Hey Ironman, I personally dont deal with a lot of haters if any.
I actually dont surround myself with people who have really strong opinions about the fight game.
The last 3 people who Ive introduced to MMA (all women in their mid-late 20's) actually enjoy it. They love the 'story-lines' the love the 'characters' and they actually truly enjoy the technical aspect of the fights.
If someone were to watch it with me, and have an open mind about the sport, its hard to imagine them not liking it.
I dont know if that's because of the people I hang out/surround myself with, or because MMA really is amazing to watch.
Maybe its a bit of both.