clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Chuck Norris Prefers Knockouts to Tap Outs

Chuck Norris runs a mixed martial arts organization called the World Combat League, and although I've never seen it, he claims it gets better ratings on Versus than the NHL.

And in an interview with Arash Markazi of, Norris makes the case for why his version of the sport, in which the fighters stay on their feet and aren't surrounded by a cage, is superior, from a spectator's point of view, to UFC:
when you go to the ground, is that you really can't see. I thought, for the spectators, for television of course you have the cameras to cover it; but for the spectators, it's pretty difficult to see it on the ground. That's another reason why I started to lean towards stand-up fighting too, so I could keep it as a spectator sport. What excites the people is when someone gets knocked out, you know, when Chuck Liddell knocks somebody out or whatever, that's what really excited the audience. Our motto is "Knockouts, not Tap Outs."
I'm not sure I buy that. I think what people like about mixed martial arts is that it's similar to a real fight, and if guys don't go to the ground, then it's not similar to a real fight anymore. But I do think it's great that one of America's 1970s martial arts icons is getting involved with the 21st century version of the sport.

Oh, and Norris's favorite Chuck Norris fact? He tells Markazi it's, "They want to put Chuck Norris on Mount Rushmore, but the granite wasn't tough enough for his beard."