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Old 07-24-2012, 03:58 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I agree with the sentiments that their lack of size and power really translates into an apathy towards those divisions. The bigger guys definitely impart a sense of deadliness; those guys could mess you up and in that sense it's fun to watch two peak warriors go at it. With the smaller guys I could just cover up and walk out of the ring with some red marks on my arms (at least that's how I feel when I watch them; they'd probably beat my ass). It's just not as interesting to me when I could lift them up and throw them out of the octagon.
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Old 07-24-2012, 04:04 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I agree with the sentiments that their lack of size and power really translates into an apathy towards those divisions. The bigger guys definitely impart a sense of deadliness; those guys could mess you up and in that sense it's fun to watch two peak warriors go at it. With the smaller guys I could just cover up and walk out of the ring with some red marks on my arms (at least that's how I feel when I watch them; they'd probably beat my ass). It's just not as interesting to me when I could lift them up and throw them out of the octagon.
I know what you mean, but anyway, this reminded me of the story where Faber fought like, what, 5+ guys at once?
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I guess alot of people don't like the lack of power with the smaller guys.

I really like the lighter weightclasses and find those fights more exciting that two big slugs gassing and plodding around, not that all the bigger guys fit this discription, but you get my point.

Also I think the lower weights are just too new in the UFC, many ppl didn't watch any MMA outside of the UFC so these guys lack name-value to most mainstream fans.
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The smaller weight classes have some of my favorite fighters. It's just that all the pro-wrestling fans who have migrated their fat asses to MMA only want to see over-muscled freaks caving in each other's heads.
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That's it for me. I don't know any of those guys and because of that I don't care for them much. Aldo, I like the dude caue I've seen his fights but beyond him I don't know shit about the lighter guys.

One day that MIGHT change.


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The smaller weight classes have some of my favorite fighters. It's just that all the pro-wrestling fans who have migrated their fat asses to MMA only want to see over-muscled freaks caving in each other's heads.
Did you create a poll, read this off a census, or pulling this info from thin air?
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I for one prefer the lighter weight-classes... Action non stop, unlike two lumbering HWs that lean on each other for 12 out of 15 minutes because they're exhausted

Also the speed and technique of the the lighter fighters is much more evident as their movement is so much cleaner.

As for star power, that will come - give them time.

And for the people saying people of that size can't be taken seriously, tell me - how big was Bruce Lee?

In 10 years those divisions will be just as big as the rest. 135 through 170 will be the biggest divisions of the sport
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Old 07-24-2012, 05:07 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I never understood that. Even when I was still into pro wrestling I only enjoyed watching the lighter guys. It's the same in MMA, the lighter guys are just more active and more technical in general. That's why I loved when the UFC absorbed the heavier weight classes from the WEC. From that point forth the WEC never had a boring card. Granted, I didn't know any of these guys at first but after a while you get to know them. Guys like Aldo, Cruz, Faber, KZ, Barao, Mizugaki, Torres, Benavidez, Uncle Creepy and MacDonald will make sure everyone knows and respects the lighter weight classes.
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I for one prefer the lighter weight-classes... Action non stop, unlike two lumbering HWs that lean on each other for 12 out of 15 minutes because they're exhausted

Also the speed and technique of the the lighter fighters is much more evident as their movement is so much cleaner.

As for star power, that will come - give them time.

And for the people saying people of that size can't be taken seriously, tell me - how big was Bruce Lee?

In 10 years those divisions will be just as big as the rest. 135 through 170 will be the biggest divisions of the sport
Re: the bolded part - I really don't think that's true. sure, Jose Aldo is a sick fighter, but he's the exception to the rule. IMO the #2 fighter at 145 right now is KZ. I love the guy, but he's not a technical striker by any stretch of the imagination. Hominick is a technical striker, but he got dropped twice by Eddy Yagin's home-run swings. That division is shallower than a kiddy pool, no wonder it stinks.

And 135 is ruled by Dominick Cruz. Long, quick, unorthodox, but hardly a technical marvel. He's a great MMA wrestler, but there are better MMA wrestlers at 155 and 170. Barao is very good at almost everything, but again, I think the top guys at 155 and 170 are even better.

I don't know much about 125, but this is a division where I doubt any amount of technique is ever going to make me look at their fights and think "wow, those guys look deadly."
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I didn't say their technique was better, just that it was more evident due to the crisper, cleaner and more 'flowy' movement of the smaller guys

And yes, KZ may not be very technical but his progress over the last year or two has been amazing to behold
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Old 07-24-2012, 05:39 PM   #20 (permalink)
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The lack of depth and star power in the lighter divisions is why a lot of people are not watching them.

For me, when I watch the lighter guys fight, most of the time I expect it's going to a decision. There is no anticipation of a knockout, submission, or the unexpected. And because of this, the fights become less exciting for me.

To me, most of the lighter weight fighters are just point fighting. And if i wanted to watch this type of fighting, I would watch boxing.

I prefer watching the 185-155 classes.

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