WWE is years ahead of the UFC globally. Go ahead and see who is known by more people Royce Gracie or Hulk Hogan. It's not a fair comparison, the WWF was founded in 1952. Video games, movies, TV shows, merchandise, the WWE(F) brand has been out there for years. Long before the UFC came around. They have a hell of a head start.
I stopped watching in 7th grade. But I was playing the video games on Nintendo when I was a kid. The brand has been around a long time now.
WWE had so many cool characters. That was the beauty of it. Each had their own special moves and finishes. It really was a real life video game of sorts. I actualy thought it was real for a good part of my life...hahahaha! I probably just wanted it to be and that's why when I saw UFC I was like yes...finally..."real fighting."
I agree, they got a decades head start and have characters who are world reknowned.
However, UFC is moving very quickly gaining market share. I believe it will overtake boxing and WWE within another 20 years, maybe sooner.
imo the UFC wants the sport to be just the UFC and thats all.
The UFC has been all about being more mainstream but thats about a future of UFC and millions of fans and a sport soley made around the UFC. The UFC`S biggest threat is mma as a sport. The UFC has made no real moves in making MMA an official sport like boxing. Its all just about the UFC.
Interesting thought process. I think it just turned out that way although UFC and MMA seem to be synonymous with one another because of the branding. I do believe the UFC is pushing the sport of MMA. I mean it's really interesting because if you really look at it. The UFC is almost like a sanctioning body or league if you will, it's also very WWE esque in terms of entertainment except it's actual fighting, and functions like boxing. In other words they took all the best attributes from each of the organizations and combined it. They have history to study from, what works and what doesn't.
I really liked the IFL concept and heck even tag team down the line. That's where I see it eventually for smaller orgs. It'll be more common simply because people want to see different things. Unless you have ALL FIGHTERS like Pettis, Anderson, busting acrobatic moves all the time with barn burners of the likes of KZ vs Poirier, Hendo vs Shogun, people may get a little bored. I guess that's why Vince came up with the Royal Rumble and all those elaborate themes; "Death Match" "Cage Match" etc...etc.
I use to think it should be 100% about respect which I do still believe in. But I also learned that having a trash talker like Chael fueled my passion of having me want to watch him get beaten down. In fact I texted Chael (true story) and told he "was out line." Lolz...right then and there I realized...man Chael took us all for a ride. He made us fans even more passionate about the fight, card, and really the interest of the sport. It's about personality. I must admit if everybody had a bland personality it could get a bit blaise. As long as it doesn't get TOO out of hand.
So yah I'm koo with UFC be similar to WWE in some aspects because I know at the end of the day each of the fighters will have to back it up legit inside the Octagon.