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post #11 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-24-2008, 04:58 AM
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Originally Posted by mmawrestler View Post
thats pretty much how its is, there are also 1000's of 17-25 year old guys that walk around waering tapout and affliction think they are the shit.
HAHA exactly why I never buy these brands, its like lacoste in the 80's man, %99 rocking that clothing never had a tennis match in their lives... Now their children are wearing Tapout in nightclubs

i mean its great for brand awareness for those companies,if someone wants to spend 60 on a T-shirt then its all good for those businesses but other than pumping money into fighter sponsorships is it good for MMA as a whole?
I think so, if the money chain stays in MMA such as fighters opening up MMA Gyms and whatever else this can only lead to more fighters.

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post #12 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-24-2008, 02:44 PM
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Originally Posted by blanker View Post
do you know of any good gyms in Copenhagen?
You know Copenhagen?
Well, we do have one with great facilities,of course it is not like gyms in the States like Extreme Couture or AKA for example.

the best place to train in our country: COPENHAGEN SPORTS ACADEMY (I dont train here yet)

Seems like it is evolving in most countries.

Fun trivia: In danish "kamp" means "match" or "fight". So Martin Kampmann really lives up to his name.

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post #13 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-24-2008, 03:03 PM
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Originally Posted by SteSteez View Post
My Country: England

MMA is known in the public domain as UFC here, which is kind of a shame I mean you don't call water Volvic do you, But the odd mainstream sports fan will label the sport as "cage fighting" the term MMA is still obscure for now.
The sport is developing at a rapid rate, not so quick as Canada however. Alot of our traditional Muay Thai gyms that came about in the 1970's are beginning to introduce BJJ/Wrestling classes due to popular demand, particularly here in The North West (liverpool/manchester/lancashire).

There are several MMA promotions now which hold their own monthly events, have their own belts and have quite a decent standard of production, both in the cage with the quality of fighters, and outside the cage with the arena organisation, tv production and so on.
Cage Gladiators based in liverpool is of a decent standard with several british fighters now based in The UFC originally appearing at Cage Gladiators.
St helens a town near to liverpool is home to probably the most famous MMA Team in The Uk in Wolfslair with fighters such as Michael Bisping and ofcourse Cheik Kongo and Quinton Jackson. I cannot speak for other areas of England as I don't live there however down south (london region) Cage Rage has had a threshold on that scene over the years with some good teams including London Shootfighters.
Some other prominant teams in The North West include Next Generation of liverpool who literally fill the cage gladiators fight card every month without fail.
Rosi Sexton is a well known fighter on the female scene and is based in Manchester, recently with a win over American Debi Purcell.
A big scene is also developing in The North East (sunderland/newcaslte) region of England with a promotion known as Total Combat.

Here in England we have a massive history of fighting in sport, the sport of Football (soccer) which is our national sport interms of amount of spectators was created here in England and originally two teams both from different towns/cities would kick a ball from one town to another to try and score a goal, and along the way people would literally beat each other up in order to get the ball to the other town and score the goal.

Reason why this is relevant is that The UK has a long history of violence/aggression in sport, once the masses become educated on the sport and learn of a way to participate (such as more access to MMA tuition) the sport will rapidly rise to be one of the mainstream sports.

More and more tv channels are picking up MMA events, I can't however see schools adopting any form of combat sport into their curriculum which is where the problem lyes as in The USA most to my knowledge schools have wrestling apart of their school curiculums... UK schools mainly have football, cricket, and most importantly for MMA would be rugby.
Boxing was banned from schools in the 1950's if my history is correct however in many of our more poorer (ghetto) areas the government has introduced boxing back into the curriculum to curb aggressive behaviour in the classroom.

