Fox News host Sean Hannity invited UFC President Dana White this week to discuss various topics, including how the UFC resumed operations and what steps they have taken to do so. It’s planned, and nothing was really out of the ordinary.
But some people can’t help but get in their way when it comes to requesting validation, and that’s one of those situations.
It may have been too much to ask him to hold back, but having the head of a mixed martial arts organization was seen as an opportunity for Hannity to once again demonstrate his affinity for hand-to-hand combat. By the end of the interview, his team had prepared training clips from Hannity to … a kind of self-defense. It starts where all the tough starts, the gun disarms. Not even the fanciful guys, where you seem to have caught the fumes, but rather the guy who’s almost guaranteed to have the shooter hitting your dome while you hit striking hands with his Glock. From there, they are open slaps that have been tested in schoolyards around the world. It is unknown whether Hannity staff did so to assist Hannity or whether it was a subtle attempt at subterfuge.
It’s perhaps the saddest / funniest thing I’ve ever seen.
Hannity says his staff sent Dana White a few videos of his “martial arts training” and then asked White to rate it as the show aired clips from that “training”. pic.twitter.com/aiAuQP4L43
– Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) May 19, 2020
Sean Hannity: My staff apparently sent you some of my er, my training videos. I’m doing this now, seven years old, 4-5 days a week – you laugh, it’s not a good sign if you laugh at certain videos …
Dana White: I’m not laughing, I’m smiling. I smile, I love it. Look, when I went up, your parents put you in karate or taekwondo, and that’s the martial art that people took. This is the new martial art that people are training all over the world. I think it’s great that you do it. It’s one of the best things you can do for yourself, your wife, your kids, I love it.
Hannity: By the way, it’s a combination of Krav (Maga), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kempo, Boxing, but I do a lot of situational training. Obviously there are people, it may shock you, Dana – they hate me. In case. I protect myself.
White: (laughs) Yeah. I hear you. I know exactly what you’re talking about (more laughter).
Hannity: Uh, big fan. I can’t wait to go, I want one of these days to fight with you. Good luck with your opening.
Watch the technique here. Hannity doesn’t show any movement of the head, bad waist rotation and always makes those punches which are irrelevant in a Turkish action film of the 80s. I don’t know about you, but a guy who has literally earned hundreds of millions of dollars during his career should have better training. Especially with 4-5 sessions per week for seven years
I guess the only good thing I can say is that at least he didn’t look for the “special forces” guy who trained James Toney. After typing this, I just realized that it might be an upgrade. Pray for me because I am torn apart.
But good on Dana for keeping her cool, and he seems to be sincere in his encouragement for Sean to continue training. He really didn’t seem to be laughing at all, and it is true that martial arts training can be a great activity to get in shape and stay in shape while learning the applicable self-defense skills. Even so, you can still see his morale hit the ground when Dana was not as impressed as he thought. But once Dana gave him this little encouraging speech, Hannity resumed her episode “notice me, sempai”, evoking the disciplines from which her training came. In practice, it looks less like a deadly hybrid delicacy than a wrestling meal. I don’t know if Dana will accept the offer to go to a combat event, but a man who slaps like that is a hopeful man. I can’t tell her anything.
It would also be a good time to remind you, dear reader, of the time Hannity trained with none other than the UFC Hall of Fame, Chuck Liddell. This showed even more of his repertoire, with typical signs of somewhat compliant partners for demonstration purposes. Marvel at what I technically assume to be punches, not aggressive side knocks. Tremble at the evil elbows and the inexplicable Mongolian chop up to the neck. You may laugh, but Sean is ahead of the game by showing shades of Haku. It sinks in a choke, and it doesn’t look bad. It’s the energy of a divorced dad, the kind we all need in 2020. These high school kids won’t laugh when he channels Kwang’s precision and violence.
Personally, I would like to see a lot more. Give me Hannity doing combats once a week with a different fighting personality, I will pay extra for that. It’s definitely better than what he’s doing now.