I love MMA more than anyone - or at least as much as the guy who loves it most. I just grew up with pro wrestling, and I cover both for my job online and shit - it's blatantly obvious why if you put yourself in the mind of a television network executive (one who wants to keep his job and do it well, meaning make the network money) all you care about is what will work and make money. That's all UFC cares about in the long run, PRIDE, any fighter you name - etc. That's the big picture, everything else is just stuff. So if you're able to step outside the mind of someone who loves MMA so passionately that they're disgusted to see it cross-promoted with pro wrestling (the "fake" version of MMA) and don't like the two being together because in your mind they're total opposites - when you ask questions like do you think it should be lumped together, or wonder why they are to begin with - you either already know the answer or refuse to admit it. If you start thinking like that, you'll support the occasional Ortiz-Shamrock 3 - forgetting that you the die-hard know it's an irrelevent fight in terms of competitiveness and standing in the division, but understand it's important in getting more casual fans watching, interested and becoming loyal (like you are) to the sport. And as long as we all know that, just do what we all said in the beginning (us die-hards) support the sport and keeping your brand successful so we can have a situation like Spike TV catering to the sport the way it does currently. The more we grow, the more other people are going to want a piece of this thing. Anything to better it, just trust those who's hands it's in. If you don't, let that be your focal point.
Last edited by Matt Boone; 11-13-2006 at 04:03 PM.