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Old 09-11-2007, 09:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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When will UFC fight start being talked about on ESPN

I was just thinking about it and the UFC is growing at a tremendous pace, how long will it take for ESPN to start talking about the UFC's fights? What will it take for them to start to recognize it on the same level that they recognize boxing? I have to say now that UFC bought Pride, the fights seem to have only gotten bigger with more and more potential for a real clash of the titans type of battle! What does everyone else think about this? What will it take, and how long will it be before ESPN covers UFC on the same level as boxing?
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Old 09-11-2007, 09:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Do you really want those idiots covering it any further than just mentioning it on sportscenter? They will just call it the equivalent of dogfighting and make a bunch of shit up about the rules and the people who do it like they always have. Did you watch the coverage after the chuck/Rampage fight? They had people commentating on it all day who didn't even watch the PPV and know nothing about the sport saying shit like that.
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Old 09-11-2007, 10:30 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I didn't get to watch the Couture/Gonzaga fight live coz I had some stuff to do and Sportscenter showed the end of the fight where I was at. Right then I decided, OK nevermind, ESPN leave MMA alone.
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What the **** are you guys talking about?

If ESPN sees money to be made they'll bring in experts and shit to talk about it and I see nothing bad about that.

If they got people wanting to argue about it being cockfighting then that's cool too, dont you guys remember Joe Rogan going on ESPN and schooling that boxing queer? That argument's easy to win for the pro MMA guys, and it's an argument that should be had at any rate.

I say bombard ESPN with emails and whatever MAKE em cover mma. I think it's gonna happen soon enough anyway though unless the UFC just stops growing.
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I have to say this is one of those cases where any coverage could be good coverage in regards to helping build the sport. I do agree that they will need to step their game up and bring in people that actually know what they are talking about, but that will all come sooner then later. For now we just need them to put it on the this is something they want to promote list. Why should they promote it any less then boxing at this point? I know boxing has been around for ever, but this is the new and improved step up from boxing. No boxer wants to fight a mma fighter in mma. ESPN what are they waiting for get on it. MMA is the new thing.
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when people realize that it's not a passing phase they'll put real time in covering the sport
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I have to say this is one of those cases where any coverage could be good coverage in regards to helping build the sport. I do agree that they will need to step their game up and bring in people that actually know what they are talking about, but that will all come sooner then later. For now we just need them to put it on the this is something they want to promote list. Why should they promote it any less then boxing at this point? I know boxing has been around for ever, but this is the new and improved step up from boxing. No boxer wants to fight a mma fighter in mma. ESPN what are they waiting for get on it. MMA is the new thing.
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I didn't get to watch the Couture/Gonzaga fight live coz I had some stuff to do and Sportscenter showed the end of the fight where I was at. Right then I decided, OK nevermind, ESPN leave MMA alone.
The night ESPN decided to cover UFC was the night GSP lost to Serra and it spoiled the fight for me and now I avoid ESPN like the plague on UFC PPV nights when I can't watch it live.
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I wish ESPN would do their own little 15 minute prelude to MMA or something, start giving it some more recognition. Boxing, WWE, all those other promotions are losing everything because of the ultimate.
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