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Old 05-08-2012, 08:10 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Old 05-08-2012, 08:13 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Comments like this really don't help his personal credibility with new and old fans. Optimism is ok but this is extremely far fetched.
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Old 05-08-2012, 08:18 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Come on now Dana. Im European, and no. The UFC is nowhere near Football (Soccer). Football is so far ahead any other sport in popularity Its not even fair. Actually MMA is so far down on the list here where i live I dont even think It would get into a top 10 sports popularity list
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Good chuckle for the morning...

No, not even close to Football and a drop in the bucket compared to Soccer.

He should also verify the 70% post secondary as well, I think he pulled that one right out of the sky
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Old 05-08-2012, 08:33 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Dana obviously is a firm believer in both the "Repeat a lie often enough and people will believe it." and the "The more outrageous a lie is, the more likely people are to believe it." school of thought.

Ridiculous thing to say. His statement of 70% post secondary education is just as absurd for that matter. Yeah, there are a lot of college wrestlers who turn to MMA, but 70% college educated? No chance that is true, none.
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Seriously Dana? That is insanely ridiculous to think they are globally on par with Soccer. (Or football or whatever you want to call it)
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Old 05-08-2012, 08:44 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Just taking the UK as an example;

there are roughly 12 Premier league games every week. Each stadium holds between 30,000 - 75,000. they get full, for every game, every week and are watched by millions upon millions of people around the country... EVERY WEEK! That is wtithout even going into the thousands and thousands of supporters that go to lower league games, some of which have massive 30,000+ stadiums.

UFC struggles to fill a 6,000 seater arena here once or twice a year.

I'd go so far as to say 99.9% of people living in the UK have heard of football. I dare say less than 25% have heard of MMA
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Old 05-08-2012, 08:54 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Just taking the UK as an example;

there are roughly 12 Premier league games every week. Each stadium holds between 30,000 - 75,000. they get full, for every game, every week and are watched by millions upon millions of people around the country... EVERY WEEK! That is wtithout even going into the thousands and thousands of supporters that go to lower league games, some of which have massive 30,000+ stadiums.

UFC struggles to fill a 6,000 seater arena here once or twice a year.

I'd go so far as to say 99.9% of people living in the UK have heard of football. I dare say less than 25% have heard of MMA
Eh I would say a lot more people know about it than in the past with the rise of fighters like Bisping, Hardy, Pearson etc...

But still it is a tiny fraction of how many people know about soccer.
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I don't even like soccer but I know Dana's claim is way, way off.
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As far as Soccer, lol, he is blowing some seriouse smoke on that one.

As far as footbal globally, I could beleive that. But in the United States its not even close. the NFL and football in general is king, its ruler, its Czar.
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