Britain has many social issues, the more of a downward spiral our social climate keeps going the more in my opinion sports such as MMA will excel as those who can afford the tuition will seek a way to protect themselves other than using knives (which is a major problem here).
Can the working class get involved with MMA or combat sports in general? well thats up to the pricing structure of the gyms and ofcourse the education department.
If a combat sport was widely introduced into our tax funded education system I believe we would become one of the top dominant countries in the world for MMA.

other positive steps include the introduction recently of MMA Unlimited, a new MMA magazine, and Fighters Only magazine which has been going for awhile... so there are several MMA magazines which cover The UK scene and ofcourse The American scene.
A very accurate tellng of MMA in the UK,there are now many more small,local productions springing up all over.MMA is growing fast because put simply,we Brits love to fight.It's part of the culture.
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post #14 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-24-2008, 04:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Uchaaa View Post
My Country : Germany:

MMA is completley unknown. If I would aks all students at my university less than 5% would know mma. The only fighting sport which has a big popularity is boxing. I live in Hamburg which has 1.8 Millions of inhabitants and only a few dojos where you can train mma. Dana White plans on holding an event in Germany. Then he must start a big commercial campaign to let the people know that ufc is in the town. But Iam sure all newspapers would write about it. Another thing is that ppv is unknown in Germany. We mainly have free tv and a Provider(like 35Euro/Month with a few channels. But its not that we pay 40$ for an event. Nobody would do this and nobody knows this.

So, there is a lot to do in Germany to make ufc popular.

Another reason MMA is not big in Germnay is that Shamrock and Mir made asses of themselves and the sport and left a very bad first impression. Lidell was at the same interview but didn't say anything devastatingly stupid, like the other 2.

The interview was generally ok, but there were some minor points and one major point:

Tatoos- the abundance of them left a bad mark in a country where Tatoos are not, especially at the time of the interview, widespread. Particualrly mentioned in the interview was the tatoo on chuck's head.

But what really killed it was Shamrock claiming to have maimed several people in MMA fights and broken limbs and joints- like he was literally only out for blood, Mir stating (pre-Silvia arm break) that he breaks limbs in the ring all the time. Inapporpriate anywhere, but Germany is very anti-violence and big on sportsmanship.

Deliberatley breaking soemone's arm in a match and making it seem like the sport sanctified this kind of behaviour rerally stopped MMA from ever launching there.

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post #15 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-24-2008, 07:11 PM
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MMA is a big unknown, unless you train some combat sport, then you'll probably hear about it. I don't mind, I've never quite considered it a sport acctually. I can always watch MMA over the net. There is an annual event as a tribute to Gidra Stojanovic, a local fighting legend. That's about it, the only thing resembling a promotion.

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post #16 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-24-2008, 08:04 PM
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Originally Posted by mmawrestler View Post
thats pretty much how its is, there are also 1000's of 17-25 year old guys that walk around waering tapout and affliction think they are the shit.

One thing you do got wrong is that mma is sanctioned in Bc just not vancouver, last weekend I went to a King Of The Cage event here in nanaimo, which was awsome by the way,
My bad, thanks for clearing that up. The City of Vancouver needs to get its act together and allow events.

I've also noticed a lot of the Tapout/Affliction gear, sometimes on huge musclebound guys but more often on slobby unhealthy dudes. I guess noone comments on out-of-shape guys wearing hockey/football jerseys, but somehow that still strikes me as hilarious.
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post #17 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-27-2008, 05:26 AM
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Spot on Australia is the worst,

I had to move away to train.

no one has any idea of mma
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post #18 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-27-2008, 09:00 AM
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Although MMA is not really covered in any media or known about by any "grownups", it is fairly popular amongst the younger population. Especially in the capital Stockholm, where I train, there are several shootfighting gyms.

So you could say it's a sub-culture as of yet. But I have converted 4 of my friends to train MMA.

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post #19 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-27-2008, 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted by joppp View Post
I have converted 4 of my friends to train MMA.
Well done man... thats what its about, can't beat word of mouth when it comes to PR.
Think how quickly gossip travels.

If each one of us on here invited one or two of our "non-mma" friends along to a training session and they got involved in MMA permanently, thats alot of new people involved in the sport.

Problem is though whats evident on here are many "mma snobs" people who think they're somewhat elite because of the sport they watch and partake in.

I welcome newbies..... idiotic comments about the sport, no understand of MMA whatsoever, people have to start somewhere you know.

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