I think the threadstarter has a good point. He is on the same page as me. I think at least 70% of Tito's fans come from his looks. Also Kendal Grove was a favorite on the show because of his looks, because he definately wasn't the most skilled at the time, but for some reason he got the most camera time. And Chuck, yea he's not a "good-looking" guy, but that's not what the threadstarter means (I don't think). Chuck has appeal with his mohawk and his aggressive nature, and I think a lot of his fans come from that as well. Not to say anyone on these forums are like that, but I am 100% sure that it plays a factor in everyone's opinion, even if you don't want to admit it. It's human nature, just don't base your entire opinion solely on charisma and looks. There are a shitload of examples of fighters who aren't as good as they are popular. Tito being one of them, you can't deny it, just look at his record over the last 2 years. He's honestly not as good as his fans lead on, but he looks cool so hey let's hug his nuts and say he is the best in the world. Just an easy example. Again, I'm talking about new fans, mostly.
I also think it could go the other way. Like in Fedor's case, someone already said he's looks out of shape but is massively popular. Well other than the fact that his popularity comes mostly from the fact that he is a machine, but his looks also play a factor. It's been said a hundred times, the guy looks like he never works out, yet he dominates his opponent with relative ease. Well, that has to do with a fighters looks too. His appeal comes from the fact that he looks like a normal couch potato but fights like a machine. Same with Vladimir Matyushenko, his nickname is "the janitor". He looks like a janitor, and using that as his nickname tells me that it is not unheard of to judge fighters on their appearance.
Think about Jesse Forbes...he was what like 19 years old and they kept letting him come back on the show. And everytime he came back he had a different look, but he was always trying to be in style for the viewers. There was no reason to bring this kid back 3 times, they brought him back because of his physical appeal. It's a subconcious thing and most guys are too homophobic to admit that appearance DOES play a factor in your opinion. Like I said, it's human nature. You're gonna be attracted to a fighter you think looks cool, but you may also be attracted to a fighter you think looks different or below average.
Last edited by WouldLuv2FightU; 11-20-2006 at 08:03 PM.