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Old 03-05-2007, 12:56 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Absolutely right,just the look on Rich's face when he saw Anderson approaching the octagon,the big smile,the cheeky poking out of the tongue etc,not to mention the fact he told the crowd not to boo silva as he was a stand up guy all showed just how much respect and even admiration is there between them.In fact,with obvious exceptions (tito,shamrock or diaz,riggs etc),this sport seems to have more respect between it's competitors than just about any other.Just one of the many factors that make MMA the best spectator sport there is!!
I agree, I think MMA has many more classy athletes than profesional basketball or other pro sports (especially in the US). I think Rich and Silva a prime examples of this, along with guys like Couture, GSP, actually all of the UFC champs are pretty classy guys. I think we are also starting to see more respectful fighters coming in, this may be because the UFC is getting a little more diverse (aquiring some of pride's guys and taking more international fighters like silva) and I think that the days of excuses, bad mouthing, and other unsportsmanlike conduct are soon going to end. It also seems to me that fans are become less and less tolerant of that behavior (see the Sylvia/Couture fight).
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Old 03-05-2007, 01:20 PM   #12 (permalink)
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They're both really classy guys. Thats what great about MMA. Most fighters have a genuine respect for one another. I know there is bad blood between some fighters, but those instances are often displaced by fighters that wont even fight someone from their own camp (Jardine and Rashad, Shogun and Wandy).

MMA is just a sport where you want to beat the guy up, choke him, knock him out, etc. but you still have the upmost respect for him.
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Old 03-05-2007, 01:41 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I agree, I think MMA has many more classy athletes than profesional basketball or other pro sports (especially in the US). I think Rich and Silva a prime examples of this, along with guys like Couture, GSP, actually all of the UFC champs are pretty classy guys. I think we are also starting to see more respectful fighters coming in, this may be because the UFC is getting a little more diverse (aquiring some of pride's guys and taking more international fighters like silva) and I think that the days of excuses, bad mouthing, and other unsportsmanlike conduct are soon going to end. It also seems to me that fans are become less and less tolerant of that behavior (see the Sylvia/Couture fight).
You will never get rid of bad mouthing. I agree there are alot of class acts commin through, but this is still a sport where there will continue to be bad blood.
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Old 03-05-2007, 02:04 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I agree that respect and class is needed in the MMA game. The fighting and combat are all about honor and a test of one's skills. Getting in the ring represents a fighter's to see how well you can perform mentally and physically to overcome someone else's will and power while at the same time looking to defend and impose your will on the other. There's no disrespect in beating your opponent. They are not there to break arms or kick someone in the balls.

I understand why there is bad blood at times. These guys are looking to inflict some damage in order to get the KO, tap or ref stoppage so it maakes sense that they would build up their confidence by talking smack. It's really a show of insecurity.

Smack talkers should fear the fighter who says very little. Guys like Franklin, A. Silva, Couture and GSP who can disect their opponent's fights and find weakness and exploit those weaknesses are true professionals.
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Old 03-05-2007, 03:19 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Always good 2 see fighters show respect to each other, it bugs me when ppl are complete assholes like tito
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Old 03-06-2007, 03:56 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I just now have finished watching the McDonald vs Franklin match and you have to love the way Rich & Silva interacted after the fight. Both guys are all class, I know Silva showboats a little with the dancing etc but when its time to be serious he is 100% genuine. I can't wait for the rematch...and to be honest it will be the first fight in a long time that I wont be supporting one fighter more than the other!!!

Is it just me or is everyone marking for this match!!
How's that showboating? What's the difference between doing a dance, and someone jumping ontop the fence raising their arms in the air, or someone repeatively punching the air (like Rich Franklin) or Jason MacDonald signaling a choke and "putting someone to sleep" after his fight with Leben?

There is nothing wrong with any of those, it's excitement, and I also must say Silva's dances are entertaining

As for the respect, no doubt these 2 guys, Randy Couture and Hermes Franca are the classiest fighters in the UFC.

Unlike the pathetic Ohio fans in attendence that boo'd Silva for whipping on their hometown boy. Not to mention booing him when he was speaking not English, ****ing morons.

And by the way, Silva shouldn't have to learn an entire different language because of his occupation. His occupation is to beat some puds down with some knees, elbows, strikes, have great BJJ and a great ground game overall...his job isn't to learn the hardest language to learn in the world just to please some apple pie yuppies. The guy has a translater, and that's all he needs. If he wants to by all means, he can learn the language, but he doesn't have to learn it out of "respect" for the American public.
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Always good 2 see fighters show respect to each other, it bugs me when ppl are complete assholes like tito
Yea I didnt like the disrespect thing towards Ken Shamrock at all but I understand that for Tito as a professional MMa'ist to act the way he does.

I like Andersons jig when he is victorious everyone should do that when they do something kool. Well not really but chyea.
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Old 03-06-2007, 09:25 AM   #18 (permalink)
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How's that showboating? What's the difference between doing a dance, and someone jumping ontop the fence raising their arms in the air, or someone repeatively punching the air (like Rich Franklin) or Jason MacDonald signaling a choke and "putting someone to sleep" after his fight with Leben?

There is nothing wrong with any of those, it's excitement, and I also must say Silva's dances are entertaining


And by the way, Silva shouldn't have to learn an entire different language because of his occupation. His occupation is to beat some puds down with some knees, elbows, strikes, have great BJJ and a great ground game overall...his job isn't to learn the hardest language to learn in the world just to please some apple pie yuppies. The guy has a translater, and that's all he needs. If he wants to by all means, he can learn the language, but he doesn't have to learn it out of "respect" for the American public.
I think you are missing my point....I couldn't give a rats ass if he showboats, I too think it shows personality and adds to a fighters character. What I meant was there are a lot of people who don't like it and see it as disrespectful and cocky.

As for your second point, I never suggested he go to college and learn the english language to the point he can look at a career on broadway after he retires from fighting. I merely suggested it might endear him a little to the bonehead fans who see him as "the evil foreigner that smashed their american hero". It shows he cares about his fans, which I am sure he already does, by going that little extra mile. A few phrases wouldn't kill him...just a few things like "Thankyou Las Vegas" or "I put this show on for you my fans"....just something that simple that would increase his popularity 10 fold I reckon.
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Good to see some class ulike the Titos and Diegos of MMA.
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Old 03-06-2007, 11:11 PM   #20 (permalink)
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It's nice to see some sportsmanship, but christ...hump each other on your own time, not while the entire world is watching.
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