Anyway, I am a techie and I worked with a CCNP (tech speak for highly regarded and hopefully entrusted router engineer) at a big Silicon Valley company and he used to be a roadie for wrestlers and rock stars before that. While I enjoy both WWF and many rock and roll acts, we used to like to hear his stories about wrestlers and rock stars. We liked him as a boss and nothing indicated he was a liar. Among his gigs before his $100K plus techie job, and huge responsibility over millions of dollars of equipment at a Fortune 500 company, were setting up the stages/sets for the MMA events which he said were fake. He also worked WWF and met many of the now huge celebrities who crossed over into acting quite successfully. While I know WWF/WWE is fake, even though many are superb athletes and prone to real life injuries none of us would ever want, I thought MMA was more like boxing and thus real. I came on here to these forums I like some time back trying to confirm about his allegations of MMA and some of you convinced me that it was likely to be a real, competitive sport. Nobody here was on the "tour" or major network events, but some of you here have trained in the craft/sport but not sure to what level. Part of my doubt was the losing "fight" I saw with big name (first big name) Kimbo Slice and I was unsure of the footage. But see this attached footage and see what some are saying about the fake fights/staged fights. Unless this is photoshopped, it looks pretty suspect. But the main reason I am returning with this question is that I befriended a wife of a pretty famous MMA star (name I won't mention lest he beat my ass )...OK, kidding he is really a nice and gentle person, but she told me even though he trained very hard and had large medical bills as any professional fighter/athlete would have, she told me MMA is fake (even though it appears to look much more real than WWF/WWE, but not quite as real as let's say boxing). Many moons have passed since I first questioned the validity of MMA/UFC, but first a co-worker and now a person I know and trust well (both of who have been involved in the big time events) telling me it's not real? thoughts? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FRvAKdhxhQ UPDATE: Anyway, as you see my original title thread was painting with a broad brush, and for respect of the sport, I want to re-clarify and same "some", whether it means a few or many (that have been fixed or predetermined). I am sure in the history of boxing, which I would call "virtually" corruption proof but not completely, some fights have been fixed and I don't put it past big time promoters like Don King. The more ambiguous the fights and "unsuspected" some of the losses, the more chances of rematches and income for the promoters, fighters, and networks alike. At some point boxing, at times crossed from a sport to a business, and we all know how corruption can creep into business. Could it happen with MMA events?