Re: Politics, the Death of Martial Arts?
MMA isn't politics free. There are certainly relationships between the promoters and various schools, and money of course influcenes things as well. While the ruleset may reduce shenanigans of some sort, it can also introduce new twists. This isn't unique to MMA, but is true of any ruleset.
kfa4303, the problem you may run into if you go "show up" some high level guy in the association is that you may get shunned, because you threaten their position. I think a number of the people here with an interest in IS may have had some experiences with that.