I know people look forward to my report cards but my heart just isn't in it right now. Actually, my heart isn't into MMA right now. I want it to be, but after watching 22 lackluster fights over a span of 24 hours I realized the return for investment isn't happening. I want to get excited but I've come to realize I'm watching this watered down, oversaturated, Diaz wolf tickets hype. I think wasting $114 to watch the event live and still have to look at the jumbotron only helped this decision.
HBC was right. I don't want to go too much into it because this site makes money feeding MMA addicts. But I do feel popularity has waned. There are a thousand theories but mine is that the name players aren't there anymore. GSP, Liddell, Silva, they're basically gone. Empty seats at UFC 174? You can't sell fights in Canada with Demetrious Johnson. GSP made MMA popular here. I mean, that whole fucking card sucked donkey balls.
I'd rather wait 2 months for a stacked–and when I say stacked I mean a goddamn fucking stacked–card than watch the shit forcefed to me this weekend. (Oh stop whining it was free and you didn't have to watch it and blah blah blah...). But I know that's not going to happen. Zuffa has their cash cow and they're not going to reduce the number of events. In fact, you've got Dana fucking White talking about more bullshit events, as many as one a week, and that doesn't include the sad state of crackwhored affairs that is TUF.
I know this whole post sounds melodramatic. But I can't help it because it's a little sad. I used to watch NHL hockey religiously, too. And then Gary Bettman expanded the league from 21 to 30 teams and brought it to markets like Florida and San Jose where Americans don't give a shit about the sport. That, and the scoring dried up more than Hillary Clinton's vuvuzela.
So, to paraphrase a certain LnPer:
"I've being commenting about MMA for a very long time at a high level. It's a lot of pressure. I've decided I need to take time off. I've removed myself from the money pool for the respect of other competitors [and I'm shit picking anyway]. One day, when I feel like it, I might come back. But right now, I need a break."