Originally Posted by marky420
Your stand's coming from a corporate standpoint, as if the organization is more important than the fighters who risk their bodies and pride in the O. A lot of fans (not just Diaz fans) will say otherwise. Plus I don't think being real and not putting on some fake PR
crap damages the UFC at all. If you're cool watching two dudes bloody themselves up, I guess some trash talk and middle fingers shouldn't be so bad. Why settle for black and white when you can have it in technicolor?
Well, the UFC is a business first and foremost and one that's attempting to break into the mainstream sports market. It's still difficult to sell the UFC to a lot of people because many people view it violent and barbaric, and that'll turn a lot of networks and buyers away. When people watch guys like Nick Diaz have a pre-pubescent meltdown at the weigh ins or flip off his opponents in the cage, they're not going to get a good image and going to think that MMA is just fighting when it's really smething more. Not to mention post fight brawls and regular use of narcotics don't bode well either.