As he stepped into the cage in the centre of a sparse Montreal crowd screaming for him to “kill, kill, kill,” it must have been difficult for Paul Daley not to realize how abrupt his fall from grace has been.
From the gladiators of ancient Rome to Ali versus Frazier, history demonstrates that combat sports are among the oldest and most enduring forms of athletic endeavour. Today, title bouts in mixed martial arts and boxing attract millions of fans and dollars. Along with soccer, they constitute perhaps the only truly global sports. But fight fans, often like