Originally Posted by Canadian Psycho
And this is the type of arguing I was hoping to avoid. Canada is producing no fighters? I disagree and suggest you watch the undercards, as there are some upcoming talents you'd be silly to dismiss. There's really no question that Brazil produces the best fighters worldwide, but the 'Canada has no one' mentality is narrow minded. Canada also has several of its own MMA organizations, and many are happy to fight here.
As for Brazil's selling out an 80,000 seat soccer stadium... Toronto sold out the 75,000 seat Skydome. That's kind of a big deal in and of itself. I'll wait and see if Brazil actually fills that stadium before I comment on it.
I agree, it's a dumb term. But it's a dumb term because it leads people to make comments the likes of 'Canada produces nobody'. It's DW stirring up shite between countries, and this is the end result. It's like me coming in here and saying the only reason the US has a legitimate number of solid fighters is because it throws enough shit at the wall to see what sticks.
I didn't intend for you to get all offended.
Do I mean they have ZERO..None...No fighters? No? But they have few top guys. That cannot be disputed. Exactly...look at the prelims. Not the main events.
I'm not saying 80,000 people means they are the Mecca. I'm saying when you add that, to Royce, to their champions (Anderson, Aldo, JDS...past champs Wandy, Shogun, Nog, Rizzo, Vitor, Machida) and their countless other top fighters. Brazil is MMA. It is a fighting nation.
When you add that all up you have to say Brazil is. And I really don't get what they meant by saying Canada is the "Mecca". I thought Mecca was sort of a word for where it started and grew. Canada didn't join the MMA scene until late.
Not trying to get anyone riled up as I think it is dumb. I just think clearly Brazil is the Mecca if we are going to call anything the Mecca.
Actually the U.S. or Japan is the Mecca as they were the 2 countries with big time promotions in teh early days. Japan more so then. And U.S. now.
U.S., Brazil, and Japan all qualify for the term "Mecca" more so than Canada does. But really there is no Mecca because MMA involves many styles...many of them as old as dirt and coming from all walks of the world. There is no one place that was the birth. Nothing was really born in Canada though.