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Old 01-14-2013, 01:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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LW needs a more marketable champion?

IMHO i mean bendo is a tough fighter and good champion but theres nothing unique/stands out about him hes a generic champion. theres nothing to say other than that hes "athletic" or "explosive". + sure his fights are entertaining but there not memorable or legendary. hes not a ppv draw, hes not a finisher, his fighting style is cage grinding/boring ugly to see for the casuals, he doesnt have a gimmick or a certain type of personality + hes cross-eyed. His interviews are boring, hes not a heel or trash talker. he will continue to main event fox and fx shows until a bad guy(maynard) comes and takes his title.



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How is maynard a bad guy? Dude is one of the most humble guys in the LW div.

Other than that I somewhat agree. Bendo seems to lack the charisma in his personality and the flair in his fighting style to make a top draw.

Then again, the same can be said for any top LW not named BJ penn. You really think Edgar, Maynard or Melendez would be top draws? Maybe eddie alvarez would, but he's unlikely to become champ.
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Same could be said about GSP. I think Benson will continue to grow on people the more he defends his belt. If you ask me, Benson is more likely to be a finisher than most other LW's, the guy is built to kick ass, and probably has the coolest tattoo in all of MMA.
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How is maynard a bad guy? Dude is one of the most humble guys in the LW div.

Other than that I somewhat agree. Bendo seems to lack the Charisma and the flair in his fighting style to make a top draw. Then again, the same can be saud for any top LW not named BJ penn. You really think Edgar, Maynard or Melendez would be top draws? Maybe eddie alvarez would, but he's unlikely to vecome champ.
Maynard used to be humble, but then he said stuff got old. + did you not see the guida fight? when he was chasing/taunting/flipping off guida? all signs of a bad guy/heel.

With Frankie you could tell the ufc wanted him to be champ, the ufc was already giving him a big push, did a couple of ufc/fox commercials, was the champ and had a legendary trilogy with maynard. so yea he was getting a big push and was on the verge of becoming a draw/face + he had the whole "rocky" thing.

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Same could be said about GSP. I think Benson will continue to grow on people the more he defends his belt. If you ask me, Benson is more likely to be a finisher than most other LW's, the guy is built to kick ass, and probably has the coolest tattoo in all of MMA.
to be honest i think that the tattoo is more for a chick than a dude.
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I'd like a russian lightweight champion in the form of khabib nurmamegodev or rustam khalibov or anthony pettis if he gets by cerrone.
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I'd like a russian lightweight champion in the form of khabib nurmamegodev or rustam khalibov or anthony pettis if he gets by cerrone.
maybe pettis, hes already ME fights before and his fighting style is good for the casuals + hes hispanic which is always good.
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Maynard used to be humble, but then he said stuff got old. + did you not see the guida fight? when he was chasing/taunting/flipping off guida? all signs of a bad guy/heel.

With Frankie you could tell the ufc wanted him to be champ, the ufc was already giving him a big push, did a couple of ufc/fox commercials, was the champ and had a legendary trilogy with maynard. so yea he was getting a big push and was on the verge of becoming a draw/face + he had the whole "rocky" thing.
Yeah but despite the UFCs best efforts, Frankie was a terrible PPV draw. His fights with Bendo for example did 360K and 190K buys, some of the worst numbers for a title fight in an established division in UFC history. The so called legendary Edgar/Maynard 3 card only did 225K.

Rocky or not, he was still basically a boring pitter patter point fighter.

Maynard had one heelish fight, and that was against a guy who's turned into a real bore himself lately. I don't think he did it for the marketing, just in the moment. I doubt he's suddenly turned into a draw from just that.
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I look forward to seeing Bendo lose. I don't like any fighter who wants to thank the invisible man for their victories but has nothing to say about it when they lose.
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Yeah but despite the UFCs best efforts, Frankie was a terrible PPV draw. His fights with Bendo for example did 360K and 190K buys, some if the worst numbes for a title fight in an established division in UFC history.

Rocky or not, he was still basically a boring pitter patter point fighter.

Maynard had one heelish fight, and that was against a guy who's turned into a real bore himself lately. I don't think he did it for the marketing, just in the moment. I doubt he's suddenly turned into a draw from just that.
maybe he did do it for marketing reasons, he found out thats how all the ufc heels have been getting "undeserving" title shots like diaz/sonnen/koscheck. he knows he has to stop being polite and start talking shit and have a bad boy personality it will sell + his nickname is the "bully" classic heel. also i think there was a interview where he says something along these lines " i tried to be humble, but thats shit gets old quick" pretty much confirming his heel turn.

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I look forward to seeing Bendo lose. I don't like any fighter who wants to thank the invisible man for their victories but has nothing to say about it when they lose.
yeah that stuff is lame.
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maybe he did do it for marketing reasons, he found out thats how all the ufc heels have been getting "undeserving" title shots like diaz/sonnen/koscheck. he knows he has to stop being polite and start talking shit and have a bad boy personality it will sell + his nickname is the "bully" classic heel. also i think there was a interview where he says something along these lines " i tried to be humble, but thats shit gets old quick" pretty much confirming his heel turn.
Haven't seen that interview but if that's the case you may be right.

It's lame though you don't need to be a douche to be a draw, GSP/Cain/JDS prove that. You just have to be an exceptional and dominant fighter instead of the cookie cutter types in the LW div, who could all beat each other depending on the day of the week.

People think Sonnen and Diaz got popular for being douches, but in reality it was because Sonnen was the only guy in existence to pound Anderson freakin Silva for 4 rounds. Diaz got it for battering a legend in BJ Penn. If they got their asses kicked, no one would give a damn what they talked. Hence the low interest in Jones / Sonnen.
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