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Paying to watch a good fight, or paying to watch a good fighter



While driving home from work today, I was thinking about which fighters I regularly like to watch.

Jose Aldo is pretty much at the top of my list, because in all the fights of his that I've seen, he brings it.  He's there to whip his opponent's ass, and in dramatic fashion.  He's skilled, AND he's not stingy about putting those skills on display.  He's an offensive style fighter, and dominates with that offense.  Plus, he doesn't come off as being arrogant, in spite of his success, which also makes him respectable aside from his fighting skills, in my opinion.

My next thought was how Anderson Silva possesses remarkable abilities, but appears to be satisfied doing basically the minimum that's required to secure a victory (lately, anyway), and how I don't care to spend my money to watch him do his thing in the octagon.

Then I found myself wondering if people were more inclined to buy a ppv that showcased a highly skilled fighter (like Anderson Silva) who, more likely than not, may not be challenged, or a fight between two less "gifted" fighters that would be a back and forth battle with plenty of heart between two hungry, potential contenders (Griffen-Bonnar comes to mind).

Me, I just like good, competitive fights.  And that may be what's at issue for me with Anderson Silva.  Perhaps there's just no competition to motivate him, but the way he's chosen to deal with that translates into him coming off as a boring fighter, for me anyway.  I won't be buying the upcoming event that he's headlining. 

And no, I won't be streaming it either.

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