When Zuffa bought the UFC, they bought it entirely, including exclusive rights to the 8 sided cage. The resets in Pride are annoying as hell for me. Like most pro-cage guys on this thread said, it allows a breather for the gassed fighter, and it often causes a shift in momemtum which is even more unfair to the fighter who has the advantage at that moment. I agree with UFCFanatic that the cage gives the gladiator feel. On the other hand, some pro-ring guys think it makes MMA more mainstream. This sport is what it is - two well trained guys trying to beat the balls off of each other. It ain't ESPN bowling. Another variable is that UFC events are slickly produced and the crowds are louder, which as a home viewer, gets me fired the fuk up. Because of the cultural differences in that Pridefighting Championships are held in Japan, the crowd is quieter. The FSN broadcasts a lot of the time don't capture the excitement. I actually watch good UFC fights on tape before I work out to get fired the fuk up.
I am sure a ring versus cage poll has already been done with pro MMA fighters. Has anyone ever seen the results of such a poll? How about this - does anyone know any pro fighters they can ask to see what he and his counterparts think? I would really like to know.
By the way, did I mention that a good UFC fight fires me the fuk up?
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