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Old 02-05-2007, 01:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Does Physical Appearance Count for More than it Should in the UFC

It seems to me lately that the UFC has been going after new fighters that (while they are amazing fighters as well) are chosen because they have a better physical appearance. It seems that maybe they are trying to bring in a new wave of guys to potentially replace people like sylvia who (while I cant stand him) is a champ for a reason but looks quite soft and out of shape. So my question for all of you is whether or not you think these assumptions are correct and if so are they justified?
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Old 02-05-2007, 01:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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to answer your question in one word: no.

they didnt bring in cro cop because he looks physically good. they brought him in cause dana is dedicating himself to getting the best fighters. cro cop is the #2 heavyweight in the world. i think dana could care less what fighters look like, he cares how they perform.
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It seems to me lately that the UFC has been going after new fighters that (while they are amazing fighters as well) are chosen because they have a better physical appearance. It seems that maybe they are trying to bring in a new wave of guys to potentially replace people like sylvia who (while I cant stand him) is a champ for a reason but looks quite soft and out of shape. So my question for all of you is whether or not you think these assumptions are correct and if so are they justified?
NO i think that is crazy. Mirko is a stud. physical appearance or not. they got him because he is the second best HW in the world. They got Rampage because he is a very good LHW who holds a win over chuck. That would set up a rematch that would sell. The UFC picks up guys who can fight or guys who fight with excitement.
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Old 02-05-2007, 02:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I don't think so.

I think that the level of athletes competing is rising, and because of that you're getting more and more guys who are extremely "cut." Basically, if you train regularly and eat well, you'll be in good shape. But, if you train insanely hard and are very picky about what you eat, you're going to come out extremely cut. Basically, the harder you work, the more your body is going to reflect that. Now that the UFC is bringing in more money and popularity, guys are working harder to be the best they can and therefore look more buff.

But, I don't think the UFC is recruiting based on looks. Different guys shape up in different ways. Some guys get the chisseled look to them, while other guys get "loaf" style muscles that aren't impressive to look at but are very strong. Just look at Fedor - You can tell he's in shape, but he's not impressive to look at. But, get in the ring with him and you'll suddenly realize just how strong he is.
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@ tuf 5 tryouts they were sending people home if you werent attacking constantly(if you stalled and the other person couldnt progress out, or if you didnt try to aggressivley get to a more dominant position.) >>> They want guys who are active on the ground so no they want the best fighters possible.
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Old 02-05-2007, 02:15 PM   #6 (permalink)
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There are loads of uggerz fighters. Jason Macdonnald is ripped as sh!t but look at his face.
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I don't think so.

I think that the level of athletes competing is rising, and because of that you're getting more and more guys who are extremely "cut." Basically, if you train regularly and eat well, you'll be in good shape. But, if you train insanely hard and are very picky about what you eat, you're going to come out extremely cut. Basically, the harder you work, the more your body is going to reflect that. Now that the UFC is bringing in more money and popularity, guys are working harder to be the best they can and therefore look more buff.

But, I don't think the UFC is recruiting based on looks. Different guys shape up in different ways. Some guys get the chisseled look to them, while other guys get "loaf" style muscles that aren't impressive to look at but are very strong. Just look at Fedor - You can tell he's in shape, but he's not impressive to look at. But, get in the ring with him and you'll suddenly realize just how strong he is.
So by your theory fedor doesnt work hard? LOOKING LIKE A BODY BUILDER DOES NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH STRENGTH NOR PHYSICAL ABILITY.

Most of the time unless you diet to cut down bf most fighters like to stay at or around 10-13% because it decreases the chance of injury and your body doesnt go through the wear and tear of cutting.

And most of the guys that are ripped are built that way, eco's that bulked up as oppossed to endo's like fedor. Bodybuilders muscle is pretty PRETTY DAMNNN useless.

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Just take a look at Cabbage, Buentello, not exactly buff but they have the strength, i dont think the UFC are after body builders just people that fight.
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Two words... Tito OrtizThe deude has a melon on him that looks like it belongs in the Cro Magnon section of a museum so I do not think it is about looks.

Plus a fighter in many cases has a tendency to be in shape as for facial features givr a fightyer a few years good looks more then likely will not last.
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So by your theory fedor doesnt work hard? LOOKING LIKE A BODY BUILDER DOES NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH STRENGTH NOR PHYSICAL ABILITY.

Most of the time unless you diet to cut down bf most fighters like to stay at or around 10-13% because it decreases the chance of injury and your body doesnt go through the wear and tear of cutting.

And most of the guys that are ripped are built that way, eco's that bulked up as oppossed to endo's like fedor. Bodybuilders muscle is pretty PRETTY DAMNNN useless.
Absolutely!

In most cases the extra muscle on the arms and forearms actually poses a hinderance because it takes away speed and increases weight to throw...
Extra muscle kills your cardio as you gotta feed oxygen to all that extra bulk...

Fighters look lean to optimize their power/weight ratio... not for cosmetic appearance... althought I think some fighters do it anyways...

Sure it may help your marketability, but if you lose all your bouts how marketable are you
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