...

Oh sorry...my mind wandered

And every gay boy own a pair of thoes tihgt tights (at least the gay boys on dudesnude)