Happy Hump day to all!
You may be asking yourself, “ Maniac, where’s the Strikeforce Heavyweight GP predictiions?". Let me assure you that is coming as I have had a change of heart by deciding to release it Thursday. Yeah, I figured it’d give me more time to think about my choices and I want to do much better than my UFC 125 predictions.
Don’t Alienate Casual MMA Fans, Educate them
Okay, this is something I've seen a lot of. I remember back when I first started watching MMA events on a constant basis, which has only inclined these past couple of years. Many happenings could relate to this top but heres an example for you.
Let’s go back to UFC 116 when we had the colossal showdown of Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin. That night I decided to catch the fights at a local sports bar in town to catch a nice buzz off some tall,cool Budweisers and yell at the screen with other MMA fans. I did notice a group of at least 8 gentlemen who showed up wearing the DeathClutch t-shirts that Lesnar was sporting at the time. The first thought that ran through my head was” yeah,the bandwagon fans have entered the building”. While I was probably right at the same time because I’m fairly sure I made the observation that they ignored every fight there except for the main event that evening. For me, I was 100% sure that Lesnar was going to take a beating and lose his title within the first couple of minutes. The second round ,however, wasn’t as kind to me as we all witnessed Lesnar somehow pull out the submission win. Around that time all of the loyal “DeathClutchers” began to jump up and shout in everyones faces who were pulling for Carwin. Some guy actually confronted me very obnoxiously,because obviously I looked disgruntled with the fact that I did indeed pick the wrong outcome and he could see the look on my face. I wasn’t a happy camper and was hating every Lesnar fan at the moment. These guys can be dickwads and I think we all have seen them. You spend all of your time learning the sport and here comes a guy who probably barely watches and get’s the upper hand on you. It’s not a good feeling, but just shrug it off and move on about your day:)
Now, let’s get something straight here. I’m not anti-Lesnar by any means, I was actually pulling for him against Mir both times. The point is that I shouldn’t have been hating on the “MMA noobs” because in my mind, we are all still learning in this young sport. I see it on any MMA website forum just about every day. Some “expert” fan will post hateful remarks on a thread created by a member with 4 posts. While the newbie may be inaccurate with his posting it isn’t a reason to make him believe that diehards are all dicks. Don’t get me wrong here, there is plenty to disagree on and debate about,but it’s kind of like College Football for me. I can’t stand how obnoxious NCAA fans can be sometimes that it makes me hate the sport. Maybe thats my problem and it may make the game more fun for most people,but sure as hell not for me. There’s a fine line between sticking up for a certain team or whatever and just being completely disrespectful, making a complete ass out of yourself.
Point being, if your friends have a slight interest in MMA, have them watch events with you and tell them that all of the fights aren’t going to be awesome. Granted, some people will just hate the idea of it and only watch it occasionally. I know that watching the event is much more fun when you have friends around that know at least halfway whats going on. In the end, just be respectful about each other’s opinions, no matter how ridiculous they may seem(I’ve seen my share of absurd posts).
Again, maybe I’m in the minority here. This isn’t aimed at anyone in particular. It’s just some of my experiences with MMA fans who think they know more than others. Good for you!
Once again, thanks for reading. Check back tomorrow as I have a nice special 2011 prediction blog planned I’d like to get out of my system. We are almost at the weekend! Hang in there.
Maniac’s 2011 Predictions
Strikeforce Heavyweight GP
Women’s MMA Thoughts