Senator John McCain: I ‘absolutely’ would have tried MMA | VIDEO

What a difference time can make. Sen. John McCain was at one time the UFC’s biggest antagonist and called it “human cockfighting”. But now nearly 20 years later, the good senator, who boxed while attending the U.S. Naval Academy, says he “absolutely” would have given MMA a try had it been around back then.

If you think about it, McCain’s attempt to outlaw MMA back in the day ultimately became a catalyst for the changes in MMA rules and regulations that have led to the sport to become as popular as it currently is. Inside MMA’s Ron Kruck caught up with McCain in Washington D.C. this past week while attending a gathering of combat sports representatives who were there to support research by Cleveland Clinic to better understand head trauma and injuries suffered by fighters.