I know I'm a bad person but I just can't take those little guys seriously.
Even when they do something technically impressive, it just looks like two little kids running around in a jungle gym.
HA - probably the best comment I've read, but I think there's sadly a bit of truth to it.
These guys have all the skill in the world, but when I see people smaller than me (I'm pretty tiny) fighting I can't help but laugh a bit.
This is one topic that the MMA world seems to be split down the fence on. Unfortunately most of the little guys look like they are throwing muffins at each other. They are quick as hell, but theres a definite lack of power behind the attacks in general - I can't remember the last time I saw a KO that "wowed" me at 145 or below. I don't see any difference between a fight at 125 and 145.
As mentioned, it's tough for me watching these fights when you are sure that 9/10 will be point fights, with no chance of a KO. The odd fight will have a tko/submission, but if you look back historically, there aren't many KOs, and a hell of a lot of decisions.
I've often heard MMA as being called the "fast food" of combat sports (compared to boxing) -- the sport draws a lot of fans who want to see a violent, quick fight. Point fighting doesn't appeal to a large chunk of MMA fanbase. I don't think it's wrong or right, that's the way the sport and fanbase have evolved, and a champion like GSP has taken a lot of flak for what people would consider point fighting, but yet a fight like this gets people screaming FOTY.
I think the biggest problem was the UFC jumped the gun a little bit. Within a very short time frame 3 new divisions were created - all that offer a very similar viewer experience/product.