Casual fans love Cro cop
I order every single ppv and can count on the same 4-5 friends to show up, with a few stragglers here and there. Saturday night however, there were about 20 people in my living room for this ppv(not because of cro cop and rampage, just wound up like this). about 10 were totally unfamilier with the sport, i think one guy heard of Lidell "the guy with the mohawk, right?"
Anyway, the first few fights were pretty boring IMO, as well as with my newby friends. luckilly evryone was drinkin/smoking etc.
THEN CRO COP ENTERS THE SCENE...
Everyone in the room is saying, "wow this guy looks like a sick #$&*@" and "It's the F'n Terminator", and other comments along those lines. Once the fight was underway, the smarter ones were able to realize that poor Eddy Sanchez did'nt have a prayor. These same people who were saying grappling looks like, "some homo shit", were instant fans of Cro cop. "This guy's the best, let me know when he's fighting again", was the new tune everyone was singing.
Don't get me wrong my friends are'nt a bunch of dummies, just not all that familier with MMA.
The point of this whole long-winded story, was that TYPICAL Americans(my friends), the same guys that would be booing if they were there live, were instant fans of Crocop. This was en especially rowdy bunch too(NYers). So if you were under the impression that American fans would not embrace Mirko(because he looks like a russian or for whatever other reason). That is not the case, at least in my livingroom anyway.
Sorry if this post is pointless, I am bored and felt like posting a thread. This was just an observation that I had the other night. Any feedback is appreciated.