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Old 07-30-2010, 05:25 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I don't think this kind of behavior is MMA related only. I see it in all sports.
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Old 07-30-2010, 11:10 PM   #22 (permalink)
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I notice MMA has a lot more fairweather fans compared to other major sports. Once a fighter loses, it seems a lot of people turn on that fighter saying he's washed up, overrated, a can, etc. Not a whole lot of loyalty, just people jumping on winning bandwagons.

anyone else notice this?
Yes, its a team vs. individual sport thing. In MMA you don't have teams, so when your fighter goes south, alot of people abandon him.
But, on a team, fans will support an up and coming, highly paid superstar if they think he will help their team...if he proves to be a bust, fans jump ship on him and leave him twisting in the wind- no loyalty to him whatsoever...same concept.
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Old 07-30-2010, 11:38 PM   #23 (permalink)
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I notice MMA has a lot more fairweather fans compared to other major sports. Once a fighter loses, it seems a lot of people turn on that fighter saying he's washed up, overrated, a can, etc. Not a whole lot of loyalty, just people jumping on winning bandwagons.

anyone else notice this?
Wrong. Soccer/Football has the most. Case and point, Manchester United is the most valuable sporting franchise ever. Valued at 1.3ish billion dollars. That only happens when you have a shit load of plastic fans. If they ever have to fight relegation for a few seasons...."So uhhhh hows |_insert_super_club_name_here_| doing this year?" "Sweet! Go Barca!!!!"
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Old 07-31-2010, 12:45 AM   #24 (permalink)
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I guess you could say some mma fans are fair weather compared to other sports but also you can't really compare the fans of mma to other sports.

First of all a fighters career does end and fighters lose their edge as they grow older. So as fighters get in their late 30s it's natural to think they are at the end of the career and washed up. Also fighters like that rebound in a year or so like a football team can. Also as it has been said before mma fans are mostly fans of the sport than one fighter.
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Old 07-31-2010, 02:47 AM   #25 (permalink)
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I think, as others have said, that it has alot to do with the fact that other sports have teams that represent Cities and have long histories. Where as in mma and boxing its basically whoever kicks the most ass is going to be loved by the fans, for the most part. I think it also has to do with the fact that this sport is young and most of its fans are very new, so they basically will latch on to the fighter who is doing the best. I am guilty of this as well, but being a long time MMA fan I root for guys because i know what dedication and heart they have guys like Wanderlei, Franklin, Henderson,Fedor, Gomi, cro cop, anderson silva will always be my favorite fighters even if they are on loosing streaks.
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Old 08-05-2010, 02:33 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Yep. In MMA you are only as good as your last fight.
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