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Posted 02-12-2008 at 08:34 PM by Screwaside
[INDENT]There's been alot of speculation on MMA forums as of late (cheap plug, can't mention MMA forums without mmaforum!) that this wrestler or that boxer will make the cross over to the MMA world. It's gotten to the point where the name's involved are not even realistic (Undertaker? Isn't this guy drawing social security in a few years?). Now true certain stars such as Pretty Boy Floyd Mayweather have expressed interest but things have gotten a tad out of hand. The UFC debut of Brock Lesner though I feel as a whole was good for the sport of MMA because of added exposure has fueled this feeding frenzy. It's gotten to the point where every star released from the WWE instead of speculation of a defection to TNA is now according to casual fans the next big thing in MMA.[/INDENT][INDENT]Are these casual fans really under the impression that any Tom, Dick, Harry, or Harry Dick with a decent build can just walk in off the street and compete with atheletes who have trained in they're disciplines five years or more? Sad. Now true any fan or MMA in my opinion is a plus for the sport the miseducated need to take notes. Brock a top flight amateur wrestler years ago actually put his all into training and though he was on the verge of victory a more experienced Mir exposed his inexperience and got a quick tap out. That should teach these casual fans something. Guys like the Undertaker who have no training except that in professional wrestling would run the risk of serious injury if this fuel to they're egos made them believe they could compete in this sport. [/INDENT][INDENT]Casual fans also need to realize that though it may be good for the sport's immediate exposure it can be bad for the sport's long term future. Quite simply the fact that a wrestler or boxer taking up a slot on the card is another fight that a guy who's trained at becoming an MMA fighter for year's may be left off. This is a disturbing trend and I for one hope this trend does not continue. Brock may in fact continue training and turn things around. That being said I feel he is the minority and others who come around will merely turn the MMA world into a side show circus. You have guys like Kurt Angel considering the jump who has had a broken neck in the past and this speculation by the uneducated public could very well lead this guy to re-aggrevate the injury to the point where he could be in a wheel chair for life (though that would help my quest to slip Karen his wife the high hard one). I believe it's a bad thing long term for all partys involved. [/INDENT][INDENT]This Saturday an internet video street fighter will battle a glorified bar fighter who hasn't won an organized fight since 1999. This fight headlines an event by an organization which features such talent as Shogun, Robbie Lawler, Chun Le, Frank Shamrock, the list goes on and on. This is who they've choosen to put the spotlight on. How do you think the other guys on the card feel? How do you think these men who have trained in they're discipline for years feel? What about the thousand other guys in a thousand other MMA organizations waiting to get they're shots who are subjected to a side show circus head lining an event by one of the biggest MMA companies in the world? This is a sad day. I don't think people realize the long term ramifications of these things happening. It's possible the negative effects on the sport could continue for years to come. Thank god we are fans of such a great sport which through this and other storms will always persevere.[/INDENT]

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