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Old 04-15-2012, 02:52 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Sorry PheelGood but you put down some of the exact reasons why I don't want Jones to win.

Personally, I don't want want there to be anymore fans. I don't want the UFC and MMA to get any larger than it already is. The sport is big enough.

I much prefer the popularity gauge when the earlier seasons of The Ultimate Fighter was airing. It was semi-popular but still low key enough to not be considered commercial. The way things are going right now..specially with Bones. I don't like the vibe. I just don't and'm not sure why you think we need more fans than we have now, tbh.

Jones may be young and all that, but he has neither the charisma nor the intelligence to really transcend the sport and bring it high into the mainstream. He is young guy with awesome fighting abilities, that's it. He is no different than GSP in that regards. He'll have the division on lock until somebody better comes along if were to beat Rashad, which ain't happening. Chuck Liddell was in the middle of his career and had a few losses of his own and he was able to help with the exposure of MMA, so i'm not sure why you don't think that Rashad couldn't.

Divisions sort themselves out no matter who the champ is, it just may take awhile. When Rashad wins, I have this weird feeling that he may defend the belt once against Dan Henderson and then make the jump to 185.
I really don't see the logic in limiting the exposure of the sport. I want this sport to be bigger than football or baseball in the US. The more people who get involved, the better talented fighters, and the more money the promotion has to pay the fighters and put on better shows. I love this sport. It is truly my passion. I rarely watch anything else. I believe that if the vast majority of people were to see what I see in this sport, that they would easily watch a typical UFC event over the super bowl. That is where I want this sport to be.

The time period of Chuck Lidel and now are far different. Rashad has all the ability in the world to be a star. But when you compare him with someone like Jones he isn't nearly as marketable. Jones came out of no where and has destroyed some of the very best in the world. No matter how good Rashad gets he could never create the hype or the story that Jones is currently doing.

I believe Jon is well on his way to surpassing Lidel at this point.
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Old 04-15-2012, 04:54 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I really don't see the logic in limiting the exposure of the sport. I want this sport to be bigger than football or baseball in the US. The more people who get involved, the better talented fighters, and the more money the promotion has to pay the fighters and put on better shows. I love this sport. It is truly my passion. I rarely watch anything else. I believe that if the vast majority of people were to see what I see in this sport, that they would easily watch a typical UFC event over the super bowl. That is where I want this sport to be.
Don't get me wrong, I love the sport too and I see where you are coming from, I really do. In fact, I used to feel the exact same way but as you get older you'll realise that maybe the UFC/MMA machine doesn't need to be bigger than it already is. With more exposure comes more money, with more money comes more greed, with more greed comes total corruption. I don't want the only sport that I enjoy to be reduced to the current state that is pro boxing.
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