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Old 09-25-2013, 07:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I recently just got to watching MMA from the original PPVs. I am watching 15 as we speak and have watched pretty much everything up to it, and man, you really do get the feeling of having so many beasts around the table. I didn't know it was quite as cool as it is.

You have Mark Coleman in there, who had the title and lost it to Maurice Smith.
Smith is fighting Abbot on this card, and although is an underdog, he's still the champ.
Abbot himself is still a big name.
Vitor Belfort is a wrecking machine.
Randy Couture just earned a title shot and is undefeated.
Mark Kerr isn't even getting in the picture despite having two tournament wins now because there is so many other guys in the picture, even though Smith and Abbot never really earned their shots.

This isn't really a thread with much meaning, just thought I'd talk about my appreciation of it. You already have the old guard of Kimo, Ken Shamrock and Royce Gracie out of the picture, so it's like there's a new guard coming in even at such an early age in the sport's life. It's really cool to see.

Tito Ortiz also was dope in his two fights he had before this, but he got guillotined and lost his tournament which I didn't expect, and to a Lion's Den fighter too.

About to watch Pride 1 too since it was on a few days before UFC 15.
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yep I fell in love back in 1993 1995 UFC 3 and 4 were the first ones i got as I worked at a video store. I was in 8th grade. We loved Royce and me and a couple buddies would just jump each other randomly when having a sleep over or whatever and yell "You wanna Royce" pronounced hoyce then wed wrestle and repeat. We couldn't believe that a non assuming Royce was beating everyone. We didn't understand the concept of Gracie Jiu Jitsu except for the arm bar and the rear naked. Those were the only two obvious enough we could put on each other. We would yell "you ******* tap Im gonna Hoyce you". LOL fun times so long ago.
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Those first 15 or 20 UFC's were different. Those were experts in unique fields, goin' at each other, not all-arounders like today. Almost a different sport, but it was BAD-ass.

I like old UFC and new UFC, but the sport back then .... sometimes the skillset clash led to sheer brutality.
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yeah I loved the old UFC's thats what got me into mma I loved it and it was so much better that what it is today
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It was a raw as it could get. You gotta watch the Mark Kerr documentary. Why PEDs and painkillers are a detriment to all athletes.

Vitor was a killer when he came into the scene. He was jacked up! Love the way he wrecks Scott and Tank.
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Those first 15 or 20 UFC's were different. Those were experts in unique fields, goin' at each other, not all-arounders like today. Almost a different sport, but it was BAD-ass.

I like old UFC and new UFC, but the sport back then .... sometimes the skillset clash led to sheer brutality.
Actually, what I'm most surprised about is the quick development. UFC 1 was like that, but by UFC 15 the guys are already "mixed martial artists".
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What is starting to annoy me is that anyone who was anyone back in the day, Dana has been a real dick to. If it was one or two guys I would understand but Dana has issues with both the shamrocks, don frye, randy, tito. The kings of the sport. Its at the stage now where he doesnt need to be a dick to them anymore, the UFC is strong enough to cope with a few competitors
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To be fair, those guys were complete dicks to Dana. I bet in all cases it's money. They were earning peanuts in the old days, but when Zuffa brought it to the level it's at, they didnt just want 10 times the money they got in the early days, they wanted 100 times.
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What is starting to annoy me is that anyone who was anyone back in the day, Dana has been a real dick to. If it was one or two guys I would understand but Dana has issues with both the shamrocks, don frye, randy, tito. The kings of the sport. Its at the stage now where he doesnt need to be a dick to them anymore, the UFC is strong enough to cope with a few competitors
I feel the same. I'll add I think White's bad attitude rubs off on newer fans and gives them a bias against the past in some cases as well.
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I feel the same. I'll add I think White's bad attitude rubs off on newer fans and gives them a bias against the past in some cases as well.
I personally was under the impression that guys like Couture when they started wouldn't have stood a chance, but when you see them back, although their opponents might not have been quite as good as they are now, I think they could easily compete with the elites and do exactly what they did in rising up through various different challenges and fights.
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