here's my analysis:
Booing in the U.S.A contributing factors:
Like it or not, Japanese culture is known to be more reserved, very courtious and... PATIENT.
an evidence of their patience? SUMO
It also helps that Japan goes a long way when it comes to the Martial Arts Tradition, they appreciate it more, I guess.
While American culture is known to be more assertive and vocal.
2. new fans: It is my assumption that majority of UFC fans nowadays are new thanks to TUF. Go to bars and watch a UFC PPV, and you know what I mean. I won't take it against them though, we should just educate without being d1ckwad fanatics
(you know who you are), and just chill. Because if you take a step back, you'll realize that extreme fanaticism is just plain funny, no different than American Idol.
So, majority of new fans are still not on a level where they can appreciate the BJJ/wrestling/grappling, they are more drawn to something they're familiar w/ like slugging(no wonder Leben was so popular). So once they don't see that: BOOOO!!!!
3. wins vs. performance
On the fighters side, this is where you can separate UFC from Pride. UFC puts more value on wins while Pride on performance. You see a lot of good UFC fighters imidiately get the boot once they collect losses cough' Loiseau, Diaz..etc. (but what about Pointon? I don't know either)While you see a lot Pride vets still there even if they have losing records just as long as they put up a good fight everytime they step in the ring. UFC fighters are more pressured to get the win, at all means...w/c leads to more conservative fighters...cough, Tim "I got alot riding on this" Sylvia (I guess being a sissy is now termed as a "gameplan" cough, Eddie Sanchez), while Pride fighters can have the piece of mind that their jobs are not in jeopardy, as long as they leave it all out there in the ring...so they can be more aggressive, w/c the fans love. UFC is more impatient on fighters that are losing..so fighters are tentative at times so...what do you get? BOOOO!!!
But all is not loss here, hope that UFC will follow suit in pursuing aggressive fighters.
4. The Yellah! card!
CroCOP (on sanchez)- "I thought the ref will punish him because he kept on running away"
Sorry, Mirko...you're not in Pride anymore,so "he can do whatever he wants". And that's the name of the game.
Again, consevative fighters are protected in the UFC w/c agitate the impatient fans.
I hope it all ties up, if not, don't f@ckn crucify me.