‘This is just violence porn’: Fighters, coaches react to Power Slap League footage

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Shock, disgust, and mockery has been the reaction to Dana White’s Power Slap League among many combat sports veterans and observers.

While the majority of the fighters under the UFC banner have been silent, others have spoken out about the new TBS program, which features fighters slapping each other repeatedly until a knockout or a decision is rendered.

In Power Slap, defense is expressly forbidden, and competitors are required to hold a bar behind their backs. They are not allowed to move in ways that might blunt the force of the oncoming slap, though slapping fighters are punished for leading with the palm of their hand.

The show’s first episode, which drew 295,000 viewers to rank No. 45 in cable programs on Jan. 18, featured several brutal knockouts. Reaction to them largely mirrored the concerns of brain trauma specialists who pointed out the guaranteed brain injuries that would be sustained and the potential for long-term brain injuries.

Below are a few reactions to the Power Slap League.


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