Yea, not really sure how people come to the conclusion that if we don't care to watch much WMMA that we are some how new MMA fans or fans that are dumb and don't care about nothing but knockouts.
Agreed. The 'you're not a real fan unless you like the thing I like' argument is pathetic.
The big women's fights have done decently. You had a man-woman taking roids for years and beating up smaller fighters. Take away her roids and will she be the same beast?
They haven't done 'decently' Rousey-Kaufman had the highest ratings of any Strikeforce event this year.
If you were to take away a lot of guys in he UFC's steroids, we'd not only be seeing less impressive fighters, but probably even MORE injuries which is the real purpose of steroids, to speed recovery time and thus help heal/prevent injuries in training.
Also what do you mean by crossover star? I assume exposure away from the sport? You could be right, Gina's movie and Ronda's crazy media attention and magazine covers every other day. But Rampage and Randy had movies. Chuck has been on all the talk shows and is basically a rock star he is pretty big outside of MMA. Brock Lesnar? A guy like Vitor is more known in Brazil for being married to a popular star, than Gina or Ronda is in the U.S. All of that doesn't really matter, I am just going off subject.
All fair points. Randy and Rampage were in The Expendables and The A Team which were both silly popcorn flicks. Gina's film Haywire actually got solid reviews and was directed my Steven Soderbergh, who is a legit director, he made Erin Brockovich, Traffic and Ocean's Eleven. Also Gina was in the Command and Conquer computer game.
Ronda was on the cover of the ESPN Body Issue which puts her in some pretty impressive company such as Manny Pacquaio and Serena Williams.
They are right up there with the biggest crossover stars other than Brock, who really is more famous for pro wrestling than MMA.
I would suggest the biggest crossover star is Sexyama who is enormous in Asia.
All in all, the backlash you are receiving is because you're downplaying the ratings drawing power of women's MMA's stars, which is just factually wrong. Rousey is the biggest star in Strikeforce right now and Gina was their biggest before that.
And you're downplaying the actual in-ring performance of these women which is just unfair. Rousey, Cyborg and Carano have consistently put on stellar matches over the last few years easily able to match the excitement level of mid-to-high level men's fights.
Just my two (hundred thousand) cents.