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Old 06-10-2012, 07:51 AM   #21 (permalink)
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I love MMA and always will. But these injuries are going to be the main thing that prevents this sport from ever even coming close to competeing with the Big 4. It's part of the sport and I get that, as an MMA junkie I get that. But the average fan will not.

All of these title shots being postponed or changed either due to injury or failed drug tests will prevent this sport from ever being more than it is.

These kind of last minute injuries and in other cases, suspensions, are equivelant to an NFL team losing it's starting QB the week before a Playoff Game or the week before the Superbowl. It totally loses all appeal when the top guys are not participating. If the NFL lost Quarter Backs as often as this sport loses Main Event Fighters, the NFL would not even be half of what it is today.

They may be able to do something about the suspensions, but there is nothing they can do about the injuries. And that will always plaque this sport. I'll still watch, no matter who gets replaced or whoever replaces them. But I am not the average fan.
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Anyway, I think this will be a smaller problem when the sport becomes deeper. Right now there are only a handful of fighters in the featherweight division, so there's no one to bring in when a fight gets scrapped. if you have 60-70 fighters and 8-10 solid contenders, it's a lot easier to get another interesting fight as the main event.
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Old 06-10-2012, 08:11 AM   #22 (permalink)
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I love MMA and always will. But these injuries are going to be the main thing that prevents this sport from ever even coming close to competeing with the Big 4. It's part of the sport and I get that, as an MMA junkie I get that. But the average fan will not.

All of these title shots being postponed or changed either due to injury or failed drug tests will prevent this sport from ever being more than it is.

These kind of last minute injuries and in other cases, suspensions, are equivelant to an NFL team losing it's starting QB the week before a Playoff Game or the week before the Superbowl. It totally loses all appeal when the top guys are not participating. If the NFL lost Quarter Backs as often as this sport loses Main Event Fighters, the NFL would not even be half of what it is today.

They may be able to do something about the suspensions, but there is nothing they can do about the injuries. And that will always plaque this
sport. I'll still watch, no matter who gets replaced or whoever replaces them. But I am not the average fan.
This is so true. Losing a main event is a massive issuer for the UFC and for tha fans and it's happening so often. Example, Overeem vs Jds had me pumped for weeks then drug tests and injuries transformed what could of been the biggest card of the year into a mess leading upto the event, it lost it's appeal big time. The problem is these guys are all training in camps together, they get into the cage training, but spar like it's a title fight. Plus the UFC doesn't help the problem for expecting so so much from these guys so they push them selfs to the max. I can't see the sport evolving any bigger, not when you can't get excited for an event
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What about Jung vs Koch for a title shot, both guys are always improving and it will give them more experience and development to be ready for Aldo.
But this would hurt the division again, the problem is they never seem to have a clear cut #1 contender and if they have these two fight they will be in the same boat again right after where if they stick to the Koch/Aldo program it will leave Jung the next clear contender.

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This is really the year of the injury. One has to wonder why we rarely hear of a major name pulling out of a boxing or kickboxing match, but in MMA we have guys pulling out of nearly every event.

Case in point Vitor Belfort. Tell me how the hell you are punching someone so hard, in training mind you, that you break your hand? Seriously.

I really do want to see these guys in the best shape possible for their fights, but come on, if your training so hard that you can't even make it to fight day it kind of defeats the purpose, no?
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This is really the year of the injury. One has to wonder why we rarely hear of a major name pulling out of a boxing or kickboxing match, but in MMA we have guys pulling out of nearly every event.

Case in point Vitor Belfort. Tell me how the hell you are punching someone so hard, in training mind you, that you break your hand? Seriously.

I really do want to see these guys in the best shape possible for their fights, but come on, if your training so hard that you can't even make it to fight day it kind of defeats the purpose, no?
With Vitor it's chronic injuries, this is the third or fourth time he's broken his hand. Ironically enough the best way to deal with these injuries we don't allow because of steroid regulations.
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This is really the year of the injury. One has to wonder why we rarely hear of a major name pulling out of a boxing or kickboxing match, but in MMA we have guys pulling out of nearly every event.

Case in point Vitor Belfort. Tell me how the hell you are punching someone so hard, in training mind you, that you break your hand? Seriously.

I really do want to see these guys in the best shape possible for their fights, but come on, if your training so hard that you can't even make it to fight day it kind of defeats the purpose, no?
Boxers only train one aspect, for example Thiago Alves and Brian Stann hurt their shoulders wrestling. A boxer doesn't have to worry about that.
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Old 06-10-2012, 11:31 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Boxers only train one aspect, for example Thiago Alves and Brian Stann hurt their shoulders wrestling. A boxer doesn't have to worry about that.
That's true, but say we are talking about a wrestler who is going to compete in the Olympics, unless his injury is catastrophic he isn't pulling out. Kurt Angle broke his neck at the Olympics trials, still went on to compete and won gold.

That's an extreme example, of course, and I don't want these guys putting themselves in harms way by fighting with a dangerous injury, but the number of aborted fights in the last 2 years due to injury is insane.

This is just seems really strange to me.

I guess the only thing we can do is pray that Silva/Sonnen II isn't called off due to injury, lol.
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Old 06-10-2012, 11:38 PM   #28 (permalink)
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That's true, but say we are talking about a wrestler who is going to compete in the Olympics, unless his injury is catastrophic he isn't pulling out. Kurt Angle broke his neck at the Olympics trials, still went on to compete and won gold.

That's an extreme example, of course, and I don't want these guys putting themselves in harms way by fighting with a dangerous injury, but the number of aborted fights in the last 2 years due to injury is insane.

This is just seems really strange to me.
That's where the insurance comes in, I've read around on some forums Aldo has a thigh strain and it's keeping him out of training for 3-4 weeks. If the UFC didn't have fighters insurance we probably wouldn't have seen so many pull outs. There's some injuries you can work through and there's some you can't.

Guys do need to ease up, training is training, you're not supposed to go as hard in the gym as you would in the actual fight. Injuries are expected but so many big fights are being scrapped and it's a real big blow to a sport that has the doors to the mainstream wide open.
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That's true, but say we are talking about a wrestler who is going to compete in the Olympics, unless his injury is catastrophic he isn't pulling out. Kurt Angle broke his neck at the Olympics trials, still went on to compete and won gold.

That's an extreme example, of course, and I don't want these guys putting themselves in harms way by fighting with a dangerous injury, but the number of aborted fights in the last 2 years due to injury is insane.

This is just seems really strange to me.

I guess the only thing we can do is pray that Silva/Sonnen II isn't called off due to injury, lol.
You can't say you are hurt and have them reschedule the olympics for you. I don't want to see guys trying to fight with ripped up knees and shoulders. They fight with lesser injuries all the time but if one of your limbs is useless you shouldn't step into the cage.
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I don't care about 149, I'm more upset that 149 has when frrom a supercard to a good card, kind of like the last PPV. The UFC is getting killed here with injuries. But yes Koch is getting screwed the most; who knows if he will get a title shot when Aldo comes back.
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