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“I Wish Everybody Can Get a Liver Shot “: Michael Jai White Opens Up on the “Sad” Reality of Fighters

Published 06/03/2023, 2:54 AM EDT

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In the field of combat sports, Michael Jai White’s words hold authority for people who are familiar with his background. A master of nine different material arts, many regard White as one of the greatest material artists of modern times. From MMA to boxing, the 55-year-old celebrity is known for his analysis and opinion of the fight arena.

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Recently, the 55-year-old revealed the pain the fighters may endure in combat sports. This comes on the YouTube channel Vlad TV. Here, the material artist-turned-actor sat to talk about his latest endeavor, an app called ‘DOJO by Michael Jai’. But apart from this, he also talked on a variety of other topics, including the infamous ‘liver shot’ and why is it so hard to endure.


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“You know it’s unfortunate people don’t understand that. It’s like, I was yeah, It’s.. It’s sad but I wish everybody can get a liver shot just so it’s a pain that people who might have got punched in the stomach think, oh come on! Come! You know suck it up! Right, no, it’s not the same thing.”

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This statement comes in the context of the recent loss of Ryan Garcia against Gervonta Davis. The 24-year-old boxer lost the bout after getting a liver short from ‘Tank’, losing his undefeated record. Following this, the American has been the target of critics who think he could have continued after eating the powerful punch. Addressing this, White explained how hard the punch could be on a fighter’s body. He further stated that it’s beyond anyone’s capability to continue, regardless of their mental toughness.


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Michael Jai White says ‘there’s no honor’ in combat sports anymore

The ‘Blood and Bone’ actor further discussed the trash-talking that went done before the Garcia-Davis boxing match. Both fighters put their purse on the line if they lost. However, when Garcia failed the bout, many brought up the bet between the boxers. Michael Jai White felt “there’s no honor anymore” in the sport because Garcia was already suffering. He felt there was no further need to berate him.

The Hollywood actor was also of the opinion that Davis was several levels above Garcia.


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What do you think about White’s comments on the Garcia-Davis match? Do you agree with him on his thoughts about the liver shot?



Aditya Vaibhav

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Aditya Vaibhav is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. He discovered MMA in the year 2009 after watching Chuck Liddell on Spike TV’s Deadliest Warrior, at the age of 10. A follower of combat sports, Aditya uses writing as a medium to actively participate in the domain he is so passionate about.

Edited By: Rohini Kottu