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Old 10-18-2006, 12:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How important is it for a UFC champion to speak fleunt english? Before his fight with Dan Christianson, Frank Mir said that it is very important because the UFC champion is an ambassador of the company (he said this referring to Andrei Arloveski). You have to go out there and give interviews and try to sell the product. Listen to what Frank Mir has to say!

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The question here is if Frank Mir is right! Is it important for the UFC champion to speak fleunt english? If so, where does that leave Anderson Silva? Your thoughts!
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Old 10-18-2006, 12:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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How important is it for a UFC champion to speak fleunt english? Before his fight with Dan Christianson, Frank Mir said that it is very important because the UFC champion is an ambassador of the company (he said this referring to Andrei Arloveski). You have to go out there and give interviews and try to sell the product. Listen to what Frank Mir has to say!

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The question here is if Frank Mir is right! Is it important for the UFC champion to speak fleunt english? If so, where does that leave Anderson Silva? Your thoughts!
Anderson will use a translator. It isn't such a big deal...
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Old 10-18-2006, 12:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't think it's important at all, does Emelianenko speak fluent Japanese?
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Old 10-18-2006, 12:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I don't think it's important at all, does Emelianenko speak fluent Japanese?
My thoughts exactly lol
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Old 10-18-2006, 12:39 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It is only important to the people who don't respect other countries. The ways of thinking that it is still "us versus them" is ancient. Sure I have a little more pride when the champ is American, but I understand that sports is not the real world. There isnt any affirmative action. All of these jobs(title-holders) can not be performed by just anyone. It should always be the best man for the job.
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I think its extremely important in the United States. The US is a "melting pot" of cultures. No one cares if your back ground family history is from Poland, Brazil, the north pole. If you can speak english they can identify with you.
I think its important for the fighter to be able to speak the native language of the country his industry is based in. You must remember that this is above all part of the ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY. Its all about marketing, speaking with your fans is very important.

Im not saying this to bash Sliva. Im saying this because above all in the US I feel this is important. The title holders are the stars. The stars are what draws people in. The people want to be able to speak and indentify with the star fighters. You cant do that through a translater, at least not as well.
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Old 10-18-2006, 01:07 PM   #7 (permalink)
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i'm pretty sure Fedor doesn't speak fluent Japanese! lol
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What a f**king joke...a real MMA fan wants to see the best man win. No one who is passionate about the sport and truly loves it would give a shit about whether or not it appeals to the dumb ass redneck American fan.

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That attitude is the reason that UFC fighters could never compete in on a world stage...they aren't true champions, they're careers are manufactured and their records engineered...

"Oh lets make sure our title holders are good looking all american country boys so are imbecilic fans will relate to them"
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it's not the champ's job to go market the company... its the marketing team, the creative team and dana himself. the UFC champ's aren't supposed to be anything like that. all they are supposed to be, is champ. if you're looking for a champ who is a charismatic american, then you're obviously not looking for the best man possible for your champ, only for a marketable tool!

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