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Old 07-24-2012, 03:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Why do fans not like the lighter weights?

Might be the wrong forum but this is mostly because of UFC 152 so hopefully this doesn't get moved.

In Boxing the lighter weight classes has obviously been accepted, and in September Benavidez/Johnson will headline UFC 152, now Michael Bisping has already gone and said his fight with Brian Stann is the "real main event" because no one wants to see Flyweights.

I know a lot of fans also feel this way, and I don't quite get it, I got into MMA before Boxing where the lighter weight classes are more received but in MMA I see a large chunk of fans degrading them. It leaves me to ask, why are fans so against lighter weights(145, 135, and 125) headlining shows like this? Personally, I'd be willing to bet you anything Benavidez/Johnson will be a hell of a lot more exciting than Kongo/Jordan or Browne/Broughton.
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Old 07-24-2012, 03:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm not against lighter weights, but I'll be honest, I'm much more interested in 155 and above, anything under 155 and I'm my interest drops.

Maybe it's cause there are less big names, maybe because there's so much history in the 155-265 weight classes that the shape/state/champions of those divisions mean a lot more to me than the lighter divisions.

Either way, I'm not against them or refuse to watch them, but I'm much more inclined to watch 155-265 than the lower ones.
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Might be the wrong forum but this is mostly because of UFC 152 so hopefully this doesn't get moved.

In Boxing the lighter weight classes has obviously been accepted, and in September Benavidez/Johnson will headline UFC 152, now Michael Bisping has already gone and said his fight with Brian Stann is the "real main event" because no one wants to see Flyweights.

I know a lot of fans also feel this way, and I don't quite get it, I got into MMA before Boxing where the lighter weight classes are more received but in MMA I see a large chunk of fans degrading them. It leaves me to ask, why are fans so against lighter weights(145, 135, and 125) headlining shows like this? Personally, I'd be willing to bet you anything Benavidez/Johnson will be a hell of a lot more exciting than Kongo/Jordan or Browne/Broughton.
Y'know if their is one person in the whole wide world that is least qualified to speak for all other human beings.

It's Michael F'n Bisping.
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...because there is not much talent in that weight range (145 and under).
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They just haven't been in the ufc long enough and they don't have established stars outside of Faber. 155 is basically the same way as far as drawing power without Penn. I personally like them but I watched the WEC.
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I suppose when you watch 2 guys fight you're not really interested in people that are shorter than your granny, lighter than your dog and dwarfed by the referee. Just my opinion...
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Old 07-24-2012, 04:29 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I guess its the lack of punching power.

Its like watching two kids fight & punch each other a million times without a finish.

Not much in the way of closure.
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John Dodson is 5'3". Arianny towers over him. It's just hard to take those guys seriously.

It's not that they're not fun to watch, it's just that you don't rarely get that sense of two truly dangerous men facing off against each other the way you do in the higher weight classes.
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Less fighters, less skill, less power, less big names. There's Cruz and Barao that are legitimately skilled. Faber's the biggest draw below 155 and he is terrible, he can't strike, he can't get takedowns anymore. When the biggest draw is 5-5 in his last 10 of course people aren't going to care.

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