What do you guys think of amateur titles?
What is your opinion on amateur titles?
I used to feel like they were kind of silly since it's just amateur after all, but since New England started doing amateur rankings, promotions began to consider having amateur champions. Just a few weeks ago, one promotion actually put this idea into motion and crowned 2 amateur champions by pitting the #1 ranked fighter against the #2 ranked fighter in their respective weight classes. Since then my interest has been piqued and I've been grappling with my original impressions of it and my attraction to shiny things -- like belts and bragging rights.
So yeah, what do you guys think? Is it silly, is it worthwhile, or does it not even matter? What impact do you think it will have on the local scene?
I personally predict that people will start to stay amateur longer in order to vy for a belt before they go pro. Around here, most go pro after 2-4 fights, but I noticed MMA forum's own Jeremy Myers (Kamikaze) has had like 14 fights before he went pro...and he owned several belts. Though I don't know for sure, I bet a lot of guys out in his way have a similar amount of amateur experience, and I would think that it is because ammy titles are available in his region.
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