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Xerxes 04-19-2010 06:43 PM

Dana White : "[La France] est un pays sur lequel nous travaillons très dur" (english)
 
english subtitled in french.


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Curly 04-19-2010 08:06 PM

I don't think the French people like fighting do they? I thought they were more into cheese and wine and all that fu fu stuff. :confused:

Thats like asking an American to watch soccer.... its like putting a black man on the swim team.... its like asking me to dance. France and fighting just don't go together.

swpthleg 04-20-2010 03:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Curly (Post 1166020)
I don't think the French people like fighting do they? I thought they were more into cheese and wine and all that fu fu stuff. :confused:

Thats like asking an American to watch soccer.... its like putting a black man on the swim team.... its like asking me to dance. France and fighting just don't go together.

They do practice the art of savate, IIRC.

French people also like cigarettes that stink. That's OK because they have some of the best food and wine in the world.

Xerxes 04-22-2010 05:28 PM

Lol.. France actually has a huge reservoir of potential MMA Fighters. Here are some official numbers (source: Insee.fr)

550,382 registered Judo and Judo-jiujitsukas
191,002 registered Karatekas
480,546 registered Kickboxers and Muay Thai practitioners

americanfighter 04-22-2010 06:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Curly (Post 1166020)
I don't think the French people like fighting do they? .

well we saw the french fighting spirit in the first episode of tuff this season.

Xerxes 04-22-2010 06:16 PM

Yeah, we all saw it too in the Kongo/Velasquez fight ;)

swpthleg 04-22-2010 11:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Xerxes (Post 1167931)
Lol.. France actually has a huge reservoir of potential MMA Fighters. Here are some official numbers (source: Insee.fr)

550,382 registered Judo and Judo-jiujitsukas
191,002 registered Karatekas
480,546 registered Kickboxers and Muay Thai practitioners

Well, where are they?? I'd love to see France better represented in the UFC, or WEC, or Strikeforce or wherever.

Xerxes 04-23-2010 08:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by swpthleg (Post 1168111)
Well, where are they?? I'd love to see France better represented in the UFC, or WEC, or Strikeforce or wherever.

The problem is MMA's still illegal in France. You basically have to go abroad to fight MMA.

From what Ive heard about the gyms and training facilities, you cant train everything at the same time. You either have grappling gyms or striking gyms etc.. Same problem, legislation.

The sport isn't sanctionned and it makes training and fighting so much harder.

ps- one last aspect which prevents French fighters from doing well in the promotions you mentioned is the fact that wrestling is pretty underdeveloped in France. Though they have good strikers/boxers and judokas.

mastodon2222 08-05-2011 05:45 PM

GSP is ethnically French.

mastodon2222 08-05-2011 05:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Curly (Post 1166020)
I don't think the French people like fighting do they? I thought they were more into cheese and wine and all that fu fu stuff. :confused:

Thats like asking an American to watch soccer.... its like putting a black man on the swim team.... its like asking me to dance. France and fighting just don't go together.

I'ts not just a French thing, there's not many European fighters, even from countries where you'd think there would be: Germany, Russia, Poland, Ukraine - I guarantee you that if it were more popular there there would be some badass guys from there. The way it is now, most top fighters come from Brazil or the US.


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