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Old 02-25-2013, 07:54 PM   #41 (permalink)
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Old 02-25-2013, 08:37 PM   #42 (permalink)
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No. Not if people don't want to watch them. What if a 95 pound guy was really good at MMA? Do we have to make a new weight class and give him a chance to showcase his talents as well? Of course not. Nobody gives a f*** because the average guy would still beat the crap out of him.

Too many belts waters down the significance of having one. I'm not willing to pretend a 115 pound man is of the same caliber as Anderson Silva or GSP.
I hope you don't think that the average guy can beat the lower weight classes. That would be pretty funny if so.
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:17 PM   #43 (permalink)
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I agree that adding too many belts waters down the meaning to having one. Not to mention this sounds too familiar to what the ABC tried to do a few years back and add MORE weight classes to American regulation. This just doesn't make sense at all.
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Old 02-25-2013, 11:13 PM   #44 (permalink)
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I hope you don't think that the average guy can beat the lower weight classes. That would be pretty funny if so.
I was talking about the hypothetical 95 pound man.
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Old 02-26-2013, 03:14 AM   #45 (permalink)
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What you choose not to 'pretend' doesn't factor in here, there is a fan base for 115 pound fighters, you are not one of them and that's okay. But the people who appreciate the technical aspects of it shouldn't be deprived of it simply because other fans out there prefer watching fighters with KO power. Why can't we all just get along? as far as being 'of the same caliber as Anderson Silva or GSP' the guys at the top are the best in their weightclass, which is what the champs are at the end of the day. Let's have GSP drop to 115 and take on a natural SW, he'd probably lose, if he could even make the cut. I can definitely see your point, but it's a weird comparison to me, you consider LW to be a good class? Surely you don't think that Bendo stands a chance against Velasquez? Does that mean he doesn't deserve a belt? Not a chance, it simply means he's the best LW .
The fan base is tiny though and does not justify dilution of the league for the thumping 95% of the rest of the fanbase / paying customer base that doesn't care about it.

There are fan bases for croquet, tiddlywinks, watching paint dry etc. too, that doesn't mean they have to be included into the Olympics. People who like watching paint dry can go pay for the "Watching Paint Dry" championship and watch away to their hearts content. People who like watching two men smaller than my 14 year old nephew go at it can do it at the smaller MMA orgs.
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Old 02-26-2013, 03:19 AM   #46 (permalink)
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The fan base is tiny though and does not justify dilution of the league for the thumping 95% of the rest of the fanbase / paying customer base that doesn't care about it.

There are fan bases for croquet, tiddlywinks, watching paint dry etc. too, that doesn't mean they need to be included into the Olympics. People who like watching paint dry can go pay for the "Watching Paint Dry" championship and watch away to their hearts content.
Tiny fan base? Matches the fighter's size I suppose I can see your point though, maybe the UFC isn't the right platform for SWs.
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Old 02-26-2013, 03:24 AM   #47 (permalink)
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Tiny fan base? Matches the fighter's size I suppose I can see your point though, maybe the UFC isn't the right platform for SWs.
lol poetic isn't it?

Yeah I don't think the UFC is the right stage for this right now, and the forum reactions, plummeting PPV buys will tell you that. There are other stages though.

If a majority of the fan base is for it then who am I to complain, but that's not the case right now.

In any case, I think the market will teach Dana this lesson with time, and if he's not completely stupid he'll learn.
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:09 AM   #48 (permalink)
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:54 PM   #49 (permalink)
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I'd hope so. But the point is there are rarely any fighters at anything below 125. Why in the world is Dana White going to create something for a very small minority of the world?
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