Dana White’s controversial slap-fighting league branded a ‘recipe for DISASTER’ by neurologist who insists defenceless slaps to the face could cause permanent brain damage… but viewership for the show SKYROCKETED in its latest episode
- Dana White’s slap-fighting league has been condemned by a neurologist
- Nikos Evangelou branded the burgeoning sport a ‘recipe for disaster’
- Professor added a serious brain injury emanating from the sport is a certainty
- However, controversial show enjoyed a sizeable increase in viewership this week
Dana White‘s slap-fighting promotion has been condemned as a ‘recipe for disaster’ by a neurologist, but has seen improved television ratings in its sophomore outing.
Headed by the polarising UFC chief, Power Slap: Road to the Title debuted last week amidst a decidedly mixed reception, leading White to insist safety measures will be improved going forward.
Former UFC champion Conor McGregor expressed his fascination with the fledgling spectacle and even adding that he ‘could be the Joe Rogan‘ of the sport, whilst head trauma expert and former professional wrestler Chris Nowinski said the show was ‘pure exploitation’.
Dana White’s Power Slap has been condemned by a neurologist, despite the UFC president promising reforms for the safety of the fighters
Consultant neurologist professor Nikos Evangelou at Nottingham University Hospital, told Sky News:
‘One of the problems with Power Slap, is that the participants are penalised when they move or flinch. Any movement that might reduce the effect of the blow to the head is penalised.’
He said the ‘impact to the head, from an angle, can cause rotational forces on the brain’ – which he says is a ‘recipe for disaster’.
Power Slap sees competitors alternating unprotected face slaps back and forth
A viral clip showed Romanian fighter Sorin Comsa was left with a bloodied and disfigured face after receiving a brutal strike in a different slap-fighting promotion
‘It’s all a matter of time before we see more serious brain injury from a dissection.’
The expert added that the risk of one of the combatants being killed in the sport is not a outlandish possibility. ‘Sadly, it is not that uncommon in clinical practice.’
However, despite the inherent danger and various controversies surrounding the sport, viewership in the US TV station TBS skyrocketed for the second episode aired on Wednesday.
The debut episode, delayed by a week due to Dana White being caught on camera striking his wife during a domestic dispute, managed 297,000 viewers with episode two attracting an average of 413,000 viewers.