by Ivan Trembow
Hulk Hogan Calls MMA “Barbaric” on CNBC Show
by Ivan Trembow
In an interview on Thursday night’s episode of “The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch” on CNBC, Hulk Hogan was asked about the sport of mixed martial arts. The host of the show, Donny Deutsch, seemed to know very little about the sport and referred to it as “Ultimate Fighting” instead of “MMA” or “mixed martial arts.” When Deutsch asked Hogan what he thought of the sport, Hogan responded by saying that it’s “pretty barbaric” and will always have a narrow audience.
Normally in any interview with someone on the WWE roster, one of WWE’s PR people listening in on the conversation, and their job is to immediately shut down any questions that are deemed off-limits, which normally includes anything related to MMA or the UFC.
There are specific instructions for WWE wrestlers which say that MMA is an off-limit topic for interviews. Obviously, it’s different when the interview is on a live-to-tape television show (as opposed to an interview for a newspaper article), and it’s also different when the person being interviewed is Hulk Hogan.
To give you an idea of how far removed Hulk Hogan is from reality in terms of the things he says in interviews, Hogan was asked about his political ambitions in the same interview on Donny Deutsch’s show. Hogan said that a professionally-run political poll that was conducted at the height of Bill Clinton’s popularity showed that Hogan could have easily beaten Clinton and become the President of the United States if he were to run for president.
After the interview with Hulk Hogan concluded, Donny Deutsch told viewers not to miss next week’s episodes of his show, and plugged one episode in particular that MMA fans might find interesting.
Deutsch said that his show will have an entire one-hour episode that will be dedicated to “Ultimate Fighting,” as he called it. To give you an idea of how much he knows about the sport, Deutsch said, “It was banned in all 50 states, but now it’s on national television, and it is brutality taken to a whole new level.”
Deutsch did not say when the MMA-themed episode of The Big Idea would premiere, but it will be sometime next week, and new episodes of The Big Idea air weeknights at 10:00 PM on CNBC.
Based on Deutsch’s flat-out incorrect statements right off the bat, it’s almost certain that the show will have an anti-MMA theme, but this really shouldn’t concern MMA fans all that much. While a series of negative articles in an outlet like the New York Times or a popular television show could hurt the image of the sport (which could hurt the advertising rates), The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch does not have a large amount of influence or viewers. Its ratings in primetime on a nightly basis range from 0.05 to 0.2, with the average coming in at approximately 0.1.