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Old 10-08-2012, 03:06 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Of course. I hear athletes claim their sport will be bigger then football all the time.
I hear athletes all the time talk about how their sport will be the biggest in the world. From every sport... well except soccer because soccer players don't get time on television here. I've heard this same line from god damned tennis players and cyclists. Cyclists!
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Old 10-08-2012, 04:37 PM   #32 (permalink)
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I hear athletes all the time talk about how their sport will be the biggest in the world. From every sport... well except soccer because soccer players don't get time on television here. I've heard this same line from god damned tennis players and cyclists. Cyclists!
Don't be absurd. In my 35 years as a sports fan I cant say I've ever heard a sports person claim their sport will one day be bigger then football. You know why? Because it's unfathomably ridiculous.

Like I said previous. All you need to play football are some friends and a ball. That's amusement for up to 22 people ( or lots more if you want to get funky ) from one ball. You cant meet up and spontaneously go on a bike ride, or play tennis with your 17 friends. Or do any of the other shit you might care to bring up.

There's a reason why people deep in the Amazon jungle play football. Or in the remote villages of Nepal. Because lots of people can play and the props are minimal. Anybody who thinks a sport involving lots of pain will overtake footie as the peoples sport of choice is on some seriously good chemicals.
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Don't be absurd. In my 35 years as a sports fan I cant say I've ever heard a sports person claim their sport will one day be bigger then football. You know why? Because it's unfathomably ridiculous.
I'm not being absurd. It gets said in America all the god damned time. The athlete thinks their favored sport is the best and they say it. You've got to remember soccer isn't popular in America. Most Americans - athlete or otherwise - wouldn't even think of it as a popular sport because they aren't exposed to the bizarre cult like following it has in other countries. Even the World Cup is hardly watched over here.
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I'm not being absurd. It gets said in America all the god damned time. The athlete thinks their favored sport is the best and they say it. You've got to remember soccer isn't popular in America. Most Americans - athlete or otherwise - wouldn't even think of it as a popular sport because they aren't exposed to the bizarre cult like following it has in other countries. Even the World Cup is hardly watched over here.
Saying your sport is the best in the world is one thing. What we are debating is a whole other level of silliness. Taking over football is like defeating the kraken.. without the flying horse gimmick.

The population of America is what? 300 million? Dude, Manchester united has 600 million fans worldwide. I am talking proper global sports here not some regional irrelevance.

My point stands. What Tex said is completely absurd. If any other athletes have said that, then they are being absurd also. Not really surprising that it mainly comes from american sports people. Although that's according to you, and until I see a video or hear it with my own hairy ears, im gonna go ahead and call bullshit.
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The top 5 athletes on facebook are Cristiano Ronaldo, Lio Messi, David Beckham, Michael Jordan and Kakà. Christiano Ronaldo is just short of 50 million likes. Real Madrid and FC Barcelona each have more than 30 million likes. The UFC has 9,4 million likes. The mixed martial artist with the most likes is GSP with 3,1 million.
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To put things in a perspective:

The top 5 athletes on facebook are Cristiano Ronaldo, Lio Messi, David Beckham, Michael Jordan and Kakà. Christiano Ronaldo is just short of 50 million likes. Real Madrid and FC Barcelona each have more than 30 million likes. The UFC has 9,4 million likes. The mixed martial artist with the most likes is GSP with 3,1 million.
I think Glover more of meant Soccer in Brazil and how the Brazilians feel about the two sports. Soccer is a worldwide phenomenom and i really don't see the UFC being bigger than that.
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I think Glover more of meant Soccer in Brazil and how the Brazilians feel about the two sports. Soccer is a worldwide phenomenom and i really don't see the UFC being bigger than that.
The point is, of all the countries in the world who are into footie, Brazil is at the very top. To suggest Brazil will turn away from football is, to me, less believable then the sky falling on my head.
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Saying your sport is the best in the world is one thing. What we are debating is a whole other level of silliness. Taking over football is like defeating the kraken.. without the flying horse gimmick.

The population of America is what? 300 million? Dude, Manchester united has 600 million fans worldwide. I am talking proper global sports here not some regional irrelevance.

My point stands. What Tex said is completely absurd. If any other athletes have said that, then they are being absurd also. Not really surprising that it mainly comes from american sports people. Although that's according to you, and until I see a video or hear it with my own hairy ears, im gonna go ahead and call bullshit.
Call it bullshit all you want but mostly you have missed the point of my comments entirely. So I'm done talking with you.
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UFC won't over take Boxing, personally I don't see the whole reason why anyone would want to see the UFC or anything take over Boxing. Boxing is very fun to watch, it's the politics that have ruined Boxing but there is still big, big money in Boxing, much more than in MMA.

You're also forgetting about guys like Canelo Alvarez, that guy's the future of Boxing, the lighter weights are also accepted by the Boxing world, you'll never see a 145 lb or 135 lb fighter be the biggest draw in MMA. Boxing still has the Mexican audience in the palm of it's hand, something MMA doesn't quite have. The lighter weight classes could help that though, Erik Perez is a guy that I think can reach the Mexican audience and lure them in.

Also, WWE sucks man, I hadn't watched it in years but I tuned in back in April to check out Brock, that was some of the worst stuff I've ever watched, the WWE has gone down hill so much in the last ten years it's not even funny. It used to be awesome, now it's just completely lame. They have to bring back guys like The Rock and Brock Lesnar just to sell PPV's.
Yeah I was kinda talking shit reading back. In Glasgow alone the arenas get sold out when Ricky Burns is fighting. In England the domestic scene, which would probably be like Jungle Fights Vs the UFC, sells out almost every time a clash between two popular enough, yet nowhere near championship level, people clash.

I guess MMA has Brazil while Boxing has Mexico, but for every talented Brazillian MMA fighter theres 5 outstanding Mexican boxers.

I was just talking to a mate about Canelo today (Who I've been following since the Little Cotto fight). Imagine if that dude right now spent the next 6 years working on wrestling and BJJ. 6 years is a long time to train martial arts, and if he did that and entered MMA as a 45 (or whatecver it is now)-0 former boxing world champion...at 30 years old. Man he would smash anyone coming close to him. Dudes just such an amazing asset to any sport that would have him.

I thought I didnt like WWE now because I'm older, but when I watched some attitude era shit online and naaah, I'd watch the shit out of that if it was still on today haha.

Anyways, yeah MMA will continue to grow as it's own entity. It will never reach the levels of boxing and football, and if it does it will be when we're in our rocking chairs watching the current fighters thinking "He's good but he's no Anderson Silva". Jon Jones will probably be just about to retire by that time too
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