The Simpsons: Season 21, Episode 3

The Great Wife Hope (11 Oct. 2009)

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Marge takes on the owner of an ultimate fighting league in the ring in order to get the sport banned in Springfield.

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Marge Simpson (voice)
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Bart Simpson / Nelson Muntz / Ralph Wiggum / Kearney / Additional Voices (voice)
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The men and boys of Springfield become obsessed with Mixed Martial Arts, a violent sport where fighters inflict severe pain on one another. When Marge and her friends stage a protest, the show's promoter embraces the controversy and challenges Marge to a match, promising to shut down the competition if she wins. Written by FOX Publicity

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Right before the fight starts Barney is at the fight and then like 2 seconds later hes passed out at Moes with Moe, Lenny and Carl watching the fight. See more »

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Lisa Simpson: This goes against every feminist bone in my body, but dad, can't you control your woman?
Homer Simpson: How could I? I have nothing to withhold.
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References Scooby Doo, Where Are You! (1969) See more »

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Written by James L. Boyce, Allan M. Hirsch, Albert Marckwald, and F. M. Van Wicklen
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Great Wife Hope
5 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

So a "new" fad of MMA sweeps through Springfield in the form of the Ultimate Punch Kick and Choke Championship (a thinly veiled reference to the real no. 1 MMA promotion, the UFC). Marge sees Bart staging MMA matches in the backyard and gets her do-good friends together to protest it. Guess what? You're too late by about 13 years since Sen. John McCain succeeded in doing that in 1996. MMA is licensed and monitored by a majority of state athletic commissions these days starting with the New Jersey State Athletic Commission's creation of the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts in 2000.

Chet Engelbert, the promotion's president, challenges her to a fight with the condition that if she wins the promotion will fold. Marge doesn't know anything fighting, and the morons who wrote this crap don't know anything about contemporary MMA training, initially trains in rhythmic gymnastic but later learns some judo, boxing and bullying from Kearny, Jimbo and the other children. She of course wins her MMA fight after taking a beating and seeing Bart threatened with physical harm.

This show's lame attempt at latching on to a popular sport like "ultimate fighting," or MMA to anyone know who actually knows what the sport is, shows The Simpsons' age and cultural irrelevance. It also does real disrespect to the legitimate athletes, many of whom have an extensive amateur collegiate athletic background in wrestling or football with even some Olympians like Freestyle Wrestling Gold Medalist Henry Cejudo taking up the sport, who compete to make a living and feed their families.


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