How Kimbo Slice and MMA Challenge Our Notions of Celebrity and Humanity

Beau Dure writing for Guardian US with a thoughtful summary of the whirlwind of unexpected events surrounding MMA over the last few days – ending with the tragic and premature loss of Kimbo Slice at the age of 42 yesterday.

Dure:

Mixed martial arts has struggled with celebrity, taking awkward steps into the mainstream. But the sport has also gained credibility by showcasing the humanity of these men and women who punch, kick and choke each other. The past 72 hours have shown the sport at its best and worst, its most divided and most unified, showing the complex and compelling nature of a sport that is becoming difficult to ignore.

— MMAO