Neuroscientist Chris Nowinski isn’t a fan of Dana White’s latest venture.
Of course, we’re talking about ‘Power Slap League’, a new promotion put on by the longtime UFC President. The premiere of the fighting event would air on TBS on Jan. 18 to an estimated 295,000 viewers. One person who caught the action was Nowinski, founder of the Concussion Legacy Foundation.
Nowinski found ‘Power Slap’ to be utterly sad after watching a bout between Chris Kennedy and Chris Thomas, which saw Kennedy get knocked out into oblivion. Upon receiving the slap from his opponent, Kennedy fell onto the floor and held a fencing position as medical officials surrounded him.
Nowinski Goes Off On White And TBS
The brain doctor had seen enough.
“This is so sad,” Nowinski wrote on Twitter. “Note the fencing posture with the first brain injury. He may never be the same. @danawhite & @TBSNetwork should be ashamed. Pure exploitation. What’s next, “Who can survive a stabbing”?
This is so sad. Note the fencing posture with the first brain injury. He may never be the same. @danawhite & @TBSNetwork should be ashamed. Pure exploitation. What's next, "Who can survive a stabbing"? pic.twitter.com/jTENpUmJDd— Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. (@ChrisNowinski1) January 19, 2023
‘Power Slap’ has received much criticism upon its reveal back in 2022. Even more so, after White was caught on video slapping his wife Anna on New Year’s Eve. MMA faced challenges during its early years but was able to establish itself as a reputable sport through a unified ruleset. Although Power Slap lacks intelligent defenses, it raises concerns about the safety of its participants.
Despite the backlash from the ‘bad timing’ and potential brain injuries, it looks like Dana White’s Power Slap League isn’t going anywhere for a while.