Originally Posted by MalkyBoy
I think in 3-4 years Hazelett could be champ, and in 1-2 Maia will be champ. About the casual douchebag as MMA becomes more mainstream more people will become better educated. There will always be douchebags though but I reckon their numbers will lessen.
I disagree...I have been following MMA since UFC 1 and have many friends that have been introduced to it. None have become true fans and will never really understand the submission aspect of the game. I feel they represent the majority of the fans the UFC has. I say that because, this forum does not have over 1 million members or anywhere near it neither does Sherdog (though it may, I never go there)...and the UFC has usually around 1 million buys. That doesn't include the people that actually attend the events, watch on closed circuit at the event, or the peopel that flock to friends' houses and bars. True fans would want to talk about it.
Also, there are probably nowhere close to that many people that follow the UFC/MMA and train in BJJ. I just feel that until the UFC focuses more on promoting the submission game over the striking that it will continue this way. If they leave it up to the fan to learn about BJJ, they will always have more fans of the stand-up. Not necessarily a bad thing until it leads to ignorance about the sub game and the inevitable boos.
I was highly impressed with the cheering when fighters were passing guard though in a recent event. It might have been GSP vs BJ.