Originally Posted by Bonnar426
Let me put it this way. Your average UFC fan will watch a Pay-Per-View that features Forrest Griffin, Keith Jardine, Rashad Evans, and Michael Bisping because they most likely watched TUF 1,2,and 3. However, I don't think the average UFC fan watches Pride. If they don't watch Pride, it is very likely they have no idea who Mirko Cro Cop is, even though he is the No. 2 heavyweight in the world. If they put Mirko up against AA right away and gets knocked out, it will be very hard to get UFC fans interested in Mirko. The UFC has to build him up like they did with Griffin and Bisping before giving him a title shot.
I dont agree. I wasnt there when mirko was fighting in the ufc, but from what i could hear from the crowd, they seem to know him a lot more than you would think. yes its probably true that they like guys they know well(like those who showed up in TUF), but i think we should give credit the average ufc fans, they know a bit about him, they know at least that hes dangerous, even if they havent seen him ko any1.
I get the point that Mirko didnt impress enough in his first fight to make new fans, and that this 2nd fight another occasion to show what he can really do.. but any1 smart who fights mirko wont let him the chance to do so. Sanchez really didnt do anything, but at the same time he was never exposed to anything too dangerous. I dont know much about mirko's next opponent, but mirko's style is often the same : he doesnt press for action, he lets the action come to him. If you put a guy that virtually has no chance to win, and he knows it, hes not going to try to do anything.. eddie already lost the fight when the bell rang, you could see it in his eyes, he was scared to death.
If they want mirko to show what hes got, you have to put him up against someone who has at least a chance.. for instance maybe not AA(that was my personnal choice of 2nd fight, but thinking about it, maybe it was too soon), but brandon vera? striker vs striker could be fun, esp since it gives opportunity for mirko to get a highlight reel.