Originally Posted by Liddellianenko
It's cos they're black, the answer you want to hear OP, and the answer that's increasingly becoming hard to deny. There's other factors at work as well, but those same factors are conveniently written off for popular white fighters.
Perhaps. Though the other train of thought is that you're simply blowing things out of proportion. As is Kreed. Jon Jones caught some flak for blowing the UFC 151 card, and rightfully so. Heat would have come down on virtually any title holder who made that same decision. The fans were already showing him love after he submitted Vitor, and will continue to 'get over it' moving forward.
As for Henderson and Johnson, where is this mass hatred for both fighters? Because a handful of posters rant online about his close bout with Edgar, I'm to believe that this equates to widespread hatred throughout the MMA universe? Until I see Henderson and Johnson booed at their next weigh-in/PPV, I'm inclined to believe that there's no legitimate and widespread hatred there.
Yeah bones is so arrogant, yet Sonnen is "a lovable rogue" for 10x the arrogance + cheating, and Henderson is a "legend" even though he's a 40 yr old using a TRT loophole and hid his injury but shares no blame for 151.
Plenty of people hate Chael Sonnen. Pretending as though he's an American hero is stretching the truth to support your perspective, and nothing more. Sonnen has as many detractors and non-fans as Jon Jones, if not more. That is, quite simply, the truth.
Yeah bones committed drunk driving, extremely stupid but fortunately he hurt no one. But some freak called "Mask" Lewis in face paint gets completely sloshed, recklessly DRUNK STREET RACES his porche with a female passenger next to him, kills himself and leaves the girl in the ER and what happens? Nationwide mourning and induction into the UFC HOF! For a guy that wore face paint and sold T-Shirts leaching off MMA's popularity without having fought a day. Yeah his death was tragic but what he did was MUCH WORSE than what jones did, yet he is a great example and some sort of martyr?
Mask was as much an idiot as Jones. Though I have to imagine that if Jon had perished, there would have been widespread mourning. I personally don't care about the well being of any individual who drinks and then drives. That's all I'll say on this matter.
Don King was a crook and uneducated bum, but Dana is a shrewd and amazing businessman, who "speaks his mind", and in shafting the fighters pay wise he's just building mma.
Dana White gets critiqued, judged, and essentially crapped on quite often. There's literally a thread going on this second talking about how bad he is for the sport.
Bendo sucks because he "didn't really win" that second split decision clearly, even though that's the judges call not his, but Forrest was the "people's champ" for his crappy pillow punching decision over Rampage, and no one holds any of the dozens of other split decisions against the winners.
Again, 'Bendo sucks' according to a handful of posters online. You'll find those same pockets of persons slandering GSP, Silva, Jones, and virtually any fighter. I don't see how that equates to global, or even substantial dislike for Henderson.
Anderson is the GOAT, but his PPV buyrate is the lowest of all champs until the great white hope comes around to challenge him with steroids.
Anderson hurt himself when he decided to act a clown against Leites and Maia. People aren't going to pay 50 dollars for those types of performances. Chael certainly breathed life into the division and championship scene, but I'm sure that has more to do with all of the smack-talk and drama than it does his colour of skin. Just as many people ordered Sonnen vs. Silva to see Sonnen get his arse handed to him.
Rashad is virulently hated for hardly any reason, until they finally found a blacker guy to hate more than him and cheer him against.
People disliked Evans because he was arrogant and disrespectful. The man practically told Forrest to suck him off during their fight. Though you'll find now that several have grown fond of him, as he's a lot more down to earth these days. I think it more a case of people disliking arrogant fighters. Matt Hughes and Michael Bisping, for example, catch more heat than any fighter you've mentioned, and yet we conveniently seem to be ignoring this.
Rampage is loved but only as long as he plays the chain wearing thug stereotype that likes to commit black-on-black crime.
Rampage is loved when he isn't crying, bickering, or slandering the company that virtually kept him out of prison. I used to love Rampage, but then he became a bitter crybaby. His race has nothing to do with it. He whines incessantly.
And yes, the Johnson fight is awesome until the decision is announced and now everyone hated it.
Again, where are these masses that are hating on Johnson and his win? Please point them out to me, because I've seen very little to indicate that this isn't a completely bogus claim.