Slap fighting: Is it the next big sport or just stupid?
The competitors stand rigidly upright with their hands behind their backs, waiting to absorb a brutal slap to the face. When the open-handed blow is delivered, there’s a sharp sound and the reaction can be dramatic. Some fighters barely move, while others stumble backward or fall to the floor. Some are knocked out. It’s a craze that started in Eastern Europe, with a few viral breakout stars finding fame on YouTube. Now UFC President Dana White is selling slap fighting in America as the next big thing in combat sports, putting his money and the resources of one of the World’s foremost mixed mar…