The topic of violence towards women in MMA is a sore one, as we have a really awful example of how that can play out thanks to War Machine nearly beating to death his ex-girlfriend Christy Mack. Well, HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” delves into that whole mess on Tuesday with an interview with Mack.
Here’s HBO’s press release on it:
REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL, TV’s most honored sports journalism series, returns with more enterprising features and reporting when the show’s 220th edition debuts TUESDAY, JULY 21 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.
*Outside of the Cage. Last summer, just as news of Baltimore running back Ray Rice’s violent assault on his fiancée in a hotel elevator was about to make headlines, a far more brutal domestic violence attack involving a pro athlete had just taken place. But the beating that nearly killed former adult film star Christy Mack, allegedly at the hands of the MMA welterweight known as War Machine, flew largely under the radar.
High-profile sports like football and boxing, the father of all fight sports, have long dealt with athletes’ domestic violence toward women. But the newly minted American combat sport Mixed Martial Arts, which showcases the world’s most violent athletes, has largely escaped mainstream scrutiny of its fighters’ conduct. REAL SPORTS correspondent David Scott investigates domestic violence among pro MMA fighters and efforts by MMA organizations to address it, and talks to Christy Mack, who for the first time tells the harrowing story of what she says was an abusive relationship with a trained professional fighter and the assault that nearly took her life.
Though this topic sucks, it’s probably going to be must-see TV to hear what Mack has to say.