Why is it people who have been watching this sport for longer than TUF 1 put down the opinions of “TUF Noobs”? Does watching the sport since Royce was the original Frate Trane make you necessarily more knowledgeable?If that’s true then all Pro Football fans should only listen to dead people from 1892.
I sat down and tried to figure out how many hours of MMA I have seen and it was a little staggering.
There have been 160 UFC events if you count UFN’s, TUF Finales and other odds and ends. Add that to the 68 Pride events and subtract say 20 that I may have missed for what ever reason. You have 208 cards with jus tthe big 2 promotions. Add in WEC, Strikeforce, EliteXC, Affliction, KOTC, Cage Rage, Dream, Sengoku, Bellator, IFL, Impact FC, YAMMA, Rumble on the Rock and whatever other random barn fighting championships I may have seen and that’s conservatively another 150 cards. So 208+150=358 lets times that by 3 hours and we get 1074. I’ll round down to 1050 hours of MMA just to be safe. So all told I have put in 1050 hours of MMA time. That’s not even factoring in TUF itself but since 90% of that show is not MMA I left it out. And the vast majority of this time came in a 2 year span from 2005-2007. Would you say I have little knowledge of this sport? It takes 250 hours of fight time to become an Airline Captain… how many hours does it take to surpass being a “Tuf noob”?
I’m not saying my case is the norm, far from it. Most people now who watch the sport on a regular basis have not watched even a quarter the amount I have. They are casual fans who really keep this sport running. But they too get shit on by the MMA Elite. Think about every time there is a decent card on PPV put on by a smaller promotion like Strikeforce or Affliction hardly anyone buys it. That’s because the number of hardcore fans is far far out weighed by the casual or even moderately interested fans. When I say moderately interested i mean people who regularly watch not only the UFC but catch Strikeforce and the other smaller promotions. Maybe the read a blog or two to keep up on the news. these are the people who have been pumping money into MMA. I know hardcores hate them but the guys who wear the douche bag “skulls and fleur-de-lis” shirts are the ones making the real numbers for PPV’s.
Sometimes it seems like these MMA Elites are in some kind of religion with how dogmatic they become. Fedor is Jesus and Dana is Satan and their final battleground is the forums. These people hold on to those people they have been following for years like Big Nog or Cro Cop and can’t grasp that it isn’t 2004 anymore and MMA has evolved past many of their dearest fighters. That’s not to say it isn’t fun to sit down and watch old Pride GP’s and remember when it was fun to crush cans.
This topic has been written about by way better writers than me and I’m starting to sound like Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh with my rant about elitism. I think it’s about time his sherdog mentality comes to an end; this is a sport with many levels of fans who need to band together not separate into different groups. Most other sports have their diehards and there casual fans but do you see them arguing about this in the way MMA fans do?