2018 was a whirlwind year for combat sports.
Boxing reestablished itself as a premier sport in the minds of the masses. Mixed martial arts kept rising and kickboxing gained considerable market share.
Still, the beefs were everywhere!
De La Hoya retaliated against Mayweather, tried to sign Tank, and then turned his sights to Dana White.
White kept playing all fighters not named Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov upped the ante in T-Mobile Arena.
On the athlete side, Terence Crawford showed he has a personality by stepping to Errol Spence. Tyson Fury went HAM on Deontay Wilder in the media and the streets of Los Angeles. The Charlo brothers started virtual beef with anyone including their “frenemies” Adrien Broner and Gervonta “Tank” Davis.
When you realize that the sports side of combat will not allow a true grievance settlement, there is only one remedy to employ: Takanakuy!
Peru You Did It Again!
Greatness lies in Peru. Their ancestors created Machu Picchu, The Inca Trail, and the fantastically named Lake Titicaca. But the Peruvians created an often overlooked legacy of mediation through melee.
Takanakuy, an event that gives people the chance to solve differences through fighting.
Once a year around Christmas in the Peruvian Andes, the whole town gets together to dance, drink and beat the hell out of each other. Christmas festivities vary widely around the world, and are widely a steaming crock of boring shit. Ooh, Swedish girls wear a crown of candles the night before Chistmas?
There are towns and farms nestled cozily in the vertiginous Peruvian Andes. At upwards of 12,000 feet these towns are remote and the mountainous people can be testy after years of staring at each other through the ropes, so to speak.
The environment of the Andes Mountains is brutal. The slopes are jagged and steep, food is scarce and danger is always ever-present. As the training and buildup for a professional fighting event, life is hard and no prisoners will be taken.
Then the annual festival of fisticuffs that occurs every December 25th in the town of Santo Tomas was birthed, Takanakuy.