By: King Eddie
Don't you hate those people that when asked what they think of a fight, they respond with, "Well it could go either way. I mean, I'm hoping that (insert fighter name here) wins, but I think that (insert opposing fighter name here) is gonna take it."
Even though I want to say to those people, " JUST PICK A WINNER! Trying so hard not to be wrong just makes you look more like an idiot that picking a loser", I have my moments when my Schizophrenia kicks in and I have two well thought out arguments for both sides of a topic. Case in point, the state of MMA today.
Hello, My name is King Eddie. The following argument comes from me, the logical personality.
To be honest with you, the state of MMA today is just fine. There are a million and a half things that go wrong with any sport; events get cancelled, superstar heroes turn into public pariah, blah blah blah, yadda yadda yadda. The thing that is being taken too far is that every single hitch in the UFC's giddy-up becomes some sport ending offense to many of today's, what have you done for me lately, type fans. If between the years of 2000 and 2005 we, as fight fans, were getting all of these fights and all of these cards, there would have been little to no complaints.
It seems to be the newer age of fans, the pure mainstream fans, who have very high demands. To be honest with you, I have been let down by a few of the UFC fight cards here and there over the past couple of years, but have you looked at some of the old school fight cards. . . . HORRIBLE. But back then we just enjoyed the fights, no matter what name was attached to it.
Now I am not saying that all new fans are fightistically (yeah that's right, I made up a word) challenged, I am merely saying that with fan numbers growing so dramatically over a short period of time, expectations grow alongside. And in a sport in which to men have to prepare for battle by doing battle injuries happen. In a sport where the next big thing could be the 20 year old kid from an island in the pacific, or a 43 year old man from Boston, there really is not clear way of projecting the most exciting fights. I think that a lot of the spirit of fighting, a lot of the essence of what makes this sport so great, is merely being forgotten and replaced with superstar hype. MMA is not about superstars. . . . it's about the everyman having every chance. The man/woman with the biggest heart, the most dedication, and the right amount of luck, pulling off a victory inside a cage with only one person standing in their way.
The last time I checked, that's still what MMA is. No matter what the mainstreamers try to tell you. . . it's not about superfights and PPV buys. It's about what it's always been about. Nothing is wrong with MMA. Nothing is wrong with the UFC. Ups and downs my friends . . . ups and downs.
Hello, my name is King Eddie. This argument comes from the erratic superfan personality. . . enjoy.
What's with all the crappy cards? What's with all the undeserved title shots? What's with Strikeforce? Why is the UFC sucking so badly on PPV buys? If everything were ok with the sport right now, then these questions would not be pertinent, BUT THEY ARE. GSP has been out for too long now, and that has killed he Welterweight Division. Drugs are everywhere, corruption, and now the UFC cancelled an event. This is clearly a sign of the quickly ensuing Apocalypse. . . . right?
Dana White seems frustrated. He's bringing notes to press conferences of articles that hurt his feelings. This just isn't the UFC that should be. Everybody is humping one another, and it seems that nobody really wants to FIGHT anymore. Everybody is fighting not to lose, not fighting to win.
Two words. . . . . Greg Jackson.
(Sorry that last one made me laugh a little)
Clearly this second argument is merely a reflection of what i read in forums, and other fanposts. Not by everyone, but by those certain few. And I'm not knocking their viewpoint. . . I just don't agree with the logic in it. If my wife and myself have a bad day, I'm not going to throw the whole marriage under the bus and say it's doomed to fail. That's insanity. There is no dedication if I do that. So this can be applied to MMA fandom as well. Let's not go throwing everything under the bus just because of some hiccups here and there. Fights are still fights, and I, for one, enjoy nearly any fight I can get my eyes on.
Let's remember why we fell in love with this sport in the first place. And regardless of what the "experts" say. . . . any fight on any night can be the most exciting fight you've ever seen. No matter who is in it. It's MMA, not the NBA.